John Gordon Ross

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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 » Facebook's New Initiative Promises to Make Cross-Platform Mobile Payments Real

Monday 27 February 23:53:00 UTC 2012

Facebook is developing a mobile payments system that, while limited, could blossom into a powerful, cross-device, inherently social mobile shopping platform, giving it access to real-world revenue and shopping data that would make Google blush. Then cringe. Then probably get really mad. [Link]

WIRED » Google Hiring Augmented-Reality Experts Amid Rumors of HUD Glasses

Monday 27 February 23:52:00 UTC 2012

As rumors swirl around Google's plans to announce head-up display glasses by the end of the year, the company has quietly begun advertising for a designer and engineer responsible for augmented-reality mapping. [Link]

Slashdot » AMD's Piledriver To Hit 4GHz+ With Resonant Clock Mesh

Monday 27 February 23:50:00 UTC 2012

MojoKid writes about some interesting news from AMD. From the article: "Advanced Micro Devices plans to use resonant clock mesh (PDF) technology developed by Cyclos Semiconductor to push its Piledriver processor architecture to 4GHz and beyond, the company announced at the International Solid State Circuits Conferences (ISSCC) in San Francisco. Cyclos is the only supplier of resonant clock mesh … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Awesome Painting: Someone Who Loves You (UP/Star Wars Mashup)

Monday 27 February 23:25:00 UTC 2012

Click to Enlarge![GAS] Friend James Hance has recently painted (graphite & acrylic) this totally awesome mashup combining his love of Star Wars with Pixar’s UP. Check it out![James Hance]Related posts:Awesome Tee: Falcon Girl (Tank Girl / Star Wars Mashup)Star Wars + Classic Movies = Amazing Mashup Movie Posters [Pics]Star Wars Meets Coming to America – Mashup … [Link]

Slashdot » Siri To Power Mercedes-Benz Car Systems

Monday 27 February 23:08:00 UTC 2012

redletterdave writes "Mercedes-Benz unveiled plans on Monday to use Siri, Apple's AI personal assistant exclusive to the iPhone 4S, to power its electronics system called 'Drive Kit Plus,' which will essentially let drivers access their iPhone apps while driving using voice commands. With Siri, Mercedes drivers will have a hands-free solution to listen to music, change channels on the … [Link]

Slashdot » Need To Find a Hackerspace In Africa? Check This Map

Monday 27 February 22:47:00 UTC 2012

pigrabbitbear writes "These days you can crowd-map just about anything, from Hurricane Irene to what you eat for breakfast, as long as you either have a phone or a basic internet hook-up. One of the largest and most used platforms for crowd-sourced mapping is Ushahidi (Swahili for 'witness'), an open-sourced platform has been used for tracking and mobilizing movement … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Hipster Voldemort [Pic]

Monday 27 February 22:30:53 UTC 2012

Presented without comment.[Via 9gag]Related posts:Hipster Web Developer [Pic]Hipster Gandalf [Pic]Prime [PIC] [Link]

Slashdot » Are Rich People Less Moral?

Monday 27 February 22:25:00 UTC 2012

sciencehabit writes "New research suggests that the upper classes are more likely to behave dishonorably than those lower on the economic spectrum. The rich are more likely to cheat, steal, and even disobey traffic laws than those with less money and power (abstract). Curiously, in one experiment, Prius drivers also behaved badly, regardless of their wealth." Share on Google+ Read more of … [Link]

WIRED » No Bully For You, Kid: F-Words Earn Bullying Doc an 'R'

Monday 27 February 22:19:32 UTC 2012


WIRED » Cultural Cluelessness Threatens U.S. Commando Strategy

Monday 27 February 22:19:31 UTC 2012

In one sense, the U.S.-led coalition has itself to blame for the riots and killings that have raged across Afghanistan in the wake of last week's accidental burning of the Koran by American forces. Too many U.S. troops habitually disrespect their Afghan trainees, according to some of the elite forces who head up those training sessions. And those small, tactical … [Link]

