Why we care: Somehow, that beeping noise that goes off when you turn off your car but leave the keys in the ignition isn’t always enough. Bong, bong, bong. For many cars, it’s the same noise as when a seatbelt isn’t fastened or a door is ajar; just a general “something ain’t right” alert. For at least one couple, this anonymity presented a problem. A YouTuber who goes by Robatron apparently found that his wife was prone to not heeding the warning, and leaving her keys in the ignition. … [Read more...] about This guy rigged his wife’s car to play Toto’s ‘Africa’ if she leaves her keys in the ignition
To put it in the simplest terms, the inFORM is a self-aware computer monitor that doesn’t just display light, but shape as well. Remotely, two people Skyping could physically interact by playing catch, for example, or manipulating an object together, or even slapping high five from across the planet. Another use is to physically manipulate purely digital objects. A 3-D model, for example, can be brought to life with the inFORM, and then manipulated with your hands to adjust, tweak, or even radically transform the digital blueprint. … [Read more...] about MIT Invents A Shapeshifting Display You Can Reach Through And Touch
Samantha Bee aired a segment on Wednesday night about Ivanka Trump, the White House advisor, presidential heir, and shady Chinese trademark holder who hasn’t publicly spoken out about the recent U.S. policy of separating undocumented immigrant parents from their children. It was a pretty standard segment until Bee ended it by calling Ivanka Trump a “feckless c*nt.” That’s the part that has conservatives calling on TBS to fire Bee, including several who cite Roseanne Barr’s firing as precedent. There’s only one problem with this comparison, however: racism is much worse than colorful language. Like, much much worse. They’re not at all the same. … [Read more...] about Important reminder: racism is worse than colorful language
However, according to an online survey of more than 1,000 U.S. employees created by cloud-networking company Pertino, most Americans stay connected while on vacation. We regularly check email, take a phone call, and do additional work during our vacation. Before you blow a gasket, many of the survey participants say they work on vacation so they can actually relax. Almost half, 47% of those surveyed, say they are less stressed on vacation when they stay connected with the office. … [Read more...] about The Truth About Unplugging And “Vacation”
After founding the popular pizza chain, John Schnatter was the face of the company, appearing in ads and mugging for the cameras with celebrities and sports stars as part of the brand’s sponsorships. That took a turn in late 2017, when Schnatter blamed the NFL’s response to kneeling players protesting against police brutality and racial inequality for his company’s disappointing financial results, and he resigned as CEO amid the resulting backlash. Seven months later, Schnatter was forced to apologize and resign as chairman of the Papa John’s board after it was revealed he used the n-word on a conference call. Since then, Papa John’s has done just about everything it can to distance itself and its brand from its namesake. … [Read more...] about Elon Musk has to decide: Does he want to be Steve Jobs? Or Papa John?