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Reclaim the Internet and protecting the dead from online abuse

Twitter can be nasty place, full of angry prudes, prigs, bigots and berks. And then you’ve got the nastier types. The Fawcett Society says Twitter is “failing women” threatened online. The Fawcett Society is, as it says it is, the

Posted: 22nd, August 2017 | In: Google News, Key Posts, Technology | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


For sale: 5 NASA Space Shuttle flights suits

nasa flight suits bargains

 

Most old tat is great. Talia Rappa and Skyler Ashworth got some terrific gear at a Florida thrift store’s fire sale: for $1.20 they bought  five NASA flight suits.

According to experts at the American Space Museum, the astronauts’

Posted: 18th, August 2017 | In: Google News, Technology, The Consumer | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Google blacklists Damore to protect weak women from diverse opinions

Everything is not rosy at Google. An internal memo written by Google engineer James Damore accusing the internet behemoth of operating as an “ideological echo chamber” is riding high on the news cycle. Google, opined Damore, is a place where

Posted: 10th, August 2017 | In: Google News, Key Posts, Money, Technology | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Facebook is punishing smaller publishers

Is Facebook a friend to quality journalism? As well as publishing Anorak , I publish Flashbak . It’s Facebook page is up to 280,000 followers. But very few of the people who choose to follow the Page get to see

Posted: 9th, August 2017 | In: Google News, Key Posts, Money, Technology | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Here’s how you make Siri sing Queen’s ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’

Sing “I see a little silhouetto of a man” into your iPhone and Siri will sing

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Posted: 3rd, August 2017 | In: Music, Technology | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Norwegian news site blocks readers who don’t understand the story before commenting

NRK comments vetting

 

Anyone visiting the website of Norway’s NRK website is asked to take a quiz if they want to comment on a story. The idea is to ensure that everyone about to comment understands the story, which is, of course,

Posted: 2nd, August 2017 | In: Google News, Technology | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Straight White Male redux: feminist gets schooled in headphone technology

If you’re going to better yourself by ignoring straight white males because they are lesser beings less compassionate; less knowing; less human it might be an idea not to use the tools these Untermensch

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Posted: 1st, August 2017 | In: Strange But True, Technology | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Cobble: watch a rope of molten steel just miss a mill worker

 

A cobble is steel snagged on a roller during manufacturing. The cobble blocks the flow and causes the freshly milled steel o rear up.

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Posted: 27th, July 2017 | In: Strange But True, Technology | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Photonic Fence: the device that kills mosquitos with laserbeams

Photonic Fence mosquito

 

All hail the Photonic Fence, mosquito killing laser beam. Why slaver your skin in unctions of suntan oil and mosquito spray when you can just sit inside a metal cage and zap the bloodsucking swine. Says the company  of

Posted: 4th, July 2017 | In: Technology | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Enjoy an ad-free internet and keep Anorak online

For years Anorak had published daily news reviews and bursts of popular culture. Ads used to be enough to pay for the writers and the tech. But they’re not enough. Not any more. So there’s a new way to keep 

Posted: 20th, June 2017 | In: Key Posts, Money, Technology | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


80 years of New York city side by side in this neat video

The New Yorker  has created this neat video of showing how New York City has changed from 1930s until today.

 

 

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Posted: 19th, June 2017 | In: Strange But True, Technology, The Consumer, TV & Radio | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Schools use loaned laptops to spy on students

Rhode Island schools operating ‘1-1’ programs are spying on students. Under the terms of the program adopted by 22 of the state’s 33 school districts, students each get a laptop supplied by a third party. The issue is that everything

Posted: 19th, June 2017 | In: Google News, Technology | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Artist creates brain-controlled sperm

thought-controlled sperm

 

If you sperm start swimming towards the front door and then onto Massachusetts, this is why? Ani Liu reveals her plan:

Reflecting on the cultural and scientific discourses that shape notions of the female body, and in an expression

Posted: 16th, June 2017 | In: Strange But True, Technology | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


The original Twitter homepage linked to Instagram

Update: If you look at the screenshot closely, there’s a familiar name at the top of the “What your friends…” box: Instagram co-founder Kevin Systrom (his Twitter user id is 380…meaning that he was one of the first 400 people to sign up for the service).

 

 

In th “What your friends…” box on the first version of Twitter, we see the name of Instagram co-founder Kevin Systrom . He got in

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Posted: 16th, June 2017 | In: Technology | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Politicians and students agree that looking is a gateway to crime

Politicians all want to censor the web.  CapX  writes:

It took us many centuries, a lot of effort and much expended blood and gore to get to this place where we are free – at liberty and ruled by the

Posted: 7th, June 2017 | In: Google News, News, Politicians, Technology | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


This Russian vending machine sells Instagram likes

As Alexey Kovalev writes: “Russia takes the worst excesses of capitalism to the extreme, so here’s a vending machine in a mall for buying Likes for

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Posted: 6th, June 2017 | In: Technology | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Dominoes falling show us how changes happen

Something about butterflies and things getting bigger:

 

 

No, me neither.

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Posted: 5th, June 2017 | In: Strange But True, Technology | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


After London Bridge and Manchester: Douglas Adams was right about the internet

After London Bridge, the news is that there will be crackdown on the internet. Freedom of speech must be curtailed. Encryption must be done away with.

Author Douglas Adams go

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Posted: 4th, June 2017 | In: Celebrities, Key Posts, News, Technology | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


A red ejector button for your car’s lighter

Be like Bond with this  red eject button  to excite your car’s bland and pretty useless cigarette lighter.

 

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Posted: 1st, June 2017 | In: Technology, The Consumer | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Liverpool has the friendliest hackers in the world

To the Liverpool One Shopping Centre, England, where hackers have issued a directive: ‘we suggest you improve your security sincerely  your

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Posted: 30th, May 2017 | In: Strange But True, Technology, The Consumer | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


UKIP candidate campaigns for inter-stellar colony ship for ‘the chance to begin anew’

Check out this brilliant flyer from Suffolk UKIP candidate Aidan Powlesland. He calls for a fleet of inter-steller vehicles to mine Saturn’s astroid belt for platinum and

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Posted: 26th, May 2017 | In: Politicians, Technology | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Police watchdog investigates Met’s links to Indian hackers

The Independent Police Complaints Commission is investigating an anonymous tip-off that the London Metropolitan Police’s National Domestic Extremism and Disorder Intelligence Unit asked Indian police to hire hackers to break into the private communications of hundreds of British people, including

Posted: 15th, May 2017 | In: News, Technology | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Computers fines drivers for ‘parking’ in a traffic jam

Computers can be wrong. Yes, we know what the system says but it is wrong. This bit of computer knowing resulted in human beings fined £100 per carload:

Parking cameras went live at the Ashford Retail Park in Kent in

Posted: 10th, May 2017 | In: Strange But True, Technology, The Consumer | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


US tech titans mint millionaires as globalised business model pays off

When the web first boomed, the dream was to become a dotcom millionaire for running you own website. Now you can rich by working for someopne who built a website that went huge. The trick is to work for one

Posted: 7th, May 2017 | In: Money, Technology | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0