Was This the First Recorded Death by Meteorite?

An Indian man who died after a mysterious blast at a private engineering college could be the first recorded death by meteorite, if reports are confirmed.

A bus driver, identified only as Kamaraj, was killed – with three others injured – after an explosion at the Bharathidasan Engineering College in Natrampalli, in Tamil Nadu’s Vellore district – located in the South of India, with a population of around 60 million – on Saturday (6th February), according to India’s NDTV. NDTV followed up the story on Sunday, reporting that Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa alleged that the “mishap” was the result of a falling meteorite.

“A mishap occurred yesterday when a meteorite fell in the campus of a private engineering college in Vellore district’s K Pantharappalli village,” Jayalalithaa said in a statement, adding, “I have ordered the Vellore district administration and hospital officials to provide [the three people injured with the] best treatment.”

If Jayalalithaa’s testimony is proven to be true, Kamaraj is set to become the first recorded death by meteorite in history.

The explosion in Tamil Nadu made a crater in the ground and left several nearby buses with broken windows. Early reports suggested that the incident was the result of a bomb, but forensic experts could find no trace of explosives.

Image courtesy of Science World Report.

Selfie Death Statistics Revealed

Most of us laugh at the selfie addicts, but there is no doubt that there are enough of them out there. In fact, the word selfie is mentioned in 365,000 facebook posts and 150,000 tweets each week alone and Instagram has over 50 million results when searching for the hashtag. That’s quite impressive, but there’s also a sad statistic when it comes to selfies and that is the one on selfie-related deaths.

With so many selfies taken every day, people are looking for that special one that will set them apart from the rest. They hang from cliffs, pose next to wild animals, and play chicken with oncoming trains. Sometimes they sadly don’t survive the attempts and become a statistical number. There hasn’t really been any general collection of these deaths up until now  and Priceonomics set out to change that. They went through three years of news archives and compiled every reported instance of a selfie-related death into a new report.

So let us get right to the numbers, at least those known to us. There can be a lot of selfie-related deaths that haven’t been reported as such. In short, 49 people have died while attempting to photograph themselves since 2014, the average age of the victims is 21 years old, and 75% of them are male.

Now, we should probably make it clear that it isn’t the selfie themselves that kill people. As far as I know, no one has died from taking their own photo yet and I don’t think anyone has managed to impale themselves on their selfie stick either. It is rather the lack of focus and dangerous places that are picked for the selfies that are the reason for the deaths. The most common reasons were falls from heights as well as drowning. Everyone should know to stay away from trains, but it looks like quite a few don’t know to do that either.

There is a clear picture of where it’s most dangerous to take selfies when we take a look at the location statistics. India is clearly ahead with 19 reported fatalities while Russia comes in on a second place with just seven deaths.

Last year it was 28 people alone that died as the result of their selfie addiction which in itself actually isn’t that much. More than double die from bee and wasp stings each year and it was also reported that up to 150 people die from falling coconuts each year. That puts it a little into perspective.

Still, you should use caution and not take unnecessary risks when you go for those special photographic memories. Keep in mind that no photo is worth your life, no matter how spectacular it might be. The below warning signs were made by a Russian site and they might be worth imprinting to memory.

Is Debian Founder’s Death Linked to Allegations of Police Brutality?

The tragic and mysterious death of Debian founder Ian Murdock was revealed by Docker on 30th December. The day before his death, Murdock posted a series of disturbing tweets in which he threatened to kill himself, later revealing that he was falsely arrested (for “[Knocking] on [his] nieghbor’s door,” as he puts it) and assaulted by police. He died hours later, and his Twitter account was deleted.

During Murdock’s last hours on Twitter on 29th December, preserved by Archive.is, he tweeted:

“i’m committing suicide tonight.. do not intervene as i have many stories to tell and do not want them to die with me #debian #runnerkristy67

“My career is over now, so I’ll be gone soon.”

He went on to allude to an altercation with police, during which they assaulted and threatened him:

“they beat the s*** out of me twice, then charged me $25,000 to get out of jail for battery against THEM”

“i had to go to the hospital”

“they followed me home”

“then they pulled me out of my house and did it again”

“”We’re the police, we can do whatever the f*** we want..””

“Maybe my suicide at this, you now, a successful business man, not a N*****, will finally bring some attention to this very serious issue.”

