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Net-zero energy building to become $1.3 trillion market | Sustainable Business Oregon

Net-zero energy building to become $1.3 trillion market | Sustainable Business Oregon | @The Convergence of ICT & Distributed Renewable Energy | Scoop.it

With green building becoming mainstream, the next big thing for the industry is in the realm of net-zero: buildings that produce all the energy they need.

 

Pike Research released a report this week indicating that net-zero construction will become a $1.3 trillion global business by 2035, driven largely by demand from Europe where zero-energy requirements are increasingly becoming required by building codes.

 

In November, the Northwest-based Living Future Institute launched a new certification for net-zero buildings in an effort to share best practices among designers and builders.

 

Eric Bloom, Pike Research's building industry research analyst, said he sees a strong role for such certifications as net-zero energy construction catches on in the U.S., similar to the role that the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED certification played in green building.

 

"The purpose of the certification program was to cut through the greenwashing that was going on with green building," Bloom said. "As (the net-zero certification program) gains more implementation, it will become important."

 

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Heartbleed is about to get worse, and it will slow the Internet to a crawl | WashPost.com

Heartbleed is about to get worse, and it will slow the Internet to a crawl | WashPost.com | @The Convergence of ICT & Distributed Renewable Energy | Scoop.it

Efforts to fix the notorious Heartbleed bug threaten to cause major disruptions to the Internet over the next several weeks as companies scramble to repair encryption systems on hundreds of thousands of Web sites at the same time, security experts say.


Estimates of the severity of the bug’s damage have mounted almost daily since researchers announced the discovery of Heartbleed last week. What initially seemed like an inconvenient matter of changing passwords for protection now appears much more serious. New revelations suggest that skilled hackers can use the bug to create fake Web sites that mimic legitimate ones to trick consumers into handing over valuable personal information.


The sheer scale of the work required to fix this aspect of the bug — which makes it possible to steal the “security certificates” that verify that a Web site is authentic — could overwhelm the systems designed to keep the Internet trustworthy.


“Imagine if we found out all at once that all the doors everybody uses are all vulnerable — they can all get broken into,” said Jason Healey, a cybersecurity scholar at the Washington-based Atlantic Council. “The kinds of bad things it enables is largely limited only by the imagination of the bad guys.”


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Nannup Holiday House lets nature get close ... but not too close | GizMag.com

Nannup Holiday House lets nature get close ... but not too close | GizMag.com | @The Convergence of ICT & Distributed Renewable Energy | Scoop.it

The Nannup Holiday House, by Iredale Pedersen Hook Architects, strikes a careful balance between allowing its owners to get in touch with nature, while preventing nature from taking over completely. Raised on stilts to help avoid hazards which include local wild pigs, venomous snakes, and floods, the home also features sustainable technology such as solar panels and grey water recycling.


Completed in 2013 and – as its name suggests – located in rural Nannup, Western Australia, the single-story dwelling sports an unusual zig-zag design that is accessed via steel grate ramps.


It was largely prefabricated and some recycled materials were used in the build, including Jarrah (a common eucalyptus tree), Western Australian blackbutt hardwood, and timber offcuts. The use of these materials helps ensure the rugged home finds its place within the local surroundings.


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Google steps up competition with Amazon, expands Cloud Platform to Asia | NetworkWorld.com

Google steps up competition with Amazon, expands Cloud Platform to Asia | NetworkWorld.com | @The Convergence of ICT & Distributed Renewable Energy | Scoop.it

Google has expanded its Cloud Platform to include locally hosted computing capacity, storage and data bases for the Asia-Pacific region.


The launch is in line with Google's increasing investment in the region, the company said in a blog post. It comes following the opening of data centers in Taiwan and Singapore at the end of last year.


The launch includes infrastructure-as-a-service platform Compute Engine, Cloud Storage and Cloud SQL services. The standard Compute Engine instances cost from US$0.077 per hour, which is the same as in Europe but slightly more than in the U.S.


