“Human workers are training algorithms behind the scenes. “For years, Amazon’s Mechanical Turk (mTurk) has been a kind of open secret in the tech world, a place where fledgling algorithms can hire human labor on the cheap. If you need a hundred people to trace the boundaries of an object or fill out a survey, it’s the single best place to make it happen.”
As described from the site’s author, “This is a collection of e-mails I have sent to people who post classified ads. My goal is to mess with them, confuse them, and/or piss them off.”
And looking at all the transcripts it looks like he succeeds in truly pissing people off for no apparent reason. Funny as long as you aren’t one of his victims I’d say..
As seen on the BBC today, had to put this one up as it is interesting as it ever gets on good ol’ beeb site I thought anyways..
“5. Rommel’s shoes
In fact, the forecast was so bad that the German commander in Normandy, Erwin Rommel, felt so sure there wouldn’t be an invasion he went home to give his wife a pair of shoes for her 50th birthday.
He was in Germany when the news came of the invasion.”
“6. Sleeping Hitler
When the D-Day forces landed, Nazi leader Adolf Hitler was asleep.
None of his generals dared order reinforcements without his permission, and no-one dared wake him.
Crucial hours were lost in the battle to hold Normandy.
When Hitler did finally wake up, at around 10am, he was excited at news of the invasion – he thought Germany would easily defeat the Allies.”
“9. Smashed toilets
The vibration of HMS Belfast’s guns firing during D-Day was so powerful it actually cracked the crew’s toilets.”
Well as you can see I’ve been on the BBC website today :), thought this one may be of interest as well to some people at least..
“Welcome to Britain’s top secret laboratory where defences against chemical weapons, ballistics, explosives and cyber-security are researched.
The BBC was given access inside Porton Down to see what the highly secretive facility was like and, for the first time ever, entered a cleansed version of a level four laboratory. This level is where the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory team analyse some of the world’s deadliest viruses – Ebola and Marburg.
Frank Gardner, the BBC’s security correspondent, went to meet one of the scientists working there.”
“An elderly Florida woman heard a loud noise in the middle of the night, and the intruder was an 11ft (3.3m) alligator wandering her kitchen.”
We had a cobra come into the house once while in Bangkok but I wouldn’t want to wake up to one of these crawling across the bedroom floor \0/ 😐
Siberian huskies again, one for you Mario ;),, my good friend
“A hotel in Japan is taking excitement for the country’s incoming Emperor to a sizzling new level after it added a three kilogram, gold-dusted burger to the menu. The Oak Door steakhouse at the Grand Hyatt Toyko will mark the ascension of Crown Prince Naruhito with the towering 25cm wide, 15cm tall ‘Golden Giant Burger’.”
“‘What should the U.S. do about The Wall?” is a question that’s destined to divide many Americans. But there’s one proposal for the U.S.-Mexico border that, at least in theory, seems agreeable to everyone.
- The proposal was recently presented to several U.S. members of Congress.
- The plan still calls for border security, considering all of the facilities along the border would be guarded and connected by physical barriers.
- It’s undoubtedly an expensive and complicated proposal, but the team argues that border regions are ideal spots for wind and solar energy, and that they could use the jobs and fresh water the energy park would create.”
“Guy and Ann Junkins, it turns out, would’ve been better off if Guy had just gotten fired. When Comcast announced in March 2016 it was shuttering the Dover, New Hampshire, plant where he’d worked doing logistics and inventory since 2010, Guy—who was in his fifties at the time—expected to find his name on the chopping block. His friends and coworkers got sacked, netting small severance packages for their termination. So it seemed like a surprising stroke of good fortune when he found out he was one of only a handful of employees given the option to transfer to a different facility further down the road. He signed on…”
“This site is about poignantly written letters: letters from a crash victim to the other driver, letters from a gay son to his mother, and letters from a spurned lover to her ex-partner. Expect letters of all kinds of high emotion and bizarre human experience. This site is mesmerizing as an exploration of human experience and emotion.”
Weird and wacky gifts for all the family..
Monopoly: Cheater’s Edition 🙂
“While living and evolving in a so-called state-of-nature, our Palaeolithic ancestors had no need (i.e. no environmental pressures) to develop such a capacity. Back then, and prior to the advent of a formal numbering system, early humans only really needed to get a basic sense of small batches of quantities, like the number of people in the clan, or how many animals might occupy a certain area.”
