Archive for March, 2012

This Is the Only April Fools Product We Wish Were Real [Ipad]

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Every year, ThinkGeek comes out with a bunch of fake products for April Fools. They're the only good tech pranks because they are good—sometimes they are really good—and, more importantly, they often become real products—like the Tauntaun Sleeping Bag or the awesome iCade. More »


Why Onagawa Nuclear Power Station Survived the Tsunami

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Kyusaku Natsume writes "While the town of Onagawa, Miyagi Prefecture, was hit hard by the March 2011 tsunami, the nuclear plant it shares with the equally devastated city of Ishinomaki survived. The reason it did so is mostly down to the personal strength and tenacity of one Yanosuke Hirai, who passed away in 1986 and insisted that the plant should have been protected by a 14.8 m tall seawall. A great quote from the article: 'Corporate ethics and compliance may be similar, but their cores are different, from the perspective of corporate social responsibility, we cannot say that there is no need to question a company's actions just because they are not a crime under the law.'"

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Weibo services ‘punished’ for Beijing coup rumors, comments temporarily disabled

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For a country who doesn't really do April Fools' Day, you know China means business when it lays the smackdown on its weibo services. Here's the background story: about a week ago there was a rumor on the Chinese web about a military coup on one of the main streets in Beijing, and coincidentally I was in town around the time (for the Windows Phone launch). Funnily enough, I wasn't aware of this at all until my taxi driver in Hong Kong asked me about my visit, as he claimed that the passenger he picked up beforehand was actually a Chinese military officer who had several intense phone calls about said coup.

But of course, nothing actually happened. In fact, the guards at Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City were pretty relaxed when I visited on that very day. As for the rumormongers, the Chinese government announced through Xinhua that 16 websites have been shut down and six people have been detained, while local microblogging platforms Sina Weibo and Tencent Weibo have been "criticized and punished accordingly," though it didn't elaborate on the details. All we know is that comments under each weibo post are now disabled until local time 8pm on April 3rd, during which these two companies can, in their own words, clean up the mess. Well, at least we now know where to draw the line for China's April Fools'.

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Ride This Stealth Bike Wherever You Want Without Being Seen [Bicycles]

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So it might not be the best idea to try and pedal your way onto a secure military base, but engineer Brano Meres' experimental X-9 Nighthawk bike frame looks like it would be as invisible to radar as the old F-117 stealth fighter was. More »


DHS Will Now Vet UK Air Passengers To Mexico, Canada, Cuba

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First time accepted submitter illtud writes "From April, UK passengers flying to Mexico, Eastern Canada or Cuba will have to submit their details at least 72 hours before boarding to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security for pre-flight vetting (as all passengers to the U.S. itself have had to do for a while). If they find against you, you're not getting on the plane, even though you're not going to the U.S. The Independent (UK quality newspaper) has the story."

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