"An OECD report into the link between student performance and their parents’ occupations has revealed that if a kid has at least one parent working in IT, business or engineering they will do better in school.
The news will be greeted with glee amongst the IT community where it will be suddenly be possible to use a pick-up line “but our kids will be good in school.” Not only were the kids of information and communications technology (ICT) workers top of the country in maths and science, they were also found to be the best in terms of reading..."
"A new study carried out in Canada has revealed what most internet junkies knew already – trolls are sick.
The study found that one in twenty internet users deliberately engage in trolling. They exhibit classic traits of sadism, psychopathy, narcissism and Machievellianism. The study was published in ScienceDirect and it covered 1,215 people.
Unsurprisingly it found that those who identified themselves as trolls were sadistic, as they enjoyed to watching their victims suffer. They were also willing to manipulate people and many simply lacked empathy."
"New research suggests that older people people do not decline mentally with age, it just takes them longer to recall facts because they have more information stored their brains. Doctor Michael Ramscar said that his research suggests that much like a computer struggles as the hard drive gets full up, so to do humans take longer to access information. Researchers say this slowing down it is not the same as cognitive decline."
"In what seems the never ending patch saga for DICE’s Battlefield 4, new patches have been pushed out for the PC and PlayStation 3 versions of the game. As you might guess, these patches again address stability and balance issues. They also seem to swat more bugs which is always a good thing."
"AMD has released a new version of its Catalyst Beta graphics driver, the Catalyst 13.11 Beta9.4. The new driver will improve Crossfire scaling in the recently released Call of Duty: Ghosts game as well as fix some other issues seen in some other games and may fix the recently reported problems with some Radeon R9 290X and R9 290 graphics cards."
"Cooling expert Zalman has just released a new product based around nanofluids. The Reserator 3 is the world’s first liquid cooler which does not just use water it apparently gets more high tech and uses refrigerant nanoparticles to the fluid. All this gets pumped around the cooler transporting the heat produced by a CPU to the radiator and fan where it is expelled..."
"If you want to find out the cheapest pressure cooker to buy, don’t under any circumstances search on the internet. Michele Catalano did that while her husband, in the same time frame, was Googling backpacks. Six men from a joint terrorism task force showed up at their house to see if they were terrorists. Apparently the problem was not caused by Prism.
"Researchers are developing a technique for recording up to 360TB of data on a glass disk that should be readable in a million years. The move, which works a bit like Superman’s data crystal, will probably be used to make sure that you never lose that valuable porn collection."
"UK ISPs told David Cameron's adviser that they will not ban porn by default to prevent the sexualisation of children.
Claire Perry announced that by 2014 UK ISPs would require customers wishing to access adult content to "opt out". The Tory MP also told a conference the filters should be flexible enough to be turned off - for a limited time. The default setting would then return.
Nicholas Lansman, secretary general of trade association ISPA, which represents the UK's net suppliers, said that Perry’s comments were a bit premature."
"Google Glass is not even out yet, but it is already generating quite a bit of controversy. Privacy concerns top the list, but peeping toms aren’t Google’s only concern.
Google apparently wants to keep Google Glass nun friendly, as it has explicitly banned the distribution of Glassware content that contains nudity, graphic sex acts or sexually explicit material. For some reason Google also pointed out that it has a zero tolerance policy against child pornography."
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