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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 » Microsoft's Anti-Google Video Campaign

Wednesday 22 February 23:50:00 UTC 2012

eldavojohn writes "As the presidential race heats up, the smear ads on TV are also increasing. But Microsoft isn't going to site idly by and let the politicians engage in all that song and dance — and Microsoft really does employ both song and dance. Their Youtube channel appears to be slowly transforming from trade show videos and launches … [Link]

New Scientist – Online news » Speedy neutrino result may be due to instrument glitch

Wednesday 22 February 23:32:18 UTC 2012

News reports suggest that the jaw-dropping result may not be due to exotic physics – an official update is expected on Thursday [Link]

Slashdot » Ask Slashdot: Best Practices For Maintaining IT Policy In K-12 Public Education?

Wednesday 22 February 23:04:00 UTC 2012

First time accepted submitter El Fantasmo writes "I work in public education, K-12, for a small, economically shaky, low performing school district. What are some good or effective tactics for getting budget controllers to stop bypassing the IT boss/department? We sometimes we end up with LOW end MS Win 7 Home laptops, that basically can't get on our network … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Unfulfilling Desk Jobs [Comic]

Wednesday 22 February 22:42:16 UTC 2012

That reminds me of myself not so long ago. Working full-time from home doing something you love does have its advantages… though it can get awfully lonely from time to time.[Source: Gocomics]Related posts:Twaggies on GoComicsProduct Review: Desk Pets – SkitterbotReader Geeky Pics Reminder: Show Us Your Desk! [Link]

Slashdot » Faulty Cable To Blame For Superluminal Neutrino Results

Wednesday 22 February 22:18:00 UTC 2012

smolloy writes "It would appear that the hotly debated faster-than-light neutrino observation at CERN is the result of a fault in the connection between a GPS unit and a computer. This connection was used to correct for time delays in the neutrino flight, and after fixing the correction the researchers have found that the time discrepancy appears to have … [Link]

Slashdot » Book Review: Liars and Outliers

Wednesday 22 February 21:34:00 UTC 2012

First time accepted submitter benrothke writes "It is said that the song Wipe Out launched a generation of drummers. In the world of information security, the classic Applied Cryptography: Protocols, Algorithms, and Source Code in C by Bruce Schneier may have been the book that launched a generation of new cryptographers. Schneier's latest work of art is Liars and … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Gross and Awesome: Half-Life Barnacle Ceiling Lamp [Pic]

Wednesday 22 February 21:30:21 UTC 2012

Be sure to be careful when you walk under that thing else it might just try to grab and suck you dry.[Source: Kilh @ Deviantart.com]Related posts:Half Life iPod Parody (Video)Half-Life: Origins [Live Action Short]Half-Life 2: Godspeed You! Gordon Freeman [Video] [Link]

Wired Top Stories » DOJ Urges Supreme Court to Halt Challenge to Warrantless Eavesdropping

Wednesday 22 February 21:17:48 UTC 2012

The Obama administration is urging the Supreme Court to halt a legal challenge weighing the constitutionality of a once-secret warrantless surveillance program targeting Americans¿ communications that Congress eventually legalized in 2008. [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Apple Mimics Facebook With High Desert Data Center

Wednesday 22 February 21:17:47 UTC 2012

Apple has confirmed that it will build a data center in Prineville, Oregon — next door to the massive computing facility Facebook opened last year — and according to the Prineville city engineer, Apple is planning to build a facility that's "similar" to Facebook's energy-conscious creation, making use of designs the social giant "open sourced" to the rest of the … [Link]

Wired Top Stories » iBattle: Apple May Finally Storm the Pentagon

Wednesday 22 February 21:17:46 UTC 2012

In civilian life, the iPad is the clear tablet leader. But in the military, the Pentagon likes its Android devices, and has shunned Apple products. But that may be about to change, as an Air Force office buys 18,000 (mostly) iPads, giving Cupertino a new chance to win the military's OS and tablet wars. [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Real Fish Welcome Robotic Overlord Into Their School

Wednesday 22 February 21:17:45 UTC 2012

A robotic fish has sailed across an aquatic uncanny valley by tricking real fish into following it upstream. [Link]

Wired Top Stories » The Smartphone in Your Pocket Is a Multifunction Buying Machine

Wednesday 22 February 21:17:44 UTC 2012

Just like a camera, the best store is the one you have with you. And most of us carry our smartphones with us everywhere we go and buy things all day long. [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Tomahawk, the Most Important Music App Nobody's Talking About

