Archive for April, 2011
Tags: Apprentice, British monarchy, cartoon, comic, Donald Trump, douch bag, funny, humor, pic, picture, Politics, Republican, The Donald, wealthy
Tags: goats, Greatest Inspirational Speech, Illinois, Mississippi, own a monkey, Peoria, rodeo, video
Tags: cartoon, Charles Schultz, Charlie Brown, comic, funny, Good Advice, humor, life secret, Peanuts, pessimism, worry
Tags: antiquated, computer, Godrej and Boyce, hard copy, India, Mumbai, office, outdated, paperless office, production, technology, typewriter, word processor
With only about 200 machines left — and most of those in Arabic languages — Godrej and Boyce shut down its plant in Mumbai, India, today. “Although typewriters became obsolete years ago in the west, they were still common in India — until recently,” according to the Daily Mail, which ran a special story this morning about the typewriters demise. “Demand for the machines has sunk in the last ten years as consumers switch to computers.” Secretaries, rejoice. “We are not getting many orders now,” Milind Dukle, Godrej and Boyce’s general manager, told the paper. “From the early 2000s onwards, computers started dominating. All the manufacturers of office typewriters stopped production, except us. ‘Till 2009, we used to produce 10,000 to 12,000 machines a year. But this might be the last chance for typewriter lovers. Now, our primary market is among the defence agencies, courts and government offices.”
Tags: automobile, Car engine, efficiency, Electro-Optics, internal combustion engine, laser, Spark Plug, Sparkplug, Star Wars
Car engines could soon be fired by lasers instead of spark plugs, researchers say. A team at the Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics will report on 1 May that they have designed lasers that could ignite the fuel/air mixture in combustion engines. The approach would increase efficiency of engines, and reduce their pollution, by igniting more of the mixture. The team is in discussions with a spark plug manufacturer.
Tags: bunny, cry baby, Easter, funny, holiday, humor, meanie, pic, picture, scare, terrify, Worst Easter Bunny
Tags: Cadbury Creme Egg, candy, Carnauba Wax, Chocolate Easter Bunny, Cocoa Butter, Cocoa Mass, Corn Syrup, Easter, easter basket, ingredient, Peeps, Soy Lecithin
Tags: 2012 Campaign, balanced budget, Brain Damage, conservative, Donald Trump, Gary Busey, Obama, Politics, Republican, tax increase, video
Tags: allergy, irritation, Pollen, red eye, sneeze, Tennessee, tree pollen, video, wheeze, wtf
Tags: Apple, consolidated.db, GPS, identity theft, intrusion, iOS, iPad, iPhone, location, privacy, smart phone, snooping, spyware, technology, tracking
Two British software developers discovered a disturbing feature built into Apple’s iPhones and iPads. Not only do both devices track the user’s location, they record that location data into an unencrypted file on the device.
Apple iPhone users’ movements are being tracked and stored without their knowledge in a file that could easily be accessed by a snooping employer or jealous spouse, security researchers have found. The continually-updated log is held on both the iPhone and the computer it connects to and contains a list of coordinates, and associated timestamps. The records go back to the release of the fourth iteration of the iOS operating system in June last year. The true contents of the enigmatically-named file “consolidated.db” were discovered by two British software developers who were working on ways of visualising location data for websites. “At first we weren’t sure how much data was there, but after we dug further and visualised the extracted data, it became clear that there was a scary amount of detail on our movements,” said Alisdair Allan and Pete Warden. Mr Warden previously worked for Apple in an unrelated area. Mobile network operators keep records of users’ movements based on which masts they are connected to, which police and intelligence agencies can access legally. The data stored by the iPhone could however be accessed by anyone with access to it or the computer it connects to, and is not protected by a password or encryption.
Apple’s reason for recording the data is unclear and its spokesmen did not return calls requesting comment.
Tags: cartoon, comic, computer, funny, hardware, humor, infographic, internet, pc, pic, picture, repair, software, technology, The Oatmeal