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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 » Google 'Solve For X' Website Goes Live

Monday 6 February 23:40:00 UTC 2012

alphadogg writes "Google on Monday released a website and video regarding its Solve for X project, which the company says is 'a place where the curious can go to hear and discuss radical technology ideas for solving global problems.' It's got a TED-like think tank feel to it, but possibly with oodles of Google resources behind it. It appears … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Dracula’s Own Blood-Sucker: The 20 Million Year Old Vampire Bug

Monday 6 February 23:30:28 UTC 2012

Photo by George Poinar, Jr., courtesy of Oregon State UniversityWhile most of us have probably never even heard of a “bat fly”, a recent discovery of a unique fossilised one has revealed that they’ve been feeding off their winged vampire buddies for a really long time.It seems that this bat fly, found in the Dominican Republic inside amber (developed from oozing … [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Torrent Search Engine BTJunkie Voluntarily Shuts Down

Monday 6 February 23:09:00 UTC 2012

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New Scientist – Online news » Private spacecraft move forward as Soyuz struggles

Monday 6 February 23:01:00 UTC 2012

All eyes are on private rocketeers after the latest problem with Russia's Soyuz spacecraft, which is now the only means of sending crews to the International Space Station [Link]

Slashdot » Indian Engineers Modify Kinect To Help the Blind Walk With Confidence

Monday 6 February 22:59:00 UTC 2012

New submitter albinobee writes "The Kinect for Xbox 360 isn't only about gaming; it can also be used to help compensate for impaired vision, as a team of Indian engineers is working to prove. A device called viSparsh, still in its nascent stage, is a motion sensing belt that can help alert the blind to obstacles that lie in … [Link]

Slashdot » New Intel 520 Series SSD Taps SandForce Controller

Monday 6 February 22:40:00 UTC 2012

crookedvulture writes "Intel continues to partner with third-party controller makers for high-end SSDs. Its new 520 Series drives pair the latest SandForce controller with Intel's own firmware and 25-nm NAND. HotHardware, Tech Report, and PC Perspective all have reviews of the drive, and the verdict is pretty consistent. While the Intel 520 Series offers slightly better performance than competing … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Don’t Believe Everything You See [Vid]

Monday 6 February 22:30:29 UTC 2012

This (rather cute) guy shows you how those self-esteem destroying before and after photos of people getting super buff through some magical product that we’re too intelligent to try can be far too easily faked.Next time you’re looking at one of those pictures wondering if you could change so drastically too: know that you can. With a little bit of … [Link]

Slashdot » A5 Mystery Solved (Why Siri Won't Run On iPhone 4)

Monday 6 February 22:18:00 UTC 2012

Hugh Pickens writes "Anna Leach reports that Siri support has been a contentious issue for owners of earlier iPhones, but a recent filing from Audience shows that Siri won't run on the iPhone 4 because the phone's chip can't handle it. Linley Gwennap of the Linley Group cracked one of the secrets of the new iPhone's A5 chip after … [Link]

Slashdot » Sandboxed Flash Player Coming To Firefox

Monday 6 February 21:55:00 UTC 2012

Trailrunner7 writes "Adobe, which has spent the last few years trying to dig out of a deep hole of vulnerabilities and buggy code, is making a major change to Flash, adding a sandbox to the version of the player that runs in Firefox. The sandbox is designed to prevent many common exploit techniques against Flash. The move by Adobe … [Link]

Slashdot » Scientists Embed Electronic Components Into Optical Fibers

Monday 6 February 21:32:00 UTC 2012

An anonymous reader writes "Scientists at the Universities of Southampton and Penn State have found a way to embed electronic components into optical fibers, in a breakthrough that could lead to the creation of super high-speed telecommunications networks. Rather than trying to merge flat chips with round optical fibers, the team of scientists used high-pressure chemistry techniques to deposit … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » The Fascinating Deep Blue Sea [Vid]

