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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.

Slashdot » Megaupload Drops Lawsuit Against Universal Music

Sunday 22 January 22:39:00 UTC 2012

bs0d3 writes "Not so long ago, a legal video was taken down by repetitive DMCA requests to YouTube. In response, Megaupload filed a lawsuit against Universal Music. This past week, Megaupload was raided by US authorities and forced offline, which is costing Megaupload millions of dollars in damage. Today; while employees are in U.S. custody, Megaupload has mysteriously dropped … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Five ’90s Comic Book Movies Primed For a Reboot

Sunday 22 January 22:00:58 UTC 2012

This list over at Gamma Squad is pretty good. “The Rocketeer” was an amazing movie, and I’d love to see what could be done with the concept with a huge budget. Something I’d never considered before, though: Dick Tracy. Yes. Get some weird, dark-minded director, a Nicolas Winding Refn or some other David Lynch-type to really bring out the bizarre in … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » The Importance of Defending our Freedom to Share

Sunday 22 January 22:00:36 UTC 2012

What does a bill like PIPA/SOPA mean to our shareable world? At the TED offices, Clay Shirky delivers a proper manifesto — a call to defend our freedom to create, discuss, link and share, rather than passively consume.[TED]Related posts:The Day The LOLcats Died [SOPA SUCKS]DC Finds A Boost in the New 52, Beats Marvel for October Unit-ShareThe Importance of DNS … [Link]

Slashdot » White House Petition To Investigate Dodd For Bribery

Sunday 22 January 21:18:00 UTC 2012

Walkingshark writes "Chris Dodd's recent statements complaining that congressmen who receive donations from the RIAA and MPAA should toe the line has spawned a firestorm of anger on the internet. Among the bits of fallout: a petition on the White Houses "We the People" site to investigate him, the RIAA, and the MPAA for bribery! This petition gained more … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » AMAZING No-Budget Sci-Fi Short: Archetype by Aaron Sims [Video]

Sunday 22 January 21:00:15 UTC 2012

OMG THIS IS AMAZING. Watch it. Now. Seriously.RL7 is an eight-foot tall combat robot that goes on the run after malfunctioning with vivid memories of once being human. As its creators and the military close in, RL7 battles its way to uncovering the shocking truth behind its mysterious visions and past.Directed by Aaron Sims starring Robert Joy (Land of the … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » SOMEBODY KILL IT WITH FIRE: Animatronic Robotic Baby will Creep You Out

Sunday 22 January 20:06:22 UTC 2012

Youtuber Kitanimboy, who has already made a few robotic children for various ad campaigns and TV shows, recently unveiled this creeptastic animatronic baby for an “anonymous Soap opera.”[Kitanimboy]Related posts:Axe Killer Animatronic Door [Video]Creepy: Animatronic Eye Mechanism [Video]OMG: 4.2-Foot Tall Robotic Baby is a Crime Against Nature [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Community College For Gifted Mutants

Sunday 22 January 20:06:21 UTC 2012

Community is the funniest show on TV. Or was, maybe. I don’t know. Anyway, it also is the inspiration for some great fan art. But the coolest that I’ve seen, so far, is this rad “Xavier’s Community College For Gifted Mutants” piece by Aviv Or. Brilliant!via io9Related posts:The X-Community [Pic]SAVE “COMMUNITY!”Sark Declared First International Dark Sky Community … [Link]

Slashdot » Banks Using Mobile Phone Usage To Gauge Credit Risk

Sunday 22 January 19:52:00 UTC 2012

Hugh Pickens writes "A new startup is revolutionizing the way financial service companies meet the needs of an estimated 2.7 billion people worldwide with a mobile phone but no access to formal financial services by developing sophisticated modeling software that can look at usage data from consumers' mobile phones and make predictions about credit risk. 'There's a vast market … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » FUS RO DAH in Real Life [Video]

Sunday 22 January 19:30:41 UTC 2012

[CorridorDigital]Related posts:Hilarious: FUS RO DAH [Video]Dovahkiin Cinnamon Challenge: Fus Ro Dah [Video]Little Big Planet in Real Life [Video] [Link]

Slashdot » Indonesian Man Faces Five Years For Atheist Facebook Post

Sunday 22 January 18:35:00 UTC 2012

An anonymous reader writes "31-year-old Alexander Aan faces a maximum prison sentence of five years for posting 'God does not exist' on Facebook. The civil servant was attacked and beaten by an angry mob of dozens who entered his government office at the Dharmasraya Development Planning Board on Wednesday. The Indonesian man was taken into protective police custody Friday … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » What Happened Before the Big Bang?

