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Anyone who works as a freelancer these days has to be at least a bit familiar with techie things. But it isn’t just that. When I was a kid and those vaguely SF puppet shows were on the television and all the other kids wanted to be Greg Gogetem or Steve Savetheuniverse, I wanted to be the guy in a white coat and glasses called Doc or Brains. Here are some technology-related feeds I find useful and/or entertaining.

Wired Top Stories » The Meta-Story: How Wired Published Its GitHub Story on GitHub

Friday 24 February 23:53:37 UTC 2012

Earlier this week, Wired published a story about GitHub, the "version control" site that's taking the internet by storm. But it was more than just a story. It was an experiment in version control. In addition to publishing our GitHub story on Wired, we published our GitHub story on GitHub. [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Report: Google-Branded Tablet to Land in April

Friday 24 February 23:53:36 UTC 2012

The search giant's march to "own the whole widget" takes another big step forward. [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Scorned Attorney Threatens to Take Down Lawyer-Review Site

Friday 24 February 23:53:35 UTC 2012

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Slashdot » NYC To Release Teacher Evaluation Data Over Union Protests

Friday 24 February 23:48:46 UTC 2012

langelgjm writes "Bringing a lengthy legal battle to a close, New York City's Department of Education will today release detailed evaluation reports on individual English and math teachers as a result of a request under public information laws. The city's teachers union has responded with full page ads (PDF) decrying the methodology used in the evaluations. The court's decision … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Dr. Grordbort’s Dangerous Game: Brilliant Steampunk Short Film

Friday 24 February 23:28:18 UTC 2012

“Eat me? Ha, he wouldn’t dare. I’m British!”Artist Greg broadmore has brought us an insight with this short film into the world of Dr. Grordbort, a seller of rayguns in an incredibly violent but beautiful science fiction/steampunk world.Related posts:Another day, another brilliant short film: Möbius [Video]IRL – In Real Life: A Short Documentary About Online Game Addiction [Video]Beautiful Short Film: … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Lightsaber Arm Tattoos [Pic]

Friday 24 February 23:28:17 UTC 2012

Luke Skywalker vs. Darth Vader: FIGHT![Source: EVHH]Related posts:Star Wars LED Lightsaber FlashlightsAmazing Lightsaber Table Lamps [Pic]Geektastic Lightsaber Room Lights [Link]

New Scientist – Online news » Astrophile: The relativity-testing supernova next door

Friday 24 February 23:15:00 UTC 2012

The brightest supernova in nearly 400 years erupted on our cosmic doorstep 25 years ago, and today it's in the thick of the debate over neutrinos' speeds [Link]

Slashdot » New Avenue For MRSA 'Superbug': Pigs

Friday 24 February 23:05:00 UTC 2012

smitty777 writes with news that researchers have discovered another way methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) bacteria are developing resistance to antibiotics. According to the study (abstract), the bacteria made the jump to pigs on livestock farms, developed greater resistance through the rounds of antibiotics commonly used to keep the pigs healthy, and then jumped back to humans. "The important development … [Link]

ProgrammableWeb » Today in APIs: Flickr Geo, Xing API and 13 New APIs

Friday 24 February 23:01:43 UTC 2012

FlickrFlickr shares what it’s learned about “geo interfaces for actual humans.” Xing doesn’t even have an API yet, but it’s already sharing details with developers. Plus: Tap 2 Revenue, “usable APIs” and 13 new APIs. Geo Interfaces for Actual Humans This presentation (embedded above) shares tips Flickr learned about including maps. It even suggests using the MapQuest Open Static Map API. … [Link]

Pogue's Posts » More on OnLive Desktop – Readers' Questions Answered

Friday 24 February 22:33:04 UTC 2012

Following Thursday's column, more information about OnLive Desktop, the app that turns an iPad into a blazing-fast Windows machine. [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Google Donates Biz Software for Mac File Encryption

Friday 24 February 22:23:23 UTC 2012

Google is helping Macs move into big businesses. Again. This week, Google announced that it would open source a software tool it built to automate the use of Apple's FileVault encryption software inside the company. The tool works with FileVault 2, which made its debut with Apple's Mac OS "Lion," and it's called — of all things — Cauliflower Vest. … [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Apple Gives Shareholders More Input; Will Facebook Get the Message?

