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Aberdeen receptionist accidentally sends entire office sexy email meant for fiance

melanie anderson Aberdeen receptionist accidentally sends entire office sexy email meant for fiance

OOPS! Melanie Anderson accidentally sent a racy email intended for her finace Eric Knisz to everyone at her work. Melanie works at Aberdeen-based oil company ISS. Bruce Webster, HR director of ISS, says:

“Personal emails are not encouraged at work and we have taken the appropriate action with the members of staff concerned. They are absolutely mortified by the content of the email trail which was meant to be private and apologise for any offence caused by it going out with our organisation.”

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


The ban on tasteless diners taking photos of their meals

EVER taken a photo of your meal and posted it to a social media site? No, not pictures of terrible food, like this RyanAir disaster. This is about those pictures of fine dining. Some eateries in the US have banned diners from photographing their dinners. Rebecca Jane Stokes is delighted:

I don’t like people taking photographs of their food at restaurants because it takes the food out of its context. Whatever people might say — and I’ve heard it so many times from so many diet proponents — food is inherently social. Do you need to have food around to have a good time with someone? No, of course not. But there is something primal and nourishing in sharing a meal with people you enjoy. Social interaction sustains us, so does ingesting food — and when both are of the highest quality in a place designed with respect for that, taking a quick pic with my iPhone feels like giving the entire event short shrift.

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


Petter Kverneng gets 1million likes to earn Facebook sex with Cathrine

Petter Kverneng Petter Kverneng gets 1million likes to earn Facebook sex with Cathrine

MODERN love: If pimply teenager Petter Kverneng gets 1million likes on Facebook, Cathrine will shag him.

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Posted: 20th, January 2013 | In: Strange But True, Technology | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Giant Panda bears blood is good for you

panda bear blood 300x168 Giant Panda bears blood is good for youGIANT PANDA blood is good for you. The bears create an antibiotic in their blood stream that can kill off bacteria and fungi.

Dr Xiuwen Yan, of the Life Sciences College of Nanjing Agricultural University in China, tells us:

It showed potential antimicrobial activities against wide spectrum of microorganisms including bacteria and fungi, both standard and drug-resistant strains. Under the pressure of increasing microorganisms with drug resistance against conventional antibiotics, there is urgent need to develop new type of antimicrobial agents.”

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


A tour of the Space Station Commander Provides Orbital Laboratory

space station A tour of the Space Station Commander Provides Orbital Laboratory

IN this video a departing Space Station Commander Provides Tour of Orbital Laboratory.

Given the muscle atrophying effects of living in space, in the future, the space station might be used as a fat farm, where the super rich go to lose weight:

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


Woman fails to find Belgium with GPS – ends up in Croatia

Sabine Moureau Woman fails to find Belgium with GPS   ends up in CroatiaIT can be hard to find the ends of Belgium. This woman’s adventures  might even lead to discussion about what Belgium is?

A 67-year-old Belgian woman set out to drive 38 miles to Brussels under the guidance of her GPS navigation system but arrived in Zagreb two days and 901 miles later.

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Posted: 14th, January 2013 | In: Strange But True, Technology | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


A words on Aaron Swartz, your RSS writer

aaron swartz A words on Aaron Swartz, your RSS writer

A FEW words on Aaron Swartz, who committed suicide this week. He was 26. If you’re reading this on RSS, thank him:

At 14, Mr. Swartz helped create RSS, the nearly ubiquitous tool that allows users to subscribe to online information. He later became an Internet folk hero, pushing to make many Web files free and open to the public. But in July 2011, he was indicted on federal charges of gaining illegal access to JSTOR, a subscription-only service for distributing scientific and literary journals, and downloading 4.8 million articles and documents, nearly the entire library. Charges in the case, including wire fraud and computer fraud, were pending at the time of Mr. Swartz’s death, carrying potential penalties of up to 35 years in prison and $1 million in fines.

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


How to answer your iPhone like a legend

HOW to asnwer your iPhone, like a Japanese master. Hands are so last season:

Posted: 11th, January 2013 | In: Technology | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Sellitonline attempts to profit on Facebook from Tasmania bushfires

sellitonline facebook Sellitonline attempts to profit on Facebook from Tasmania bushfires

IN every disaster, an opportunity to raise your Facebook friends count. Australia is being melted by bushfires. So, the good folks at  Sellitonline have soem up with a way of helping the striken. Join their Facebook page:

..the more people we get will determine how many generators we donate.

It’s a huge fail. Says onr Facebook pal:

“F*ck off with your opportunistic marketing trying to take advantage of other people’s tragedy.”

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Posted: 10th, January 2013 | In: Technology | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


The worlds largest simultaneous burnout

PRESENTING the worlds largest simultaneous burnout. As a reader writes:

How clouds are made in Australia.

Posted: 9th, January 2013 | In: Cars | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


How space changes time

IN space, time moves at a different pace. Jesse McDougall explains:

There are a few dozen GPS satellites floating high above the Earth. Each satellite carries an atomic clock that, when on Earth, is perfectly precise and in sync with Earth time. However, when lifted to the less dense gravity of the upper atmosphere, the satellites’ atomic clocks speed up. Were an observer to fly up to one of these satellites and watch the on-board atomic clock, he would see no difference in the length of a second. It would still be that familiar tick, tick, tick of Earth seconds. At that level of gravity, he, too, would be moving faster through time and would therefore see one second to be one plain old second. But, from here on the Earth’s surface and from within our denser gravitational field, we can see that the seconds pass a little more quickly on the satellites.

