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Pre-installed malware found on new Android phones | ComputerWorld.com

Pre-installed malware found on new Android phones | ComputerWorld.com | @The Convergence of ICT & Distributed Renewable Energy | Scoop.it

David Jevans, CTO and founder of Marble Security, recently received some bad feedback from a potential customer testing his company's product, which helps organizations manage and secure their mobile devices.


"They basically said 'Your stuff doesn't work'," Jevans said. "It thinks Netflix is malicious."


Marble Security performs static code analysis of Android and iOS applications, which shows what the code is supposed to do. Apps are also run through an emulator with instrumentation that allows analysts to get a larger view of how an application performs. They also check an app's network traffic to see if it is communicating with known malicious servers.


After taking a close look at the suspicious application, Jevans said they found it wasn't the real Netflix app.


"We're like, yeah, this isn't the real Netflix," Jevans said "You've got one that has been tampered with and is sending passwords and credit card information to Russia."


Security experts have long warned that downloading applications from third-party marketplaces for the Android platform is risky since the applications have often not undergone a security review. Google patrols Android apps in its Play store, but malicious ones occasionally sneak in. Apple's App Store is less affected due to the company's strict reviews.


With the fake Netflix application, the organization told Marble Security the app was pre-installed when it bought the device. Marble Security then looked at devices from its other customers and found the problem was widespread. They found a fake version of Netflix on phones and tablets from at least four different manufacturers, Jevans said.


"We suspect for most of them, it is preinstalled," Jevans said.


Marc Rogers, principal security researcher with Lookout Mobile Security, said his company has seen instances of malware show up on new phones. Lookout found a variant of a family of Chinese malware on new devices imported on the gray market from China.


"We can say that we've seen malware authors target device supply chains as a way to install malware in a device before it ends up in the hands of a customer," Rogers said via email.


It is possible that somewhere in the supply chain, a bundle of applications that were not vetted well were installed on hundreds of thousands of devices, Jevans said.


The applications in those bundles "are rarely run through anti-malware or privacy leak detection software," he said.


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10 Ways Big Polluters Have Contaminated Our Politics | David Duhalde | BillMoyers.com

10 Ways Big Polluters Have Contaminated Our Politics | David Duhalde | BillMoyers.com | @The Convergence of ICT & Distributed Renewable Energy | Scoop.it

On Sunday, organizers estimated that 310,000 people descended on New York City for the People’s Climate March.


For the occasion, we found the top 10 ways big polluters have contaminated our politics, and here they are in no particular order:


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Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda: UCC says telcos should prepare for new roaming scheme | TeleGeography.com

The head of the Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) has said the country is now ready to implement the new ‘One Network Area’ directive, which aims to lower international roaming charges between Uganda, Kenya and Rwanda.


Godfrey Mutabazi is calling on Ugandan operators to renegotiate their roaming deals with partners in Kenya and Rwanda to take into account the new peak termination rate of USD0.10 which is due to come into effect on 1 October.


South Sudan is also set to join the initiative later this year, while Tanzania and Burundi are also considering signing up.

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Australia: Telstra to focus on deploying LTE-A using 700MHz and 1800MHz spectrum | TeleGeography.com

Australian mobile network operator Telstra is reportedly planning to halt development of its LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) network using its 900MHz and 1800MHz spectrum holdings, with it instead looking to pair the latter with its recently acquired 700MHz frequencies.

According to iTnews, although Telstra’s first round trials of LTE carrier aggregation – carried out in July 2013 – combined 900MHz and 1800MHz spectrum, the operator has opted not to extend this first implementation of the technology.


Instead, it will reportedly focus on coupling the two 20MHz blocks of 700MHz spectrum it secured via auction in May 2013. ‘The 900MHz and 1800MHz service is still operational in a number of locations, including the Sunshine Coast, but will not be expanded as we focus on the use of 700MHz and 1800MHz,’ an unnamed Telstra spokesperson confirmed, adding: ‘Our intention for carrier aggregation was always to focus on 1800MHz and 700MHz – hence the purchase of the additional 700 MHz spectrum.’


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Singapore's Cutthroat Gigabit Broadband Price War Shows Real Competition Saves Consumers $ | Phil Dampier | Stop the Cap!

Singapore's Cutthroat Gigabit Broadband Price War Shows Real Competition Saves Consumers $ | Phil Dampier | Stop the Cap! | @The Convergence of ICT & Distributed Renewable Energy | Scoop.it

Three competing telephone companies in Singapore have launched an all-out price war on gigabit fiber to the home Internet access that shows what real competition can do for broadband pricing.