Friday 24 February 22:23:22 UTC 2012

Shareholders want directors and executives who are publicly accountable, who represent the interest of every investor, not just the founder or themselves. [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Forcing Defendant to Decrypt Hard Drive Is Unconstitutional, Appeals Court Rules

Friday 24 February 22:23:21 UTC 2012

Forcing a criminal suspect to decrypt hard drives so their contents can be used by prosecutors is a breach of the Fifth Amendment right against compelled self incrimination, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday. [Link]

Slashdot » Pakistan Looking For Homegrown URL Blocking System

Friday 24 February 22:23:00 UTC 2012

chicksdaddy writes "Tech-enabled filtering and blocking of Web sites and Internet addresses that are deemed hostile to repressive regimes has been a major political and human rights issue in the last year, as popular protests in Egypt, Tunisia, Libya and Syria erupted. Now it looks as if Pakistan's government is looking for a way to strengthen its hand against … [Link]

Slashdot » 'Culturomics' Spreads From Google Books To Scientific Preprints

Friday 24 February 22:00:00 UTC 2012

ananyo writes "Cultural Observatory at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts is to index the whole of the ArXiv pre-print database of papers from the physical sciences, breaking down the full text of the articles into component phrases to see how often a particular word or phrase appears relative to others — a measure of how 'meme-like' a term is. … [Link]

Slashdot » Facebook Has 25 People Dedicated To Handling Gov't Info Requests

Friday 24 February 21:39:00 UTC 2012

nonprofiteer writes "A profile of Facebook's CSO reveals that his 70-person security team includes 25 people dedicated solely to handling information requests from law enforcement. They get thousands of calls and e-mails from authorities each week, though Facebook requires police to get a warrant for anything beyond a subscriber's name, email and IP address. CSO Joe Sullivan says that … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » iPad trademark battle crosses Pacific

Friday 24 February 21:22:50 UTC 2012

Apple’s battle with a Chinese firm over the iPad name has now reached the US legal system. But this new case is about alleged sneaky tactics rather than the name itself.As we’ve previously covered, Proview registered the name “IPAD” in Taiwan in 2000 and China in 2001. It sold the Taiwan rights to an Apple-controlled company in 2006, but still claims … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Bringing Back Magic to Technology

Friday 24 February 21:22:49 UTC 2012

From the wonderfully mystical lands of India, they refuse to allow machinery to crush all the magic that life has to bring. So illustrator/writer Shilo Shiv Suleman embarked on a quest to use the iPad to create magic, rather than destroying it.If you ask me, she’s done a fine job of it.[Via TED]Related posts:Amazing iPod Magic – Deception [Video]Bringing Sexy … [Link]

Slashdot » User Successfully Sues AT&T For Throttling iPhone Data

Friday 24 February 20:57:00 UTC 2012

An anonymous reader writes "Matt Spaccarelli has won a judgement of $850 from AT&T for data throttling. From the article: 'Nadel's ruling could pave the way for others to follow suit. AT&T has some 17 million customers with "unlimited data" plans that can be subject to throttling, representing just under half of the company's smartphone users. AT&T stopped signing … [Link]

Slashdot » Stroustrup Reveals What's New In C++ 11

Friday 24 February 20:35:00 UTC 2012

snydeq writes "Bjarne Stroustrup discusses the latest version of C++, which, although not a major overhaul, offers many small upgrades to appeal to different areas of development. From the interview: 'I like the way move semantics will simplify the way we return large data structures from functions and improve the performance of standard-library types, such as string and vector. … [Link]

Wired Top Stories » How to Prevent Interplanetary Pandemics

Friday 24 February 20:31:00 UTC 2012

Planetary protection must prevent Earth-based life from going out as well as alien life from coming in. But there's a hefty cost to knowledge in zapping probable alien life in, say, a sample of Martian dust. Extremo Files blogger and astrobiologist Jeffrey Marlow explains. [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Game|Life Podcast: Adventures in the Guild Wars 2 Beta

Friday 24 February 20:28:58 UTC 2012

Apparently Wired.com managing editor Marty Cortinas is the only member of the Game|Life podcast who plays videogames anymore, as he illustrates with his impressions of the Guild Wars 2 beta version this week. [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Watch a Live Feed of This Weekend's Spectacular Planetary Alignment

Friday 24 February 20:28:57 UTC 2012

Get ready for some awesome planetary alignment action this weekend. The moon, Venus, and Jupiter ? the three brightest objects in the night sky ? will be putting on a dazzling celestial show shortly after sunset both Feb. 25 and 26, coming together in a tight triangle. And if you can't see it where you are, watch this live online … [Link]

Slashdot » North Korea's High-Tech Counterfeit $100 Bills

Friday 24 February 20:15:00 UTC 2012

ESRB writes "North Korea is apparently able to produce high-quality counterfeits of U.S. dollars — specifically $100 and $50 bills. It's suspected that they possess similar printing technologies as the U.S. and buy ink from the same Swedish firm. 'Since the superdollars were first detected about a decade ago, the regime has been pocketing an estimated $15 to $25 … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » J.K. Rowling Signs deal to write an Adult Novel