Monday 6 February 21:20:46 UTC 2012

Underwater filmmaker Mike deGruy describes his wonderful nerdy path to exploring Earth’s final frontier. He’s a good example of how you don’t have to have a PhD to be a sexy geek, getting in arms races with octopi, and observing an eco-system discovered only 33 years ago!He also, of course, covers how irresponsible human beings can be in damaging the … [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Audio: 165-Million-Year-Old Cricket Song Comes Back to Life

Monday 6 February 21:00:00 UTC 2012

A song last heard 165 million years ago has been played again, making it the world's oldest known piece of music. [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Defendant Ordered to Decrypt Laptop May Have Forgotten Password

Monday 6 February 20:55:00 UTC 2012

A Colorado woman ordered to decrypt her laptop so prosecutors may use the files against her in a criminal case might have forgotten the password, the defendant?s attorney said Monday. [Link]

Slashdot » Book Review: The Windup Girl

Monday 6 February 20:47:00 UTC 2012

New submitter Hector's House writes "'Nothing is certain. Nothing is secure,' reflects one of the characters in Paolo Bacigalupi's novel The Windup Girl. In 23rd century Bangkok, life for many hangs by a thread. Oil has run out; rising seas threatens to engulf the city; genetically engineered diseases hover on Thailand's borders; and the threat of violence smolders as … [Link]

Wired Top Stories » What An Autopsy Looks Like — And Why You Need One

Monday 6 February 20:21:00 UTC 2012

Autopsies are crucial for doctor training, progress in medical research and closure for families — and yet the events are on the decline. Neuron Culture blogger David Dobbs revisits an autopsy he once attended to showcase the value of these ultimate medical audits. [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Qui-Gon Jinn vs. Captain Jean-Luc Picard: FIGHT!

Monday 6 February 20:15:28 UTC 2012

A few days ago, during The Graham Norton Show, Patrick Stewart and Liam Neeson were forced to watch their respective action figure fight it off in front of the show’s audience in a not so epic battle to determine which character was the most awesome. Let’s say the conclusion was kind of disappointing for sir Patrick Stewart.[Via TOR | TMS]Related … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Cool Tee: Star Love

Monday 6 February 20:15:26 UTC 2012

Unconditional planet destroying love. Makes great for a Valentine gift for that very special nerd in your life.[$24.54 @ Redbubble.com]Related posts:Cool Tee: The Star-Scream [Pic]Cool Tee: A Game of Ice & FireExpress your love geek-style [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » OK Go’s Video for Needing Getting

Monday 6 February 20:15:25 UTC 2012

OK Go makes some pretty inventive music videos that are far more entertaining than their music. Don’t get me wrong, I think they are a great band with some really catchy stuff. That being said, that makes my previous statement that much more impacting.Their latest music video was teased at in a Superbowl commercial for the Chevy Sonic, as Chevrolet did … [Link]

Slashdot » Nascent Graphene Institute Makes Steps Toward Transistors

Monday 6 February 20:06:00 UTC 2012

judgecorp writes "A research team at Manchester has taken a big step toward building transistors with graphene. So far graphene's marvelous conductivity has actually proved a drawback, but the team has sandwiched a layer of molybdenum disulfide between layers of graphene to provide a high on/off ratio. Also, the British Government is finding £50 million to fund Manchester as … [Link]

New Scientist – Online news » Jurassic katydid sings out after 165 million years

Monday 6 February 20:00:00 UTC 2012

An exceptionally preserved fossil has allowed biologists to reconstruct the sound of an extinct bush cricket. So what did it sound like? [Link]

Wired Top Stories » How NASA Makes Those Incredible High-Res Images of Earth

Monday 6 February 19:56:41 UTC 2012

In recent weeks, a pair of high-resolution images of the Earth has captivated the Internet. Taken by the Suomi NPP satellite, these pictures portray our planet's incredible beauty with a whopping 8,000 by 8,000 pixel and 11,500 by 11,500 pixel detail. [Link]

Wired Top Stories » The Probabilities of Pennies

Monday 6 February 19:56:37 UTC 2012

To complete a full set of pennies released since 1959, how many pennies do you need to collect? Mathematician Samuel Arbesman explains how anyone can pull off the feat for less than $7. [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Is controlling the commodities market child’s play?