Sunday 22 January 18:30:53 UTC 2012

There’s a great interview with philosopher of physics Tim Maudlin of NYU over at The Atlantic. Maudlin and his ilk are interested in proving Stephen Hawking’s notion that “philosophy is dead” wrong. (Dead wrong…get it? Play me off!) They are interested in using the philosophy of cosmology in order to theorize about the unprovable, for example, what happened *before* the big … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Geek Therapy: What is your Geek Quotient? [Video]

Sunday 22 January 18:30:13 UTC 2012

Geek Therapy is a Comediva Original web series about a therapist who helps clients deal find their inner geek or deal with geek-related issues and trauma.[Comediva]Related posts:What’s your geek quotient?Tetris therapy for PTSD?Geek Gang Signs Won’t Make You Look Any Cooler [Link]

Geek Culture » Pay it Forward :-)

Sunday 22 January 18:11:22 UTC 2012

(via Woz via BigGeekDaddy) [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Robot and Frank Shows Softer Side of Robo-Helpers at Sundance

Sunday 22 January 17:45:00 UTC 2012

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Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Facebook, PLEASE…

Sunday 22 January 17:30:26 UTC 2012

Love the jpg compression artifacts on this one. :)[Via]Related posts:William Shatner’s Steps to Facebook Unfriending RecoveryTom from MySpace Finally Joins FacebookYour Mom’s on Facebook [Link]

Slashdot » A Data Center That Looks Like a Mansion

Sunday 22 January 17:17:00 UTC 2012

1sockchuck writes "A luxury homebuilder in Minnesota wants to build a data center that looks like a mansion, allowing the commercial building to fit into a residential neighborhood. The 'community-based data center' designed for FiberPop features a stone facade and sloped roof with dormers, along with an underground data hall." Read more of this story at Slashdot. [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Anonymous Documentary We Are Legion Peels Back Hacktivist Group's History

Sunday 22 January 17:03:00 UTC 2012

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Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Smartphones Are Just Like Cigarettes [Comic]

Sunday 22 January 16:22:55 UTC 2012

[Source: loldwell]Related posts:Shopping: Before & After Smartphones [Cartoon]Office laser printers may be as dangerous as cigarettesCute Animals Using Smartphones [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Honest iPhone Wallpapers [Pic]

Sunday 22 January 16:00:00 UTC 2012

[Source: Behance | Via MUO]Related posts:iPhone Addicts, Beware: My Preciouuuuussss [PIC]World’s Most Honest Logos [Pics]iPhone Users, Beware: iPhone Body Language [Cartoon] [Link]

Slashdot » International Organization To Assess Earth Defense From Space Dangers

Sunday 22 January 15:56:00 UTC 2012

arisvega writes in with a story about an international organization that is trying to come up with options to save the planet from a large asteroid or comet collision. "NEOShield is a new international project that will assess the threat posed by Near Earth Objects (NEO) and look at the best possible solutions for dealing with a big asteroid … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Skyrim Hoarders [Comic]

Sunday 22 January 15:00:16 UTC 2012

[Source: Dorkly]Related posts:How to Conquer a Dragon in Skyrim [Comic]Pac-Man Plays Skyrim [Video]Skyrim’s Most Wanted [Comic] [Link]

Slashdot » Engineered Stomach Microbe Converts Seaweed Into Ethanol

Sunday 22 January 14:32:00 UTC 2012

PolygamousRanchKid writes "Seaweed may well be an ideal plant to turn into biofuel. It grows in much of the two thirds of the planet that is underwater, so it wouldn't crowd out food crops the way corn for ethanol does. Because it draws its own nutrients and water from the sea, it requires no fertilizer or irrigation. Most importantly … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » World’s Largest NES Controller

Sunday 22 January 13:41:08 UTC 2012

I had a friend show me a picture of his girlfriend standing in front of the world’s largest rocking chair the other day. I don’t normally get the whole “world’s largest” thing. Wow, a ball of string! Sweet. But this is actually pretty cool, as it paves the way for two player Mario…at the same time!The massive controller measures approximately 12ft … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Yosemite HD: A Beautiful Time-Lapse Video of Yosemite National Park

