- DHL launches first commercial drone 'parcelcopter' delivery service | Technology | theguardian.com:
German delivery firm DHL has beaten the tech firms to the post, announcing a regular drone delivery service for the first time, nine months after it launched its “parcelcopter” research project in December 2013. The service will use an autonomous quadcopter to deliver small parcels to the German island of Juist, a sandbar island 12km into the North Sea from the German coast, inhabited by 2,000 people. Deliveries will include medication and other goods that may be “urgently needed”.
- How To Keep Your Cool When Your Brakes Fail At 154 MPH (jump to 1:30 for the crash). Intense just how fast it happens at full speed.
- The 42nd Crew To The ISS Made This Awesome Hitchhiker's Guide Poster
- This Science Museum Has Royally Pissed Off a Bunch of Girl Scouts:
Understandably, Scouts and concerned citizens across the country did not take kindly to this and made their displeasure known on social media. The Carnegie Science Center responded with a long and honestly pretty reasonable post, promising that they do feel very strongly about supporting women in STEM but they just haven't seen much interest in anything except [long, sad sigh] "Science with a Sparkle"
- The Amazing DIY Monster Tanks Of Mexico's Narco-Vigilantes
- These Beastly Disaster-Rescue Rigs Will Bring WiFi To The Apocalypse:
After tornadoes had ravaged Tuscaloosa, the trucks were many people's first opportunity to connect with their families after losing phones and electricity.
- Time to Move On? The Case Against Daylight Saving Time. A yearly note that DST is bullshit on basically every level and should be phased out.
- What Do Sneakers on Telephone Wires Really Mean? - The Atlantic
- BasicsCard users buying banned cigarettes with welfare, bartering groceries for alcohol and cash - ABC News. In other words, people will buy whatever they want to buy and get around any system like this.
- Last Call — Medium (the death of print journalism):
Contrary to the contrived ignorance of media reporters, the future of the daily newspaper is one of the few certainties in the current landscape: Most of them are going away, in this decade. (If you work at a paper and you don’t know what’s happened to your own circulation or revenue in the last few years, now might be a good time to ask.) We’re late enough in the process that we can even predict the likely circumstance of its demise.
- Wikihistory | Abyss & Apex:
Take it easy on the kid, SilverFox316; everybody kills Hitler on their first trip.
- Community TV: Malcolm Turnbull confirms licensing for stations will end in 2015 - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation):
Community television will be booted off air by the Federal Government in a little over 12 months.His solution? Move online. Good thing everyone has access to a high speed national broadband network, right?
- Big Brother, watch out!Forget about the G20 sticker blitz, another kind of revelry may be a thorny issue | Cairns Post:
SIXTY-year-old grandmother Myra Gold was asleep when four police officers raided her home. They were deployed to confiscate her phone, dig through her rubbish and search her car. For stickers. Anti-G20 stickers. The woman wasn’t cooking crack, she has no connection to any terrorist organisations and she wasn’t manufacturing homemade bombs in her back yard. Stickers. ... Myra’s sticker said, “G20 benefits the 1%”.
- On Death and iPods: A Requiem | WIRED:
In all likelihood we’re not just seeing the death of the iPod Classic, but the death of the dedicated portable music player. Now it’s all phones and apps. Everything is a camera. The single-use device is gone—and with it, the very notion of cool that it once carried. The iPhone is about as subversive as a bag of potato chips, and music doesn’t define anyone anymore. Soon there will be no such thing as your music library. There will be no such thing as your music. We had it all wrong! Information doesn’t want to be free, it wants to be a commodity. It wants to be packaged into apps that differ only in terms of interface and pricing models. It wants to be rented. It wants to reveal nothing too personal, because we broadcast it to Facebook [...] I miss the time when we were still defined by our music. When our music was still our music. I miss being younger, with a head full of subversive ideas; white cables snaking down my neck, stolen songs in my pocket. There will never be an app for that.Of course there will never be an app for digging through second-hand CDs at your university markets, nor digging through crates of vinyl, nor waiting by the radio for your favourite song to come on. Perhaps every major change of technology brings these feelings on. Perhaps we curate our shared playlists with the same love and attention we used to put in to dubbing a mix tape for a friend. It just doesn't quite feel that way.
