Craiglist’s infamous “missed connections” section is a great place to write a love ballad to that special someone you made fleeting eye contact with at the grocery store. Or, you know, that African elephant that was slaughtered by poachers last week.
Most of the time, when you hear about GCHQ, Britain's answer to the NSA, it's in the same sentence about mass surveillance or cellphone hacking. But this time around, the Brit spies have made an app that teaches little kiddies how totally fantastic encryption is.
Every few years, there's another essay insisting that irony is ruining culture. Hipsters and postmodernism have created an insincere world where nothing means anything. But you never hear anybody insisting that irony has ruined science fiction. That's because irony is part of the creative life-force of the genre.
When Dan Rosen tired of receiving his Verizon bill by mail, he did what any eco-aware smartphone owner would: switch to paperless billing. To celebrate Dan's choice to reduce waste, the carrier sent him a paper letter. Four of them, actually. All identical. On the same day.
Whoops, wish we could take that one back. This TED-Ed animation video teaches you the history of gunpowder. How it began as a Chinese invention for immortality, how it works in fireworks and how it morphed into the world destroyer and creator it is now. Watch it, you might learn a thing or two.
The venom of a deadly aspic viper killed a 53-year-old reptile expert who dedicated his life to helping people overcome their fear of snakes. Dieter Zorn was giving a demonstration in a French village when the viper struck.
The Iranian government's plan to install a Great Firewall like China's certainly didn't take long to backfire. According to reports, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's fatwa against antifiltering tools was almost immediately auto-blocked by the government's own censoring system—because it included the word…
Rain on your wedding day: not ironic. Creating the backbone of China's internet censorship apparatus, and then having an online profile of your work erased by the Chinese government? Perfect.
You'd think IBM would've been extra careful when handing out complimentary USB sticks at a computer security expo in Australia. But noooo. According to IBM, "some of these USB keys contained malware," with all sticks suspected to be affected.
Oh, hello! A trip to the YouTube wayback machine shows that 1996's Steve "Great Artists Steal" Jobs might have taken issue with Steve Jobs 2010, and his patent lawsuit firebombing of HTC. Irony!
Your favorite pyromaniac might have to surrender his giant Hallmark snowman snow globe: The US Consumer Product Safety Commission just discovered that a bit of sunlight passes through them and it's "Goodbye drapes, hello firestorm!"
I might get my head torn off by The Ballmer for posting this "I'm a PC" bit of trivia today, but the irony is too great to pass up. Turns out that phase two of the "I'm a PC " advertising counterattack against Apple was... created on a Mac. If Apple was smart, and I think they are, they'd have another Hodgman ad…
An artist named Scott recently cast a Boba Fett PEZ dispenser in bronze using the lost-wax process, and ended up (I think accidentally) giving it a "battle scar" that would make George Lucas proud. It's haunting, seeing that lifeless helmet stare out at the world, moving only when the cruel and greedy snap back its…
This is awkward…during the testing phase for the Shark Shield, an electronic device that is designed to go on the back of surfboards to keep sharks away, one of the devices was actually eaten by a shark.
Apparently DRM isn't just annoying to us plebes—it aggravates better, tanner-than-us Hollywood types when they have to deal with it too. Surprise, right?
Oh, this is rich. The MPAA's "University Toolkit," which is essentially spyware the MPAA asked schools to install on their servers to make sure their students weren't pirating License to Wed when they were supposed to be studying, has been taken down for copyright violation. Copyright violation! What a collection of…
Looking for a shiny new notebook to slap your shiny new Windows Vista on that'll run it all super snappy and buttery smooth? According to PC World's tests, the fastest Windows Vista notebook this year is (or ever): the MacBook Pro. Yeah, it makes throw up in my mouth a little bit before forcing me to contemplate…
Kraft, the company that I exclusively associate with the oh-so-fattening (and delicious) mac & cheese, has this odd deal on their site. They are giving away a free DDR-style dancing pad for the PC and free copies of the DDR knock-off, StepMania. They do want you to pay shipping, which is $6, but that isn't too bad for…