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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 » Apple Clarifies iBooks Author Licensing

Friday 3 February 23:59:00 UTC 2012

bonch writes "After drawing criticism over iBooks Author's licensing language, Apple has modified it in a software update to make clear that Apple is claiming rights to the .ibook format itself and not the content therein: '[The license restriction] does not apply to the content of such works when distributed in a form that does not include files in … [Link]

WIRED » Hide From Google

Friday 3 February 23:44:00 UTC 2012

Have Google's new privacy policy changes prompted you to question whether the company is capable of "doing no evil"? If so, here's how to protect your online privacy while still using the services. [Link]

Slashdot » Satellite Phone Encryption Cracked

Friday 3 February 23:38:00 UTC 2012

New submitter The Mister Purple writes "A team of German researchers appears to have cracked the GMR-1 and GMR-2 encryption algorithms used by many (though not all) satellite phones. Anyone fancy putting a cluster together for a listening party? 'Mr. Driessen told The Telegraph that the equipment and software needed to intercept and decrypt satellite phone calls from hundreds … [Link]

WIRED » Cosmonaut Couture: Russian Photo Shoot Makes Space Sexy

Friday 3 February 23:32:47 UTC 2012

In a resurgent space-themed fashion shoot, supermodel Natalia Semanova mingles with real-life cosmonauts in Star City, the home of Russia's space training program. We interview the spread's photographer, Arthur Elgort, for the back story. [Link]

WIRED » Micron CEO Steve Appleton Dies in Plane Crash

Friday 3 February 23:32:46 UTC 2012

Steve Appleton, the Chairman and CEO of memory and semiconductor manufacturer and one of the giants of the industry, died on Friday in a solo plane crash in Boise, Idaho. He was 51. [Link]

WIRED » Mark Zuckerberg, the Hacker Way and the Art of the Founder's Letter

Friday 3 February 23:32:45 UTC 2012


WIRED » Autonomous Quadrotors Fly Amazing Formations

Friday 3 February 23:32:36 UTC 2012

Roboticists at the University of Pennsylvania's GRASP are able to get as many as 20 amazing autonomous microcopters to fly in formation and perform complex maneuvers flawlessly. [Link]

WIRED » Apple to Authors: Content You Make in iBook App is Yours, Not Ours

Friday 3 February 23:29:00 UTC 2012


Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Breaking Bad: The RPG [Video]

Friday 3 February 23:00:42 UTC 2012

The only game that’s also a controlled substance.[Source: CH]Related posts:Battlestar Galactica: The RPG [Video]“Dexter,” “Breaking Bad” and “Walking Dead” ShoesRPG Heroes Are Jerks [Video] [Link]

Slashdot » Canada's Internet Among Best, Report Says

Friday 3 February 22:56:00 UTC 2012

silentbrad writes "Canadians enjoy among the fastest, most widely available and least expensive broadband Internet in the developed world, says a report released Thursday. The report, based on the results of 52 million speed tests of broadband users across the G7 countries and Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) membership, was produced by Montreal-based consulting firm Lemay Yates … [Link]

WIRED » Art Installation Tracks Visitors' Time With Tape Measures

Friday 3 February 22:54:00 UTC 2012


Slashdot » 83-Year-Old Woman Gets New 3D-Printed Titanium Jaw

Friday 3 February 22:16:00 UTC 2012

arnodf writes "The University of Hasselt (in Belgium) announced today (Google translation of Dutch original) that Belgian and Dutch scientists have successfully replaced an 83-year-old woman's lower jaw with a 3D-printed model. According to the researchers, 'It is the first custom-made implant in the world to replace an entire lower jaw. … The 3D printer prints titanium powder layer … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Where Did You Get Your License? [Pic]

Friday 3 February 22:00:15 UTC 2012

I remember hearing a story once about how someone went to India, got their drivers license (and when I say got, I mean pay a lump of money without sitting a test), and then converted it back to the license of the country they were living in.I have a feeling that some of these guys must have done something similar. … [Link]

