“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/ 😐