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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 » Government Should Ban Skinny Models To Curb Anorexia, Say Researchers

Friday 2 March 23:52:00 UTC 2012

smoothjazz writes "Governments are justified to prevent very skinny models from walking the catwalk and ban photographs and advertisements suggesting that extreme thinness is attractive, according to a group of researchers who found that social and cultural environment influences on young women is largely responsible for the spread of chronic eating disorder." Share on Google+ Read more of this story at Slashdot. … [Link]

Slashdot » Is It Time For Hacker Scouts?

Friday 2 March 23:31:00 UTC 2012

ptorrone writes "MAKE Magazine asks: is it 'Time For Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts 2.0?' What might the future of education be like if it were based on online & earned skill badges, and what could the future of traditional organizations for kids, like the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, be like in a very modern, tech-savvy world? Social … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » How Videos Go Viral [Video]

Friday 2 March 23:30:43 UTC 2012

From the “trend manager” at YouTube – a guy who watches YouTube for a living. He gives us four very deep insights onto why we seem to love the most silly videos in the world. What a job that would be…[Via TED]Related posts:Marching Band Does Viral Videos100 Viral Videos in 3 MinutesGoogle Launches YouTube for Schools [Video] … [Link]

Wired Top Stories » The Little White Box That Can Hack Your Network

Friday 2 March 23:14:54 UTC 2012

Built by a startup company called Pwnie Express, the PwnPlug is pretty much the last thing you ever want to find on your network — unless you've hired somebody to put it there. It's a tiny computer that comes preloaded with an arsenal of hacking tools. It can be quickly plugged into any computer network and then used to access … [Link]

Wired Top Stories » One Month Later: Facebook's Post-S-1 Mobile Mini-Revolution

Friday 2 March 23:14:53 UTC 2012

Facebook's work to address its self-identified weakness in mobile is meant to signal to investors that the company still has plenty of iterative innovation left. [Link]

Wired Top Stories » The Nutcracker Croc of Cretaceous Texas

Friday 2 March 23:14:40 UTC 2012

A crocodile that lived in Texas 95 million years ago probably crushed its reptilian prey like a giant nutcracker. Laelaps blogger Brian Switek pieces together the evidence of this gruesome yet efficient behavior. [Link]

Slashdot » Leaked Assassin's Creed 3 Screenshots Show American Revolution

Friday 2 March 23:09:00 UTC 2012

An anonymous reader writes "After three years, Ubisoft is finally finishing the newest installment of their Templars vs. Assassins series, set during the American Revolution. PC Magazine reports that 'If the cover art is any indicator, the new Assassin is pals with George Washington, Paul Revere, Ben Franklin, and the other leading American revolutionaries of the day.' A team … [Link]

Slashdot » Car Hacking Concerns On the Rise

Friday 2 March 22:50:00 UTC 2012

Pat Attack writes "I think most of the people who read Slashdot know that if it has circuitry, it can be hacked. Well, the good folks over at CNN have an article about the potential for your car to be hacked. This article lists the potential damage that could be done, proof of concept work, as well as a … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Angry Sun Hates Mario [Video]

Friday 2 March 22:30:46 UTC 2012

His first priority is killing a plumber. His second is maintaining life on Earth.[Dorkly]Related posts:Yoshi Hates Mario [Video]The Night Before Mario’s Christmas [Video]Mario is Just Too Mainstream [Video] [Link]

New Scientist – Online news » Anonymous members tricked into giving up bank details

Friday 2 March 22:21:25 UTC 2012

Hacktavists downloading software to join attacks on websites were actually installing dangerous malware [Link]

Slashdot » Ask Slashdot: What Is the Best Distro For Linux Lessons?

Friday 2 March 22:11:00 UTC 2012

MBtronics writes "I work at an embedded hardware/software company and we are currently moving all our products for Windows CE to Linux. Our core development team already uses their favorite distro for development, but the rest of the developers are still working on Windows. We are going to give a series of Linux lessons (from 'what is Linux' to … [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Galactic Pile-Up Leaves Behind Mysterious Dark Matter Core

Friday 2 March 22:08:00 UTC 2012

Astronomers have found an enormous and strange clump of dark matter left behind following a violent collision of galaxy clusters. [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Connect With Your Creation Through a Real-Time Editor

Friday 2 March 21:55:00 UTC 2012

The more intimately your code is connected to your creation the better both will be. That's the thinking behind developer Chris Granger's new real-time game-editing demo. [Link]