Slashdot » Seattle Library Lets Man Watch Porn On Computers Despite Complaints

Friday 3 February 21:57:00 UTC 2012

The Lake City library is making news for their staunch position on the First Amendment, censorship, and the right to watch porn in the library. The problem started when library patron Julie Howe found a man watching some questionable material and asked him to move to another computer. The man refused and the librarian also refused to intervene when … [Link]

Slashdot » Web Guru To the Blind

Friday 3 February 21:32:00 UTC 2012

the_newsbeagle writes "Chieko Asakawa went blind at age 14, learned to program mainframe computers by sense of touch, and has spent her 27 years at IBM-Tokyo bringing personal computing and the Internet to the blind. From the article: 'By 1997 she had developed a plug-in that worked with the Netscape browser, mapping Web navigation commands to the computer keyboard's … [Link]

Slashdot » Steve Appleton, Micron CEO, Dies In Plane Crash

Friday 3 February 21:09:00 UTC 2012

CR0WTR0B0T writes "Micron CEO Steve Appleton was killed in a plane crash around 9AM on Friday, February 3rd. He was flying an experimental fixed-wing single engine Lancair, which crashed in between two runways at the Boise airport." Share on Google+ Read more of this story at Slashdot. [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Second Hunger Games Trailer Released [Video]

Friday 3 February 21:00:02 UTC 2012

I really hope the movie does the book justice! Oh well, I guess only time will tell.The Hunger Games is set to be released on March 23, 2012.[Via]Related posts:The Hunger Games LEGO Movie Trailer [Video]The Hunger Games Theatrical TrailerBritney Spears Meets The Hunger Games [Video] [Link]

Slashdot » ACTA's EU Future In Doubt As Poland Suspends Ratification

Friday 3 February 20:50:00 UTC 2012

superglaze writes "Poland has suspended its ratification process for ACTA, throwing the copyright crackdown into doubt for the whole European Union. ACTA is being handled as a 'mixed agreement' in the EU due to its criminalization clauses, so if a single EU member state (such as Poland) fails to ratify it, it is null and void across the entire … [Link]

WIRED » Video: How the View From a Comet Might Look

Friday 3 February 20:25:26 UTC 2012

The European Space Agency's Rosetta spacecraft is heading for a comet. The ambitious mission — scheduled to enter orbit Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko in January of 2014 and place a tiny lander named Philae on its surface that November ? will no doubt return incredible, never-before-seen pictures. Until then, observers on Earth will have to make do with artists' renderings like the … [Link]

WIRED » Game|Life Podcast: Twisted Metal Maestro David Jaffe Speaks Out

Friday 3 February 20:25:25 UTC 2012

David Jaffe, the outspoken and razor-sharp game creator who brought us God of War and Twisted Metal, joins the cast of this week's Game|Life podcast. [Link]

WIRED » As the Komen Foundation Caves, the Internet Wins Again

Friday 3 February 20:25:24 UTC 2012

Just a few weeks after the tidal wave of internet backlash postponed the controversial PIPA and SOPA legislation, the mighty Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation has caved to a mass influx of criticism following its decision on Tuesday to discontinue funding for breast cancer screening done by Planned Parenthood. [Link]

WIRED » Oklahoma Lawmaker Proposes Tax on Violent Video Games

Friday 3 February 20:25:23 UTC 2012

An Oklahoma lawmaker is proposing taxing violent video games in that state to fund obesity and bullying programs. [Link]

WIRED » Army Hunts for New Targets: Manatees, Sea Turtles

Friday 3 February 20:25:22 UTC 2012

The U.S. military's tech still isn't sophisticated enough to consistently tell Aunt Irma apart from Terrorist Jane. (Unless Jane is holding an AK-47, that is.) But what about telling a sea turtle apart from a dolphin? Yeah, um, the Army's still working on that one too. [Link]

WIRED » The Top 10 Reasons I Love Volcanoes (And You Should, Too)

Friday 3 February 20:25:15 UTC 2012

Volcanologist Erik Klemetti loves to pick on crummy news stories about geologic activity, and a love for volcanoes underlies his frequent chagrin. Follow the Eruptions blogger as he sounds off 10 reasons why you, too, should love volcanoes. [Link]