WIRED » Ford: Connected Cars Can Save Us From Gridlock

Monday 27 February 22:19:19 UTC 2012


WIRED » Early Sneak Peek: Resistance the Film

Monday 27 February 22:19:11 UTC 2012

A new documentary movie about antibiotic drug resistance, appropriately called Resistance, is being release soon. Superbug author and blogger Maryn McKenna offers sneak peeks at clips of her interviews and those of others in the film. [Link]

WIRED » Michael Dell: My PC Company Is 'Not Really a PC Company'

Monday 27 February 22:14:00 UTC 2012

If you haven't gotten the message already, Michael Dell wants you to know that his PC company is "not really a PC company." Nowadays, Dell is a server company and a storage company and a software company and a services company and even a networking company. "It's not really a PC company. It's an end-to-end IT solutions company," Michael Dell … [Link]

WIRED » Greed Isn't Good: Wealth Could Make People Unethical

Monday 27 February 22:12:00 UTC 2012

As an individual's wealth and status rise, so does their tendency to be unethical, concludes a new study of the relationship between socioeconomics and ethics. [Link]

Slashdot » Will Tablet Price War Mean a Larger Amazon Tablet?

Monday 27 February 22:03:00 UTC 2012

An anonymous reader writes "PC Magazine reports that even while Amazon was building their Kindle Fire tablet, it was already planning on a much larger model that 'will be its marquee product and the hopeful cornerstone of its tablet strategy.' Amazon's already begun offering $30 discounts on refurbished 7-inch Kindle Fire tablets, matching last week's new aggressive pricing from … [Link]

WIRED » What Streams Most at Amazon? The Bodyguard, Amazon Studios Originals and Other Video You Can't Find Elsewhere

Monday 27 February 21:57:00 UTC 2012


Slashdot » Ship Anchor Damages African Undersea Cables

Monday 27 February 21:43:00 UTC 2012

New submitter Bastian227 writes "A ship anchoring in a restricted area disrupted an East African high-speed Internet connection. The damaged fiber optic cable is one of three new undersea cables in the area off Kenyan coast. Repairs could take up to 14 days. 'The Teams cable had been rerouting data from three other cables severed 10 days ago in … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » R2D2/C3PO Birdhouses [Pic]

Monday 27 February 21:30:18 UTC 2012

Nirdhouse specialized in rad geeky birdhouses. They have an R2 design, going for $60, that actually lights up. Sweeet. They also have a C3P0, which is cheaper because it just kind of sits there and looks surprised. [Via technabob]Related posts:Adorable R2D2 & C3PO Toddler DressesR2D2 Still LifeC3P0 Tape Dispenser [Pic] [Link]

WIRED » Report: Evi Will Be Booted From App Store Because It's Too Close to Siri

Monday 27 February 21:22:00 UTC 2012

Siri clones, watch out. True Knowledge, which develops a Siri copycat named Evi, reportedly got a call from Apple saying it was ?going to pull Evi from the App Store? because the app was too similar to Apple's digital assistant. [Link]

Slashdot » Reasons Behind the Demise of Kodak

Monday 27 February 21:03:00 UTC 2012

pbahra tips a story that goes into the reasons behind Kodak's decline and fall. Quoting: "With digital, a significant shift in mind-set occurred in the meanings associated with cameras. Rather than being identified as a piece of purely photographic equipment, digital cameras came to be seen as electronic gadgets. The implications of this shift were enormous. With digital devices, … [Link]

WIRED » Review: Vita Lumines Soaks Your Brain in Music, Color

Monday 27 February 20:59:00 UTC 2012

One of the best launch games released with Sony's PlayStation Vita handheld on February 22 is Lumines: Electronic Symphony, the latest version of the hit block-matching puzzle game originally released for Sony's PSP in 2004. [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Grocery Store Puns [Video]