Wednesday 22 February 21:17:43 UTC 2012

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Wired Top Stories » Wired Opinion: The Geek Shall Lin-herit the Earth (Or at Least The NBA)

Wednesday 22 February 21:17:42 UTC 2012

Even geeks who got picked last in gynm class are caught up in the story of Jeremy Lin, the unlikely NBA star who seems to come from nowhere. Sure, performing well in the country?s media capital on what had been a losing team helps. And of course, an easily pun-able surname helps spread the word. But none of these explain … [Link]

Wired Top Stories » In the Steps of Ancient Elephants

Wednesday 22 February 21:17:27 UTC 2012

With the help of a camera-rigged kite, researchers have stitched together a brief glimpse into the social lives of prehistoric elephants. Laelaps blogger Brian Switek reports. [Link]

Slashdot » Disconnection of Millions of DNSChanger-Infected PCs Delayed

Wednesday 22 February 20:50:00 UTC 2012

tsu doh nimh writes "Millions of computers infected with the stealthy and tenacious DNSChanger Trojan may be spared a planned disconnection from the Internet early next month if a New York court approves a new request by the U.S. government. Meanwhile, six men accused of managing and profiting from the huge collection of hacked PCs are expected to soon … [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Ask the Question No One Is Asking: Crowdsourcing the Republican Primary Debate

Wednesday 22 February 20:10:00 UTC 2012

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Slashdot » Last Day To Tell Google To Forget You

Wednesday 22 February 20:06:00 UTC 2012

itwbennett writes "Google's new privacy policy will consolidate all your data at google.com — unless you erase it first. And today is your last day to do it. The change goes into effect tomorrow. Which is why the helpful folks at EFF have posted some simple instructions showing how to delete your web history at Google." Share on Google+ Read more of … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Man vs. Cat: FIGHT! [Video]

Wednesday 22 February 19:45:41 UTC 2012

Obviously no animals were harmed during the making of this video.[Via Buzzfeed]Related posts:Dinosaur Laser Fight [Video]Man vs. Shadow Army: Fight! [Video]He-Man: He’s Sexy and He Knows it [Video] [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Oh the Horror: New Preschool Transformers Toy Has Balls [Pic]

Wednesday 22 February 19:45:35 UTC 2012

This, ladies and gentlegeeks, is one of the first toys from Hasbro’s My First Transformers, a new line of preschool transforming toys geared toward children 2 and up. I don’t know about you guys, but I’m not exactly sure what this huge ball is supposed to be doing, especially since it is located.. well… in the crotch area.Oh well… maybe the … [Link]

Slashdot » FDA To Review Inhalable Caffeine

Wednesday 22 February 19:25:00 UTC 2012

First time accepted submitter RenderSeven writes "Manufacturing .NET reports that U.S. Food and Drug Administration officials plan to investigate whether inhalable caffeine sold in lipstick-sized canisters is safe for consumers and if its manufacturer was right to brand it as a dietary supplement. AeroShot went on the market late last month in Massachusetts and New York, and it's also … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Facebook’s Sex and Violence Secrets Revealed

Wednesday 22 February 19:00:25 UTC 2012

Leaked documents have revealed exactly what is and is not allowed on Facebook photographs. The leak has also shown that Facebook uses cheap outsourced labor to police its rules.There have been two separate leaks to the Gawker site. The first came from an employee of Odesk, the company engaged by Facebook to hire foreign workers to vet content to make sure … [Link]

Slashdot » PSVita Released In the USA and Europe

Wednesday 22 February 18:41:00 UTC 2012

YokimaSun writes "Sony have today released the PSVita in the USA and Europe, the console comes with features such as dual touch pads at the front and rear, dual cameras at the front and rear, dual analog sticks, a 5-inch OLED screen, GPS, six-axis motion sensors and a three-axis electronic compass. The PSVita is Sony's attempt at stealing the … [Link]

New Scientist – Online news » World's deepest land animal discovered

Wednesday 22 February 18:39:00 UTC 2012

The deepest-dwelling land animal in the world has been found almost 2 kilometres underground [Link]

New Scientist – Online news » Men's Y chromosome is not about to go extinct

Wednesday 22 February 18:30:00 UTC 2012

The human male Y chromosome will not mutate itself out of existence just 4.6 million years from now – confounding expectations [Link]

New Scientist – Online news » 'Fountain of youth' enzyme lengthens mouse life

Wednesday 22 February 18:30:00 UTC 2012

Mice bred to have increased levels of sirtuin 6 – an enzyme found in humans – lived 15 per cent longer lives [Link]

New Scientist – Online news » Today on New Scientist: 22 February 2012

Wednesday 22 February 18:30:00 UTC 2012

All today's stories on newscientist.com, including: Europe will vote to keep Canadian tar sands out and rolling stones could mean Mars still rocks [Link]

Slashdot » Is It Time For NoSQL 2.0?