Friday 24 February 19:46:48 UTC 2012

Harry Potter author JK Rowling is obviously financially stable, and if she doesn’t want to, she never has to write another book as long as she lives. Of course the fans would be dying for her to continue in the Potterverse, but she has repeatedly made it clear that wasn’t going to happen.But that doesn’t mean she isn’t going to write … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » The Periodic Table Table [Video]

Friday 24 February 19:46:45 UTC 2012

Some people collect stamps. Wolfram Research co-founder and author Theo Gray collects elements. Step into his office, and you’ll see a silicon disc engraved with Homer Simpson, a jar of mercury, uranium shells and hundreds of other chemical artifacts. But his real DIY masterpiece is the world’s first “periodic table table.” Within this masterfully constructed table-top lay samples of nearly … [Link]

Slashdot » Microsoft Killing Off Zune, Windows Live Brands?

Friday 24 February 19:33:00 UTC 2012

suraj.sun writes with this excerpt from The Verge: "Microsoft appears to be killing off two of its key user-facing brands with the upcoming Consumer Preview release of Windows 8. Windows Live applications have been rolled into preinstalled apps that work as the core 'Windows Communications' applications for Windows 8, and this lack of Windows Live branding is only the … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Anna Fischer’s Sexy Katsucon Picture Gallery

Friday 24 February 19:30:46 UTC 2012

Anna Fischer, one of our favorite photographers here at [GAS], has recently attended Katsucon 2012 and has captured some fabulous pictures of various cosplayer at the event, and as usual, they do not disappoint! Check ‘em out in the picture gallery below! [Source: Anna Fischer (CC)]Related posts:Anna Fischer’s Amazing Cosplay Photography – Part II [Gallery]Anna Fischer’s Geektastically Sexy NYCC 2011 PhotosAnna Fischer’s … [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Villains Become Victims in Clone Wars' 'Massacre'

Friday 24 February 19:13:26 UTC 2012

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Wired Top Stories » New Net Rates the Force Behind Monster Slam Dunks

Friday 24 February 19:13:25 UTC 2012

The Sprite Slam Dunk Contest features a high-tech net that definitively quantifies the force of a dunk, allowing us to determine once and for all who throws down with the greatest authority. [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Vulcan's View 8: Volcanoes and Eruptions Seen From Space for February 24, 2012

Friday 24 February 19:13:21 UTC 2012

Around the world volcanoes are stirring. Eruptions blogger and volcanologist Erik Klemetti brings you nine volcanic regions to pore over — including one on the moon. [Link]

ProgrammableWeb » PowerInbox Wants You To Stay In Your Inbox

Friday 24 February 19:04:22 UTC 2012

PowerInboxDespite all the claims over the years that email is going to go away, it comes as no surprise that email is still and will be the dominant ways that we communicate with each other. People complain that they are not being productive because they end up spending way too much time inside their email application. But what if we turn … [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Taliban Suicide Attacks Have Held Steady for Most of the War

Friday 24 February 18:53:00 UTC 2012

For most of the Afghanistan war, the Taliban have provided a steady stream of suicide bombers to kill Afghan civilians and U.S. troops, according to Army statistics. Although suicide bombing isn't the insurgent's attack of choice, they've launched over 100 suicide attacks every year, for an average of about one every three days — and the U.S. hasn't figured out … [Link]

Slashdot » Wirelessly Powered Medical Implant Propels Itself Through the Bloodstream

Friday 24 February 18:49:00 UTC 2012

cylonlover writes "With the wait still on for a miniaturization ray to allow some Fantastic Voyage-style medical procedures by doctors in submarines, tiny electronic implants capable of traveling in the bloodstream show much more promise. While the miniaturization of electronic and mechanical components now makes such devices feasible, the lack of a comparable reduction in battery size has held … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Comic Collection Fetches $3.5M

Friday 24 February 18:30:05 UTC 2012

When a man was called to help out the family to remove some old belongings of his Great Aunt after she passed away, the last thing he expected to find was his Uncle’s comic book collection.Michael Rorrer’s Uncle, Billy Wright, collected comics in the late 30s and early 40s and his 345 neatly collected and preserved collection passed on to his … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Anna Fischer’s Sexy Katsucon Picture Gallery

