"If you think you spend too much time on Facebook, this might interest you: Robert R. Morris and Dan McDuff, a pair of MIT Ph.D candidates, have developed an aversion therapy system that administers unpleasant shocks whenever internet browsers try to visit Facebook. According to TechCrunch, the two had found they were spending a combined 50 hours per week on the social media website. The shock system was designed to steer them away from Facebook and toward more productive activities – like studying to complete their Ph.D programs, perhaps..."
"Street artist 'Plastic Jesus' placed his own creations in five Best Buy stores around LA. Priced at at $99.99 his product was called 'Useless Plastic Box 1.2" and appeared among the GPSes and tablets at Best Buy retail stores. He even printed up some very convincing display labels, each sporting the following message:
"Information security firm Trustwave has reported a potential cyber-attack vector to a device you may have never expected the phrase "security vulnerability" would be applied (other than in reference to the end of a toilet paper roll, that is). In an advisory issued August 1, Trustwave warned of a Bluetooth security vulnerability in Inax's Satis automatic toilet. Functions of the Satis—including the raising and lowering of its lid and operation of its bidet and flushing nozzles—can be remotely controlled from an Android application called "My Satis" over a Bluetooth connection..."
"If you want to find out the cheapest pressure cooker to buy, don’t under any circumstances search on the internet. Michele Catalano did that while her husband, in the same time frame, was Googling backpacks. Six men from a joint terrorism task force showed up at their house to see if they were terrorists. Apparently the problem was not caused by Prism.
"The use of CAPTCHA to combat spam bots is also blocking people with disabilities and the feature should be removed from websites, argues a group of disability organisations.
"Researchers are developing a technique for recording up to 360TB of data on a glass disk that should be readable in a million years. The move, which works a bit like Superman’s data crystal, will probably be used to make sure that you never lose that valuable porn collection."
"We wrapped up our Computex 2013 coverage last week, summarizing our meeting with 19 of the 33 companies we sat down with at the show. But booth babes never get old. So, here are some more fond memories to remember Taipei's most popular trade show by." ->Look Here<-
"Sevier is seeking damages and injunctive relief against Apple because they make products that can display porn ("or as the rest of us call it, the Internet," AboveTheLaw notes). So Sevier legally requests that Apple enables a porn-filtering "safe mode" by default on its devices. His complaint notes that "If Apple agrees to sell its devices 'on safe mode' before trial, the Plaintiff will terminate this litigation."
"As always, this year’s Computex was quite a busy show with tons of new products announced, but one of the most integral parts of the Computex experience is of course the hundreds of models hired by the many companies to draw attention to their booths. For those who weren’t able to attend this year’s Computex, we were able to get some help from our good friend David Chang from Yuki-no photography who was able to help us bring you a small glimpse of the Computex booth babe experience."
"UK ISPs told David Cameron's adviser that they will not ban porn by default to prevent the sexualisation of children.
Claire Perry announced that by 2014 UK ISPs would require customers wishing to access adult content to "opt out". The Tory MP also told a conference the filters should be flexible enough to be turned off - for a limited time. The default setting would then return.
Nicholas Lansman, secretary general of trade association ISPA, which represents the UK's net suppliers, said that Perry’s comments were a bit premature."
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