Wednesday 22 February 18:22:00 UTC 2012

New submitter rescrv writes "Key-value stores (like Cassandra, Redis and DynamoDB) have been replacing traditional databases in many demanding web applications (e.g. Twitter, Google, Facebook, LinkedIn, and others). But for the most part, the differences between existing NoSQL systems come down to the choice of well-studied implementation techniques; in particular, they all provide a similar API that achieves high … [Link]

Slashdot » Microsoft Files EU Antitrust Complaint Against Motorola Mobility

Wednesday 22 February 18:01:00 UTC 2012

judgecorp writes "Microsoft has filed a complaint with the European Commission complaining that Motorola Mobility is charging too much for use of its patented technology in phones and tablets. The complaint follows a similar one by Apple last week, and will need to be resolved by Google as it takes charge of Motorola Mobility." Share on Google+ Read more of this story … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Epic Rap Battles of History: The Mario Bros vs The Wright Bros. [Video]

Wednesday 22 February 18:00:20 UTC 2012

The Mario Bros. versus the Wright Bros.? Oh well, why not! :)[ERB]Related posts:Epic Rap Battles of History: Master Chief vs Leonidas [Video]Epic Super Mario Bros. Cake [Pic + Video]Epic Rap Battles of History: Gandalf vs Dumbledore [Video] [Link]

Slashdot » Solid Buckeyballs Detected In Space

Wednesday 22 February 17:31:00 UTC 2012

astroengine writes with an excerpt from an article at Discovery: "For the first time, 'buckyballs' have been discovered in the cosmos in a solid form. Until now, the only evidence in space for the bizarre little hollow balls of carbon atoms have been in interstellar gases, but with the help of NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, astronomers have discovered buckyballs … [Link]

Slashdot » UN Pushes Plan To Assume Internet Governance Role

Wednesday 22 February 17:15:00 UTC 2012

no0b writes with an Op-Ed by the FCC Commisioner on a UN plan to gain more control over Internet regulation. From the article: "On Feb. 27, a diplomatic process will begin in Geneva that could result in a new treaty giving the United Nations unprecedented powers over the Internet. Dozens of countries, including Russia and China, are pushing hard … [Link]

New Scientist – Online news » Bioterror is not the biggest threat from bird flu

Wednesday 22 February 17:04:00 UTC 2012

We are in more danger from a flu pandemic than flu-related bioterrorism [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » MegaCon 2012 Cosplay Gallery

Wednesday 22 February 17:00:03 UTC 2012

Photographer David Ngo attented Megacon 2012 in Orlando, FL last weekend and took plenty of photographs of cosplayers during the three-day event. Here is a selection of our favorites. Many thanks to David for allowing us to post those! Enjoy! [David Ngo]No related posts. [Link]

New Scientist – Online news » Don't cloud young minds

Wednesday 22 February 16:59:00 UTC 2012

To seek to present distorted science to the generation that will have to deal with the consequences of worsening climate change is deeply cynical [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » 87 Bazillion Guns Just Got Bazilliondier: Borderlands 2 Trailer [Video]

Wednesday 22 February 16:55:12 UTC 2012

HOLY CRAP! This is going to be LE AWESOME.[Borderlands 2]Related posts:Borderlands Marriage Proposal [Video]New Full-Length Captain America Trailer [Video]Badass LEGO Guns [Video] [Link]

Wired Top Stories » PlayStation Vita Review: Finally, Console-Level Gaming in a Handheld Device

Wednesday 22 February 16:47:00 UTC 2012

The Sony PlayStation Vita officially launches today, bringing with it over two dozen games and a host of promises. Without a new version of the PlayStation console announced, Sony is clearly counting on the PS Vita to restore some of the prestige lost in the gaming world with the troubles dogging their PlayStation Network. [Link]

New Scientist – Online news » Assad masses Syrian cyber army in online crackdown

Wednesday 22 February 16:39:00 UTC 2012

Syria's violence against civilians is being matched with online abuses as the government uses hacking and surveillance tools to track its people [Link]

