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The Dutch word for "nitpicker" is significantly more sweary
via James Kelleher on Twitter: "‘Mierenneuker’ — Dutch slang for someone who pays (too much) attention to detail, literally ‘ant-fucker’."; and in German, 'Korinthenkacker', "raisin-shitter".
raisins  funny  words  ants  dutch  german  language  nit-picking  perfectionism 
4 days ago by jm
A poem about Silicon Valley, made up of Quora questions about Silicon Valley

Why do so many startups fail?
Why are all the hosts on CouchSurfing male?
Are we going to be tweeting for the rest of our lives?
Why do Silicon Valley billionaires choose average-looking wives?

What makes a startup ecosystem thrive?
What do people plan to do once they’re over 35?
Is an income of $160K enough to survive?
What kind of car does Mark Zuckerberg drive?

Are the real estate prices in Palo Alto crazy?
Do welfare programs make poor people lazy?
What are some of the biggest lies ever told?
How do I explain Bitcoin to a 6-year-old?

Why is Powdered Alcohol not successful so far?
How does UberX handle vomiting in the car?
Is being worth $10 million considered ‘rich’?
What can be causing my upper lip to twitch?

Why has crowdfunding not worked for me?
Is it worth pre-ordering a Tesla Model 3?
How is Clinkle different from Venmo and Square?
Can karma, sometimes, be unfair?

Why are successful entrepreneurs stereotypically jerks?
Which Silicon Valley company has the best intern perks?
What looks easy until you actually try it?
How did your excretions change under a full Soylent diet?

What are alternatives to online dating?
Is living in small apartments debilitating?
Why don’t more entrepreneurs focus on solving world hunger?
What do you regret not doing when you were younger?
funny  tech  poetry  silicon-valley  humour  bitcoin  soylent  2016 
4 weeks ago by jm
Donald Rumsfeld wrote the best memo ever: "Issues w/Various Countries"
Paraphrasing: "I have made a massive mess of US foreign policy and the whole world is falling apart. Have you fixed it for me yet?"

Right in the middle of the biggest Middle Eastern shitstorm ever created, April 7, 2003. Heck of a job, Rummie
donald-rumsfeld  inept  gobshites  korea  pakistan  issues  world-politics  funny  facepalm  george-w-bush  iraq  syria  libya  amazing 
6 weeks ago by jm
3d Printing Is Not For You
I would only recommend 3d printing to someone who wanted a hobby, and wanted that hobby to be 3d printing, not "having parts made on a 3d printer". The printing itself is the activity. If you have any other primary motivation your parts will fail more often than they'll succeed.

(via burritojustice)
via:burritojustice  3d-printing  machines  parts  things  hobbies  open-source  funny 
7 weeks ago by jm
'Devastating' bug pops secure doors at airports, hospitals
"A command injection vulnerability exists in this function due to a lack of any sanitisation on the user-supplied input that is fed to the system() call," Lawshae says.

security  iot  funny  fail  linux  unix  backticks  system  udp  hid  vertx  edge 
8 weeks ago by jm
CNBC "How Secure Is Your Password" tester form is a spectacular security shitshow
It not only runs over HTTP, it also sends your password to a bunch of third-party ad trackers. omgwtfbbqfail
fail  wtf  funny  cnbc  clowns  inept  security  passwords  http  ad-trackers 
8 weeks ago by jm
Microsoft terminates its Tay AI chatbot after she turns into a Nazi
'if you tell her "repeat after me" she will parrot back whatever you say, allowing you to put words into her mouth.'

