Inventions to detect and prevent annoying phone calls, documents, or people

Annoying phone calls and documents clog our telephone, email, and other communications networks. Inventors, and the institutions backing them, are trying to fight technology with technology. Here are three of their patent applications: “Detecting and rejecting annoying documents,” international patent application WO 2007070622 A3, Filed Dec 14, 2006 by ‎Anurag Agarwal and Deepak Jindal (Google […]

Rip up your shredding plans, if you haven’t made them

If you would like “to compete for up to $50,000 by piecing together a series of shredded documents”, but have not yet entered DARPA’s compete-for-up-to-$50,000-by-piecing-together-a-series-of-shredded-documents contest, tough luck. The deadline for entering was November 28. BONUS: They offer a consolation puzzle: UPDATE (December 3): A team has claimed victory in the contest, reports New Scientist magazine […]