Wired Top Stories » That's Not a Touchscreen TV in Apple's Event Invite — Here's Why

Friday 2 March 21:45:00 UTC 2012

In the emailed invitation for its March 7 press event, Apple included an image that's provoked intense speculation. Some observers suggest the hardware in the image doesn't relate to an iPad at all, but rather a touchscreen television. It's an interesting thought, but it's not going to happen. [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » 40 (Awesome) Seconds of The Hunger Games [Video]

Friday 2 March 21:37:14 UTC 2012

Awesome. Can’t wait to see the movie.[Via The Mary Sue]Related posts:Britney Spears Meets The Hunger Games [Video]The Hunger Games LEGO Movie Trailer [Video]Second Hunger Games Trailer Released [Video] [Link]

Slashdot » Sony To Delete Virtual Goods

Friday 2 March 21:30:00 UTC 2012

New submitter dommer2029 writes "A few years back, Sony bought up a small company running an online collectible card game called Star Chamber: The Harbinger Saga. Two days ago, they announced that the servers will be shutting down on March 29, 2012. All of our virtual collectible cards? Poof. It's not surprising — the user base is small and … [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Air Force Experimental Drone Uses Computing Power to Smooth High Flights

Friday 2 March 21:07:00 UTC 2012

When a vibration in an aircraft's wing or tail matches the natural frequency of that structure, the results of that "flutter" can be catastrophic. If the vibration isn't dampened over time, it can grow, causing the structure to flex uncontrollably and potentially fail. That's why the Air Force, NASA and Lockheed Martin are teaming up for new ways to fight … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » 1987 TNMT Stop Motion Tribute [Video]

Friday 2 March 21:00:54 UTC 2012

From [GAS] Reader Kyle:COWABUNGA!Today we launched a TMNT Stop Motion Tribute video! With over 4,000 individual pictures 60 hand drawn images and 3 months of tedious work we wanted to recreate the nostalgic 1987 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon introduction in stop motion.Thanks Kyle!Related posts:TMNT Fan Film: Fight The Foot [Video]Amazon Deal of the Day: 57% Off Teenage Mutant Ninja … [Link]

Slashdot » In Theory And Practice, Why Internet-Based Voting Is a Bad Idea

Friday 2 March 20:47:00 UTC 2012

A few countries, like Estonia, have gone for internet-based voting in national elections in a big way, and many others (like Ireland and Canada) have experimented with it. For Americans, with a presidential election approaching later this year, it's a timely issue: already, some states have come to allow at least certain forms of voting by internet. Proponents say … [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Hardware Hacking at TED: From Snap-Together Circuit Kits to Roach-Based Neuroscience

Friday 2 March 20:40:00 UTC 2012

While software is Silicon Valley's darling, hardware hacking is still a big theme at this year's Technology Entertainment and Design conference in Long Beach, a week-long expo of big thinkers and even bigger ideas. [Link]

New Scientist – Online news » 'Snake the Planet' lets you play on buildings

Friday 2 March 20:15:02 UTC 2012

A group of Australian artists have created a projected version of the classic game Snake that can be played on any surface [Link]

Slashdot » Startup Wants To Peek Through Your Home's Wired Cameras

Friday 2 March 20:05:00 UTC 2012

alphadogg writes "The little cameras in your home are multiplying. There are the ones you bought, perhaps your SLR or digital camera, but also those that just kind of show up in your current phone, your old phone, your laptop, your game console, and soon your TV and set-top box. Varun Arora, founder of startup GotoCamera in Singapore, wants … [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Physics of the Ninja Warrior Salmon Ladder

Friday 2 March 20:03:31 UTC 2012

How much energy must aspiring ninja warriors use to beat the acrobatic salmon ladder? Dot Physics blogger Rhett Allain crunches the numbers in a video analysis. [Link]

Wired Top Stories » 10 Things Parents Should Know About The Lorax

Friday 2 March 20:03:25 UTC 2012

The creators of Despicable Me get their hands on Dr. Seuss with enjoyable, family-appropriate results. [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Work is MURDER [Infographic]

Friday 2 March 20:00:06 UTC 2012

Work Is MurderCreated by: Online UniversityRelated posts:At Least There Wasn’t a Murder This TimeAre Jerks the Future of the Internet? [Infographic]Does Facebook Hurt Relationships? [INFOGRAPHIC] [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Game|Life Podcast: Gaming's Pay-For-Play Future