what. the. fuck. Microsoft.
omgwtfbbq  4chan  funny  microsoft  fail  tay 
9 weeks ago by jm
Cronenberg Valentines
Valentine's Day cards for you and yours, from one of cinema's true visionaries. How do you communicate the depth of your desire? Say it with Cronenberg Valentines.
david-cronenberg  horror  gross  naked-lunch  movies  valentines-day  funny 
february 2016 by jm
Semisupervised Intern Descent
Also known as "Graduate Student Descent", a common approach to hyperparameter tuning in machine learning -- ie. get an intern to sit there tweaking parameters until they find something approximating optimal performance
optimization  funny  terms  terminology  graduate-student-descent  hyperparameters  semisupervised-intern-descent  tuning  interns 
february 2016 by jm
GCHQ's Spam Problem
'“Spam emails are a large proportion of emails seen in SIGINT [signals intelligence],” reads part of a dense document from the Snowden archive, published by Boing Boing on Tuesday. “GCHQ would like to reduce the impact of spam emails on data storage, processing and analysis.”' (circa 2011). Steganography, anyone? (via Tony Finch)
spam  anti-spam  gchq  funny  boing-boing  sigint  snowden  surveillance 
february 2016 by jm
Phone robot keeps annoying telemarketers talking for as long as possible
'Anderson encourages his readers to forward telemarketers to the robot, and is happy to send them recordings of the ensuing conversations. His instructions are below if you'd like to give it a shot.'
telemarketers  script  robodialing  spam  funny 
february 2016 by jm
"What the hell have you built"
cut out and keep PNG for many occasions! "Why is Redis talking to MongoDB?"
mongodb  redis  funny  architecture  gifs  png  reactiongifs 
january 2016 by jm
Tara Pilgrimage 2006 - Indymedia Ireland
OMG, this is hilarious. High drama among the arch-druids (via Lisa Carey)
fascism  funny  tara  ireland  druids  trolls  indymedia 
january 2016 by jm
No Harm, No Fowl: Chicken Farm Inappropriate Choice for Data Disposal
That’s a lesson that Spruce Manor Special Care Home in Saskatchewan had to learn the hard way (as surprising as that might sound). As a trustee with custody of personal health information, Spruce Manor was required under section 17(2) of the Saskatchewan Health Information Protection Act to dispose of its patient records in a way that protected patient privacy. So, when Spruce Manor chose a chicken farm for the job, it found itself the subject of an investigation by the Saskatchewan Information and Privacy Commissioner.  In what is probably one of the least surprising findings ever, the commissioner wrote in his final report that “I recommend that Spruce Manor […] no longer use [a] chicken farm to destroy records”, and then for good measure added “I find using a chicken farm to destroy records unacceptable.”
data  law  privacy  funny  chickens  farming  via:pinboard  data-protection  health  medical-records 
november 2015 by jm
What Happens Next Will Amaze You
Maciej Ceglowski's latest talk, on ads, the web, Silicon Valley and government:
'I went to school with Bill. He's a nice guy. But making him immortal is not going to make life better for anyone in my city. It will just exacerbate the rent crisis.'
talks  slides  funny  ads  advertising  internet  web  privacy  surveillance  maciej  silicon-valley 
september 2015 by jm
Little Drummer Boy Challenge
'It's very easy: So long as you don't hear "The Little Drummer Boy," you're a contender. As soon as you hear it on the radio, on TV, in a store, wherever, you're out.'
ldbc  games  funny  xmas  christmas  music  songs  cheese 
september 2015 by jm
Three Flavours Cornetto trilogy
Shaun Of The Dead, Hot Fuzz, and The World's End are a trilogy. I had no idea! (via David Malone)
movies  edgar-wright  via:dwmalone  funny  film  cornetto 
august 2015 by jm
WereBank | Were Bank Energy for the People
The Freeman-On-The-Land movement is starting a bank. lols guaranteed
freemen  funny  werebank  banking  money  on-my-oath  maritime-law 
july 2015 by jm
'A programming language based on the one liners of Arnold Schwarzenegger'. Presenting hello.arnoldc:

TALK TO THE HAND "hello world"

(via Robert Walsh)
via:rjwalsh  c  arnold-schwarzenegger  one-liners  funny  coding  silly  languages 
july 2015 by jm
jwz on Inceptionism
"Shoggoth ovipositors":
So then they reach inside to one of the layers and spin the knob randomly to fuck it up. Lower layers are edges and curves. Higher layers are faces, eyes and shoggoth ovipositors. [....] But the best part is not when they just glitch an image -- which is a fun kind of embossing at one end, and the "extra eyes" filter at the other -- but is when they take a net trained on some particular set of objects and feed it static, then zoom in, and feed the output back in repeatedly. That's when you converge upon the platonic ideal of those objects, which -- it turns out -- tend to be Giger nightmare landscapes. Who knew. (I knew.)