Using more closely located data centers to host applications performance should improve performance for local businesses and organizations, as well as multinationals.


In addition to local hosting, the Google Cloud Platform website and developer console will be available in Japanese and traditional Chinese. The websites are being updated with with use cases, documentation and all sorts tools to help local developers get started, according to Google.


To drum up interest and explain why Asian companies should pick its platform over competing alternatives, Google is organizing the Cloud Platform Global Roadshow. It will stop in Tokyo, Taipei, Seoul or Hong Kong, the company said.


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Zuckerberg Vows Facebook Will Shoot Down Google Drones | Andy Borowitz Satire | The New Yorker

Zuckerberg Vows Facebook Will Shoot Down Google Drones | Andy Borowitz Satire | The New Yorker | @The Convergence of ICT & Distributed Renewable Energy | Scoop.it

One day after Google outbid Facebook for a manufacturer of solar-powered drones, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg served warning that his company was prepared to blow Google’s drones out of the skies.


At a presentation for Facebook employees at the company’s headquarters in Menlo Park, Zuckerberg announced plans to build a $24 billion Facebook laser shield, a global network of satellites capable of identifying and incinerating Google drones in midair.


Zuckerberg delighted his audience with a brief animated demonstration showing a Facebook satellite locking in on a Google drone and obliterating it with a green laser.


“Unfriended, bitch,” said Zuckerberg, to a roaring ovation from his employees.


Within an hour, Google responded with a stern warning of is own, vowing, “Any act of aggression against Google drones will not stand.”


To that end, the company announced that it was prepared to shoot down Facebook’s laser satellites with a long-range super cannon called Google Gun.


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How algorithms shape our world | Kevin Slavin | TED Talks

How algorithms shape our world | Kevin Slavin | TED Talks | @The Convergence of ICT & Distributed Renewable Energy | Scoop.it

Kevin Slavin argues that we're living in a world designed for -- and increasingly controlled by -- algorithms.


In this riveting talk from TEDGlobal, he shows how these complex computer programs determine: espionage tactics, stock prices, movie scripts, and architecture.


And he warns that we are writing code we can't understand, with implications we can't control.


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South Africa: New wireless mesh network helps Kuruman 'pass on the message' | BDlive.co. za

South Africa: New wireless mesh network helps Kuruman 'pass on the message' | BDlive.co. za | @The Convergence of ICT & Distributed Renewable Energy | Scoop.it

THE rural Northern Cape town of Kuruman, known as the Oasis of the Kalahari because of its supply of water from a spring, now offers its residents better internet connectivity too.


An initiative of the Department of Science and Technology has enabled 56 web connections in the town. Of these, 52 are at schools, but the network also links Department of Education offices, a clinic and a library.


Deputy Minister of Science and Technology Michael Masutha launched the Northern Cape phase of the Community Wireless Mesh Network Demonstrator Project in Kgalagadi district last week.


This type of network uses low-cost, locally owned equipment to create clusters of wireless nodes that connect to each other via radio signals, removing the need for a central signal tower.


The project forms part of the Innovation for Poverty Alleviation programme — a partnership between the department and the European Union that aims to reduce poverty through job creation, economic growth and better quality of life.


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How the global banana industry is killing the world’s favorite fruit | Quartz.com

How the global banana industry is killing the world’s favorite fruit | Quartz.com | @The Convergence of ICT & Distributed Renewable Energy | Scoop.it

During harvest last year, banana farmers in Jordan and Mozambique made a chilling discovery. Their plants were no longer bearing the soft, creamy fruits they'd been growing for decades. When they cut open the roots of their banana plants, they saw something that looked like this: (see pix above)


Scientists first discovered the fungus that is turning banana plants into this rotting, fibrous mass in Southeast Asia in the 1990s. Since then the pathogen, known as the Tropical Race 4 strain of Panama disease, has slowly but steadily ravaged export crops throughout Asia. The fact that this vicious soil-borne fungus has now made the leap to Mozambique and Jordan is frightening. One reason is that it’s getting closer to Latin America, where at least 70% of the world’s $8.9-billion-a-year worth of exported bananas is grown.