WIRED » One Model Nation Eyes '70s-Era Terror Through Krautrock Lens

Friday 3 February 20:25:00 UTC 2012


Slashdot » Firefox's Web Push Notification System Announced

Friday 3 February 20:07:00 UTC 2012

eldavojohn writes "Describing Notifications as 'somewhere between email and IM,' Mozilla has announced this push technology as a way to receive notifications from websites without having to keep them open in your browser — as well as receiving them on your mobile device. A JavaScript API reveals early interface ideas by the team. This core concept is not new … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Om Nom Nom Nom: Death Star Wedding Cake [Pic]

Friday 3 February 20:00:31 UTC 2012

This awesome Death Star wedding cake, featuring the bride and groom as Stormtroopers, was made by the very talented folks over at the Sweet on Cakes bakery.[Sweet on Cakes Bakery | Via]Related posts:Awesome XKCD-Themed Wedding CakeDeath Star Cake Made of Win, LEDs [Pics]“Alien” Wedding Cake: Chest-bustingly Awesome [Link]

ProgrammableWeb » Which School Has Better Programmers? UCLA or USC?

Friday 3 February 20:00:28 UTC 2012

UCLA is taking on USC this weekend at the University of Southern California. No, its not football or basketball, its a hackathon. The Trojan Hack is bringing together programmers from both schools, to build the best apps in a 24 hour competition. The Trojan Hack was created by Ju Hae Lee and Andreas Petasis, two USC students that were inspired by … [Link]

Geek Culture » Power2U! Built-in device charger (review)

Friday 3 February 19:25:59 UTC 2012

Power2UEver wish you could recharge your iPhone or iPad without hogging a three-prong receptacle? Well the Power2U is just what you are looking for. Newer Technology's' Power2U AC/USB Wall Outlet is an in-your-wall solution for conveniently powering and charging all sorts of USB devices. It's just like your standard electrical outlet, with two sockets, only it also features two USB charging … [Link]

Slashdot » Did North Korea Conduct Secret Nuclear Tests?

Friday 3 February 19:25:00 UTC 2012

gbrumfiel writes "In May of 2010, North Korea made the bizarre claim that it had achieved nuclear fusion. Many, many commentators (including faithful Slashdot readers) mocked the dear leader for his outlandish boast, but could there have been a kernel of truth in the claim? Apparently some odd radioactivity was spotted by detectors surrounding the North just days after … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Super-Earth: A Candidate for Real-World Caprica?

Friday 3 February 19:00:49 UTC 2012

Photo creditA team of scientists using data from the European Southern Observatory, have determined there is a potentially Earth-like planet in a nearby solar system, only 22 light years away, but it’s at least 4.5 times the mass of Earth!In addition to the public data from the European Southern Observatory, they were incorporating new measurements from the Keck Observatory’s High Resolution … [Link]

New Scientist – News » Astrophile: Pinball planets get wild, deadly ride

Friday 3 February 19:00:00 UTC 2012

Planets orbiting one star in a stellar pair could get bounced from star to star repeatedly – until they fall into the great beyond [Link]

Slashdot » Windows Phone 8 Detailed, Uses Windows 8 Kernel

Friday 3 February 18:42:00 UTC 2012

MrSeb writes "Thanks to a leaked video — a video that Microsoft made for Nokia — we now have lots of details about Windows Phone 8 (WP8). From deep Windows 8, Skype, and SkyDrive integration, through to the addition of NFC 'wallet' payments and BitLocker encryption, it sounds like Windows Phone 8 will be close to iOS and Android … [Link]

New Scientist – News » Anonymous eavesdrops on FBI conference call

Friday 3 February 18:35:32 UTC 2012

The hacktivist group managed to a listen in on a call between the FBI and law enforcement officials from several different European countries [Link]

New Scientist – News » Today on New Scientist: 3 February 2012

Friday 3 February 18:28:34 UTC 2012

All today's stories on, including: high time to welcome the friendly drones and malaria may kill far more people than we thought [Link]

WIRED » A Modern Measurement of the Radius of the Earth

Friday 3 February 18:20:10 UTC 2012

How can we reproduce the Greek measurement of the radius of the Earth using modern technology? Dot Physics blogger Rhett Allain walks you through the steps to scientific stardom. [Link]