Friday 2 March 19:57:00 UTC 2012

Everyone's talking about free-to-play games. But for the biggest game franchises, the future might be pay-to-play. [Link]

Wired Top Stories » How to Watch the Mars Close-Up This Weekend

Friday 2 March 19:48:00 UTC 2012

February's spectacular planetary show continues. After Venus and Jupiter lined up in the night sky last week, the distance between Earth and Mars is now shrinking to its smallest amount in more than two years. [Link]

Slashdot » Oxygen Found Around Saturn's Moon Dione

Friday 2 March 19:42:00 UTC 2012

New submitter S810 writes "According to an article in Discovery News, oxygen was found by the Cassini spacecraft around Dione, one of Saturn's large moons. 'It is thought the oxygen is being produced via interactions between Saturn's powerful radiation belts and Dione's water ice. The radiation breaks the water molecules down, liberating oxygen into the moon's exosphere.' Hopefully this … [Link]

Wired Top Stories » It's Game On for Zynga's zCloud

Friday 2 March 19:38:00 UTC 2012

The online game giant Zynga is getting its game on as it prepares to roll out its internal cloud-based Zynga Platform, which it outlined on Thursday. Zynga's zCloud move got attention here at Cloudline for its shift away from Amazon Web Services (AWS) to shoulder the heavy compute lifting, and now the attention is turning to whether zCloud can play … [Link]

Wired Top Stories » The Personal Cloud: The Future's Here, But Unevenly Distributed

Friday 2 March 19:36:00 UTC 2012

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Slashdot » Is Poor Numeracy Ruining Lives?

Friday 2 March 19:23:00 UTC 2012

Hugh Pickens writes "The BBC reports on how millions of people struggle to understand a payslip or a train timetable, or pay a household bill. Government figures show that almost half the working population of England have only primary school math skills, and research suggests that weak math skills are linked with an array of poor life outcomes such … [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Privacy and Civil Liberties in the Digital Age

Friday 2 March 19:07:00 UTC 2012

Between our wireless phone company, the company that we use for e-mail, our smartphone company and the companies that provide the apps on our phones, there exists a detailed, expansive record of everywhere we've been, every website we've visited and everyone we've called, e-mailed and texted and what we've said ? often going back years and years. I believe that … [Link]

Wired Top Stories » iPads Using iOS 6, High-Res Displays Showing Up in Ars Technica Server Logs

Friday 2 March 19:01:00 UTC 2012

Are employees at Apple already using the so-called iPad 3?possibly running iOS 6?to surf the web ahead of its expected announcement on March 7? We're not sure, but the Ars Technica magic 8-ball says "signs point to yes." [Link]

Wired Top Stories » MIT Silicon Simulator Looks Beyond 100-Core Chips

Friday 2 March 19:00:00 UTC 2012

Researchers at MIT have refined a software-based chip simulator that tests chip designs with large numbers of cores for flaws, adding the ability to measure designs' potential power consumption, as well as processing times for tasks, memory access, and core-to-core communications patterns. The team from MIT's Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science is using the simulator to test possible … [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Bookrenter's Rafter Peeks Inside the Complex Education Industry

Friday 2 March 18:55:00 UTC 2012

"The future of education is a platform," CEO Mehdi Maghsoodnia told me in an interview. "But whose platform is it? Will there be an iTunes or Facebook that can address 500 universities and one million students?" [Link]

New Scientist – Online news » Snakes on an inclined plane control scales to climb

Friday 2 March 18:46:00 UTC 2012

Snakes – both sedated and awake – were slid down a slope to reveal an unknown power to boost their grip on rough surfaces [Link]

New Scientist – Online news » Darkness visible in galactic train wreck

Friday 2 March 18:41:23 UTC 2012

It looks like classic Star Trek meets golden-era disco dance floor, but actually we're looking at dark matter and hot gas [Link]

Slashdot » Warp Drives May Come With a Killer Downside

Friday 2 March 18:40:00 UTC 2012

An anonymous reader writes "Alcubierre warp-drives (theoretically) allow rocket ships to travel faster than the speed of light, while staying within the rules of Einstein's general theory of relativity. New research (PDF) has shown that as such warp-drives zip through the universe, they gather up particles and radiation, releasing them in a burst as the warp-drive slows down. This … [Link]

Wired Top Stories » SUVs of Death: Commandos Want Missiles in Their Trucks

Friday 2 March 18:30:00 UTC 2012

Imagine an SUV pulls off the road and rolls down its passenger-side window. Out blasts a missile, careening as far as 60 miles. This is how the U.S. military's elite Special Operations Command imagines the counterterrorist car chases of the future. [Link]