This stuff is still boggling my mind. All those doggy faces! That is one dog-obsessed ANN.
neural-networks  ai  jwz  funny  shoggoths  image-recognition  hr-giger  art  inceptionism 
june 2015 by jm
Me vs An Post
Increasingly bizarre postal address obfuscation with An Post, the Irish postal service. Example:
I have decided to see what you can post [....] My first experiment was a dice [sic] with one line of the address on each side. An Post delivered two days later. They win this round

Via JG
fun  an-post  post  games  funny  tumblr  via:johngilbert 
june 2015 by jm
Dong detection in LEGO Universe
great example of how Minecraft solved the problem the easy way -- by simply not making an MMO, the whole problem effectively goes away
penis  funny  games  lego  lego-universe  minecraft  gaming  mmo  ugc 
june 2015 by jm
Russia just made a ton of Internet memes illegal - The Washington Post
In post-Soviet Russia, you don’t make memes. Memes make (or unmake?) you. That is, at least, the only conclusion we can draw from an announcement made this week by Russia’s three-year-old media agency/Internet censor Roskomnadzor, which made it illegal to publish any Internet meme that depicts a public figure in a way that has nothing to do with his “personality.”
memes  photoshop  russia  freedom  web  internet  funny  humour  roskomnadzor  censorship  sad-keanu 
april 2015 by jm
President's message gets lost in (automated) translation
In a series of bizarre translations, YouTube’s automated translation service took artistic licence with the [President's] words of warmth.

When the head of state sent St Patrick’s Day greetings to viewers, the video sharing site said US comedian Tina Fey was being “particular with me head”. As President Higgins spoke of his admiration for Irish emigrants starting new communities abroad, YouTube said the President referenced blackjack and how he “just couldn’t put the new iPhone” down. And, in perhaps the most unusual moment, as he talked of people whose hearts have sympathy, the President “explained” he was once on a show “that will bar a gift card”.

(via Daragh O'Brien)
lol  president  ireland  michael-d-higgins  automation  translation  machine-learning  via:daraghobrien  funny  blackjack  iphone  tina-fey  st-patrick  fail 
march 2015 by jm
Men Angrily Eating Raw Steak
the stock-photo counterpart to "Women Eating Salad" has been found
stock-photos  photos  meat  steak  funny  men  salad 
march 2015 by jm
H.P. Lovecat
Because there exists no method known to man, more terribly suited to expose the cosmic meaningless of existence than pairing the words of H.P. Lovecraft with seemingly delightful and charming pictures of adorable kittens.
lovecraft  cthulhu  horror  funny  kittens  cats  images  gif 
january 2015 by jm
Bad Kids Jokes
'I now a man with a wooden leg named sea
what was the name of the other leg
funny  humor  kids  jokes  humour 
january 2015 by jm
To demonstrate that hackers have no interest in suppressing speech, quashing controversy, or being intimidated by vague threats, we ask that Sony allow the hacker community to distribute "The Interview" for them on the 25th of December. Now, we're aware that Sony may refer to this distribution method as piracy, but in this particular case, it may well prove to be the salvation of the motion picture industry. By freely offering the film online, millions of people will get to see it and decide for themselves if it has any redeeming qualities whatsoever - as opposed to nobody seeing it and the studios writing it off as a total loss. Theaters would be free from panic as our servers would become the target of any future vague threats (and we believe Hollywood will be most impressed with how resilient peer-to-peer distribution can be in the face of attacks). Most importantly, we would be defying intimidation, something the motion picture industry doesn't quite have a handle on, which is surprising considering how much they've relied upon it in the past.
2600  funny  hackers  security  sony  north-korea  the-interview  movies  piracy 
december 2014 by jm
Goat Simulator's fake MMO
This is classic. I love the "Rouge":
We also wanted the Rouge to actually look like a stealth-oriented make-up artist, but our 3D artist thought the goat looked ridiculous with a pink wig and a Gucci bag, so we remade the Rouge to actually look like a Rogue.
rogue  rouge  goats  goat-simulator  funny  satire  mmos  mmorpg  games  warcraft 
november 2014 by jm
Stupid Projects From The Stupid Hackathon
iPad On A Face by Cheryl Wu is a telepresence robot, except it’s a human with an iPad on his or her face.
funny  hacking  stupid  hackathons  ipad-on-a-face  telepresence  hacks  via:hn 
november 2014 by jm
Why Gandhi Is Such An Asshole In Civilization
When a player adopted democracy in Civilization, their aggression would be automatically reduced by 2. Code being code, if Gandhi went democratic his aggression wouldn't go to -1, it looped back around to the ludicrously high figure of 255, making him as aggressive as a civilization could possibly be.
civ  civilization  funny  videogames  bugs  gandhi  nuclear-war  integers  overflow 
november 2014 by jm
Belkin Router Apocalypse
Many Belkin routers attempt to determine if they're connected to the internet by pinging '', in a classic amateur fail move. Good reason not to run Belkin firmware if that's the level of code quality to expect
belkin  fail  ping  icmp  funny  internet  dailywtf  broken 
october 2014 by jm
The Womansplainer
Brilliant. Nice use of an anime avatar, to boot....

