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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 it. In 1999 he wrote:

 

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“I don’t think

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Posted: 4th, June 2017 | In: Celebrities, Key Posts, Reviews, Technology | Comment | Comments 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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Spotter: Pee-wee Herman

Posted: 1st, June 2017 | In: Technology, The Consumer | Comment | Comments 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 friendly neighbourhood hackers – #JFt96’.

 

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Spotter: RedditREAD ON

Posted: 30th, May 2017 | In: Strange But True, Technology, The Consumer | Comment | Comments 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 water. Why? For “the chance to begin anew”.

 

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UKIP candidate Aidan Powlesland

 

Spotter: Johnny PaigeREAD ON

Posted: 26th, May 2017 | In: Politicians, Technology | Comment | Comments 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 … READ ON

Posted: 15th, May 2017 | In: Reviews, Technology | Comment | Comments 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

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Posted: 10th, May 2017 | In: Strange But True, Technology, The Consumer | Comment | Comments 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 … READ ON

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


The horror beneath the $10,000 sex doll’s skin

Over at Realbotix boffins are “dedicated to integrating cutting edge emerging technologies with silicone doll artistry to provide a bridge between technology and humankind on emotional, mental, and physical levels.” They’re making love dolls. “When interacting with these dolls, we … READ ON

Posted: 4th, May 2017 | In: Technology | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Man adapts car to let him piss whilst driving

One man has turned his car into a mobile toilet. With the power of hosing, need and creativity, he’s created a car you can piss in without soiling the seats.

Behold the Jeep Catheter:

 

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If that’s Number 1, … READ ON

Posted: 1st, May 2017 | In: Strange But True, Technology | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


The French Election is a huge waste of paper

The French election are riding high on the news cycle. The field has narrowed into a straight fight between Front National’s Marine Le Pen and independent Emmanuel Macron. Round 2 will be defined not what the French are for but … READ ON

Posted: 24th, April 2017 | In: Politicians, Reviews, Technology | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


The Internet of things: hacker makes all city’s emergency sirens go off at once

When everything is on the Internet, it might be wise to sleep with one eye open and beneath a tinfoil blanket. People living in Dallas didn’t get much sleep when a hacker triggered the city’s 156 emergency sirens – used … READ ON

Posted: 9th, April 2017 | In: Strange But True, Technology | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Government uses Westminster terror attack to limit hard-fought freedom

The reaction to Khalid Massod’s murderous attack in London was clear: we will not let the heinous actions of one man threaten our hard won freedoms. Theresa May assured us that “Any attempt to defeat those values [liberty, democracy, freedom … READ ON

Posted: 27th, March 2017 | In: Key Posts, Politicians, Reviews, Technology | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Carl Sagan was right: a neuroscientist explains connectomes to children and experts

Bobby Kasthuri accepted Wired’s challenge to explain what a connectome is to five individuals. As you know, of course, a connectome is (it says here) ‘a comprehensive diagram of all the neural connections existing in the brain’.

Kasthuri’s mission was … READ ON

Posted: 5th, March 2017 | In: Technology | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Molecule mixture triggers hair growth and cures hearing loss

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Good news its that technology is on course to cure hearing loss caused by the dying off of cochlear hair cells. C&EN tells us that a healthy ear contains about 15,000 hair cells in the cochlea. As you age, … READ ON

Posted: 1st, March 2017 | In: Technology | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Find household items lost inside your anus with the Body Orifice Security Scanner (BOSS)

Ever lose something up your nostrils, vagina, anus or other orifice? Something like a Donny Osmond poster, keepsake, drugs stash, lungfish, hacksaw, shovel, shot glass or eel?

Well, help is at hand. Beat the … READ ON

Posted: 28th, February 2017 | In: Strange But True, Technology | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


A Chinese clickfarmer at work on her apple iPhones

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If you’re too busy to tweet yourself, you can outsource the task and others to the woman above. She’s a clickfamer installing apps on a screen of Apple iphones. The more installs an app has the higher it ranks … READ ON

Posted: 3rd, January 2017 | In: Online-PR, Technology, The Consumer | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


In age of distraction the SMS weighs heavier than the book

Are you scared and unarmed by mass communication? Jonathan Safran Foer is worried by his “always on” digital environment.  He says “technology is diminishing us”. Foer says inattentiveness is morally wrong. ‘Simone Weil wrote that “attention is the rarest and … READ ON

Posted: 3rd, December 2016 | In: Technology | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Drones can hack your lightbulbs from 1000 feet overhead

Drones can hack your lightbulbs. It’s true. It sounds mad to say it, granted. But it’s true. PC World reports on a cyber attack on your so-called smart bulbs:

Researchers were able to take control of some Philips Hue lights

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Posted: 7th, November 2016 | In: Reviews, Technology | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Apple fans delighted a new range of Mac laptops costs less here than in America

If you use Apple computers you are an “Apple fan”, says the Daily Mail. You’re also a mug because the Apple stuff you buy in the UK is pricier than the same stuff you can buy in the US, … READ ON

Posted: 28th, October 2016 | In: Money, Tabloids, Technology | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


This 3D map of the Universe shows 43,000 galaxies

How big is space? The 2MASS Redshift Survey is trying to find out. After 10 years toil,we can see the universe rendered as a 3D map. It features – get this-  43,000 galaxies within 380 million light-years from Earth.… READ ON

Posted: 26th, September 2016 | In: Technology | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


The colours of blindness and love

When Ashley was blind, her nearest and dearest described colours to her like this:

Yellow. I didn’t touch anything for this, they just told me that whenever you laugh so hard you can’t stop, that that happiness is what

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Posted: 8th, September 2016 | In: Technology | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Why I’m not buying an iPhone 7

Like millions of you, I’m not buying the New iPhone 7 because: a) they told me the iPhone 6s was the greatest phone ever and could not be beaten, and I beliveed them – still do!; b) the new cameras … READ ON

Posted: 8th, September 2016 | In: Money, Reviews, Technology | Comment (1) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Watch the Apollo 11 Moon blast in very slow motion

On July 16, 1969 Apollo 11 blasted into space. In this video the blast off is stretched from 30 seconds of action to over eight minutes of viewing time.

“The Saturn V vehicle produced a holocaust of flames,” says NASA.… READ ON

Posted: 22nd, August 2016 | In: Reviews, Technology | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Normal teenagers will lose virginity to robots

Lock up your sons and daughters – the sex bots are coming. The Mail warns:

Teenagers may lose their virginity to sex robots in the future, a leading expert predicted yesterday. Professor Noel Sharkey, emeritus professor of robotics at Sheffield

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Posted: 10th, June 2016 | In: Reviews, Technology | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


How to burn a carjacker to death and get away with it

How do you fend off carjackers? On YouTube, we find an answer:

When this foot switch is pressed, two things happen. One, a 14-thousand volt spark would appear here in this nozzle, and then you have these four jets here

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Posted: 2nd, June 2016 | In: Reviews, Technology | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0