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New Keyboard Accessory Shocks Users When They Try To Go On Facebook

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cartechboy writes "Two Ph.D. students from MIT have created a keyboard accessory, the Pavlov Poke, that shocks you every time you go onto Facebook. The project comes as a result of the students finding the waste over 50 hours a week combined on the social network (instead of working on their dissertations) So the pair created an Arduino-based keyboard hand-rest that shocks computer users who spend too much time checking the social network. The hack is 'intended to generate discussion' — not actually turn into a business." Inventor Robert Morris describes it as "something of a joke," but I'm sure there's a market out there.

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July 07, 2013

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Last day for the new project! Thanks, geeks!

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timwilliate
437 days ago
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An econometrics take on the classic "Be careful what you wish for fable".
Saint Louis, Missouri
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sredfern
437 days ago
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You win again Mr Economist.
Sydney Australia
JamesDiGioia
438 days ago
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Stupid reality.
NYC
emdeesee
439 days ago
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Wish for more wishes?
Lincoln, NE
Michdevilish
439 days ago
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ex hypothesi
Canada

Free VIN Check Trick, Free Vehicle History Report

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AutoCheck and CarFax are popular ways to check on a used vehicle’s history before buying or selling. They aren’t always 100% accurate, but can still be a useful tool and possibly worth the $30+ retail price. But AutoCheck also lets car dealers check show free basic VIN checks to show their customers, and people (not me) figured out you can piggyback on this feature rather easily. Here are my adapted instructions:

  1. Go to Google.com, and run a search for “dealer autocheck inurl:vin
  2. Click on the first result that is not an ad. (Also ignore other car forums that are talking about this trick.)
  3. Look at the URL toolbar. It will look something like:

    http://www.autoexact.com/autocheck.aspx?vin=LONG_VIN_NUMBER&Id=5122742

    Replace LONG_VIN_NUMBER with your own car or motorcycle VIN, something like:

    http://www.autoexact.com/autocheck.aspx?vin=5TETX22N66Z267004&Id=5122742

    (No spaces. Again this URL is only an example.)

  4. Hit Enter, or copy/paste the new address into a new window and hit Enter. If it doesn’t work, use the next dealer website URL that comes up.

If you’d like a 3rd-party website to do this all for you, then try www.geniusvin.com. Salvage titles are known to generate errors with this method. To perform a basic check of whether your car has been reported stolen or has a salvage title, use this NCIB.gov VINcheck tool.

This worked for my personal cars to make sure there was no incorrect information out there. The report is pretty detailed, with ownership histories and odometer readings. Overall my reports were clean, although there were some gaps in the information.

Credit: Butcherboy/FW, Genius/E46Fanatics, Melania Pinola/Lifehacker




Free VIN Check Trick, Free Vehicle History Report from My Money Blog.


© MyMoneyBlog.com, 2013.

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sjk
464 days ago
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Haven't tried it on my car's VIN yet, but this sounds like a handy "educational" tool.
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06/03/13 PHD comic: 'Professor Proverbs'

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Piled Higher & Deeper by Jorge Cham
www.phdcomics.com
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title: "Professor Proverbs" - originally published 6/3/2013

For the latest news in PHD Comics, CLICK HERE!

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iaravps
469 days ago
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"When life gives you lemons, squeeze them until you get publishable results"
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Microsoft Excel: The ruiner of global economies?

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Figuratively speaking, of course.

An economics paper claiming that high levels of national debt led to low or negative economic growth could turn out to be deeply flawed as a result of, among other things, an incorrect formula in an Excel spreadsheet. The paper has been citedabundantlyby the world's press politicians, including one-time vice president nominee Paul Ryan (R-WI).

The paper, Growth in a Time of Debt, was written by economists Carmen Reinhart and Kenneth Rogoff and published in 2010. The link it draws between high levels of debt and negative average economic growth has been used by right-leaning politicians to justify austerity budgets: slashing government expenditure and reducing budget deficits in a bid to curtail the growth of debt.

This link was always controversial, with many economists proposing that the correlation between high debt and low growth was just as likely to have a causal link in the other direction to that proposed by Reinhart and Rogoff: it's not that high debt causes low growth, but rather that low growth leads to high debt.

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timwilliate
521 days ago
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Not entirely the fault of Excel, but another great example of why no serious numerical analysis work should ever take place inside of Excel.
Saint Louis, Missouri
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smilerz
504 days ago
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Except the Excel error doesn't really change their analysis. The trends still point in the same direction.
Chicago or thereabouts
Kevin-Meredith
515 days ago
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Interesting
Victorville, CA 92392 USA
michaelglass
519 days ago
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not exactly excel's fault, but good confirm that this is bullshit.
San Francisco
leonardodamian
520 days ago
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If you are making a calculation and you make a mistake, it's your fault, not Excel's. If you made a mistake in a test, would you say it was the fault of the sheet of paper and the pencil? Excel is just a tool.
Buenos Aires
mwclarkson
520 days ago
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Bandwidth is cheap and storage costs nothing. There is no excuse for academic papers not to have all their associated data posted online at the time of publication. None.
Providence RI USA
fabsh
521 days ago
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LOLWHUT
London, UK
ChrisDL
521 days ago
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best. press. image. ever.
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