Ever Knocked Down the Wrong House Thanks to Google Maps?

We’ve all used Google maps and then had to guess the last few metres as the marker shows us the wrong location. It’s always a pain but, at least, it wasn’t responsible for knocking down your house. That’s correct, the wrong house was demolished thanks to the google maps marker showing the incorrect house. Whoops.

The address in question is 7601 Calypso Dr., which Google Maps also lists as 7601 Cousteau Dr. only the truth is that the second address is actually a block away. Cousteau Dr. was the address that should have been demolished after it was damaged by a tornado only things didn’t go exactly to plan.

The original Google Maps incorrectly pointing to the wrong address

Lindsey Diaz is the owner of one of the houses (the torn down building was, in fact, a duplex owned by two people) on Calypso Drive that was “mistakenly” taken down, with an employee for Billy L. Nabors Demolition going so far as to send her a screenshot of what Google Maps displays. No apology has been issued yet with the company “investigating” the situation, a mistake they rectified when they went to the next block and tore down the correct house.

The duplex that was torn down was in fact still structurally sound and the owners of the property had filed paperwork to start repairs on the property. I guess that whole in the ceiling can now wait as they wait to see how much support they get in rebuilding their homes. It should be noted that Google now shows the correct location for the building, sadly just a little too late to help the demolition team.

Hackers Lost Out On $780 Million Due To Spelling Mistake

We’ve all had that moment, you are writing an email and are worrying so much about your wording that just as you hit send something jumps out at you. Forgot to attach the file you were talking about or added the wrong details by mistake? Imagine if you were making a bank transfer and made the same mistake, pretty big deal. Even bigger if the money doesn’t belong to you and all that stopped you getting it was the spelling mistake.

The hackers in question managed to gain access to the servers of Bangladesh Bank, from there they went about their business. In total, they were going to send somewhere close to $850 million to different accounts in the Philippines and Sri Lanka in just 13 transfers. $81 million of these went through before the fifth one was flagged up by a routing bank in Germany.

The reason for the flag was simple, “fandation”. Instead of putting “foundation”, the hackers had mistyped and put in “fandation”. If the hack had been successful it would have been one of the largest of its kind on record, while $81 million is impressive you have to think that with a little spell check they could have made off with a lot more.

Newegg Customers Receiving Incorrect G.Skill DDR4 Memory Frequencies

The advent of DDR4 memory has allowed users to acquire unbelievably fast DIMMs from a wide range of respected manufacturers. G.Skill is renowned for producing memory with huge overclocking potential by sourcing the best quality ICs on the market. As a result, their product range is incredibly popular among professional overclockers wanting to set world records. Additionally, many hardware enthusiasts who enjoy tweaking choose G.Skill modules as a matter of priority. Unfortunately, it appears some customers from US shopping giant, Newegg.com, have received memory kits with an incorrect operating frequency.

For example, professional overclocker, Allen Goilbersuch ordered multiple G.Skill 3600C17 kits and received 3000c15 modules instead! This isn’t an isolated incident according to the comments section on this particular Facebook status. Clearly, the most plausible explanation is there has been a logistical error when packing the items. We’ve reached out to both G.Skill and Newegg.com for comment and will update the article when any information arises. For the time being, it’s important to adopt a patient approach and hold off buying any G.Skill memory from Newegg.com until an investigation has been conducted.

Have you ever received the wrong memory speed or even an incorrect capacity?

Redditor Believes His NZXT Chassis is Counterfeit – Hilarity Ensues

Building your brand new PC from scratch can create some headaches at times, especially if you haven’t done it so many times before. Sometimes it’s compatibility issues or not having the right connections in the right lengths and other times you just can’t figure out the orientation. At least the last part was an issue for a Redditor who thought he had been ripped off and sold a fake NZXT Phantom chassis. “It looks different than any other NXZT Phantom case, even on the pictures from the website I bought it from,” he noted.

He took photos of the case and uploaded them to the internet in order to get to the root of the trouble; he even contacted NZXT support. After posting the trouble on Reddit and asking his “brothers” to help him out with identifying if it was a fake or not, the situation quickly got cleared up and there wasn’t anything wrong with the case at all! It was simply turned 90 degrees and was standing on the back instead of the bottom.

Most people would be ashamed and try to hide under a rock for a couple of years followed by a name and residence change, but Maxiimus1 as the Redditor calls himself takes it as it is and left the Reddit post online. “I feel like such an idiot,” he wrote in his edit. “You are allowed to downvote me to oblivion and make fun of me.” That’s the right way to deal with it and he deserves some respect for that and he surely deserves a thanks for one of the most entertaining post and replies in a while.

I also think that everyone who unpacked an NZXT Phantom case for the first time, stood there and looked at it for a couple of seconds before picking it up and turning it a couple of times to find the right way to place it; most of us usually notice it by the fact that the IO area doesn’t go into the ground.