Wired Top Stories » TED and Meta TED: On-Scene Musings From the Wonderdome

Friday 2 March 18:30:00 UTC 2012

Susan Cain is a lawyer and negotiations consultant. She is also an introvert who has noticed that institutions like business and education are stacked against people like her. So for the past seven years, she has been writing Quiet, a book on that subject. It was published earlier this year. She knew that to promote it she would have to … [Link]

New Scientist – Online news » Today on New Scientist: 2 March 2012

Friday 2 March 18:30:00 UTC 2012

All today's stories on newscientist.com, including: the android head in the overhead compartment and the worm that looks like a tree [Link]

Wired Top Stories » App-Album Pioneers Bluebrain Return With The Violet Crown for SXSW

Friday 2 March 18:26:00 UTC 2012

Washington-based brothers Ryan and Hays Holladay, better known as Bluebrain, have announced their latest app-album, The Violet Crown, just in time for the South by Southwest festival. [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Where’s Waldo: The Movie [Video]

Friday 2 March 18:21:17 UTC 2012

This summer, Waldo finds YOU!.[Via Laughing Squid]Related posts:Interesting Places Waldo Has Been Found [pics]Where is Waldo: The MovieWhere’s Waldo: The Star Wars Edition [Pic] [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Amazon Deal of the Day: 55% Off Claymore: Complete Series Box Set [Blu-ray] – $24.49

Friday 2 March 18:21:14 UTC 2012

For today’s edition of Deal of the Day, Amazon has Claymore: The Complete Series Box Set for just $24.49. That’s 55% off the series’ usual retail price of $54.08.A brutal scourge stalks the land. Yoma, monsters driven by a hunger satisfied by only one quarry – Humanity. The dark breed knows but a singular foe: Claymore. Human-Yoma hybrids of extraordinary strength … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Optimus Prime Narrates New NASA Ad: We are the Explorers

Friday 2 March 18:21:13 UTC 2012

Why do we explore? Simply put, it is part of who we are, and it is something we have done throughout our history. In NASA’s new video, “We Are the Explorers,” we take a look at that tradition of reaching for things just beyond our grasp and how it is helping us lay the foundation for our greatest journeys ahead.[ReelNASA ... [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » New Production Video for The Hobbit [Video]

Friday 2 March 18:21:12 UTC 2012

I can’t wait for it to come out! 2013 seems so far away…[Via YouTube]Related posts:The Hobbit: Start of Production [Video]Game of Thrones Season II Production VideoThe Hobbit in Under 2 Minutes [Video] [Link]

Slashdot » Video Games: Goods Or Services?

Friday 2 March 17:59:00 UTC 2012

silentbrad points out an article about the gradual shift of video games from being 'goods' to being 'services.' They spoke with games lawyer Jas Purewal, who says the legal interpretation is murky: "If we're talking about boxed-product games, there's a good argument the physical boxed product is a 'good,' but we don't know definitively if the software on it, … [Link]

Slashdot » Computer Programmers Only the 5th Most Sleep Deprived Profession

Friday 2 March 17:37:00 UTC 2012

garthsundem writes "As described in the NY Times Economix blog, the mattress chain Sleepy's analyzed data from the National Health Interview Survey to find the ten most sleep deprived professions. In order, they are: Home Health Aides, Lawyer, Police Officers, Doctors/Paramedics, Tie: (Economists, Social Workers, Computer Programmers), Financial Analysts, Plant Operators (undefined, but we assume 'factory' and not 'Audrey … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » New Blindfolded Rubik’s Cube World Record: 28.80s [Video]

Friday 2 March 17:30:00 UTC 2012

Marcell Endrey sets a new WCA world record for solving the Rubik’s Cube blindfolded at the Zonhoven Open 2012 with a magnificent time of 28.80 seconds.[Jazzthief81 | Via The Awesomer]Related posts:World’s Fastest Rubik’s Cube Solving Robot [VIDEO]2012 & The End of the World [Video]Lego Minecraft Micro World Available for Pre-Order [Link]

Slashdot » Science and Engineering Workforce Has Stalled In the US

Friday 2 March 17:17:00 UTC 2012

dcblogs writes "The science and engineering workforce in the U.S. has flatlined, according to the Population Reference Bureau. As a percentage of the total labor force, S&E workers accounted for 4.9% of the workforce in 2010, a slight decline from the three previous years when these workers accounted for 5% of the workforce. That percentage has been essentially flat … [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Video: Darpa's Robo-Arm, Now Taking Phone Calls