Slashdot » The Recycling of the Tevatron

Wednesday 22 February 16:34:00 UTC 2012

ananyo writes with an excerpt from an article in Nature about the decomissioning of the Tevatron: "It is a 4,000-tonne edifice that stands three stories high, chock full of particle detectors, power supplies, electronics and photomultiplier tubes, all layered like a giant onion around a cylindrical magnet. During 26 years of operation at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in … [Link]

New Scientist – Online news » Europe will vote to keep Canadian tar sands out

Wednesday 22 February 16:17:00 UTC 2012

The European Union is poised to label tar bitumen more polluting than other forms of oil. That would rule out selling it to Europe [Link]

Slashdot » KDE KWin May Drop Support For AMD Catalyst Drivers

Wednesday 22 February 16:12:00 UTC 2012

An anonymous reader writes "The KWin window manager maintainer for KDE is looking at removing the legacy OpenGL 1.0 renderer from the KWin code-base due to the costs of supporting legacy hardware. This means dropping support for non-GL2+ graphics cards, which are all over six years old, but in the process would mean that for now there is no … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » MegaCon 2012 Cosplay Gallery

Wednesday 22 February 16:05:06 UTC 2012

Photographer David Ngo attented Megacon 2012 in Orlando, FL last weekend and took plenty of photographs of cosplayers during the three-day event. Here is a selection of our favorites. Many thanks to David for allowing us to post those! Enjoy! [David Ngo]Related posts:Dragon*Con 2011 Cosplay: Final Day [Gallery]San Diego Comic-Con 2011 Cosplay: Day 4 [Gallery]Otakon 2011 Cosplay [Gallery] [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » 87 Bazillion Guns Just Got Bazilliondier: Borderlands 2 Trailer [Video]

Wednesday 22 February 16:05:05 UTC 2012

HOLY CRAP! This is going to be LE AWESOME.[Borderlands 2]Related posts:Borderlands Marriage Proposal [Video]New Full-Length Captain America Trailer [Video]Badass LEGO Guns [Video] [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Rumor Has the iPad 3

Wednesday 22 February 16:05:04 UTC 2012

Image credit: MacRumorsAs with almost any upcoming Apple product, rumor runs rampant and speculation goes wild in the ramp up to the iPad 3 announcement – which we’re all now expecting on March 7th. Will it have this, that, and the kitchen sink thrown in? As the cyber world expands, it becomes more and more difficult to figure out what people … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Rumor Has the iPad 3

Wednesday 22 February 16:00:15 UTC 2012

Image credit: MacRumorsAs with almost any upcoming Apple product, rumor runs rampant and speculation goes wild in the ramp up to the iPad 3 announcement – which we’re all now expecting on March 7th. Will it have this, that, and the kitchen sink thrown in? As the cyber world expands, it becomes more and more difficult to figure out what people … [Link]

Slashdot » Playbook OS 2.0 Released

Wednesday 22 February 15:54:00 UTC 2012

Alt-kun writes "On February 21st, The Blackberry Playbook finally received its long-promised overhaul. Called Playbook OS 2.0, this major upgrade provides native email and calendaring apps, limited support for Android applications (the developer has to repackage the app for the Playbook), and a bunch of other features. There are some fairly positive initial reviews, although one can no doubt … [Link]

Slashdot » Man Ordered To Apologize To Wife On Facebook

Wednesday 22 February 15:36:00 UTC 2012

New submitter Marillion writes "Photographer Mark Byron was so bothered by his pending divorce and child visitation issues that he blasted his soon-to-be ex-wife on his personal Facebook page. That touched off a battle that resulted in a Hamilton County judge ordering Byron jailed for his Facebook rant — and to post on his page an apology to his … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Oh the Horror: New Preschool Transformers Toy Has Balls [Pic]

Wednesday 22 February 15:30:43 UTC 2012

This, ladies and gentlegeeks, is one of the first toys from Hasbro’s My First Transformers, a new line of preschool transforming toys geared toward children 2 and up. I don’t know about you guys, but I’m not exactly sure what this huge ball is supposed to be doing, especially since it is located.. well… in the crotch area.Oh well… maybe the … [Link]

New Scientist – Online news » Publish lethal flu virus work, says WHO

Wednesday 22 February 15:29:45 UTC 2012

Advice to publish work on deadly flu contradicts a top US biosecurity panel – but New Scientist reveals that similar work has been published already [Link]

New Scientist – Online news » Creating buildings that repair themselves

Wednesday 22 February 15:24:16 UTC 2012

Colour-changing emergency pods, paint that repairs the structure beneath: Rachel Armstrong envisions a world enhanced by synthetic biology. [Link]

Slashdot » Intel Opening Foundry To Third Parties

Wednesday 22 February 15:15:00 UTC 2012

angry tapir writes "Intel is exploring whether it can branch out as a foundry by opening its chip manufacturing facilities to more third-party customers. Intel has expanded its chip-to-order business by signing up additional customers to take advantage of its 22-nanometer process facilities." In particular, two FPGA design companies will be using Intel's fabrication plant, and "the unit has … [Link]

Geek Culture » Rick Mercer nails it!