Randy Ploetz, professor of plant pathology at University of Florida who discovered Tropical Race 4, says it may already be in Latin America. “The story on the Mozambique situation was that workers brought over to establish the plantations—some of them were from Latin America,” he says. “And this is an insidious disease in that it can move… by soil-contaminated machinery, tools—that kind of thing.”


Chiquita, the $548-million fruit giant with the world’s largest banana market share, is downplaying the risk. “It’s certainly not an immediate threat to banana production in Latin America [where Chiquita's crops are],” Ed Lloyd, spokesman for Chiquita, told the Charlotte Business Journal in late December, explaining that the company is using a “risk-mitigation program” to approach the potential spread.


Even if it takes longer to arrive, the broader ravaging of the commercial banana appears inevitable. And we don’t need to imagine what that would mean for banana exports—the exact scenario has already happened. Starting in 1903, Race 1, an earlier variant of today’s pathogen, ravaged the export plantations of Latin America and the Caribbean. Within 50 years, Race 1 drove the world’s only export banana species, the Gros Michel, to virtual extinction. That’s why 99% of the bananas eaten in the developed world today are a cultivar called the Cavendish, the only export-suitable banana that could take on Race 1 and live to tell.


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When Facebook Is a Bank... | Inc.com

When Facebook Is a Bank... | Inc.com | @The Convergence of ICT & Distributed Renewable Energy | Scoop.it

Facebook is mere weeks away from having a regulatory green light in Ireland to allow its users there to store money on the site, and make payments to individuals, the Financial Times reports.


Yes, Facebook is getting into electronic money.


The company's primary initial interest in e-money authorization throughout Europe is so that it can facilitate remittances--the transferring of money by a foreign worker to an individual in her home country--and other various person-to-person payments, the paper reports.


"Facebook wants to become a utility in the developing world, and remittances are a gateway drug to financial inclusion," a person familiar with the company’s strategy told the Financial Times.


At first glance, remittances might seem like an odd and narrow path into becoming a trusted online bank, or even a digital Western Union. But over the past few months, as Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has been talking about getting Facebook to more users around the world and, particularly, to those in developing countries, it makes more sense. Facebook spent $19 billion to acquire WhatsApp in order to reach toward that goal of expanding its user-base to places without reliable wireless Internet.


This time, Facebook isn't just acquiring companies that can help it--it's doing the leg work itself, with Sean Ryan, the company's vice president of platform partnerships, at the helm. (Though the Financial Times reports that the social network attempted to pay $10 million to acquire a senior employee from Azimo, a UK-based social money-transfer service.) Facebook would not comment to the Financial Times, calling its reporting "rumor and speculation."


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First sites admit data loss through Heartbleed attacks | NetworkWorld.com

First sites admit data loss through Heartbleed attacks | NetworkWorld.com | @The Convergence of ICT & Distributed Renewable Energy | Scoop.it

Canada's tax authority and a popular British parenting website both lost user data after attackers exploited the Heartbleed SSL vulnerability, they said Monday.


The admissions are thought to be the first from websites that confirm data loss as a result of Heartbleed, which was first publicized last Monday. The flaw existed in Open SSL, a cryptographic library used by thousands of websites to enable encryption, and was quickly labeled one of the most serious security vulnerabilities in years.


The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) blocked public access to its online services last Tuesday in reaction to the announcement, but that wasn't fast enough to stop attackers from stealing information, it said on its website.


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With Purchase of Drone Maker, Google Sees a Fleet of Satellites | NYTimes.com

With Purchase of Drone Maker, Google Sees a Fleet of Satellites | NYTimes.com | @The Convergence of ICT & Distributed Renewable Energy | Scoop.it

Google is reaching for the sky.


