Exposing China's vast underground economy High performance access to file storage Analysis A new academic study has set out to illuminate for the first time the size and structure of the Chinese online underground, and found it affected nearly a quarter of the country’s internet users last year and cost the economy over 5 billion yuan (£500m). Investigating China’s Online Underground Economy was put together by researchers at California University’s Institute on Global Conflict and Co-operation to highlight the scale and sophistication of China’s cyber black market and to aid global collaboration efforts against hi-tech crime. The report claims that in 2011 the online underground involved over 90,000 participants, costing the local economy 5.36 billion yuan (£536m), making victims of 110m internet users (roughly 22 per cent) and affecting 1.1m web sites (20 per cent). As elsewhere, real assets are mainly stolen by phishing and Trojans. A very Chinese approach to cyber crime
Buying bank-owned properties - Trulia Voices If a lender takes ownership of a property, either through an agreement with the owner during pre-foreclosure or at public auction, the lender will usually want to re-sell the property to recover the unpaid loan amount. Check out the tips below to find out how you can navigate a bank-owned purchase. Find and file properties It's important to get up-to-date bank-owned property information and act on it as quickly as possible. If there's no redemption period mandated by state law, the bank may re-sell repossessed property quickly. Develop a system to keep track of properties that interest you.
Accounting changes add up to turf war PEAK accounting body CPA Australia wants to increase pathways into the profession and the universities are not happy. But while this looks like an arcane argument over accreditation, it involves broader questions of how national qualifications are assessed in a global education market and whether people will always pay for an expensive education when lower-cost options are on offer. At the heart of the dispute between CPA and the Accounting and Finance Association, representing trans-Tasman academics, is the professional body's plan to offer its own study material and exams designed to assess an individual's technical knowledge, gained on the job or through study. From next year passing these exams will offer an alternative to a recognised accounting degree as a prerequisite for CPA's professional level training, said Paul Wappett, the body's executive general manager for international development.
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Chris B. Leyerle: A Renewable Future Present-Day Germany ~ Europe's largest national economy hit a milestone in the first half of this year—for the first time, 25% of German electricity generation came from renewable sources. Wind energy was the largest contributor of green power, accounting for 9.2 percent of all energy output... Biomass, or material acquired from living organisms, accounted for 5.7 percent and solar technology for 5.3 percent. Germany is the largest market for electricity in Europe, and has long been a leader in boldly reshaping its energy policy, including forswearing all nuclear after Japan's Fukushima disaster. Interestingly, the policy has been driven the past many years by the country's conservative parties. Internship - Communications Intern · The AIRE Centre Start Date: ASAP Job Title: Communications Intern Job Type: Full-time or Part-time
A High Resolution Experience There’s a new generation of devices really changing how we look at the web, Apple calls it Retina, others call it HiDPI (high dots per inch), but it’s been trickling its way up mostly through mobile phones and then in tablets with the iPad 3. Basically the idea is that the pixels are so close together you can’t even see them, even if you put your nose right up to the screen. (Wipe off your screen now.) My mind was personally blown when I first saw the new Retina Macbook Pro — basically Apple took the clarity of the retina screen and brought it to full 15″ laptop (which also has amazing other specs) and the result is remarkable. So much so that it ruins you, like the first time you saw a HDTV and then had to look back at a regular one again.
Body found in search for missing 14-year-old Jessica Blake - Crime - UK Police teams searching for missing Jessica Blake were called to a wooded area near Chester Avenue, Bervely, near Hull, at around 16:00 this afternoon where they found the body of a young girl. The body is yet to be identified but Jessica's family have been informed of the discovery. A major police search was underway after the 14-year-old girl was reported missing from her home yesterday afternoon. Jessica is believed to have left her home in a distressed state and was last seen riding a pink bicycle and carrying a yellow newspaper bag in her home town of Beverley, near Hull, in East Yorkshire. The 14-year-old had a regular paper round but local police cannot confirm if she had reported to the newsagent she worked for on the day of her disappearance. Earlier, a Humberside Police spokesman said: "Police are concerned for her welfare as this is out of character for Jessica and she is believed to have been in a distressed state of mind when she left home.
Using Social Media to Test Your Idea Before You Try to Sell It Offerings from Creme Delicious. When starting a business, new entrepreneurs often spend time naming the business and developing a logo and printing business cards and perfecting the look and feel of their packaging before they know whether they have a viable product or service. There’s now a better way — social media has become the ultimate tool for market research. Stephanie Clifford wrote an article for The Times this week about how big corporations are replacing focus groups with social media, but it works for small businesses, too. Thanks to social media — especially Twitter — small businesses now have the ability to determine what their customers want and what they are willing to pay. I put out a quick social media call for small businesses on Facebook, Twitter and Google+ who have used social media for market research and within minutes found companies willing to share their experiences.
INDEPENDENT online David Pace, Pierluigi Paganini Ron Kelson 25 Years After First Solar Restaurant, Germany Breaks 25% Renewable Energy Barrier Rappenecker Huette/Promo imageGuests enjoy a pause for beer or a meal at the Rappenecker Huette, Europe's first solar restaurant; Inset: Solar panels on restaurant roof (Fraunhofer Institute) 25 years to 25 percent. A good start towards Germany's aggressive renewable energy goals. According to German law (pdf), renewable energy shall account for: 35% of the electricity production by 2020,50% by 2030, 65% by 2040,80% by 2050.
Brain Hacking: Scientists Extract Personal Secrets With Commercial Hardware Chalk this up to super-creepy: scientists have discovered a way to mind-read personal secrets, such as bank PIN numbers and personal associations, using a cheap headset. Utilizing commercial brain-wave reading devices, often used for hands-free gaming, the researchers discovered that they could identify when subjects recognized familiar objects, faces, or locations, which helped them better guess sensitive information. Security interrogators could benefit most immediately from the new brain hacking technique, since it would reveal when suspects are actually familiar with the face of a potential accomplice. As for bank information, scientists could guess the first PIN number only 40% of the time.