John Gordon Ross

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Anyone who works as a freelancer these days has to be at least a bit familiar with techie things. But it isn’t just that. When I was a kid and those vaguely SF puppet shows were on the television and all the other kids wanted to be Greg Gogetem or Steve Savetheuniverse, I wanted to be the guy in a white coat and glasses called Doc or Brains. Here are some technology-related feeds I find useful and/or entertaining.


Intel Has a New Spectre and Meltdown Firmware Patch For You To Try Out

Posted 42 minutes ago

Mark Wilson writes: The Spectre/Meltdown debacle continues to rumble on, and now the chip manufacturer has announced the availability of a new 'microcode solution' to the vulnerability. The updated firmware applies to 6th, 7th and 8th Generation Intel Core devices, and the release sees the company crossing its fingers and hoping that everything works out this time. This is Intel's … [Link]

uTorrent Client Affected by Some Pretty Severe Security Flaws

Posted 82 minutes ago

A Google security researcher has found multiple security flaws affecting the uTorrent web and desktop client that allow an attacker to infect a victim with malware or collect data on the users' past downloads, reports BleepingComputer. From the report: The vulnerabilities have been discovered by Google Project Zero security researcher Tavis Ormandy, and they impact uTorrent Web, a new web-based … [Link]


ProgrammableWeb's Most Popular APIs of 2017

Posted 14 hours ago

Editor's note: Be sure to check out our research on the overall growth of Web APIs since 2005. At the time of writing, this is the most recent data we have, but check the research page to see if we have a more updated article. We will be continually updating the growth chart. [Link]

Daily API RoundUp: Atlassian Stride, denoti, FACE Ohio, CryptoCompare

Posted 20 hours ago

Every day, the ProgrammableWeb team is busy, updating its three primary directories for APIs, clients (language-specific libraries or SDKs for consuming or providing APIs), and source code samples. [Link]

O'Reilly News and Commentary

#Ebook Deal/Day: Building Microservices with ASP.NET Core – $25.49 (Save 50%) Use code DEAL

Posted 8 months ago

Get "Building Microservices with ASP.NET Core" today using code DEAL and save 50%!This sale ends at 2:00 AM 2017-06-26 (PDT, GMT-8:00). [Link]

#Ebook Deal/Day: Text Mining with R – $16.99 (Save 50%) Use code DEAL

Posted 8 months ago

Get "Text Mining with R" today using code DEAL and save 50%!This sale ends at 2:00 AM 2017-06-23 (PDT, GMT-8:00). [Link]

Mac For Translators

Selecting stuff with AppleScript

Posted 15 days ago

There was a tweet about Numbers the other day: #applescript can be such a pain sometimes to use. Simple things, like getting the selection of the current cell in #numbers is not easy info to come by.I totally understand the author's feeling and my first take was based on a misunderstanding: in the tweet where my reply is (that you … [Link]

Finding one's way in an application's AppleScript dictionary…

Posted 16 days ago

The other day I wanted to find a way to accelerate the process of zooming a Word window so that it fits the width of the document. It's something I've done manually thousands of times over the years. Just go to Display, then Zoom, select the option and hit Enter.I know that Word is scriptable but everything looked so complex … [Link]

Geek Culture

Space Oddity!

Posted 15 days ago


Giveaway! Clear Ear Automated Spiral OTO-Tip!

Posted 20 days ago

You all ears? OK, this one is fun and just a bit bizarre , … we're giving away a Clear Ear Automated Spiral OTO-Tip! Amazing, right! 😀 EDIT! We have a winner, thanks folks! —– Clear ear Oto-Tip is a unique and effective daily ear cleaning device for consumers, dedicated to making ears happier. It was developed out of Stanford … [Link]

New Scientist – News

We do not know for sure how dark or light Cheddar Man’s skin was

Posted 63 minutes ago

The headline was that an ancient Briton from 10,000 years ago had dark skin, but the genetics of skin colour are so complex that we can’t be sure [Link]

Trigger warnings are taking over universities, but do they work?

Posted 63 minutes ago

Talk of trigger warnings and microaggressions are sweeping through university campuses, but some researchers question whether they have any psychological basis [Link]

Bad Science

Evidence to House of Commons Sci Tech Select Committee on Research Integrity

Posted 11 weeks ago

Sorry not to be in regular blogging mode at the moment. Here’s a video of our evidence session to parliament, where they are running an inquiry into research integrity. I think clinical trials are the best possible way to approach this issue. Lots of things in “research integrity” are hard to capture in hard logical […] [Link]

How do the world’s biggest drug companies compare, in their transparency commitments?

