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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.

Wired Top Stories » Anonymous Goes After World Governments in Wake of Anti-SOPA Protests

Wednesday 25 January 23:47:00 UTC 2012

Buoyed by the success of the anti-SOPA protests and riled by the shutdown of Megaupload, Anonymous has launched a worldwide campaign of attacks against governments it thinks have overstepped their mandate. [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Physicists Discover Quantum Speed Limit

Wednesday 25 January 23:38:00 UTC 2012

Physicists have nailed down the maximum speed limit by which information can travel. [Link]

Slashdot » HP To Open Source WebOS

Wednesday 25 January 23:32:00 UTC 2012

First time accepted submitter pscottdv writes "This year the artists formerly known as Palm had quite a rough few months with HP dumping the hardware side of their own webOS mobile computing platform – their most recent move, having been announced just last month, is live today: open sourced webOS for all. While the actual main product which will … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Google: From Grad School to $150 Billion Company [Infographic]

Wednesday 25 January 23:30:50 UTC 2012

Just click on the down arrow (above) to scroll through the infographic!Source: Online PhDRelated posts:60 Seconds on the Internet [Infographic]Harry Potter: Facts Revealed [Infographic]Memorable Linux Milestones: Celebrating 20 Years of Linux [Infographic + Video] [Link]

Slashdot » Exploits Emerge For Linux Privilege Escalation Flaw

Wednesday 25 January 22:46:00 UTC 2012

angry tapir writes "Linux vendors are rushing to patch a privilege escalation vulnerability in the Linux kernel that can be exploited by local attackers to gain root access on the system. The vulnerability, which is identified as CVE-2012-0056, was discovered by Jüri Aedla and is caused by a failure of the Linux kernel to properly restrict access to the … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Types Of Facebookers

Wednesday 25 January 22:30:18 UTC 2012

So geeks, which type of Facebooker are you?[Via Weknowmemes]Related posts:56 Types of Geeks – Which Type Are You?The 8 Most Irritating Types Of Gadget OwnersCalling All Writerly Types [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Toyota's Headed to Le Mans — With Hybrids

Wednesday 25 January 22:30:00 UTC 2012

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Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Adaptception [Pic]

Wednesday 25 January 22:10:03 UTC 2012

These aren’t just dreams, these are memories and you said never to use memories![Via MUO]Related posts:It’s Caturday: Stray Cat Dreams Of Becoming An Internet Meme [Video]The Routine [PIC]A Jacket For Computer Geeks [Pic] [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Kei Yuki and Count Mecha Cosplay [Pic]

Wednesday 25 January 22:10:02 UTC 2012

Kei Yuki (from Captain Harlock) and Count Mecha (from Galaxy Express 999) as cosplayed by Kailee and Rob.And here are a two original pictures for comparison purposes: [Source: CrunchyRoll | Via FG]Related posts:Seven Of Nine Star Trek Cosplay [Pic]Life’s a Sport, Make it Count: Introducing the Nike+ FuelBand [Video]Captain America in a Stormtrooper Suit [Pic] [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » 3D Piracy Takes a New Twist

Wednesday 25 January 22:10:01 UTC 2012

Filesharing as we know it involves transferring 0s and 1s that usually turn into pixels and electronic sounds. But if The Pirate Bay’s latest idea takes off, filesharing — and digital piracy — will get a whole lot more physical.In what appears to be as much as a publicity stunt as a serious feature, the site has added a new category … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Giant Air Powered Spider Looks Like Shelob [Video]

Wednesday 25 January 22:10:00 UTC 2012

I’m not exactly sure what purpose Youtuber Tdartwork had for creating this air powered monstrosity, but I do know that it looks darn cool.[Via OW]Related posts:Here comes the air-powered car!The Air Car: A Newer, Greener Engine (Video)AirKick Human Catapult Will Send You Flailing 26 Feet into the Air [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Amazon Deal of the Day: 49% Off Viewsonic VX2450WM-LED 24-Inch Widescreen LED Monitor – $188.99 + Free Shipping

