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‘Thou shalt not troll’: Church of England issues ‘nine Commandments of social media’

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

BTS SIO please read here (+ 2 videos to train for the oral exam)

 

worst passwords

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

BTS SIO please read here

Five hidden perks in your pay packet

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

Five hidden perks in your pay packet

                        By Nathalie Bonney | Moneywise – Mon, Jan 20, 2014 16:13 GMT

Yahoo Finance UK – Tue, Jan 21, 2014 17:42 GMT

 

More than half of employees say their company has either frozen or cut pay over the past year, according to the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. But while there may be little chance of getting a pay rise this year, there are employee benefits that can boost your salary.

1. Salary sacrifice

This is where your employer reduces your salary in return for specific benefits, such as pension contributions, gym membership or private medical insurance. The advantage of moving this money over to cover these types of benefits is that you’ll pay less tax on your salary.

Basic-rate taxpayers will benefit from having access to extras they otherwise couldn’t afford, while higher-rate taxpayers can cut a chunk off their income tax bill.

For example, if someone earning £112,950 uses salary sacrifice to reduce their salary to £100,000, putting the additional £12,950 into their pension would reduce their tax bill by £7,750, according to Standard Life.

2. Wellbeing

Larger companies will benefit from more attractive discounts with the big gyms like LA Fitness or Virgin Active because the gyms know they’re onto a good corporate deal. Smaller-sized companies may have less negotiating power but you may still be able to get 10% off gym membership.

The benefits you’ll get from company medical insurance schemes work in much the same way. Some offer free health checks, which are worth up to £500, so take advantage of these.
3. Company cars

These tend to be the preserve of senior management and employees considered ‘essential drivers’. However, salary sacrifice is an easy way for employers to open up the offer to all employees. Choosing a more fuel-efficient vehicle will also reduce the tax you pay.

Agreements typically last three to four years, with the option of buying the vehicle at the end. Monthly deductions can be as little as £150, rising to £400 to 500 for a top-range vehicle.

Also consider the cycle-to-work scheme (cyclescheme.co.uk and bikehub.co.uk) – this is a salary sacrifice scheme whereby your employer buys you a bike and you repay it out of your gross monthly salary, so you save on tax too.
4. Holiday buyback

Employers tend to allow employees to carry over a number of unused holiday days to the following year’s annual leave.

However, if you’re unable to take all of your holiday because of the demands of work and would therefore have to carry over a lot of extra days, it’s worth seeing if your employer will buy these back.

Taking a more long-term view, ask your employer if you could start saving a small amount of your salary each month towards buying extra days that would eventually allow you to have a sabbatical of 10 to 12 weeks.

5. Discounts

Depending on what your employer does, you may be able to take advantage of discounts like money off electronic goods or insurance products. It might allow you to either buy these on a discounted basis and/or through salary sacrifice, which means you won’t be charged tax.

 

Independent Scotland faces ‘significant’ fiscal gap

Wednesday, January 8th, 2014

Scotland’s ageing population, declining North Sea oil revenues and higher borrowing costs will create a perfect storm if the country breaks away from Britain, Institute for Fiscal Studies warns

Scotland

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Facebook ‘dead and buried’ as teens switch to Snapchat and Whatsapp

Tuesday, January 7th, 2014

Teens are embarrassed to even be associated with the social network as more and more parents attempt to ‘friend’ their children

eenagers are turning their back on Facebook ‘in their droves’ and switching to simpler social networks and messaging apps, new research has found.

Not only are 16-18 year olds moving on to rivals such as Snapchat, Whatsapp and even Twitter, teens are embarrassed to be so much as associated with Facebook, as their parents adopt the network, researchers said.

“Where once parents worried about their children joining Facebook, the children now say it is their family that insists they stay there to post about their lives,” said Daniel Miller, a Professor of Anthropology at University College London, who works on the Global Social Media Impact Study.

“Parents have worked out how to use the site and see it as a way for the family to remain connected. In response, the young are moving on to cooler things.

“What we’ve learned from working with 16-18 year olds in the UK is that Facebook is not just on the slide, it is basically dead and buried.”

Prof Miller, writing on academic news website the Conversation, added that the research found that “slick isn’t always best” as even the teenagers that took part in the study admitted that Facebook is technically better than its rivals.

