Archive for August 29th, 2011
A 12-year-old girl has embarrassed detectives after solving a burglary case by finding clues they had missed.
Jessica Maple confronted the alleged burglars after investigating the break-in at her late great-grandmother’s house in Atlanta, Georgia.
The amateur sleuth used investigative skills she had learned on a Junior District Attorney crime-fighting camp this summer, reports WSBTV.
Miss Maple showed she was more like Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple after she asked her mother to take her to the house to see if she could find any clues.
“The windows were broken. There were finger prints by the glass. Everything was ramshackled. There were clothes everywhere,” she said.
MAASTRICHT, Netherlands — The fantasy of seeing banknotes fluttering down from the sky came true for Dutch motorists after a package containing cash apparently fell from a bank transport truck and broke open.
The incident triggered a dangerous scramble for the euro bills Monday on the busy A2 highway near Maastricht, as people parked cars on the road’s shoulder and ran to scoop up loose notes.
Police in the southern Dutch province of Limburg confirmed in their Twitter feed “it briefly rained bank bills.”
Reporter Rudy Bouma told national broadcaster NOS he saw people grabbing handfuls of cash before hopping back into their cars and driving away.
It was not clear how much cash was lost, or how it could have fallen from the truck.
This past week, Facebook released a series of changes to the way it manages sharing and privacy controls. You can read more about them here.
The short story is that they are giving their users finer control over their sharing and how others tag them in photos and updates, and building the concept of friend lists more fully into the experience. One other interesting change, which made its way into the blog post as little more than a “by the way,” is that Facebook has removed the places feature from its mobile applications.
In response to these changes, Matthew Ingram over at GigaOm wrote a great piece asking, “Are Facebook and Google Splintering the Social Web?” His analysis focused on the much-talked-about Circles feature from Google, along with the similar changes from Facebook, and questioned whether or not people would actually use these features.
IMAGINE nobody dies. All of a sudden, whether through divine intervention or an elixir slipped into the water supply, death is banished. Life goes on and on; all of us are freed from fear that our loved ones will be plucked from us, and each of us is rich in the most precious resource of all: time.
Wouldn’t it be awful?
This is the premise of the TV series “Torchwood: Miracle Day,” a co-production of Starz and the BBC that has been running over the summer and ends in September. The “miracle” of the title is that no one dies anymore, but it proves to be a curse as overpopulation soon threatens to end civilization. The show is a nice twist on our age-old dream of living forever. And it is right to be pessimistic about what would happen if this dream were fulfilled — but for the wrong reasons. Materially, we could cope with the arrival of the elixir. But, psychologically, immortality would be the end of us.