- AGENDA Security laws may collect metadata, in which Brandis demonstrates either a) he has absolutely no concept how the internet works; b) he's lying through his teeth; or c) both.
- How to Use Your Cat to Hack Your Neighbor’s Wi-Fi | Threat Level | WIRED
- This Spacesuit for Exploring Mars Is a Form-Fitting Math Problem | Design | WIRED
- How not to attract women to coding: Make tech pink - SFGate
- Insiders - 10/08/2014: Abbott on what happens when people dont agree - Insiders - ABC
- Poor spend most on petrol, figures show, as anger grows at Joe Hockey | World news | theguardian.com:
when expressed as a percentage of mean income for those same groups, the petrol spending represented 4.54% of income for the lowest-earning households but only 1.37% for the highest-earning ones.
- As the blunders grow in number, can anyone actually challenge Abbott? | Bruce Haigh | Comment is free | theguardian.com:
All Australians should be concerned at the political acumen of this government, and the poor quality of their decision-making. But is anyone in a position to seriously challenge Abbott?
- Home | elementary OS - a linux distro with (although they aren't so silly as to say it straight out..) OSX-inspired design.
- Cronulla's Paul Gallen accepts doping ban and wants to 'get on with life' | Sport | theguardian.com. Actually a number of players accepted backdated bans (ie. effectively hugely-reduced bans). Not a bad result given how hard it would have been to prove they didn't know they were being doped; and the club's at the bottom of the ladder anyway.
- BBC News - Mozilla's first low-cost smartphone on sale in India:
Mozilla, a company best known for its Firefox browser, has launched a new low-cost smartphone in India that will retail for 1,999 rupees ($33; £19.90).
- Brandis' leaked anti-piracy proposal is unrealistic:
The problem is that this move is not likely to make things better. Similar schemes have been tried around the world, but there is little evidence they actually work to reduce copyright infringement. This draft proposal does nothing to address the basic issue that Australians are not being fairly treated by the copyright industries. Compared to consumers in the United States, Australians pay more for digital downloads, have less choice in how they can access film and television, face large delays before content is released, and much foreign content is still not available at all in Australia.
- Unprepared - Matt Gemmell:
We’re all pretending, all the time. Putting on our suits, picking up our car keys, and going forth into the world.
- Russia's new tram is a Batmobile on the outside, tech hub on the inside
- A rocket scientist at Oxford University is designing better cookware
- Sir Terry Pratchett's Discworld (alternative cover art)
- An Alarm Clock That Brews Coffee - DesignTAXI.com
- These Maniacs Cooked Steak With Molten Lava and Lightning
- William Gibson and Neuromancer: the man who saw tomorrow | Books | The Guardian:
"Neuromancer," says novelist and blogger Cory Doctorow, "remains a vividly imagined allegory for the world of the 1980s, when the first seeds of massive, globalised wealth-disparity were planted, and when the inchoate rumblings of technological rebellion were first felt. A generation later, we're living in a future that is both nothing like the Gibson future and instantly recognisable as its less stylish, less romantic cousin. Instead of zaibatsus [large conglomerates] run by faceless salarymen, we have doctrinaire thrusting young neocons and neoliberals who want to treat everything from schools to hospitals as businesses."
