A social network that caters exclusively to drunks and requires actual Breathalyzer proof of drunkenness using an actual Breathalyzer to log in? Must be a joke, right?
Of course it's a joke, but that hasn't stopped The Internet - including a number of tech news sites - from taking this "social network" seriously, or the "founders" from promising to make a splash at the SXSW extravaganza kicking off in Austin today. (We'll hear from one of the "founders" in a minute.) Read more
A Newsweek cover story that purports to identify the previously anonymous creator of the digital currency Bitcoin has sparked an avalanche of outrage from readers who see the "outing" as a violation of privacy that could put the man, Satoshi Nakamoto, and his family in physical jeopardy.
Yesterday I posted a personal anecdote in response to the news that RadioShack would be closing 1,100 stores in the U.S. ... and a handful of readers reacted with stories of their own in comments:
'Just an annex for cell phone companies'
RadioShack announced this morning that it is closing 1,100 stores, or roughly 20% of the struggling chain's retail outlets.
From a CNN report:
The Twitter account of the Salisbury (Mass.) Police Department shared this tasty little morsel on Friday: a photograph of a clipping about recipes for short ribs that a motorist was allegedly pawning off as a car inspection sticker.
"We got some real bright people at my university," says the person -- perhaps an IT professional? -- who submitted this smudgograph to Reddit this morning.
There was some discussion as to whether the monitor bore the markings of touch-screen confusion or the more common inability to point without making contact. Latter seems most likely. Read more
This headline could not be more misleading. And, knowing my business as I do, it's all but certain that the failure to communicate is a byproduct of the headline writer's inability to resist the word "sexting."
Some ideas deserve mocking more than others, so into the batter's box steps Netflix with this delightful sendup of Amazon's silly drone-delivery plan/publicity stunt.
The urinal scene was special.
No. 33 in our Geek-Themed Meme of the Week series comes via a Reddit user who laments, "I really need a new computer."
Fark is one of my favorite funny places on the Internet, both because it speaks to my fondness for wordplay in the service of even low-brow humor and because the site has been kind enough to link to a lot of my Buzzblog silliness over the years.
So I thought I'd share with you Fark's 502 Bad Gateway error page, which I've seen from time to time, including a few minutes ago: Read more
The technology gods owe Robert McKevitt - all of us, actually - an explanation as to why in the year 2014 vending machines are still capable of driving normal human beings to abnormal acts of frustration.
In other words, who among us hasn't wanted to take a forklift to a balky vending machine? Read more
How you feel about this particular application of technology to police work will likely depend on how you feel about Twitter.
Rarely does a day go by without me driving, so rarely does a day go by without me listening to the radio (sports talk, almost exclusively). Yet radio gets dismissed - ridiculed even -- as so 20th Century, especially by those too young to remember when radio ruled.
No. 32 in our Geek-Themed Meme of the Week series, procured via the Internet, features a First World Problem that does not afflict yours truly because I am currently in the unprecedented position of being up to the latest on both my iPhone and iPad models. (Those who know me will find this difficult to believe.)
My heart sank Sunday morning after reading the subject line of an email from the ticket site Fandango: "How did you like 'The LEGO Movie'?"
Nothing against the block-building blockbuster, mind you, but it was Fandango's use of the past tense that had me agitated. On Saturday, I had intended to - and believed I had - bought tickets for a Sunday showing, so the question from Fandango could mean only one thing: I had screwed up and ordered $41.50 worth of now worthless tickets. Read more
So Apple is out with a new ad that ostensibly shows off the video capabilities of the iPhone 5s. Watch:
Here's how I imagine the strategy meeting for this ad went.
Marketing executive: "OK, so how are we going to sell the 5s?"
Underling: "How about we take video of some supermodels?"
Marketing executive: "Great! Let's get lunch." Read more
It was only the other day that I first heard of the video game "Flappy Bird," thanks to my 12-year-old son Grant and his slavish devotion to his new iPod. Read more
Microsoft's announcement this morning that longtime engineering executive Satya Nadella will replace Steve Ballmer as chief executive officer was no surprise. And news that company founder Bill Gates would be relinquishing his role as chairman of the board of directors had also been predicted in press reports. Read more