It took FIFA a long time to take on board video technology to assist referees on the field. After all, cricket has been using its decision review system for a long time. In rugby, referees can send certain decisions to a television match official, or TMO, to help them decide whether a tackle was too high, if a player’s feet were put into touch before scoring, and whether a ball has been properly grounded for a try. Indeed, tennis has been using technology to help with line decisions for even longer. And yet, it is understandable why football resisted the many calls for VAR – or something like it – for so long. Far from clearing up contentious on-field calls, the technology only seems to transfer the decision making from real time to a frame-by-frame process with all of its nuances and possible interpretations. [Read more…]
The FIRE movement is one that has gained traction in recent years. In fact, FIRE – which stands for financial independence, retire early – dates back to the early 1990s when Vicki Robin and Joe Dominguez published Your Money or Your Life which went on to become a best-seller. The movement has gained traction from podcasts such as Firedrill which is made by Gwen Merz from her home in the United States. In addition, another book, Early Retirement Extreme, written by Jacob Lund Fisker has helped to make the principles behind the FIRE movement better known since it was published in 2010. [Read more…]
There are all sorts of physical activities which are known to have a positive impact on people who are suffering from common mental disorders, such as anxiety or stress. When it comes to the more serious conditions, like post traumatic stress disorder – or PTSD – more tailored approaches often need to be worked out to assist people with their recoveries. One such approach that is gathering more and more interest is surfing. So-called surf therapy has been the subject of scientific research programmes on both sides of the Atlantic and medical professionals are now hoping that it can be turned into a programme that will assist all sorts of patients with a wide range of conditions. [Read more…]
The internet was developed from the mid-1950s whereby packet switching was utilised to pass data back and forth over a network. So-called internet protocol communications were first put into action in the 1970s. The interconnectivity that the burgeoning internet was suggesting would only become possible with further steps. It still needed a system to give it a practical application. Until the world wide web was invented by a scientist working at CERN – the European Organisation for Nuclear Research – no such system existed. Before Tim Berners-Lee, the Englishman who came up with the notion of the world wide web, the internet was only used for small networks, to connect some of the world’s supercomputers and for certain military applications. What Berners-Lee developed was a system whereby all of the world’s computers could connect to one another in a meaningful way. His invention has just turned 30 years of age. Do we really understand it?
What Is the World Wide Web?
In 1980, Berners-Lee used his computer at CERN to share information in a novel way. Other scientists could look up information and search for data on a system he called ‘Enquire’. This made use of the internet protocols invented elsewhere which – crucially – meant that his colleagues could look up information held on his computer from another terminal. Over the course of the next ten years, he developed his system to make it work in a variety of situations so that scientists all over the world could access each other’s records. By December 1990, what we would now understand to be the world wide web was up and running and academics started to use it like a virtual library which could be constantly referred to and updated. [Read more…]
Google has produced what has turned out to be by far the most popular web browser to date. Since it was first released in 2008, the browser has taken over around two-thirds of the total global usage. Nevertheless, it has a couple of issues that has caused some people to look at the alternatives. Firstly, Chrome tends to depend on a lot of RAM to be available which can slow other programs that are running at the same time as the browser. This is especially the case when you have several tabs open at the same time. PCs tend to become progressively unresponsive using it. [Read more…]
The celestial calendar was pretty rich in the early part of 2019 but it does not matter if you missed some of the more exciting events in the night’s sky. There are plenty more heavenly sights to keep a look out for over the course of the rest of the year. Whether you are an amateur astronomer or someone who takes stargazing very seriously, 2019 looks set to be something of a vintage year. All you need is a cloud-free night that allows you to view some of the following upcoming celestial events. So what does 2019 hold in store? [Read more…]
There’s absolutely nothing wrong with eating a pizza whilst enjoying the gaming experience at an online casino, but the fine dining you can often get at a real casino is one of the chief reasons to get out and take your seat at a table. Of course, not all bricks and mortar casinos are set up for high-quality dining but, these days, many are. In fact, the quality of the food that is now on offer at some of the world’s leading gaming centres is getting better and better. In years to come, casinos could easily rival many of the globe’s top restaurants. Some are already! Want to know more about the top casinos which offer great food, too? Read on. [Read more…]
The world of eSports is steadily becoming more mainstream. These organised competitions based on video games existed as far back as the 1970s, however, their regulation, participation and spectator appeal have all been growing progressively since the early 2000’s. These days, approximately 1.6 billion people know a little – or a lot – about competitive video gaming, and that number just keeps on growing. [Read more…]
In 1990, super model Linda Evangelista famously said that she wouldn’t get out of bed for less that $10,000 a day. Now, that was a while ago and if you consider inflation and all that, the figure could well be a million dollars by today’s standard. Thankfully, there’s a lingerie brand that will get Linda out of bed in a flash, as Victoria’s Secret has a bra that’s worth a cool $1 million. Well, they have a few actually, as their Fantasy Bra holds centre stage on the catwalk annually, and each year a new design is debuted.
How can an article of clothing – underwear no less- be worth this much? By covering it in diamonds, of course. [Read more…]