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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 » QuickTime Creator Brings Flash and Office To the iPad, By Subscription

Saturday 25 February 23:32:00 UTC 2012

New submitter adycarter writes "Steve Perlman, the man responsilbe for QuickTime and WebTV, has recently launched OnLive Desktop which now offers a 'plus' service enabling iPad users to use Flash, Microsoft Office and the ability to use a Gigabit-speed version of Internet Explorer. The service runs on the same basic technology as their game streaming service in that you're … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Dubstep Violin – Lindsey Stirling – Crystallize [Music Video]

Saturday 25 February 23:00:11 UTC 2012

Another amazing song and music video from violist extraordinaire Lindsey Stirling. Enjoy![Via Ani-Mia Cosplay]Related posts:[GAS] Reader Ani-Mia Cosplaying as Lulu from Final Fantasy X [Pics]Overdramatic Zelda Violin Video is Still AwesomeWant You Gone (Portal 2 Closing Song) Fan Music Video [Link]

Slashdot » Chinese iPad Trademark Battle Hits California Court

Saturday 25 February 22:28:00 UTC 2012

judgecorp writes "The Chinese company Proview is taking its trademark case against Apple's iPad to the Californian Courts. The company acknowledges it sold the IPAD name to Apple, but denies Apple has rights in China, and has accused Apple of underhand tactics." Says the article: "Any kind of ban in China would obviously be a major headache for Apple, … [Link]

Slashdot » Canada's Conservatives Misled Voters With Massive Robocall Operation

Saturday 25 February 21:30:00 UTC 2012

choongiri writes "Elections Canada has just traced thousands of illegal phone calls made during the 2011 federal election to a company that worked for the Conservative Party across the country. The automated VOIP 'robocalls' appeared to be designed to stop non-Conservative voters from casting ballots in key ridings by falsely telling voters that the location of their polling stations … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Video Games: Lana Del Rey & Super Mario Bros Parody

Saturday 25 February 21:23:26 UTC 2012

What happens when a woman marries the wrong Mario Brother?[Bedey100]Related posts:Super Mario Bros: The Gulf of Mexico Edition [Video]Super Mario Bros: With a Portal Gun [Video]Epic Super Mario Bros. Cake [Pic + Video] [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Inflatable Unicorn Horn

Saturday 25 February 21:23:24 UTC 2012

If you’ve already purchased this terrifyingly awesome unicorn head mask, then you’ll definitely want to consider getting Archie McPhee’s super awesome inflatable unicorn horn as well.Your secret unicorn is screaming to come out at the most inopportune times. What are you supposed to do? The next time you hear that mystical whinny, just take your vinyl Inflatable Unicorn Horn out of … [Link]

Slashdot » Fraunhofer IIS Demos Full-HD Voice Over LTE On Android

Saturday 25 February 20:48:53 UTC 2012

MojoKid writes "Fraunhofer IIS has chosen Mobile World Congress as the place to present the world's first Full-HD Voice mobile phone calls over an LTE network. Verizon Wireless has toyed with VoLTE (Voice over LTE) before, but this particular method enables mobile phone calls to sound as clear as talking to another person in the same room. Full-HD Voice … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Headline Shirts – Geeky (and Anti-Geeky?) T-Shirts!

Saturday 25 February 20:30:46 UTC 2012

They’re eco-friendly, they’re funny, and a large number of them are geeky. If you haven’t checked out Headline Shirts yet, you should. They’re awesome. This one makes me giggle – mostly because I can see some of my friends wearing it just to piss me off. The model’s got a nice face too, so that doesn’t hurt. Get it here.Related posts:25 … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Stop Motion LEGO Millennium Falcon Assembly Video

Saturday 25 February 20:23:17 UTC 2012

While [GAS] contributor Rodney was hard at work building a Lego Super Star Destroyer, Francisco Prieto was busy releasing a video showing the assembly of the deluxe edition of the LEGO Millennium Falcon in 3D.Assembly of the Lego set 10179 from Star Wars Ultimate collector series in stop motion in 3d. Created using 3ds max and V-ray. A very long … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » LOL: Star Wars Dub [Video]

