Whatever happened, no one may ever truly understand.
The facts, as reported by the Daily Mail, suggest that two students from Scotland checked into a hotel around 80 miles from Edinburgh University, where they were both studying.
When staff were concerned that Robert Miller, 20, and James Robertson, 19, were still in their room after check-out time, they reportedly opened their door and discovered them both dead.
Police reportedly examined a laptop in the students' room and, after police said they were not treating the deaths as suspicious, there are reportedly fears in the students' home communities that the dead … Read more
Dong wants you to change your passwords often, and he seems committed to spreading his brand of Internet security ideals. I see it slightly differently.
Then, from the world of extreme ridiculousness--at least from my perspective--comes Game Crush . One of the saddest takes on Web 2.0 social networking I've ever heard of. In this episode, I explain why I'm so livid.
Finally, I've attributed the empty void currently in my soul to the fact that my Xbox 360 has been on the road to the red ring. Games have been crashing after two minutes of play … Read more
Does technology make people behave in sick and demented ways? Or is the mere existence of certain technologies an excuse for sick and demented people to practice their sick dementia?
I wonder because of a story reported by the Sun, in which a Korean couple, the man in his forties and woman in her twenties, allegedly neglected their own child because they would spend 12 hours a day in Internet cafes. Their favored game was called Prius. (I have embedded an excerpt below.)
Within Prius, they were able to raise a virtual child. Their own child, 3 months old, was … Read more
You can actually find useful things on eBay.
This has undoubtedly been proven by an extremely clever person, Nathan Myhrvold. At the TED 2010 conference, Myhrvold revealed that his invention company, Intellectual Ventures, had developed a mean, heartless, and very sophisticated laser gun, one that might remind you of your favorite science fiction movie. (Which, in my case, is "Galaxy Quest.")
This laser gun has, unlike so many other guns, a rather positive purpose. It kills mosquitoes. It zaps them like the deadly little flying worms that they are.
In fact, on the Intellectual Ventures site, there is some mind- and body-blowing footage of a mosquito being dispatched to its Hades by this gun. (I have embedded it here because it's just so mesmerizing.)
One of the more ingenious aspects to this fine Death Star creation is that it was made from parts bought on eBay and other similar sites. The components largely consisted of parts from such devices as laser printers, Blu-ray Disc writers, camcorders, and video game consoles.… Read more
Some Windows users reported on Thursday that they were getting the "blue screen of death" on their computers when they installed Microsoft's latest security updates released two days earlier.
Most of the people complaining on a Windows forum said they had the problem on Windows XP, but one person also reported problems on Windows 7.
Users posted a fix on the site that they said seemed to work, but that didn't necessarily quell the anger.
"Where at Microsoft do I send my invoice for hours spent fixing this BS?" one person wrote on Thursday.… Read more
Put yourself in their shoes.
They are twins. It's the morning of their 20th birthday. So they log on to Facebook, expecting to find messages from well-wishers.
Instead Angela and Maryanne Vourlis discover posts that read "RIP Chris Naylor" and "RIP Bobby." It took more than a few seconds for them to realize that their 17-year-old brother was the "Bobby" to which the posts referred.
According to the Sydney Daily Telegraph, the twins saw the RIP posts and tried to call their brother.
They then called their mother.
"I rang Mum and … Read more
Everyone is talking security these days. Does this include Facebook?
I ask because a group called "Kill Obama" was on the social-networking site for more than a month before Facebook's attention was drawn to it by CNET late Monday evening.
The group, which appears to have been created in Alberta, Canada, had 122 members and five administrators. Its existence originally caught the eye of Brian Cuban, brother of tech entrepreneur Mark Cuban.
Here is what has been reported.
According to Florida Today, a woman tweeted at 5:22 p.m. Monday about the fog over Brevard County in Florida. Some time between 5:22 p.m. and 5:38 p.m., her 2-year-old son fell into a swimming pool and was found floating in it.
911 records reportedly show that his mother called the paramedics at 5:38 p.m. Monday. At 6:12 p.m., she reportedly sent an update to her Twitter page, Military_Mom. It read: "Please pray like never before, my 2 yr old fell in the pool.&… Read more
Microsoft said Tuesday that its investigation has turned up no evidence that anything in its November security updates should be causing users to encounter a so-called "black screen of death."
"Microsoft has investigated reports that its November security updates made changes to permissions in the registry that that are resulting in system issues for some customers," Microsoft security response communications lead Christopher Budd said in a statement. "The company has found those reports to be inaccurate and our comprehensive investigation has shown that none of the recently released updates are related to the behavior described … Read more