“It is more integrated, better for photo albums, organising parties and more effective for observing people’s relationships,” he said, yet other factors are much more important  to teens – namely the fact they are likely to get a friend request from their mum on Facebook.

“You just can’t be young and free if you know your parents can access your every indiscretion,” he said.

“It is nothing new that young people care about style and status in relation to their peers, and Facebook is simply not cool anymore.”

Instead, rather than using the network to communicate with each other, teens use Facebook as a link to older family and older siblings who have gone to university.

“To prevent overgrazing as others beasts have occupied its terrain, Facebook has to feed off somewhere else. It has thereby evolved into a very different animal,” Prof Miller concluded.

+ watch the video here to improve your oral comprehension / listening skills

Jobs

Saturday, September 28th, 2013
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This is the movie based on Steve jobs’ life !

We’re going to the cinema on Thursday to watch it !

Sitographie BTS SIO

Wednesday, September 11th, 2013

quelques liens utiles :

  1. sites généralistes avec une rubrique technologie :

Ces sites vous seront utiles pour vous tenir au courant de l’actualité de votre section :

site BBC / Le New York Times + Vidéos / CNN   / CBS   / ABC

Science Daily

USA Today : des vidéos

Breaking News English : des textes courts

5 minute.com : vidéos too …

NYT blog : David Pogue : des articles plus longs, des chroniques, plus un bon sens de l’humour

Dummies : la version en Anglais de la série “… pour les nuls”

VOA News : des articles courts, dans une langue accessible + des documents audio téléchargeables dans une langue adaptée -notamment en terme de débit et de vocabulaire pour ceux qui ne sont pas à l’aise.

2. Sites spécialisés

computing UK  / PC WORLD / Computer World / CNet (voir l’onglet CNet TV pour des vidéos en streaming) / TechRepublic /

WatchMojo / HowStuffWorks

Wired : un magazine en ligne sur les technologies, les logiciels, les derniers gadgets, + rubrique Video (“How to ” en particulier)

TechNewsWorld

NetworkWorld (notamment les articles sur la sécurité)

ArsTechnica : actualité + des articles sur l’open source

GeekZone : site néo-zelandais sur la technologie, l’économie des nouvelles technologies + des vidéos

TechCrunch : sur les start-ups, notamment

ThinkDigit : des tests des nouveaux matériels (site indien)+ des vidéos

BU : site de la télévision de l’Université de Boston

HowToWeb + videos

ITWorldCanada + videos

3.sécurité informatique et virus

 Compukiss : sur la sécurité informatique, la protection de la vie privée.

www.ussecurityawareness.org  :

4. Questions juridiques : vie privée, liberté d’expression …

un site commun à EPIC et PI (Privacy International) qui défend le droit au respect de la vie privée sur Internet.

une association basée à San Francisco qui défend le droit à l”usage libre du net et à la liberté d’expression

5. Approche économique

des vidéos sur l’approche économique de l’informatique

la rubrique technologique de Business Week

site satellite de cnet.com orienté sur le lien entre technologie et monde de l’entreprise. Existe dans des versions américaines, australiennes et britanniques (faire glisser la sourissur le drapeau et US edition afin que le menu déroulant s’affiche.
site sponsorisé par IBM, contient des vidéos, et un lien vers les 500plus grosses entreprises informatiques

a new revolution

Saturday, May 25th, 2013

http://www.guardian.co.uk/smart-revolution

the idea of progress : new technologies / home / environment + BTS SIO ( http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology)

(various documents, articles to pick from for you oral exam)

Google office conference

3D printer makes edible food

Saturday, May 25th, 2013

–> the idea of progress !

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NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — A 3D food printer sounds like something out of Star Trek, but it’s not out of this world. It’s up and running at the French Culinary Institute in Manhattan — and in five years, it could be in your home.

As part of a project at Cornell University, a group of scientists and students built a 3D printer and began testing it out with food. The device attaches to a computer, which works as the “brain” behind the technology.

It doesn’t look like a traditional printer; it’s more like an industrial fabrication machine. Users load up the printer’s syringes with raw food — anything with a liquid consistency, like soft chocolate, will work. The ingredient-filled syringes will then “print” icing on a cupcake. Or it’ll print something more novel (i.e., terrifying) — like domes of turkey on a cutting board.