Saturday 25 February 20:23:16 UTC 2012

Warning: Video contains strong language.[Brocksdubs]Related posts:Senseless Star Trek Lip DubStar Trek vs. Star Wars According to William Shatner [Video]Bikini-Clad Babes Reading Star Wars [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Amazon Deal of the Day: 56% Off Game of Thrones: The Complete First Season on Blu-Ray – $34.99 – and on DVD (50% Off) – $29.99

Saturday 25 February 20:23:15 UTC 2012

For today’s edition of Deal of the Day, Amazon has the first season of The Game of Thrones (Pre-Order) on blu-ray for just $34.99 + free shipping. That’s 56% off the series’ usual retail price of $79.98. You can also get the first season on DVD for just $29.99. Please note that even though the price just dropped, you’ll get the … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Fabulous Arya Stark Cosplay [Pics]

Saturday 25 February 20:23:14 UTC 2012

Cosplayer: Gogo Blackwater Photographer: Anna Lucylle Taschini[Via]Related posts:Cosplay Done Right: Morrigan – Dragon Age [Pics]Anna Fischer’s Amazing Cosplay Photography – Part II [Gallery]Awesomely Sexy Anna Mercury Cosplay [Pics] [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Awesome Skyrim T-Shirt: FUS RO DAH!

Saturday 25 February 20:23:13 UTC 2012

This awesome t-shirt comes from t-shirt designer Jerry Nowlin and is available today only on shirtpunch.com for only $10![Shirt Punch]Related posts:Hilarious: FUS RO DAH [Video]FUS RO DAH in Real Life [Video]Dovahkiin Cinnamon Challenge: Fus Ro Dah [Video] [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Never Trust The Internet for Medical Advices [Comic]

Saturday 25 February 20:23:12 UTC 2012

[Source: Doghouse Diaries]Related posts:LMAO [Comic]My Understanding of Google’s New Privacy Policy [Comic]Why Not Try a Book Today? [Comic] [Link]

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

Saturday 25 February 20:23:11 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]

Saturday 25 February 20:23:10 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]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » iPad trademark battle crosses Pacific

Saturday 25 February 20:23:09 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

Saturday 25 February 20:23:08 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]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Headline Shirts – Geeky (and Anti-Geeky?) T-Shirts!

Saturday 25 February 20:00:46 UTC 2012

They’re eco-friendly, they’re funny, and a large number of them are geeky. If you haven’t checked out Headline Shirts yet, you should. They’re awesome. This one makes me giggle – mostly because I can see some of my friends wearing it just to piss me off. The model’s got a nice face too, so that doesn’t hurt. Get it here.Related posts:25 … [Link]

Slashdot » Too Many Connections Weaken Networks

Saturday 25 February 20:00:00 UTC 2012

itwbennett writes "Conventional wisdom holds that more connections make networks more resilient, but a team of mathematicians at UC Davis have found that that is only true up to a point. The team built a model to determine the ideal number of cross-network connections. 'There are some benefits to opening connections to another network. When your network is under … [Link]

Slashdot » Ask Slashdot: Freedom From DRM, In the Social Gaming Arena?

Saturday 25 February 19:01:00 UTC 2012

An anonymous reader writes "My wife and just successfully funded the production of our board game on Kickstarter, and are putting the over-funding toward the development of an electronic version of the game. It's a two player game turn-taking game with pawn movement that we envision being played on a social network (Words with Friends-style) and it's important to … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Inflatable Unicorn Horn

Saturday 25 February 19:00:47 UTC 2012

If you’ve already purchased this terrifyingly awesome unicorn head mask, then you’ll definitely want to consider getting Archie McPhee’s super awesome inflatable unicorn horn as well.Your secret unicorn is screaming to come out at the most inopportune times. What are you supposed to do? The next time you hear that mystical whinny, just take your vinyl Inflatable Unicorn Horn out of … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Stop Motion LEGO Millennium Falcon Assembly Video

Saturday 25 February 18:20:17 UTC 2012

While [GAS] contributor Rodney was hard at work building a Lego Super Star Destroyer, Francisco Prieto was busy releasing a video showing the assembly of the deluxe edition of the LEGO Millennium Falcon in 3D.Assembly of the Lego set 10179 from Star Wars Ultimate collector series in stop motion in 3d. Created using 3ds max and V-ray. A very long … [Link]

