Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Bitcoin the "wonder currency" continues to tank...

Bitcoin plunged to a six-week low Tuesday after comments from South Korea's finance minister renewed worries about a crackdown in one of the largest markets for digital currency trading.

The Cboe and CME bitcoin futures contracts expiring later this month both dropped, with the Cboe contract falling 20 percent to around $11,010 and the CME contract off nearly 20 percent around $11,160 as of 4:01 p.m., ET. Trading in the Cboe bitcoin futures contract was briefly halted in accordance with price volatility rules.

South Korean Finance Minister Kim Dong-yeon said in a radio program interview that "the shutdown of virtual currency exchanges is still one of the options" the government has, according to an English-language report Tuesday from South Korea's Yonhap News.

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

'Very high level of confidence' Russia used Kaspersky software for devastating NSA leaks

Three months after U.S. officials asserted that Russian intelligence used popular antivirus company Kaspersky to steal U.S. classified information, there are indications that the alleged espionage is related to a public campaign of highly damaging NSA leaks by a mysterious group called the Shadow Brokers.

U.S. investigators “now believe that those manuals [leaked by Shadow Brokers] may have been obtained using Kaspersky to scan computers on which they were stored.”

Gospel star Edwin Hawkins dies, aged 74

The American gospel music star Edwin Hawkins has died at his home in California, at the age of 74.

The Grammy-winning singer had been suffering from pancreatic cancer, his publicist said.

Hawkins was regarded as a pioneer of urban gospel music, blending gospel hymns with secular sound. He is best-known for the 1969 hit Oh Happy Day.

Edwin Reuben Hawkins (August 19, 1943 – January 15, 2018) was an American gospel musician, pianist, choir master, composer, and arranger. He was one of the originators of the urban contemporary gospel sound. He (as leader of the Edwin Hawkins Singers) was probably best known for his arrangement of "Oh Happy Day" (1968–69), which was included on the Songs of the Century list. (Wikipedia)

Monday, 15 January 2018

Wow: look at the "little" stream that runs through Denmead!

I'm fascinated by this little stream in Denmead.
Our usual walk with Calli takes us past this watercourse. 
At times during the year the stream totally dries up.
Today however, with all of the heavy rain, the amount of water was incredible!

More pictures here:

Friday, 12 January 2018

Kawasaki Z900RS First Ride Review at

Some guys have all the luck. Lemmy’s out on the Z900RS for a first ride review, and he has a thing or two to say about Kawasaki’s modern retro. The bar is set high, as the Z900 is already a remarkable motorcycle. Add the obvious homage to Kawasaki’s legendary Z1, plus all the hype fans have had for this new machine, and the Z900RS has its work cut out for it. 

Grinning away behind the bars, RevZilla’s Man on the Street lays out the differences between the Z900RS and the Z900, as well as his thoughts on the motorcyclists who will most enjoy Kawasaki’s latest creation. As always, expect a healthy dose of insight, critique, honesty, and throttle-rippin’. To learn more, hit the link to read Lemmy’s full first ride analysis on Common Tread.

Great review & video - lots of good detail & comparisons. However, come on Lemmy, I know you're American, but please stop calling this incredible two wheeled work of art a "Zee900RS". Aargh!

A very cool Easter Egg: Google Maps - Dunsfold. Watch the Stig race a Google Street View car!

While trying to locate a client Dunsfold: using Google Maps, I noticed the Top Gear studio.
I thought, let's have a look around the track - and look who also pops up!
Watch frame by frame in Street View, as the Google Street View car races the Stig around the Top Gear track! Enjoy!

Blast from the past: The Y2k bug!

The Year 2000 problem, also known as the Y2K problem, the Millennium bug, the Y2K bug, or Y2K, is a class of computer bugs related to the formatting and storage of calendar data for dates beginning in the year 2000. 

Problems were anticipated, and arose, because twentieth-century software often represented the four-digit year with only the final two digits—making the year 2000 indistinguishable from 1900.

The assumption of a twentieth-century date in such programs caused various errors, such as the incorrect display of dates and the inaccurate ordering of automated dated records or real-time events.

So, why didn't IT all go wrong? The 7Ps
Proper Prior Planning Prevents Pi** Poor Performance.
A huge amount of time, money & effort was put in to checking, updating & where necessary replacing hardware & software - prior to the Y2k rollover: when 1999 became 2000.