Monday 27 February 20:30:49 UTC 2012

Fun with puns! There’s really nothing as eggs-citing as playing at puns in a supermarket (or more heroic!).[Via Pleated Jeans]Related posts:A Lannister Always Spays His Pets [Pic]The Best Grocery Store Aisles of All Time [Pics]Chad Vader teaches grocery store dress code [Link]

Slashdot » Asus PadFone Combines Smartphone, Tablet, Keyboard

Monday 27 February 20:19:00 UTC 2012

crookedvulture writes "Asus is showing off a bunch of new devices at the Mobile World Congress in Spain, including a budget Transformer model and an Infinity Series graced with a 10", 1920×1200 display. In addition to the tablets, there's the novel PadFone hybrid. This Snapdragon-powered smartphone has a 4.3" screen with a generous 960×540 resolution. If you want more … [Link]

WIRED » Is Moore's Law Relevant to Cloud Pricing?

Monday 27 February 20:15:00 UTC 2012

The conventional wisdom that says infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) always beats out in-housing may not always be true, despite the obvious benefit of so-called cloudsourcing, where you ramp up on-demand cloud service to meet spikes rather than overbuild on-premises for one-offs. But is it fair to use Moore's Law to argue that the IaaS providers such as Amazon Web Services must keep … [Link]

New Scientist – News » Melting sea ice could trigger colder winters

Monday 27 February 20:00:00 UTC 2012

The loss of Arctic sea ice could be contributing to the recent spate of cold winters over northern Europe and North America [Link]

New Scientist – News » Asteroid dust brought to Earth reveals space smashes

Monday 27 February 20:00:00 UTC 2012

Dust grains collected from the asteroid Itokawa harbour even smaller particles and craters of their own – the scars of high-speed collisions [Link]

Slashdot » US Military Working On 'Optionally-Manned' Bomber

Monday 27 February 19:37:00 UTC 2012

An anonymous reader writes "Despite massive budget deficits, the U.S. military is working towards a stealthy and 'optionally-manned' bomber capable of carrying nuclear weapons. The craft is intended to replace the 1960s B-52, 1970s B-1 and 1990s B-2 bombers. The new aircraft is meant to be a big part of the U.S. 'pivot' to the Pacific. With China sporting … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » High-tech ad is only for the ladies

Monday 27 February 19:30:50 UTC 2012

A charity trying to improve life for girls has launched an interactive advertisement designed to give males a brief taste of discrimination.Plan UK has launched the ad in a display on a bus stop in London’s Oxford Street, the British capital’s busiest shopping district. The display, which will be in place for two weeks, includes a camera that attempts to detect … [Link]

WIRED » New Eruptions at Rincon de la Vieja in Costa Rica

Monday 27 February 19:02:31 UTC 2012

Almost 14 years since the last eruption of Rinc?n de la Vieja in Costa Rica, the volcano might be awakening from its break. Last week the mountain rumbled with two small explosions. Volcanologist and Eruptions blogger Erik Klemetti reports. [Link]

WIRED » Meet the Asus PadFone, the Phone That's a Tablet That's a Notebook

Monday 27 February 19:02:30 UTC 2012

OK, Asus, you've convinced us: You're a world leader in clever mobile docking strategies. Asus announced Monday the PadFone, a 4.3-inch smartphone that can be directly inserted inside a 10.1-inch docking tablet — which in turn can be paired with a keyboard. [Link]

Slashdot » France's Bold Drunk-Driving Legislation – Every Car To Carry a Breathalyzer

Monday 27 February 18:54:00 UTC 2012

Zothecula writes "It is a great irony that alcohol should be legislated into becoming man's most commonly used recreational drug, as it's the only drug that causes more harm to others than to the user. This is most evident on our roads, where even in first world countries with low road tolls, alcohol still accounts for between a third … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Rage Comics in Real Life [Video]

Monday 27 February 18:30:03 UTC 2012

The guys from PistolShrimps show us how rage comics would look like in real life. Fuuuuuuuuuuuu.[PistolShrimps]Relate~ posts:Nerd Rage [Comic]Comic Book Nerd Rage: The New DC Comics LogoNew Facebook Rage [Comics] [Link]

