The TSA Randomizer iPad app has two jobs: 1) point left or right, and 2) do it randomly. It’s an app a novice coder would write. And it cost the TSA $1.4 million.
Sometimes I’m more surprised by who doesn’t have an FBI file than who does. Yesterday I got a letter from the FBI in response to my Freedom of Information Act request for any records they might have on Ray Tomlinson, one of the inventors of email. They insist that he doesn’t have a file.
The Freedom of Information Act has allowed U.S. citizens to request important information since 1967. This infographic explains the entire request process for when the information on the internet just doesn’t cut it.
Buckminster Fuller was a world-renowned architect, math-obsessed designer, and affable weirdo. He died in 1983, but Fuller is still remembered fondly today for his geodesic domes and his three-wheeled cars. Despite extensive historical interest in the man, his FBI file has never been made public. Until now.
Every team wants the perfect draft pick. It's a deceptively simple-sounding goal that haunts every executive in sports, because they are being asked to do the nearly impossible—predict what human beings will do. Sure, every few years a player like Andrew Luck or Bryce Harper comes along who simply can't fail (even…
When the soul-crushingly simple, single-serving messaging app Yo hit the App Store this past summer, people couldn't say enough about the app that said barely anything at all. But given our pseudo-surveillance state and similar apps' privacy concerns, we wondered—could the government be spying on (or even just…
Good news for patriotic Luddites everywhere: MuckRock has confirmed that the DOD somehow managed to find themselves a working fax machine. And with this, our Department of Defense boldly steps into the twentieth century.
Months ago, I asked the Pentagon for its visual records of Osama bin Laden's sea burial under the Freedom of Information Act. Today, I received a thick packet of No— a complete denial that any records exist. Read it.
Hot dogs. Juicy, succulent, mouth savoring meat. A pink mixed mash of deliciousness. See hot dog, want hot dog, eat hot dog. That's what I think, at least. I might have to think twice though. Some truly disgusting stuff is sometimes found in a hotdiggity.
Have any interest in reading over 14,000 emails from then-Governor Sarah Palin's personal account? What, don't you want to find out what wine spritzer she liked to pair with moose nuggets? This fully searchable "inbox" makes Palin's inbox yours.
I get the feeling some marketing guru told the FBI they needed to connect with a hipper, younger, generation, because they just launched a new searchable archive called THE VAULT. In it, you can search the files of old people, like Al Capone and Marilyn Monroe, and kinda old people, like the Notorious B.I.G. and Osama…