“You hand [the computer] three bits of info: a shape that you want, a description of how that shape can be made, and a description of how that material that you want to print with works,” says Jeff Lipton, a Cornell grad student working on the project. Lipton is pursuing a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering.

The project came out of Cornell’s [email protected] venture, headed up by associate professor Hod Lipson. Started in 2005, the project aims to create do-it-yourself versions of machines that can manufacture custom objects on-demand. The group started experimenting with food fabrication in 2007.

Lipton thinks food printing will be “the killer app” of 3D printing. Just like video games fueled demand for personal computers 30 years ago, he thinks the lure of feeding Grandma’s cookie recipe into a printer will help personal fabricators expand beyond the geek crowd.

“It’s really going to be the next phase of the digital revolution,” he says.

David Arnold, director of culinary technology at the French Culinary Institute, has been testing out the technology since October 2009. He loves the experimentation it makes possible.

“One of the main things I hope this machine will let us do is create new textures that we couldn’t get otherwise,” he says. “This is the first time I’ve really seen this happen.”

That could draw in chefs and restaurateurs. But Arnold also thinks a 3D food printer will have mass appeal.

“This would be a slam dunk for cookies at holiday time,” he says. “Anything that requires a high level of precision that people don’t usually have with their hands, in terms of making icing or decorations, this thing can perform amazingly well.”

Because it’s an academic project, the 3D food printer isn’t commercially available — yet. The [email protected] project has the blueprints for free online, and dedicated hobbyists can use them to build their own. One retailer, nextfabstore.com, offers an assembled version for sale — starting at a mere $3,300.

Entrepreneur Jamil Yosefzai plans to be on the forefront of commercializing the technology. His New York City-based startup, Essential Dynamics, is working on a version that can be sold to the first wave potential customers: pastry chefs and tech early adopters.

Yosefzai thinks his version of the printer will kinetically retail for around $1,000, but he expects that price tag to eventually fall to $700 or so. And he predicts that the technology could become a household staple within a decade.

“It comes down to comfort level, and that will expand as the [technology] goes more and more into schools and everywhere else,” he says. “Sort of like computers — the kids picked it up first, then the parents picked it up, and once everybody has an acclimation to it, they’ll be printing left and right.”

http://money.cnn.com/2011/01/24/technology/3D_food_printer/index.htm —> for the video (BTS SIO)

Spain urged to change its long working hours and late culture

Saturday, May 25th, 2013

Spain’s long working hours, late nights and fondness for bank holidays are costing it dear, according to an organisation campaigning for the country to radically change how it uses its time.

Most shops and businesses are open from about 10am until 8pm, with many taking a three-hour break between 2pm and 5pm. It can be hard to find a restaurant prepared to serve lunch before 2pm and families often don’t sit down for supper until after 10pm.

Even soccer doesn’t escape the late culture: la liga always has a 10pm kick-off on Saturdays.

The National Commission for the Rationalisation of Working Hours is dedicated to persuading politicians Spain should get in line with its European neighbours when it comes to waking, eating, working and sleeping.
Personal lives
The commission’s president, Ignacio Buqueras, believes late lunches, suppers and bedtimes are not just bad for the economy, but also for Spaniards’ personal lives.

“Our current working hours are closely linked to our leadership in Europe when it comes to lack of productivity, workplace accidents, low birth rate, divorce and school dropout rate,” he told El Comercio newspaper.

His organisation suggests Spaniards shorten their working day, beginning at 7.30am-9am and clocking off at 4.30pm-6pm, with only a short lunch break. It also wants the country to cut down on its frequent midweek days off, believing they also hinder the economy.

Spain has 12 bank holidays scheduled for 2013, compared to nine in Ireland and eight in the UK. Mr Buqueras is particularly concerned by the Spanish habit of creating recreational puentes (bridges): if a holiday falls on a Wednesday, for example, many people will take the Thursday and Friday off too.

The government of Mariano Rajoy proposed moving midweek bank holidays to Mondays or Fridays but has delayed the change, perhaps mindful of how voters cherish extra-long weekends.

Another worry for those seeking to overhaul Spain’s timekeeping customs is the phenomenon known as presentismo – literally “being present” – whereby workers spend long hours in the office to impress their superiors without necessarily doing much.

The Irish Times Fri, May 17, 2013, 01:00