Slashdot » Vatican Attack Provides Insight Into Anonymous

Monday 27 February 18:12:00 UTC 2012

Hugh Pickens writes "John Markoff writes that an unsuccessful campaign against the Vatican by Anonymous, which did not receive wide attention at the time, provides a rare glimpse into the recruiting, reconnaissance, and warfare tactics used by the shadowy hacking collective and may be the first end-to-end record of a full Anonymous attack. The attack, called Operation Pharisee in … [Link]

WIRED » Opera Updates Opera Mini for iPhone, Opera Mobile for Android

Monday 27 February 18:09:00 UTC 2012

Opera has updated the web's most-used mobile browsers, making Opera Mini faster on the iPhone and Opera Mobile WebGL-capable on Android. And, as always, Opera has not neglected those still using feature phones; Opera Mini Next offers a glimpse of what's coming for feature phone users. [Link]

New Scientist – News » Today on New Scientist: 27 February 2012

Monday 27 February 18:00:00 UTC 2012

All today's stories on, including: ovarian stem cells discovered in humans and new male spells death for unborn monkeys [Link]

New Scientist – News » Augmented-reality rope lets you team up to fly a kite

Monday 27 February 17:55:03 UTC 2012

See how a new video game controller connects physical and virtual worlds [Link]

WIRED » Why Journalists Need to Link

Monday 27 February 17:45:00 UTC 2012


New Scientist – News » Smithsonian uses 3D printing to share its exhibits

Monday 27 February 17:44:44 UTC 2012

3D-printed copies of exhibits let other museums share the Smithsonian's collection of 137 million artefacts [Link]

WIRED » The Genetics of Luck

Monday 27 February 17:39:00 UTC 2012

Luck-bending tales riddle the world of science fiction, with one (fictitious) alien race even selectively breeding for luck. But is there some reality to these made-up stories? Social Dimension blogger and mathematician Samuel Arbesman discusses the genetics of luck. [Link]

New Scientist – News » New male spells death for unborn monkeys

Monday 27 February 17:33:00 UTC 2012

When a new male takes over a troop of geladas, it's bad news for any unborn monkeys: their mothers abort them within days [Link]

Slashdot » World's First Quadruple Limb Transplant Fails

Monday 27 February 17:31:00 UTC 2012

New submitter smoothjazz writes "The world's first quadruple limb transplant failed, according to Hacettepe University. Doctors had to remove the arms and legs that had been transplanted last Friday onto evket Çavdar, 27, because of tissue incompatibility. From the article: 'Doctors had first removed one leg from the patient after his heart and vascular system failed to sustain the … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Titan – A Home Away From Home

Monday 27 February 17:30:08 UTC 2012

Photo Credit: Jason MajorScientists and geeks all over the world salivate at the thought of extra-terrestrial life. Within our solar system, Titan, the largest moon of Saturn, provided the most likely candidate since it has stable bodies of surface liquid.Unfortunately, our tremendous efforts to find out if there may be Titanites that we can play E.T. with hasn’t turned out any … [Link]

WIRED » Oscar Night Turns Into a Winning Night for Netflix, Too

Monday 27 February 17:18:00 UTC 2012

Some of the biggest winners on Oscar night, including Best Picture and Best Director winner The Artist and Best Documentary winner Undefeated, will be available for streaming later this year on Netflix, and nowhere else. [Link]

WIRED » Telef?nica Working With Mozilla to Build Open Web-Centric Smartphone

Monday 27 February 17:08:54 UTC 2012

Mozilla's Boot2Gecko project gets a shot in the arm from a new partnership with mobile provider Telef?nica. Under the agreement, Telef?nica and Mozilla aim to deliver a complete mobile operating system built around standards-based web technologies. [Link]

