Facebook data suggests people from higher social class have fewer international friends

22/01/2016. Category: Media. Topic: .

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New study using Facebook network data, including a dataset of over 57 billion friendships, shows correlation between higher social class and fewer international friendships. Researchers say results support ideas of ‘restricting social class’ among wealthy, but show that lower social classes are taking advantage of increased social capital beyond national borders.

A new study conducted in collaboration with Facebook using anonymised data from the social networking site shows a correlation between people’s social and financial status, and the levels of internationalism in their friendship networks – with those from higher social classes around the world having fewer friends outside of their own country. Read more…

Dakar 2016 – the 4 superheroes

21/01/2016. Category: People. Topic: , .

Laia Sanz KTM 450 RALLY Dakar 2016

If you don’t like sleeping, try to do a Dakar race next January. Many participants would get to the end of a stage late at night, then repair the vehicle, sleep perhaps for 2 hours, get up and go to the start point of the next stage. Every day for two weeks.

The Dakar is acknowledged as the world’s toughest race. It’s tough on the competitors and the support staff. Every participant is a hero even if a team did not finish the race. Read more…

The year of standoffs – 2016

05/01/2016. Category: Rave. Topic: , , , , .

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2015 paved the way for a year of standoffs in 2016. There just might be a showdown in the patent wars between Apple and Samsung and Microsoft and Kyocera. The EU might draw the final line in the privacy battle with Google and Facebook.

Countries are fighting Big Pharma while the pharmaceutical companies are, at the same time, battling each other over patents. Read more…

Early Xmas for motorcycle fanatics

26/11/2015. Category: Wheels. Topic: .

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It is early Xmas in 2015 for motorcycle fanatics with the introduction of more than 50 new models.

Some of the motorcycles were long rumoured, others were total surprises. Some will be available by Xmas but most are scheduled for release in 2016.

The biggest surprise was the Yamaha MT-10, basically a naked R1, with the same chassis, swingarm, suspension and electronics as the YZF-R1S – but slightly re-tuned for more mid-range oomph. It is an impressive-looking machine. Read more…

We must prepare for a 30-year war in the Middle East

25/11/2015. Category: Rave. Topic: .

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Pacific Ocean (May 1, 2003) -- President George W. Bush passes through the "side boys" after a successful trap aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) in a S-3B Viking assigned to the Blue Wolves of Sea Control Squadron Three Five (VS-35) designated "NAVY 1". President Bush is the first sitting President to trap aboard an aircraft carrier at sea. The President is conducting a visit aboard ship to meet with the Sailors and will address the Nation as Lincoln prepares to return from a 10-month deployment to the Arabian Gulf in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.  U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 3rd Class Tyler J. Clements.  (RELEASED)

Twelve years ago, George W Bush gave his “Mission Accomplished” speech from the flight deck of the USS Abraham Lincoln aircraft carrier, confident that the Saddam Hussein regime had been consigned to the dustbin of history, the Taliban regime had been terminated, al-Qaeda was dispersed, if not destroyed, and the desperately needed New American Century was back on track.

That’s what he thought. Instead, over the following decade, hundreds of thousands died in the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya. Read more…

Real good news: “Queen of Ivory” Yang Feng Glan arrested

13/10/2015. Category: People. Topic: .

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The Tanzanian authorities have struck a major blow against elephant poaching and ivory smuggling by arresting one of the country’s most infamous alleged ivory traffickers, according a press release by the WWF.

Regarded as the ‘queen of ivory’, Yang Feng Glan has been charged with smuggling and trafficking 706 ivory tusks weighing almost 1.9 tonnes over a 14-year period. Read more…

Azerbaijan’s Second Satellite and First Bicycle

08/10/2015. Category: Rave. Topic: , .

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Ever eager to use its underground energy riches to fuel its above-ground ambitions, Azerbaijan has selected an unnamed manufacturer to produce a second satellite. But along with developing a space industry, the South Caucasus country has now forayed into another, far more down-to-earth business, too — producing bicycles. Read more…

The cloud isn’t as robust as we think

05/10/2015. Category: Media. Topic: , , .

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It’s not just Facebook that goes down: the cloud isn’t as robust as we think

The computing cloud we have created supports much of our day-to-day office and leisure activity, from office email to online shopping and sharing holiday photos. Even health, social care and government functions are moving towards digital delivery over the internet. Read more…

Honda CRF1000L Africa Twin Specs

24/07/2015. Category: Wheels. Topic: , .

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“Survivor, champion, icon. The Africa Twin was designed to withstand thousands of miles of desert and dirt – now it’s returning to do it all over again.”

“It’s been a long wait. But—trust us—it’s worth it. The all-new Honda Africa Twin is the machine that will let you wander wherever your adventures take you. The 998cc parallel twin uses Honda’s exclusive four-valve Unicam® cylinder-head design for smooth, tractable power. Offered with either a six-speed manual gearbox or a new DCT transmission with selectable on- and off-road modes.” Read more…

New Honda Africa Twin in action

23/07/2015. Category: Wheels. Topic: , .

Honda Africa Twin screenshot

A replacement for the legendary XRV750 Africa Twin, which was based on the Dakar-winning NXR750 and was produced from 1989 until 2003, always was going to be a big call.

That call finally came when Honda announced the new 1000cc Africa Twin in May 2014, creating quite a stir. Early pictures showed promise but it was more than a year later that the new Africa Twin in action was released in “leaked” videos. Read more…

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