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Remainders – Stuff We Didn’t Post (and Why) [Remainders]

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009

Google and the Phantom Town of Argleton…10 Years of Steve Jobs’ Apple Product Unveilings…AT&T’s Foray Into In-Car Satellite TV Goes Miserably Wrong…Robots Will Soon Learn How to Smell Fear

Google and the Phantom Town of Argleton

For ages, map makers have protected their own maps by adding little landmarks and towns that don’t exist, sort of a hiding-in-plain-sight watermark. Well, the Telegraph UK reported that it had spotted one such town in a Google Map, which was using Tele Atlas data. Argleton, in Lancashire, simply doesn’t exist, even though you can plainly see it. What happened? Apparently, the name was quite possibly sucked up with other data when Tele Atlas’ map makers were busy inputting info from old maps. This isn’t unusual, though you’d think there’d be a more rapid fact checking process. By the way, we didn’t cover it because nowadays, the story isn’t really whether or not Tele Atlas is stealing maps from old dead cartographers, but whether or not Google is stealing the map business from Tele Atlas. [Telegraph UK via Valleywag]

10 Years of Steve Jobs’ Apple Product Unveilings

MacLife created a choppy but thorough video of Steve Jobs unveiling everything from the original CRT iMac to the video-camera equipped iPod Nano, with bits of Schiller thrown in out of necessity. It’s a fun encyclopedic romp (though I’m sure some of you can tell me what’s missing). The biggest reason we didn’t post it? We didn’t want to be sued for all the fanboys who suffered heart attacks—or the ones who maybe escaped cardiac arrest but came away with Teen Wolf palms. [MacLife via 9to5Mac]

AT&T’s Foray Into In-Car Satellite TV Goes Miserably Wrong

After four months up and running, the CruiseCast satellite-TV service for cars bit the dust hard, with refunds and paid un-installations going out to current subscribers. What was AT&T and its partner, RaySat, thinking when they launched it? $1300 up front and no major sports channels or adult programming to speak of? That just doesn’t—excuse me, didn’t—make sense. Good thing zero point zero readers fell for it. Right guys? [Engadget]

Robots Will Soon Learn How to Smell Fear

Just as drug-sniffing dogs can be replaced by machines that aren’t so prone to smack addiction, scientists are developing sensors—nowhere near ready but due in 2012—that home in on the pheromone released when people experience stress or fear. Like what Leslie Nielsen must have felt when he got that call from OJ, asking about the Naked Gun 10-year reunion. [PopSci]



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