The Week That Was
Yet another week is done and dusted, so let’s close it out in style with some of the week’s craziest, coolest and hottest stories. After sifting through some of the wildest content to cross my desk in a while, I was faced with a dilemma—there’s just too much awesome material to post for just one “…Week that Was.” However, I’ve done my best to narrow it down to a few finalists. Enjoy.
Winklevoss Nut Jobs
Remember those twins from that movie about that social network? You know, the ones who sued that guy for stealing that great idea? After having settled for a lousy $65M, they’re once again in the public spotlight – this time intentionally. And they’ve gone completely nuts. No, really – they’re lending themselves (and subtle Facebook lawsuit humour) to – wait for it –a commercial for nuts. This one you’ve got to see for yourself:
Cuban Cause for Celebration
Not many health stories get covered on “The Week That Was”, but those that include the words Cuba, cancer and vaccine in the headline are generally noteworthy by any standard. In one of the best creations to come out of Cuba since, well, cigars, the small island nation has announced the release of the world’s first therapeutic lung cancer vaccine. In short, it can turn aggressive, advanced-stage lung cancer into a manageable chronic disease. There are conditions for recommended usage and proper implementation, but it’s already seeing the light of day in Cuba – over 1,000 Cuban patients have been treated; the vaccine is available in Cuban hospitals free of charge. Full story here.
Why worry about those pesky students next door stealing your unprotected WiFi access when hackers are now right outside your door. Literally. With as little as a $300 Parrot quadcopter, Linux computer, 3G card, a GPS unit and two WiFi cards, hackers don’t even need to be physically outside your door. The airborne quadcopter packs the GPS unit and WiFi cards while being remotely controlled by the 3G card. Basically, it cruises through residential zones, perusing for unsecured wireless networks. Once found, it infiltrates the network and scours it for anything and everything of value; oh, wait – that’s not all; any computer that falls victim to the air-raid attack can also be later utilized as a zombie machine unbeknownst to the user. That WiFi password is sounding pretty good about now!
Full story at Gizmodo.