Def Con: How to virtually kill someone or cash in on fake babies. Forget the odds of being killed by a gun, in a car wreck or another freak accident as you can be killed off by someone on the other side of the world wielding a keyboard and not even know it until you applied for something linked to your official ID.
The entire process of virtually killing and birthing someone is incredibly easily, according to Chris Rock who presented “I will kill you & birth you” (pdf) at Def Con 23. “You could kill anyone you want,” he said. “No one is off limits.” Rock, the founder and CEO of security firm Kustodian, became interested in this chain of thought after a big oops by an Australian hospital that accidentally killed off 200 patients by mistake.
When he started looking into it, he found gaping vulnerabilities that could potentially affect “hundreds of millions of people.” Virtual killing process Next, a funeral director completes death certificate documents; luckily there is an online process to “become” a funeral director. Chris Rock Virtual birthing process. Meet the Man Who Transforms Corpses into Diamonds. Rinaldo Willy's job is to transform dead people into precious stones.
Willy, 33, is the founder and CEO of Algordanza, a peculiar funeral home based in the lovely town of Domat/Ems in western Switzerland. Algordanza—which in the local Romansch language means “remembrance”—is one of the leaders in the production of so called “memorial diamonds.” If you fancy a blinged-out eternal sleep, Algordanza will put the latest technologies at your service to convert your ashes into a synthetic diamond. The price for this transfiguration ranges between 4,500 and 20,000 Swiss francs ($5,000-$22,000), depending on how big a diamond you want to become. That includes the packaging of your shiny remains into what the firm’s website describes as a “noble wooden box.”
Every year, 850 former-people enter Algordanza’s laboratory to emerge some years later as a precious gem. To further investigate, I caught up with the man himself, Rinaldo Willy. McDonald’s Uses Worm Meat Fillers But Can Legally Call It 100% Beef - NY Meta. McDonald’s Uses Worm Meat Fillers But Can Legally Call It 100% Beef.
Large companies have been the subject of rumors that they substitute unusual or unethical substances in their products, usually to decrease costs. McDonald’s is not immune to such claims. McDonald’s has been accused of using everything from worms to cow eyeballs in its burgers. Dating far back to at least 1978, there have been rumors that McDonald’s restaurants use earthworms in their hamburgers. The fact that McDonald’s uses cow eyeballs and worm fillers does not stop them from legally using the claim that they served 100% beef. McDonald’s then ships the beef to their grinding facility in Oak Brook, Illinois where they then take the ground worm filler and add it to their “100% beef patties”.
McDonald’s has also been accused of using mutant laboratory meat, and pig fat their milkshakes and ice cream. File:Pogo - Earth Day 1971 poster.jpg. Looking at Cute Animal Pictures Makes You More Productive, Say Awesome Researchers. Contrary to what the boss probably thinks, looking at cute animal pictures improves work performance, according to a new study out of Japan, home of all things kawaii (cute).
Looking at cute animals, say researchers at Hiroshima University, whether they're actual kittens or cartoon characters like Pikachu, creates positive feelings that translate to increased friendliness -- always nice, when you're stuck working on a group project. They also boost productivity. But the best part of this research is yet to come: scientists tested their theory by having 48 college students view pictures and then perform delicate tasks like removing items from small holes with a pair of tweezers. Yes, that's right: They made them play Milton Bradley's game Operation, basically.
The students who looked at cute animals first had significantly better results than those that didn't. More From PayScale Making Animated Gifs Is Now a Job What Causes Workplace Stress -- And What You Can Do About It [infographic]