Serial burglar caught by webcam

Benjamin Park, serial burglar, caught by webcam - click to enlarge (22 kb).This is really interesting!
A house burglar in the U.K. was caught after a webcam on the owner’s computer recorded images of him carrying out the raid. [news clip]

A home computer has been given the credit for putting a 19-year-old serial burglar behind bars.
Stills of serial raider Benjamin Park, 19, of Cambridge, were sent to an email address so even when he stole the computer, the images could be found.

The burglary – in pictures
And here is a comment from the police:

“It was a pleasure to show him the pictures and see his expression when we interviewed him.”

What is amazing about the incident is that the computer emailed the images even as it was being stolen!
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Images Courtesy: BBC

EPIC 2014 – GoogleZon, Google Grid

EPIC 2014 - click to enlarge (8 kb).If you have not watched it already, go ahead and watch it. The story is definitely “fascinating, amusing and unnerving”. Have a look.
http://www.robinsloan.com/epic/
Pick a random mirror

“In the year 2014,The New York Times has gone offline. The Fourth Estate’s fortunes have waned. What happened to the news? And what is EPIC?”

The ‘Evolving Personalized Information Construct’ (EPIC) is a look at how the media industry might be like in 2014. It is an 8 minute flash presentation by the Robin Sloan and Matt Thompson.
It also talks about GoogleZon (the alliance of Google and Amazon in 2008) and the Google Grid.
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No chewing gum in Singapore

I was reading an article from Wired and I came across a sentence which mentioned that chewing gum is banned in Singapore. I was really surprised to know about this.
I then googled a bit and found out that this is actually true. In Singapore, the import, sale and possession of chewing gum is banned! [link]
Searched a bit more, and it seems that in 2002, the ban was partially lifted to allow sale of sugarless chewing gum for medical purposes.
“The import, manufacture and sale of chewing gum has been banned in Singapore since 1992, and the penalty for smuggling gum into the country is a year in jail, and a 10,000 Singapore dollar- ($5,500-) fine.”
Wierd, Huh?

Amzanig huh?

Aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn’t mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoetnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be at the rghit pclae.
The rset can be a total mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit porbelm.
Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe.
Amzanig huh? 🙂