Wednesday 25 January 22:09:59 UTC 2012

For today’s edition of Deal of the Day, Amazon has the Viewsonic VX2450WM-LED 24-Inch Widescreen LED Monitor for just $188.99 + Free Shipping. That’s 49% off the display’s usual retail price of $368.00.ViewSonic’s VX2450wm-LED features an LED backlight 24″ (23.6″ Vis) widescreen monitor with up to 50% energy saving compared to a regular 24″ monitor. Environmentally friendly mercury free VX2450wm-LED offers … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Texting While Walking: A Guide for texting safety and etiquette [Video]

Wednesday 25 January 22:09:58 UTC 2012

Casey Neistat made this short video about the hidden dangers of texting while walking in which he explains a simple technique on how to send text messages the proper and polite way while you’re strolling on a sidewalk.[Via The Gothamist]Related posts:Facebook Etiquette: A ManifestoSleep Texting?Videogame Henchmen Ledge Safety Guide [Comics] [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Christmas Gadget Explosion is Thankfully Figurative

Wednesday 25 January 22:09:57 UTC 2012

Despite the hard economic times, it appears it was a bumper Christmas for sellers of handheld gadgets. The number of Americans owning tablet computers and e-readers appears to have almost doubled in the space of a few weeks.According to the latest figures from the Pew Internet & American Life Project, the proportion of US adults owning a tablet computer rose from … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » MEGAUPLOAD Protest Song by Dan Bull [Video]

Wednesday 25 January 22:09:56 UTC 2012

Thanks Dan!Related posts:SOPA Cabana: Dan Bull’s Anti-SOPA Rap [Video]Dan Bull’s Epic Minecraft Rap [Video]Assassin’s Creed Epic Rap [By Dan Bull] [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » This Cthulhu Tattoo Will Eat Your Soul! [Pic]

Wednesday 25 January 22:09:55 UTC 2012

[GAS] reader Sarah recently sent me this pretty cool Cthulhu tattoo she has on her arm, but don’t look at it for too long, else you might end up with a piece of your soul missing.Thanks Sarah!Related posts:Hitchiker’s Guide To The Galaxy “Don’t Panic” Tattoo [Pic]How Science Saved my Soul [Video]On the Calves of Women, Inked Cthulhu Lies Waiting [Pic] [Link]

Slashdot » The Web's Worst Privacy Policy

Wednesday 25 January 22:05:00 UTC 2012

Sparrowvsrevolution writes "With much of the web upset over about Google's latest privacy policy changes, it's helpful to remember it could be much worse: A search engine called Skipity offers the world's worst privacy policy (undoubtedly tongue-in-cheek), filled with lines like this: 'You may think of using any of our programs or services as the privacy equivalent of living … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Types Of Facebookers

Wednesday 25 January 22:00:18 UTC 2012

So geeks, which type of Facebooker are you?[Via Weknowmemes]Related posts:56 Types of Geeks – Which Type Are You?The 8 Most Irritating Types Of Gadget OwnersCalling All Writerly Types [Link]

New Scientist – Online news » Sky shimmers after solar storm

Wednesday 25 January 21:52:58 UTC 2012

Particles raining down on Earth's poles yesterday created spectacular auroral displays [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Real-Life DinoCrocs Crushed the Competition

Wednesday 25 January 21:33:14 UTC 2012

Giant "DinoCrocs" of the Cretaceous didn't just hang out in the background while predatory dinosaurs stole the spotlight. Laelaps blogger Brian Switek explains how new fossils show they competed as a top predator. [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Alexis Ohanian: Jan. 18, 2012 ? The Net Decides We Won't Live With Infamy

Wednesday 25 January 21:33:11 UTC 2012

Dear internet, Thank you. Last week we collectively discovered a power we?ve long been looking forward to, but had never fully exercised. An organic, leaderless movement arose online to combat two bills, SOPA and PIPA, which would?ve led to the wholesale destruction of the internet. You triumphed. And we?ve only begun. [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Why 'Xbox 720' Might Reject Used Games

Wednesday 25 January 21:26:00 UTC 2012

Miffed at the possibility that new game consoles could lock out used games? Get used to it. [Link]

Slashdot » Book Review: The Tangled Web

Wednesday 25 January 21:22:00 UTC 2012

brothke writes "In the classic poem Inferno, Dante passes through the gates of Hell, which has the inscription abandon all hope, ye who enter here above the entrance. After reading The Tangled Web: A Guide to Securing Modern Web Applications, one gets the feeling the writing secure web code is akin to Dante's experience." Read below for Ben's review. … [Link]