Last week, M1 took a butcher knife to its monthly rate for 1Gbps service that used to cost $101.75 a month. Today, anyone can order service price-locked for 24 months at a promotional price of $38.65 a month — less than what most cable companies in the United States charge for 10Mbps service. It is the cheapest gigabit plan in Singapore and when the promotion ends, the price may or may not increase to $78 a month. Competitive pressure in Singapore may make M1’s post-promotional price untenable.

Competition is the reason M1 may not be able to raise prices. MyRepublic slashed the price for gigabit service to just under $40 a month in January.


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NYC: Climate Action "Floods" Wall Street | Palina Prasacouk | Truth-Out.org

Climate change activists gathered in Battery Park in New York City, meeting at 9 am on Monday morning for breakfast and music by the Rude Mechanic Orchestra. During breakfast, activists participated in a nonviolent training, followed by speakers, including Naomi Klein, Chris Hedges, Rebecca Solnit and others. People were then instructed in a practice of what the flood and sit-in of Wall Street would look like.

Police placed a holding pen to obstruct the entire block before marchers began flooding the street, allowing some buses and cars to exit as people moved in an hour earlier than the expected 12 pm time of arrival. In total, more than 3,000 people joined the massive sit-in. Three people were arrested earlier in the afternoon. The first two arrests took place at around 1 pm when a man climbed on top of a phone booth. The third arrest came at 4 pm when marchers moved toward Wall Street and Broadway. In an attempt to reach employees leaving from the financial district, activists pushed through the holding pen. One man climbed over the barricades and was then arrested.

Police were seen pushing and hitting citizens with their hands. An officer aggressively pushed me and another photographer back as we were attempting to record the first arrest. Officer Kelly started pepper spraying protesters who were in front of the barricades, also spraying fellow officers who were standing in front of him in a push-and-pull tug between protesters.


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Top Scientist smashes Republican climate deniers | DailyKos.com

Top Scientist smashes Republican climate deniers | DailyKos.com | @The Convergence of ICT & Distributed Renewable Energy | Scoop.it

On Wednesday this past week (Sept. 17), White House Science Advisor John Holdren made his way to speak with the Committee on Science, Space and Technology–a Republican lead brain trust. He was there to answer questions about President Barack Obama's climate change initiative. Dr. Holdren brought his chalk, his number 2 pencil and probably a vat of Tums.

Let's start with Rep. Dana Rohrabacher. Rohrabacher is such a silly billy that John Holdren chuckles. Dana's that lovable rummy traditionally played by the likes of Walter Brennan. Thanks to ThinkProgress for the videos:


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CA: Fractured Mount Shasta glacier triggers flood | Tom Stienstra | SFGate.com

CA: Fractured Mount Shasta glacier triggers flood | Tom Stienstra | SFGate.com | @The Convergence of ICT & Distributed Renewable Energy | Scoop.it

A small Mount Shasta community is on flood watch Monday after a chunk of the Konwakiton Glacier, high on the flank of the 14,179-foot volcano, broke off over the weekend and sent high, muddy flows careening down slope toward Highway 89 and into the renowned McCloud River.

On Monday morning, the flows had receded enough to minimize any imminent danger. The Forest Service announced a flash-flood watch was in place with dangerous conditions if more large pieces of the melting glacier broke off and plummeted into the Mud Creek Canyon. No evacuations were ordered and no structures have been damaged.

The event comes less than a week after a catastrophic fire damaged and destroyed 150 homes and buildings on the other side of Mount Shasta, in the town of Weed near Interstate 5.

The glaciers on Mount Shasta have been put at risk by drought and warm temperatures. Snow acts as a mortar and a buffer to hold rock and glaciers intact. With no snow for months, hot summer temperatures have melted the surface layers of the glaciers. In my climbs this year, I have seen melting and slippage of the Whitney Glacier, Bolam Glacier, Wintun Glacier, Mud Creek Glacier and Konwakiton Glacier.


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US TV News Completely Snubs People's Climate March | Jack Mirkinson | HuffPost.com

US TV News Completely Snubs People's Climate March | Jack Mirkinson | HuffPost.com | @The Convergence of ICT & Distributed Renewable Energy | Scoop.it

The People's Climate March on Sunday was perhaps the largest climate change protest in history. Hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets of New York City. Celebrities and high-profile politicians were among the marchers. The protest was a huge topic on social media.