Friday 24 February 18:17:35 UTC 2012

Anna Fischer, one of our favorite photographers here at [GAS], has recently attended Katsucon 2012 and has captured some fabulous pictures of various cosplayer at the event, and as usual, they do not disappoint! Check ‘em out in the picture gallery below! [Source: Anna Fischer (CC)]Related posts:Anna Fischer’s Amazing Cosplay Photography – Part II [Gallery]Anna Fischer’s Geektastically Sexy NYCC 2011 PhotosAnna Fischer’s … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Amazon Deal of the Day: 75% Off Rockstar Classics Bundle (5 Games) – $14.99

Friday 24 February 18:17:32 UTC 2012

For today’s edition of Deal of the Day, Amazon has a bundle of 5 classic Rockstar games (pictured above) for just $14.99. That’s 75% off the bundle’s usual retail price of $59.95.-Rockstar Classics Bundle (5 Games) – $59.95 $14.99 (75% Off)Related posts:Amazon Deal of the Day: 40% Off EA Sports Active 2 Bundle (PS3) – $59.95 + Free ShippingWalmart bundle confirms … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » How Does the Study of Droplets Affect Birds and Microstructures?

Friday 24 February 18:17:31 UTC 2012

Photo Credit: HUS0These were probably the guys who used to sit and watch the rain, tracing the droplet paths down the window…and wondered about the surface tension and how many droplets could merge before they were no longer a mega-droplet and simply water, streaming down the window.Led from Princeton University, an international team of researchers have investigated how tiny little droplets … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Gmail Saves the Day [Pic]

Friday 24 February 18:17:30 UTC 2012

Edit: Yes, this is a fake email. Sigh.[Via]Related posts:Thane of Whiterun Found Guilty of Assault and Battery [Pic]Fake Science: How Do Cakes Rise?Gandalf, Magneto, Han Solo, Indiana Jones, and Blade Runner [Pic] [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Om Nom Nom Nom: The Periodic Table of Cupcakes [Pic]

Friday 24 February 18:17:29 UTC 2012

[Via Epic Ponyz]Related posts:The Periodic Table of… Cupcakes? [Pic]Om Nom Nom Nom: Star Wars Cupcakes [PIC]Oh Nom Nom Nom: Sonic the Hedgehog Cupcakes + Other Awesome Geeky Cakes [Pics] [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Man Assembles Skeleton in Stop Motion [Video]

Friday 24 February 18:17:28 UTC 2012

According to the source, this is a stop motion video, but wouldn’t it be more accurate to call it a time-lapse? I guess it doesn’t really matter, the video is still really cool anyways.[Source: Museum of London | Via LS]Related posts:Epic Stop Motion Jonny Quest Intro [Video]Awesome Stop Motion Animation: Against the Grain [Video]Super Mario Bros Paper Stop Motion Orchestration … [Link]

New Scientist – Online news » Monkey controls robot hand through brain implants

Friday 24 February 18:06:02 UTC 2012

Sensors in a monkey's brain monitor just 200 neurons – enough to accurately interpret the monkey's movements and control a robotic hand [Link]

Slashdot » The Dark Side of Digital Distribution

Friday 24 February 18:06:00 UTC 2012

An anonymous reader writes "Game journalist Stuart Campbell has written an incisive piece on how the digital distribution model users have grown to know and love over the past several years still has some major problems that go beyond even the DRM dilemma. He provides an example of an app developer using very shady update techniques to screw over … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Comic Collection Fetches $3.5M

Friday 24 February 18:00:05 UTC 2012

When a man was called to help out the family to remove some old belongings of his Great Aunt after she passed away, the last thing he expected to find was his Uncle’s comic book collection.Michael Rorrer’s Uncle, Billy Wright, collected comics in the late 30s and early 40s and his 345 neatly collected and preserved collection passed on to his … [Link]

ProgrammableWeb » Best New Mashups: Vizualization Mashups Using Twitter, Twilio and Klout

Friday 24 February 18:00:03 UTC 2012

TwitterWith data being both more plentiful and accessible than ever, tools that help users quickly make sense of it become increasingly valuable. As expected, much of the data being used comes from social sites. We come across mashups that access this data and provide interesting ways of looking at it from influence circles, tweet impacts and search results. Here is a … [Link]

New Scientist – Online news » Today on New Scientist: 24 February 2012

Friday 24 February 18:00:00 UTC 2012

All today's stories on newscientist.com, including: how much energy rain sucks up, a metaphorical search engine, a new cancer drug, and more [Link]

Slashdot » RapidShare Fighting Piracy By Slowing Download Speeds

Friday 24 February 17:25:00 UTC 2012

An anonymous reader writes "File hosting sites have been under increased pressure since the shutdown of Megaupload — both from law enforcement and from the sudden influx of new users. RapidShare, already dealing with a reputation as a facilitator of piracy, has now instituted a policy they hope will drive pirates away: download speed caps for its free service. … [Link]