WIRED » Anonymous Eavesdrops on FBI Anti-Anonymous Strategy Meeting

Friday 3 February 18:16:00 UTC 2012

As FBI and Scotland Yard investigators recently plotted out a strategy for tracking suspects linked to Anonymous, little did they know that members of the group were eavesdropping on their conference call and recording their plans. [Link]

New Scientist – News » Tiny volcanic moon controls Jupiter's auroras

Friday 3 February 18:02:00 UTC 2012

Stuff spewed out of Io's hyperactive volcanoes make the rings of auroral light on Jupiter's poles grow and shrink [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » The Best Rejection Letter Rejection Letter of All Time [Pic]

Friday 3 February 18:00:11 UTC 2012

[Via Buzzfeed]Related posts:Spielberg’s Open Letter to Lucas [Pic]The King of TimeMy Drunken Little Ponies do Epic Pie Time [Video] [Link]

ProgrammableWeb » Best New Mashups: Discovery Mashups using Twitter, Rovi and Last.FM

Friday 3 February 18:00:05 UTC 2012

Rovi Cloud ServicesOne of the cool things about the web is discovering new things. Whether it’s new music, an great web site or interesting people, the possibility exists for something exciting to be a click away. We constantly get new mashups submitted to our directory that focus on discovery and today we’re bringing you some of the newest and best. Music Bloodline – … [Link]

Slashdot » RIAA Wants To Scrap Anti-Piracy OPEN Act

Friday 3 February 18:00:00 UTC 2012

silentbrad writes with these selections from an article at Ars Technica: "The Recording Industry Association of America found itself in an unusual position this week: opposing an anti-piracy bill that's gaining momentum in Congress … the RIAA argues the bill won't be effective at shutting down rogue sites. The trade group warns of 'indefinite delays' as claims of infringement … [Link]

Slashdot » What's the Damage? Measuring fsck Under XFS and Ext4 On Big Storage

Friday 3 February 17:40:00 UTC 2012

An anonymous reader writes "Enterprise Storage Forum's long-awaited Linux file system Fsck testing is finally complete. Find out just how bad the Linux file system scaling problem really is." Share on Google+ Read more of this story at Slashdot. [Link]

WIRED » Darpa Implants Could Track Your Stress Level 24/7

Friday 3 February 17:30:00 UTC 2012

In a new call fo research, Darpa's asking for proposals to devise prototype implantable biosensors. Once inserted under a soldier's skin, Darpa wants the sensors to provide round-the-clock, accurate measurements of "DoD-relevant biomarkers" like stress hormones, or compounds that signal inflammation. [Link]

Slashdot » Anonymous Posts Audio of Intercepted FBI Conference Call

Friday 3 February 17:19:00 UTC 2012

DrDevil writes "A member of the computer hacking group Anonymous has hacked into a telephone conference between the FBI and Scotland Yard (London Police) and posted it on the internet. The Daily Telegraph has a comprehensive article on the hack. The audio of the call can be heard here." Reader eldavojohn snips as well from the AP's story as … [Link]

New Scientist – News » Friday Illusion: Rotating rings create phantom spiral

Friday 3 February 17:04:28 UTC 2012

See how circles made up of tilted squares can warp your perception [Link]

Slashdot » Chinese Boy Claims To Have Cat-Like Night Vision

Friday 3 February 17:02:00 UTC 2012

Oswald McWeany writes "Reports swirling around the Internet are that a boy in China may have cat-like night vision. The boy with eerie blue-eyes was able to fill out a questionnaire in the dark and his eyes reflect like a cat's when a light is shined on them. No reports yet if he marks his territory or is litter … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Europe to Google: Hold your Horses

Friday 3 February 17:00:54 UTC 2012

European privacy officials have demanded that Google put planned privacy policy changes on hold until they can check that the new rules comply with local laws.The demand comes from the Article 29 Working Party. That’s not a legal organization in itself, but rather a group made up of the data protection authorities in each of the European Union’s member countries. … [Link]