All in all, it was a perfect opportunity for some of America's biggest news organizations to cover the topic of climate change, something that usually gets either ignored or badly handled. For Sunday talk show hosts, there was even a nice political hook, since the march was pegged to a UN summit that President Obama will be attending.

Well, so much for that idea. It seems climate change remains one potentially world-shattering issue that just can't get any respect on television. No Sunday morning show except MSNBC's "Up" so much as mentioned climate change, or the march, save for one stray reference on "This Week" by The Nation's Katrina vanden Heuvel. She pointed out that the march was actually gathering right outside the ABC studios in Lincoln Center where the show is taped.

"NBC Nightly News" was the only evening news show to do any segment on the march. (ABC devoted about 23 seconds to the topic in its evening show, and CBS spent exactly zero seconds on it.) Cable news, with the exception of Al Jazeera America, mostly looked the other way, besides a couple of segments on CNN and MSNBC.

Luckily for people who are actually interested in climate change, there were other places to go. The march received robust coverage online, and "Democracy Now" covered the entire thing live.

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With production booming, pressure builds to allow US exports of crude oil | Jay Fitzgerald | The Boston Globe

With production booming, pressure builds to allow US exports of crude oil | Jay Fitzgerald | The Boston Globe | @The Convergence of ICT & Distributed Renewable Energy | Scoop.it

Massachusetts Senator Edward J. Markey is fighting an increasingly lonely, and perhaps futile, battle to prevent the overseas export of crude oil gushing from shale fields in North Dakota, Texas, and other parts of the country.

For nearly 40 years, US companies have been banned from exporting American crude, a policy imposed after the Arab oil embargo of the 1970s shook the US economy to its core. But as domestic production hits record levels, the administration of President Obama is loosening the longtime restriction, recently allowing two Texas companies to ship an ultralight crude oil known as condensate to overseas markets.

Those decisions, made earlier this year, are viewed as the first steps toward lifting the decades-old export ban — a policy that Markey and others view as short-sighted for a nation that until only recently relied heavily on foreign oil to meet its energy needs.

“We have essentially begun a big change in American energy policy without a big debate,” said Markey, a Massachusetts Democrat and chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee’s subcommittee on international energy and climate change. “We need a timeout for a national debate on where our energy policies are going and whether we want to be energy independent or not.”

Political leaders have talked about achieving energy independence for decades, but for most of that time, it seemed out of reach. But in recent years, the controversial drilling technique known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, has opened vast reserves of fossil fuels in shale rock formations, leaving the nation awash in natural gas and oil.

Those who want to maintain the ban argue that it makes no sense to ship oil overseas when the nation still imports a third of its oil from foreign suppliers and remains vulnerable to oil shocks from international events, such as the turmoil in the Middle East.

But those who favor lifting the ban say exporting oil would help the US economy by creating jobs, narrowing the trade deficit, lowering prices in global markets, and ultimately benefiting American consumers and businesses. The United States now produces more oil, 8.3 million barrels per day, than it imports, about 7 million barrels per day, according to the US Energy Department.


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Deloitte Report (Retracted) U.S. Wireless Deep Decline After Mergers | Dave Burstein | Fast Net News

Deloitte Report (Retracted) U.S. Wireless Deep Decline After Mergers | Dave Burstein | Fast Net News | @The Convergence of ICT & Distributed Renewable Energy | Scoop.it

Going from 6 carriers to 4 apparently a huge mistake. The Deloitte Mobile Communications National Achievement Index, a mix of 15 indicators, plummeted from 2006 to 2009 a dramatic 25-30%, after the Sprint/Nextel and Cingular/AT&T Wireless mergers http://bit.ly/Deldrop. Pretty dramatic, as you can see in the chart.

Update Sept 13: I made a bad mistake assuming that Deloitte, one of the world's largest accounting firms, wasn't fudging the data. But I can't think of any other reason Deloitte refuses to answer my questions about the index itself or to supply the data for countries comparable to the U.S. such as Britain or Germany. This is extremely poor behavior that devalues their work. No one wanting to be taken seriously in a policy discussion would make important claims without providing a way to confirm their data.

If they actually believe we face "a direct loss of USD 67 billion in GDP and 344,000 jobs in less than a decade. Furthermore, an unavailability of spectrum puts at risk the heavily mobile-dependent Internet of Things, and with it a potential USD 1.2 trillion of new economic growth," I don't see how anyone who knows the industry would consider hiring them as consultants. Craig Wigginton is the Telecom lead at Deloitte; Phil Wilson, Dwight Allen and Kevin Thompson are the listed authors. It's possible that Deloitte chose to deliberately put out something misleading to support the lobbying efforts of some big clients.