Murdock the expressed a U-turn on his intention to kill himself that night, instead pledging to dedicate the rest of his life to exposing police brutality:

“I’m not committing suicide today. I’ll write this all up first, so the police brutality ENDEMIC in this so call free country will be known.”

“(1/2) The rest of my life will be devoted to fighting against police abuse.. I’m white, I made $1.4 million last year,”

“(2/2) They are uneducated, bitter, and and only interested in power for its own sake. Contact me imurdock@imurdock.com if you can help. –ian”

Yesterday, Wikileaks confirmed Murdock’s arrest by the San Francisco County Sheriff’s Office on 27th December with a picture of his bail release record:

Murdock promised in a series of tweets that a detailed account of the trauma he claimed to have suffered at the hands of police would be posted to his blog:

“I’ll write more on my blog later. But the police here beat me up for knowing on my neighbor’s door.. they sent me to the hospital.”

“Writing up my experience for others to hopefully prevent others from police abuse then you won’t hear from me again”

“i’m going to post my case on my blog.. if anyone can post it on hacker news or wherever i would apprieciate it”

Murdock died before any such entry was posted.

According to San Francisco police spokeswoman Officer Grace Gatpandan, Murdock was arrested for trying to break into his neighbour’s house, and that his injury that required hospital treatment was sustained when he hit his head in the back of the police car after a struggle with officers.

The cause of Murdock’s death has yet to be confirmed.

All tweets presented as written, except where censored.

Image courtesy of The Hacker News.

More People Died from Selfies than Sharks This Year

It’s a sad state of affairs when people have been going out into the wild to slaughter sharks in areas that a human was attacked by one. Here’s a hint for people, sharks live in the sea, we do not, if you get bitten by one, it’s because you generally don’t belong there. Yet I find it infinitely more sad that we’re doing an even better job at killing ourselves taking selfies.

Just this year alone there have been eight shark-related deaths, which is a sad thing for sure as no one wants to lose a loved one. However, there have been twelve deaths due to people taking selfies in dangerous situations, something that only a Darwin Award can help justify. A 66-year-old Japanese tourist died recently after he and his companion fell down the stairs of the Taj Mahal while taking a selfie. In fact, four of the deaths so far were due to falling, only proving that you should literally look where you are going, not at your phone screen.

Falling killed the most, but a close second were people being hit or injured by trains. We’ve heard of people trying to take photos with wild bears, at bull runs and all kinds of stupid things.

There’s nothing wrong with taking a selfie, but there’s no sense in putting yourself in danger. Check your surroundings, if you’re standing in the way of a moving vehicle, selfie or on the edge of a cliff… move before picking your favorite Instagram filter.

Did Batman Turn From Superhero to ‘Super Murderer’ in the Arkham Knight?

Batman is considered a superhero and was created with that intent in mind. We see that in the comics and movies created so far, but what about the games? Sure, they need to be tweaked a bit to get players more interested in the game and make it ‘sellable’, but how far would you go to change that?

According to a medical examiner, as well as some screenshots, it looks like non-lethal Batman just turned serial killer in the latest Batman: Arkham Knight title. Dr. M. Hussain points out that some of the moves pictured below can cause “damage to the spine and ribs” and other lethal injuries.

“The amount of force required to kick someone across the room would be very high and can cause damage to organs.” Dr. Hussain noted.

On top of that, some of the vehicle collisions and rocket ‘punches’ displayed below simply speak for themselves. Don’t take our word for it though. If you played the game, you may be familiar with some scenes or actions that Batman performs, where it is clearly visible that his opponent(s) have no chance of survival. Here are some examples below:

I know we are talking about a game here where “Nothing is true, everything is permitted”, but let’s be honest here. We want to know Batman for who he was created to be, right? And as far as I know, Batman did not change his approach toward villains. What’s your thought on this? Let us know in the comments below.

Thank you GamesRadar for providing us with this information

If You Die in Upsilon Circuit, You Can Never Play Again!

Upsilon Circuit might seem like your usual fantasy RPG game, but what you do not know about it is that if you die in it… you can never play again! The game is said to have a sort of ‘perma-permadeath’ losing condition, meaning that players require to be extremely careful if they still want to play the game in the future.

The title is said to spawn players onto a single server and divides them into two teams of four, meaning that only eight players will be able to play the game at any given time. The gameplay is likely to be extremely intense, leading to swift brutal ends because every moment can be your last.