Posted 7 months ago

Here’s a paper, and associated website, that we launch today: we have assessed, and then ranked, all the biggest drug companies in the world, to compare their public commitments on trials transparency. Regular readers will be familiar with this ongoing battle. In medicine we use the results of clinical trials to make informed treatments about […] [Link]


Watch our eerie new take of Justin Timberlake's 'Say Something' music video

Posted 97 minutes ago

Twitter FacebookThought that Justin Timberlake actually singing in his latest video was a breath of fresh air? How about taking out all the echoes and reverberations from the instruments and choir really make this just an eerie congregation in the Blade Runner building?  Read more…More about Watercooler, Entertainment, Music, Mashable Video, and Music Video [Link]

Netflix's 'Lost in Space' revival gets a sharp-looking trailer that hits all the right notes

Posted 98 minutes ago

Twitter Facebook The Netflix remake of Lost in Space is set to arrive on April 13 and here's your first look, in the form of a trailer. Much like the original, the Netflix series tells the story of the Robinson family, one of many selected to fly off and colonize a new world in Earth's future. Disaster strikes when their ship is … [Link]

The Joy of Tech

JoT #2493: If Star Trek aliens were Wal-mart greeters!

Posted 3 days ago

JoT thumbTo boldy welcome… [Link]

Common afflictions of kitchen appliances!

Posted 5 days ago

JoT thumbOne of fave retros, and now available as a print! [Link]

Popular Science

How to fix the most common smartphone problems

Posted 5 months ago

Phone problems DIY Totally debugging. Most smartphone problems fall into just a few categories, like dwindling battery life or random crashes. Here's how to solve the worst phone issues. [Link]

There's a serious shortage of military-style meals because the last month has been just awful

Posted 5 months ago

MRE Meal Kit Supply Technology Blame Irma. Or Maria. Or… Mother Nature’s one-two punch catalyzed a run on MREs, which is military speak for “Meals, Ready to Eat." Read on. [Link]


Top 10 Ways to Boost Your Home Wi-Fi

Posted 6 months ago

WiFi is one of the most important developments in the evolution of the internet—no one wants to be chained to a desktop—but it’s also one of the most frustrating. If you’re plagued by slow speeds, bad reception, and other WiFi issues, here are 10 ways you can power up the WiFi in your home.Read more… [Link]

How to Protest Safely and Legally

Posted 13 months ago

Hitting the streets to make your voice heard is a fundamental right in the United States, and it’s part of our country’s lifeblood. Whether you’re headed out in support or dissent, you should know what you’re getting into before you go. Even if you think the event is purely peaceful, someone else, another protest…Read more… [Link]


The World’s Biggest Porn Site Goes All-In on Encryption

Posted 11 months ago

The World’s Biggest Porn Site Goes All-In on EncryptionNow that Pornhub's going HTTPS, your private browsing will be a lot more private. The post The World's Biggest Porn Site Goes All-In on Encryption appeared first on WIRED. [Link]

The Fanged Fish That Drugs Its Enemies With Opioids

Posted 11 months ago

The Fanged Fish That Drugs Its Enemies With OpioidsResearchers reveal what makes the fang blenny's venom so unique: It's packed with opioid peptides. The post The Fanged Fish That Drugs Its Enemies With Opioids appeared first on WIRED. [Link]

Pogue's Posts

David Pogue, Times Technology Columnist, Leaves for Yahoo

Posted 4 years ago

After writing about personal technology for The Times for 13 years, David Pogue will start a consumer technology Web site at Yahoo. [Link]

Terrific Sound in a Tiny Package

Posted 4 years ago

The Jambox Mini is small enough to fit in a coat pocket and delivers sound that is richer, crisper and louder than the feeble speakers on your phone, tablet or laptop. [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News

Want to Lose Weight? Exercise vs. Diet [Science Video]

Posted 2 years ago

Which gives you the most bang for your buck when it comes to losing weight, exercise or diet? Asapscience breaks it down for you! [AsapSCIENCE] The post Want to Lose Weight? Exercise vs. Diet [Science Video] appeared first on Geeks are Sexy Technology News. [Link]

How to Make a Classic Stormtrooper Action Figure Breakdance [Video]

Posted 2 years ago

Star Wars and hip hop together as they were meant to be. WIRED’s Eric Steuer demonstrates how to get original trilogy figures doing sick headspins. [Wired] The post How to Make a Classic Stormtrooper Action Figure Breakdance [Video] appeared first on Geeks are Sexy Technology News. [Link]


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