Slashdot » Your Next TV Interface Will Be a Tablet

Saturday 25 February 17:55:00 UTC 2012

waderoush writes "You can forget all the talk about 'smart' and 'connected' TVs: nobody, not even Apple, has come up with an interface that's easy to use from 10 feet away. And you can drastically curtail your hopes that Roku, Boxee, Netflix, and other providers of free or cheap 'over the top' Internet TV service will take over the … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » LOL: Star Wars Dub [Video]

Saturday 25 February 17:30:56 UTC 2012

Warning: Video contains strong language.[Brocksdubs]Related posts:Senseless Star Trek Lip DubStar Trek vs. Star Wars According to William Shatner [Video]Bikini-Clad Babes Reading Star Wars [Link]

Slashdot » Is Hypertext Literature Dead?

Saturday 25 February 16:58:00 UTC 2012

First time accepted submitter dylan_k writes "In the 1990s and early 2000s, there was a lot of buzz about ideas like 'hypertext literature' and 'electronic literature.' Nowadays, it's easier to create those things than ever before, and there are plenty of digital texts but it just doesn't seem like authors are writing any new 'hypertext' literature these days. Why?" … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Amazon Deal of the Day: 56% Off Game of Thrones: The Complete First Season on Blu-Ray – $34.99 – and on DVD (50% Off) – $29.99

Saturday 25 February 16:40:58 UTC 2012

For today’s edition of Deal of the Day, Amazon has the first season of The Game of Thrones (Pre-Order) on blu-ray for just $34.99 + free shipping. That’s 56% off the series’ usual retail price of $79.98. You can also get the first season on DVD for just $29.99. Please note that even though the price just dropped, you’ll get the … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Fabulous Arya Stark Cosplay [Pics]

Saturday 25 February 16:30:02 UTC 2012

Cosplayer: Gogo Blackwater Photographer: Anna Lucylle Taschini[Via]Related posts:Cosplay Done Right: Morrigan – Dragon Age [Pics]Anna Fischer’s Amazing Cosplay Photography – Part II [Gallery]Awesomely Sexy Anna Mercury Cosplay [Pics] [Link]

Slashdot » T-Mobile Announces LTE Network

Saturday 25 February 15:56:00 UTC 2012

MrSeb writes "In a beautiful twist of fate, T-Mobile USA has announced that it will be launching an LTE network in 2013 using the money and AWS spectrum that it obtained from AT&T after its failed acquisition. According to T-Mobile, this upgrade comprises of a three-phase process: free up 2G spectrum, move HSPA+ to formerly 2G spectrum, and deploy … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Awesome Skyrim T-Shirt: FUS RO DAH!

Saturday 25 February 15:30:30 UTC 2012

This awesome t-shirt comes from t-shirt designer Jerry Nowlin and is available today only on shirtpunch.com for only $10![Shirt Punch]Related posts:Hilarious: FUS RO DAH [Video]FUS RO DAH in Real Life [Video]Dovahkiin Cinnamon Challenge: Fus Ro Dah [Video] [Link]

Slashdot » New ZeuS Botnet No Longer Needs Central Command Servers

Saturday 25 February 14:57:00 UTC 2012

c0mpliant writes "Researchers at Symantec have identified a new variant of the ZeuS botnet which no longer requires a Command and Control server. The new variant uses a P2P system, which means that each bot acts like a C&C server, but none of them really are. The effect of which is that takedowns of such a network will be … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Never Trust The Internet for Medical Advices [Comic]

Saturday 25 February 14:15:42 UTC 2012

[Source: Doghouse Diaries]Related posts:LMAO [Comic]My Understanding of Google’s New Privacy Policy [Comic]Why Not Try a Book Today? [Comic] [Link]

Slashdot » Women More Likely To Unfriend Than Men

Saturday 25 February 13:58:00 UTC 2012

Hugh Pickens writes writes "AFP reports that a study by the Pew Research Center's Internet and American Life Project shows that women are more likely than men to delete friends from their online social networks like Facebook and tend to choose more restrictive privacy settings. Sixty-seven percent of women who maintain a social networking profile said they have deleted … [Link]

