July 28, 2014

Diaspora social network founder dead at 22

RIP Ilya

Ilya Zhitomirskiy, the co-founder of Facebook rival Diaspora, has died. The 22-year-old was one of four New York-based students who launched Diaspora as a "privacy-aware, user-controlled" social network. It was set up in response to criticism that Facebook was not handling the privacy of its … [Read more...]

Conrad Murray found guilty of Michael Jackson manslaughter

Being a celebrity doctor is not looking so cool for Conrad now.

Michael Jackson's personal physician, Dr Conrad Murray, has been found guilty of the involuntary manslaughter of the star by a jury in Los Angeles. A panel of seven men and five women took two days of deliberation to reach a verdict. Michael Jackson died on 25 June 2009 from an overdose of the … [Read more...]

Woman claims US Presidential candidate groped her

I did not have sexual relations with that man - Mr Cain. Although he darn well tried.

A woman has told a news conference in New York that Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain groped her in the 1990s when she asked for his help finding work. Perhaps Herman thought he would find work in her knickers. Sharon Bialek, a former employee of a restaurant lobby group, said Mr Cain … [Read more...]

Climate change sceptic admits global warming a fact

Richard Muller looking serious as all good scientists should. His daughter Elizabeth is working hard on the serious look too. A chip off the old block.

A prominent physicist and global warming sceptic spent two years trying to find out if mainstream climate scientists were wrong. In the end, he determined they were right, that temperatures really are rising rapidly. The study of the world's surface temperatures by Richard Muller was partially … [Read more...]

Police use tear gas on Occupy Wall Street protesters

Protesters in Oakland get fumigated by the authorities.

US Authorities made a series of arrests at Occupy Wall Street protests in California and Georgia on Tuesday and Wednesday, with clashes in Oakland involving tear gas being used on demonstrators. Police said they fired the tear gas on protesters in Oakland, California, after the crowd threw paint … [Read more...]

Mass recall of Harley-Davidson motorcycles

Nothing makes the blood drain from an auto executives face faster than a mass product recall.

Harley-Davidson is recalling about 308,000 motorcycles, most of them in the US, to fix a switch problem that can cause failure of the brake lights and possibly even the rear brakes themselves. The company said in documents filed last week with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration … [Read more...]

Wikileaks halts publication of classified files

With the banks cutting off his money Julian prays to God for financial help. Since Julian does not believe in God this makes receiving help from that quarter a little tricky.

Whistle-blowing website Wikileaks has suspended its publication of classified files while it struggles to raise funds to ensure its survival. The announcement came after what the group called a blockade by US-based finance companies which has effectively cut off the donor money supply to … [Read more...]

Police shoot escaped zoo animals in Ohio

Yeah we shot some animals last night - lions, wolves, bears, unemployed people and some cats and dogs. Hell even my mother in law copped a bullet.

Police in Zanesville, Ohio have shot and killed dozens of animals including grizzly bears, black bears, wolves, tigers and lions that escaped from a private zoo after the owner set them free and killed himself. Sheriff Matt Lutz said he personally gave the order to shoot the escaped animals, and … [Read more...]

Unix creator Dennis Ritchie dies at 70

Another computing pioneer dies too soon. There are not many who can claim to have changed the course of human history, but Dennis Ritchie can.

Dennis Ritchie, a pioneer in computer programming, has died at age 70. Ritchie created the popular C programming language and helped create the Unix operating software. The C programming language, which Ritchie developed in the early 1970s while working for Bell Labs, is still popular. It has … [Read more...]

Raj Rajaratnam jailed for 11 years for insider trading

Raj Rajaratnam is fat, with a Saddam Hussein moustache so we thought Danielle Chiesi may be a more pleasing substitute even if she is going to prison.

Raj Rajaratnam, a former hedge-fund manager has been sentenced to 11 years in jail in New York for one of the biggest insider trading cases in American history. Rajaratnam, 54, was also fined $10m but the Galleon Group founder made well over $50m from his illegal trading activities, said the … [Read more...]

US claims Washington assassination terror plot foiled

Eric Holder, holding a press conference to say that the US was holding a suspected who was holding bad intentions towards the Saudi Ambassador.

The US says it has broken up a major terror plot in which agents linked to Iran sought to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to Washington. Two men originally from Iran - one a naturalised US citizen - have been charged with counts of conspiracy, Attorney General Eric Holder said. The plot was … [Read more...]

Apple co-founder Steve Jobs dies

Steve Jobs 1955-2011   iDead

Apple has announced that co-founder Steve Jobs has passed away. His family thanked those who have supported them through the years during his battle with cancer. "Steve died peacefully today surrounded by his family,'' his relatives said in a statement. "In his public life, Steve was known as … [Read more...]

Amanda Knox murder conviction appeal successful

Amanda Knox's apeal against her murder conviction has been overshadowed by a huge PR campaign on her behalf.

Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito have seen their convictions overturned for the murder of UK student Meredith Kercher in Perugia, Italy, in 2007. They had appealed on the grounds that the DNA evidence useed to convict them was flawed. The verdict was reached by a jury of eight, comprising … [Read more...]

Death toll from tainted US melons rises to 13

Rock Melons - very tasty, but also very deadly at the moment in the US.

At least 13 people have died and 72 others badly ill from the listeriosis outbreak in the United States. Listeria contamination of cantaloupe melons grown in Colorado has been reported in 18 other states. Four people have died in New Mexico, two in Colorado, two in Texas and one each in … [Read more...]

Conrad Murray trial for Michael Jackson manslaughter begins

Yes Conrad you have every right to look a bit nervous at the start of your trial. Some of your actions on the day of Michaels death we will class as unusual.

Conrad Murray, the personal doctor to Michael Jackson has gone on trial in Los Angeles, charged with involuntary manslaughter of the singer. Prosecutors say he acted with "gross negligence" and gave Jackson a lethal dose of the sedative propofol, on the night he died in June 2009. The defence … [Read more...]