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Waterford Institute of Technology is a state funded third-level educational freely available large scale institution situated in the city of Waterford, Ireland. The Institute has six Schools and offers programmes in Business, Engineering, Science, Health science, Education & Humanities.The institute opened in 1970 as a Regional Technical College and adopted its present name on May 7, 1997. The institute is currently headed by President Dr. Ruaidhri Neavyn. Wikipedia.


Hout M.C.V.,Waterford Institute of Technology
International Journal of Drug Policy | Year: 2013

Background: The online promotion of '. drug shopping' and user information networks is of increasing public health and law enforcement concern. An online drug marketplace called '. Silk Road' has been operating on the '. Deep Web' since February 2011 and was designed to revolutionise contemporary drug consumerism. Methods: A single case study approach explored a '. Silk Road' user's motives for online drug purchasing, experiences of accessing and using the website, drug information sourcing, decision making and purchasing, outcomes and settings for use, and perspectives around security. The participant was recruited following a lengthy relationship building phase on the '. Silk Road' chat forum. Results: The male participant described his motives, experiences of purchasing processes and drugs used from '. Silk Road'. Consumer experiences on '. Silk Road' were described as '. euphoric' due to the wide choice of drugs available, relatively easy once navigating the Tor Browser (encryption software) and using '. Bitcoins' for transactions, and perceived as safer than negotiating illicit drug markets. Online researching of drug outcomes, particularly for new psychoactive substances was reported. Relationships between vendors and consumers were described as based on cyber levels of trust and professionalism, and supported by '. stealth modes', user feedback and resolution modes. The reality of his drug use was described as covert and solitary with psychonautic characteristics, which contrasted with his membership, participation and feelings of safety within the '. Silk Road' community. Conclusion: '. Silk Road' as online drug marketplace presents an interesting displacement away from '. traditional' online and street sources of drug supply. Member support and harm reduction ethos within this virtual community maximises consumer decision-making and positive drug experiences, and minimises potential harms and consumer perceived risks. Future research is necessary to explore experiences and backgrounds of other users. © 2013 Elsevier B.V. Source


Hout M.C.V.,Waterford Institute of Technology
International Journal of Drug Policy | Year: 2013

Introduction: The online drug marketplace called '. Silk Road' has operated anonymously on the '. Deep Web' since 2011. It is accessible through computer encrypting software (Tor) and is supported by online transactions using peer to peer anonymous and untraceable crypto-currency (Bit Coins). The study aimed to describe user motives and realities of accessing, navigating and purchasing on the '. Silk Road' marketplace. Methods: Systematic online observations, monitoring of discussion threads on the site during four months of fieldwork and analysis of anonymous online interviews (n=20) with a convenience sample of adult '. Silk Road' users was conducted. Results: The majority of participants were male, in professional employment or in tertiary education. Drug trajectories ranged from 18 months to 25 years, with favourite drugs including MDMA, 2C-B, mephedrone, nitrous oxide, ketamine, cannabis and cocaine. Few reported prior experience of online drug sourcing. Reasons for utilizing '. Silk Road' included curiosity, concerns for street drug quality and personal safety, variety of products, anonymous transactioning, and ease of product delivery. Vendor selection appeared to be based on trust, speed of transaction, stealth modes and quality of product. Forums on the site provided user advice, trip reports, product and transaction reviews. Some users reported solitary drug use for psychonautic and introspective purposes. A minority reported customs seizures, and in general a displacement away from traditional drug sourcing (street and closed markets) was described. Several reported intentions to commence vending on the site. Conclusion: The study provides an insight into '. Silk Road' purchasing motives and processes, the interplay between traditional and '. Silk Road' drug markets, the '. Silk Road' online community and its communication networks. © 2013 Elsevier B.V. Source


Patent
University of Limerick and Waterford Institute of Technology | Date: 2010-09-08

A method for performing a multi-stage dilation of optical fibres is described, the method comprising performing successive dilation steps such that the adiabatic condition is maintained throughout the fibre. There is also described various optical devices employing such multi-stage dilated optical fibres, as well as methods of manufacture of the optical devices.


Patent
Waterford Institute of Technology | Date: 2010-10-05

A biosensor includes a light transmissive optical component (


Patent
Waterford Institute of Technology | Date: 2013-07-29

The invention provides water removal and storage system adapted for use in a building structure, said system comprising a water storage vessel for the removal and storage of water from one or more supply lines and resupply of water stored on demand. The system of the invention provides either a solution to the problems of flooding due to pipe rupture, interrupted water supply due to freezing, pipe rupture due to freezing, and water damage due to uncontrolled thaw. In one aspect the invention provides a controller adapted to receive control signals remotely, said signals control the valve to regulate the water supply pressure and/or flow rate to a desired set point.

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