Sunday 22 January 13:41:07 UTC 2012

This video is a collaboration between Sheldon Neill and Colin Delehanty. All timelapses were shot on the Canon 5D Mark II with a variety Canon L and Zeiss CP.2 Lenses.This whole project has been an amazing experience. The two of us became friends through Vimeo and explored a shared interest in timelapsing Yosemite National Park over an extended period of … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Stormy Africa and the Milky Way

Sunday 22 January 13:41:06 UTC 2012

Breathtakingly beautiful video, shot from the International Space Station, of a stormy Africa, with the Milky Way in the background. We’re so small![Via Geekologie]Related posts:Beautiful Time-Lapse Video of the Milky WayFirst Realistic Simulation of the Formation of the Milky WayThe Milky Way Is a Bad Neighbor [Science Round-Up] [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Life’s a Sport, Make it Count: Introducing the Nike+ FuelBand [Video]

Sunday 22 January 13:41:05 UTC 2012

No, I did not get paid to post this, but as a geek who regularly work out, I know I want one of those incredibly cool-looking wristbands. Unfortunately, they’re currently sold out for now.The ergonomic NIKE+ FuelBand captures and displays four different metrics: time, calories, steps and NikeFuel – a new metric that will be the ultimate measure of your … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Amazing Mirror’s Edge Cosplay [Pics]

Sunday 22 January 13:41:04 UTC 2012

Faith from Mirror’s Edge as cosplayed by Deviant art user Akusesu.[Via]Related posts:Mirror’s Edge Launch TrailerMirror’s Edge Recreation (May Cause Super-Cool Motion Sickness)Epic General Beatrix (Final Fantasy IX) Cosplay [Pics] [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » 14 Most Memorable Video Game Cartoon Intro Themes

Sunday 22 January 13:41:03 UTC 2012

Etched in my brain, right next to important stuff like Indiana Jones trivia and plotlines from the Ninja Turtles comics, is the Sonic The Hedgehog theme music. *clears throat* SONIC. HE CAN REALLY MOVE. SONIC. HE’S GOT AN ATTITUUUUUDE. SONIC. HE’S THE FASTEST THING ALIIIIIIVE. Take a trip down memory lane with 14 of these bad boys.via Gamma Squad Related posts:Twenty … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Twitter in 1991 [Comic]

Sunday 22 January 13:41:02 UTC 2012

[Source: Cookingideas | Via MUO]Related posts:Offline Twitter Client [PIC]Fantasy Vs. Reality [Comic]How Long It Took Facebook, Twitter & Google+ To Reach 10 Million Users [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » The Effect of the Anti-SOPA Internet Blackout [Pic]

Sunday 22 January 13:41:01 UTC 2012

[Via]Related posts:SOPA Cabana: Dan Bull’s Anti-SOPA Rap [Video]ACT NOW: PROTECT IP / SOPA Breaks the Internet [Video]Amazing Aria T’Loak (Mass Effect) Cosplay [Pic] [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » The Captain’s Log [Pic]

Sunday 22 January 13:41:00 UTC 2012

Captain’s log, stardate 9522.6: This is the perfect place to drop the Captain’s log.[Via]Related posts:Exchange 2003 transaction log files filling up very quicklyEpic Meal Time Girl Eats Massive Meat Log [Safe For Work]Captain Picard Day [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » BACON Walks on Water [Video]

Sunday 22 January 13:40:59 UTC 2012

CHS’ BACON (Best All-around Club Of Nerds) builds a giant pool of oobleck, a non-Newtonian fluid created by mixing cornstarch and water, and then runs across it. Support our trip to CERN at www.indiegogo.com/BACONATCERN[CHSBa~ posts:DIY 2 Stage Cluster Water Rocket [Video]How Not to Operate a Water Jetpack [Video]How to: Drink Water in Space [Video] [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Amazon Deal of the Day: 61% Off Transformers Movie Trilogy on Blu-Ray – $29.99 + Free Shipping

Sunday 22 January 13:40:58 UTC 2012

For today’s edition of Deal of the Day, Amazon has the new Transformers trilogy box set on Blu-ray for just $29.99 + free shipping. That’s 61% off the trilogy’s usual retail price of $76.99. You can also get the box set on DVD for $17.99.For a limited time get Transformers, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen and Transformers: Dark of the Moon … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Om Nom Nom: Nutella Coated Bacon [Pics]

