Police say a Bronx man stole a woman’s cell phone then inadvertently posted to her Facebook page a picture of himself smoking pot. She had set her phone to automatically post all photos to the social network. [Read more]
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The Internet genius behind the popular Web site Reddit.com committed suicide at his Red Hook home yesterday, according to law-enforcement sources and friends who publicly identified him.
Robo-droplets are now swarming together, coalescing into a “liquid that thinks,” in the lab of Professor Nikolaus Correll from the University of Colorado, Boulder.
DECula writes “In a move not communicated to its users before hand, Google’s Gmail servers were reconfigured to not connect to remote pop3 servers that have self-signed certificates, leaving folks with unencrypted connections, or no service when getting email from other services. Not good for the small folks. One suggestion was to allow placing the public keys on Google’s side in the user configuration. That would be a heck of a lot better than just dropping users into never never land.” Apparently, “valid” now means “paid someone Google approves to sign the certificate.” It’s not like commercial CAs have the best security track record either.
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Alt-week 9.8.12: Moon farming, self powered health monitors and bringing a 50,000 year-old girl to life
Alt-week peels back the covers on some of the more curious sci-tech stories from the last seven days.
Some weeks things get a little science heavy, sometimes it’s a little on their weird side, and there’s usually a bit of space travel involved, but these week’s trend seems to be “mind-blowing.” Want to grow carrots on the Moon? We got you covered. How about bringing a 50,000 year-old ancient human back to life? Sure, no biggie. Oh but what about a solar eruption that reaches some half a million miles in height. We’ve got the video. No, really we have. Mind blown? This is alt-week.
Internet Defense League forms with support of EFF and Mozilla, bills self as ‘bat signal’ of the web
It looks like the Dark Knight Rises hysteria is affecting more than just spoiler-averse fans. Billing itself as the “internet’s bat signal,” the newly formed Internet Defense League is a collective of companies, websites and non-profit groups– including the EFF, Mozilla, Reddit and WordPress — banding together to nip future SOPAs and PIPAs in the bud. The IDL will officially launch tomorrow, and according to its website it’s enlisting web denizens to sign up and “broadcast an action” when net freedoms appear to be under threat. The League is really milking that Batman metaphor to full effect; it will broadcast its logo, a cat that looks plenty eager to tackle all foes of speech, into the sky in five cities around the world, including, interestingly, Ulan Bator, Mongolia.
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It’s been a great week for two of our favorite things over at Inhabitat: LEGOs and Star Wars. First, a group of LEGO builders from LEGOLAND Windsor built the tallest LEGO tower ever, snatching the title back from South Korea and returning it to the UK. Then, using 152,455 LEGO bricks, Rolls-Royce built a half-size replica of the jet engine that powers the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. In one of the most ingenious LEGO constructions ever built, LEGO pro Rene Hoffmeister built a barrel organ that plays the Star Wars theme song. And in other Star Wars news, we reported on the renovation of Luke Skywalker’s boyhood home in Tatooine (actually it’s in Tunisia). And finally, we shared a photo of this 7-centimeter-tall origami Yoda — the most adorable bit of Star Wars memorabilia ever made.
More dire warnings come with every digital day: Gmail users learn foreign governments may be trying to hack their accounts. LinkedIn, eHarmony, and Lastfm lose millions of user passwords. Stuxnet. Flame. The message is clear: Start protecting yourself.
I left off last time talking about how gamification and the Quantified Self — the use of sensors and devices to gather and analyze as much personal numeric data as possible for new insights into the self–can help us have fun while getting closer to our ideal selves. It’s time to explore how that last idea has evolved in the past few years and how savvy entrepreneurs are putting it to work.
Each of us has that picture of who we want to be and where we want to go. This is the version of ourselves we want the world to see. Convincing others that there is no gap between that image and our real selves used to be the domain of public relations professionals and doting parents. But in this era of social networks and constant connectivity, we all take the reins of our own reputations.
Assuming that each of us has a picture of the “real world superhero” we want to become someday, then the optimal way to level up and reach that goal begins with the ability to measure and score our lives. Thankfully, new technologies in mainstream gadgets like iPhones and the Nike+ enable this kind of measurement, and are fueling the so-called Quantified Self movement, starting with the continuous tracking of various aspects of our physical bodies.
Using sensors in our smartphones and other wearable devices, we can chart how many calories we burn, our body fat percentage, how many steps we take in a day, how long we sleep — even how many hours a week we spend commuting or sitting at a desk. Soon we’ll be able to access the same kind of statistics on our digital selves: Social reach and influence; tastes and preferences; achievements; credibility and reputation; habits; expertise.
You come to SlashGear on the daily to get a dose of gadgets that will improve your life, but you and I know good and well that every once in a while you want to see something that can give you a black eye- that’s why this post is about The Business self defense kit. [...]