“Each Contestant explores the overworld and generated dungeons in search of the Dream Tech Crystals. They fight monsters, avoid traps, and compete with the opposing team.”
“When the Contestant fights monsters or gets treasure, the EXP and other rewards go to the Audience. EXP is used collectively by the Audience to level up the Contestant’s Skill Tree. Simply put, the Audience is part dungeon master, part strategist, and part judge & jury.”

Upsilon Circuit is likely to bring one of the most complicated and intense fantasy RPGs on the market. The title is still in development, but you can see some footage of the gameplay below.

Thank you Kotaku for providing us with this information

Steve Jobs Granted 141 Patents Since Death

Apple’s co-founder and former CEO, Steve Jobs, has been granted 141 patents since he passed away in October 2011.

The number, which is more than the 9 Bill Gates has been granted and the dozen or so granted to Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin in their lifetimes, adds to his 313 patents amassed during his career.

In an article by MIT Technology Review, we get to take a look back at Jobs’ patents, including his very first, simply titled ‘Personal Computer’, and one of his most recent, covering the design of Apple’s iconic 5th Avenue retail store in New York.

You might just wonder how a person who is no longer living can be awarded a patent. Well it’s all to do with applications, the review process and the time taken to do all of those things. Many of these patents will have been applied for just before his death, but have taken until now to be granted.

Although, as MIT points out, Apple was still applying for patents with his name right up until October 4th 2011 – the day before he passed away.

It’s amazing how Steve Jobs still keeps popping up in the news and how he continues to remain relevant and influential 3 years after his death.

Source: MIT Technology Review

Facebook Scammers Exploit Robin Williams’ Death

Not too long ago, we reported on the tragic and unfortunate death by suicide of actor and comedian Robin Williams.

Some people have now decided to utilize this tragedy for their own personal gain. You may have seen a ‘video link’ (as above) on your news feed recently, either though posts from certain Facebook pages or it being shared directly from your friends – do not click!

Once clicked, a webpage will open which forces you to share the link on your own timeline then complete a survey, after which it claims this video will be available to you. When the survey is completed, there is no light at the end of the tunnel, no Robin Williams video displayed and you’ve only managed to do one thing – give these guys ad revenue.

Unfortunately, this is another case of “social engineering” which basically means manipulating people into clicking malicious links. Quite often you’ll see things like “Doctors hate him!”, “You’ll never know what happens next!” or even “Click here for this one secret!” – quite often the titles are too good to be true.

So how do you spot out  a malicious advertisement in your news feed? We understand that it’s not always easy. As we said before, usually the information is too good to be true. If it’s shared directly by a Facebook friend it might be worth you sending them a quick message just to ask the legitimacy of their shared link – quite often they might not even be aware of whats going on.

So far this scam has over 24 million shares on Facebook and is growing.

Security expert and blogger Graham Cluley shares similar thoughts on this news:

“The scammers have no qualms about exploiting the death of a famous actor and comedian to earn their cash, and give no thought whatsoever to the distressed family he must have left behind”

Have you seen a rise in this type of marketing scam recently? How do you combat the issue personally?

Image courtesy of Yahoo

Driver Of Stolen Model S Becomes First Person To Die In A Tesla

Since its launch in June 2012, the Tesla Model S has been one of Tesla’s top selling cars and with a price tag starting at around $70,000 (or £50,000 here in the UK), it is highly sought after, especially by thieves who want to get their hands on the all-electric car in ways which baffle the mind.

One such person who decided they wanted in on the technical marvel was 26-year-old Joshua Slot who broke into a Tesla service centre in Los Angeles and made off with the high-performance motor. Police were soon on the chase after spotting the vehicle soon after it was taken and gave chase, however their pursuit was short-lived after they themselves were involved in a collision taking them out of the chase. Due to lack of resources at the local police department, the chase was called off as they could not keep up with the vehicle which was reported to be travelling at speeds of nearly 100mph through the L.A. streets.

Slots getaway with his unlawful possession was also short-lived as he  eventually collided with three other vehicles, injuring five people in the process of whom fortunately have all walked away from the incident alive and were discharged from hospital on Monday. Not so fortunate was Slot who, after colliding with two poles and splitting the car in half, died on the way to hospital.

As for the car, the front half came to rest in the road, catching fire soon after, whilst the rear section became airborne and crashed into the side of a nearby Jewish community centre. The force was so great that the car ended up wedged in a doorway to the building.

