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Danish man killed by robotic lawnmower

Friday, June 1st, 2007

A 45 year old Danish municipal worked was killed by a robotic lawnmower after it tumbled down a hill and landed on him. This is the first reported incident by the RC-controlled Dvorak Spider 01… hopefully this isn’t the start of a robotic invasion.

Robotic Killer

(via Engadget)

New Hersheys Candies

Thursday, May 31st, 2007

Pot-Based Candies

Not really, but Hersheys is suing the California maker of these spoof cannabis candies, 40 year old Kenneth Affolter from Lafayette. That’s right, they’re suing for TRADEMARK INFRINGEMENT. Professor Feldman of UCSF law school has this to say: “Does the customer really believe Hershey is making marijuana-laced candy? I don’t think so. But now you’re associating illegal drugs with the Hershey mark. You’re thinking about bad things, illegal things, things that will harm your body when you think of the Hershey mark, and that is terribly damaging to the company and its mark.”

(Via ABC News)

Click the read more link to see more images of the “infringing” products…

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Coming to a coffee table near you…

Wednesday, May 30th, 2007

“Borrowing” your Internet connection, EXTREME edition

Tuesday, May 29th, 2007

The Slurpr

This device is called the “Slurpr”, and comes from Dutch hacker, Mark Hoekstra and his friend Boris. Yes, no last name, just Boris.

You might be asking yourself what the hell it does… It automatically connects to up to six “available” (read: unsecure) wireless connections near you and combines them to give you a SUPER fast connection. Of course, it also breaks laws in almost every country (connecting to open wireless points without explicit permission, also know as Piggybacking). If that isn’t illegal in your country, their next version is sure to be: they’re planning on adding the ability to break into secured networks automatically.

The price tag for this sucker comes in at 999 euros, or about $1400.

(Via Engadget)

I, for one, welcome our new robotic overlords.

Thursday, May 24th, 2007

If that video didn’t convince you, then maybe this article will.

(via Digg)

Top 5 Pirate Hangouts

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2007

Becoming a pirate has always been a personal aspiration for me… while it seems unlikely I’ll be able to actually accomplish that goal, at least I now know where to go to find some good grog and peglegs! Justin over at Galing.com has put together a list of the top 5 pirate hangouts – here they are in no particular order:

Somalia: Strait of Malacca:
Bangladesh: Nigeria:
Indonesia:

Best way to fight Big Brother? Blog your life.

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2007

An art professor at Rutger’s, Hasan Elahi was stopped after arriving back in the US on a flight from the Netherlands. The FBI told him he was a suspected terrorist – his response? Prove them wrong by tracking his every movement via pictures and GPS on his website, trackingtransience.net. “I’ve discovered that the best way to protect your privacy is to give it away,” he says. “It’s economics, I flood the market.”

trackingtransience.net

 

(via Wired & Slashdot)