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Who owns Commander Chris Hadfield’s version of Space Oddity? Copyright issues are trickier than space travel

NASA Undersea Mission Hadfield

SPACE Commander Chris Hadfield sang David Bowie’s Space Oddity as his finale to his International Space Station show. And when he did, he potentially opened a can of worms (and lawyers). You can send a man to live in space. …

Posted: 25th, May 2013 | In: Music, Technology | Comments (2) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


iNotRacist – the world’s most effective non-racist app.

iNotRacist -is the app. that will identity you as a non-racist. Bit discounts for politicians, policemen and golfers:

Posted: 24th, May 2013 | In: Technology | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


How a teenage girl uses her iPhone – Yahoo! might want to reconsider that Tumblr deal

THAILAND TRENDY BRACES

HOW do teenage girls use their phones? Answer: all the time. Bianca Bosker spoke to a 14-year-old girl about her life on a white iPhone S.

These are the pick of the quotes:

“I’ll wake up in the morning and

Posted: 24th, May 2013 | In: Technology | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Gif inventor and inventor of letter ‘g’ in pedantic row

gif jif

HAVE you ever jiffawed at a jif? The inventor of the Gif says the thing should be pronounced Jif.  Gif stands for Graphics Interchange Format. That’s graphic not jraffic. But Steven Wilhite says the ‘G’ of Gif should be used

Posted: 23rd, May 2013 | In: Technology | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Scooter rider has four accidents in a minute – video

IN this video, the hapless scooter boy suffers three accidents in a very short space of time.

I have no end of sympathy for him. The first time I ever drove a scooter was on a ‘fun’ track in Hampshire. …

Posted: 23rd, May 2013 | In: Technology | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Nintendo won’t brand you a criminal for making a video of your game – it will just take your money

nintendo youtube

WHO owns the videos you make and post on YouTube? Well, if you make one yourself playing a Nintendo video game, they do. Alan Wexelblat writes:

The basic idea is that if someone makes a video of themselves playing a

Posted: 20th, May 2013 | In: Technology | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


1951 manual: How To Use a Dial Telephone

IN 1951: anyone uncertain of how to use a telephone was being educated:

1951 telephone

Posted: 17th, May 2013 | In: Flashback, Technology | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


The Mickey Mouse gasmask was utterly terrifying in 1942 – and it still is

mickey mouse gas mask

WAR is utterly terrifying. It’s ugly. But in 1942, T.W. Smith, Jr., owner of the Sun Rubber Company, and designer, Dietrich Rempel, created something to give children nightmares: the Mickey Mouse gas mask, as approved by Walt Disney.…

Posted: 16th, May 2013 | In: Flashback, Technology | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


1936: How to die by electrocution in 30 pictures

AUSTRIAN physician Stefan Jellinek founded The Electro-Pathological Museum in 1936. Hr provided the content in Elektroschutz in 132 Bildern (Electrical Protection in 132 Pictures). DEath and electricity went hand-in-hand. But with this book, you would be forewarned.

If you can …

Posted: 16th, May 2013 | In: Flashback, Key Posts, Technology | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


The entirely insane new tax in France on smartphones, laptops, TVs and tablets

smartphone tax

THE French have decided it would be a good idea to tax all the smartphones, TVs, tablets and the rest in order to subsidise the creation of French movies n’ stuff that people can watch on their smartphones, tablets and …

Posted: 15th, May 2013 | In: Money, Technology | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Things that existed: the Phone Relief Ultimate Hands-Free Headset

hands free phone relief
IN the early 1990s, the world was in peril. Telephones were falling into pies, to the floor from desks and very possibly being mistaken for carrots. But help was at hand. The Phone Relief Ultimate Hands-Free Headset was here.

Posted: 13th, May 2013 | In: Flashback, Technology | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Bang With Friends: the only people anonymous are the sex site’s creators

bang with friends

BANG WITH FRIENDS is a site that boasts:

The anonymous, simple, fun way to find  friends who are down for the night.

