Let’s just say it: When compiling a record of the tech industry’s blunders this year, it’s tempting to zoom in on Facebook and leave it at that. The company had an annus horribilis so rich in scandal, embarrassment, and turmoil that it’s tough to keep track of them without a scorecard. Still, limiting this list to any one company—even Facebook, even this year—would leave so many unfortunate incidents uncommemorated. From history-making data leaks to bizarre little moments, a bevy of players gave us even more reasons than usual to disabuse ourselves of the notion that technology is synonymous with progress. Herewith, a month-by-month account of what went wrong in 2018. January A sensitive exploration of a tragic situation. YouTube superstar Logan Paul blithely shares a jokey video of him stumbling across a dead body in a Japanese forest known for suicides. People take offense, he apologizes, and YouTube demonetizes his videos (but later brings … [Read more...] about The 60 dumbest moments in tech 2018
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They say revenge is a dish best served cold. But for Mark Rober, it’s much sweeter served smart, smelly and covered in glitter. The former NASA engineer-turned-YouTube star has received plaudits online after designing a booby trap to avenge all those who’ve fallen victim to a new wave of neighborhood crime: doorstep delivery theft. Rober spent six months combining GPS tracking, cameras, fart spray and glitter in an elaborate and amusing mechanism after discovering thieves had stolen an Amazon delivery from his doorstep. In a video posted on his channel, the 38-year-old, who helped design the U.S. space agency’s Curiosity Rover, said his engineering experience left him well-placed to “take a stand” after dismissive police left him feeling “powerless.” “If anyone was going to make a revenge ... package and over-engineer the crap out of it, it was going to be me,” said Rober, who spent nine years with NASA. So-called “porch … [Read more...] about Former NASA Engineer Designs Glitter Bomb Trap to Avenge Amazon Delivery Theft Victims
By Craig Hlavaty Updated 3:36 pm CDT, Thursday, September 27, 2018 On Sept. 17 a Houston-area woman found a 2-carat wedding ring inside a loaner vehicle she got from her Lexus dealer. She's now hoping to reunite the ring with its owner. >>>See the accessories that every Houston driver should have in their car.... less On Sept. 17 a Houston-area woman found a 2-carat wedding ring inside a loaner vehicle she got from her Lexus dealer. She's now hoping to reunite the ring with its owner. >>>See the accessories that ... more Photo: Stacey Smith Viofo A119S Dash Cam At around $120, the Viofo A119S can get 1080p recording at 60 frames per second (fps) or 1440p recording at 30fps. It also has a wide focal length and is small enough to where it doesn't distract. But If you want to save some cash, the previous model, the A118, is a solid choice as well. less Viofo A119S Dash Cam … [Read more...] about Did you lose a 2-carat diamond ring in a Lexus loaner car?
By Michelle Robertson, SFGATE Published 2:31 pm PDT, Tuesday, September 25, 2018 The locations of six Bay Area Apple stores targeted by thieves in August and September. Keep clicking to see when the thieves struck and how much merchandise they pilfered. The locations of six Bay Area Apple stores targeted by thieves in August and September. Keep clicking to see when the thieves struck and how much merchandise they pilfered. Photo: Google Maps Apple Palo Alto — Robbed Sept. 1, Sept. 22, Sept. 23 — $147,000 in merchandise stolen (collectively) Apple Palo Alto — Robbed Sept. 1, Sept. 22, Sept. 23 — $147,000 in merchandise stolen (collectively) Photo: Google Maps Apple Santa Rosa Plaza, Santa Rosa — Robbed Aug. 29, Sept. 23 — At least $35,000 in merchandise stolen Apple Santa Rosa … [Read more...] about Bay Area Apple stores blitzed and robbed 9 times in 1 month. Can authorities stop it?
Inmate No. 15000-030 is released into the frigid January morning at 8:46, a gray custodial suit of sweatpants and long-sleeved thermal clinging to his immense frame, a bushy salt-and-pepper beard wrapping around his face, a guard escorting him with a high-powered rifle slung over his right shoulder. Most politicians would appear hopelessly—dangerously—misplaced in a federal prison. Kent Sorenson is not most politicians. Standing over six feet tall and weighing every bit of 270 pounds, with 11 tattoos and a cleanshaven head, Sorenson is probably the only state senator to have ever been mistaken for a member of the Aryan Brotherhood. That happened during his first stop on the penal turnpike, the Metropolitan Correctional Center (“The MCC”) in Chicago, an administrative facility with maximum-security lodging where the “fish” was viewed warily by fellow inmates. A white supremacist, they figured, sizing him up. It didn’t take long—as soon as … [Read more...] about Kent Sorenson Was a Tea Party Hero. Then He Lost Everything.