A space elevator, a proposal involving 99 iPhone 6s and a photo of a napping burglar posted to Facebook stand out among the most unusual tech stories of the past year.
Limerick City installs audio reminders to pick up after your dog
In March, dog owners and walkers who take Fido for a stroll along either side of the River Shannon in Limerick City learned they , a full unit of the local police force raided the house from where the IP was located and officers seized all electronic devices in the house.
The only person in the house at the time was 27-year-old Michelle Pratt, who denied any link to the account.
Two other residents from the house were arrested and charged on drug offences arising from the search.
According to US law, false personation of a public official is a Class A misdemeanour punishable by a fine of up to US$2,500 and even up to one year in jail.
Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis. Photo via Merle Widmer‘s PEORIA WATCH
Survey finds 11pc of Americans think HTML is an STD
When it comes to tech terms, 11pc of people believe HTML (hypertext markup language) is a sexually transmitted disease (STD), a survey of American computer users’ knowledge suggested in March.
A study by coupons site Vouchercloud.net found quite a few people needed to brush up on their tech definitions, The Los Angeles Times reported.
Some 77pc of those surveyed could not identify what SEO means and 27pc identified ‘gigabyte’ as an insect commonly found in South America.
Some 42pc said they believed a ‘motherboard’ was ‘the deck of a cruise ship’ and 23pc thought ‘MP3′ was a Star Wars robot related to R2D2 or CP30.
Eighteen per cent identified ‘Blu-ray’ as a marine animal and 15pc said they believed ‘software’ is comfortable clothing.
And 12pc said ‘USB’ was the acronym for a European country.
Confused tech user image via Shutterstock
#hummuselfie aims to give #chickpeace a chance in Mideast
An August campaign urged Facebook users to post selfies in which they are eating hummus and hashtagged #hummuselfie in an effort to help end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in Gaza.
The Hummus Initiative was behind the campaign on the social network to “fight against further importation of the hatred of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict into France and other countries outside of Israel and Gaza.”
The Facebook page had attracted nearly 5,000 likes at time of writing and contained plenty of photos of people who have taken part in the campaign.
What was noticeable is many people in the #hummuselfie photos are smiling and larking about, in what is intended to shed light on a conflict that has killed some 1,864 people, including 300 children.
Hummus image via Shutterstock
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Source:: Silicon Republic News