Wednesday 22 February 15:13:38 UTC 2012

Canada's brilliant Rick Mercer, on Canada's most un-brilliant bill C-30… [Link]

New Scientist – Online news » One-Minute Physics: How to levitate by vomiting milk

Wednesday 22 February 14:50:16 UTC 2012

Watch an animation that calculates how you could propel yourself on a jet of vomit [Link]

Slashdot » ACTA Referred To Europe's Top Court For Analysis

Wednesday 22 February 14:36:00 UTC 2012

superglaze writes "The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement is to get an extra level of scrutiny in the EU after the European Commission said it would refer it to the European Court of Justice, to check it really does comply with fundamental freedoms in the union. This obviously follows mass protests over ACTA, and it seems justice commissioner Viviane Reding was … [Link]

Slashdot » Adobe Makes Flash on GNU/Linux Chrome-Only

Wednesday 22 February 13:55:00 UTC 2012

ekimd writes "Adobe has anounced their plans to abandon future updates of their Flash player for Linux. Partnering with Google, after the release of 11.2, 'the Flash Player browser plugin for Linux will only be available via the 'Pepper' API as part of the Google Chrome browser distribution and will no longer be available as a direct download from … [Link]

New Scientist – Online news » Broccoli and other wonder drugs of antiquity

Wednesday 22 February 13:41:00 UTC 2012

Alain Touwaide is on a mission to unearth lost medicinal knowledge from ancient manuscripts (full text available to subscribers) [Link]

Slashdot » Have Bad Cars Gone Extinct?

Wednesday 22 February 13:13:00 UTC 2012

Hugh Pickens writes "AP reports that global competition is squeezing lemons out of the market and forcing automakers to improve the quality and reliability of their vehicles. With few exceptions, cars are so close on reliability that it's getting harder for companies to charge a premium. 'We don't have total clunkers like we used to,' says Dave Sargent, automotive … [Link]

New Scientist – Online news » Climate sceptics may find fertile ground in US schools

Wednesday 22 February 12:56:49 UTC 2012

A conservative organisation is working to sow doubt in US classrooms on the science of climate change. Polls suggest it may not fall on deaf ears (full text available to subscribers) [Link]

New Scientist – Online news » GPS jamming: a clear and present reality

Wednesday 22 February 12:56:44 UTC 2012

Secret sensors sniffed 60 GPS jamming attempts in the UK in the last six months, says a government backed project [Link]

New Scientist – Online news » Nuclear spies use earth and skies to up their game

Wednesday 22 February 12:44:00 UTC 2012

Ionospheric disturbances and swelling rocks could both be used on to help sniff out covert nuclear weapons tests [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Illustrated Guide to Mad Men Bed-Hopping

Wednesday 22 February 12:26:06 UTC 2012

Wired diagrams the mad Mad world of bed-hopping on AMC's Madison Avenue. [Link]

Wired Top Stories » D-Wave Defies World of Critics With 'First Quantum Cloud'

Wednesday 22 February 12:26:05 UTC 2012

Geordie Rose has a Ph.D. in quantum physics, but he's also a world champion in Brazilian jiu-jitsu and a Canadian national champion wrestler. That may seem like an odd combination, but this dual background makes him the perfect fit for his chosen profession. Rose is the CTO and founder of D-Wave. He calls it the world?s only quantum computer company, … [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Feb. 22, 1918: A Really Big Kid From Alton, Illinois

Wednesday 22 February 12:26:04 UTC 2012

Robert Pershing Wadlow is born and will soon astound the world as the tallest man who ever lived. [Link]

Wired Top Stories » In Speculative Fiction Story 'Cut,' Genital Mutilation Becomes a Fad

Wednesday 22 February 12:26:03 UTC 2012

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Wired Top Stories » Priceless Science: Striking Finds From a Rare-Book Fair