Monday 6 February 19:30:42 UTC 2012

Given the events of the past few years, it’s no surprise to see a one-man show exploring the nature of commodities and how we place economic value on items beyond their intrinsic value.It is, however, a little surprising to see this show based around Ram-Man.A British man is attempting to buy up every Ram-Man action figure (from the original 1980s manufacturing … [Link]

Slashdot » NASA Pulling Out of ESA-led ExoMars Mission?

Monday 6 February 19:25:00 UTC 2012

astroengine writes "It's a strange irony that to afford the expense of space exploration, international collaboration is often sought after — spreading the cost across several international partners means the biggest space missions may be accomplished. And yet in times of austerity, national budgets balk at the prospect of investing in international projects like ExoMars. Sadly, that's exactly what … [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Gunning for Netflix: Redbox and Verizon to Launch Video Service This Year

Monday 6 February 19:17:00 UTC 2012

This morning, Verizon and Coinstar announced a long-rumored joint venture, combing a new video download and streaming service from Verizon with Coinstar's popular Redbox kiosk rentals of DVDs, Blu-rays and video games. The service will launch in the second half of 2012. [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Digitals: A Musical Ode to Information Overload

Monday 6 February 19:15:20 UTC 2012

One day I got an email, an sms, a phone call, a Facebook message and two tweets all within about 5 seconds of one another. This video is a re-manifestation of my brain’s interpretation of that event.[Via The Awesomer]Related posts:Michael Jackson: Information OverloadA Musical Ode to 11-11-11 [Video]Microsoft Releases 3 New Bing Ads: Search Overload [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Amazon Deal of the Day: 33% Off Kinect Sensor with Kinect Adventures + Gunstringer + Fruit Ninja: $99.99 + Free Shipping

Monday 6 February 19:15:19 UTC 2012

For today’s edition of Deal of the Day, Amazon has the Kinect Sensor with Kinect Adventures, Gunstringer, and Fruit Ninja for just $99.99 + free shipping. That’s 33% off the package’s usual retail price of $149.99.Kinect™ for Xbox 360® has games you can really get into. Now includes Fruit Ninja Kinect, The Gunstringer, and Kinect Adventures for a limited time, so … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » John Carter Extented Super Bowl XLVI Trailer [Video]

Monday 6 February 19:15:18 UTC 2012

Disney has released an extended trailer for their upcoming Andrew Stanton-directed John Carter movie yesterday, and while I’m still not convinced that the movie is going to do full justice to Edgar Rice Burroughs’ novel, it still looks good enough to warrant a visit to the movie theater.[DisneyMovieTrailer]Related posts:John Carter of Mars – Full TrailerJohn Carter of Mars: The Movie … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » The Avengers Super Bowl XLVI Extended Commercial

Monday 6 February 19:15:17 UTC 2012

You’ve probably all seen the short version, but here’s the extended one that was presented during the Super Bowl last night. Enjoy!Related posts:The Geekiest Super Bowl Commercial EverTransformers 2: Revenge Of The Fallen Super Bowl TrailerStar Trek 2009 Super Bowl Trailer [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Monday Morning Links Serving: The February 6th Edition

Monday 6 February 19:15:16 UTC 2012

-A Gallery of What Star Wars Should Be As many of us have grown up with Star Wars, it often saddens us that Star Wars hasn’t grown up with us.-Beagle Took Arrow To The Knee This is my sister’s beagle and weenie, dressed up as a dragonborn and dragon from Skyrim in outfits that she hand-crocheted.-Lego Lord of the Rings Sets … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » This Will Be Me Tomorrow Morning [Pic]