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Ad hoc ergo propter hoc, of course, but no other explanation I can imagine would explain such a severe drop.

The latest index is still substantially below 2006 despite a modest recovery starting 2009. Verizon's LTE build started in 2009, now followed by AT&T, but that wasn't enough to make up the ground. Note that the index went down in boom times but rose during the Great Recession.

I was reluctant at first to write this story because I cannot find what went into their index. There were some modest anomalies in what they did explain. Deloitte is a giant accounting firm for whom the Bells are major clients so I'd normally look more closely before reporting. Since their natural bias is towards the U.S. carriers, I don't think they would skew the data against them. With 4 to 3 mergers actively under consideration across Europe I wanted to publish this.

While there were 6 carriers, prices went down every year. After the consolidation, prices remained essentially flat for several years while continuing improvement in the efficiency of wireless networks rapidly brought down the carriers' costs. Profits were low in 2006. Cingular CEO Stan Sigman told a wall street crowd. "Wireless carriers aren't even earning their cost of capital." Broadband was booming so the carriers that had landlines as well as mobile maintained profits. AT&T raised their dividend every year.

In Europe, a massive campaign by the carriers convinced Neelie Kroes that fewer companies would invest more. She allowed mergers, including the recent one that reduced Germany from 4 to 3 main wireless players. Brazil looks to do similar although the U.S. blocked AT&T/T-Mobile and Sprint/T-Mobile. When France and Canada went from 3 to 4 carriers, prices went down 10-25% depending on how you measure. 6 to 4 I always thought had a similar effect but I never had good data.

The rest of the Deloitte work is uninteresting because it's based on the thoroughly discredited 2010 FCC spectrum needs projections, much too high for political reasons.


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Global City Teams Challenge Workshop | NIST.gov

Global City Teams Challenge Workshop | NIST.gov | @The Convergence of ICT & Distributed Renewable Energy | Scoop.it

Purpose:


The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and several partners will kick off a year-long Global City Teams Challenge to help communities around the world work together to address issues ranging from air quality to traffic management to emergency services coordination. NIST invites communities and innovators to create teams that will foster the spread of “smart cities” that take advantage of networked technologies to better manage resources and improve quality of life.

The challenge will kick off September 29-30, 2014 with a two-day workshop that will bring together city planners and representatives from technology companies, academic institutions and non-profits. The challenge is open to participants around the world, and international representatives will be able to participate in the kick-off meeting via webcast.

This new challenge will leverage the success of the SmartAmerica Challenge, which from Dec. 2013 through June 2014 brought together more than 100 companies, universities and other organizations to form teams that developed and applied networked technologies. That challenge demonstrated that these technologies have the potential to create jobs and business opportunities and provide socio-economic benefits.

Smart cities rely on effective networking of computer systems and physical devices. These Internet of Things (IoT) and cyber-physical systems (CPS) currently account for more than $32 trillion in global economic activity, a number that is projected to grow as they bring improvements to health care, advanced manufacturing and a host of other industries.

To support the challenge, NIST has teamed with US Ignite, a nonprofit focused on the creation of next-generation Internet applications that provide transformative public benefit. US Ignite will host the website where communities and technology innovators can sign up to create teams that will focus on particular smart city goals and challenges. Partners in the challenge will include the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Departments of Transportation and Health and Human Services, and, from the private sector, Intel, IBM and ARM Holdings, which work in these technology areas.

Examples of current smart city projects include the following:


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Apple CEO on climate change, calls new HQ "greenest building on the planet" | Katie Fehrenbacher | GigaOM Clean Tech

Apple CEO on climate change, calls new HQ "greenest building on the planet" | Katie Fehrenbacher | GigaOM Clean Tech | @The Convergence of ICT & Distributed Renewable Energy | Scoop.it

Following a weekend of record sales for Apple’s newly launched iPhones, Apple CEO Tim Cook conducted a rare live interview on Monday, but it wasn’t about Apple’s new devices. Instead, Cook took the stage at The Climate Group’s opening ceremony for New York’s Climate Week, and talked about the importance of fighting climate change and embracing sustainability for Apple’s employees, for Apple’s customers and for Cook’s generation, the baby boomers.

Cook said that it’s important to highlight that making sustainable choices — like adopting clean power for Apple’s data centers, removing toxins from Apple’s products and making Apple’s supply chain more efficient — can be both economic choices and environmental choices. For example, a more energy efficient supply chain could save money on energy costs, and less toxic materials could also be less expensive to purchase.