Wednesday 22 February 12:26:02 UTC 2012

From Audubon?s The Birds of America, a first edition of which sold last month at auction for $7.9 million, to Copernicus? heliocentric sketch that changed the world, we?ve selected the most remarkable science tomes from this year's San Francisco Antiquarian Book, Print and Paper Fair. [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Mexican Mayhem Fuels U.S. 'Bodyguard' Boom

Wednesday 22 February 12:26:01 UTC 2012

Thanks to the drug wars in Mexico, demand has spiked for professional bodyguards and guns-for-hire, many of them based in the United States. [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Players Populate Skyrim With Killer Rabbits, Ghostly Horses

Wednesday 22 February 12:26:00 UTC 2012

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Wired Top Stories » Love Paper All Over Again With Two Adorably Tiny Printers

Wednesday 22 February 12:25:57 UTC 2012

London design firm BERG and New York open hardware shop Adafruit both trade in big and small ideas about the future, but their projects rarely converge. Until now — with impossibly tiny printers. [Link]

New Scientist – Online news » Diet pill aims for US regulatory approval

Wednesday 22 February 12:17:00 UTC 2012

The makers of an appetite-sapping drug will this week take a second bite at the cherry of regulatory approval [Link]

New Scientist – Online news » Tech before its time: Six gadgets too good, too soon

Wednesday 22 February 11:47:38 UTC 2012

Killer innovations such as Facebook and the iPad didn't spring from nowhere – all the inventions that make our world evolved from less fit predecessors [Link]

Slashdot » Astronomers Confirm a Hot and Steamy Exoplanet

Wednesday 22 February 11:33:00 UTC 2012

The Bad Astronomer writes "The extrasolar planet GJ 1214b was discovered in 2009 orbiting a nearby (40 light year distant) red dwarf star. The planet was quickly found to have a thick atmosphere, but it wasn't known at the time if the composition was water vapor or a hazy shroud of particulates. New Hubble observations confirm the atmosphere of … [Link]

New Scientist – Online news » Farmyard antibiotics linked to superbugs

Wednesday 22 February 11:11:00 UTC 2012

A deadly strain of MRSA was born in livestock treated with antibiotics, strengthening the case for restricting the practice [Link]

Slashdot » Google Heads Up Display Coming By the End of the Year

Wednesday 22 February 10:18:00 UTC 2012

kodiaktau writes "Google is working to deliver a heads-up display allowing users access to email, maps and other tools through a wearable interface. According to the NY Times' sources, the device will be available later this year, and sell for prices comparable to smartphones. 'The people familiar with the Google glasses said they would be Android-based, and will include … [Link]

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

Wednesday 22 February 7:30:15 UTC 2012

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

Slashdot » Obayashi To Build Space Elevator By 2050

Wednesday 22 February 7:11:00 UTC 2012

mattr writes "Japan's Obayashi Corp. has announced plans to build a space elevator by 2050. They are famous for wrecking skylines with the over-sized bullet train station in Kyoto, the world's tallest self-supporting tower Tokyo Sky Tree and just recently, the beginnings of the Taipei Dome. It will take a week at 200 kph for your party of 30 … [Link]

Slashdot » Europe Plans Exascale Funding Above U.S. Levels

Wednesday 22 February 6:16:00 UTC 2012

dcblogs writes "The European Commission last week said it is doubling its multi-year investment in the push for exascale computing from €630 million to €1.2 billion (or the equivalent of $1.58 billion). They are making this a priority even as austerity measures are imposed to prevent defaults. China, meanwhile, has a five-year plan to deliver exascale computing between 2016-20 … [Link]

Slashdot » Privacy-Centric Search Engine Scroogle Shuts Down

Wednesday 22 February 5:11:00 UTC 2012

An anonymous reader writes "Daniel Brandt started his 'Scroogle' search engine because he wanted to provide increased privacy to people who searched online through Google. Unfortunately, while Google tolerated this for a while, they began throttling Scroogle queries. This, in combination with extensive DDoS attacks on Brandt's servers, has caused him to take Scroogle offline, along with his other … [Link]

The Joy of Tech » JoT 1655: Parent's Worst (Facebook) Nightmare.

Wednesday 22 February 4:10:21 UTC 2012

JoT thumbThe real reason parents join Facebook. Click here to visit the comic. [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Ubuntu for Android Turns Your Phone Into a Desktop Computer

Wednesday 22 February 3:57:00 UTC 2012

Cramming a desktop environment onto a smartphone is a fun project that promises very little actual usefulness. But now Canonical's Ubuntu for Android takes a different approach, surfacing the desktop OS only when it actually makes sense. [Link]

Wired Top Stories » How Many Different Ways Can the Same iPad 3 Rumors Be Reblogged?

