On the morning of Saturday, February 20, 1971, Wayland S. Eberhardt, a civilian teletype operator, was going about his routine duties at the National Emergency Warning Center at Cheyenne Mountain in Colorado, when he made a minor error in mounting a tape. What happened next became the Great EBS Scare of 1971
An iOS application developer has come up with an extreme way of fighting software piracy—by auto-posting "confessions" to its users' Twitter accounts.
"...Enfour, the maker of a variety of dictionary apps, is auto-posting tweets to users' accounts to shame them for being pirates. But the auto-tweeting seems to be affecting a huge portion of its paid user base, not just those who actually stole the apps." Follow-up
. A personal account: Can’t spell “pirate” without “-irate”: on DRM and punishing the customer [more inside]
If you follow the usual crop of technology news sites, you will have read yesterday morning that Google had apparently acquired a little-known WiFi hotspot company for $400 million. This story spread with the help of the most popular (and most reputable) sites, like TechCrunch
, The Verge
, The Next Web
, and others. Only one small detail: the story wasn't actually true. [more inside]
Any shortlist of the top wrestling promo botches in history would include Lex Luger's t-shirt
and the debut of the Shockmaster
. But it is unlikely that anything will ever surpass Hulk Hogan setting up his Wrestlemania XIX feud with Vince McMahon
A Tragedy of Errors.
On Feb. 21, 2010, a convoy of vehicles carrying civilians headed down a mountain in central Afghanistan and American eyes in the sky were watching. "The Americans were using some of the most sophisticated tools
in the history of war, technological marvels of surveillance and intelligence gathering that allowed them to see into once-inaccessible corners of the battlefield. But the high-tech wizardry would fail
in its most elemental purpose: to tell the difference between friend and foe." FOIA
of US cockpit and radio conversations and an interactive feature
provide a more in-depth understanding of what happened.
Want to share your credit card purchases with your friends on facebook? Blippy does that.
Want to share your credit card numbers with everyone
? Blippy also does that.
Hollywood Bloopers: 1936-1947
A couple of the years won't load for me, but the ones I can watch are fun.
Poor localization causes a simple, if slightly inflammatory, text message to go awry
Upon the death of a possible BSE cow, "the unidentified doctor preserved the brain stem sample in formalin... but then 'simply forgot' about it until mid-July." That's the reason why we're only hearing about it now. Any questions?
Big organization carelessly ships dangerous free gifts to new customers.
Those greedy, uncaring, heartless, soulless corporations, at it again. Oh wait... this time it was Consumer Reports
that did it.
might be taking the war on terrorism a little to far. Royal Marines get lost or should I say vamos
. (Parden my french).
When headlines go bad part infinity.
I know it's a crude crude joke to be making, but after all the election crap, I just can't help but laughing at the title "climax in court" coupled with the picture of that judge in his formal robe...
When captions go bad?
It's the one below the first picture.
"Chirac flatly denies posthumous graft charges"
Yet another headline gone wrong. Before you read the article, see if you can figure out what they think they mean. I sure couldn't figure it out.
Chirac isn't dead, and what good is posthumous graft, anyway?