“If you innovate and set the bar high, you can do both,” Cook said. Apple is using 94 percent renewable energy, said Cook at one point, “and we’re chipping away to get the last six percent.” For more on Apple’s aggressive clean power plan, check out this report.


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Record CO2 levels fuel urgent calls for emissions cuts | Tim Radford | Climate New Network

Record CO2 levels fuel urgent calls for emissions cuts | Tim Radford | Climate New Network | @The Convergence of ICT & Distributed Renewable Energy | Scoop.it

Global carbon dioxide emissions will this year reach a new record as power stations, cars, buses, trains, aircraft, tractors, factories, farms and cement works continue to burn fossil fuels − releasing an estimated 40 billion tonnes of the greenhouse gas into the atmosphere.

And the world’s chances of limiting global average surface warming to 2°C – an ambition agreed by the world’s political leaders in Copenhagen in 2009 − are dwindling, according to new studies published just ahead of the United Nations summit on climate change opening in New York tomorrow.

Professor Pierre Friedlingstein, Chair in Mathematical Modelling of Climate Systems at Exeter University, UK, and a consortium of colleagues from the UK, Norway, Switzerland, Austria, Germany, the Netherlands and Australia report in Nature Geoscience that despite attempts to reduce fossil fuel dependence, greenhouse gas emissions have on average continued to grow by 2.5% per year for the last decade.


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WhatsApp Doc? Iran’s communications minister told to enforce ban | TeleGeography.com

The head of Iran’s judiciary has given communications minister Mahmoud Vaezi one month to enforce blocks on social media and messaging platforms such as WhatsApp, Viber and Tango.


According to regional news source Al Monitor, Gholam-Hossein Mohseni-Ejei has written to the minister saying: ‘In the last few weeks, criminal content was published and crimes were committed against Islamic modesty and morals, and … widespread offensive content was published against the founder of the Islamic Republic, Imam Khomeini.’


He added that the messaging platforms ‘are managed technically and content-wise outside of the country by countries that are hostile to the system of the Islamic Republic of Iran’.

Three months ago Mohseni-Ejei – who is head of the Committee for Determining Criminal Web Content (CDCWC) – told the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology to close certain social media sites and enforce filtering of content.


In February this year the CDCWC ordered regulators to shut down access to WhatsApp. The chief prosecutor claims that ‘no productive action has taken place’ so far, and that if nothing is done within a month then the judiciary will ‘take the appropriate measures’.

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Denmark: Hi3G expands 3LikeHome initiative to four EU countries | TeleGeography.com

Danish cellco Hi3G has announced that its initiative ‘3LikeHome’, which allows users travelling to Sweden, England, Ireland, Austria, Italy and Hong Kong to make voice calls, use the web and send text messages at the same price as in Denmark, will be extended to four additional destinations in the European Union (EU).


According to a press release, from 22 September Hi3G dropped the roaming charges for users on any network in France, Norway, Switzerland and Germany. The cellco has revealed that since the initiative was introduced in March 2014, data consumption in some of the participating countries has increased by 5,000%.

Hi3G Denmark’s CEO Morten Christiansen commented: ‘We have chosen to take the lead and eliminate the high roaming charges because we can see that customers have a need to be online abroad here and now. There is a heavy financial investment for us, which requires close cooperation with operators in other countries. But we are convinced that it is on this track that the battle for customers could be won. And so far, everything indicates that customers both recognise and reward us for the initiative.’

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DDoS attackers turn fire on ISPs and gaming servers | John Dunn | NetworkWorld.com

DDoS attackers turn fire on ISPs and gaming servers | John Dunn | NetworkWorld.com | @The Convergence of ICT & Distributed Renewable Energy | Scoop.it

DDoS attackers seem to have switched their attention from banks to gaming hosts, ISPs and even enterprises, half-year figures from Chinese mitigation vendor NSFOCUS have confirmed.


The firm's recent statistics show that the peak for DDoS attacks on banks happened in the first half of 2013 when they accounted for an extraordinary 45 percent of all attacks, with enterprises second in the target list at around 25 percent.

By the second half of last year, this had started to change with bank attacks slipping under 10 percent - this has since dropped to fractions of a percent. If banks are now off the menu, online gaming and ISPs are suddenly popular, rising in the first half of 2014 to 10 percent and nearly 15 percent of attacks respectively.