In a statement to Park Labrea News of Beverly Hills, Congregation Kol Ami’s Executive Director Sadie Rose Stern said:

“We were incredibly lucky. Thankfully, we had a large metal gate that took the brunt of the energy. The car wedged itself in. There was a lot of debris, but thankfully, we did not have a car in our sanctuary. There is some exterior damage, and we are in the process of getting quotes [for repairs].”

LAPD are investigating the theft as we speak and no further reports on the incident have been made at this moment in time. With Slot being the first person to be killed in a Tesla, there may be questions made about the cars safety, but let’s be honest, this incident is no fault of Tesla or the Model S, whatever way you look at it. It was simply down to a thief and his horrendous driving.

Source: Park Labrea News of Beverly Hills

Image courtesy: Associated Press

Neknominate And You Could Be Facing A Manslaughter Charge!

Above some of the people that have been killed in the process of undertaking the dangerous challenge

It’s not uncommon for us to hear of new trends and crazes that are doing their rounds on the likes of Facebook such as the seven-second vine videos and the Harlem shake that did its rounds on YouTube as well, but this latest ‘craze’ as such is one that I can only class as pathetic. stupid and in a number of cases down right dangerous. For those who are not in the loop as to what this latest thing is all about, users will make up a drink of various ‘ingredients’ in a cocktail type fashion, then neck it back to prove that they can do it. After this the person will then nominate or effectively dare one of more people to create their own concoction and so on so forth.

What seemed as a harmless joke however has spiralled well out of control as some people are mixing up cocktails that are lethal with chemicals and other poisonous ingredients and are then killing themselves in the process by drinking it.  With no less than five recorded deaths now to have happened because of the sheer stupidity of what is being done the police are no longer taking the situation lightly and any person who nominates one of their mates to do the challenge could be looking at a potential manslaughter charge if their mate dies as a result of this ‘dare’.

To add to the severity of the situation, a number of lawyers are now stating that they are no longer able to make out that the ‘nominator’ was not aware of the risks and that they did not know how dangerous the situation is. One layer made a statement to the Welsh paper, Wales Online that the risk of facing criminal charges for the sake of having a laugh is quite strong. In a statement to the paper he added.   “Any person would have to prove that the person who did the nomination knew with a degree of certainty what was likely to occur. At the beginning of this no-one knew what was going to happen. If a person knew, because of all the publicity and said, ‘I have been watching it on the news, I nominated my mate and thought he would be all right but knew there was a risk’ you could have grounds for a prosecution. It might be manslaughter.”

Simply put, now is a time to put an end to this craze before anyone else gets hurt, there are enough people who are out there making their own lethal cocktails and then telling you to tip it down the sink so I don’t have to do the same for you. Words cannot express how pitiful I am for anyone that thinks this is what you need to do to prove to your mates that you can undertake a dare. Is the thought of ending up in prison over a drink that you didn’t make not enough. Simply put, STOP IT RIGHT NOW.

Source and image courtesy: The Mirror

iPhone 5s Users Experiencing BSODs

The iPhone 5s and iOS7 has not been out for long but users are already getting a bit disgruntled with its stability when using certain apps. Over on the Apple Forums, a number of people are reporting that their phones are showing a blue screen followed by the Apple logo indicating that the phone has crashed and is rebooting.

One user commented on the forums saying “If I open a document in Numbers, then press the power button, the phone seems to power itself off almost instantly instead of just going to sleep” This is not the only app to be affected however, with more and more user reporting the same problems, it appears that Numbers, Pages, Keynotes, Facetime, Safari, Camera plus more are affected.

Another 5s user followed the complaints on the Apple forums saying: “I am having the same problem myself when using the pages app to open my saved resume and then trying to email it to someone. If I do that then go to open the notes app that I have a typed message I want to copy and paste in the same email, as soon as I paste it in the email the screen goes blue and restarts.”

One user has even posted a video on YouTube of the blue screen situation as they work in the Numbers app as seen below.

[youtube]http://youtu.be/EDcpXEyHAV0[/youtube]

iOS7 and its update that was released only days after the official launch has not really done Apple a many favours with their users love of Apple products. With issues related to poor battery live, iMessages not sending, security glitches and now this, it’s no wonder that people are slowly starting to look at alternative smartphone options.

Have you got a 5s with these problems or have you been experiencing any other difficulties since upgrading? Let us know in the comments below.

Source: pcmag.com

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