'Consulting for men who have better things to do than educate themselves about feminism. Got a question for a feminist? I would be happy to educate you! Below are my rates.'
feminism  gamergate  funny  mansplaining  misandry  misogyny  twitter  lmgtfy 
october 2014 by jm
on using JSON as a config file format
Ben Hughes on twitter:

"JSON is fine for config files, if you don't want to comment your config file. Which is a way of saying, it isn't fine for config files."
ben-hughes  funny  json  file-formats  config-files  configuration  software  coding 
september 2014 by jm
Texas Judge References 'The Big Lebowski'
"The First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution is similarly suspicious of prior restraints," wrote Justice Lehrmann in the decision highlighting a cornerstone that has "been reaffirmed time and again by the Supreme Court, this Court, Texas courts of appeals, legal treatises, and even popular culture." That last reference to popular culture contained an interesting footnote citing none other than Walter Sobchak, a character in ['The Big Lebowski'].
lebowski  movies  coen-brothers  prior-restraint  law  supreme-court  walter-sobchak  funny 
september 2014 by jm
Frogsort as an exam question (via qwghlm)
via:qwghlm  frogsort  sorting  big-o  algorithms  funny  comics  smbc 
august 2014 by jm
Comment #28 : Bug #255161 : Bugs : “cupsys” package : Ubuntu
file(1) bug causes the input Postscript file to be misidentified as an Erlang JAM file if it contains the string 'Tue' starting at byte 4.
via:hackernews  file  unix  cups  printing  funny  bugs  fail  ubuntu  linux 
august 2014 by jm
Worf/Joy Division tee shirt
brilliant. a great threadless sub from Threadless user NickOG back in 2012
worf  star-trek  joy-division  tee-shirts  threadless  funny 
august 2014 by jm
South Downs litter picker has truck named after him - West Sussex County Times
This is amazing. In , David Sedaris had written: 'in recognition of all the rubbish I’ve collected since getting my Fitbit, my local council is naming a garbage truck after me'; naturally, I assumed he was joking, but it looks like he wasn't:
Horsham District Council has paid thanks to a volunteer who devotes a great deal of time and energy to walking many miles clearing litter from near where he lives as well as surrounding areas.

David Sedaris litter picks in areas including Parham, Coldwaltham, Storrington and beyond. In recognition for all his fantastic work and dedication and as a token of Horsham District Council’s appreciation, the council has named one of their waste vehicles after him. The vehicle, bedecked with its bespoke ‘Pig Pen Sedaris’ sign was officially unveiled by the Lord-Lieutenant of West Sussex Mrs Susan Pyper at an outdoor ceremony on July 23.

Best of all, the article utterly fails to mention who he is. Amazing.

(via John Braine)
via:john-braine  funny  david-sedaris  litter  uk  horsham  rubbish  garbage  cleaning  volunteering  walking 
july 2014 by jm
Paleo is the Scientology of Diet
Being paleo is like paying a stupidity tax. Again, it’s not you who is stupid, but the diet sure is, because it lets you drink paleo coffee while putting paleo butter and paleo syrup on your paleo waffles before you drive your paleo minivan to the paleo office to sit in your paleo cube and do spreadsheets on your paleo computer. See, the paleo diet made up a bunch of silly rules on how we allegedly ate, and then goes and twists them all to hell in the name of selling you a crappy, overpriced product. That is scientology-level stupid.
scientology  paleo  rants  funny  food  diet  health  bulletproof-coffee  stupid 
june 2014 by jm
Unchi-kun Candy - Japanese Lucky Poop Candy
What doesn't look like Christmas more than a smiling piece of poop, called unchi in Japanese? Because the shape of unchi looks similar to that of mochi used for shrine offerings, and because the sound "unchi" like the Japanese word for luck, this treat is actually a lucky gift -- at least that is how you can explain yourself when you give it as a gift. Each Unchi-kun comes packed with poop candy, taken out from the bottom. Once finished eating, you can open the slot in the back with a box-cutter and turn it into a bank.

