Lost Boy Finds Family with Google Earth 20 Years Later
When he was 5 years old, an Indian boy named Saroo was helping his older brother, who had a job sweeping up trash on Indian trains. Tired, the young boy fell asleep. When he woke up 14 hours later, he was in Calcutta. That was in 1986.
Not knowing the name of his hometown or how to get there, Saroo wandered the train stations of Calcutta and survived through begging. After a year, he was taken in by an orphanage, and adopted by the Brierley family. He spent the next 20 years growing up in Australia.
As he grew older, Saroo Brierley began searching for his hometown on Google Earth, keeping an eye out for landmarks he remembered. He searched the satellite images of India for the waterfall he used to play in. One day, he found it.
“When I found [Khandwa], I zoomed down and bang, it just came up. I navigated it all the way from the waterfall where I used to play.”
Saroo traveled to Khandwa and found the home where he used to reside. He showed the residents a photo of himself as a child and asked for his family members by name. A few minutes later, he was led to his mother. It was February of 2012.
Countdown til this story is turned into a made-for-tv movie? I’ll put 2 bucks on it.
Klout, the company that measures a user’s online influence, released an app for the iPhone today.
The app will track K+s and feature real-time scoring, giving Klout users the ability to check their scores even more frequently.
This means even more “Yo Sarie, did you see that Kraft tweeted at me? My Klout score is gonna go krazy" and "MC Hammer follows me on Twitter, so I’m prolly gonna get sum new Klout perks in the mail.” (Yes, he really talks like Chet Haze.)
In reality, my roommate’s high Klout score has totally paid off when it comes to Klout perks. Just last week he got a big orange shoe box that included 2 books (do Klout users really read books?), a bookmark (wtf?), and an oversized t-shirt advertising Stephen King’s new book (wow).
A month prior, he received a 3 oz. tube of Axe hair gel. Yesss.
Defendant’s advertisements regarding the Siri feature are fundamentally and designedly false and misleading. Notwithstanding Apple’s extensive multi-million dollar advertising campaign showcasing the Siri feature, and the fact that the iPhone 4S is more expensive than the iPhone 4, the iPhone 4S’s Siri feature does not perform as advertised, rendering the iPhone 4S merely a more expensive iPhone 4.
I’m not sure if a lawsuit was necessary, but Fazio is correct that Siri does not perform as advertised. As an iPhone 4S owner myself, I will candidly say that Siri and I are not friends. Her success ratio for my commands is about 1 to 5. And no one should have to be okay with such a terrible by-product (except my parents).
Gizimodo’s Mat Honan wrote steamed about his disappointment with Siri, saying:
"And for me, once the novelty wore off, what I found was that Siri is not so intelligent after all—it’s simply another voice program that will obey very specific commands. If it knows those commands. If it can understand you. And if it has a network connection. Were this Google, or Microsoft, I’d shrug. But it’s not, it’s Apple. And Apple is the company that sells perfection. It’s a company that usually keeps its promises, and in its Siri ads, it promises far more than what it actually delivers. That’s not what any of us signed up for."
Straight up? Siri’s a b*tch. For instance, she and I had the following conversation earlier today.
Me: Siri, set me an alarm for tomorrow at 7 a.m. Siri: Okay, I made an appointment for tomorrow between “me and a lime.” Are you ready for me to schedule it? Me: No. Siri: I do not understand “now”. To continue, you can Send, Cancel, Review, or Change it. Me: Change. Siri: I don’t understand “Change”? Me: Goddammit Siri! Siri: I didn’t quite get that. Me:*inserts gun into mouth*
If I wanted an annoying and disobedient assistant, I would have kept paying that homeless girl to follow me around.
How To Get More Likes on Facebook by The Oatmeal [With Afterword by Me]
Now, before you go off saying, “What ridiculousness, my marketing strategy is genius! It’s not tricksy at all! Everyone hates tanks!” Please take note: The Oatmeal has 543 thousand likes on their Facebook page. If that’s more than you have, I recommend you rethink your life social media strategy.
Maryland Bans Employers From Demanding Facebook Log-In
Maryland is now the first state to prohibit resident employers from requesting social media usernames and passwords from current and prospecitive employees.
Throughout the United States, job applicants have at times been asked to provide their log-in information to sites like Facebook, knowing they would not be considered for the job if they didn’t surrender those precious few characters.
The ACLU of Maryland brought to light the specific case of Robert Collins applying to a job with the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services. According the to the ACLU, “Collins had to sit there while the [interviewer] logged on to his Facebook account and reviewed his messages, wall posts and photos.”
Womp womp. Can you imagine? Here’s how that interview would go for me..
Interviewer: You’re password is fergiesucksTERDS42069?
Me: With “terds” in all caps, yes..
Interviewer: I see. So it looks like your main focus in life is cats. That’s what I’m seeing here.
Me: Uh, I mean, I do like cats. I think cats are funny? I guess. But that’s not-
Interviewer: And you went to Ithaca College? I see very few photos of you studying during that time.
Me: Well yeah, I mean, no one took photos of study ses-
Interviewer: Your resume says you’re proficient in photoshop. I see you’ve demonstrated that ability quite a few times on Facebook. Did you make this photo of your boss marrying a cat?
Me: Heh.. yeah.. you see, he thinks cats are funny too-
Interviewer: I think we’re done here.
Illinois and California are next on the list of states considering such legislation.
So, this means that it’s still legal in New York?
*immediately deletes all information in Facebook account*
Today I was approached with a social media question: ”Can you tell me about Pinterest?”
Of course I can. I mean, I have ladyparts, don’t I?
But really, let’s not open that door.
According to the digital marketing firm Experian, Pinterest is now the 3rd most popular social networking site in the United States. Experian’s report shows a 50% increase in traffic between January, when Pinterest had over 16 million unique viewers, and February.
The Experian report does not include mobile traffic, which leads me to believe that the results could be quite inaccurate. (Because who uses a computer anymore?)
CEO and must-be-lesbian Ben Silbermann launched Pinterest in January of 2010, with the idea of a virtual scrapbook or pinboard on which one could proudly share one’s collections.
"When you open Pinterest, it should feel like someone has hand-made a book for you," he explains. "Every item should feel like it’s handpicked for you by a person you care about."
So yeah, if you enjoy looking at photos of weddings you’ll never afford or attend, baked goods you’ll never make, or crafts you’ll never create, you should check out Pinterest. And find me when you’re there! Username: SrslyNotADude_118.