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Fart rampage forces flight to make emergency landing

A fight over a flatulent passenger ended in a Dubai-Amsterdam flight making an emergency landing in Vienna, reports Metro, citing this Dutch news story. Several passengers were kicked off, some of them claiming that they were uninvolved into the farty fracas and that Transavias’s cabin crew encouraged the violence.

Members of the crew on the Dutch low-cost airline were apparently less than sympathetic and refused to do anything about it.

Despite a warning from the pilot, a fight between the men then broke out, causing the flight to be diverted to Vienna Airport .

Police boarded the plane with dogs and removed two sisters and the two men after the pilot made a report about ‘passengers on the rampage’.

from Boing Boing https://boingboing.net/2018/02/19/fart-rampage-forces-flight-to.html

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Wikipedia discontinues its “zero-rating,” will focus on research-driven outreach

When Facebook was desperately trying to game the Indian regulatory process to get approval for its “zero-rating” system (where it would bribe Indian ISPs to give it the power to decide which services would be free to access, and which would be capped and metered), one of the frequent arguments in favor of this “poor internet for poor people” was that the Wikimedia Foundation had struck similar deals in poor countries around the world, freeflagging Wikipedia use on networks that were otherwise strictly capped and metered.
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from Boing Boing https://boingboing.net/2018/02/19/wikipedia-discontinues-its-z.html

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Windows Phone 7 and 8 devices will no longer receive push notifications

Microsoft is ending support for mobile push notifications on its Windows Phone 7 and 8 software by February 20th. Devices on Windows Phone 7.5 and 8.0 will no longer receive notifications. They will also lose the useful live tile updates that displayed information at a glance, and users will no longer be able to locate devices with the “find my phone” feature. Those phones were initially released to the public in 2011 and 2012, respectively.

It’s yet another nail in the coffin for Windows Phone. Microsoft announced in October that it would stop developing new features or hardware for Windows 10 Mobile. Even before Microsoft admitted it, the mobile operating system had pretty much been dead for a year, as it showed dismal market share…

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from The Verge – All Posts https://www.theverge.com/2018/2/19/17027562/microsoft-windows-phone-push-notifications

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UK government will use church spires to improve internet connectivity in rural areas

The UK government and the Church of England have formed a partnership to use the Church’s buildings and other properties to “improve broadband, mobile, and Wi-Fi connectivity for local communities.” According to a statement from the government, this would involve placing wireless transmitters in church spires and towers as well as installing aerials, satellite dishes, and fiber cables in church buildings. The Department for Digital, Culture, Media, and Sport says that there are more than 120 cases of broadband and mobile services already being delivered from parish churches across the UK.

The government hopes that the accord will encourage more parishes to consider using church properties to aid digital infrastructure. The Chelmsford and…

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from The Verge – All Posts https://www.theverge.com/2018/2/19/17027446/uk-government-churches-wifi-internet-connectivity-rural

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Samsung patents a drone that can be controlled by your eyes

Samsung’s latest patent is for a drone with an integrated display that’s able to detect the face and pupils of a person as well as their hand gestures and position. The patent shows a unit that features a display at the center with four propellers on each corner. It was first spotted by LetsGoDigital.

The patent describes a drone that can include a camera and observation system to transmit information to the main control unit. The system can track the users’ eyes, head, hands, or fingers in real time. The drone’s flight speed and direction can be controlled by moving your head, eyes, or hands, and the unit can also automatically track users without any additional gestures.

Figure 3 shows the device from a side view. The patent describes…

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from The Verge – All Posts https://www.theverge.com/circuitbreaker/2018/2/19/17027090/samsung-flying-drone-facial-eye-detection-patent

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Cease and Decist enamel pin

The Cease and Decist enamel pin—a hauntingly familiar soup can mounted on hauntingly familiar robot legs—is $7 on Kickstarter.

CEASE and DESIST will be Packaged Action Figure Style. With very thick Archivist Backing Cards and Custom Sized Miniature Blisters holding the pin in place.

The Enamel Pins themselves will shiny Chrome Metal finish where all the Grey areas Fall. With Black, and White Enamel Fills and one of 4 Different Standard Color Fills, Seen Below, for that extra layer of Tribute, or Infringement, depending on your point of view. PIN SIZE: 1.64 inches tall X 1.125 inches wide

I’ve been making making excited beeping sounds and rocking laterally since I saw it.

from Boing Boing https://boingboing.net/2018/02/19/cease-and-decist-enamel-pin.html