WIRED » Oscars Audio Guy Cranks Up the Sarcasm on Twitter

Monday 27 February 17:08:46 UTC 2012


Slashdot » Police Find Apple Branded Stoves In China

Monday 27 February 16:50:00 UTC 2012

An anonymous reader writes "Just when you thought the Apple knockoff trade in China couldn't get any more ridiculous, Chinese Police recently seized 681 "Apple iPhone" branded gas stoves in the city of Wuhan. Yep, that's right, some folks are peddling gas grills and are trying to made the product more appealing by stamping an Apple logo alongside the … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » 9 Ways Geeks Have Inherited the Earth

Monday 27 February 16:30:40 UTC 2012

By R. S. Guest BloggerShareIt’s safe to say that we now live in a geek’s world. One only has to look at the way gadgets and the Internet dominate every aspect of modern existence.Geeks are essential to the normal functioning of billions of lives daily. Without them, civilization as we know it would come to a screeching halt. Just imagine a … [Link]

New Scientist – News » Insulin produced by people with type 1 diabetes

Monday 27 February 16:09:00 UTC 2012

Even 40 years after diagnosis some people with diabetes still make their own insulin, challenging assumptions that production stops [Link]

Slashdot » Active Video Games Don't Make Kids Exercise More

Monday 27 February 16:04:00 UTC 2012

redletterdave writes "Researchers from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, designed every kid's dream study: they passed out Wii consoles to 78 kids who didn't already have one, and gave half the kids their choice of active game — such as Wii Sports or Dance Dance Revolution-Hottest Party 3 — and the other half their choice of inactive … [Link]

New Scientist – News » Luca Pozzi: an artist tied up in string theory

Monday 27 February 16:03:17 UTC 2012

Italian artist Luca Pozzi is showing his physics-inspired work at the upcoming Marrakech Biennale [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Amazon Deal of the Day: 43% Off The Hunger Games Trilogy Boxed Set – $30.99 + Free Shipping

Monday 27 February 15:40:45 UTC 2012

For today’s edition of Deal of the Day, Amazon has The Hunger Games Trilogy Boxed Set for just $30.99. That’s 45% off the trilogy’s usual retail price of $53.97.The extraordinary, ground breaking New York Times bestsellers The Hunger Games and Catching Fire, along with the third book in The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins, Mockingjay, are available for the first … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Intelligence Genes Now Proven Wrong

Monday 27 February 15:30:33 UTC 2012

Photo Credit: Café psicologicoWe have known for a long time, based on studies of twins, that intelligence is a heritable trait. Recently, in the last few years, we’ve developed the technology that allows us to examine specific genes and we thought we had identified a gene that was linked to human intelligence.The tests previously had used a “candidate gene” method, which … [Link]

Slashdot » Lawyers For Mining Companies Threaten Scientific Journals

Monday 27 February 15:20:00 UTC 2012

An anonymous reader writes "ScienceInsider got hold of a threatening letter that lawyers for the mining industry sent to various scientific journals (PDF) concerning data from the U.S. 'Diesel Exhaust in Miners Study.' Many occupational health researchers believe the study will show a link between diesel exhaust and cancer. A handful of scientists have commented on the letter and … [Link]

Slashdot » Facebook Denies Accessing Users' Text Messages

Monday 27 February 14:38:00 UTC 2012

quantr writes "Facebook is being accused of snooping on its users' text messages, but the social network says the accusations are inaccurate and misleading. The company is among a wide-ranging group of Web entities, including Flickr and YouTube, that are using smartphone apps to access text message data and other personal information, according to a Sunday Times report (behind … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Geektastic Superhero Aprons

Monday 27 February 14:30:34 UTC 2012

[GAS] reader Lori just sent me a link to a pretty awesome Etsy store where she recently bought a few superhero-themed aprons. Check these out! Not sure if you’ve seen these but I just ordered a Wonder Woman and a Robin apron and they’re amazing!! The shop owner recently added some new ones. I haven’t taken a picture of me in … [Link]

