The U.S. Navy has unveiled "Ghostswimmer," an underwater reconnaissance drone designed to look like a shark, because the U.S. Navy has a limitless budget, brilliant minds and the imagination of a 9-year-old. “GhostSwimmer will allow the Navy to have success during more types of missions while keeping divers and sailors safe,” said Michael Rufo, director of Boston Engineering’s Advanced System Group, which designed Ghostswimmer. Ghostswimmer is part of a project called Silent NEMO (yes, named after the movie), which is also working on a drone jellyfish. Whether these drone sea creatures work better than the military's actual militarized dolphinsremains unclear. “Right now we’re using them for gathering environmental data. As the technology matures, we’re certainly going to use them for reconnaissance, and eventually, we’re going to weaponize them,” says Christopher Harmer, senior naval analyst with the Institute for the Study of War. “There isn’t any ground-breaking technology that the military hasn’t found some way to eventually weaponize" ... Discuss
Today in Poorly Thought Out Tweets, both comedy superstar Judd Apatow and noted seller of computers Best Buy took to social media with some thoughts that did not necessarily need to be tweeted.
The first came from Apatow, who wrote "Releasing private Sony e mails to hurt people is the same as releasing nude photos of Jennifer Lawrence. Why are they ok to print?" The tweet was immediately met by a slew of people pointing out that perhaps there is a minor difference between having your work emails released and having pictures of your own, personal naked body delivered to the hordes of the Internet.
The other came from Best Buy which, as you may know, is a major player in Sarah Koenig's crazy popular Serial podcast. They tweeted "We have everything you need. Unless you need a payphone. #Serial." If you listen to Serial, you get the joke, and you'll probably also wonder why Best Buy chose to joke about the murder scene of a teenage girl. Best Buy has since apologized. Apatow has not. Both are learning an important lesson right now ... Discuss
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If you've been on Twitter the past few days, you may have seen the call to ban a man named Chuck Johnson from the platform. These calls are not necessarily new—the 26-year-old journalist has been been taken to task in the past for shockingly erroneous reporting—including falsely accusing a New York Times reporter of posing for Playgirl and hyping false accusations of a homicide charge against Mike Brown. But his unapologetically unpleasant journalism style brought on new waves of outrage after he doxxed "Jackie," the woman at the middle of Rolling Stone's rape coverage debacle.
The story is long and convoluted, but the brief version is that Rolling Stone's lengthy, incendiary piece on college campus rape centered heavily on the alleged, traumatic experiences of woman who called herself Jackie—a woman Rolling Stone has since disavowed upon finding "discrepancies" in her story. This is where Johnson came in, sending his legion of Twitter followers out to find Jackie's true identity. After threatening her over Twitter, he finally released what he claims is her personal information (we won't be linking to any of this information here).
This story seems primed to join a longlist of others this year that pit two of the Internet's noisiest camps—crusaders for victim protection and those leery of the feminist movement—against each other. But in this case, almost everyone seems to agree that Johnson is not doing anyone any favors ... Discuss
Behold, the percussion wizardry of Appleman, the world’s greatest iPad finger drummer. The video’s been around a while, but has seen new viral life lately, because inside each of us is a Garth, that’s just waiting for a chance to rock ... Discuss
Lots of people visited Anaheim, California’s Disneyland in 2014, and lots of them used the occasion to post some pictures to Instagram. The site has released their annual list of the most geo-tagged locations around the world, and the amusement park beat out Dodger Stadium (No. 2) and Times Square (No. 3) to take the top spot. Along with Times Square, the Big Apple took two more spots on the list thanks to Madison Square Garden (8) and Yankee Stadium (9), but the rest was comprised of international locations including Bangkok’s Siam Paragon, Moscow’s Gorky Park, Paris’ Musée du Louvre, The Dubai Mall and Moscow’s Red Square. “Your Plate of Food at a Fancy Restaurant” was curiously absent ... Discuss