Friday, March 21, 2014

A Better handcuffing method, a Lamborghini, and the answer to an age-old question - Friday Link Roundup

It's been a pretty slow week in Toughbook news (to be honest, most weeks are). Here are some fun, not-necessarily-ruggedized links for your Friday.

The martial art of handcuffing

Retired officer and developer of the L.O.C.K.U.P. system Lt. Kevin Dillon demonstrates a safer method of handcuffing a suspect. (Police Magazine)

The LAPD has a sweet Lambo

Joining the ranks of millionaires going through mid-life crises and the spoiled children of oil magnates, the Los Angeles Police Department now has a Lamborghini Gallardo. The supercar, which was donated by fiber optics industrialists Natalie and Travis Marg and painted in the traditional black and white, has its own Twitter and Instagram accounts. In response to this, our intern will make a Twitter account for his 2004 Dodge Neon. (LAist)

Why are firetrucks red?

If you are unfamiliar with Wolfram Alpha, it is a "computational knowledge engine." It's a bit like Google, but instead of crawling the Web to find relevant pages, it uses math, logic and databases of information to solve queries. Search "Why are firetrucks red?" in Wolfram Alpha and see the amazing result all that science and computational power returns.

I wonder if anyone has ever done a PhD dissertation on the Monty Pythonesque application of the principles of logic and etymology. (Wolfram Alpha)

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