Review: These microfiber towels are a much better way to clean up spills and messes in my car

There's always this method, too.

There's always some kind of mess in my car. Spilled coffee, greasy hands, fogged-up or bird-pooped-on windows. I usually fumble around for whatever paper napkins I might have stashed away, but then I saw Quickie microfiber towel 24-packs on Amazon for $10. They turned out to be a way better solution. Read the rest

In Volkswagen emissions fraud scandal, proprietary software is the real villain

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“Proprietary software is an unsafe building material. You can’t inspect it.”

Columbia University law professor Eben Moglen made that observation 5 years ago. It's timely today, as the Volkswagen emissions fraud scandal--enabled by proprietary software--worsens. Read the rest

Wired's recent “native ad” for Volkswagen vanishes as emissions scandal worsens

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Volkswagen's sponsored content may be disappearing around the internet, but the stink about their emissions scandal ain't going anywhere just yet.

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Extreme offroad minivan jumping looks like dangerous fun

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This is a thing that people do. No wait, this is a thing that men who are completely insane do. But it's very entertaining stuff on YouTube, so I hope they keep doing it.

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Man busted for high speed chase "learnt to drive on a Playstation game."

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Adam Jones of Skegness, England was given a year jail sentence for "aggravated vehicle taking and driving without a license or insurance" after leading police on a 100mph chase that damaged countless cars. After he was caught, Jones reportedly told authorities that his driver's education consisted of playing Playstation driving games.

"You said you 'Only learnt to drive on a Playstation game," the judge told Jones. "You were driving like a Playstation game. You drove as fast as you could as if in a video or playstation game without any care for those around you."

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Watch this incredible car crash (after which the driver walks away)

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On certain days each week, the Nürburgring Nordschleife race track in Germany is open to the public to drive any road-legal vehicle at insane speeds around the challenging course. The amazing part of this particular video is that the driver of the Renault Mégane, a "family car," walks away from the insanely spectacular crash.

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Janis Joplin's psychedelic Porsche up for auction

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Janis Joplin's psychedelic 1965 Porsche 365c 1600 cabriolet will be auctioned off in December at Sotheby's New York. The car, currently owned by Joplin's family, is expected to sell for more than $400,000. Far out. Below, a video about the vehicle by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame + Museum where the car has been displayed for the last 20 years.

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Silicon Valley is raiding tech academia: “Uber would like to buy your Robotics Department”

The National Robotics Engineering Center, part of the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon. Credit Christopher Payne for The New York Times
Silicon Valley is raiding technology departments of universities around the U.S.—can tech academia survive?

Car cassette slot mistaken for iPhone dock, and also the real deal

A "young driver" reportedly stopped in a car dealership service department "complaining that the iPhone dock in his (old) vehicle isn't working and its scratching his phone..." Read the rest

Traffic noise annoys songbirds to the point of harming them

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New research suggests that traffic noise (apart from pollution and general hectic motion) degrades the natural habitat of songbirds, and perhaps other animals. Boise State University biologists created a "phantom road" using speakers to create traffic noise in a natural, roadless songbird habitat. Read the rest

Watch bicyclist lift and move car blocking bike path

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"O homem mais forte do mundo." Read the rest

Watch this motorbike engine disintegrate a millimeter at a time

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Says Sploid, “This is so much cooler than seeing something poof and disappear away because we get to watch it slowly disintegrate into nothing.

Driver fails to leap retracting bridge

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The driver was unharmed in the drop, reports Yahoo News, but broke his ribs and punctured a lung climbing out of the water. Read the rest

You're inflating your tires wrong. Here's how to do it right, and save up to $500 a year.

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Your tires? I want to PUMP! THEM UP!

Now legal to break a car window to save a dog's life in Tennessee

The state of Tennessee extended its "Good Samaritan law" this month, allowing people to smash a car window to save a dog from dying in a hot car.

“If you act reasonably, as any reasonable person would respond, you will not be at fault to save a life," says Nashville Fire Department Chief of Staff Mike Franklin. "You will not be at any fault to save a life and/or animals."

Apparently, acting "reasonably" includes first searching the for car's owner and calling police. I don't think I'd waste the time.

According to the Humane Society, "On an 85-degree day, for example, the temperature inside a car with the windows opened slightly can reach 102 degrees within 10 minutes. After 30 minutes, the temperature will reach 120 degrees. Your pet may suffer irreversible organ damage or die."

"It’s Now Legal to Break Into Cars to Save Dogs in Tennessee" (TIME)

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The worst parallel parker in Scotland

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Bo'Ness, West Lothian, Scotland. The driver of a yellow Fiat compact spots a perfect space to park up. And so the time-honored dance of the incompetent parallel parker begins. But, dear reader—wait for it.

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Robot kills worker at Volkswagen factory in Germany

Robots work on vehicles on the production line during assembly at Volkswagen AG's Seat automobile plant in Martorell, Spain. [Reuters]
A technician was killed by a robot at a Volkswagen plant near Kassel, Germany.

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