Want one!
unchi-kun  unchi  pile-of-poo  emoji  unicode  cute  funny  japan  j-list  sweets  food  gross  candy 
may 2014 by jm
Scarfolk Council
Scarfolk is a town in North West England that did not progress beyond 1979. Instead, the entire decade of the 1970s loops ad infinitum. Here in Scarfolk, pagan rituals blend seamlessly with science; hauntology is a compulsory subject at school, and everyone must be in bed by 8pm because they are perpetually running a slight fever. "Visit Scarfolk today. Our number one priority is keeping rabies at bay." For more information please reread.
scarfolk  1970s  england  history  funny  humour  public-information  pagan  morbid 
april 2014 by jm
Ryanair drops out of top Google flight search results after website overhaul | Business |
They've done the classic website-redesign screwup -- omitted redirects from the old URLs.
Sam Silverwood-Cope, director of Intelligent Positioning, said: "They've ignored the legacy of the old It's quite startling. They are doing it just before their busiest time of the year." A change in [URLs] without proper redirects means many results found by Google now simply return error pages, he added. "Unless redirects get put in pretty soon, the position is going to get worse and worse."
ryanair  inept  fail  funny  via:christinebohan  web  google  search  redirects 
april 2014 by jm
insane ESB health and safety policy
Where it is not possible to avoid reversing, it is ESB policy that staff driving on behalf of the company or anybody on company premises should reverse into car spaces/bays, allowing them to drive out subsequently.

esb  health-n-safety  policies  crazy  funny  driving  reversing  lol  safety 
april 2014 by jm
The Wadsworth Constant
For EVERY youtube video, I always open the video and then immediately punch the slider bar to about 30 percent. For example, in this video, it should have just started at :40. Everything before :40 was a waste. This holds true for nearly every video in the universe.

Via Joe Drumgoole -- it's true!
via:joedrumgoole  videos  youtube  skip  wadsworth-constant  fast-forward  funny 
april 2014 by jm
The Day Today - Pool Supervisor - YouTube
"in 1979, no-one died. in 1980, some one died. in 1981, no-one died. in 1982, no-one died. ... I could go on"
the-day-today  no-one-died  safety  pool  supervisor  tricky-word-puzzles  funny  humour  classic  video 
march 2014 by jm
David Robert Grimes on the flouride kerfuffle
Hilariously, "The Girl Against Flouride" and other antiflouridation campaigners now allege he's a undercover agent of Alcoa and/or Glaxo Smith Kline, rather than dealing with any awkwardly hostile realities
flouride  flouridation  david-robert-grimes  conspiracy  funny  science  ireland  alcoa  glaxo-smith-kline 
march 2014 by jm
It’s So Easy
Attempting to cash out of Bitcoins turns out to be absurdly difficult:
Trying to sell the coins in person, and basically saying he ether wants Cash, or a Cashiers check (since it can be handed over right then and there), has apparently been a hilarious clusterfuck. Today he met some guy infront of his bank, and apparently as soon as he mentioned that he needs to get the cash checked to make sure it is not counterfeit, the guy freaked out and basically walked away. Stuff like this has been happening all week, and he apparently so far has only sold a single coin of several hundred.
bitcoin  fail  funny  mtgox  fraud  cash  fiat-currency  via:rsynnott  buttcoin 
march 2014 by jm
Rule 34, meet Kafka
Charlie Stross on GCHQ's 1984-esque webcam spying
webcams  porn  charlie-stross  funny  1984  dystopian  masturbation  surveillance  spying 
february 2014 by jm
'EAT CELEBRITY MEAT! BiteLabs grows meat from celebrity tissue samples and uses it to make artisanal salami.'

Genius. (via John Looney)
via:john-looney  meat  startups  food  funny  salami  tissue-samples  celebrity  jennifer-lawrence 
february 2014 by jm
"Hackers" unsubscribed a former Mayor from concerned citizen's emails
"The dog ate my homework, er, I mean, hackers hacked my account."
Former Mayor of Kildare, Cllr. Michael Nolan, has denied a claim he asked a local campaigner to stop e-mailing him. Cllr. Michael Nolan from Newbridge said his site was hacked and wrong e-mails were sent out to a number of people, including Leixlip based campaigner, John Weigel.

