10 Mar 2014 by Vitali Vitaliev
"Rail passengers eat a lot!" noted Ilf and a Petrov, celebrated Soviet/Russian satirists of the 1920s-30s, and they were spot on. Don't know about you, but I start experiencing pangs of hunger the moment I board a train. The duration of the trip does not matter: it can be a 10-minute ride to work, a 5-hour journey to Edinburgh, or a 3-day escapade from Sydney to Perth on board the Indian-Pacific Express - as long as the train is chugging along, I keep feeling hungry. Perhaps some obscure hunger centres in my brain get stimulated by the peculiar gentle rocking of the carriage and the repetitive clickety-clack of its wheels?
8 Mar 2014 by Pelle Neroth
Forty percent of the gas used in Germany comes from Russia. That figure rises much higher for some east European countries, whose dependence on Russian gas is almost total. So what would be the consequences if Russian president Vladimir Putin, in response to the Ukraine crisis, were to turn off the taps?
3 Mar 2014 by Kris Sangani
I was up very late last night tuning into the radio to find out if the team behind "Gravity" would win the Oscar for sound mixing. Niv Adiri, Christopher Benstead and Glen Freemantle won their first Oscar.
27 Feb 2014 by James Hayes
How could Facebook's $19bn acquisition of WhatsApp have an adverse effect on your future pension plan? Well, let's start by understanding the long-term implications of reports that Facebook's new acquisition will offer free voice calls to its 450m+ users: this represents a yet another new threat to incumbent telecoms sector offering both fixed and mobile tariffed voice services.
24 Feb 2014 by Paul Dempsey
The news that video streaming giant Netflix is to essentially pay US cable giant Comcast to maintain the quality of its signal will have implications far beyond the American telecoms market. In the simplest terms, it's a body blow to hopes of maintaining any semblance of 'net neutrality'.
22 Feb 2014 by Francis Goode
A long time ago in a faraway place, you would have found your humble blogger slaving away in a basement lab, working on projects based on UARTs - universal asynchronous receiver transmitters. Back then these state of the art chips were pushing at the boundaries of data communications, squirting out computer data into streams for transmission over phone lines at the dizzying speed of 1,200 bits per second. The chief function of the UART is to perform a parallel to serial conversion, receiving data in words of eight, 16 or more bits to send them out one at a time. Or looked at another way, transforming data between space and time domains.
11 Mar 2014
The search and rescue operation continues for flight MH370, with Malaysian aviation authorities widening their hunt for the missing jet. The search area has been expanded from 50 nautical miles from where the plane is believed to have disappeared – somewhere over water between Malaysia and Vietnam – to 100 nautical miles. At least 40 […]
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