On Monday, the company said that it had purchased Titan Aerospace, a maker of high-altitude drone satellites, which Google says will be used to take photos of the earth and to connect people to the Internet.


“Titan Aerospace and Google share a profound optimism about the potential for technology to improve the world,” a Google spokesman said in a statement. Atmospheric satellites “could help bring Internet access to millions of people, and help solve other problems, including disaster relief and environmental damage like deforestation.”


The news was first reported by The Wall Street Journal. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.


While Google’s goals may sound lofty, Google may share them with a competitor: Facebook, which recently bought Ascenta, a British company that makes a similar type of drone. Earlier reports said that Facebook was in talks to buy Titan Aerospace.


The Titan Aerospace drones are notable because they are solar-powered and can fly for several years, according to the company’s website.


Drones that can remain aloft for long periods of time could be used to constantly update images of the earth, which Google could put to use in its Maps platform.


Both Google and Facebook are also competing to deliver Internet access to people who live in places that are too difficult to reach with wires and other traditional means of accessing the Internet. While satellites can deliver Internet access to sparsely populated areas, the cost of using satellite data connections can be very high. Drones, in comparison, will be able to reach those customers at a much lower cost.


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Bouncy kangaroo robot is unstoppable | SmartPlanet.com

Bouncy kangaroo robot is unstoppable | SmartPlanet.com | @The Convergence of ICT & Distributed Renewable Energy | Scoop.it

Here’s the happiest robot I’ve seen this year! And it’s super efficient, using energy from one hop to power the next.


Festo’s BionicKangaroo recovers the energy when jumping, stores it, and then uses it for the next jump. Elastic springs in each leg stores energy on landing -- just like the tendon in a real kangaroo’s leg -- converting the kinetic (motion) energy of the jump into potential energy. Real kangaroos depend on that ability to store and reuse energy from each landing to hop long distances in the wild -- they’re the only large animals we know of that uses hopping as their primary means of locomotion.


Every year, the Germany-based company comes up with new robots as part of its Bionic Learning Network. The company actually spent two years analyzing kangaroos to recreate its movements. They're not aiming to build a kangaroo robot army; rather, they’re interested in exploring ways of recovering energy in industrial automation, IEEE Spectrum reports, and new ways of combining electronics with pneumatics (technology that’s powered by air or gas under pressure). Some more details about the BionicKangaroo:


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UK: The rise of London's skyline – more than 230 new towers planned | GizMag.com

UK: The rise of London's skyline – more than 230 new towers planned | GizMag.com | @The Convergence of ICT & Distributed Renewable Energy | Scoop.it

Some are sharp, some are boxy, some tubular. Some will be built in pairs, groups of three or clusters. More than 230 new towers are being built or planned for London, making Renzo Piano’s Shard look like a modest proposal and St Paul’s almost quaint.


The think tank New London Architecture researched planning permissions and applications for buildings over 20 stories and found that hundreds are in the process of obtaining permission, have been approved or are already under construction. Of these, 80 percent will be residential and most will be over 35 stories.


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Google may boost search results of sites that use encryption | GigaOM Tech News

Google may boost search results of sites that use encryption | GigaOM Tech News | @The Convergence of ICT & Distributed Renewable Energy | Scoop.it

Google may soon give greater prominence in its search results to websites that use encryption, a move that would indirectly make it more difficult for hackers or governments to track what people do on the internet.


According to the Wall Street Journal, Google executive Matt Cutts suggested at a recent conference that the search giant is considering an algorithmic boost for websites that encrypt data.


Web developers consider Cutts’s public statements to be significant because they telegraph forthcoming changes to the all-important Google rankings, although the story also suggests that Google will not making any changes in favor of encryption anytime soon.


