By now you’ve undoubtedly heard of how Martin Shkreli and his Turing Pharmaceuticals acquired the rights to Daraprim, and immediately jacked up the price of Daraprim from $13.50 a pill to $750 a pill. And you may have heard that Shkreli backed down yesterday and said that the price on Daraprim (generic name pyrimethamine) would not go up quite so dramatically (although he hasn’t announced the new price yet). But you may not realize just how much of a role the Internet has played in this story.
Move over, theatres and concerts – now you also have to buy a ticket to attend some restaurants, thanks to the restaurant ticket program Tock, developed by Nick Kokonas. Can’t make your seating? That’s ok, just as with concert tickets, you can also scalp your restaurant tickets on Craigslist, where some restaurant tickets are fetching as much as $250 or more a piece.
Now here’s an online petition that you can really sink your teeth into. As the petition explains, “You can’t go into a Starbucks these days, and mention how much you miss the old scones, without someone overhearing and agreeing with you.” If you agree, add your name to this online petition to ask Starbucks to bring back the old scones.
If you hang out on Facebook at all, or frequent Instagram or Twitter, you may have seen the hashtag #mcm, and be wondering what it stand for. #mcm stands for “Man Crush Monday” (or “Mancrush Monday”), which can also be expressed as #ManCrushMonday.
If you or your kids are a product of the last three decades, you may have FOMO, and not even realize that it’s a thing. FOMO stands for “Fear of Missing Out”, and today’s teens and 20- and 30-somethings, unlike any other generations before them, have maximum FOMO.
As inanimate objects go, you can’t get much more inanimate than carpeting, and yet the old Portland airport carpeting – PDX Carpet, as it’s known – has become both an internet and must-have sensation.
The 2015 SXSW (which really should be ‘SxSW’ as it stands for South by Southwest) is offering a “robot petting zoo” (hashtag #RoboPetZoo) featuring adorable (and not so adorable) robots with names like Blabdroid, Ozobot, and Dar-1 (say it fast).
The term “camgirl” (also called a cam girl, cam-girl, webcam girl, or webcam or chat model) refers to a woman who poses (and may do other things) in front of a webcam, often for money. A Camboy is a male who does the same.
Many online articles these days are not written by humans – rather they are written by writing bots, giving rise to the term ‘robot journalism’. Of course, these aren’t actual robots, rather it is a software program, programmed to synthesize data and spit out articles.
The Justice Department has released the results of its investigations into both the shooting of Michael Brown by Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson, and into the Ferguson Police Department itself, along with an online statement regarding its investigation into the shooting, and the atmosphere of fear and racism, in Ferguson, Missouri. Here is an overview, and links to the reports online.
Hart Island in New York is a massive burial site for the poor and unclaimed. A mass grave cemetary, also known as a “Potter’s field”, Hart Island (sometimes referred to as Hart’s Island or Heart Island) is run by the New York City Department of Correction, and few living people, other than the Rikers Island inmates who dig the pauper’s graves, are allowed to set foot on Hart Island. Even for the relatives of the dead who are buried there, the New York City DoC grants visiting permission only rarely.
With the increase in wifi in automobiles, coupled with onboard computing and tracki.. er, diagnostic capabilities, there has been a lot in the news lately about hackers wirelessly hacking cars. But how likely is it that your vehicle could be hacked?
If you are thinking of going glamping this Galentine’s Day, then you are probably part of an increasing trend to adopt and legitimize made-up words, which has undoubtedly been facilitated by the Internet in general, and social media in particular.
Residents in California called 911 when Facebook was down for more than an hour. What has this society come to when people need to be told that not being able to get on Facebook is not a 911 emergency?
Hold on to your hats – and your phones. Some states, such as Iowa, are experimenting with digital drivers licenses which can be carried and displayed on your iPhone, Android phone or other smartphone.