New Scientist – Online news » FBI releases plans to monitor social networks

Wednesday 25 January 21:10:00 UTC 2012

Federal law enforcement officials have asked contractors to build software that would watch for signs of criminal activity [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » A Decade-Worth of Footage Uploaded to Youtube Every Day [Video]

Wednesday 25 January 21:00:02 UTC 2012

Every second, one hour of video is uploaded to YouTube. That’s 24 hours every 24 seconds… or a decade every single day.[Onehourpersecond]Related posts:The 2000s: Decade of the Remake or Decade of the Geek?YouTube Takes Down Video About YouTube TakedownsGoogle adds new dimension to YouTube [Link]

Slashdot » Turning the Hayden Planetarium Into a Giant Videogame

Wednesday 25 January 20:40:00 UTC 2012

pigrabbitbear writes "Remember your first visit to the planetarium? Neil DeGrasse Tyson does — it was what inspired him to become an astrophysicist in the first place. That same planetarium, now under Tyson's direction, is currently undergoing a transformation the likes of which Neil's young self couldn't have possibly imagined: It's becoming a giant videogame." Read more of this … [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Blizzard Nixes Plans for BlizzCon 2012

Wednesday 25 January 20:29:00 UTC 2012

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Wired Top Stories » 'HTML5 Please' Helps You Decide Which Parts of HTML5 and CSS 3 to Use

Wednesday 25 January 20:22:00 UTC 2012

A new website helps web developers decipher the often confusing world of HTML5 and CSS 3. Which elements are ready to use? Which are still not widely supported? And where can you find polyfills and fallbacks for older browsers? HTML5 Please has your answers. [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Ken Wants to be Ryu [Video]

Wednesday 25 January 20:00:07 UTC 2012

Imitation is the sincerest form of annoyance.[Dorkly]Related posts:Street Fighter in Stop Motion: Ryu vs Ken [Video]LOL: Angry Birds vs. Tiny Wings [Video]Ken Has a Small Problem with Chun Li’s Fighting Style [Video] [Link]

Slashdot » Canadian SOPA Could Target YouTube

Wednesday 25 January 19:58:00 UTC 2012

bs0d3 writes "The music industry is seeking over a dozen changes to Canadian anti-piracy bill C-11, including website blocking, Internet termination for alleged repeat infringers, and an expansion of the "enabler" provision that is supposedly designed to target pirate sites. Meanwhile, the Entertainment Software Association of Canada also wants an expansion of the enabler provision along with further tightening … [Link]

New Scientist – Online news » Fracking health risks: Drilling into the unknown

Wednesday 25 January 19:49:43 UTC 2012

Many fear that by-products of shale fracking – cracking the rock to release its gas – will harm their health. New Scientist examines the evidence (full text available to subscribers) [Link]

Slashdot » Android Kinect Projector Interface

Wednesday 25 January 19:36:00 UTC 2012

An anonymous reader writes "A guy who goes by the online handle DDRBoxman decided it would be fun to blow up his Samsung Galaxy Nexus display onto the wall by connecting his phone to a projector. He then connected the whole thing to a PC and, thanks to Microsoft's open-source Kinect platform for Windows, he was able to create … [Link]

New Scientist – Online news » First diagnosis of disease by DNA sequencing

Wednesday 25 January 19:30:00 UTC 2012

DNA sequencing has identified difficult-to-diagnose diseases in humans – the first time the technology has been used in a clinic [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Northrop Grumman's Futuristic Flying Wing Cribs From its Past

Wednesday 25 January 19:30:00 UTC 2012

The company dusts off an idea from the 1940s as it looks to the future of commercial air travel. [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Legality of Mobile Phone Tracking Still Unclear Despite Supreme Court GPS Decision

Wednesday 25 January 19:28:22 UTC 2012

The Supreme Court's blockbuster GPS decision Monday afforded American's new constitutional privacy protections. But the justices stopped short of clearly spelling out what those rights might be in the case closely followed case testing whether the police may secretly attach a GPS device to a vehicle and track its every move without a probable-cause warrant. What's more, looming in the … [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Bail Denied for Megaupload's Kim Dotcom