New Scientist – Online news » Video game has hidden message offering jobs to pirates

Friday 24 February 17:11:00 UTC 2012

A recently released game includes a hidden text file with a message designed for software pirates to read [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Also Receiving Antibiotics on Factory Farms: Shrimp

Friday 24 February 17:09:42 UTC 2012

Shrimp farms in South and Southeast Asia are essentially factory farms, with all that implies — including antibiotic overuse. Superbug blogger Maryn McKenna reports. [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » The Periodic Table Table [Video]

Friday 24 February 17:00:40 UTC 2012

Some people collect stamps. Wolfram Research co-founder and author Theo Gray collects elements. Step into his office, and you’ll see a silicon disc engraved with Homer Simpson, a jar of mercury, uranium shells and hundreds of other chemical artifacts. But his real DIY masterpiece is the world’s first “periodic table table.” Within this masterfully constructed table-top lay samples of nearly … [Link]

ProgrammableWeb » Google’s Latest Efforts to Showcase Developers, APIs

Friday 24 February 16:57:58 UTC 2012

There are 96 Google APIs in our directory. The search giant has been working on a single site to house the developer offerings. It has come a step closer to that, launching a new app gallery to showcase many of the apps developers have made. The company also unveiled a new “Google Developers” logo. The site and its app gallery currently … [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Calling Chicken Little: Clouds Getting Lower

Friday 24 February 16:50:00 UTC 2012

Chicken Licken was right, the sky really is falling. NASA satellite data has shown that the Earth's cloud tops have been lowering over the last decade. [Link]

New Scientist – Online news » New doubt over H5N1 death rate – but risks still high

Friday 24 February 16:50:00 UTC 2012

Death rates for H5N1 bird flu may be overestimated, but even if they are, they're still worse than the 1918 flu pandemic which killed tens of millions [Link]

Slashdot » Physics Is (NP-)Hard

Friday 24 February 16:42:00 UTC 2012

An anonymous reader writes "New research at the boundary of physics and computer science shows that determining the dynamical equations of a system from observations of its behavior is NP-hard. From the abstract: 'The behavior of any physical system is governed by its underlying dynamical equations. Much of physics is concerned with discovering these dynamical equations and understanding their … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Amazon Deal of the Day: 75% Off Rockstar Classics Bundle (5 Games) – $14.99

Friday 24 February 16:10:40 UTC 2012

For today’s edition of Deal of the Day, Amazon has a bundle of 5 classic Rockstar games (pictured above) for just $14.99. That’s 75% off the bundle’s usual retail price of $59.95.-Rockstar Classics Bundle (5 Games) – $59.95 $14.99 (75% Off)Related posts:Amazon Deal of the Day: 40% Off EA Sports Active 2 Bundle (PS3) – $59.95 + Free ShippingWalmart bundle confirms … [Link]

New Scientist – Online news » Friday Illusion: How to make a dull diamond sparkle

Friday 24 February 16:04:06 UTC 2012

See how following a moving object can create a twinkling effect in your peripheral vision [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » How Does the Study of Droplets Affect Birds and Microstructures?

Friday 24 February 16:00:06 UTC 2012

Photo Credit: HUS0These were probably the guys who used to sit and watch the rain, tracing the droplet paths down the window…and wondered about the surface tension and how many droplets could merge before they were no longer a mega-droplet and simply water, streaming down the window.Led from Princeton University, an international team of researchers have investigated how tiny little droplets … [Link]

Slashdot » NYC To Release Teacher Evaluation Data Over Union Protests

Friday 24 February 16:00:00 UTC 2012

langelgjm writes "Bringing a lengthy legal battle to a close, New York City's Department of Education will today release detailed evaluation reports on individual English and math teachers as a result of a request under public information laws. The city's teachers union has responded with full page ads (PDF) decrying the methodology used in the evaluations. The court's decision … [Link]

New Scientist – Online news » New cancer drug sabotages tumour's escape route

Friday 24 February 15:40:00 UTC 2012

Untreatable cancers may soon be held at bay by an experimental drug that targets not only the tumour, but its capacity to spread [Link]

Slashdot » Mozilla Partners Up With LG To Combat Apple and Google

Friday 24 February 15:19:00 UTC 2012

MrSeb writes "At Mobile World Congress, which begins in three days, Mozilla will finally take the wraps off the Mozilla Marketplace and allow developers to submit their open web technology (HTML5, JavaScript, CSS) apps. While the Marketplace will play an important role in keeping Firefox in step with Chrome, these apps will actually play a far more important role: … [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Sparrow 2: The Redemption of an EV Pioneer