Monday 6 February 19:15:15 UTC 2012

This is going to be me tomorrow morning if I hear anyone talking about the Super Bowl:Did you see that ludicrous display last night?Related posts:Geeks and Sports [Animated Gif]New Mac Book Pro’s tomorrow!Meet Me @ Comic Con Montreal Tomorrow [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » 30 Best Reactions to DC’s Proposed “Watchmen Prequel”

Monday 6 February 19:15:14 UTC 2012

Since nothing is good (except pizza) in this cold world, and talentless, imaginationless nincompoops run things, there will apparently be a “Watchmen” prequel. Alan Moore is rightfully pissed off. And the internet…well she is a-grumble. Gamma Squad has rounded up a nice collection of Twitter reactions to this very, very silly news.via Gamma Squad Related posts:6 Image Comics You Should Be … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Dictionary Desk Pillow

Monday 6 February 19:15:13 UTC 2012

I slept in the library a few times in college, but I always managed to hit up one of the thick leather couches. I could never fall asleep like this, with my head on the desk. Maybe with one of these baller pillows, I could. Incognito, totally disguised to look like a dictionary. $80 USD. [Product Page | Via technabob]Related posts:Velvet D20 … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » The Death and Return of Superman [Video]

Monday 6 February 19:15:12 UTC 2012

Warning: Video contains strong language.A somewhat-mostly-accurate educational parody film by Max Landis.[Darosthemovie]Related posts:Sonic the Hedgehog RapsMy Drunken Little Ponies do Epic Pie Time [Video]Dinosaur Laser Fight [Video] [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Is controlling the commodities market child’s play?

Monday 6 February 19:00:42 UTC 2012

Given the events of the past few years, it’s no surprise to see a one-man show exploring the nature of commodities and how we place economic value on items beyond their intrinsic value.It is, however, a little surprising to see this show based around Ram-Man.A British man is attempting to buy up every Ram-Man action figure (from the original 1980s manufacturing … [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Giants' Win Draws 12,233 Tweets per Second

Monday 6 February 18:59:00 UTC 2012

The biggest highlights of Super Bowl XLVI ? the thrilling final seconds and Madonna?s halftime performance ? lit up social media, setting a record for the most tweets per second (TPS) on Twitter for any sporting event. [Link]

Slashdot » Moglen: Facebook Is a Man-In-The-Middle Attack

Monday 6 February 18:42:00 UTC 2012

jfruh writes "In an email exchange with privacy blogger Dan Tynan, Columbia law professor Eben Moglen referred to Facebook as a 'man in the middle attack' — that is, a service that intercepts communication between two parties and uses it for its own nefarious purposes. He said, 'The point is that by sharing with our actual friends through a … [Link]

Wired Top Stories » A Rose by Any Other Name Might Smell as Sweet, But it Would Probably Be Larger

Monday 6 February 18:26:34 UTC 2012

The JS1K contest seeks the web's smallest, most impressive JavaScript experiments. This year's love-themed entries include a remarkable 3D rose rendered with less than 1k of code. [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Rdio's Android Player Gets a Much-Needed Update

Monday 6 February 18:26:33 UTC 2012

The subscription-based streaming music service has just released a completely redesigned Android app that fixes all of the little annoyances. [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Cool Tee: Star Love

Monday 6 February 18:00:30 UTC 2012

Unconditional planet destroying love. Makes great for a Valentine gift for that very special nerd in your life.[$24.54 @ Redbubble.com]Related posts:Cool Tee: The Star-Scream [Pic]Cool Tee: A Game of Ice & FireExpress your love geek-style [Link]

Wired Top Stories » The Army Wants You … to Be a Virtual Lab Rat

Monday 6 February 18:00:00 UTC 2012

In the Army's latest call for research proposals, the service is looking for ways to develop a "Virtual Laboratory of Aggregate Behavior," or VLAB. Put simply, the program would yield a digital domain wherein hundreds or thousands of civilians could assemble and partake in "randomized controlled trial experiments" of the Army's design. [Link]

