Griffin on Tech: the Mega pirates fess up

Peter Griffin, Editor. 23 June 2022, 12:32 pm Yesterday will have been a particularly bleak winter day for Kim Dotcom as he wandered the grounds of his mansion outside Glenorchy. In the High Court at Auckland, Bram van der Kolk, 39, and Mathias Ortmann, his former colleagues at file hosting company Megaupload, were pleading guilty […]

Why do we find writing our own CV’s so hard? 5 Tips

Victoria MacLennan. 23 June 2022, 9:53 am Last night I edited a friends CV and found it so easy to do, write about her virtues, her amazing skills, her achievements – yet 6 months ago confronted with writing my own CV when applying for this role I found it incredibly confronting, humbling and an irrational […]

Ports of automation: where Auckland went wrong

That same year, I was running a business that had many transport companies for customers, including the largest in NZ. In the course of that business, we often heard concerns about the (in)efficiency of POAL. Remember this is all nearly ten years ago. Fast forward to June 2022 and Port of Tauranga is still the […]

The Download: China’s possible surveillance sanctions, and hacking locusts

You may never have heard of Hikvision, but chances are you’ve already been captured by one of its millions of cameras. The Chinese company’s products can be found anywhere from police surveillance systems to baby monitors in more than 190 countries. Its ability to make decent-quality products at cheap prices (as well as its ties […]

Maximize business value with data-driven strategies

3. Empowering sustainable decision-makingEnvironmental, social, and governance (ESG) issues are making companies rethink the way they do business. Whether it’s planning decisions around building locations, future supply chain routes, or the amount of insurance to buy, almost every aspect of business operations is impacted by ESG. Artificial intelligence tools, which can ingest and analyze all […]

How to get started with machine learning and AI

Enlarge / “It’s a cookbook?!” Aurich Lawson | Getty Images reader comments 4 with 4 posters participating Share this story “Artificial Intelligence” as we know it today is, at best, a misnomer. AI is in no way intelligent, but it is artificial. It remains one of the hottest topics in industry and is enjoying a renewed […]

Energy-hungry data centers are quietly moving into cities

When you think of data centers, you probably picture a giant server farm in a rural area where electricity is cheap and tax breaks are plentiful. Big tech companies like Google, Amazon Web Services, Microsoft, and Meta have placed millions of square feet worth of server space in places like Northern Virginia or Hillsboro, Oregon. […]

The world’s biggest surveillance company you’ve never heard of

For example, the research found 55,455 Hikvision networks in London. “From my experience of just walking around London, it would probably be several times over that. They’re in almost every supermarket,” says Samuel Woodhams, a researcher at Top10VPN who carried out the study. The prevalence of Hikvision cameras overseas has caused anxieties around national security, […]

Mega says it can’t decrypt your files. New POC exploit shows otherwise

reader comments 9 with 9 posters participating Share this story In the decade since larger-than-life character Kim Dotcom founded Mega, the cloud storage service has amassed 250 million registered users and stores a whopping 120 billion files that take up more than 1,000 petabytes of storage. A key selling point that has helped fuel the […]

A locust’s brain has been hacked to sniff out cancer

In all cases, the animals are thought to be sensing chemicals that people emit through body odor or breath. The mix of chemicals can vary depending on a person’s metabolism, which is thought to change when we get sick. But dogs are expensive to train and look after. And making a device that mimics a […]