“That’s good news for people like Bezos and Gates, because chances are if you knew how much money they actually have (well, how high their net worth actually is), you probably wouldn’t be too pleased.”
Title speaks for itself..
Scientists met in Versailles on 16 Nov and the vote re-defined the metric system for the first time since 1983. The new system completely upends the historical methods for setting standards using physical objects. Previous systems have used things like the notches on a metal rod to set a distance standard. Up until the vote, the kilogram had been based on a platinum-iridium cylinder stored under lock and key in France.
this is it
“Perhaps the biggest change was in the definition of the kilogram, which was the last remaining unit to be based on a physical artifact: the International Prototype Kilogram, also known as Le Grand K, locked in a vault in a Paris suburb. While scientists will still monitor and study Le Grand K, it no longer has its former scientific significance. Now, it’s just a cylinder with a lot of history. Starting in May, the kilogram will be defined in terms of Planck’s constant, a number that relates a radio wave’s energy to its frequency.”
this is the new authoratative gadget for measuring the standard kilo..
In case you missed this secondary link a bit back, I thought it warranted its own post.
“Being able to direct sound is useful in many situations. Two examples are at a museum where people standing in front of two different exhibits can hear two different commentaries or at home if you don’t want to hear the crap someone else listens to.
This is where modulated ultrasound comes to the rescue – the ability to direct sound with an impressive 5 – 10° spread – that’s unheard of with any traditional loudspeaker….”
“A close look at Neanderthal dental records has shown that the ancient humans used a plant-based “aspirin” to treat pain and illness.”
That was around 180,000 years ago and the leaves they were chewing did actually contain the active ingredient in aspirin..
Evidence of opium use has been found in humans since 4300 BC apparently.
Then there was the small matter of the American Civil War and use of morphine on the battlefields for the first time..
that Neanderthal was chewing poplar tree leaves which contain the pain killer salicylic acid (the active ingredient of aspirin)
A man suddenly finds himself walking along a highway in the southern US, not with the classic missing time of a few minutes/hours, but instead with NO memory whatsoever of his whole previous life, name, childhood, in fact NO memories at all from before the point he finds himself walking along the road!
If this is a real story, then surely higher powers are the ones who brought this about, for whatever reason they had ..
What we really need is “How to upload GOOD programs to iPlayer” lol meh..
Anyway I don’t watch TV anymore myself. I prefer listening to my ever-growing collection of MP3s although I will say that the BBC have done some brilliant nature documentaries which I mind myself looking forward to watching when on nightshift and all quiet..
me and Jeeyeb being distracted by something, taken fairly recently by the looks, but I can’t remember what it was ..
“Henry the Hoover, with his cheeky smile, is now 36 years old. Developed in 1970 by Chris Duncan – the same man who runs the company today – this iconic vacuum cleaner has long been one of the most popular brands for commercial use, and is now also found in homes across the world.”
“…Mr Duncan’s company, Numatic International, began by making commercial vacuums that were used for cleaning boilers. By 1981, these specialist, tough gadgets had slowly evolved into the smiling, red machine that we know today.”
“…The company is working on the next generation of vacuum cleaners: a cordless Henry. “There are lots of small cordless vacuums out there but we think this is the only big cylinder vacuum in Europe to go cordless,” says Mr Ernill. ”
“…Numatic makes all its vacuum cleaners at its Somerset factory, resisting the temptation to outsource production to cheaper territories. This helps the company maintain the quality of its products. “There’s a lot of affection for Henry, and that affection seems to be passed down through the generations,” says Mr Ernill. “But that would quickly disappear if we lowered the quality of the build.”
“…One of the major challenges that Numatic faces is also its greatest strength: Henrys rarely break. “People know it will last a long time,” Mr Ernill adds. “A customer recently returned one that is 30 years old – it was still working, but is now taking a rest in our museum.”
From the largest, the strongest, the longest and the most impressive this article covers all bases with some good pictures as well as description..
This is a much contested claim, but it seems the Notre Dame cathedral in Paris holds the record for the world’s biggest window. The south rose window at the cathedral is massive, measuring in at 12.9 metres in diameter, containing 84 panes of glass. This is said to be the biggest window in the world and you couldn’t ask for a more beautiful window.
The west rose window is slightly smaller but still a stunning stained glass window measuring 10 metres in diameter. It dates all the way back to 1220 AD and has most of the original glass and tracery still, an impressive feature I’m sure you’ll agree.