Mr. Weigel has been campaigning, along with others, about the danger of electromagnetic radiation to humans and the proximity of communications masts to homes and, in particular schools. He regularly updates local politicians on news items relating to the issue.

Recently, he said that he had received an e-mail from Cllr. Nolan asking to be removed from Mr. Weigel’s e-mail list.

The Leader asked Cllr. Nolan why he had done this. But the Fine Gael councillors said that “his e-mail account was hacked and on one particular day a number of mails a were sent from my account pertaining to be from me.”
dog-ate-my-homework  hackers  funny  kildare  newbridge  fine-gael  michael-nolan  email  politics  ireland  excuses 
february 2014 by jm
"A data scientist is a ..."
"A data scientist is a statistician who lives in San Francisco" - slide from Monkigras this year. lols
data-scientist  statistics  statistician  funny  jokes  san-francisco  tech  monkigras 
february 2014 by jm
Irish Company Locates Office in Ireland
Hot on the heels of Dropbox, AirBnB, Twitter, Facebook and many others, Irish online ticket sales company Tito are amongst the latest in a long series of companies choosing to locate their offices in Ireland. “It just seemed to make sense,” said founder Paul Campbell, talking about the decision making process that led him to set up shop in the capital, Dublin. “Dublin is great. There’s something really familiar about it that I can’t quite put my finger on.”

Har har!
ireland  jokes  funny  tito  hq  tech-companies  dublin  via:oisin 
january 2014 by jm
Irish quango allegedly buys fake twitter followers
The Consumers Association of Ireland had a sudden jump from 300 to 3000 Twitter followers, mostly from Latin and South America -- with more followers in Brazil than Ireland. They are now blaming "hacking":
consumers  quangos  ireland  politics  twitter  funny  fake-followers  latin-america  south-america  brazil  social-media  tech 
january 2014 by jm
Irish politician calls for ban on "open source browsers"
'Fine Gael TD for Limerick, Patrick O'Donovan has called for tougher controls on the use of open source internet browsers and payment systems which allow users to remain anonymous in the illegal trade of drugs, weapons and pornography.'

Amazing. Yes, this is real.
open-source  clueless  omgwtfbbq  fine-gael  ireland  fail  funny  tor  inept 
january 2014 by jm
Little-known Apollo 10 incident
'Apollo 10 had a little known incident in flight as evidenced by this transcript.'
poo  turds  space  spaceflight  funny  history  apollo-10  apollo  accidents 
january 2014 by jm
Fuck Yeah Internet Fridge
'why the fuck does my fridge need Twitter?'
twitter  funny  tech  home  fridges  internet  web  appliances  consume 
january 2014 by jm
Spy agencies in covert push to infiltrate virtual world of online gaming
[MMOGs], the [NSA] analyst wrote, "are an opportunity!". According to the briefing notes, so many different US intelligence agents were conducting operations inside games that a "deconfliction" group was required to ensure they weren't spying on, or interfering with, each other.
spies  spying  games  mmog  online  surveillance  absurd  east-germany  funny  warcraft 
december 2013 by jm
Find a separating hyperplane with this One Weird Kernel Trick
Terrible internet ad-spam recast as machine-learning spam
'37-year-old patriot discovers "weird" trick to end slavery to the Bayesian monopoly. Discover the underground trick she used to slash her empirical risk by 75% in less than 30 days... before they shut her down. Click here to watch the shocking video! Get the Shocking Free Report!'
funny  via:hmason  machine-learning  spam  wtf  svms  bayesian 
november 2013 by jm
Fax vs Twilio
A fax machine called my #twilio voice number, this is how @twilio transcribed it....