Wednesday 22 February 3:11:00 UTC 2012

We know. You're excited about the iPad 3. We are too. And so is just about everyone else who follows consumer tech hardware. Rumors about Apple's upcoming tablet have been pouring in for months, and we've been following them just like everyone else. [Link]

Slashdot » The webOS Features Other OSes Should Steal

Wednesday 22 February 3:04:00 UTC 2012

New submitter egparedes points out a post dissecting webOS and highlighting the things it did right, in the hopes that developers for other mobile operating systems will use them as inspiration. Quoting: "webOS isn't quite dead yet. It's just being open-sourced, which, when it happens to commercial software, often turns out to be the digital equivalent of being reanimated … [Link]

Slashdot » Why Corporate Cloud Storage Doesn't Add Up

Wednesday 22 February 2:10:00 UTC 2012

snydeq writes "Deep End's Paul Venezia sees few business IT situations that could make good use of full cloud storage services, outside of startups. 'As IT continues in a zigzag path of figuring out what to do with this "cloud" stuff, it seems that some companies are getting ahead of themselves. In particular, the concept of outsourcing storage to … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Experience Freedom! [Video]

Wednesday 22 February 2:03:19 UTC 2012

Light off! Music up! Full screen!The Experience Freedom Journey will take you through the world of skydiving and Base Jumping in some of the most amazing and scenic locations in the world.[Via TDW]Related posts:Companion Cube Subwoofer Mod [Video]Experience the world’s fastest rollercoaster: Formula RossaThe Importance of Defending our Freedom to Share … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Ask Yourself: Should I Send This Email? [Flowchart]

Wednesday 22 February 2:03:18 UTC 2012

Email OverloadThe Internet: A vast expanse of distractions, armed to the teeth and laying in wait to ambush unsuspecting employees with adorable kittens and kids falling over – many of which make their attack through email. To combat this obscenity, we made a flow chart to help guide you through the daily task of deciding whether or not to hit send.Created by: … [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Apache Web Server Gets First Facelift in 6 Years

Wednesday 22 February 1:06:10 UTC 2012

The world's most popular web server just got a facelift. On Tuesday, for the first time in over six years, the Apache Software Foundation unveiled a new version of its eponymous web server, which runs an estimated 398 million sites across the net. [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Megaupload CEO Kim Dotcom Granted Bail in New Zealand, But Banned From Net

Wednesday 22 February 1:06:09 UTC 2012

Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom was freed on bail in New Zealand, pending an extradition hearing to face criminal copyright charges in the States. Dotcom is not, however, allowed to fly, stray far from his mansion or, perhaps worst of all, use the internet. [Link]

Slashdot » Unconstitutional Video Game Law Costs California $2 Million

Wednesday 22 February 1:06:00 UTC 2012

An anonymous reader writes "In hopes of protecting the children of California from the ravages of violent video games, then governor Arnold Schwarzenegger attempted to push through a law that would fine retailers $1000 for each infraction of selling a violent game to an underage child. However, in the wake of appeals to the U.S. Supreme Court, which struck … [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Throw a Geek Oscars Party

Wednesday 22 February 1:05:51 UTC 2012

Forget the red carpet and musical numbers. For geeks, the Oscars are about celebrating the fleeting overlap of technology and filmmaking. Here?s how to stage an Oscar bash for your inner geek. [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Intel 'Solar' Chip Nears Light of Day

Wednesday 22 February 1:03:00 UTC 2012

In September, Intel showed off the Claremont processor, a research prototype so energy-efficient it can run Windows on the power generated by a palm-size solar cell. Now, the company is also using the processor's Near Threshold Voltage technique in memory chips and graphics processors, and the technique's public status has also been upgraded from may-not-see-the-light-of-day to likely-to-turn-up-in-products. [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Medieval Batman Armor [Pics]

Wednesday 22 February 1:00:08 UTC 2012

A totally awesome-looking all leather suit of armor by Deviantart user Azmal that was molded to look like the suit of armor Batman would wear in a medieval-inspired alternate fantasy universe.[Source: Azmal | Via]Related posts:Soldier in Full Plate Armor Running on a Threadmill [Video]Every Significant Batman Suit Ever [Pic]Borg-ish Kitty Armor [Pic] … [Link]