New Scientist – Online news » Today on New Scientist: 6 February 2012

Monday 6 February 18:00:00 UTC 2012

All today's stories on newscientist.com, including: the revolution will be tweeted and robotic walking stick lends users some balance [Link]

Slashdot » Google Starts Running Fiber In Kansas City

Monday 6 February 18:00:00 UTC 2012

New submitter Kiyyik writes "After weeks of wrangling over shared space on utility poles, Google and the KC Board of Public Utilities have gotten their act together and Google is starting to wire Kansas City, Kansas today. They will be paying attachment fees and hanging the fiber optic lines in the space on the poles reserved for telecommunications. The … [Link]

New Scientist – Online news » 3D printer provides woman with a brand new jaw

Monday 6 February 17:30:03 UTC 2012

Sculpting an entire replacement jawbone that's both fully functional and biocompatible is seen as a breakthrough for 3D printing [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » OK Go’s Video for Needing Getting

Monday 6 February 17:27:39 UTC 2012

OK Go makes some pretty inventive music videos that are far more entertaining than their music. Don’t get me wrong, I think they are a great band with some really catchy stuff. That being said, that makes my previous statement that much more impacting.Their latest music video was teased at in a Superbowl commercial for the Chevy Sonic, as Chevrolet did … [Link]

New Scientist – Online news » Patch of seagrass is world's oldest living organism

Monday 6 February 17:25:00 UTC 2012

A 15-kilometre-long swathe of seagrass off the coast of Spain is at least 80,000 years old, making it the oldest known living organism on Earth [Link]

Slashdot » Central Europe Countries Continue to Oppose ACTA

Monday 6 February 17:15:00 UTC 2012

tykev writes "The Czech government suspended the ratification process of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, ACTA, said Prime Minister Petr Necas today. The government wants to further analyze the issue. There were a number of public demonstrations against ACTA in several Czech towns, and some Czech Euro MP's oppose ACTA as being 'completely wide of the mark'. Earlier, Poland announced … [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Russian Drill Penetrates 14-Million-Year-Old Antarctic Lake

Monday 6 February 17:00:00 UTC 2012

After 20 years of drilling, a team of Russian researchers has breached the prehistoric Lake Vostok, which has been trapped deep beneath Antarctica for the last 14 million years. [Link]

New Scientist – Online news » Robotic walking stick lends users some balance

Monday 6 February 16:54:00 UTC 2012

Walking sticks are being dragged into the robotics era thanks to dynamic balancing, super-strong motors and power-punching batteries [Link]

New Scientist – Online news » Martian real estate, windy and cratered but isolated

Monday 6 February 16:33:00 UTC 2012

Mars Express has returned images of the Red Planet's Syrtis Major region, an area once thought to be an ocean – but did oceans once exist on Mars? [Link]

Slashdot » MIT Envisions DIY Solar Cells Made From Grass Clippings

Monday 6 February 16:33:00 UTC 2012

Zothecula writes "Research scientist Andreas Mershin has a dream to bring inexpensive solar power to the masses, especially those in developing countries. After years of research, he and his team at MIT's Center for Bits and Atoms, along with University of Tennessee biochemist Barry Bruce, have worked out a process that extracts functional photosynthetic molecules from common yard and … [Link]

New Scientist – Online news » Contador stripped of Tour de France title

Monday 6 February 16:20:00 UTC 2012

Alberto Contador has been banned for 2 years and stripped of his Tour de France title after he tested positive for the banned stimulant clenbuterol in 2010 [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Digitals: A Musical Ode to Information Overload

Monday 6 February 16:00:18 UTC 2012

One day I got an email, an sms, a phone call, a Facebook message and two tweets all within about 5 seconds of one another. This video is a re-manifestation of my brain’s interpretation of that event.[Via The Awesomer]Related posts:Michael Jackson: Information OverloadA Musical Ode to 11-11-11 [Video]Microsoft Releases 3 New Bing Ads: Search Overload … [Link]