This is amazing. Machine talking to machine, with hilarious results
twilio  transcription  machine  audio  fax  hey-hey-hey  you-know-its-hey  funny 
november 2013 by jm
Tables Turned On Former NSA Boss Michael Hayden, As 'Off-The-Record' Call Is Live Tweeted By Train Passenger
Ho ho.
Michael Hayden, former NSA and CIA boss, who famously argued that the only people complaining about NSA surveillance were internet shut-ins who couldn't get laid, apparently never learned that when you're in a public place, someone might overhear your phone calls. Entrepreneur and former director Tom Matzzie just so happened to be on the Acela express train from DC to NY when he (1) spotted Hayden sitting behind him and (2) started overhearing a series of "off the record" phone calls with press about the story of the week: the revelations of the NSA spying on foreign leaders. Matzzie did what any self-respecting American would do: live-tweet the calls.
nsa  michael-hayden  twitter  tom-matzzie  funny  irony  trains  interviewing  public  surveillance 
october 2013 by jm
How to Read a Scientific Paper (About That Researcher With a Nematode in His Mouth) - Wired Science
Let’s rewind to September 2012. It was about then- according to this recently published report (paywall) in The American Journal of Tropical Medicine – that an “otherwise healthy, 36-year-old man” felt a rough patch in his mouth, a scaly little area his right cheek. It didn’t hurt. But then it didn’t stay there either. He started testing for it with his tongue. It traveled. It moved to the back of his mouth, then forward, coiled backwards again. In the language of science: “These rough patches would appear and disappear on a daily basis, giving the patient the indirect sense that there was an organism moving within the oral cavity.”
nematodes  parasites  biology  medicine  paper  gross  funny  wired  mouth 
october 2013 by jm
Inside the mind of NSA chief Gen Keith Alexander | Glenn Greenwald
featuring some mental pics of the "Information Dominance Center", the Star Trek bridge which NSA chief Keith Alexander built with taxpayer money
big-brother  nsa  politics  keith-alexander  star-trek  funny  bizarre 
september 2013 by jm
WTF Visualizations
'Visualizations that make no sense.'

Some of these are unintentional comedy gold -- pie charts feature heavily, of course. (via Des Traynor)
via:destraynor  infographics  wtf  visualization  dataviz  data  fail  funny  graphics  pie-charts 
september 2013 by jm
The Edge Minecraft cover
This is brilliant. Half of the office now wants prints.

Massive congratulations to Edge magazine. The stellar publication has been around for 20 years! To celebrate, their 258th issue comes in 20 different flavours, and one of those flavours includes the earthly overtones of both Minecraft and Dungeons & Dragons. Junkboy drew it, and I [Owen] worded it a few weeks ago.
covers  images  edge  minecraft  gaming  funny  dungeons-and-dragons  retro  dnd 
august 2013 by jm
BBC News - How one man turns annoying cold calls into cash
This is hilarious. Quid pro quo!
Once he had set up the 0871 line, every time a bank, gas or electricity supplier asked him for his details online, he submitted it as his contact number. He added he was "very honest" and the companies did ask why he had a premium number. He told the programme he replied: "Because I'm getting annoyed with PPI phone calls when I'm trying to watch Coronation Street so I'd rather make 10p a minute." He said almost all of the companies he dealt with were happy to use it and if they refused he asked them to email.
spam  cold-calls  phone  ads  uk  funny  0871  premium-rate  ppi 
august 2013 by jm
Let Me Explain Why Miley Cyrus’ VMA Performance Was Our Top Story This Morning | The Onion - America's Finest News Source
Absolute genius from The Onion.
Those of us watching on Google Analytics saw the number of homepage visits skyrocket the second we put up that salacious image of Miley Cyrus dancing half nude on the VMA stage. But here’s where it gets great: We don’t just do a top story on the VMA performance and call it a day. No, no. We also throw in a slideshow called “Evolution of Miley,” which, for those of you who don’t know, is just a way for you to mindlessly click through 13 more photos of Miley Cyrus. And if we get 500,000 of you to do that, well, 500,000 multiplied by 13 means we can get 6.5 million page views on that slideshow alone. Throw in another slideshow titled “6 ‘don’t miss’ VMA moments,” and it’s starting to look like a pretty goddamned good Monday, numbers-wise. Also, there are two videos -- one of the event and then some bullshit two-minute clip featuring our “entertainment experts” talking about the performance. Side note: Advertisers, along with you idiots, love videos. Another side note: The Miley Cyrus story was in the same top spot we used for our 9/11 coverage.
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august 2013 by jm
You can't "waste your vote"!
A fantastic infographic explaining Australia's Preferential Voting system, featuring Dennis the Election Koala and Ken the Voting Dingo
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