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IBM Solar Collector Magnifies Sun By 2000X – These Could Provide Power To The Entire Planet | HempForFuture.com

IBM Solar Collector Magnifies Sun By 2000X – These Could Provide Power To The Entire Planet | HempForFuture.com | @The Convergence of ICT & Distributed Renewable Energy | Scoop.it

A team at IBM recently developed what they call a High Concentration Photo Voltaic Thermal (HCPVT) system that is capable of concentrating the power of 2,000 suns, they are even claiming to be able to concentrate energy safely up to 5,000X, that’s huge.

The process of  trapping the sunlight produces water that can be used to produce filtered drinkable water, or used for other things like air conditioning etc. Scientists envision that the HCPVT system could provide sustainable energy and fresh water to communities all around the world.


“Each 1cmX1cm chip can convert 200-250 watts, on average, over a typical eight-hour day in a sunny region. In the HCPVT system, instead of heating a building, the 90 degree Celsius water will pass through a porous membrane distillation system where it is then vaporized and desalinated. Such a system could provide 30-40 liters of drinkable water per square meter of receiver area per day, while still generating electricity with a more than 25 percent yield or two kilowatts hours per day. A large installation would provide enough water for a small town.” (2)


The heat is absorbed into hundreds of tiny solar cells called photovoltaic chips. These gather the energy and are then cooled by microchannled water, which is why they are safely able to concentrate such large amounts of solar energy.

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Rooftop panels could bring more light to shady alleyways | GizMag.com

Rooftop panels could bring more light to shady alleyways | GizMag.com | @The Convergence of ICT & Distributed Renewable Energy | Scoop.it

Everyone knows that downtown alleyways are dark at night, but even in the daytime, shadows cast by the tall buildings on either side can make them quite gloomy. While that might not matter much for little-used alleys, it's certainly a factor in cities where people live and work in them. That's why researchers from Egypt's Ain Shams University are developing a new type of panel that diverts sunlight from buildings' roofs down into the alleyways beside them.


The translucent panels are made from polymethyl methacrylate, which is the same acrylic from which Plexiglass is made. While the underside of each panel is flat, the top surface is composed of a series of parallel ridges that take the form of a sine wave when viewed in cross section. These ridges serve to capture sunlight from a wide range of angles, so the panels don't need to pivot with the sun like a heliostat, or be repositioned for different times of year.


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MA: Solar projects turn up the wattage | CapeCodOnline.com

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The clouds appear to have cleared, at least partially, for several large solar energy projects on Cape Cod and Martha's Vineyard.


Projects in nine towns totaling nearly 12 megawatts worth of solar energy are under construction again, four months after work came to a screeching halt when the installer announced it was going out of business. An additional 16 megawatts are being installed by a separate company, primarily on Cape and Vineyard landfills.


"I'm just pleasantly surprised it's going as smoothly as it has," said John Checklick, president of the Cape and Vineyard Electric Cooperative, the regional energy organization responsible for the projects.


In total, the projects are expected to save cooperative members and participants $2.8 million in the first year of operation, according to the cooperative.


While the construction on the solar arrays at schools, landfills and other municipal properties is advancing quickly, the projects have seen their share of speed bumps.


The cooperative was formed in 2007 to pursue renewable energy projects for its 17 member towns, Barnstable and Dukes counties, and the Cape Light Compact. The compact, which has bankrolled the cooperative's work, was formed in 1997 to buy power in bulk for electric customers on the Cape and Vineyard, provide energy-efficiency programs for local businesses and residents, and advocate for ratepayers.


Both organizations have faced criticism for having an intertwined leadership and legal representation, as well as for the use of ratepayer money to fund renewable energy projects.


Having been stymied by local opposition in its initial efforts to develop wind energy, the cooperative turned its primary focus to solar energy several years ago. It quickly had 750 kilowatts worth of solar energy projects installed on schools and other locations by Con Edison Solutions. American Capital Energy is currently installing an additional 16 megawatts worth of solar projects in seven towns for the cooperative.


