Five Lessons Learnt This Week

Congrats on making it to the end of another week! It’s time to take a look back at the most important lessons the week has taught us.

Read on to find out just how fast the mobile internet of the future could be, why sat-navs can’t be trusted, why you should always buy pants that fit and how Warren Buffett stays young…

1. Mobile Internet is about to get faster

Screen Shot 2015-02-26 at 09.15.08If your mobile Internet speed ever slows you down, or your data connection just isn’t up to trading on the go, fear not – 5G is coming. This week saw a breakthrough in much-hyped 5G tech when researchers at the University of Surrey’s 5G Innovation Centre allegedly achieved record-breaking speeds of one terabit per second, thousands of times faster than the data connections available now.

At a speed of one terabit per second, it would be possible to download a file 100 times the size of a full-length film in about three seconds, so you can see why this is big news in the tech world. If 5G brings this much speed, it will be more than 65,000 times faster than the average speed of its 4G predecessor. Pretty impressive stuff.

You’ll have to wait a little longer before you can start downloading files at the speed of light, though – the boss of the 5G Innovation Centre has said the technology requires further tests, and he hopes to demonstrate the tech to the public in 2018, while Ofcom reckon 5G connectivity could be available in the UK by 2020.

For now, you’ll have to stick with 4G – but check out these gadgets and apps for trading on-the-go

2. Don’t always trust your sat-nav

Screen Shot 2015-02-26 at 09.42.02Two U.S. tourists found this out the hard way after trying to follow their satellite navigation system’s directions… to an island two miles off the Welsh coast. The holidaymakers had hoped to drive their hire car to Caldey Island, where a remote community of Cistercian monks live, so they put the postcode in the sat-nav and set off.

What the sat-nav didn’t tell them, though, was that they’d need to take a ferry for part of the journey – or that the boats don’t even run at this time of year. So the tourists found themselves stranded on a beach, where they had to be dug out by passers-by and pulled free by a 4×4.

Witnesses said the couple were “highly embarrassed” by the incident, while a local remarked that though they aren’t the first to have their vehicle rescued from the beach, they may well be the first to have set a sat-nav for Caldey Island.

If we were on a sat-nav wild goose chase, we’d want to be in one of these cool new cars

3. You can’t cool down an entire country

Screen Shot 2015-02-26 at 10.02.22…something Qatar’s World Cup organising committee probably should have thought of. Plans for the 2022 Qatar World Cup are throwing the football world into chaos after organisers have hit on a problem – Qatar is just too hot for a football tournament in the summer, when the international competition is usually held.

You’d think people might have thought of this when Qatar put their hosting bid forward, right? Well, they did – plans for new cooling technology that would enable entire stadiums to be cooled using heat energy helped Qatar to secure the bid. But someone failed to point out that although the stadiums might be cool, the rest of the country would still be around 50 degrees, and that this presented a severe health and safety risk for thousands and fans and spectators once outside the stadium.

So FIFA’s lastest suggestion is to move the World Cup dates to November and December, with the final on the 23rd December, a move which would significantly disrupt the European football schedule, with some 80 UK Premier League games affected, not to mention the build-up to Christmas. The moral of the story? However cool air-conditioned stadiums sound, always think the logistics through…

There’s no Football World Cup in 2015, but there is a Rugby Would Cup, as well as plenty of other sporting events, festivals and film releases to look forward to this year – here are our top picks

4. Always buy pants that fit

Screen Shot 2015-02-26 at 10.42.12Or you could end up in a tight situation, like Canada MP Pat Martin, who was forced out of his seat in the House of Commons during a vote by his too-small underpants. The Canadian legislator left his seat as members of Parliament began to rise one by one to vote, blaming his departure on an unwise purchase at local store Hudson’s Bay.

Returning just in time to cast his vote, Martin told the chamber “They had men’s underwear on for half price and I bought a bunch that was clearly too small for me. I find it hard to sit for any length of time”. His admission was recieved by applause and laughter from his fellow politicians, and his vote was allowed to stand despite his “brief” departure from his seat…

Our LFX Guide to Spring/Summer Fashion will help you avoid any potential wardrobe malfunctions – but it’s up to you to make sure you choose the right size. 

5. How Warren Buffett stays young

Screen Shot 2015-02-26 at 11.06.45The 84 year old top investor has revealed his secret to staying young at heart and facing each day with boundless energy – he eats like a six-year-old. The CEO of Berkshire Hathaway says that on any given day, he is one quarter Coca-Cola – and he’s not referring to his shares in the cola company (Buffett’s company owns 9% of Coca-Cola, worth approx. $16 billion).

Buffett drinks at least five 12-ounce servings of Coca Cola per day to ensure that at least a quarter of his 2,700 calories consumption comes from the soft drink, preferring regular Coke at his desk, and Cherry Coke as a treat when he gets home. And as well as fizzy drinks, Buffett is a fan of potato sticks and chocolate-chip ice cream (even for breakfast).

Now, it doesn’t sound like a recipe for health or eternal youth, so how does the octogenarian explain his diet? “I checked the actuarial tables,” he says, “and the lowest death rate is among six-year-olds. So I decided to eat like a six-year-old – it’s the safest course I can take.” Seems logical…

We can’t really endorse Buffett’s diet as a healthy lifestyle choice, but we do admire his trading and investment strategies. Find out why he’s a Littlefish Legend here