Sunday 22 January 13:40:57 UTC 2012

This, ladies and gentlegeeks, is what dreams are made of.[Sweet and Spicy Bacon]Related posts:Yumminess: Imperial Bacon AT-AT is Gonna Stomp You!Oh Nom Nom Nom: Sonic the Hedgehog Cupcakes + Other Awesome Geeky Cakes [Pics]Hey Everyone: Today is International Bacon Day! [Link]

Slashdot » How the US Lost Out On iPhone Work

Sunday 22 January 13:17:00 UTC 2012

Hugh Pickens writes "Not long ago, Apple boasted that its products were made in America. Today, almost all of the 70 million iPhones, 30 million iPads and 59 million other products Apple sold last year are manufactured overseas. 'It isn't just that workers are cheaper abroad,' write Charles Duhig and Keith Bradsher. 'Rather, Apple's executives believe the vast scale … [Link]

New Scientist – Online news » New bug-fighter cell may force immune response rethink

Sunday 22 January 10:30:00 UTC 2012

A new type of immune cell found in mice has properties of both the innate and the adaptive immune responses [Link]

Slashdot » Web Developer Sentenced To Death In Iran

Sunday 22 January 10:22:00 UTC 2012

An anonymous reader points out the case of Saeed Malekpour, an Iranian-born permanent resident of Canada who worked as a web developer. In 2008, during a visit to Iran, Malekpour was arrested and detained by Iranian authorities on charges that he designed and moderated "adult content websites." In 2009, he was sentenced to death for "acting against the national … [Link]

Slashdot » Intel Relying On Ice Cream Sandwich For Tablet Push

Sunday 22 January 7:18:00 UTC 2012

An anonymous reader writes "Intel thinks tablets live and die by their software, not their hardware. So as they get ready for a big push into the mobile device market, they're relying on Ice Cream Sandwich to provide competition with Apple's products. From the article: 'The company has largely watched from the sidelines as mobile device makers have used … [Link]

Slashdot » Desura Linux Game Client Goes Open Source

Sunday 22 January 5:44:00 UTC 2012

An anonymous reader writes "The Desura game distribution client for Windows and Linux and developed by ModDB is now open source software. The open source version of the client is called Desurium and is hosted on GitHub." Read more of this story at Slashdot. [Link]

Wired Top Stories » A Google-a-Day Puzzle for Jan. 22

Sunday 22 January 5:31:00 UTC 2012

Google's daily brainteaser helps hone your search skills. [Link]

Slashdot » Chevy Volt Passes Safety Investigation

Sunday 22 January 4:14:00 UTC 2012

An anonymous reader writes "A few months ago, reports of battery fires from crash-tested Chevy Volts caused the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to open an investigation into the type of batteries used in the Volt and other EVs. That investigation has now concluded, and the NHTSA says the cars are safe. 'The agency and General Motors Co. know … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » World’s Largest NES Controller

Sunday 22 January 2:30:37 UTC 2012

I had a friend show me a picture of his girlfriend standing in front of the world’s largest rocking chair the other day. I don’t normally get the whole “world’s largest” thing. Wow, a ball of string! Sweet. But this is actually pretty cool, as it paves the way for two player Mario…at the same time!The massive controller measures approximately 12ft … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Yosemite HD: A Beautiful Time-Lapse Video of Yosemite National Park

Sunday 22 January 2:30:24 UTC 2012

This video is a collaboration between Sheldon Neill and Colin Delehanty. All timelapses were shot on the Canon 5D Mark II with a variety Canon L and Zeiss CP.2 Lenses.This whole project has been an amazing experience. The two of us became friends through Vimeo and explored a shared interest in timelapsing Yosemite National Park over an extended period of … [Link]

Slashdot » Researchers Find Slew of Flaws In SCADA Hardware, Software

Sunday 22 January 1:15:00 UTC 2012

Trailrunner7 writes "At the S4 security conference this week, 'Project Basecamp,' a volunteer-led security audit of leading programmable logic controllers (PLCs), performed by a team of top researchers found that decrepit hardware, buggy software and pitiful or nonexistent security features make thousands of PLCs vulnerable to trivial attacks by external hackers that could cause PLC devices to crash or … [Link]

Slashdot » Jailbreak For A5 iOS Devices Released

Sunday 22 January 0:12:00 UTC 2012

tlhIngan writes "It certainly took long enough, but the untethered jailbreak for Apple's A5 based iOS devices (iPad 2, iPhone 4s) has been released (official site, struggling due to traffic). It's currently only available for OS X, though ports of it to Windows are forthcoming." Read more of this story at Slashdot. [Link]

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