Slashdot » Thanks to DRM, Some Ubisoft Games Won't Work Next Week

Friday 3 February 16:37:00 UTC 2012

hypnosec writes "Several of Ubisoft's biggest titles won't be playable as of next week thanks to a server move by the publisher and the restrictive DRM that was used in their development. This isn't just multiplayer either. Because Ubisoft thought it would be a smart plan to use always on DRM for even the single player portion of games … [Link]

WIRED » Spectacular High-Res Image of Earth: The Other Side

Friday 3 February 16:19:19 UTC 2012

Last week, NASA released its 2012 version of the famous "Blue Marble" image. By using a planet-pointing satellite, Suomi NPP, the space agency created an extremely high resolution photograph of our watery world. [Link]

ProgrammableWeb » Where is the Lanyrd API?

Friday 3 February 16:18:41 UTC 2012

Somewhere in Austin, someone is likely already organizing the lanyards for the thousands of SXSW badges for the techies next month. And somewhere in Brighton, the small team behind Lanyrd is likely working hard to make sure its social conference directory is ready for SXSW and all the other conferences that overlap their way through June and beyond. And for any … [Link]

WIRED » Commentary: Face(book)ing the Music

Friday 3 February 16:08:00 UTC 2012

The least suspenseful waiting game in Silicon Valley is now over, thank heavens. Facebook, which began as a decidedly private Harvard hangout, has begun the process of going absolutely, totally, unabashedly public. Can you put a price on friendship? [Link]

New Scientist – News » How's your willpower? Take our survey and find out

Friday 3 February 16:03:00 UTC 2012

Do you have the willpower to resist our survey? Take it and the results will be analysed by Roy F. Baumeister to check your self-control [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » The Facebook Post with a Million Replies

Friday 3 February 16:00:57 UTC 2012

Facebook is all full of firsts. The groundbreaking website that defined modern social media has set a new record as a post has reached One Million Replies, officially setting a world record.JustaGuyThing says: on October 31st, 2011, a post was, er, posted, with the goal of reaching as many comments as the Frontierville Fan Group page could possibly muster. Only 100 … [Link]

Slashdot » Alzheimer's Transmission Pathway Discovered

Friday 3 February 15:54:00 UTC 2012

smitty777 writes "Two separate studies by the Taub Institute and Harvard have discovered the pathway used by Alzheimer's Disease to spread through the brain. The studies indicate it's not a virus, but a distorted protein called Tau which moves from cell to cell. Further, the discovery 'may now offer scientists a way to move forward and develop a way … [Link]

ProgrammableWeb » 20 Upcoming Hackathons: USC v UCLA Rivalry, Music and Startup Weekends

Friday 3 February 15:26:04 UTC 2012

Hackathons are a fast growing phenomenom where developers come together, usually in short periods up to 72 hours to submit ideas, form teams and hack together applications, data visualizations and sometimes form business models around their ideas. ProgrammableWeb is tracking 20 hackathons coming in the next couple weeks all around the world. Here is the complete list of 20 upcoming hackathons: … [Link]

New Scientist – News » Double-sided touchscreen changes when you fold it

Friday 3 February 15:16:21 UTC 2012

A projection-based touchpad demonstrates the wide range of uses for a foldable touchscreen that can act like an iPad, or a book [Link]

Slashdot » Credit Suisse Traders Manipulated IT Systems To Hide $500m Losses

Friday 3 February 15:12:00 UTC 2012

New submitter Qedward writes with a snippet from ComputerWorld UK: "Two traders at Credit Suisse have pleaded guilty to wire fraud and falsifying data after authorities said they had manipulated the bank's record systems, as the credit crunch approached, in order to help conceal over half a billion dollars' worth of losses. The traders admitted to circumventing a mandatory … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Amazon Deal of the Day: 78% Off Sphere Techs’ 720p HD Spy Watch Camera – $89.99

Friday 3 February 15:10:59 UTC 2012

For today’s edition of Deal of the Day, Amazon has this stylish 720p HD Spy Watch Camera from Sphere Techs for just $89.99. That’s 78% off the watch’s usual retail price of $399.99.Sphere Techs brings you the perfect watch camera you’ve been waiting for. Unlike other watch cameras, this spy watch records in true HD (non-interpolated) resolution of 1280x720P pixels. Frame … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » The Lord of the Rings – Olympic Rivalry [Video]

