Solar flare could plunge us into the Dark Ages

Satellite and SunIn a spectacular sign of wisdom, the Defense secratary has stated that Britain could be vulnerable from a Nuclear Attack. Well gee Sherlock did it take all your brain power to figure out that a Thermo Nuclear Detonation cant really be sheilded against? He continues to explain that the resulting ElectroMagneticPulse(EMP) would destroy sensitive electronic systems – well, yes we know this allready.

He compares the threat of a nuclear attack to the result of a super solar flare which scientiests at NASA belive could errupt in 2013.  He does raise some relevent points, more consideration of this threat must be made with the likelyhood being that should an event occur it is likely to cripple critical systems such as communications and power.

The Telegraph

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Is the goverment slowing technology?

Memory Chip PictureI recently covered the state of the Internet report specifically how the UK did not make it anywhere on the top 100 cities and has a much slower average broadband than well pretty much anywhere. Compare it to cities such as those in Japan which has most of the top 100 cities and you see a huge technological difference.

However, in latest studies by Ofcom Britons may actually not be as technophobic as the rest of the world thinks. The average Briton spends 45% of their time using some technological stuff be that the TV, Radio, iPhone, Computer or something else along those lines. The study has revealed that we have a social networking flair with the largest site in terms of mobile Internet access being Facebook.Which is sitting at more than 5 times the traffic sent to Google from the same medium.

Going with the data we cant even attribute this to younger generations taken over from the older generations. Old age pensioners are the highest growth for Internet take up service.  They claim 50% of old people now are connected to the Internet via broadband. Up from last years 43%.In contrast however the youth are best at multi-tasking such as using mobile phone, computer and watching TV whilst the older generation tends to need to focus on one goal at a time.

The figures also show that average spending on communications compared to general housing costs is around 4% or nearly £100 a month. This covers mobile phone, broadband, tv etc. With 50% of the market being covered by all in one service providers such as Sky and Virgin it is likely this has contributed significantly to the availability of services.

With information like that, one must really question is the Government responsible for slowing down the growth of technology in the UK? Our broadband infrastructure is far behind the rest of the world. Our government is using ancient browsers as recently discussed in the theme of security. Our government is perhaps reluctant to encourage technology to come to the UK as it would mean they can no longer watch our activities and tax heavily for it?

The Telegraph


One pad to rule them all…

ipadWell the iPad has been released, and it seems to be quite popular albeit no one really knows what its really for. I can see some convinence uses out of it like reading an ebook whilst sitting on the loo. Or having a manual to reffer to when installing an computer system that has no internet access (although the validity of that may be limited if there is no internet access it probly wouldnt work anyway).

In Microsoft world they have decided to compete by releasing their own pad product. So now its back to the good old flamewar days Microsoft Vs Apple.