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October 30, 2018

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Kiwis are being called upon to help piece together more than a century of weather records – including those recorded by members of Captain Robert Scott's doomed trip to the South Pole in 1912.

Scott and his four-man team perished in Antarctica and their bodies were left on the ice - but the weather records they made on their expedition were retrieved.

Now those records – plus millions of daily observations made by early explorers, people on whaling ships, cargo ships and lighthouses around New Zealand and the Southern Ocean before the 1950s – are needed by scientists trying to find out more about climate change.

Niwa is launching a huge citizen science project seeking volunteers to key in information from handwritten weather logbooks into a computer database.

Niwa climate scientist Petra Pearce said the more we knew about our past weather, the better we could accurately predict climate patterns today and into the future.

"There are big gaps in weather records before the 1950s...

October 30, 2018

No doubt you have had the same problem as me from time to time where you try to send data by email and you get a message back from the ISP that the attachment is too big. A business recipient, to whom I was trying to send (unsuccessfully) a large file said, "Why don't you use https://wetransfer.com ?" I tried it and it worked brilliantly. You can send up to 2GB for free or much larger files, up to 20GB at a time, for a charge. How come I have not heard about this before, or is it a case of, "Senior moment" and I have forgotten? Anyway, now I know (until I forget!)

October 29, 2018

Swedes have begun inserting microchips under their skin in droves, raising privacy concerns.

The chips are around the size of a grain of rice and are typically injected under the skin just above the user’s thumb. The procedure, which costs just $180, is relatively painless. 

The chips are designed to make day to day life easier by helping users complete daily tasks seamlessly.

The chips function as keys that permit entry into all kinds of premises, and events. The implants can also be used to store emergency contacts, social media, and health information and even function as credit cards or bus and train tickets.

“Having different cards and tokens verifying your identity to a bunch of different systems just doesn’t make sense,” Osterlund says to NPR. “Using a chip means that the hyper-connected surroundings that you live in every day can be streamlined.”

You could use your microchip to enter your office or home with a wave of your hand.

Sweden’s national railway has also jumped on the bandwa...

October 21, 2018

New Zealanders are the most targeted in the world when it comes to tech support scams, according to a new study from Microsoft.

More than three-quarters of Kiwis in the study reported having experienced at least one such scam, well above the global average of 62 per cent.

About 21 per cent of those who encountered a tech support scam were fooled into continuing with an interaction, with 6 per cent suffering financial loss.

Russell Craig, Microsoft New Zealand's national technology officer, said the results reinforce that Kiwis need to be extra cautious online.

"These results reinforce the need for all of us to be extra cautious when it comes to giving information to strangers," Craig said.

"If in doubt, hover over a link before clicking to check the URL and remember that Microsoft tech support teams will never contact customers directly."

Kiwis were also far more likely to be exposed to fake pop-up ads and windows posing as notifications from their software provider than other nationalities...

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