Barista's edition for Mon 28 March 2016
Texting while walking could soon be illegal in New Jersey
Jared Schumacher is among the hundreds of thousands of New Jerseyans who routinely use electronic devices to text, listen to music or do other tasks as they walk outdoors. But if a "distracted walking" measure recently proposed by a state assemblywoman eventually becomes law, the Trenton man and others like him could be facing fines or even jail time.
How one programmer broke the internet by deleting a tiny piece of code
A man in Oakland, California, disrupted web development around the world last week by deleting 11 lines of code. The story of how 28-year-old Azer Koçulu briefly broke the internet shows how writing software for the web has become dependent on a patchwork of code that itself relies on the benevolence of fellow programmers.
full article at Quartz →
The last name 'Null' breaks everything online
Having a funny name can sometimes be unfortunate, but one couple is finding it pretty difficult to do anything online because of theirs. Jennifer Null (and her husband, who warned her it would be a bumpy ride when she took his last name) have trouble booking flights, accessing the IRS website and setting up utilities; just about anything that requires a real name.
full article at The Next Web →
Edible spoons promise to be tasty while saving the planet
Tired of seeing mountains of plastic cutlery polluting India's landfills, Narayana Peesapaty had an idea: What if you could eat your disposable spoon rather than toss it? Peesapaty, a researcher and agriculture consultant from Hyderabad, India, developed an edible spoon made of millet, rice and wheat flours, in 2010.
full article at Mashable →
Netflix's Grand, Daring, Maybe Crazy Plan to Conquer the World
Late into the night on St. Patrick's Day, Netflix hosted a makeshift "war room" at the company's Silicon Valley headquarters. Engineers and product wranglers sat loosely around a long, U-shaped formation of desks, monitoring diagnostics and Hipchat conversations. Linguists and translators patrolled a ring of television sets to check subtitles and dubs in a dozen languages.
full article at WIRED →
Liam, Apple's robot for ripping apart iPhones
Liam is a robot that tears apart iPhones in 11 seconds so that they can be recycled.
full article at Twimg →
Finding the egg in a sea of bunnies is a mindbending way to spend your Easter
LONDON - The Hungarian cartoonist who has had us ripping out our hair searching for owls and pandas is back in time for Easter. Gergely Dudás, known as Dudolf, now challenges us to find the egg amid all the bunnies. It's there, we promise. Once you see it, you can't unsee it.
full article at Mashable →