A Dutch teenager has stolen three buses and picked up/dropped off passengers along the way. The teenager took the first bus in the north-east Dutch town of Apeldoorn and drove it 40 miles down the motorway - where he stole another to drive the return journey.
Along the way he stopped several times to pick up passengers and dropped them off at their destinations. He was finally stopped while driving a third stolen bus the next day. [via]
Related: Man stole car with no brakes
A Welshman has created a device that can repel teenagers. The device, called the Mosquito , emits a high-frequency pulsing sound that can be heard by most people younger than 20 and almost no one older than 30. The sound is designed to so irritate young people that after several minutes, they cannot stand it and go away.
So far the device has only been tested in one place - the local Spar in Barry (a great place to find hoards of chavs). According to the shop owner the results were instantaneous and there are now no scrotes to be found.
Update (21:49): Thanks to Mina for identifying that tune. I was really surprised by the quick response. I know where to turn in the future when I get stuck.
I posted info about Symantec's security bunker back in March but the article I linked to didn't have any pictures. C|Net have written about the bunker and have posted four pictures including the one above. The picture shows a glassed-off room that is Symantec's Security Operations Center. Workstations are constantly manned by up to 15 analysts. Threats are monitored on the four flatscreens on the facing wall.
The last words of people executed in the state of Texas such as...
Warden Okay I've been hanging around this popsicle stand way too long. Before I leave, I want to tell you all. When I die, bury me deep, lay two speakers at my feet, put some headphones on my head and rock and roll me when I'm dead. I'll see you in Heaven someday. That's all Warden. - Douglas Roberts
I'm sure i've posted this site before but it's worthy of a repost. [via]
Back on December 1, 1993, IANA, the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority, explicitly reserved all single letter and single digit second-level domain names in the TLDs .com, .net, and .org (e.g. a.com, b.com, c.com)* in order to "help ensure stable operation of the Internet". However, ICANN, which controls IANA, is now considering releasing the single letter and single digit domains. Of course these would be worth a fortune and would net ICANN a lot of extra funds but how will they go about selling them and will they become the most expensive domain names ever sold? [via]
* It's worth noting that some single letter domains were registered before the restriction was put in place.
"Astronaut Dale A. Gardner, having just completed the major portion of his second extravehicular activity (EVA) period in three days, holds up a "For Sale" sign refering to the two satellites, Palapa B-2 and Westar 6 that they retrieved from orbit after their Payload Assist Modules (PAM) failed to fire." [via]
When a woman complained to Tesco to ask why her favourite choclate was no longer available in her local store, she received a letter telling her that she had bad taste and should go elsewhere. The letter said:
The letter was signed Mrs S Upyours.
A primary school headteacher has banned children in her school from talking about Christmas before December 7th. The reason for the ban is that the children could get too excited which could then affect their work.
According to The Times, Singapore's only executioner has been dismissed just a few days before he was due to executed an Austrian who was convicted of carrying drugs. Darshan Singh, 74, is said to have carried out more than 850 hangings in 46 years in Singapore and is thought to be the only executioner in the world to have executed 18 men in a single day - 3 at a time.
"Gollum is an open-source, AJAXy web app that strips away all the cruft and minimizes Wikipedia to the bare essentials: a toolbar, a search bar, and the article. Gollum also makes some tweaks to article presentation, such as bigger headings and moving the category list to the top of the page. There's also a bookmark facility for keeping track of important pages, a "Recommend this Article" button to send e-mail links to articles, and a big Print button." - DownloadSquad [via]
Paul Schmelzer likes to collect celebrity autographs. However, these celebrity autographs are different to your regular celebrity autographs. Instead of getting celebrities to sign their own name, Schmelzer gets them to sign his! So far he's got Noam Chomsky, Frank Gehry, Yoko Ono and a load of others that I've never heard of to sign his name. [Thanks Cameron Jalama]
The Motorola 8900x, originally released in the 80s, has been given a new lease of life by shops in China. The brick style phones have been hacked to include a 4,096 colour LCD screen. Offering just basic functions, the phone costs $230. A snip compared to the $3,995 that it cost when originally released. [via]