ParaGone.

I don’t typically use this blog to promote products or business that aren’t my own, but the convenience and price that this company offers is worthing sharing. ParaGone sells dog worming and flea control products exclusively to Australia and near-wholesale prices. They’re far cheaper than all of their competitors, and have a useful reminder service that lets you know when it’s time to treat your dogs again.

ParaGone

*I have done development work for this company, however this is not a sponsored post.

Post contains 82 words and has no comments. Posted June 29, 2015 in Personal. 0

Samsung computers are disabling Windows Update

headdeskHeads-up to anyone who is using a Samsung laptop: they’re disabling Windows Updates by default to prevent “incompatibilities.” Via The Next Web:

Anyone who’s purchased a new Samsung laptop has probably run into the company’s “software updater” tool, which promises to keep apps and drivers up to date on your computer.

That software does something slightly sinister in the background, however: it disables Windows Update.

Online threats evolve at breakneck speed. Even marginally lengthening the time it takes to deliver critical security patches to users is an incredibly dangerous notion. Samsung’s decision not only compromises the security and privacy of their customers, but damages the entire Windows ecosystem by perpetuating the myth that Windows is inherently insecure.

Post contains 119 words and has no comments. Posted June 26, 2015 in Technology. 1

Robotics company plans to 3D print a bridge in Amsterdam

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You can read the full technical explanation at Co.Design.

The city is working with Dutch robot company MX3D and engineering software company Autodesk to create a 3D-printed bridge over a canal there, though an exact location has not yet been released.

The bridge is slated for completion in 2017, but will reportedly only take two months to print. According to Fast Company, the bridge will be about 24 feet in length.

Although it’s still in the planning stage, if they’re able to pull this off it would be an enormous breakthrough and wickedly cool.

Post contains 94 words and has no comments. Posted June 17, 2015 in Technology. 0

How To Create Your Own Web Proxy

Government censorship, overly zealous workplace browsing filters and website geo-blocking are just some of the reasons why web proxy services are becoming increasingly useful. Unfortunately many of the free services available online are slow, insecure and probably already blocked by your internet overlords.

Instead of battling with popups and worrying whether the proxy you’re using is trying to steal your identity, why not host your own proxy? This quick little guide will show you how to setup Glype on a hosting account and use it to circumvent pesky internet filters.
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‘Humanity’s high-tech, global war on rats’ →

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The Verge’s Josh Dzieza explores the extraordinary lengths governments are going to in order to control rat populations.

There are automatic traps like the Spitfire, which sprays sticky poison onto rats when they pass through a tube, killing them when they lick it off, and the A24, which uses a CO2-fired piston to smash their skulls. Species-specific poisons could be dropped by drones day and night. Maybe the most ambitious method involves the release of transgenic rats, engineered so that their progeny would be entirely male. If their offspring were capable of spreading the transgene, it could theoretically drive rats to near extirpation without the use of poison. Their incredible fecundity would finally be thwarted, and after several generations, a horde of bachelor rats would fight amongst themselves, dwindle, and disappear.

Genetically modified rats” sounds like the log line of a bad horror film, but it’s actually not an entirely impractical idea.

No comments. Posted June 2, 2015 in Environment. 2

Moore’s Law Keeps Going, Defying Expectations →

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Scientific American’s Annie Sneed explores the mystery of Moore’s Law, which has accurately predicted the ever-increasing rate of computational power for half a decade.

This quote from Intel CEO Brian Krzanich particularly stood out:

If a 1971 Volkswagen Beetle had advanced at the pace of Moore’s law over the past 34 years, today “you would be able to go with that car 300,000 miles per hour. You would get two million miles per gallon of gas, and all that for the mere cost of four cents.”

The car analogy was hardly the key point of the article, but it does raise an interesting question: Why haven’t we seen such significant technological improvements in the automotive sector?

No comments. Posted June 1, 2015 in Technology. 0