Friday 3 February 15:07:35 UTC 2012

GO TEAM GANDALF! :)In 2012 the Olympics are coming to Middle Earth, and Gandalf has hired a trainer to whip his team into shape.Thanks Christer!Related posts:Lord of the Rings: Two Tiny Towers [Video][Review]: Lord Of The Rings Online: Closed BetaStar Wars vs. Lord of the Rings: Fight! [Link]

New Scientist – News » Brain-eavesdropping tech can't steal your thoughts

Friday 3 February 14:59:44 UTC 2012

Mind-reading technology notwithstanding, there is no prospect of anyone looking inside your skull without your consent [Link]

WIRED » The Science of Soccer Deaths and Football Bets

Friday 3 February 14:39:50 UTC 2012

There is an unfortunate but understandable psychology behind post-game violence. [Link]

Slashdot » Google Starts Scanning Android Apps

Friday 3 February 14:31:00 UTC 2012

eldavojohn writes "A recent blog post has Android developers talking about Google finally scanning third party applications for malware. Oddly enough, Google claims this service (codenamed 'Bouncer') has been active for some time: 'The service has been looking for malicious apps in Market for a while now, and between the first and second halves of 2011, we saw a … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Superhero and Villain Alignment Chart [Pic]

Friday 3 February 14:30:34 UTC 2012

Click Picture to Enlarge[Via Blastr]Related posts:60 Seconds on the Internet [Infographic]More Alignment Chart Fun: Websites [Pic]More Fun with Alignment Charts: Browsers [Pic] [Link]

New Scientist – News » High time to welcome the friendly drones

Friday 3 February 14:30:00 UTC 2012

Attempts to fly drones in civilian airspace are a classic example of an irresistible force (innovation) meeting an immovable object (the law) [Link]

Slashdot » Researchers Create Glass Just 3 Atoms Thick

Friday 3 February 14:10:00 UTC 2012

sciencehabit writes "Researchers have created the world's thinnest pane of glass. The glass, made of silicon and oxygen, formed accidentally when the scientists were making graphene, an atom-thick sheet of carbon, on copper-covered quartz. They believe an air leak caused the copper to react with the quartz, which is also made of silicon and oxygen, producing a glass layer … [Link]

Slashdot » How the GOP (and the Tea Party) Helped Kill SOPA

Friday 3 February 13:50:00 UTC 2012

Hugh Pickens writes "Strengthening intellectual property enforcement has been a bipartisan issue for the past 25 years, but Stewart Baker writes in the Hollywood Reporter that when the fight went from the committees to the floor and Wikipedia went down, the Democratic and Republican parties reacted very differently to SOPA. 'Despite widespread opposition to SOPA from bloggers on the … [Link]

New Scientist – News » Spitzer peers through the dust into star nursery

Friday 3 February 13:25:37 UTC 2012

Cygnus X, a churning cloud of dust and gas, is one of the richest star-birth regions in our galaxy – an infrared space telescope has shown it as never before [Link]

New Scientist – News » Designs for eradicating medical mistakes

Friday 3 February 13:15:01 UTC 2012

An exhibition at London's Hunterian Museum demonstrates how good design can combat human errors in the hospital. [Link]

WIRED » Why Desktop Apps Would Be Bad News for Windows 8 Tablets

Friday 3 February 13:13:27 UTC 2012

How will ARM-based Windows 8 tablets mitigate the heavy payloads of traditional desktop apps? A new report suggests desktop application support will be limited but still present, contradicting an earlier statement by Windows lead Steven Sinofsky. [Link]

Slashdot » Craigslist Donates $100,000 To the Perl Foundation

Friday 3 February 13:08:00 UTC 2012

mikejuk writes "The craigslist Charitable Fund has donated $100,000 to the Perl community for Perl5 maintenance and general use by the Perl Foundation. Craigslist gets more than 30 billion views per month and it is mostly written in Perl. The entire architecture of the system is open source — a proxy array based on Perl and memcache and a … [Link]