"This indicates how 'trendy' profit-driven hackers can be when selecting their attack prey, choosing the most ripe target for the times," said NSFOCUS's researchers.

Oddly, the firm omits to offer a more detailed explanation for these trends in DDoS attacks, so let's speculate to fill in some of the blanks.

The wave of bank DDoS attacks in early 2013 were part of a wider assault on the sector, which probably had both political and financial motivations. From one side, Iranians actors were said to be hitting US firms as part of a cyberwarfare campaign that had started in 2012. From the other side, criminals started using DDoS as a distraction exercise while they attempted to transfer funds from compromised bank accounts. Both were eventually contained, or so it seems.

This year's spike in attacks on gaming sites seems to be spurred by the actions of individual hacking groups that want to disrupt an a multi-billion online industry, a good example of which would be last week's 'Lizard Group' attack on Destiny, Call of Duty: Ghosts, and Sony's PlayStation Network (PSN). They do it because they can - this kind of DDoS attack is now a cheap commodity.

As for ISPs, these attacks are more significant and probably relate to probes against the infrastructure that holds up many online services. ISPs offer a good test bed for new types of attack.


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The Surprising Truth About the UN | Michael Soussan | The Weekly Wonk

The Surprising Truth About the UN | Michael Soussan | The Weekly Wonk | @The Convergence of ICT & Distributed Renewable Energy | Scoop.it

Each September since 1945 has delivered a delightfully awkward few days when world leaders – some of whose armies have bludgeoned each other all year on the battlefields– all converge on the UN General Assembly in New York.

The meeting inevitably provides ammunition for commentators who think the UN is impotent – “all talk and no action.” But this underestimates the impact – both positive and negative – that the UN can have around the globe.

The key to using the UN correctly is to be realistic about where it can, by nature, make a difference, and where it risks being sandwiched between so many competing interests that its leaders are forced bend over backwards to please all sides and end up pleasing none.


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Iceland's Bárðarbunga: Stop Me If You've Heard This One... | DailyKos.com

Iceland's Bárðarbunga: Stop Me If You've Heard This One... | DailyKos.com | @The Convergence of ICT & Distributed Renewable Energy | Scoop.it

Today's top story: the eruption on Holuhraun has had a much higher output than had been previously thought. That is, 2 1/2 times higher.

Compared to other well known lava eruptions, this is quite sizeable. Kilauea produces about 5 cubic meters per second; the current eruption on Holuhraun presently produces more lava in a week than Kilauea produces in a year. The eruption has produced more lava and in a shorter period of time than Mauna Loa's famous 1950 eruption, and has already produced 3/5ths the amount of lava as Mauna Loa's bigger eruption that began in 1872 which took five years to complete. Hekla's 1947 eruption was roughly that size as well, and took 8 months to complete - an average flow rate 1/8th of the current eruption's.


Þorbjrgarhraun is now bigger than all of the other Icelandic lava eruptions in the past 150 years. Surtsey was only 400m km³; Heimaey, 230m; Krafla (everything together over 9 years), 250m. The list only goes down from there. Yet despite this amazing flow, pressure is not dropping, it's actually building.

But it's not the simple stats that make it impressive - it's that it's not doing this with some easy route through the caldera. The volcano is doing this through a 50 kilometer long dike (the distance from downtown Philadelphia, PA to Wilmington, DE) that's only approximately 3 meters wide, not counting the vertical movement necessary to reach the surface. By contrast, an eruption in the caldera would require only vertical movement, about 9 kilometers, and has the potential for an orders of magnitude larger "gap" to erupt through than a three meter crack.


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Rockefeller family divesting $50 billion from fossil fuel investments | Jan Hayden | DailyKos.com

Rockefeller family divesting $50 billion from fossil fuel investments | Jan Hayden | DailyKos.com | @The Convergence of ICT & Distributed Renewable Energy | Scoop.it

The Rockefeller family is putting its money where its mouth is:

Heirs to the Rockefeller family, which made its vast fortune from oil, are to sell investments in fossil fuels and reinvest in clean energy, reports say.

The Rockefeller Brothers Fund is joining a coalition of philanthropists pledging to rid themselves of more than $50 bn (£31 bn) in fossil fuel assets.

Representatives say they are certain it was what John D. Rockefeller would've wanted:

Rockefeller Brothers Fund director Stephen Heintz said the move to divest from fossil fuels would be in line with oil tycoon John D Rockefeller's wishes,

"We are quite convinced that if he were alive today, as an astute businessman looking out to the future, he would be moving out of fossil fuels and investing in clean, renewable energy," Mr Heintz said in a statement.

