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.

New Scientist – News

Meet the turtles surviving an invasion of enormous tractors

Posted 2 hours ago

The eastern painted turtles must now live among enormous, noisy machinery – and studying them is offering clues to how animals survive alongside heavy industry [Link]

Can a crowdsourced mega-forest offset Trump’s climate chaos?

Posted 21 hours ago

It's an appealing idea, a vast forest to soak up the extra carbon released due to Trump's policies, but it may not be so easy in reality, says Olive Heffernan [Link]


Atlas 5 Rocket Launches $400 Million NASA Satellite Into Space

Posted 3 hours ago

A new communications hub has been successfully deployed in space today thanks to the United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket. "TDRS is a critical national asset have because of its importance to the space station and all of our science missions, primarily the Hubble Space Telescope and Earth science missions that use TDRS," said Tim Dunn, NASA's TDRS-M launch director. … [Link]

Google and ProPublica Team Up To Build a National Hate Crime Database

Posted 6 hours ago

In partnership with ProPublica, Google News Lab is launching a new tool to track hate crimes across America. The "Documenting Hate News Index" is being powered by machine learning to track reported hate crimes across all 50 states, collecting data from February 2017 onward. TechCrunch reports: Data visualization studio Pitch Interactive helped craft the index, which collects Google News results … [Link]

O'Reilly News and Commentary

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

Posted 8 weeks 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 weeks 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]


August is the Sunday of the year

Posted 61 minutes ago

Twitter FacebookIf you're anything like me, your soul thrives in the summer and shrivels up the rest of the year.  May and June are beacons of hope for you as your claw your way out of your cold, rainy cave and emerge a new human being in the sweet summer sun. Everything is wonderful and bright and the world is your oyster.  … [Link]

The definitive ranking of 'Game of Thrones' characters most likely to die in episode 6

Posted 5 hours ago

Twitter FacebookWarning: Contains spoilers for Game of Thrones Season 7, episode 5, but has NO INFORMATION RELATED TO THE EPISODE 6 LEAK (these are honest predictions from someone who has no idea what's going to happen, I promise). I'm talking, of course, about Jon Snow's White Walker-hunters/The Magnificent Seven/loose-end characters who desperately need some kind of quick resolution to tie up their … [Link]

Bad Science

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

Posted 3 weeks 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]

Meaningful Transparency Commitments: the WHO Joint Statement from Trial Funders

Posted 3 weeks ago

By now I hope you all know about the ongoing global scandal of clinical trial results being left unpublished, and of course our AllTrials campaign. Doctors, researchers, and patients cannot make truly informed choices about which treatments work best if they don’t have access to all the trial results. Earlier this year, I helped out […] [Link]

Popular Science

How to speed up your Wi-Fi

Posted 31 minutes ago

tiny technicians on router DIY Optimize your internet connection. Wi-Fi is faster and more reliable than a cellular connection—usually. Several factors can slow down your network speed. Here's how to bypass these obstacles. [Link]

These are China's plans for floating nuclear reactors

Posted 16 hours ago

China Floating Nuclear Reactor ACPR50 From Our Blogs: Eastern Arsenal Multiple designs are starting to take shape. China plans to build a fleet of floating reactors to power its maritime ambitions. Read on. [Link]


Top 10 Ways to Boost Your Home Wi-Fi

Posted 9 days 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 7 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 Joy of Tech

JoT #2446: American Fashion Trend for the summer of 2017

Posted 2 days ago

JoT thumbLook! Up in the Sky! [Link]

JoT #2445: If only it were a movie.

Posted 5 days ago

JoT thumbbut no one would believe the villains are back… [Link]

Geek Culture

Hey America, 1947 is calling…

Posted 6 days ago


The Great American Solar Eclipse is coming…

Posted 11 days ago

More info at NASA's solar eclipse website. [Link]


Why ProgrammableWeb Refers to a Javascript API as an SDK

Posted 15 hours ago

A few years back, ProgrammableWeb had four directories; the API directory (what ProgrammableWeb is famous for), the Mashup (app) Directory, a directory of mashup source code that was discovered elsewhere on the Web, and a resource directory that was a mish-mash of anything else that could be helpful to API practitioners (developers, providers, etc.). [Link]

Daily API RoundUp: CheckMobi, Home Assistant, Pike13

Posted 17 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]

Mac For Translators

Safari Extensions

Posted 23 months ago

I was trying Omniweb the other day on a very standard page (from the Emacs lisp tutorial by Xah Lee at and I was shocked to see adverts in a box on the right side of the screen. Safari and its extensions had got me used to a web without adverts invasions, without irrelevant contents, and with much less … [Link]

OmegaT small update

Posted 4 years ago

OmegaT 2.0.3_1 was just released, it comes now with a complete Japanese/German/Slovenian UI/tutorial. Mac for Translators, the mailing list… [Link]


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

Posted 5 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 5 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 18 months 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 18 months 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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