The Italian city of Naples is entering pet dogs' DNA into a city-wide registry. Samples from piles of poo left on the street will then be entered into the database and be used to identify the irresponsible owner behind the mess. The city will fine culprits around $685 smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
In Sweden's 2010 election people tried to perform an SQL Injection of the election database with a pen-and-paper attack on their ballots; instead of a write-in candidate name, they wrote in Javascript and SQL database Code wired.co.uk/article/swede…
In a search of database of 500 Mexican genomes, about one-third of people sampled in Guerrero had 10% ancestry most closely related to Filipinos and Indonesians. sciencemag.org/news/2018/…
China is the first and only country that's currently constructing a national forensic DNA database. They aim to collect and store genetic profiles of 10% of the country's male population, which can be used to construct genetic links to China’s entire male population, roughly 700 million people. aspi.org.au/report/genomi…
In the summer of 2011, authorities were finally able to create a DNA profile of notorious serial killer Ted Bundy and upload it to the FBI’s national database when vials of his blood, taken in 1978, were discovered previously untouched and forgotten in a Florida crime lab khq.com/news/newly-discov…
An analysis of a large database of charity donations revealed that a disproportionately large number of people donate to disaster relief following hurricanes with names sharing their initial letter (e.g. Kate and Kevin following Hurricane Katrina). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nam…
Chess has been solved for all positions with 7 or fewer pieces (including kings) on the board. The database for these endgame positions is 17 terabytes. chessprogramming.org/Endg…
Two of the most popular database systems (MySQL and MariaDB) are named from their founder Michael β€œMonty” Widenius's daughters My and Maria. mariadb.org/about/#michae…
Punchcards were invented to solve the problem of the 1890 US Census. It took 8 years to process the data of the 1880 census, so Herman Hollerith invented punch cards for tabulation, ushering in the era of data storage, databases, and supercomputers. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tab…
The Library of Congress is actively seeking volunteers to help transcribe 16,000 Pages of Suffragist Diaries, Letters, and Documents to create a searchable database where people can read original source documents. mentalfloss.com/article/5…
The 18.4TB compressed database of all 7-piece or fewer chess endgames uses on average 0.35 bits per position, storing almost 23 chess positions per byte used. lichess.org/blog/W3WeMyQA…
A black cat named Peter has a profile on the ESPNcricinfo cricket database espncricinfo.com/england/…
There is a forensic database containing tens of thousands of shoe impressions. It is used to match footprints at crime scenes to specific makes of shoe. It's name? Solemate. fosterfreeman.com/latest-…
If an American wants to visit Canada but has ever committed an act that could be considered an indictable offense in Canada, they may be classified as criminally inadmissible. This can include Driving under the influence. The Canadian border has full access to the FBI criminal database canadaduientrylaw.com/
For several years a company that kept a database of US IP address locations used a point near the geographical center of the US as the default location when the IP address locations were hidden. As a result a farm in Kansas had been targeted by the FBI, IRS, and angry vigilantes. bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/articl…
A English professor researching Oscar Wilde collaborated with data scientists to build a custom database, or β€œtextbase”, with a powerful algorithm that could process rich, cultural data, and news reports related to Wilde. She encourages humanities scholars to work more with Big Data sfu.ca/big-data/stories/d…
Half of American adults are in a law enforcement face recognition network. Its use is almost completely unregulated, as most agencies don’t even require suspicion of criminal activity before using the database for identification. law.georgetown.edu/news/p…
The ability to store and query terabytes and petabytes of data on sophisticated database management systems has been available since the 1970s. The term β€œdata mining” appeared in the 1990s hackerbits.com/data/histo…
Major government agency systems such as the IRS Taxpayer Database, Veteran Affairs Payroll, and the Department of Defense’s back up Nuclear control Messaging system, all use outdated operating systems such as Windows 3.1 and in some cases still use floppy disks. pcworld.com/article/30752…
NASA maintains a database of 3D models formatted for 3D Printing! nasa3d.arc.nasa.gov/model…
Today I learned about the Roud Folk Song Index: a database of around 250,000 references to nearly 25,000 songs collected from oral tradition in the English language from all over the world. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rou…
The U.S. has a national database to track and even block purchase of pseudoephedrine products, in real time, referred to as NPLEX. Intended as a method to deter the production and sale of methamphetamine; 33 states have thus far adopted the use of the system. register-herald.com/news/…
