TSA Gone Wild [infographic]

December 20, 2010 |  by  |  Lifestyle  |  No Comments
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With several people traveling in the coming days to visit family over the holidays, I thought this infographic would be appropriate. Never having been on a plane, shocking I know, I have never known the troubles of airport security. However, I have been the chauffeur of several pick ups and drop offs and know that security has made it to where you, the passenger, have to arrive anywhere from two to three hours ahead of take off.

Airport security has changed so much, that even I, someone never having been on a plane, can notice the changes. For example, when I was young I remember walking my aunt all the way to the gate. In the post 9/11 world, family good byes must end within what seems like the 30 feet behind the entrance. While from the outside there seems to be only a few changes to airport security, the passenger is the one who appears to be suffering the most.

Not only have prices to fly gone up in the recent years, airport security has made being a passenger a burden. Many argue the ethics of the new airport methods of security, but their intent is to keep us safe. The evolution of airport security has been an interesting one, beginning with drug dogs and resulting in full body scans. Thanks to Gizmodo, many of these images were released on the internet, raising questions as to how much we can really trust those trying to protect us. If those trying to protect us can’t protect their files, why should we allow them to treat us the way they do? [via]

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10 Things To Know About Torture [infographic]

December 17, 2010 |  by  |  Politics  |  No Comments
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Torture has been around for hundreds of years, but only recently have governments actually tried to stop the use of torture. It hasn’t really stopped it, but acknowledging that torture needs to stop is a step in the right direction. [Via]

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The State of Cloud Computing [infographic]

December 16, 2010 |  by  |  Tech  |  No Comments
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Today, everything seems to be moving into the cloud. In 2005, investment in cloud computing was about $26 million. But in 2009, the investment grew to $370 million, more than 10 times of what was invested in 2005. What is most impressive is Gartner’s prediction that investment will soar to a whopping $148 billion by 2013.

Cloud computing, also known as Internet computing, provides us with much convenience. As long as you’re connected to the Internet, you can access your data stored in cloud. But the rapid growth of cloud computing gives rise to storage shortage problem. In 2009, 35 percent of digital content created couldn’t be stored in the cloud due to storage shortage. IDC estimates that this figure would rise to 60 percent over the next decade. [Via]

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Where College Students Spend Money [infographic]

December 15, 2010 |  by  |  eCommerce  |  2 Comments
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It would be so nice if I got paid to go to college. [Via]

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10 Common Misconceptions Dispelled [infographic]

December 14, 2010 |  by  |  Mind-Blowing  |  1 Comment
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Misconceptions are a funny thing.  You can go your whole life thinking something is right, and then suddenly, your world gets flipped upside down when you find out you’ve always been wrong. Per example, I always thought the word “queue” was pronounced “qway,” when one day I said it and after much ridicule, quickly learned that is not right. Apparently it is pronounced “q,” I was truly embarrassed because I was the only person out of my group of friends who did not know the correct pronunciation.

The misconceptions in this infographic, I feel, are more common than my not being able to pronounce queue correctly. The biggest surprise for me in going through this infographic was number nine. I had learned in a SCIENCE class that water spins a different direction depending on the hemisphere you are in.  According to this infographic my teacher lied. In order for the Coriolis Effect to happen, the spinning water needs to be on a much larger scale than your sink or toilet.

Hopefully you will enjoy this infographic as much as I did.  Next time someone suggests one of these you can outwit the smart-aleck friend and correct them. If you have read this infographic then you already know misconception number 7.  We in fact use all of our brain, not just 10%. Not only that, but you use it all very efficiently and as we get older, our brain becomes more and more efficient, due to synapses dying off as we age. The coolest thing about this infographic, is it not only says which misconception are wrong, but why they are wrong. [via]

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