Broadway Electrical was tapped in 2012 to install yet another group of projects for the cooperative in Round II which, at the time, was estimated to include 50 megawatts of solar energy worth $200 million. That figure was cut in half by March 2013 because of problems with roofs, concerns over clear-cutting and complicated approval processes to connect to the grid and to locate panels on land used for other purposes.


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Nestlé, General Mills Join Global Alliance for Water Stewardship | Sustainable Brands

Nestlé, General Mills Join Global Alliance for Water Stewardship | Sustainable Brands | @The Convergence of ICT & Distributed Renewable Energy | Scoop.it

This week, Nestlé, General Mills and other global brands committed to the Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS), along with 27 other organizations including FEMSA Foundation, Water Footprint Network, Water Aid, World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and The Nature Conservancy, to promote a global framework for sustainable use of the world's limited freshwater resources.


The announcement came with AWS' release of the first International Water Stewardship Standard, which defines criteria for good water stewardship, aligns with other sustainability initiatives and supports independent certification.


"This is a wonderful opportunity to help private- and public-sector water users and managers become responsible water stewards, who protect and enhance freshwater resources for people and nature," said Alexis Morgan, director of the Global Water Roundtable at WWF.


According to a press release by AWS, it was developed through “a four-year, multi-stakeholder, global water roundtable process that included a diversity of business, public sector and civil society interests from around the world, as well as pilot projects held in seven countries.”


Pilot projects in pulp and paper, mining, chemicals, oil and gas, water service provision and agriculture applied the standard to test its feasibility, applicability and helped define targets in water governance, water balance and water quality. AWS offers companies various ways to “improve, incentivize and recognize responsible water use, including helping members engage key stakeholders within their watershed and supply chain.” AWS is also launching a capacity-development program and offering membership opportunities through which companies can learn what they can do to help protect shared resources, as well as shape the future of water stewardship.


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Microsoft chief urges Government to step up on broadband and digital economy | The Australian Financial Review

Microsoft chief urges Government to step up on broadband and digital economy | The Australian Financial Review | @The Convergence of ICT & Distributed Renewable Energy | Scoop.it

Microsoft Australia managing director Pip Marlow has hit out at the federal government’s broadband policy and business inaction in improving innovation and productivity, saying a collective failure had cost the country $6 billion in gross domestic product last year.


Ms Marlow said Microsoft believed the Australian economy was at an important inflection point, due to the slowing mining boom and declining manufacturing sector.


However, she said rhetoric about improving productivity and innovation through better technology would not be realised without a national change of approach.


The company has compiled a paper focusing on what it calls “joined-up innovation”, whereby businesses and government would create an environment where better products, services, processes and business models could evolve and be commercialised.


She said while problems with Australia’s start-up ecosystem needed fixing, the study had included modelling by PwC, which singled out a lack of technology expert­ise among small and medium-sized enterprises as particularly costly.


“Innovation is not just invention and start-ups, even though that is an im­portant part of the ecosystem. We have over a million small businesses in this country, which accounts for more than half of private sector employment,” Ms Marlow said.


“If you can increase their productivity by 10 per cent, the impact on wages, standard of living, productivity and national competitiveness will all rise.”


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Indonesia: Telkom to invest USD600m in fibre-optic rollout during 2014 | TeleGeography.com

State-owned telco Telekomunikasi Indonesia (Telkom) is planning to spend around USD600 million in order to expand its fibre-optic network across the country during 2014, the Jakarta Globe reports. The expansion project is part of Telkom’s ‘Indonesia Digital Network 2015’ road map, which aims to improve internet connectivity nationwide.


The fibre-optic network, with an advertised downlink speed of 1Gbps, will be rolled out in 30 cities across Indonesia, including Jakarta, Bandung, Surabaya, Medan, Denpasar and Makassar, among others. Rizkan Chandra, Telkom’s network and solutions director, admitted: ‘The investment for this project depends on the technology we use. Building a fibre-optic network for one household usually costs between USD100 and USD300.’


