Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, died Saturday, weeks after heart surgery and days after his 82nd birthday.
Utubelor figured out where your sense of deja vu at Christian Bale’s “Batman” voice comes from.
New Rule: If your entire party tries to get rid of you, and you stay in, you can’t talk about how easy it is for a woman to push a stupid prick out of her body.
We all know adverts are a necessary evil, which is why different companies are trying to make them more personalized, more engaging or just plain get rid of them. In a recently granted patent, Sony outlines its ideas for next-gen advertising on network-connected devices — essentially to make it more interactive. Many of the instructional diagrams involve PS3 accessories in the home setting, but the focus isn’t just on adverts as mini-games, which itself is nothing new. Other suggestions for keeping your interest include in-ad purchasing, casting votes or selecting the genre of commercials. To speed up, or get ads off your screen, Sony would have you performing small tasks or — more sinisterly — shouting brand names when prompted.
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is to be arrested “under any circumstances” if he leaves the Ecuadorian embassy, according to restricted police documents snapped by a photographer outside the embassy.
Diplomatic cars and bags are also sanctuaries for foreign nations, as are embassies, but the police document refers to “dip bag, as dip bag, in dip vehicle” as places they would arrest Assange.
A new poll of the Missouri electorate reported this week that Sen. Claire McCaskill holds a tenuous lead in the state’s Senate race over Rep. Todd Akin, essentially revealing that you live in a nation where a man who is deeply and irrefutably mentally ill can nevertheless stand a solid chance of winning higher office. “Current data shows that, contrary to any conventional notions of human reason or logic, a man with a questionable grasp on reality is evidently quite able to attain a prominent government position in the nation you are a citizen of,” said researcher Donald Schur, noting that the man in question currently holds a one-percent lead, “yes, lead,” in several other similar election polls. “That’s right, you, the average citizen, live in a country where a human being deep in the throes of delusion can not only be elected to higher office on six prior occasions, but may in fact be voted into office again despite his psychological instability being put on full display in the most spectacular fashion imaginable. This is the place where you live, and work, and pay taxes.” Researchers also noted that, according to recent evidence, this kind of thing actually doesn’t surprise you too much anymore.
A 17 year old black teenager in London is tired of being busted for walking while black. He says he’s been stopped-and-searched without cause fifty times since he was 14, and that on a number of occasions this has included bullshit charges (later dropped), wild accusations, strip searches, and detention in police cells. None of these stops has led to a conviction — his most recent one almost did. PC John Lovegrove arrested the teenager during a stop-and-search, alleging that he assaulted the cop during a stop-and-search. The case went to court, but then collapsed when the footage showed that the teenager “[lay] there like a dead fish” during the search, and did not roll over or spit, as was alleged by the constable.
The Met won’t comment on the case. The teenager will sue the London Metropolitan Police for harassment.
The nine-member jury in the closely watched patent litigation between Apple and Samsung has returned a verdict decidedly in Apple’s favor, awarding the fruity firm a whopping total of $1.05bn in damages.
The jury took less than 48 hours to reach its verdict, something that apparently startled even Apple’s legal team, as neither of its legal big guns – Harold McElhinny and Bill Lee – were in attendance, the San Jose Mercury News reports.
All of the Samsung tablets and devices listed in the trial were found to have infringed at least one Apple patent, and several of Apple’s patents were upheld for nearly every mobile on the menu.
In most cases, the jury found that Samsung “knew or should have known” that its actions would infringe upon Apple’s patents.
It also found that in most cases Samsung’s infringement was “willful,” a condition that allows the court to increase the amount of damages owed.
In contrast, Samsung’s attempts to invalidate Apple’s patents were all thrown out. In every case, the jury found that Samsung had failed to present clear and convincing evidence that the patent was invalid.
As for Samsung’s counter-claims that Apple had violated Samsung’s patents, the jury wasn’t buying it. Not a single one of Samsung’s patent claims was upheld, and in two cases the jury found that the South Korean firm was barred from asserting the patent against Apple anyway, as Apple had purchased the supposedly infringing technology from Intel, which was a valid Samsung licensee.
Thus, the total amount of damages Samsung can expect from Apple: zero.
Microsoft’s new logo, unveiled yesterday, is a bold departure from tradition because it’s the first to feature a visual symbol alongside the familiar wordmark. This sudden outburst of color from the typically staid company has inevitably stimulated designers’ imaginations, and one product from it has been a gallery posted on Tumblr showing what other famous brands would look like if they underwent the same minimalist treatment.
A New Zealand man who fled to China after millions of dollars were accidentally put in his bank account has been jailed for four years and seven months
“Accidental millionaire” Hui “Leo” Gao was sentenced on Friday for stealing millions of dollars after an error by Westpac bank crediting him with $8.1m instead of $81,000 overdraft he wanted to renovate his BP petrol station in order to sell it.
“Bank error in your favour” isn’t what it used to be.