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"Vaping" is regulated by a mish-mash of regulations around the world. The oils used are subject to different rules, too. In Ireland, as new regulations come into force, bottles of nicotine oil are limited to 10ml, which some say is far too little and will lead to illegal sales of bulk quantities.

http://www.independent.ie/iris...

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An update on the situation relating to Nicky Hayden after his collision with a car while out riding a pedal bike: he's still in intensive care: there is extensive brain injury but his condition remains too serious for him to be operated on. Reports says that it has now been ascertained that the driver of the car was not over the legal limit for alcohol, as had earlier been reported.

http://www.express.co.uk/sport...

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Malaysia's customs are aggressive in their search for smuggled animals and this week, amongst other things, they found a tortoise.

http://news.sky.com/video/shel...

But sadly, once Customs has secured them and they are passed onto the Department of WIldlife and National Parks, they face a difficult time. According to local newspaper The Star "Thousands of protected animals...have died in the hands of the authority due to mishandling."

http://www.thestar.com.my/news...

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While we were at The Star, we found this fascinating failure: a supposed 1,000 seat vegetarian banquet for subscribers to a now - under investigation "investment" scheme where, it appears, the waiters were pretty much the only people that turned up.

http://www.thestar.com.my/news...

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There's nothing much new in advertising and, frankly, nothing much new in technology: it's usually just repackaged, recycled, concepts with a bit more sauce. Which brings us to the Kink in a Burger chain's adverts. It was genius: a TV ad that activated people's inter-net aware devices. When the voiceover on the advert said "OK Google, what is the Whopper burger?" phones were suddenly speaking out whatever Google search found and, because of the annoying habit of the badly spelled wikipedia being pushed to the top of the Google pile (and pushing genuinely authoritative material away) people's devices started reading wikipedia (why do we always feel so illiterate every time we type that? Oh, yes. Because it's spelt illiterately).

Proving just how rubbish wikipedia is, some people immediately started changing its content so that devices spouted lies about the burgers containing arsenic or "100 per cent rat and toenail clippings." Google got seriously fed up as its supposed informational tool became an adbot for BK. In theory, Android handsets only respond to the voice(s) it's trained to recognise (like that works, as voice recognition is and always has been shite) but the Google Home device that is promoted as an alternative to Amazon.com's something or other, is far less selective.

Just search for "burger king ok google" and get a raft of stories, most of which are indignant that a company would dare to think up something this clever and thereby undermine the value of their advertisers and providers of copy.

(and yes, google do manage some of the ads on this site but we don't care if they get all touchy about us taking the micky out of them).

We like this report which is fair but shows the reactionary response of an industry that is so far up its own ar*e that it gets apoplectic when it gets beaten at its own game. After all: as the article shows, the companies the build the devices aren't above remotely activating them, even by accident

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/0...

and this as the hilariously egotistical wikepedia (aaarrgghh. There is near physical pain from the stress of having to type that) started spitting in its celery and chicory "coffee." It has "rules" - who knew? Apparently, one of those is to prevent companies telling the truth about their products.

http://www.foxnews.com/food-dr...

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Trivia: do you know there is a domain name of wikipaedia.com? We don't get headaches typing that. It was created in 2004 and since then has been owned by a German chap. It's an empty webpage.

 


 

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