Slashdot » Indian Court Orders Google To Remove Content

Monday 6 February 15:51:00 UTC 2012

itwbennett writes "A Court in Delhi, India has ordered Google to remove content that 'is said to mock gods worshipped in India,' according to an IDG News Service report. Mufti Ajiaz Arshad Qasmi, a private citizen, 'had filed a civil suit against Google and other Internet companies including Facebook, objecting to certain content on their websites.' While Google agreed … [Link]

Slashdot » Perl Data Language 2.4.10 released

Monday 6 February 15:36:00 UTC 2012

First time accepted submitter tonique writes "Perl Data Language (PDL) 2.4.10 has been released. Highlights of the new release are automatic multi-thread support, support for data structures larger than 2 GB and POSIX threads support. Also available is the first draft of the new PDL book. PDL is especially suitable for scientists. For those not in the know, 'PDL … [Link]

New Scientist – Online news » Are we merely the sum of our neurons?

Monday 6 February 15:30:00 UTC 2012

In Connectome: How the brain's wiring makes us who we are, Sebastian Seung explores the mapping of our circuitry and how much it can tell us about ourselves [Link]

Slashdot » Full-Body Scans Rolled Out At All Australian International Airports

Monday 6 February 15:12:00 UTC 2012

suraj.sun writes in with a story about the spread of full body scanners. It reads in part:"Passengers at airports across Australia will be forced to undergo full-body scans or be banned from flying under new laws to be introduced into Federal Parliament this week. In a radical $28 million security overhaul, the scanners will be installed at all international … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Amazon Deal of the Day: 33% Off Kinect Sensor with Kinect Adventures + Gunstringer + Fruit Ninja: $99.99 + Free Shipping

Monday 6 February 15:10:20 UTC 2012

For today’s edition of Deal of the Day, Amazon has the Kinect Sensor with Kinect Adventures, Gunstringer, and Fruit Ninja for just $99.99 + free shipping. That’s 33% off the package’s usual retail price of $149.99.Kinect™ for Xbox 360® has games you can really get into. Now includes Fruit Ninja Kinect, The Gunstringer, and Kinect Adventures for a limited time, so … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » John Carter Extented Super Bowl XLVI Trailer [Video]

Monday 6 February 15:00:23 UTC 2012

Disney has released an extended trailer for their upcoming Andrew Stanton-directed John Carter movie yesterday, and while I’m still not convinced that the movie is going to do full justice to Edgar Rice Burroughs’ novel, it still looks good enough to warrant a visit to the movie theater.[DisneyMovieTrailer]Related posts:John Carter of Mars – Full TrailerJohn Carter of Mars: The Movie … [Link]

Slashdot » Lake Vostok Reached

Monday 6 February 14:32:00 UTC 2012

First time accepted submitter Cyberax writes "After 30 years of drilling and weeks of media attention the Antarctic underground lake Vostok has been reached by Russian scientists (translated article). Deep drilling in the vicinity of Vostok Station in Antarctica began in the 1970s, when the existence of the reservoir was not yet known. Scientists are beginning paleoclimatic studies and … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » The Avengers Super Bowl XLVI Extended Commercial

Monday 6 February 14:00:30 UTC 2012

You’ve probably all seen the short version, but here’s the extended one that was presented during the Super Bowl last night. Enjoy!Related posts:The Geekiest Super Bowl Commercial EverTransformers 2: Revenge Of The Fallen Super Bowl TrailerStar Trek 2009 Super Bowl Trailer [Link]

Slashdot » No Pardon For Turing

Monday 6 February 13:50:00 UTC 2012

mikejuk writes "A petition signed by over 21,000 people asked the UK Government to grant a pardon to Alan Turing. That request has now been declined. A statement in the House of Lords explained the reasoning: 'A posthumous pardon was not considered appropriate as Alan Turing was properly convicted of what at the time was a criminal offence. He … [Link]

New Scientist – Online news » Pirate file-sharing goes 3D

Monday 6 February 13:20:00 UTC 2012

3D file-sharing makes copying "physibles" possible. It'll give companies a headache – but could kick-start a 3D printing revolution [Link]