- War snaps Tony Abbott’s Ukraine plan back to reality:
What should perhaps always have been obvious is now clear. The site is in the middle of a war zone and getting access to it will be difficult and unpredictable. The small team that visited on Thursday took six hours to get there and reporters say there were explosions in the vicinity. None of this is Abbott’s fault but he now looks to have over-promised when he said he would be “very, very surprised” if the mission took more than two or three weeks. ... Questions are being asked about Abbott’s diplomatic tactics as well. He announced the mission the morning after a late-night phone call with Putin. It has been noticeable that Abbott has taken a much less confrontational tone towards the Russian strong man since.
- The Joy of Six: Australia's most terrifying away trips | Sport | theguardian.com. You know, I've always been amazed that any of the 1980s Lang Park punters would throw away a full beer.
- Penny Wong Blew Up And Tore The Government A New One In The Senate Today | Junkee:
It is an absolute disgrace and really demonstrates the arrogance of this government — that you would not even allow a committee stage in a debate when you have been given more time…in order to ensure a proper process. You have spat in the face of that offer; you have said ‘You know what? We don’t want a debate, we just want a media conference. We’re going to run the Senate in time for the media, and we will not even do the Senate the courtesy of telling Senators what our proposition is — we’re going to go out and background the media ahead.Presumably Abbott was too busy having people photograph his crotch to do more than organise the media conference.
- Why Google Is So Interested In Kenya's Transit System
- My 14-Hour Search for the End of TGI Friday's Endless Appetizers. People do some weird stuff...
- What makes an Archibald winner? - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)Ikea Advertises Adoptable Dogs In Stores, Because Every Home Needs A Rescue Pup. Part brilliant, part evil ;)
- Terminator 2 and the world’s biggest spoiler / The Dissolve:
Re-watching Terminator 2: Judgment Day, it’s actually frustrating to see how carefully crafted the first half-hour is, how thoroughly it takes advantage of audience assumptions, all in order to floor them with the big reveal, when Patrick and Schwarzenegger’s Terminators face off over a terrified John Connor, and Schwarzenegger’s is the one who saves John’s life and hustles him to safety. Counting Cameron’s first run at these characters and this basic idea, it took around seven years to build up this fake-out—and just a couple minutes of trailer (and a tagline, “This time he’s back… for good!”) to blow it. It’s one of the dumbest marketing missteps of all time—at least in terms of audience experience.
- The elegant art of not giving a shit:
Not giving a shit sounds like apathy, but it’s not. It’s simply a refusal to waste your energy and time on thoughts you’re not going to act on. So when you do give a shit, make sure that the point of this shit-giving is to figure out what you’re actually going to do in response to what happened, and then move on to the action part.As it turns out, this is incredibly fucking hard.
- Forget the Shortest Route Across a City; New Algorithm Finds the Most Beautiful | MIT Technology Review
- 19 Epic Pictures Of The Monster Thunderstorm That Shook Sydney and Dramatic storm down under « Flickr Blog
- Twitter / noahWG: fish avoiding sharks
- Vintage Female Badasses | Pinterest
- Eleven photos that define 'American Cool' | Art and design | theguardian.com
- Photographs taken inside of instruments » Lost At E Minor: For creative people
- Magic Budapest trams jumping into hyperspace
- Behind the Scenes Photos of Actors Laughing Between Takes - My Modern Met
It's an NRL town. The banner says it all.
- A Beginner's Guide to Pour Over Coffee Brewing Methods | Prima Coffee. Ever wondered what the hell "V60" or "aeropress" was on the cafe menu? The results from each one tend not to be wildly different to each other, but they are very different to the usual espresso options. Well worth trying if you like a good coffee.
- 10 things the snack food industry won’t tell you | News.com.au:
Beetles aren’t the only I-dare-you-to-eat-that items you may have unknowingly noshed on. Vanilla-flavoured snacks like cookies and cakes are sometimes flavoured with castoreum, a secretion from a beaver’s behind (technically, from a sac near his anus called the castor sac)At least Snopes rates it as unlikely you'll actually run into castoreum, since it is so impractical and gross to get the raw material.