New Mission Impossible Film Includes Triple-Screen Halo 5 on Xbox One

Tom Cruise has reprised the role of Ethan Hunt in Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation. The adrenaline-fueled action-thriller contains a scene showing Halo 5 in action displayed on a triple-screen setup. In the movie, Simon Pegg who plays Benji Dunn, is pictured with an Xbox One controller and the camera briefly pans to Halo 5’s cover art.

The Xbox One is only capable of driving a single screen as there is only one primary display output. As a result, this gaffe is just another example of movies integrating video games in a rather embarrassing fashion. Hopefully, moviegoers will be aware of the Xbox One’s limitations and don’t expect to run any game on a multi-monitor configuration.

While it doesn’t ruin the film’s appeal, it seems a rather silly mistake. In all seriousness, I highly doubt the average movie-buff will be using anything more than a single 1920×1080 or 4k Television. Multi-monitor setups are prevalent on PC but still a niche outlet. On consoles, it’s practically non-existent.

Microsoft’s unified strategy could indicate AAA titles such as Halo 5 will end up on PC. If this eventually happens, it will be the only way to play Halo 5 on a triple-monitor solution.

Are you a fan of the Halo series, if so, which game is your favourite?

Thank you Tweaktown for providing us with this information.

BlackBerry Tweet Promoting Twitter for BlackBerry Sent Via iPhone

BlackBerry has been involved in a now common social media faux pas. The company sent out a tweet promoting Twitter for BlackBerry… on an iPhone.

Yes, the company has made that mistake seemingly made by many celebrities and social media managers these days, by promoting a product via a rival device. I say celebrities, as this has become a very common thing for ‘brand ambassadors’ to do – they get paid to tweet “I love my Samsung Galaxy” while they end up sending it from an iPhone.

That particular occurrence happened to BlackBerry itself – the company’s former ‘Creative Director’ Alicia Keys sent out tweets from an iPhone in 2013, just after she received the job at BlackBerry. She somehow blamed that on “hackers”.

The latest offending tweet was discovered via Twitter’s TweetDeck service by The Verge, but has since been deleted. We imagine all of BlackBerry’s social media managers will now be issued with new, more appropriate phones.

Source: The Verge

Twitter Executive Fails at Twitter

Twitter’s new Chief Financial Officer, Anthony Noto, has failed miserably in using Twitter itself.

He posted the Tweet:

“I still think we should buy them. He is on your schedule for Dec 15 or 16 — we will need to sell him. i have a plan”

He’s now of course removed it, but still means he has an important Twitter lesson to learn – don’t tweet private and confidential information about your company’s acquisition plans.

For many of us, Tweeting something accidentally can be nothing but a simple mishap, with no further repercussions, but for the Chief Financial Officer to leak sensitive information about a potential acquisition at a multinational corporation, that’s another story.

Business Insider’s article on this story has an interesting look at how this indicates Twitter may be too tricky to use, and could be better. They point to the story of an American Congressman whose career pretty much collapsed after he posted naked pictures on Twitter, when he was trying to send them in a direct message.

Source: Business Insider

UPS Now Delivering $400,000 Drones

Ever fancied having your very own UAV to spy on those pesky neighbours or the psychotic other half that has been stalking you for the last 6 months? Well fear not as it appears UPS are delivering drones to your door – even if it’s not yours. OK so this is a one-off occurrence (at least we hope it is) as Reddit user Seventy_Seven took to the Internet to show the $400,000 delivery that UPS left him with, even though he didn’t order it and it’s not even his!

According to Gizmodo and Reddit where the new ‘owner’ posted his surprise, the drone had been in storage for quite some time and even though he contacted UPS to imform them that some huge mistake had been made, they were happy enough for him to keep hold of it.

OP here, just called UPS. They told me that it was one of the undelivered packages in their office, and asked if I’ve ever had an undelivered package. I said no, but he insisted that it was mine, and said that it was up to me if I want to keep it or not.

Even though he did get this rather expensive delivery, the contents of this package are not a whole lot of use to him as the is a second box needed to make up the drone. Reddit users have been quick to respond to the users original post telling him that keeping hold of the drone is a Federal Offence and whilst I can see where they are coming from, the OP’s following statement does show that he is content on getting the matter sorted out and the delivery sent back to its rightful owner at the NOAA.

For all of those saying things along the lines of “It’s a federal offence to open someone else’s mail,” I should mention that the label on the exterior was addressed to me. Nothing on the outside of the crate said it was government property. I had ordered a weightlifting bench (which I received) and this came with it. Both boxes had UPS labels with my name and address. Though an odd box, I genuinely thought it was parts for the bench I ordered, since I wasn’t expecting a freaking drone.

Once complete and ready for flight, the PUMA drone has a range of 22km and around 2 hours of flight from a single charge of the batteries. Encased within the drone is a gyro stabilised high-definition thermal camera and is controlled from a remote console that is described as being similar to a WiiU remote.

Mistake or not this is high up on the fail list that we have from various couriers and fortunately it did fall into the hands of someone who understood what it was. Although the drone is not complete and would require a second case with additional parts to build, should it have fallen into the wrong hands then the possibilities of consequences may have been much different.

Source: Gizmodo