Slashdot » Symantec Identifies Android Trojans That Mutate With Every Download

Monday 6 February 13:04:00 UTC 2012

angry tapir writes "Symantec researchers have identified a new premium-rate SMS Android Trojan that modifies its code every time it gets downloaded in order to bypass antivirus detection. This technique is known as server-side polymorphism and has already existed in the world of desktop malware for many years, but mobile malware creators have only now begun to adopt it." … [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Superbowl at Sea: Marines Prep for Huge Wargame with Gridiron Fight

Monday 6 February 12:31:00 UTC 2012

ABOARD THE U.S.S. WASP — Very early Monday morning, over 14,000 U.S. sailors, Marines and their foreign allies will launch the most ambitious naval war game in a decade, testing their ability to come ashore by sea and air from dozens of miles out in the Atlantic Ocean against a hostile force, (hopefully) demonstrating that amphibious warfare is back after … [Link]

New Scientist – Online news » Doomsday flu decision time: The story so far

Monday 6 February 12:02:00 UTC 2012

Bird flu research is on hold after the creation of dangerous viruses in the lab, and important studies will be only partly published. What's going on? [Link]

New Scientist – Online news » The revolution will be tweeted

Monday 6 February 11:57:00 UTC 2012

Economic meltdown, pro-democracy revolts, protest camps – was it all really catalysed by social media and new technology? We ask BBC correspondent Paul Mason [Link]

O'Reilly News and Commentary » #Ebook Deal/Day: Hadoop: The Definitive Guide – $19.99 (Save 50%)

Monday 6 February 11:47:52 UTC 2012

Get "Hadoop: The Definitive Guide" today and save 50%!This sale ends at 2:00 AM 2012-02-07 (PDT, GMT-8:00). [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Let the Robot Drive: The Autonomous Car of the Future Is Here

Monday 6 February 11:36:37 UTC 2012

Robotic vehicles, from Google to Mercedes, have arrived. So what form and purpose will these cars have when we finally let go of the wheel? [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Feb. 6, 1959: Titan Launches; Cold War Heats Up

Monday 6 February 11:36:36 UTC 2012

The United States successfully test-fires its first Titan I intercontinental ballistic missile. The threat of global nuclear holocaust moves from the plausible to the likely. [Link]

Wired Top Stories » In Digital Age, Sourcing Images Is as Legitimate as Making Them

Monday 6 February 11:36:35 UTC 2012

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Wired Top Stories » API: Three Letters That Change Life, the Universe and Even Detroit

Monday 6 February 11:36:34 UTC 2012

There was a time when APIs were just a way of building applications for a desktop operating system like Microsoft Windows. But in the age of the internet, they have the power to plug applications into, well, almost anything. They've already transformed websites like Google and Facebook and Twitter into services that talk to a world of other applications, across … [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Alt Text: 100-Word User Agreements for Google, Facebook and Friends

Monday 6 February 11:36:33 UTC 2012

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New Scientist – Online news » Zap your brain into the zone: Fast track to pure focus

Monday 6 February 11:23:00 UTC 2012

Whether you want to smash a forehand like Federer, or just be an Xbox hero, there is a shocking short cut to getting the brain of an expert, says Sally Adee [Link]

Slashdot » Details Emerge About Spark Linux-Based Tablet

Monday 6 February 10:27:00 UTC 2012

MojoKid writes "There's a new tablet in town called the Spark. The Linux-driven tablet, based on the Zenithink C71 and KDE was unveiled by developer Aaron Seigo recently. The tablet will be available for pre-order this week and will start shipping worldwide in May. In terms of specifications, the 7-inch (800×480) multi-touch slate will run a 1GHz AMLogic ARM … [Link]

New Scientist – Online news » Digital landscapes depict humans' impact on the Arctic