This is part of a trend that seems to be gaining real momentum.

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Google to build gigantic 120-megawatt data center in the Netherlands | David Meyer | GigaOM Tech News

Google to build gigantic 120-megawatt data center in the Netherlands | David Meyer | GigaOM Tech News | @The Convergence of ICT & Distributed Renewable Energy | Scoop.it

Google is set to build an enormous data center in Eemshaven, in the Dutch province of Groningen. According to local reports, it will invest €600 million ($772 million) in the project over four years.

The company already uses a TCN-owned, 20-megawatt data center in Eemshaven, which pitches itself as an ideal location for such things – it has access to many kinds of renewable energy, it’s a landing station for international internet cables and it has a mild climate that’s conducive to cheaper cooling.

According to De Telegraaf, the new 120-megawatt data center will create 100 to 200 new jobs in Groningen. Construction will begin in 2016. Apple has also reportedly considered siting a new data center there, and Microsoft is also building a large new data center in Middenmeer, Noord-Holland.


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According to a Google blog post, the company will continue using its rented facility in Eemshaven. The new 120-megawatt data center will create around 150 permanent jobs in Groningen. Construction will begin in 2016 and the facility should be fully operational by the end of 2017. Apple has also reportedly considered siting a new data center there, and Microsoft is also building a large new data center in Middenmeer, Noord-Holland.

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How 3D Printing Will Impact Your Future | Rudy de Waele | The Next Web

How 3D Printing Will Impact Your Future | Rudy de Waele | The Next Web | @The Convergence of ICT & Distributed Renewable Energy | Scoop.it

The first time I saw a 3D-printer in action was when I participated to the Singularity University Executive Program in the spring of 2011. It was a place that offered corporate executives and entrepreneurs the tools to predict and evaluate how emerging technologies will disrupt and transform their industries, companies, careers and lives.

Since then, I have been following the explosion of 3D-printing products and services closely and it’s an integral part in most of my talks for clients and at conferences.

During the program we visited TechShop; there, we experimented with miniature 3D modeling, as well as the Autodesk offices in San Francisco. Those visits really blew my mind as I realized the broad possibilities of use and the impact 3D printing could have in many different sectors. It was incredible to see last week at the 3D-printshow in London how this industry has grown in just three years’ time.

Everyday, more people have access to 3D-printing technology thanks to the open-source hardware DIY clubs, hacker and maker spaces and Maker Faires that popping up in cities around the globe. Good international examples are Wevolver in London and Amsterdam, the FabLabs, and the more recently, the 3D Hubs network, which grew from connecting a couple of hundred 3D-printers to more than 7,000 in less than a year’s time.

Easy access to top class 3D modeling and design apps and software like 123D Design (available for PC or Mac, iPhone and iPad or through a Web application) makes it accessible for many people to start printing in 3D in their own neighborhood.

More 3D-printing marketplaces and Service Centers are being opened everywhere by entrepreneurs betting on a lucrative market to explode the next years. Shapeways and Maker6 are pioneers in this area in the US, while iMaterialise is well-known in Europe (Belgium).

Some of the big players are already positioning towards a 3D-printing consumer boom as well, such as the recently launched Amazon’s 3D-printing Store or the UPS Store’s in the US.


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Tea Party Reps Offer Theatrics on Exploding Oil Trains | Blog | BillMoyers.com

Tea Party Reps Offer Theatrics on Exploding Oil Trains | Blog | BillMoyers.com | @The Convergence of ICT & Distributed Renewable Energy | Scoop.it

As we noted earlier this month, trains full of rich crude oil from North Dakota’s Bakken shale boom are rumbling across America in greater and greater numbers. And sometimes they explode. Congress recently waded into the issue with a hearing on the safety concerns surrounding these oil trains.

Crude from North Dakota’s Bakken formation is particularly explosive, and the trains that carry it to refineries around the country, referred to as “bomb trains” by activists, drew widespread concern after a devastating derailment last year claimed the lives of 47 in Lac-Mégantic, Quebec, a small Canadian town near the border with Maine. Many local- and state-level officials have been aggressive in seeking to protect their constituents from a similar disaster, and in July the Obama administration proposed new rules to regulate these trains — though some say the plan would not go far enough.