Slashdot » Open Letter By Eric S. Raymond To Chris Dodd

Monday 27 February 13:55:00 UTC 2012

An anonymous reader writes "ESR, one of the finest engineers behind the open source movement and much of the software we use everyday, writes an open letter to U.S. Sen. Chris Dodd. ESR points out the concerns of 'the actual engineers who built the Internet and keep it running, who write the software you rely on every day of … [Link]

New Scientist – News » Speech bubble tracking for auto comic book creation

Monday 27 February 13:49:14 UTC 2012

Eye-tracking that monitors viewers watching cartoons can help animators pick the best spot for a speech bubble in the comic version [Link]

Slashdot » What Beer Can Teach Us About Emerging Technologies

Monday 27 February 13:13:00 UTC 2012

cold fjord writes that Assistant Professor and lecturer Dave Conz has an interesting article at Slate, from which: "I believe beer is the perfect lens through which to examine innovation, which is why I teach a senior capstone course at Arizona State University called the Cultural and Chemical History of Beer. … Home brewing is part of a broad … [Link]

New Scientist – News » Foiling the cheats in a world of high-tech trust

Monday 27 February 13:05:00 UTC 2012

Our complex world runs on trust – yet that very complexity, combined with our culture, also makes cheating a lot easier, says Bruce Schneier (full text available to subscribers) [Link]

O'Reilly News and Commentary » #Ebook Deal/Day: Social Network Analysis for Startups – $9.99 (Save 50%)

Monday 27 February 12:03:29 UTC 2012

Get "Social Network Analysis for Startups" today and save 50%!This sale ends at 2:00 AM 2012-02-28 (PDT, GMT-8:00). [Link]

WIRED » The New French Hacker-Artist Underground

Monday 27 February 11:52:32 UTC 2012

A mysterious group is prowling the network of tunnels below Paris, secretly refurbishing the city's neglected treasures. [Link]

WIRED » Facebook: The Wimps Will Inherit the Data Center

Monday 27 February 11:52:31 UTC 2012

Unlike Google, Facebook believes the wimps could inherit the data center. As various academics and free-thinking startups seek to reinvent the server using ultra-low-power processors — aka "wimpy cores" — Google continues to downplay the idea, and because it's Google — the company that led a data-center revolution over the last several years — people are listening. But Facebook is … [Link]

WIRED » Alt Text: Disturbing Science Books for Kids

Monday 27 February 11:52:30 UTC 2012


WIRED » Prosthetics Breakthrough Might Fuse Nerves With Fake Limbs

Monday 27 February 11:52:29 UTC 2012

A replacement limb that moves, feels and responds just like flesh and blood. It's the holy grail of prosthetics research. The Pentagon's invested millions to make it happen. But it's been elusive — until, quite possibly, now. [Link]

WIRED » Feb. 27, 1812: Rage, Rage Against the Industrial Age

Monday 27 February 11:52:28 UTC 2012

The machines are coming to take their jobs away, so the workers resist. A band of craftsmen rally behind the mythical figure of Ned Ludd in a quixotic attempt to halt progress. [Link]

New Scientist – News » Strange skies: Seven wonders of the atmosphere

Monday 27 February 11:35:39 UTC 2012

From glowing orbs of light to air tides, the atmosphere has a mysterious life of its own. Stephen Battersby explores Earth’s outer limits [Link]

Slashdot » UK To Dim Highway Lights To Save Money

Monday 27 February 11:34:00 UTC 2012

Hugh Pickens writes "The Telegraph reports that street lights on thousands of miles of major roads in England will be dimmed during quiet periods to save money and reduce carbon emissions. The Highways Agency has already turned off the lights on more than 80 miles of the motorway network and will soon begin a survey of where this can … [Link]

WIRED » DIY Guy Cranks Out Guitar Amps Made of Ouija Boards, Beer Cans

Monday 27 February 11:30:00 UTC 2012


New Scientist – News » Do we really need cash any more?