Time is slowed by heavy gravity. Just as it’s easier to swim through outer space, than it is through the atmosphere, than it is through water, than it is through rock, time moves more quickly through less dense gravity. Time passes more slowly on Jupiter than it does here on Earth. And, as the impatient clocks on the Mars rover prove, time passes more quickly on Mars due to its lighter gravitational pull.

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Posted: 7th, January 2013 | In: Technology | Comments (2) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Pakistan lifted YouTube ban for 3 minutes

 Pakistan lifted YouTube ban for 3 minutesWHAT did Pakistanis view on YouTube when the site was live for three minutes? The site was banned in Pakistan when some dicks uploaded the ridiculous film the Innocence of Muslims. Banning it might have made the film the must-see smash among Pakistani youth. But the censors were taking no chances. YouTube was banned in September. The experts waited until YouTube was made pure, rid of all and anything that could be deemed offensive to Muslims. Also porn.

The country’s interior minister then ordered that the block be lifted. The world had had plenty to time to comply. Three minutes the site was blocked once more.

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Posted: 31st, December 2012 | In: Technology | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Rupert Murdoch’s Times newspaper says Rupert Murdoch’s Sky TV app is ‘second to none’

JOHN Witherow,editor of The Sunday Times since 1995, was asked by the Leveson Inquiry’s counsel, Robert Jay QC, if the title’s owner Rupert Murdoch influence the paper’s editorial. He replied:

“He doesn’t have any.”

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Posted: 25th, December 2012 | In: Technology | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Apple’s iOS 6 offers users the Mildura mystery

HAVE a good journey. And buy a map. In a book. Apple’s iOS 6 system is  mystery ride:

Tests on the mapping system by police confirm the mapping systems lists Mildura in the middle of the Murray Sunset National Park, approximately 70km away from the actual location of Mildura.

Police are extremely concerned as there is no water supply within the Park and temperatures can reach as high as 46 degrees, making this a potentially life threatening issue.

Some of the motorists located by police have been stranded for up to 24 hours without food or water and have walked long distances through dangerous terrain to get phone reception.

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Posted: 10th, December 2012 | In: Technology | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Black Marble: Suomi captures a weather-free Earth

THIS is Black Marble, ka Earth. The image was taken by the US’s Suomi spacecraft. There is no weather:

Black marble Black Marble: Suomi captures a weather free Earth

 

Posted: 6th, December 2012 | In: Technology | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Slow motion video of water balloons thrown at man’s head

face water balloon Slow motion video of water balloons thrown at mans head

HITTING someone in the face with a water balloon is tremendous fun. I think we can all agree on that. Being hit in the face is less fun. Will Smith set up a slow-mo camera to record Norm Chan being hit in the face with water balloons. Not all of them break on impact.

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Posted: 4th, December 2012 | In: Technology | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Hitman invites gamers to ‘murder’ and abuse women on Facebook

650 Hitman invites gamers to murder and abuse women on Facebook

HEY, gamers. Square Enix are marketing their Hitman: Absolution game with the opportunity insult people on Facebook. The email declares: “SWUATE ENIX “WANTS YOU TO PUT A HIT ON YOUR FRIENDS.”

A hit? As in murder them?

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Posted: 4th, December 2012 | In: Technology, The Consumer | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Alan Bartlett Shepard Junior’s Navy Academy Yearbook

SNAPSHOT: Cmdr. Alan B. Shepard Jr. showed same flashing smile and engaging personality as a midshipman as when he climbed from Mercury capsule after historic ride into space. This is the way he appeared in 1945 in his Naval Academy yearbook:

alan shepherd yearbook 1 Alan Bartlett Shepard Juniors Navy Academy Yearbook

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Posted: 3rd, December 2012 | In: Flashback, Technology | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


The Leveson Inquiry almost completely ignored the Internet – just like the old media

PA 15254783 The Leveson Inquiry almost completely ignored the Internet   just like the old media

THE Leveson Inquiry report has been criticised for not addressing the impact of the internet on the press, and the way it was published today was symptomatic of old-fashioned print publishing that doesn’t put user need at the centre, writes Martin Belam.

There were a lot of jokes on Twitter today that you could pay £250 to get the Leveson Inquiry report in print, or download it for free on the internet, which served as some kind of analogy for the state our newspapers find themselves in.

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Posted: 30th, November 2012 | In: Technology | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


It’s Atari and PONG’s 40th birthday

pong 1 Its Atari and PONG’s 40th birthday

HAPPY 40th Atari! Amber Frost reminds us that “40 years ago today, with only a $500 out-of-pocket investment, engineers Nolan Bushnell and Ted Dabney introduced PONG to the market on the Atari game system. From those two humble lines and a single, noble dot came a great pioneer in computer, arcade, and console gaming. Atari is even where Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak of Apple got their start.”

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Posted: 29th, November 2012 | In: Flashback, Technology, The Consumer | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Lexxa Ridley: Car dealer dad uses model daughter to sex up his lot

Lexxa Ridley 1 Lexxa Ridley: Car dealer dad uses model daughter to sex up his lot

LEXXA Ridley, 20, (real name?) is the mo-del helping dad Kim flog a 1977 Datsun 280Z on eBay.  Says Kim Ridley: “If I felt bad about it, I wouldn’t do it.” He owns Ridley’s Rides in Eugene, Oregon. “Girls and dogs attract people’s attention.” Dogs with Girls is the dream – see the Ridley advert of Max, the family’s golden retriever, riding in a sidecar while Lexxa straddles a bike.

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Posted: 29th, November 2012 | In: Cars, Key Posts, The Consumer | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


The world’s best ever voicemail message (audio)

IS this the world’s best ever voicemail message:

He Bible fell. Oh…She just hit him over the head with a Bible

Posted: 27th, November 2012 | In: Anorak TV, Cars | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0