Archive for ‘December, 2010’

Aviation Terrorism vs Aviation Accidents

Who is the Real Enemy?
With the odds of being killed on a single flight somewhere around 1 in 10 million, based on the top 25 airlines with the best accident rates, and given that approximately 70% of all air crashes are due to “human error” and not acts of terrorism, has it all been blown out of proportion?


TSA image by Schule Lewis
 
Only recently the controversial subject of US airport security was touched upon by the British Airways chairman Martin Broughton, speaking at a conference of UK airport operators, who highlighted the difference in the security measures required by the US between US-bound flights and those flights operating domestically.
Whilst no-one wants to diminish the threat of terrorism as people go about their daily air travels and given that safety in the skies remains, and will always remain of paramount importance to all involved in the industry, has the real enemy been overlooked?

The term “human error”, often known as human factors, includes the category of pilot fatigue which contributes to 10 to 15% of all air accidents.
 
Such is the concern  Philip von Schöppenthau, Secretary General of ECA, stated that “A tragic accident costing the lives of 50 people in the US, Buffalo, triggered the Americans into modernising their pilot fatigue prevention rules based on extensive references to existing worldwide scientific evidence. We will not allow the EU to miss this opportunity – Europe should not need its own accident before the flying public is protected from fatigued pilots.”

Statistically therefore, isn’t the greater threat from “real” humans rather than from those who might be described as having little regard for human life?

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Author: Rachel Andrews

A Techie gift for Information Anarchists

Information Warfare is in the news quite a bit lately. Its a bit like the 70s all over again with protests in the capital and a winter of discontent ahead of us. If the Information Anarchist in your life isn’t already behind bars treat them to an Information Warfare T-Shirt from Breadpig.

We love techie themed T-shirts here at Conduce. The more explanation required to non-Geeks the better and this design by Schuhle Lewis ticks all the boxes. Click here for a hi-res view of the design. The added bonus is that Breadpig donates all of its non-sustainable profits to organizations and individuals doing great things for the world. So by buying this T-shirt you’re both sticking it to the man and making the world “suck a little bit less”.

http://store.xkcd.com/breadpig

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Author: Paul Saunders

Legal History: Tweeting allowed in court

Whatever you think of Wikileaks and the Julian Assange extradition case, legal history was made at the Westminster Magistrate’s court today when the judge preciding over the hearing gave Alexi Mostrous, a journalist from the Times, explicit permission to use Twitter during the case.

judge just gave me explicit permission to tweet proceedings “if it’s quiet and doesn’t disturb anything”. #wikileaksless than a minute ago via TwitterrificAlexi Mostrous
AlexiMostrous



There followed a stream of tweets from @AlexiMoustrous and other journalists present. In my opinion its very likely that the judge had no idea was “Tweeting” was, but if this instance is used as a precendent then this is a major watershed for journalism and social media.

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Author: Paul Saunders

A techie gift for little geeks

Don’t know what to get for the little geek in your life? How about helping them make their first steps into programming with their first reference book?

Hello World! Computer Programming for Kids and other Beginners by Warren and Carter Sande is aimed at 12 year olds and upwards and is intended for those with a decent grasp of computers and are looking to extend their capabilities.

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Author: Paul Saunders

Ding Dong Nerdily on High: LOLMagnetz

What’s not to like about fridge magnets eh? They brighten up your dull white goods and have allowed fridges to muscle in on a sector of the market previously only occupied by pinboards. The fridge is now the go-to place for takeaway menus, holiday snaps and pre-schooler master pieces.

When your kids spend all their time doodling Keyboard Cat, Charlie the Unicorn and other internet memes then a set of Early Learning Centre alphabet magnets simply won’t cut it… you need LOLMagnetz.

These iCanHasCheezBurger inspired magnets are available from Think Geek for $19.99

http://www.thinkgeek.com/geektoys/cubegoodies/abea/

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Author: Paul Saunders

We 3 Kings of Orient AR: TV-Shirt

OK I confess, the previous tech Christmas gift ideas I’ve done so far have been pretty lame, tongue in cheek and in some cases scraping the barrel. But today’s offering really is a thing of genius. I know I keep going on about it, but Augmented Reality (AR) seriously is going to be the hot tech topic of 2011. This innovative and stylish t-shirt allows you to look like a real life Telly-Tubby when viewed over a webcam.

This video show the stunning results.

Available for €27.90 from AR Tees

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