Pentacycles

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From our Failed Inventions files: pentacycles, designed for mailmen in 1882. I can’t understand why they didn’t catch on. [Read more...]

The Latest Federal Power Grab: Navigation Apps

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Government bureaucracy is the kudzu of modern civilization. It’s a smothering, all-consuming, self-perpetuating monster that sucks the life out of everything it touches.  Case in point: for some bizarre reason known only to the infantile minds of government functionaries, Obama’s Transportation Department (go ahead, I defy you to explain why a such thing even exists) [Read More...]

Tinfoil Hats: The Next Generation

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As governments become ever-more cavalier about basic privacy rights, human ingenuity will continue to be applied to thwarting their ability to scan our digital tools. With luck, it won’t all look as ridiculous as this: The CHBL Jammer Coat is a piece of clothing that enables its user to disappear: Google cannot find you anymore. [Read More...]

Google Reveals Its Prototype Self-Driving Electric Car

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Here it is: Ha! Just kidding, here it is: This is the first scratch-built, rather that retrofitted, Google car. It has no steering wheel or user-controlled brakes. So … good luck with that. Google engineer Chris Urmson explains why this is teh awesomes: But what happens if you’re riding in a self-driving car with no [Read More...]

Progress

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Reinventing the Bike, and Making it Worse

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This thing is called the Fliz, and it’s all kinds of wrong. It’s a sorta-bike, but not really. Rather than pedaling, you kind of scoot along. And instead of sitting on it, you sort of hang from it, with part of the frame encircling your neck (!), and straps under your groin (!!). Because whenever [Read More...]

Kids React to a Walkman

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I was asked to show a section of a movie to some students last week. When I got there it was on VHS. Finding the exact spot was a reminder of all the things I don’t miss. Keep an eye on little 8-year-old Samirah here. She’s a smart one. [Read more...]

Sound Cannons to Be Fired at Drivers

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LRAD stands for Long Range Acoustic Device, and it’s a kind of sonic weapon created for breaking up large protests and hailing people at extreme distances. And now it’s going to be fired at motorists driving at high speeds through construction zones. Missouri’s Department of Transportation is going to give the device to road workers [Read More...]


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