Wednesday 25 January 19:28:21 UTC 2012

A New Zealand judge denies bail to Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom, citing his many passports and bank accounts as indications he might flee before his extradition hearing. [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Watch a Baby Condor Hatch and Grow on Live Webcam

Wednesday 25 January 19:28:00 UTC 2012

Watch in real time as an endangered California condor hatches, grows and learns to fly on the San Diego Zoo's new condor cam. [Link]

Slashdot » Federal Judges Wary of Facebook, Twitter Impact On Juries

Wednesday 25 January 19:15:00 UTC 2012

coondoggie writes "The impact of social media such as Twitter, Facebook and Google+ and others on federal juries is a concern that judges are frequently taking steps to curb. According to a study 94% of the 508 federal judges who responded said they have specifically barred jurors from any case-connected use of social media." Read more of this story … [Link]

ProgrammableWeb » 37 Food APIs: Menu Mania, Beer Mapping, FatSecret

Wednesday 25 January 19:00:56 UTC 2012

Menu ManiaOur API directory now includes 37 food APIs. The newest is the Food Genius API. The most popular, in terms of mashups, is the Menu Mania API. We list 6 Menu Mania mashups. Below you’ll find some more stats from the directory, including the entire list of food APIs. In terms of the technical details, REST and XML lead the way. … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Adaptception [Pic]

Wednesday 25 January 19:00:55 UTC 2012

These aren’t just dreams, these are memories and you said never to use memories![Via MUO]Related posts:It’s Caturday: Stray Cat Dreams Of Becoming An Internet Meme [Video]The Routine [PIC]A Jacket For Computer Geeks [Pic] [Link]

New Scientist – Online news » Environmental fears may scupper Obama's energy vision

Wednesday 25 January 18:50:46 UTC 2012

US energy independence was a major theme of President Obama's 2012 State of the Union address – fears over fracking may stand in the way [Link]

Slashdot » MIT Media Lab Rolls Out Folding Car

Wednesday 25 January 18:34:18 UTC 2012

kkleiner writes "You think European cars are small now, wait till the Hiriko takes to the roads in Spain's northern Basque country. The two-seater is about the size of a SmartCar, but when parked, the car can actually fold. After folding the car takes up about a third of a normal parking space. The Hiriko, Basque for 'urban car,' … [Link]

Slashdot » Firefox Javascript Engine Becomes Single Threaded

Wednesday 25 January 18:34:17 UTC 2012

An anonymous reader writes with news about work on Mozilla's Javascript engine. Quoting Mozilla engineer Luke Wagner's blog: "With web workers in separate runtimes, there were no significant multi-threaded runtime uses remaining. Furthermore, to achieve single-threaded compartments, the platform features that allowed JS to easily ship a closure off to another thread had been removed since closures fundamentally carry … [Link]

Wired Top Stories » X-Ray Laser Turns Up the Heat to 3.6 Million Degrees

Wednesday 25 January 18:30:00 UTC 2012

An x-ray laser fired at a sample of aluminum has generated temperatures of 3.6 million degrees Fahrenheit — hotter than the sun's corona. [Link]

New Scientist – Online news » What your online friends reveal about where you are

Wednesday 25 January 18:30:00 UTC 2012

Even for the most privacy-conscious individual, contacts are a liability and may give away your location [Link]

New Scientist – Online news » Sleeping sickness tests may identify better therapies

Wednesday 25 January 18:30:00 UTC 2012

Just five drugs work against sleeping sickness and all can be toxic – new lab tests are the first step towards finding safer alternatives [Link]

New Scientist – Online news » Today on New Scientist: 25 January 2012

Wednesday 25 January 18:30:00 UTC 2012

All today's stories on newscientist.com, including: hyperactive sun clears space junk and goose flying upside down captured in slow-mo movie [Link]

Slashdot » States Using Cloud Based Voting System For Overseas Citizens

Wednesday 25 January 18:19:00 UTC 2012

gManZboy writes "If a ballot was lost in the cloud, would anyone know? Several states are using an online balloting website based on Microsoft's Azure cloud-computing platform to allow U.S. voters living overseas to cast their votes via the Web in 2012 primary elections. In addition to a now complete Florida primary, Virginia and California will use the system … [Link]