New Scientist – News » Rapid nerve repair helps lame rats walk within days

Friday 3 February 12:43:00 UTC 2012

A new procedure holds promise for swift recovery of people paralysed by nerve injuries [Link]

WIRED » Solve This Word Challenge Without Cheating, Conniving, or Bamboozling

Friday 3 February 11:53:03 UTC 2012

Wired's editors have faith in their readers, whom they're sure would never cheat when it comes to solving puzzles. [Link]

WIRED » Open Source Tackles Healthcare In Places Microsoft Can't

Friday 3 February 11:53:02 UTC 2012

Under the aegis of their nonprofit, eHealth Nigeria, Castle and Thompson have built a digital records system meant to eventually serve healthcare facilities across northern Nigeria, but it doesn't use the sort of specialized health care software in U.S. or even everyday database software. There's no Kaiser software. And no Microsoft. The system is based on OpenMRS, an open source … [Link]

WIRED » Feb. 3, 1468: Closing the Book on Gutenberg

Friday 3 February 11:53:01 UTC 2012

Johannes Gutenberg dies in Mainz, Germany. His name lives on. [Link]

WIRED » Humphry Slocombe Ice Cream Book Reveals Sweet Secrets

Friday 3 February 11:53:00 UTC 2012


WIRED » Peek Inside NBC's Super Bowl Playbook

Friday 3 February 11:52:59 UTC 2012

When it comes to broadcasting the Super Bowl, NBC leaves nothing to chance. Even if that means getting high school kids to run the plays you'll see on the field. [Link]

WIRED » Demolition Videos Are Well-Engineered Catharsis

Friday 3 February 11:52:58 UTC 2012


WIRED » Afghan Villagers Told: Volunteer … Or Else

Friday 3 February 11:52:57 UTC 2012

In order to find recruits to fight the Taliban, U.S.-backed forces have to act a little like the Taliban, threatening a village. David Axe reports from Afghanistan. [Link]

WIRED » Video: Retrogame Roadshow Puts Prices on Gaming Collectibles at PAX '11

Friday 3 February 11:52:56 UTC 2012


WIRED » Intel Fights Self to Prove Whose 'Badass' Crane Is Biggest

Friday 3 February 11:52:55 UTC 2012

Built by Wolvertem, Belgium's Sarens Group, the crane helping Intel build its new fab in Arizona is "huge." So says President Barack Obama. With a 740-foot boom, it can lift more than 3,500 tons, or 7 million pounds. Intel says its parts fill up 250 truckloads, and it's big enough to lift the 24,000 tons of rebar and 25,000 tons … [Link]

O'Reilly News and Commentary » #Ebook Deal/Day: Programming Interactivity, 2nd Edition – $19.99 (Save 50%)

Friday 3 February 11:48:17 UTC 2012

Get "Programming Interactivity" today and save 50%!This sale ends at 2:00 AM 2012-02-06 (PDT, GMT-8:00). [Link]

New Scientist – News » Civilian drones to fill the skies after law shake-up

Friday 3 February 11:28:00 UTC 2012

Law changes mean uncrewed aerial vehicles aren't just for the military any more – civilian uses are taking off, too [Link]

Slashdot » Apple Loses German Court Bid To Ban Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1N, Nexus Phone

Friday 3 February 10:33:00 UTC 2012

chrb writes "Apple has failed to get a patent ban on Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1N and the Nexus phone in Germany. Presiding Judge Andreas Mueller stated, 'Samsung has shown that it is more likely than not that the patent will be revoked because of a technology that was already on the market before the intellectual property had been filed … [Link]

Slashdot » Norway Brings DNA Sequencing To National Healthcare

Friday 3 February 8:05:00 UTC 2012

ananyo writes "Norway is set to become the first country to incorporate genome sequencing into its national health-care system. The Scandinavian nation, which has a population of 4.8 million, will use 'next-generation' DNA sequencers to trawl for mutations in tumors that might reveal which cancer treatments would be most effective. In its three-year pilot phase, the Norwegian Cancer Genomics … [Link]

WIRED » A Google-a-Day Puzzle for Feb. 3

Friday 3 February 5:36:19 UTC 2012

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

Slashdot » New Exoplanet Is Best Yet Candidate For Supporting Life

Friday 3 February 5:31:00 UTC 2012

First time accepted submitter uigrad_2000 writes "With all the new exoplanets discovered recently with Kepler, it seemed a sure thing that the first exoplanet in the habitable zone of a star would be found soon. The irony is that Kepler was not involved. GJ 667Cc is at least 4.5 times as massive as Earth, and lies in the habitable … [Link]

The Joy of Tech » JoT 1648: Facebook: Buy, sell, or hold your belly?