Your friends will never know you’re interested unless they are too!  (Completely private & discreet until both

Posted: 12th, May 2013 | In: Technology | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


In 1981 technology stopped the ‘Arctic region becoming equatorial and the tropics suddenly changed to polar temperature’

IN 1881, the London St James’s Gazette reported on the end of life on Earth. The news was picked up by Australia’s Bendigo Advertiser:

STARTLING THEORY.

The London St James’s Gazette writes :— 

” This planet, it seems, is

Posted: 12th, May 2013 | In: Flashback, Technology | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


78,000 apply to live and die on Mars, because they hate Earth, clearly

mars

SOME people hate Earth so much that they’ve applied to live on Mars, even though Mars looks like an arid death hole. More than 78,000 people from 120 different countries have applied to leave Earth, which frankly makes them traitors …

Posted: 10th, May 2013 | In: News, Technology | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


In 1967 The Muppets worked as IBM instructors (video)

IMB Muppet

IN 1967, IMB hired Jim Henson to educate their staff. His Muppets were here to help. Cue the Cookie Monster:

Kermit:

Suits:

Ralph:

Posted: 6th, May 2013 | In: Celebrities, Flashback, Technology | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


The Liberator 3D gun secures victory for who owns the best printers

liberator gun

TEXAS University law student Cody Wilson has printed and fired a 3D gun. The gun was manufactured on a 3D printer that cost $8,000 (£5,140) from eBay.…

Posted: 6th, May 2013 | In: Technology | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Using DNA to make portraits

heather-dewey-hagborg DNA

POLICE forces will be beating a path to Heather Dewey-Hagborg’s door. She collects stray hair, dropped chewing gum, and discarded cigarettes, extracts the DNA and constructs models of the faces of the comber, chewer and smoker. One say this technology

Posted: 6th, May 2013 | In: Technology | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


21 vintage camera adverts for your inner voyeur

BEFORE the age of digital cameras in everything, buying a snapper was a call to loins. Men needed cameras for one reason: to record women (and in one instance below, other men). We’ve compiled 21 great images of what photography …

Posted: 30th, April 2013 | In: Flashback, Technology, The Consumer | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


New Kalq keyboard streamlines English language into a few easy-to-text words

KALQ

BEHOLD the two-thumb operated keyboard. Evolution rules. Scientists at the University of St Andrews, the Max Planck Institute for Informatics and Montana Tech have worked out what they say is the most efficient keyboard layout. It turns out that QWERTY …

Posted: 25th, April 2013 | In: Technology | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Patrick Kane’s remote control bionic hand can be programmed by a smart phone

Boy fitted with bionic hand

FACE of the day: Patrick Kane 16, has become the first person in the UK to receive a revolutionary bionic hand which can be manipulated by remote control. He can control it with a smart phone app, which programmes the …

Posted: 24th, April 2013 | In: Technology | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


White House speechwriter William Safire’s letter to President Nixon on the failed moon landing of 1969

View of Astronaut Footprint in Lunar Soil

AS we in the know know, the 1969 moon landing never happened. But in case what never happened, never happend badly and the mission failed, speechwriter William Safire wrote to President Nixon’s Chief of Staff, H. R. Haldeman. He …

Posted: 22nd, April 2013 | In: Flashback, Technology | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Woo Hoo! Apple’s new iPhone is coming!

China Foxconn

THE new iphone. It’s coming! Aren’t you excited too? I know I am because it’ll be just fabulous allowing me to pose even more effectively as a cool and in touch sort of person. You know, rather than the fat …

Posted: 16th, April 2013 | In: Money, Technology | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Every birthday celebrating on your Facebook Wall

YOU FACEBOOK friends want to wish you a happy birthday. Dan Hopper saves them the bother. This is what your Facebook wall looks like on your birthday:

facebook wall

Posted: 16th, April 2013 | In: Technology | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0