U.S. Government Seeks Sarcasm Detector, Because That's a Really Useful Device

Thursday, June 5, 2014 at 11:30 am

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The poor Secret Service. When they eavesdrop on our social media feeds, they have a hard time telling how sincere we all are.

It's heartbreaking to hear such a thing, and I really hope somebody can come up with something that will allow them to come to such important conclusions. After all, it's far too much to expect of aspiring agents that they be in any way versed in human nature, or have the discernment to understand what constitutes a real threat and what doesn't. We certainly do not pay them for that. I can understand why they would want a computer program to do this crucial part of the job for them, especially if it's software which works with their cutting-edge, advanced Internet Explorer 8 browsers.

I wonder how they sleep through the night, worrying not about the odds of taking a bullet for the president, but the extreme hardship of understanding jokes.

h/t Anyone00

"Edible Mist" Is the Latest in Pointless Food Technology

Thursday, May 29, 2014 at 4:02 pm

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Lick Me I'm Delicious

From Lick Me I'm Delicious, the UK ice cream company known for such stunts as $200 glow-in-the-dark ice cream and Viagra ice cream for the private party of an unnamed (but presumably geriatric) celebrity, comes Edible Mist, which uses "ultrasonic vapourisation" to turn their ice cream flavors into smoke you can suck on with a straw. The idea is to enjoy the taste without the calories.

This part is the best, though: "We can also produce you a personalized mist from pretty much anything in the world, like your favorite book or even your hair." Because that's the problem with books and hair now - too many calories.

Now I'm really curious if there's an STD risk from making one that tastes like cock. Not curious enough to ever try it, but, you know, the thought just popped in there.

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Brain Control to Major Feat: Mind-Powered Plane Flying Passes Sim Test

Tuesday, May 27, 2014 at 5:45 pm

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Strap on what looks like a white swimming cap covered in electrodes, and fly a plane hands-free. Impossible? A feat worthy of Professor X? Nope. Seven regular people at the Technical University of Munich, Germany, have already managed it in a simulator.

They had varying levels of flight experience, including one person without any practical cockpit experience whatsoever. The accuracy with which the test subjects stayed on course by merely thinking commands would have sufficed, in part, to fulfill the requirements of a flying license test. "One of the subjects was able to follow eight out of ten target headings with a deviation of only 10 degrees," reports Fricke. Several of the subjects also managed the landing approach under poor visibility. One test pilot even landed within only few meters of the centerline.
The university's press release does note that only "the very clearly defined electrical brain impulses required for control are recognized by the brain-computer interface." It does not say whether, akin to Clint Eastwood in Firefox, you must think in German.

Probably best not to copy that movie too much, since nowadays we associate the name Firefox with something that always crashes.

Are "Inflaties" the New Furries and Plushies? Godzilla Wants to Know

Tuesday, May 27, 2014 at 1:00 pm

I only ask because of this...

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It's a wearable, inflatable Godzilla costume with a motorized fan inside. And if it hasn't happened already, it is only a matter of time before it becomes somebody's fetish. You might want to turn that fan off before doing it in the suit, though.

Also I totally made up the term "Inflatie." If there's a more politically correct term that such people prefer to use, let me know. I'd hate to be offensive by accident. Deliberate only.

via Geekologie

This Homemade ED-209 Is in Full Compliance With Awesomeness

Tuesday, May 27, 2014 at 10:00 am

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From the in-jokes on the little warning labels to the use of actual Easter eggs as, well, "easter eggs," this is about as nerdy as build as you can get, being not only highly detailed but also totally smart-assy in its own way.

Just don't accuse it of being a virginal basement-dweller, or it'll blow you out a window.

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Memorial Day Weekend Open Thread

Friday, May 23, 2014 at 6:17 pm

If I can be serious for just a moment...

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Remember

No enemy's weapon felled my father-in-law, but he was still technically in service when his body failed him for good, and this is the first Memorial Day without him. As hard as he had it remembering all his Vietnam friends every time this year, so it will be for us from here on out. Whether you believed in the causes of the fallen or not, take a moment to feel for the loved ones left behind. I encourage anyone with tales of family heroes to share.

Also, an important programming note: due to Monday being a holiday for me, there will be NO Weekend Hangover list next week. So you'll want to spend extra time in this thread making sure you don't miss anything!

And now a few frivolous and fun things...

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Weekend Hangover: 17 Stories You May Have Missed

Monday, May 19, 2014 at 6:00 am

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As you did or did not check out Godzilla this weekend, here are some of the other happenings you might have missed, as submitted by your fellow readers and occasionally me too. Compiled with the help of Kyle LeClair; this week's tipsters include Rx79immigrant84, SlyDante777, GallenDugall, Citrus King, troi, TImely_Flower-Hermit, Dr.Gonzo82, Anyone00.

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Overnight/Weekend Open Thread - Monkey Sea, Shrimpy Do!

Friday, May 16, 2014 at 6:00 pm

It's National Sea Monkey Day!

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And there are quite a few fun tidbits that I didn't get to do a full post on, so let's take a look...

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Microsoft Picked the Wrong Day to Make an Announcement

Tuesday, May 13, 2014 at 4:39 pm

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"AAAAAAAFLEEEEEECKKKKKKK!"

Ahem. Anyway, while more straight guys were talking about Channing Tatum and Ben Affleck than on any other day in history, ever, Microsoft were hoping you'd notice that you can now buy an Xbox One without the Kinect for $399. Also Gold members will get free games, and non-Gold members will gain free access to various entertainment apps like IE, Skype, HBO Go and more.

But since there were no visible veins or seams on the costume of the person making the announcement, did anybody care?

You tell me.

h/t SlyDante777

Weekend Hangover: 20 Stories You Might Have Missed 5-12-14

Monday, May 12, 2014 at 6:00 am

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From condoms to Constantine, we look at some of the stories you might not have caught over the weekend, as submitted by you and compiled with the help of Kyle LeClair.

Tipsters this week include SlyDante777, idontactuallylikepie, TImely_Flower-Hermit, Rx79immigrant84, franciebrady27, bostorket, troi, GreggoryBasore, Gallen_Dugall, kegs.

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