Friday 24 February 15:11:28 UTC 2012

Mike Corbin is famous for two things: Fantastic motorcycle seats and a funky electric car. You don't remember the Corbin Sparrow? Mike Corbin does, and says it will fly again. [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Gmail Saves the Day [Pic]

Friday 24 February 14:53:56 UTC 2012

Edit: Yes, this is a fake email. Sigh. [Via] Related posts: Thane of Whiterun Found Guilty of Assault and Battery [Pic] Fake Science: How Do Cakes Rise? Gandalf, Magneto, Han Solo, Indiana Jones, and Blade Runner [Pic] [Link]

New Scientist – Online news » Taste buds that resemble a moonscape

Friday 24 February 14:46:00 UTC 2012

Dark Skies, an artwork at UCLA's Art|Sci gallery, challenges notions of scale with huge computer-sculpted mouse taste buds lit up by sunsets [Link]

Slashdot » Vaccine Could Cut Heroin Addiction

Friday 24 February 14:36:00 UTC 2012

JumperCable writes "Scientists at Mexico's National Institute of Psychiatry are working on a vaccine that makes the body resistant to the effects of heroin, so users would no longer get a rush of pleasure. The researchers say they have successfully tested the vaccine on mice and are preparing to test it on humans. Mice given the vaccine showed a … [Link]

New Scientist – Online news » Metaphorical search engine finds creative new meanings

Friday 24 February 14:31:00 UTC 2012

YossarianLives, named after the anti-hero of Catch-22, doesn't tell you what everyone else knows – it seeks to creatively generate new knowledge [Link]

Wired Top Stories » How to Do Stop-Motion Animation on a Budget

Friday 24 February 14:00:00 UTC 2012

Learn how to make fun stop-motion movies with your kids, without spending Hollywood money. [Link]

New Scientist – Online news » Feedback: Golden section for bladder stones

Friday 24 February 13:57:00 UTC 2012

The golden section of a lethal dose, why Google employees never, ever break the rules, and the shop assistant who wasn't there (full text available to subscribers) [Link]

Slashdot » US Appeals Court Upholds Suspect's Right To Refuse Decryption

Friday 24 February 13:54:00 UTC 2012

An anonymous reader writes "The U.S. 11th Circuit Court of Appeals has found that forcing a suspect to decrypt his hard drive when the government did not already know what it contained would violate his 5th Amendment rights. According to Orin Kerr of the Volohk Conspiracy, 'the court's analysis (PDF) isn't inconsistent with Boucher and Fricosu, the two district … [Link]

Slashdot » The Best Streaming Media Player

Friday 24 February 13:11:00 UTC 2012

DeviceGuru writes "It's looking like 2012 will be a watershed year for cord-cutters wanting to replace expensive cable TV services with low-cost gadgets that stream movies and TV shows from the Internet via free, subscription, and pay-per-view services. Accordingly, this DeviceGuru smackdown pits five popular streaming media player devices against each other. The smackdown compares Roku, Google TV, Apple … [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Rant: I Love Photography

Friday 24 February 12:30:00 UTC 2012

This blog post was originally posted by PhotoShelter CEO and founder Allen Murayabashi on the PhotoShelter blog. Murayabashi was kind enough to share it with Raw File readers. [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Wired's Oscar Picks, Where Math Nerds, Hackers and 3-D Spectacles Win

Friday 24 February 12:30:00 UTC 2012

The Oscars are great, but let's face it: It's a party for Hollywood's most pretty, popular kids. And at the end of the night, they ? not the dweebs ? take home most of the little gold men. Not if we ran the show. [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Easily Pronounced Names May Make People More Likable

Friday 24 February 12:30:00 UTC 2012

Though it might seem impossible, and certainly inadvisable, to judge a person by her name, a new study suggests our brains try anyway. The more pronounceable a person's name is, the more likely people are to favor her. [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Feb. 24, 1938: Americans Can Now Stop Chewing on Pig Hair

Friday 24 February 12:30:00 UTC 2012

The first nylon-bristled toothbrushes go on sale, a welcome alternative to chewing on sticks or scrubbing the teeth with ground-up oyster shells. [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Tar Pit Tour: The Ice Age Miracle From Miracle Mile

Friday 24 February 12:30:00 UTC 2012

For more than a century, scientists have excavated fossils from the La Brea tar pits. It's a paleontological treasure chest, a snapshot of the late Pleistocene and Ice Age California. That picture is growing sharper by the day as paleontologists dig into Project 23, a huge cache uncovered almost six years ago during the construction of what would become a … [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Facebook Shakes Hardware World With Own Storage Gear

