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...]

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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...]

The Unabomber’s Delusional Offspring

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Anarchist/anti-tech protesters have targeted the home and neighborhood of tech entrepreneur Kevin Rose, founder of Digg and partner in Google Ventures. After a late night of howling at the moon, these feral lunatics dug into their bag of Soviet-era propaganda, leafleted his neighborhood, and unfurled banners outside of Rose’s San Francisco home declaring him a [Read More...]

New Mozilla CEO in the Crosshairs for Prop 8 Donation

Brendan Eich, creator of Javascript. Can't you just see the eeeeevil?

One thing you can always count on with the gay rights movement: they never miss an opportunity to slander opponents of gay marriage as “haters” and gin up a thoughtcrime fatwa at a moment’s notice. The latest target may be Mozilla’s Chief Technology Office Brendan Eich, who was just made the CEO of the company, [Read More...]

Facebook Acquires Oculus Rift: What Does It Mean?

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Among gamers, the surprise acquisition of VR headset maker Oculus Rift by Facebook is being treated as a harbinger of the end times. Many are investing a great deal of hope in the next-gen virtual-reality tech being developed by Oculus Rift, believing it may kick gaming to the next level. To have that very tech [Read More...]


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