New Scientist – Online news » Crowdsourcing improves predictive texting

Saturday 25 February 13:00:00 UTC 2012

Text messages and voice recognition systems on smartphones could get better if crowds are brought in to help [Link]

Slashdot » Foxconn Hires Top Spinners To Defend Its Image

Saturday 25 February 11:27:00 UTC 2012

An anonymous reader writes "Foxconn is insisting that it has done no wrong. But it has hired Burson-Marsteller to deal with the press failout from recent child labour allegations. Burson-Masteller is a PR heavy hitter called in when outfits have big image problems. It handled Tylenol poisonings, and, according to Corporate Watch, the Bhopal disaster, and Three Mile Island. … [Link]

New Scientist – Online news » Bacterial cheaters do not prosper

Saturday 25 February 10:00:00 UTC 2012

Biologists think that freeloaders can benefit at the expense of their cooperative brethren. A new study suggests otherwise [Link]

Slashdot » Push Email Suspended On iPhones In Germany

Saturday 25 February 8:32:00 UTC 2012

New submitter elashish14 tips this news, snipped from Ars Technica: "Apple has been forced to disable push e-mail delivery for iCloud and MobileMe users in Germany this week. The move is thanks to a recent injunction awarded to Motorola as part of the ongoing patent dispute between the two smartphone makers…. The patent at issue relates to older pager … [Link]

Wired Top Stories » A Google-a-Day Puzzle for Feb. 25

Saturday 25 February 6:01:00 UTC 2012

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

Slashdot » A Small Glimmer of Hope For Faster-Than-Light Neutrinos

Saturday 25 February 5:32:00 UTC 2012

sciencehabit writes "The CERN particle physics laboratory in Geneva has confirmed Wednesday's report that a loose fiber-optic cable may be behind measurements that seemed to show neutrinos outpacing the speed of light. But the lab also says another glitch could have caused the experiment to underestimate the particles' speed. The other effect concerns an oscillator that gives its readings … [Link]

Slashdot » Cars Emit More Black Carbon Than Previously Thought

Saturday 25 February 4:37:00 UTC 2012

First time accepted submitter LilaG writes "Gasoline-burning engines put out twice as much black carbon as was previously measured, according to new field methods tested in Toronto. The tiny particles known as black carbon pack a heavy punch when it comes to climate change, by trapping heat in the atmosphere and by alighting atop, and melting, Arctic ice. With … [Link]

Slashdot » Hard Drive Shortage Relief Coming In Q1 2012

Saturday 25 February 2:37:00 UTC 2012

MojoKid writes "According to new reports [note: source article at DigiTimes], global HDD production capacity is getting ready to increase to 140-145 million units in the first quarter of 2012, or about 80 percent of where it was prior to when the floods hit Thailand manufacturing plants. HDD production was sitting around 175 million units in the third quarter … [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Infochimps Tame the Big-Data Elephant

Saturday 25 February 1:14:00 UTC 2012

Infochimps has tamed the Big Data elephant, and now it wants to hand the reins to you. The Austin, Texas company has rolled out its internal Big Data management tools as a product. Infochimps Platform makes it easier to build Big Data stacks made up of Hadoop (known by its elephant symbol) and a variety of database systems, including HBase, … [Link]

Slashdot » Inventor of the Modern Pinball Machine Dies At 100

Saturday 25 February 0:56:00 UTC 2012

porsche911 writes with this excerpt from the New York Times: "Steve Kordek, who revolutionized the game of pinball in the 1940s by designing what became the standard two-flipper machine found in bars and penny arcades around the world, died on Sunday at a hospice in Park Ridge, Ill. He was 100. … 'Steve's impact would be comparable to D. … [Link]

Slashdot » RIM Trying To Woo Customers With Porn, Gambling Apps?

Saturday 25 February 0:28:00 UTC 2012

AZA43 writes "Everybody knows that BlackBerry-maker RIM is hurting these days. But is it hurting enough to try to attract new customers with the promise of porn and/or gambling apps? A new rating system added to RIM's BlackBerry App World store suggests that it just may be that desperate. The new 'Adult' rating covers, 'graphic sexual content, graphic nudity,' … [Link]

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