ProgrammableWeb » Today in APIs: YouTube History, Amazon Cloud Updates and 19 New APIs

Wednesday 25 January 18:01:53 UTC 2012

This new daily ProgrammableWeb feature brings you the latest from the world of APIs, both on PW and from around the web. Let us know in the comments what works for you and where we can improve. YouTubeThe web’s largest video site has added a new personalization feature to its YouTube API. Sure to be misunderstood as a privacy concern, the … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Kei Yuki and Count Mecha Cosplay [Pic]

Wednesday 25 January 18:00:33 UTC 2012

Kei Yuki (from Captain Harlock) and Count Mecha (from Galaxy Express 999) as cosplayed by Kailee and Rob.And here are a two original pictures for comparison purposes: [Source: CrunchyRoll | Via FG]Related posts:Seven Of Nine Star Trek Cosplay [Pic]Captain America in a Stormtrooper Suit [Pic]Life’s a Sport, Make it Count: Introducing the Nike+ FuelBand [Video] … [Link]

ProgrammableWeb » Twilio Adds Volume Pricing for SMS

Wednesday 25 January 18:00:15 UTC 2012

TwilioTelephony-as-a-service company Twilio (a ProgrammableWeb sponsor) is set to announce new volume pricing for heavy users of its Twilio SMS API. The company had previously dropped the price for SMS twice, but did not yet have published volume pricing. Those using over 500,000 SMS messages a month will now pay a fraction of a penny per SMS. “We don’t want our … [Link]

Slashdot » KDE 4.8 Released

Wednesday 25 January 18:00:00 UTC 2012

jrepin writes "The KDE community has released version 4.8 of their Free and open source software bundle. The new version provides many new features, improved stability, and increased performance. Highlights for Plasma Workspaces include window manager optimizations, the redesign of power management, and integration with Activities. The first Qt Quick-based Plasma widgets have entered the default installation of Plasma … [Link]

Slashdot » 2012 Japan Prize Honors Magnet Creator and Cancer Researchers

Wednesday 25 January 17:41:00 UTC 2012

alphadogg writes with an excerpt from a Network World article: "The 2012 Japan Prize, one of the world's most prestigious science and technology honors, has been awarded to three American medical experts who are fighting cancer as well as to a Japanese inventor whose magnet technology has implications for energy conservation. In years past, the prize (which comes with … [Link]

New Scientist – Online news » World's only iridescent mammal is a shiny accident

Wednesday 25 January 17:25:00 UTC 2012

Many animals have iridescent colours to draw the eye. But golden moles are blind and live in the dark, so why them? [Link]

Slashdot » XBMC Running On Raspberry Pi

Wednesday 25 January 17:21:00 UTC 2012

jones_supa writes "The Raspberry Pi Foundation has a news release about Raspberry Pi running XBMC smoothly, turning the board into a media center the size of deck of cards. Looking at Pi's low price, small size and hardware 1080p support, this could make an interesting HTPC project. Included is a video demonstration of the setup. For this to be … [Link]

New Scientist – Online news » Painting computer surprises viewers with its artwork

Wednesday 25 January 17:16:50 UTC 2012

Watch software paint in a variety of styles, challenging the notion that machines can't be creative [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » 3D Piracy Takes a New Twist

Wednesday 25 January 17:00:41 UTC 2012

Filesharing as we know it involves transferring 0s and 1s that usually turn into pixels and electronic sounds. But if The Pirate Bay’s latest idea takes off, filesharing — and digital piracy — will get a whole lot more physical.In what appears to be as much as a publicity stunt as a serious feature, the site has added a new category … [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Google Works on Internet Standards with TCP Proposals, SPDY Standardization

Wednesday 25 January 17:00:00 UTC 2012

In an effort to speed up the web, Google is proposing a number of changes to the standards at the core of the internet — the Transmission Control Protocol, better known as TCP. [Link]

Slashdot » Cinnamon Gnome-Shell Fork Releases Version 1.2

Wednesday 25 January 16:59:00 UTC 2012

New submitter Novin writes with exciting news from the Cinnamon project. Quoting the release announcements: "Cinnamon 1.2 is out! All APIs and the desktop itself are now fully stable! I hope you'll enjoy the many new features, the desktop effect, desktop layouts, the new configuration tool, the