One of Comcast's customers in Spokane, Washington won't be too happy with his bill. Ricardo Brown received his last bill, but his first name was misspelled as "Asshole".
Comcast has confirmed to Ars Technica that the name was genuinely misspelled, and that the company is looking into technology solutions so that this will never happen again. Comcast is also looking at its internal training methods for its representatives, so that customers are treated with respect. Ricardo had this happen after he and his wife decided to cancel their Comcast TV service.
When the press started getting a hold of the story, Comcast contacted Brown saying that the employee responsible for the name change would be fired. On top of that, the $60 cancellation fee they had to pay would be waived, and that the account name would be corrected. An update to BoardingArea's story stated that Comcast "offer[ed] her a full refund for the last two years and two years of service at no charge".
In something that feels like it's right out of a James Bond movie or Inspector Gadget, James Patterson is giving away 1000 copies of a self-destructing digital advance copy of his latest novel, Private Vegas.
If you don't feel like you're stepping on the side of craziness, well, there's a real self-destructing copy of the book that costs $294,038. This copy includes a dedicated bomb squad, and more. You could spend nearly $300,000 in a much better way - feel free to donate it for me for example - but hey, if you want a self-destructing book and your own bomb squad, you know where to go.
An open office is a blessing and a curse - we're not talking about the program either. Quite often its easy for them to interrupt your workflow when you're in the middle of important projects, so GreyNut have developed this little product they call the Luxafor - a small light-up flag that will alert others of your 'busy status'.
Something like a real-life Skype setting, this flag uses a simple red and green lighting option connected via USB to a simple app installed on your PC. The little flag will also raise when certain applications have been opened, if you st it to do so. They've even included things like email notification and the ability to make you a morning coffee - without the last part.
If they reach $42,000 in crowdfunding, this device may become a reality. If you're keen to donate to the project, feel free to head over to their Kickstarter page and made your pledge.
A man traveling from Hong Kong to China was noticed by authorities in Futian Port to look a little odd. They described him as having a "weird walking posture, joint stiffness, muscle tension..." so they pulled him aside for some quick checks.
The result was 94 iPhone's strapped to his body, hindering his movement just a touch. After arriving to check-in with two plastic bags, nothing suspicious was found, however after walking through the metal detector a few warning bells were sounded.
I'm not exactly sure how he thought he was going to get away with it, but maybe next time he should try something a little different.
Interested in something a little different? The Power Tap is a mimic of a water faucet, however instead of providing water for use, it spills out electricity for your USB-powered devices.
Shaped like a general faucet, this product works as a standard USB port, giving you a handle on the top to turn the power on and off. Originally launched in the UK, it hasn't made its way abroad yet.
Said to help save energy, when the handle is turned to 'off', the tap will use 85 percent less power than when it's on - explaining that the other 15 percent is used to power the light on top, which indicated red for off and blue for on.
First there were selfie-sticks, which are a pretty cool thing when you're trying to take a picture of yourself and a large group of friends and don't want anyone to miss out. But now, low and behold - the Belfie. You might have guessed what it stands for by now - the Butt Selfie.
Tired of spinning around like a rabid dog trying to take a perfect picture of your booty? Now all you need to do is strap your phone into this device and your Instagram followers will jump up 10 fold.
We're not joking either - this product has it's own webpage, filled with a bunch of pictures ripped of Google images and obviously not taken using their stick.
We all know that Hitler had designs of a blonde haired and blue eyed 'Aryan race', but he also had a vision of recreating extinct beasts of burden which were to be released in the wild for hunting by the deadliest warriors of the super race. Whilst history might changed his master plans, not only was this endeavor successful, but its descendants have been causing a headache for one British farmer and his staff who have endured their wrath.
According to The Independent, Derek Gow, the only British farmer to keep the animals, has culled seven of the herd because of their overtly aggressive tendencies and repeated attempts to murder him and his staff.
In the 1920's, Nazi Party leader Adolf Hitler commissioned German zoologists Heinz and Lutz Heck to produce a breed of cattle based on aurochs, a extinct species of wild bull known for their commanding stature and deadly horns. Whilst the cattle were mostly destroyed after the conclusion of the war in 1945, some survived in European nature conservation parks. Initially, Farmer Gow tried to find new owners for his bovine beasts, but no one wanted to take them.
We've all seen those Grumpy Cat memes online, but did you know that it's the world's most successful pet? If not, you probably didn't know that Tardar Sauce, otherwise known as Grumpy Cat, has made its owner over $100 million since 2012.
Tabatha Bundesen and her Arizona family have made quite the paycheck from the cat, with her debut YouTube video hitting Google's video sharing site back in 2012. It was an instant hit, where it is now home to over 16 million views and over 20,000 comments. Grumpy Cat was secured by companies pretty quickly, with Tardar Sauce being featured in numerous endorsements and eventually the face of Friskies cat food.
Chronicle Books even published "Grumpy Cat: A Grumpy Book" in 2013, which reached the #7 spot on the New York Times Best Seller List. Yeah, that happened. There was also the The Grumpy Cat 2014 Wall Calendar and The Grumpy Guide to Life and let's not forget its own brand of iced coffee, aptly named the Grumppuccino. That's not all though, as Lifetime announced in June that it was producing a movie about Grumpy Cat, called Grumpy Cat's Worst Christmas Ever, which was shown on November 29, 2014.
Do you remember that amazing production quality 1999 Holden Barina advertisement from around 5 months ago? It was developed by David Johns and his Chimney crew as a way to drum up interest in his company and quite possibly sell his car.
Well, the Barina has starred again! This time it's the main 'character' in 'Barinageddon', seeing it pitted against some scientists wishing to use it as a test subject in their crazy experiments all sponsored by local company, NRMA Insurance.
There's undoubtedly a personality cult around Russian President Vladimir Putin, which regularly throws up weird and wonderful news stories, but today's takes the cake. It seems that in June, Mr Putin, a would-be conservationist with a passion for large cats, released three Siberian Tigers into the wild. The tigers have been tracked and are reportedly to blame for a spate of goat murders in China.
According to China's Xinhua news agency and reported by Retuers, one of the three tigers, named Ustin, has beeen blamed for the death of two goats, with a further three goats still missing. According to Xinhua, the two dead goat skulls had been brutally crushed, with visible puncture holes "the size of a human finger".
Putin, under fire by the international community for his country's alleged actions which led to the horrific downing of civilian aircraft MH-17 has but a few international allies, but by far it's largest and most important is China. It remains to be seen if these goat murders will change the dynamic.