DARPA? More Like DERPA–Watch Robots Fail

Okay, if this is the kind of thing we can expect from our aspiring robotic overlords, we may not have to worry too much about Skynet. These are just a few of the epic fails from the DARPA Robotics Challenge. As I’ve said in this space many times: I hate robots. [Read more...]

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“Only $5 Per Hour”

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This was the future in ye olden days of 1982, kiddies. Let Grandpa Tom tell you about it… [Read more...]

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Tech Website Gets Access to 4.6 Million License Plate Scans

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If you drive in Oakland, California, Ars Technica knows where you’ve been: In response to a public records request, we obtained the entire LPR dataset of the Oakland Police Department (OPD), including more than 4.6 million reads of over 1.1 million unique plates between December 23, 2010 and May 31, 2014. The dataset is likely [Read More...]

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How I Work: Jeff Miller, The Curt Jester

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As a counterpoint to the How I Pray series, I’ve challenged other bloggers to answer Lifehacker’s How I Work questions on their own blogs for a kind of ora et labora thing. Now my uber-techie friend Jeff Miller, The Curt Jester, steps up and shames all geeks with his mad power-user skilz, yo. Jeff was [Read More...]

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Police Targeting Waze

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Some police think Waze is dangerous and want Google to pull the plug on one of its key features. The social/traffic app is designed to provide drivers with information on highway congestion, accidents, and construction, but also allows them to tag the location of police speed traps with an icon indicating whether or not the police are [Read More...]

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Have I Mentioned Lately How Much I Hate Robots?

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This is the latest dumb thing no one needs: What a load of nonsense. First, it’s not handwritten. It’s machinewritten, which means even though someone built an elaborate bit of gizmoditry to go through all the trouble of dipping a pen in ink and “writing,” it’s no more personal than running off copies on a [Read More...]

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My Favorite Game of 2014 Was …

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Monument Valley. Monument Valley (Ustwo; iOS/Android: $4) is a small game. It won’t take you long to finish, and it’s not very challenging, but what it offers is such a pure delight that it became my personal favorite game of 2014. Indeed, I would argue that it was the best game published all year, and [Read More...]

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Dog Gets 3D Printed Legs

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I haven’t done a heart-warming 3D printing story in a while, so here’s a tear-jerker for you: Derby the dog, born with deformed front legs, gets a new pair of prosthetics thanks to 3D printing, and he’s off like a shot.   [Read more...]

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