Monday 27 February 11:14:00 UTC 2012

David Wolman's The End of Money looks to a future without hard cash; some of us may already be there [Link]

Slashdot » Ask Slashdot: Dealing With University Firewalls?

Monday 27 February 8:42:00 UTC 2012

An anonymous reader writes "My university only provides access to the web, via a restrictive content filter and proxy service. There is no access to the wider internet. I was wondering if this is common, and if anyone has any suggestions on how to go about protesting the issue. I've spoken to the lecturers and they have the same … [Link]

Slashdot » IBM Researchers Image Electrical Charge Distribution In a Single Molecule

Monday 27 February 6:59:00 UTC 2012

alphadogg writes with this selection from Network World:"IBM researchers for the first time have succeeded in imaging how charge is distributed inside a single molecule, which is a fundamental research breakthrough as scientists try to miniaturize circuitry to the nanometer scale. IBM is studying molecular structures when put on artificial surfaces so functional molecules in the future can be … [Link]

Slashdot » Australia's Telstra Requires Fibre Customers To Use Copper Telephone

Monday 27 February 5:50:00 UTC 2012

daria42 writes "Progress is happening rapidly in Australia, with the country's government continuing to roll out a nation-wide fibre network. However, the country's major telco Telstra doesn't appear to have quite gotten the message. Releasing its first National Broadband Network fibre broadband plans today, the telco stipulated that fibre customers will still be forced to make phone calls over … [Link]

WIRED » A Google-a-Day Puzzle for Feb. 27

Monday 27 February 5:31:00 UTC 2012

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

WIRED » Wikileaks Pairs with Anonymous to Publish Intelligence Firm's Dirty Laundry

Monday 27 February 3:59:00 UTC 2012


The Joy of Tech » JoT 1657: Going public to stay private.

Monday 27 February 3:45:55 UTC 2012

JoT thumbHiding in plain sight. Click here to visit the comic. [Link]

Slashdot » WikiLeaks Begins Releasing Stratfor Internal Emails

Monday 27 February 2:57:00 UTC 2012

owenferguson writes "WikiLeaks has begun leaking a cache of over 5 million internal emails from the the Texas-headquartered 'global intelligence' company Stratfor. The emails date from between July 2004 and late December 2011. They reveal the inner workings of a company that fronts as an intelligence publisher, but provides confidential intelligence services to large corporations, such as Bhopal's Dow … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Must Watch: The City of Samba – An Amazing New Tilt-Shift Movie by Keith Loutit and Jarbas Agnelli [Video]

Monday 27 February 0:30:46 UTC 2012

Lights off! Sound up! Full Screen!In partnership with São Paulo, Brazil-based film director Jarbas Agnelli, [GAS] Friend Keith Loutit has just released this amazing tilt-shift movie of the Carnaval party in Rio de Janeiro. Enjoy!Thanks Keith!!!Related posts:Helpless: A New Tilt-Shift Time-Lapse Video by Keith LoutitBathtub V: Keith Loutit Releases New Tilt-Shift Time-Lapse MasterpieceTilt-Shift Time-Lapse Videos by Keith Loutit … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » When I Tell People I Work from Home [Pic]

Monday 27 February 0:05:18 UTC 2012

Yep, that pretty much sums my experience up so far.[Via]Related posts:Reasons why people who work with computers seem to have a lot of spare time…Yarna D’al’ Gargan: The Least Desirable Star Wars Toy of All Time [Pic]How I Feel Watching Star Wars Sometimes [Pic] [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Hands on computing [Pic]

Monday 27 February 0:05:17 UTC 2012

[Via]Related posts:The Social Hands [Pic]Hands at Gigs: From Past to PresentNew Tech Could Mean Hands-Free Driving [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Star Wars Parenting Decisions [Pic]

Monday 27 February 0:05:16 UTC 2012

Presented without comment.[Via Reddit]Related posts:How I Feel Watching Star Wars Sometimes [Pic]Yarna D’al’ Gargan: The Least Desirable Star Wars Toy of All Time [Pic]Parenting: You’re doing it right! [Pic] [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Amazing Grace Demonstrates the Nanosecond [Video]