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Connected stuff is catching on -- just don't call it IoT | NetworkWorld.com

Connected stuff is catching on -- just don't call it IoT | NetworkWorld.com | @The Convergence of ICT & Distributed Renewable Energy | Scoop.it

Many organizations today are looking for things that talk to the Internet. Sensors, cameras, medical equipment and even snowplows are on that wish list.


The "Internet of Things" is not.


The municipalities that come to systems integrator AGT International are already sold on so-called IoT technologies, such as wireless traffic sensors embedded in streets, said Gadi Lenz, a senior technical fellow at AGT.


But they aren't interested in IoT, nor in "smart cities," another term that's been getting a lot of play lately. What they want, Lenz said, is a solution to their problems.


Even Cisco Systems, one of the biggest evangelists for IoT, thinks the concept still needs some explaining. Enterprises, cities and utilities all could stand to benefit from IoT, but first they need a better idea of how it can help them do their jobs.


"We definitely need to spend more time educating the market," Inbar Lasser-Raab, vice president of Enterprise Network Solutions, said last week at a meeting at Cisco. Leaders from IT vendors, industrial companies and governments came together there to hash out issues for IoT.


Networked devices have been talking to each other for years. What's new in so-called IoT is the scale of those networks and the way advanced data analysis can draw conclusions from them. But getting this broad vision off the ground, including getting enterprises to adopt the new technology, raises several challenges, according to participants at last week's meeting.


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Hollywood Has Been Pressuring Australian Attorney General To Pressure ISPs Into Being Copyright Cops | Techdirt.com

Hollywood Has Been Pressuring Australian Attorney General To Pressure ISPs Into Being Copyright Cops | Techdirt.com | @The Convergence of ICT & Distributed Renewable Energy | Scoop.it

For years, we followed the important iiNet case in Australia. Hollywood studios, which ran a group called AFACT in Australia, wanted to "set an example" of why ISPs should be liable for copyright infringement done on their networks, and deliberately chose iiNet to sue, believing the ISP was too small to mount a serious challenge. Instead, iiNet fought back strongly, making really strong points about how ridiculous it was to pin the blame on an ISP. The result was a complete victory for iiNet. It won at the district court, at the appeals court and finally at Australia's high court.

Of course, Hollywood (AFACT is Australian-in-name-only -- a Wikileaks State Department cable revealed it to be an operation wholly controlled by the MPAA in Hollywood) continued to freak out, leading the Australian government to hold "stakeholder" meetings between the entertainment industry and the ISPs (note: no public representatives, even though they're the real stakeholders), to try to broker an agreement to make ISPs act as copyright cops. Of course, because Hollywood's position is inherently ridiculous, the ISPs noted that it was like negotiating with a brick wall, and talks soon broke down. The ISPs made it clear that it was silly to blame them when Hollywood itself was to blame by not making works available.

But, of course, Hollywood never stops. AFACT rebranded as the Australian Screen Association, and apparently has been very busy pumping new Australian Attorney General George Brandis full of misleading information and pure propaganda. We recently noted that Brandis was supporting website blocking and three strikes like programs, despite them failing elsewhere. And, he's also come out against fair use, because, fuck the public, Hollywood is upset.


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Server makers rushing out Heartbleed patches | NetworkWorld.com

Server makers rushing out Heartbleed patches | NetworkWorld.com | @The Convergence of ICT & Distributed Renewable Energy | Scoop.it

Enterprise IT vendors are rushing to protect users from the Heartbleed bug, which has been found in some servers and networking gear and could allow attackers to steal critical data -- including passwords and encryption keys -- from the memories of exposed systems.


Hewlett-Packard, Dell and IBM have set up pages that identify hardware and software products affected by Heartbleed, which exposes a critical defect in certain versions of OpenSSL, a software library for secure communication over the Internet and networks.