NHL players can't use the number 0 because the NHL's database software will not allow it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Num…
Police are using public gene databases (like ancestry.com) to solve cold cases. engadget.com/amp/2018/06/…
There are 40+ consumer reporting companies. One is the "MIB group" which maintains a database of our medical/personal info - like obesity, bad driving record, risky hobbies, and more - that is used by over 450 insurance companies in the United States and Canada to determine eligibility/pricing. nytimes.com/2014/01/15/yo…
Target has a customer tracking and marketing algorithm / database so accurate it discovered a teen pregnancy. nytimes.com/2012/02/19/ma…
The frequency of mains AC is audible and fluctuates slightly over time. These fluctuations are recorded in a database and as a result every audio recording can be timestamped exactly by comparing its background hum to the database. This can also be used to detect if a recording was edited. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ele…
There is a secret database tracking all your returns and they can ban you from making returns for life usatoday.com/story/money/…
The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) was first published to the internet in 1990 and is older than the first web browsers. imdb.com/help/show_leaf?h…
Every roller derby girl's name must be unique to the entire country and there's a huge database that lists every name ever! twoevils.org/rollergirls/
There is a database dedicated to tracking every bomb ever dropped by the United States. So far the Theater History of Operations Reports (THOR) details nearly 15 million bombing missions ranging from WWI to Vietnam. flightlines.airforcetimes…
Larry Ellison tried to have a professor fired for benchmarking Oracle database. Oracle’s performance stood out as unusually inferior when compared to others. After DeWitt’s non-firing, Ellison banned Oracle from hiring University of Wisconsin-Madison grads, which was later repealed. danluu.com/anon-benchmark…
Siri sends every question you ask to a database in North Carolina, IBM in fact outlaws Siri for fear of loose lips wired.com/wiredenterprise…
Iceland makes unusually extensive and public use of its ID numbers and that this has eliminated the need for the country to conduct a regular census: population statistics can be obtained by simply querying a database open to everyone. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ken…
Texas keeps a database of the lasts words of everyone executed on death row tdcj.state.tx.us/death_ro…
Snuggle gets 2 out of 10 in health rankings due to dangerous ingredients, making it the worst ranking US laundry product in GoodGuides database. goodguide.com/categories/…
In 2008, a 30 year old low quality DNA sample was used to convict a 70 year old man for murder in California after only 5 DNA loci were matched in forensic testing. In a database the size of California's, matching based on these five loci would identify an innocence person 33% of the time. scientificamerican.com/ar…
Nearly one out of every three American adults are on file in the FBI’s master criminal database wsj.com/articles/for-more…
In the 1800’s Allan Pinkerton became Chicago's first detective, developed investigative techniques still used today, became head of Union Intelligence, foiled a plot to kill Abraham Lincoln, chased Jesse James, and created the first database for criminal identification. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/All…
There is a database where you can look-up every LEGO set ever made. brickset.com/
In 1998, on the USS Yorktown, a test platform for the U.S. Navy's Smart Ship program that ran on Windows NT, a sailor entered a zero into a database field, resulting in a divide-by-zero crash that disabled the ship entirely. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS…
Facebook & Myspace has already sold my information to a searchable database online. I also learned how to delete my entries. (cross post from reddit.com) whatifoundontheinternetst…
The International Movie Database (IMDb) is almost 25 years old, older than the public release of the first web browser. imdb.com/help/show_leaf?a…
An Anarchist tried to blow up New Zealand's National Law Enforcement Database in 1982. noted.co.nz/currently/his…
The Internet movie database (launched in October 17, 1990) was launched before the World Wide Web (December 1990). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/His…
In 1982, an anarchist launched a suicide bomb attack against a computing center housing the New Zealand Police's central criminal conviction database thewireless.co.nz/article…
The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) was first published to the internet in 1990 and is older than the first web browsers. imdb.com/help/show_leaf?h…
Watson learned how to talk back to his IBM creators until they deleted the entire Urban Dictionary database from his memory bank. ibtimes.com/ibms-watson-g…
The Phoenix Canal serial killer was identified when a search of online genealogy databases against his DNA suggested he could be related to families named "Miller." azcentral.com/story/news/…
Russian inventor and government official Semen Korsakov (1787-1853) invented the first known method of recording data to be stored in a searchable database. Instead of seeking a patent he offered the machine for public use. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sem…

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