Friday 24 February 12:30:00 UTC 2012

Facebook already builds its own data centers and its own servers. And now the social-networking giant is building its own storage hardware ? hardware for housing all that digital stuff uploaded by its more than 845 million users, including photos and videos. "We store a few photos here and there," says Frank Frankovsky, the ex-Dell man who oversees hardware design … [Link]

O'Reilly News and Commentary » #Ebook Deal/Day: Programming Pig – $15.99 (Save 50%)

Friday 24 February 12:19:16 UTC 2012

Get "Programming Pig" today and save 50%!This sale ends at 2:00 AM 2012-02-27 (PDT, GMT-8:00). [Link]

New Scientist – Online news » Outreach or papers: where should postdocs' priorities lie?

Friday 24 February 11:49:23 UTC 2012

Future employers insist on papers but funding bodies like public engagement. How much time can a postdoc afford to take away from the books? [Link]

New Scientist – Online news » Light's speed limit is safe for now

Friday 24 February 11:29:00 UTC 2012

Nearly six months on from the faster-than-light neutrino sensation we finally seem to have a possible explanation, says Robert Garisto [Link]

Slashdot » Should There Be a Sci-Fi Category At the Oscars?

Friday 24 February 11:21:00 UTC 2012

An anonymous reader writes "In this chat with the originator of the light-saber in Star Wars and the Nostromo in Alien, director Roger Christian argues that the Academy Awards needs a special category for 'best science-fiction film.' It's a thorny subject, since such a new category would inevitably either get lumped in with fantasy/horror or further 'ghetto-ise' the genre. … [Link]

New Scientist – Online news » Tapping technology will create bounty for all

Friday 24 February 11:00:00 UTC 2012

In Abundance: The future is better than you think, X-Prize founder Peter Diamandis creates an optimistic vision – but does it square with reality? [Link]

New Scientist – Online news » Japan's 2011 megaquake reactivated dormant faults

Friday 24 February 10:48:00 UTC 2012

The magnitude 9 megaquake that shook the east coast of Japan in March 2011 reactivated dormant faults close to Fukushima's beleaguered nuclear reactors [Link]

Slashdot » Nordic Nations Pitch For US Data Centers

Friday 24 February 10:27:00 UTC 2012

judgecorp writes "Nordic nations are all pitching for business from data centre owners, based on their countries' excellent network provision, plentiful electricity from renewable sources, and a climate where servers can be kept cool cheaply, using the ambient air temperature, with no need for chillers. A Swedish delegation is visiting California to lure other players to follow Facebook into … [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Calm Down. Iran's Missiles Can't (and Won't) Hit the East Coast.

Friday 24 February 9:25:08 UTC 2012

Israel says Iran is building a mega-missile that can hit the East Coast of the United States in three years, max. Before you give up your rent-controlled apartment in Manhattan, you should know that most missile experts and intelligence veterans think that's way, way off. Iran has many years worth of complex technical challenges to master before it gets an … [Link]

Slashdot » Australian Govt Re-Kindles Office File Format War

Friday 24 February 8:03:00 UTC 2012

An anonymous reader writes "The Australian Government's peak IT strategy group has issued a cautious updated appraisal of currently available office productivity suite file formats, in what appears to be an attempt to more fully explain its thinking about the merits of open standards such as OpenDocument versus more proprietary file formats promulgated by vendors like Microsoft." Share on Google+ Read more … [Link]

New Scientist – Online news » Was early ungulate first mammal to echolocate?

Friday 24 February 8:00:00 UTC 2012

A distant forerunner of horses may have used echolocation to explore its underground habitat, new fossil evidence suggests [Link]

Slashdot » Comparing Today's Computers To 1995's

Friday 24 February 6:46:00 UTC 2012

An anonymous reader writes "A look back at two articles from 1995, touting high end computers and 'must haves.' How times have changed… …'Memory (RAM): We seem to have convinced most manufacturers to adopt eight megabytes as standard, compared with four megabytes in 1994. Don't buy less than eight. The difference in performance between an eight megabyte machine and … [Link]

Wired Top Stories » A Google-a-Day Puzzle for Feb. 24

Friday 24 February 6:31:11 UTC 2012

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

Slashdot » Children Used To Steal Parents' Data

Friday 24 February 5:31:00 UTC 2012

Barence writes "PC Pro's Davey Winder has revealed how pre-school children are being targeted by data thieves. Security vendors have uncovered a bunch of Flash-based games, colorful and attractive to young kids, which came complete with a remote access trojan. The trojan is usually installed behind a button to download more free games, but BitDefender even found one painting … [Link]

The Joy of Tech » JoT 1656: An Internet hipster has needs.

