oops: June 2010 Archives

275x250.jpgApple iPhone 4 users have been given official advice on how to deal with a problem of dropping signal -- "don't hold it like that.'

After the new phone launched yesterday many users complained they lost signal strength when holding it by the bottom left corner.

The problem is thought to be because holding the £500 in this way connects two parts of the case which also act as antennas.

Particularly bad for left-handers, the signal reduction can even mean the iPhone 4 stops working as a basic phone.

But when one users emails Apple boss Steve Jobs for advice he wasn't expecting the blunt reply which simply said: "Just avoid holding it in that way."

275x250.jpgMotorists who drive black cars are significantly more likely to be involved in an accident, it has been found.

In fact, university researchers claim they are 47 percent more likely to be involved in a crash -- and that's after excluding commercial vehicles.

The team from Monash University in Australia claim it's all because of the visibility of the vehicles (or lack of) against the background of the road.

Other coloured cars which merged with the road and other traffic included grey, silver and blue ones - with these suffering even more accidents when it's dark.

The safest colour cars to drive are orange and white one… which explains people don't crashes into police cars more often.

A man who was loading his clothes into a washing machine had a lucky escape when a van crashed in through the wall of the laundrette.

CCTV shows John Osambo, from New Hampshire, was forced to jump out of the way of the vehicle, which came to a stop next to him.

The van had been driven by a woman who was trying to park her car outside while chatting on the phone.

She says her foot slipped off the break and the van shot forwards and through the wall of the Lee Laundermat.

Still, at least John now has an excuse not to do the washing -- he has claim he's suffering flash backs to his near-death experience.

275x250.jpgA team of window cleaners were left dangling outside the 44th floor of a US tower-block when a piece of scaffolding fell from the device that moved the cleaners.

The trio had been cleaning the (many) windows on the Wells Fargo Plaza building in Houston, when the accident happened.

When their device broke it meant the platform they were standing on fell, snapped and left the men clinging on.

They were then left hanging by their harnesses for over two hours while rescuers removed a window from above them and pulled them to safety.

When they were finally yanked in from their precarious position one of the rescuers said: "you missed a bit".

275x250.jpgNews magazine Newsweek.com is reporting on zombie attacks in New York -- but only after you enter the Konami Code on their homepage.

While the site looks zombie-free to most visitors, those pressing the buttons familiar to 80s Nintendo gamers are treated to alternative articles.

After pressing the Konami Code (up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, b, a, enter) all normal articles are replaced with ones about a zombie invasion.

The lead article has the very un-Newsweek headline of "ZOMBIES ATTACK!" and others detailing their quest for brains and the cause of the invasion.

We can't decide which is more surprising the fact a coder hid this in the new Newsweek.com site… or that people are still typing the Konami Code everywhere they go.


275x250.jpgA four-man mountain rescue crew were called out to save the life of a dog which became tired on a Snowdonia mountain walk.

Nero, a 10-year-old black labrador had been trekking above the Ogwen Valley near Bangor, when he became tired and the stoney path caused him to suffer sore paws.

His owner, a woman in her 30s, didn't know what to do and dialled 999 for mountain rescue - asking them to help the poor pooch back down.

A team was dispatched and located the dog and owner before taking it in turns to slowly carry Nero down on their shoulder

The mountain heroes say it took three hours to get off the mountain -- and that the phrase 'rescue dog' is normally a description rather than an instruction.

275x250.jpg Firefighters were forced to rescue a cow from a family's swimming pool after it broke through a fence to their garden and jumped into the water.

Unfortunately after taking the dip in Motcombe, Dorset, the bovine was unable to get back out and had to be rescued by firefighters.

A total of 18 firefighters were needed to attach a harness to the half-tonne animal - which had been sedated by a vet - and lift it out from the chilly water with a hydraulic crane.

After a quick check from a vet the cow was able to trot back to the field, but given the traumatic day it had, we think it will probably be producing milkshake for a while.

275x250.jpgAn author has spent the past four years scouring the internet for the world's most unintentionally funny URL website addresses.

Andy Geldman has now compiled his results, which include a music site called mp3shits.com and a wine site ipwine.com in his latest book.

'Slurls: They Called Their Website What?' features over 100 amusing URLs - normally created when businesses did not consider the impact of removing spaces from their name.

For example, Who Represents, can't have noticed the other meaning whorepresents.com might have. Nor can programmers site Experts Exchange, or expertsexchange.com

In odd news we know exactly how easily this can be done… we almost used News Hits, or newshits.com before we settled on NewsLite.




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