When House Republicans announced a hearing on the issue, the panel’s name, “Hearing on Bakken Petroleum: The Substance of Energy Independence,” indicated something of a bias toward Big Oil. And the hearing itself, DeSmogBlog — an environmentalist news site that watches oil trains closely — notes, ended up as little more than an opportunity for the chairs of several relevant committees to obfuscate the science around the dangerous nature of Bakken crude.


The worst offender was Georgia Republican Paul Broun. Though a doctor, Broun is not modern science’s biggest fan. “All that stuff I was taught about evolution and embryology and the Big Bang Theory, all that is lies straight from the pit of Hell,” he once said. “Scientists all over this world say that the idea of human induced global climate change is one of the greatest hoaxes perpetrated out of the scientific community. It is a hoax. There is no scientific consensus,” he declared on another occasion.


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Google: We’re parting with the climate change skeptics at ALEC | Brian Fung | WashPost.com

Google: We’re parting with the climate change skeptics at ALEC | Brian Fung | WashPost.com | @The Convergence of ICT & Distributed Renewable Energy | Scoop.it

Google is going to stop funding a key conservative group because of its stance on climate change, executive chairman Eric Schmidt revealed Monday.

In an interview with NPR's Diane Rehm, Schmidt said that the American Legislative Exchange Council had been "literally lying" about the reality of climate change — a fact that led Google to reconsider its financial contributions to the organization.

"The consensus within the company was that that was some sort of mistake and so we're trying to not do that in the future," Schmidt said of the funding.


Google had initially supported ALEC over an "unrelated" issue, Schmidt told Rehm. But ALEC's stand on climate change convinced Google to pull its support.


"The company has a very strong view that we should make decisions in politics based on facts — what a shock," said Schmidt. "And the facts of climate change are not in question anymore. Everyone understands climate change is occurring and the people who oppose it are really hurting our children and our grandchildren and making the world a much worse place. And so we should not be aligned with such people — they're just, they're just literally lying."


Google said it will not be renewing its ALEC membership at the end of the year.


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Let's not forget that Schmidt is grubbing for big federal loans.  He has put big subsidized investments into solar power stations. He wants you, the American taxpayer, to help pay for the power to run his data centers.  Google doesn't need your money but is still determined to get it.  Crony capitalism is in full display and dissent shall not be tolerated.

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Iridium's next-gen satellite network will search for missing planes at no charge | Kevin Fitchard | GigaOM Tech News

Iridium's next-gen satellite network will search for missing planes at no charge | Kevin Fitchard | GigaOM Tech News | @The Convergence of ICT & Distributed Renewable Energy | Scoop.it

When Iridium’s new satellites will start blasting into orbit next year on top of SpaceX and Dnepr rockets, they’ll be carrying a special payload: an aircraft tracking system that will be able to locate a plane anywhere in the world once Iridium’s 66-satellite constellation is fully operational in 2017.

The service is run by Aireon, a joint venture between Iridium and government aviation agencies in Canada and Europe, and it plans on charging airline for its core flight monitoring services. But Aireon said it would open the network up gratis to international rescue agencies during emergencies, allowing them to home in on missing aircraft.

In the case of Malaysia Airlines 370, which disappeared in March, the emergency service could have helped in locating and the possible rescue of the still missing flight by plotting its exact GPS coordinates every few seconds. The technology behind it is called Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B), and transponders using it are being installed in new and old commercial aircraft.

Iridium birds won’t be the only ones listening for ADS-B signals either, both Inmarsat and Globalstar are putting the locator tech on their aircraft and will be offering competing flight monitoring services. Iridium, however, has the slight advantage of offering pole-to-pole coverage, which given the artic great circle routes taken by many transcontinental flights would be very handy.

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Statement from Campaign Director Brant Olson on Google Dropping ALEC | Forecast the Facts

Statement from Campaign Director Brant Olson on Google Dropping ALEC | Forecast the Facts | @The Convergence of ICT & Distributed Renewable Energy | Scoop.it

Forecast the Facts was pleased to hear Google Chairman Eric Schmidt announce today on The Diane Rehm Show that Google will pull its support from The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) due to the organization’s support of climate change denial–a move requested by more than 100,000 members of Forecast the Facts since starting its #DontFundEvil campaign last year.

As Schmidt said, ‘The facts of climate change are not in question anymore, everyone understands that climate change is occurring, and the people who oppose it are really hurting our children and our grandchildren and making the world a much worse place, and we should not be aligned with such people. They are just literally lying.’ We couldn’t agree more, and we hope Google will also take this opportunity review its over $699,000 in contributions since 2008 to another group that is “just literally lying” — climate change deniers in Congress.”


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