New Scientist – Online news » Boiled-to-death penguins are back from the brink

Wednesday 22 February 0:31:00 UTC 2012

DNA analysis shows Macquarie Island's king penguins are back in numbers and genetic diversity. If only they could kick out the rampaging rabbits [Link]

Wired Top Stories » How Patent Battles Threaten the Simple Act of Unlocking a Phone

Wednesday 22 February 0:31:00 UTC 2012

Unlocking a smartphone is perhaps its most basic function. It's a no-frills feature, but an important one. And yet over the past six months, the simple act of unlocking a phone has grown absurdly controversial. [Link]

Slashdot » How Google Is Remapping Public Transportation

Wednesday 22 February 0:18:00 UTC 2012

waderoush writes "Google wants to 'organize the world's information,' but there isn't a marketplace or a category of knowledge it can organize without remaking it in the process. A case in point: public transportation. Largely outside the media spotlight, Google has wrought a quiet revolution over the last five years in the way commuters get schedule information for local … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Medieval Batman Armor [Pics]

Wednesday 22 February 0:12:39 UTC 2012

A totally awesome-looking all leather suit of armor by Deviantart user Azmal that was molded to look like the suit of armor Batman would wear in a medieval-inspired alternate fantasy universe.[Source: Azmal | Via]Related posts:Soldier in Full Plate Armor Running on a Threadmill [Video]Every Significant Batman Suit Ever [Pic]Borg-ish Kitty Armor [Pic] [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Slinkies on Treadmills [Videos]

Wednesday 22 February 0:12:35 UTC 2012

Ohhhh, that looks like fun! Too bad I only have my son’s plastic slinky right now… and no treadmill.[Via]Related posts:It’s Caturday: The Source of all Cat Videos on the InternetHilarious Microsoft Kinect Spoof VideosThese Aren’t the Gingerbread Men You’re Looking For [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Geektastic Decepticon Engagement Ring

Wednesday 22 February 0:12:34 UTC 2012

The setting of this ring was custom made for a customer using our 3Design CAD CAM software and cast in 14k white gold.The setting is designed to look like the symbol of an evil robot organization. The mask setting is two sided, and the prongs holding the Moissanite gemstone in place are the robot’s horns, which I thought was pretty cool.The … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Weight Loss Advice May be Unrealistic

Wednesday 22 February 0:12:33 UTC 2012

An expert on metabolism believes there may be a fundamental flaw in guidelines about weight loss through a change in diet. Dr Kevin Hall says in turn this may be deterring people from sticking with attempts to drop weight.Speaking to the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Hall highlighted guidelines used by health agencies on both sides of the Atlantic. … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » One Document to Rule Them All: The Cyrus Cylinder Still Relevant 2600 Years Later

Wednesday 22 February 0:12:32 UTC 2012

A baked clay cylinder from two and half millennia ago could very well be one of the most influential objects of the last few millennia. Written in Babylonian cuneiform script, the “Cyrus Cylinder” originally recounts how Cyrus, the king of the Persians, invaded, destroyed, and liberated Babylon. This the region we now call the Middle East with Persia now being what … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Geek vs. Hipster: The Infographic

Wednesday 22 February 0:12:31 UTC 2012

ShareLast month we posted an infographic pitching geeks against nerds and giving the basics on what made each group different. It went viral in a BIG way. Since a lot of you thought that the “geek” featured on the infographic looked a little more like a hipster, we thought you’d appreciate this one comparing the typical hipster with YOUR vision … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Amazon Deal of the Day: 45% Off Olympus PEN E-PL1 12.3MP Live MOS Micro Four Thirds Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera – $274.99 + Free Shipping

Wednesday 22 February 0:12:30 UTC 2012

For today’s edition of Deal of the Day, Amazon has the Olympus PEN E-PL1 12.3MP Live MOS Micro Four Thirds Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera for just $274.99. That’s 45% off the camera’s usual retail price of $499.The Olympus PEN E-PL1 is truly greater than the sum of its parts, with a surprisingly small camera body packed with technology normally found in … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » AT-AT Imperial Camper [Pic]

Wednesday 22 February 0:12:29 UTC 2012

Presented without comment.[Via Jack Schofield | NA]Related posts:AT-AT Imperial Stroller [Pic]The Ultimate in Laziness [Pic]Imperial Guard Snuggie [Pic] [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Insignificant and Depressed [Comic]

Wednesday 22 February 0:12:28 UTC 2012

[Source: Shoeboxblog]Related posts:So Long, Zombies [Comic]Please Copy This Into Your Status Update [Comic]The Ex Girlfriend [Comic] [Link]

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