Friday 24 February 3:30:25 UTC 2012

JoT thumb It's the same with bands. Click here to visit the comic. [Link]

Slashdot » "Open Source" Drug Development Company Launched

Friday 24 February 3:01:00 UTC 2012

First time accepted submitter awjourn writes "During his years working in pharma R&D, Tomasz Sablinski was frustrated by the industry's need for secrecy and its utter inability to design patient-friendly drug trials. So he founded Transparency Life Sciences, a company that's developing three drugs based on input from patients and physicians, who log onto the company's site and voice … [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Judge Tosses Tesla's Case Against Top Gear

Friday 24 February 2:35:14 UTC 2012

A judge in London sends the Silicon Valley automaker Tesla home empty-handed for a second time. [Link]

ProgrammableWeb » Today in APIs: DropBox, Government and 18 New APIs

Friday 24 February 2:12:34 UTC 2012

DropboxOne developer suggests that the DropBox API should be the universal transport API. Open government in the United States takes another step with the Regulations.gov API. Plus: thoughts on interest graphs, RESTful voices and 18 new APIs. Should DropBox Be The Universal Transport API? Nelson Minar says he’s “3/4 serious” in his post about using DropBox to share between apps: Many … [Link]

ProgrammableWeb » 55 Upcoming Hackathons: Civic, Music, Photos and Robotics

Friday 24 February 1:45:43 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 55 hackathons coming in the next couple weeks all around the world. Here is the complete list of 55 upcoming hackathons: … [Link]

Slashdot » Submitting "Nuking the Fridge" To Scientific Peer Review

Friday 24 February 1:40:00 UTC 2012

An anonymous reader writes "George Lucas claims there was 'a 50/50 chance' Indiana Jones could survive the atomic blast in Legend of the Crystal Skull by hiding inside a refrigerator. Dr. David Shechner subjects this claim to rigorous peer review, and his findings are not good news for people looking to hide from nukes in appliances." Share on Google+ Read more of … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Ok Band Geeks, Tell Us Otherwise

Friday 24 February 1:36:25 UTC 2012

This is your chance to shine, geeks of the cymbal, flute, tuba, and French horn. Tell us loud, tell us proud: how is this different from your conductor. Because I just can’t see how any of them do anything different…[Via I Waste So Much Time]Related posts:Marching Band Does Viral VideosIntroducing the “Living Band-Aid”Star Wars Geeks VS Sports Geeks: Fight! … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Loose cable may explain speed of light mystery

Friday 24 February 1:36:24 UTC 2012

Researchers at Cern have discovered that a loose cable may have been the real reason for an apparent measurement of neutrinos exceeding the speed of light. However, another possible fault could mean the recorded speed was actually understated.As you can’t have failed to miss, staff on the Opera (Oscillation Project with Emulsion-Racking Apparatus) experiment were originally working on measurements of how … [Link]

Slashdot » Remote-Controlled Planes Used For Wildlife Conservation

Friday 24 February 1:03:00 UTC 2012

Damien1972 writes "Conservationists have converted a remote-controlled plane into a potent tool for conservation. The drone — an HK Bixler equipped with cameras, sensors and GPS — has been used to map deforestation, count orangutans and elephants, and get a bird's eye view of hard-to-access forest areas. During their 4 days of testing in Sumatra, the drone flew 30 … [Link]

ProgrammableWeb » How Facebook is Reviewing Open Graph Applications

Friday 24 February 0:53:52 UTC 2012

FacebookFacebook has published an update on submissions to its open graph actions, which lets developers include their own “verbs” in Facebook Timeline updates via the Facebook Graph API. Facebook says it has reviewed 90% of the applications and responded to developers with questions. The social network also has provided a checklist and best practices for submitting your own actions to the … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Om Nom Nom Nom: The Periodic Table of Cupcakes [Pic]

Friday 24 February 0:30:25 UTC 2012

[Via Epic Ponyz]Related posts:The Periodic Table of… Cupcakes? [Pic]Om Nom Nom Nom: Star Wars Cupcakes [PIC]Oh Nom Nom Nom: Sonic the Hedgehog Cupcakes + Other Awesome Geeky Cakes [Pics] [Link]

Slashdot » Brain Scan Can Detect Autism In Infants

Friday 24 February 0:16:00 UTC 2012

kkleiner writes "A new study shows that brain scans can detect autism in children as young as 6 months old. Researchers at University of North Carolina's Institute for Developmental Disabilities imaged the brains of 92 children who were at high risk for autism. Scans were performed when the children were 6 months, 1-year, and 2-years old. At 2 years, … [Link]

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