The bug, which was detailed last week, has already been patched in a new version of OpenSSL, but hardware companies are now racing to patch products relying on older versions. Firmware and software patches have been issued for HP's BladeSystems and IBM's AIX servers and also Dell's appliances and networking equipment. In advisories, the server makers have advised customers to investigate hypervisors, OSes and middleware for possible vulnerabilities.


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How the World's Only Superpower Is Vulnerable to Catastrophe | AlterNet.org

How the World's Only Superpower Is Vulnerable to Catastrophe | AlterNet.org | @The Convergence of ICT & Distributed Renewable Energy | Scoop.it

The U.S. security complex is up in arms about cyberhackers and foreign terrorists targeting America’s vulnerable infrastructure. Think tank reports have highlighted the chinks in homeland security represented by unsecured ports, dams and  power plants. We’ve been bombarded by stories about outdated software that is subject to hacking and the vulnerability of our communities to bioterrorism. Reports such as the  Heritage Foundation’s “ Microbes and Mass Casualties: Defending America Against Bioterrorism” describe a United States that could be brought to its knees by its adversaries unless significant investments are made in “hardening” these targets.


But the greatest dangers for the United States do not lurk in terrorist cells in the mountains surrounding Kandahar that are planning on assaults on American targets. Rather, our vulnerabilities are homegrown. The United States plays host to thousands of nuclear weapons, toxic chemical dumps, radioactive waste storage facilities, complex pipelines and refineries, offshore oil rigs and many other potentially dangerous facilities that require constant maintenance and highly trained and motivated experts to keep them running safely.


The United States currently lacks safety protocols and effective inspection regimes for the dangerous materials it has amassed over the last 60 years. We don’t have enough inspectors and regulators to engage in the work of assessing the safety and security of ports, bridges, pipelines, power plants and railways. The rapid decline in the financial, educational and institutional infrastructure of the United States represents the greatest threat to the safety of Americans today.


And it’s getting worse.


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NY: Green roof to be installed at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn | GizMag.com

NY: Green roof to be installed at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn | GizMag.com | @The Convergence of ICT & Distributed Renewable Energy | Scoop.it

The Barclays Center in Brooklyn is set to have a green roof installed. The idea has been planned since before the arena was even built. Developers believe the new addition will be one of the largest and most impressive green roofs in the city.


The Barclays Center opened in 2012 and hosts a variety of sporting and entertainment events, including home games for the NBA’s Brooklyn Nets and, from 2015, the NHL's New York Islanders. The Center was awarded Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) Silver Certification for New Construction from the US Green Building Congress for its sustainable design and construction methods. LEED for Building Design and Construction provides a framework for constructing holistic green buildings and incorporating features that will minimize environmental impact whilst increasing functional performance.


"Our original design for the arena had anticipated a green roof as part of our effort to achieve Silver LEED certification," said MaryAnne Gilmartin, FCRC President and CEO. "While we independently reached that goal, we always hoped to still create a green roof, further improving the environmental footprint of the arena and also making a more direct connection to the sedum covered transit entrance on the plaza."


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Toyota's astonishing new Atkinson Cycle engine delivers 78 mpg | GizMag.com

Toyota's astonishing new Atkinson Cycle engine delivers 78 mpg | GizMag.com | @The Convergence of ICT & Distributed Renewable Energy | Scoop.it

Toyota has announced the development of two hyper-fuel-efficient small-displacement petrol Atkinson cycle engines: a three-cylinder 1.0-liter and four-cylinder 1.3-liter which will be introduced across the range from next year in 14 different variations. The smaller engine will deliver 78 mpg (US) in the Toyota Aygo, an improvement of 30 percent.


The fuel-efficiency of the one-liter engine in particular is remarkable. The engine it will replace won the the One liter category of the International Engine of the Year awards four years in a row from 2007-2010.


At this year's Geneva Motor Show just a month ago, a revised version of the award-winning three-cylinder 1.0-liter engine was announced as the powerplant for the new Aygo.


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