Saturday, March 28, 2015

The priest and the taxi driver!

Father O'Flannagan dies due to old age. Upon entering St.Peter's gate, there is another man in front, waiting to go into Heaven.
St. Peter asks the man, "What is your name?  What did you accomplish during your life?".
The man responds "My name is Joe Cohen.  I was a New York city Taxi driver for 14 years"
"Very well," says St. Peter, "Here is your silk robe and golden scepter, now you may walk in the streets of our Lord."
St. Peter looks at the Father, and asks "What is your name and what did you accomplish?"
He responds, "I'm Father O'Flannagan, and have devoted the last 62 years to the Lord".
"Very well," says St. Peter, "Here is your cotton robe and wooden staff, you may enter."
"Wait a minute," says O'Flannagan, "You gave the taxi driver a silk robe and golden  scepter, why did I only get a cotton robe and wooden staff?".
"Well," St. Peter replied, "We work on a  performance scale, you see while you preached, everyone slept, when he drove taxis, everyone prayed!"

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Elevator that travels sideways!

A lift -which moves sideways as well as vertically much like the one in `Charlie and the Chocolate Factory' -has been designed by a German company .
The “Multi“ is engineered to use magnetic force instead of clunky weights and cables, which elevator
firm ThyssenKrupp -who announced the development on Thursday-say will save power to help it run more economically .

The characters in Roald Dahl's widely-loved story are “flung off their feet on to the floor“ as Willy Wonka's glass elevator moves sideways, whizzes around corners before flying off into the sky.

However, the real-life model can only go up, down and sideways but the company says it will allow multiple lifts to occupy a single shaft to help boost passenger capacity by up to 50%. When a lift reaches the top of a shaft, it will move horizontally before descending via another channel in a “near-constant“ loop formation to allow more than one carriage of people to be shuttled around a building.

They also hope the new system which the company claims is the most ground-breaking since the invention of the lift 160 years ago -will help cut waiting time down to around 15 to 30 seconds.

Patrick Bass, head of research and development at ThyssenKrupp, said: “With this technology , the limits (on high-rise structures) will be removed and we will have futuristic buildings that previously could only be dreamed of,“ according to The Financial Times.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Self-destructing phone for spies soon!

Boeing and BlackBerry are working together to make an ultra-secure phone for US are not using BlackBerry's own operating system.
security staff, which will allow them to communicate securely and blow itself up if it falls into the wrong hands.  BlackBerry's CEO John Chen gave away some details of the project when presenting the company's earnings. “Boeing is collaborating with BlackBerry to provide a secure mobile solution for Android devices utilizing our BES 12 platform,“ he said. BES is BlackBerry's server system for businesses. It allows companies to securely manage devices, including those that
Many of the details of the project have been kept secret but Boeing provides some on its site.
The phone, called Boeing Black, has disk encryption, a cryptographic engine and modular hardware that allows it to be upgraded and changed in use.
It uses Android, rather than BlackBerry's own operating system - Google's software is said to be favoured by the US government because it is more secure.  Boeing, which is better known for making planes and weapons, has begun offering the phone to potential customers.