Monday 6 February 10:22:00 UTC 2012

Norwegian artist Svein Flygari Johansen uses computer programming alongside sticks and stones to explore the impact of human culture on Nordic landscapes [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Monday Morning Links Serving: The February 6th Edition

Monday 6 February 9:40:04 UTC 2012

-A Gallery of What Star Wars Should Be As many of us have grown up with Star Wars, it often saddens us that Star Wars hasn’t grown up with us.-Beagle Took Arrow To The Knee This is my sister’s beagle and weenie, dressed up as a dragonborn and dragon from Skyrim in outfits that she hand-crocheted.-Lego Lord of the Rings Sets … [Link]

Slashdot » The Engineer Who Stopped Airplanes From Flying Into Mountains

Monday 6 February 8:04:00 UTC 2012

New submitter gmrobbins writes "The Seattle Times profiles avionics engineer Don Bateman, whose Honeywell lab in Redmond, Washington has for decades pioneered ground proximity warning systems. Bateman's innovations have nearly eliminated controlled flight into terrain by commercial aircraft, the most common cause of fatal airplane accidents." Share on Google+ Read more of this story at Slashdot. [Link]

The Joy of Tech » JoT 1649: What Zuckerberg could do with his Facebook Fortune.

Monday 6 February 8:03:31 UTC 2012

JoT thumbWith bonus Twilight Zone reference! Click here to visit the comic. [Link]

Wired Top Stories » A Google-a-Day Puzzle for Feb. 6

Monday 6 February 5:31:00 UTC 2012

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

Slashdot » Facebook Malware Goes Viral

Monday 6 February 5:12:00 UTC 2012

itwbennett writes "Just a few hours after a fake CNN news report appeared on Facebook Friday, more than 60,000 users had gone to the spoofed, malware bearing page according to Sophos Senior Security Advisor Chester Wisniewski. Facebook didn't respond to IDG News Service's request for information on 'how widespread the problem was or whether its own security had been … [Link]

Slashdot » BTJunkie No More?

Monday 6 February 4:19:00 UTC 2012

First time accepted submitter AWESOM-O 4k writes "It seems like the popular file sharing site BTJunkie.org is gone. On btjunkie.org you are greeted with the following: '2005 — 2012 This is the end of the line my friends. The decision does not come easy, but we've decided to voluntarily shut down. We've been fighting for years for your right … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » This Will Be Me Tomorrow Morning [Pic]

Monday 6 February 3:28:45 UTC 2012

This is going to be me tomorrow morning if I hear anyone talking about the Super Bowl:Did you see that ludicrous display last night?Related posts:Geeks and Sports [Animated Gif]New Mac Book Pro’s tomorrow!Meet Me @ Comic Con Montreal Tomorrow [Link]

Slashdot » Study Finds Social Media Harder To Resist Than Cigarettes, Alcohol

Monday 6 February 2:34:00 UTC 2012

An anonymous reader writes "Checking a Twitter, Facebook or email account for updates may be more tempting than alcohol and cigarettes, according to researchers who tried to measure how well people regulate their daily desires. Researchers also found that while sleep and sex may be stronger urges than certain drug addictions, people are more likely to give in to … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » 30 Best Reactions to DC’s Proposed “Watchmen Prequel”

Monday 6 February 2:00:12 UTC 2012

Since nothing is good (except pizza) in this cold world, and talentless, imaginationless nincompoops run things, there will apparently be a “Watchmen” prequel. Alan Moore is rightfully pissed off. And the internet…well she is a-grumble. Gamma Squad has rounded up a nice collection of Twitter reactions to this very, very silly news.via Gamma Squad Related posts:6 Image Comics You Should Be … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Dictionary Desk Pillow

Monday 6 February 0:00:32 UTC 2012

I slept in the library a few times in college, but I always managed to hit up one of the thick leather couches. I could never fall asleep like this, with my head on the desk. Maybe with one of these baller pillows, I could. Incognito, totally disguised to look like a dictionary. $80 USD. [Product Page | Via technabob]Related posts:Velvet D20 … [Link]

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