Government 2.0

White House Will Allow Tech Team to Continue Dressing Like Brogrammers

Kind of like this. (Getty)

The White House is trying to join the 21st century by adding a “digital strike team to improve government technology,” the Hill reports. And in an effort to make the code monkeys feel more at home, the powers that be are not requiring them to dress up for work.

U.S. Digital Service head Mikey Dickerson isn’t necessarily rolling up to the office in a hoodie and Adidas slides, but he does keep it casual “in untucked shirts and rumple khakis,” the Hill says. Mr. Dickerson used to work for Google and was brought in to fix HealthCare.Gov last year. Read More

Rise of the Drones

Our Thoughts and Prayers Are With India As Amazon Starts Testing Its Delivery Drones There

Can't wait to hear these buzzing above.(Screengrab: YouTube)

When Amazon announced their plans to deliver orders via drone, the world was hopeful, yet skeptical.

But what we thought were nothing more than Amazon’s wildest fantasies may be coming true. Two sources with knowledge of the project’s development revealed that initial testing for the Prime Air drone delivery service could begin as soon as October, according to India’s The Economic Times. Read More

Campus Crackdown

University Bans Social Media, Political Content and Wikipedia Pages on Dorm Wifi

Nice try. (Flickr)

“Finally, I can do whatever I want!” thought every incoming college freshman ever. But for some unlucky students arriving on campus this fall, that sought-after right of passage applies to just about everything except internet usage.

Northern Illinois University enacted an Acceptable Use Policy that goes further than banning  torrents, also denying students access to social media sites and other content the university considers “unethical” or “obscene.” Read More

XXX in Tech

Orgasms, Porn and Getting Naked: Here Are 10 of the Sexiest TED Talks

This wasn't the only condom T-shirt he brought to the talk. (Screengrab: YouTube)

While tech was the focal point of TED in the conference’s early days, the contents of the popular series has certainly broadened for the better. Now, orgasms, porn, and condoms among other sexy subjects have found a place on the stage. From funny to informative and forward-thinking, they’ve been some of the most viewed and most discussed. Here are 10 of our favorite Ted Talks about sex: Read More

Rude TBH

Um, Not to Alarm You But Google’s Street View Car Might Have Killed a Dog

google-dog

Google Street View’s car stops for no one — even if you’re cute and cuddly.

The Internet is perking up its collective ears at a series of pictures on Maps showing the search company’s car possibly mowing down a dog and leaving it to die. It happened on a highway in Chile, and if you view it frame-by-frame, it looks like the little dog was minding its own business, then boom, it’s seen lying motionless on the road. Read More

NYC Disrupts Disruptors

Yellow Cab Medallion Owner Hit With $1.6 Million TLC Fine Has a Police Record Including Public Nudity

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The strangest charge of all came on February 5th, 2008. Mr. Garber was arrested on Shady Tree Lane in Colts Neck, New Jersey after he stripped down to his underpants, hosed himself off in a neighbor’s yard, then strolled into the neighbor’s home and took a shower. The homeowners and their two young children panicked and escaped the scene to call authorities. He was charged with burglary, criminal mischief and trespassing. Read More