Friday 3 February 4:01:21 UTC 2012

JoT thumbAdvice for the stock-lorn. Click here to visit the comic. [Link]

Slashdot » The IT Certs That No Longer Pay Extra

Friday 3 February 3:03:00 UTC 2012

snydeq writes "Overall employment in tech is improving, but the certs you could once count on for a job or extra pay are losing their value, InfoWorld reports. 'Businesses no longer value what are increasingly considered standard skills, and instead are putting their money both into a new set of emerging specialties and into hybrid technology/business roles.'" Share on Google+ Read more … [Link]

ProgrammableWeb » Today in APIs: Google Maps is Too Free, Angelist App and 11 New APIs

Friday 3 February 2:11:20 UTC 2012

Google MapsThe most popular API in our directory, the Google Maps API, has been called anti-competitive in France because its basic version is free. A new app built on the AngelList API lets you slice and dice startups by location and market. Plus: genealogy programmers converge, Stripe adds webhooks and 11 new APIs. France Says Google Maps is Anti-competitive From Boing Boing: … [Link]

WIRED » Apple Now the World's Third Largest Cellphone Maker, IDC Says

Friday 3 February 1:48:00 UTC 2012

Apple has moved past LG in the worldwide rankings of mobile-phone unit sales. According to IDC, Apple is now the world's third largest mobile-phone manufacturer, behind Nokia and Samsung. [Link]

Slashdot » Flying Robots Flip, Swarm and Move In Formation At UPenn

Friday 3 February 1:10:00 UTC 2012

techgeek0279 writes "The University of Pennsylvania's General Robotics, Automation, Sensing and Perception (GRASP) Laboratory has released a video of flying nano quadrotor robots. Inspired by swarming habits in nature, these agile robots avoid obstructions and perform complex maneuvers as a group." Share on Google+ Read more of this story at Slashdot. [Link]

New Scientist – News » Malaria may kill far more people than we thought

Friday 3 February 0:31:00 UTC 2012

Models suggest that malaria kills eight times as many adults in Africa as the World Health Organization estimates [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Creative Introduces SoundBlaster Recon3D

Friday 3 February 0:30:04 UTC 2012

When it comes to building a gaming PC, I find the most overlooked feature is the Sound Card. On-board sound cards that come with higher end gaming capable motherboards are often more than good enough to feed a nice signal to your speakers.But leave it to the people at Creative Labs to once again introduce a PCI-E audio board and new … [Link]

WIRED » Google Docs Offline Comes to Android (But No Editing Allowed)

Friday 3 February 0:26:00 UTC 2012

Google keeps taking tiny steps toward creating a full-fledged document creation and editing experience to users of computers and mobile devices. Recently, Google unveiled an?HTML5-powered app for the Chrome browser?that lets you read documents offline?but not edit them. Yesterday, Google?brought the same offline viewing capability to Docs for Android, but again without the ability to edit documents and then sync … [Link]

Slashdot » Next-Gen Spacesuits

Friday 3 February 0:23:00 UTC 2012

ambermichelle writes "Outer space is a hostile environment for humans, characterized by an airless vacuum, thermal extremes, ionizing radiation and speeding micro meteoroids. Less well-known are the dangers posed by long-term exposure to microgravity or zero-g conditions, which over time severely saps the strength of astronauts' muscles and bones. Several researchers are working to develop new spacesuit designs that … [Link]

WIRED » Online Market for Pre-Owned Digital Music Hangs in the Balance

Friday 3 February 0:22:00 UTC 2012

The future of a one-of-a-kind website enabling the online sale of pre-owned digital-music files is in the hands of a federal judge. [Link]


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