Monday 27 February 0:05:15 UTC 2012

Rear Admiral Grace Murray Hopper (December 9, 1906 – January 1, 1992) was an American computer scientist and United States Navy officer. A pioneer in the field, she was one of the first programmers of the Harvard Mark I computer, and developed the first compiler for a computer programming language.She conceptualized the idea of machine-independent programming languages, which led to … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Amazing Lady Skeletor Cosplay [Pic]

Monday 27 February 0:05:14 UTC 2012

[Via OW]Related posts:Lady Link Cosplay [Pic]Please Punish Me: Lady Punisher Cosplay [Pic]Hot Lady Chewbacca Cosplay [Pic] [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » The McDonalds You Never Knew About

Monday 27 February 0:05:13 UTC 2012

McDonald’s in every city I go to. Why? It actually tastes different! I’m so intrigued by the little differences in the Big Macs all over the world – different sauce-to-filling ratios, different quality of lettuce, different tangs to the meat. I tell you what – Australia has the best McDonald’s hands down.McDonald’s is one of the largest corporations in the … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » New Game Of Thrones Season 2 Trailer [Video]

Monday 27 February 0:05:12 UTC 2012

Sigh… still a little more than a month to wait. :([Via Buzzfeed]Related posts:New Season 2 Game of Thrones Trailer: Cold Winds are Rising [Video]New Game of Thrones Season #2 TrailerGame of Thrones Season 2 Production Trailer [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Amazon Deal of the Day: 59% Off Lord of the Rings Trilogy (Extended Edition + Digital Copy) [Blu-ray] – $49.49 + Free Shipping

Monday 27 February 0:05:11 UTC 2012

For today’s edition of Deal of the Day, Amazon has the Lord of the Rings Trilogy (Extended Edition + Digital Copy) on blu-ray for just $49.49 plus free shipping. That’s 59% off the trilogy’s usual retail price of $119.98.The Quest Is Over: All three extended versions in dazzling 1080p and DTS HD-MA 5.1 Audio. Deluxe set includes over 26 Hours of … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » WANT: Custom Character Roombas [Video]

Monday 27 February 0:05:10 UTC 2012

For SUPER iam8bit, a group art exhibition featuring over 100 artists remixing their 80′s videogame memories, we collaborated with iRobot and fabricator Kelice Penney to create a series of “character covers” for several different Roomba models.Hand-made and intricately detailed, their functionality was unaltered. And while the presence of a cleaning device might usually be poo poo’d in a party scenario, … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Holy Crap: The Most Difficult Mario Game of All Time [Video]

Monday 27 February 0:05:09 UTC 2012

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Geeks are Sexy Technology News » 6 Pieces of Technology We Should Give to Zoo Animals

Monday 27 February 0:05:08 UTC 2012

Funny and clever article up from the fine folks at Gamma Squad. I would pay good money to watch sloths ride around on Segways. Talk about ADORABLE.via Gamma SquadRelated posts:5 Cognitive Biases That Prove Your Brain Hates Science6 Image Comics You Should Be Reading (Besides ‘The Walking Dead’)Cosplay Roundup of the Week! [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Must Watch: The City of Samba – An Amazing New Tilt-Shift Movie by Keith Loutit and Jarbas Agnelli [Video]

Monday 27 February 0:00:46 UTC 2012

Lights off! Sound up! Full Screen!In partnership with São Paulo, Brazil-based film director Jarbas Agnelli, [GAS] Friend Keith Loutit has just released this amazing tilt-shift movie of the Carnaval party in Rio de Janeiro. Enjoy!Thanks Keith!!!Related posts:Helpless: A New Tilt-Shift Time-Lapse Video by Keith LoutitBathtub V: Keith Loutit Releases New Tilt-Shift Time-Lapse MasterpieceTilt-Shift Time-Lapse Videos by Keith Loutit [Link]


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