- BMW 3D prints new thumbs for factory workers | Technology | theguardian.com
- How not to say the wrong thing - Los Angeles Times:
Here are the rules. The person in the center ring can say anything she wants to anyone, anywhere. She can kvetch and complain and whine and moan and curse the heavens and say, "Life is unfair" and "Why me?" That's the one payoff for being in the center ring. Everyone else can say those things too, but only to people in larger rings.
- Meet the gothic bake queen whose creepy cakes are storming Instagram - People - Stylist Magazine. That's some freaky baking.
- The age of entitlement: how wealth breeds narcissism | Anne Manne | Comment is free | theguardian.com:
as people grow wealthier, they are more likely to feel entitled, to become meaner and be more likely to exploit others, even to cheat.
- Paris Review - The Art of Fiction No. 211, William Gibson:
But I had only been using a typewriter because I’d gotten one for free and I was poor. In 1981, most people were still writing on typewriters. There were five large businesses in Vancouver that did nothing but repair and sell typewriters. Soon there were computers, too, and it was a case of the past and the future mutually coexisting. And then the past just goes away....
The strongest impacts of an emergent technology are always unanticipated. You can’t know what people are going to do until they get their hands on it and start using it on a daily basis, using it to make a buck and using it for criminal purposes and all the different things that people do. The people who invented pagers, for instance, never imagined that they would change the shape of urban drug dealing all over the world. But pagers so completely changed drug dealing that they ultimately resulted in pay phones being removed from cities as part of a strategy to prevent them from becoming illicit drug markets. We’re increasingly aware that our society is driven by these unpredictable uses we find for the products of our imagination....
I think the popular perception that we’re a lot like the Victorians is in large part correct. One way is that we’re all constantly in a state of ongoing technoshock, without really being aware of it—it’s just become where we live. The Victorians were the first people to experience that, and I think it made them crazy in new ways. We’re still riding that wave of craziness. We’ve gotten so used to emergent technologies that we get anxious if we haven’t had one in a while.
- The Planet Just Had Its Warmest May On Record | ThinkProgress
- Government may be forced to retain Clean Energy Finance Corporation | World news | theguardian.com:
The government appears to be conceding it will be forced to retain the $10bn Clean Energy Finance Corporation, removing the abolition of the “green bank” from the other carbon tax repeal bills that were passed by the lower house for a third time on Thursday night.Forced to invest in clean energy. Forced. By a loony fringe party. This is how Australia is dealing with climate change.
- Employees Who Stay In Companies Longer Than Two Years Get Paid 50% Less:
The average raise an employee can expect in 2014 is 3%. [...] But, the inflation rate is currently 2.1% calculated based on the Consumer Price Index published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. This means that your raise is actually less than 1%. [...] The average raise an employee receives for leaving is between a 10% to 20% increase in salary.(US numbers, obviously)
- The end of the Big Day Out is the end of one-day festivals. Hang up your singlets | Dom Amerena | Culture | theguardian.com:
For years the BDO has made the mistake of trying to cater to all kinds of musical tastes. The 2014 lineup was a weird mishmash of genres; there’s something for everybody, but not enough of any particular style of music to justify the $185 price of a general admission ticket.Yup. Cheaper to just go the side gig for the one or two bands you actually want to see; and you just hated the BDO for the bands who obviously had lock-in contracts preventing them doing a side gig.
- 50 Photos Of Actors Behind The Scenes. Some amusing shots in there.
- rarely seen photos from the last night shooting "Blade Runner"
- Online advertising effectiveness: For large brands, online ads may be worthless.
- Inside the Mirrortocracy:
We've created a make-believe cult of objective meritocracy, a pseudo-scientific mythos to obscure and reinforce the belief that only people who look and talk like us are worth noticing. After making such a show of burning down the bad old rules of business, the new ones we've created seem pretty similar.
- Wrong! Deconstructing 5 Famous History Stories : Krulwich Wonders... : NPR