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Luddites blame Wi-Fi for kid’s death

Stories like this make my blood boil.

This family have tragically lost their son to cancer and somehow it is the school’s fault for having wi-fi installed…never mind that they had it in their house as well…and nevermind that their fears are based on no evidence at all.

Two New Zealand parents think a school’s Wi-Fi may have killed their son.

Ethan Wyman, 10, died of brain cancer earlier this year after an 11-month battle.

His parents now want Wi-Fi removed from his school because they believe students there are being exposed to radiation that could lead them to suffer Ethan’s fate.

Though numerous studies have found that Wi-Fi signals do not present any public health risk, Ethan’s Te Horo School has sent a survey to all parents asking if the wireless internet should be removed.  Read more »

WhaleTech: Run, don’t walk, to Google Maps for iOS

google maps on iOS6Got an iPhone on iOS6?  You can finally dump that awful, terrible, unbelievably bad abortion called Apple Maps.

After an agonising wait, Google Maps for iOS6 has been released, and you should get it now.

Why?  Many reasons.  For one, it’s free (always a good reason).  Two, you don’t actually like Apple Maps, do you?   Three, Google’s mapping data is (ahem) Streets Ahead.

And the most important reason is that it will finally shut up all your Android loving friends and their lame Apple Map jokes.

With Google maps you’ll also get Streetview and a free turn-by-turn navigator that’s getting better and better rivalling the cheaper dedicated car-nav options.

Another benefit from using Google Map is that it remembers what you’ve searched for across all your devices (if you’re logged in).  So search for a street on the PC or Mac, then hop in the car, and Google Maps knows all about it.

 

What:  Google Maps 1.0 for iOS
Get it here: http://goo.gl/O7ohO
How much: $0.00

Requirements: Compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation), iPod touch (5th generation) and iPad. Requires iOS 5.1 or later. Optimized for iPhone 5.

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Get your worm app

As you probably already know on the November 21 TV3 election debate they are letting people with smart phones participate with the Roy Morgan Reactor App (the Worm) for people with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

You can download the Roy Morgan Reactor App (the Worm) for people with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch from the Apple App Store.

For those with Android devices you can get it from the Android Marketplace.

Loyal army members with these devices should download in preparation.

Lost and Found department – Natty's Nano

Found by honest Whaleoil fan – Danny Doolan’s bar Melbourne Cup night, in wee small hours. Didn’t hand to bar staff because they’d thief it. Here at Gotcha we don’t like thieves so wish to give Natty full opportunity to have his/her property returned. Natty is a lover of dance music.

To claim contact tipline telling us the name of the guy in the video track….

A classic example of why you should always take the inscription i-pod option so honest decent folk can call you when they find your gear

Natty's Nano

Natty's Nano

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Spam Journalism – The risks of living

Two egregious articles of spam journalism int eh past two days.

The first is the case of a Segway owner riding his device off a cliff. The media have leapt upon this as a case of Segways being lethal.

Segway: Is it safe to ride?

The death of James (Jimi) Heselden, the British owner of the company that makes the two-wheeled electric vehicle, has prompted the question.

Heselden, according to police, fell off a cliff in Englandwhile testing an all-terrain version of the Segway scooter Sunday. Heselden led a group of British investors who bought the company in December 2009.

A report published online today in the Annals of Emergency Medicine, says that injuries sustained while riding Segway transporters are on the rise, based on Washington, D.C., emergency room data.

and this article in Stuff

Safety concerns after Segway death

The Segway was supposed to revolutionise human transportation but now the owner of the company that makes them is dead and questions are being raised over the safety of the two-wheeled motorised machines.

Not long after it was revealed that the British millionaire owner of Segway Inc, James Heselden, died after driving one over a cliff, a new study has been published online in the Annals of Emergency Medicine reporting that injuries associated with the transporter are increasing.

I haven’t seen the calls from the media for mountain bikes and skateboards to be investigated for rising deaths and injury. Life has risks and it is impossible to mitigate them away, much and all as the greens and other meddlers would like to.

Another example was in The Herald today;

iPod warning after teen girl’s death

iPod users are being warned by police to be vigilant on the roads after the death of a young woman who was hit by a car while listening to music.

It is believed to be the third case in the past year in which a pedestrian or cyclist listening to an iPod has been distracted and killed.

Life support for Taranaki woman Cushla Marie Girling was switched off on Sunday night after the 19-year-old was struck by a four-wheel-drive in New Plymouth.

She was walking home in the rain from work at a bakery, listening to music on her iPod, when she was hit.

Using the logic of Malcolm Harbrow at no Right Turn, if the government doesn’t move to ban the listening of iPods when near roads, or Segways near cliffs then they are contributing to murder and should be prosecuted.