Friday 2 March 17:00:00 UTC 2012

Sure, the military's got plenty of crazy robots in development. But only one of 'em can take phone calls and carry your luggage — all by itself. [Link]

Slashdot » Voting System Test Hack Elects Futurama's Bender To School Board

Friday 2 March 16:36:00 UTC 2012

mr crypto writes with this quote from El Reg: "In 2010 the Washington DC election board announced it had set up an e-voting system for absentee ballots and was planning to use it in an election. However, to test the system, it invited the security community and members of the public to try and hack it three weeks before … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Show Biz Ain’t Nothing Compared To Science

Friday 2 March 16:30:37 UTC 2012

The world is definitely catching on at how sexy us geeks are. Science is the future; we’re the ones who are going to build the robot that’s going to kick your robot’s ass.It’s time for the spotlight to swivel over to the scientists who are changing the world, and are going to change the world – because we’re damned cool. … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Scottish Fold Watches Star Wars [Video]

Friday 2 March 16:06:26 UTC 2012

Yes, the force is indeed strong with this one…[Via OW]Related posts:Star Trek: TNG Crew Watches Star Wars [Video]George C. Scott Watches Star Wars On Blu-Ray [Video]LOL: Star Wars Dub [Video] [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » If My Childhood Dreams Panned Out…

Friday 2 March 16:06:25 UTC 2012

So geeks, if your childhood dreams panned out, what would you put in each of the cells in the table above? Let us know int he comments section below![Source: Pleated Jeans]Related posts:A Lannister Always Spays His Pets [Pic]Grocery Store Puns [Video]CPR: How NOT to do it [Pic] [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Robot Quadrotors Perform James Bond Theme [Video]

Friday 2 March 16:06:24 UTC 2012

Insert obligatory “I for one” joke of your choice here.Flying robot quadrotors perform the James Bond Theme by playing various instruments including the keyboard, drums and maracas, a cymbal, and the debut of an adapted guitar built from a couch frame. The quadrotors play this “couch guitar” by flying over guitar strings stretched across a couch frame; plucking the strings … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Leonard Nimoy to Guest Star on The Big Bang Theory

Friday 2 March 16:06:23 UTC 2012

Geeky guest stars have always added a nice touch to episodes of the Big Bang Theory. Geek idols like Summer Glau and Katee Sackhoff have already made appearances on the show to fans’ delight, and now, we find out that the next star to make an appearance will be Mr. Spock himself: Leonard Nimoy.From CBS:First reported by TVLine.com, Sheldon will have … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » BioShock Infinite Release Date Announced

Friday 2 March 16:06:22 UTC 2012

The next installment of Irrational Games’ popular BioShock series will hit shelves on October 16, 2012.“After BioShock, we had a vision for a follow up that dwarfed the original in scope and ambition,” said Ken Levine. “BioShock Infinite has been our sole focus for the last four years, and we can’t wait for fans to get their hands on it.”BioShock Infinite … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Utterly Useless Dovahkiin Female Armor [Pic]

Friday 2 March 16:06:21 UTC 2012

Another day, another lady cosplaying as a female dragonborn. As far as I’m concerned, she certainly doesn’t beat this one when it comes to credibility, of course.[Source: Artyfakes Action Props | Via]Related posts:Female Dovahkiin Cosplay [Pic]Female Armor Sucks [Video]Oh My…: Female Night Elf Cosplay [Pic] [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Google Defies Regulators with Privacy Changes

Friday 2 March 16:06:20 UTC 2012

Google has gone ahead with controversial changes to its privacy policies. That’s despite European officials outright stating the new rules break the law.As we’ve previously covered, there are two main changes to Google’s data handling. Firstly, it’s combined the individual policies for all but a handful of its dozens of services into a single policy. Secondly, it’s treating all data it … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Awesome Tee: The Trooper – $10 (Available Today Only)

Friday 2 March 16:06:19 UTC 2012

Up the irons! :) If you’re a big fan of Iron Maiden like I am, you’ll love this shirt.Available today only on Riptapparel.com for just $10!Related posts:Awesome Tee: DARK SSSIDE [Pic]Awesome Doctor Who-Themed Tee: Timelord and Proud [Available Today Only]Awesome Tee: Zombie Pwnage [Link]

New Scientist – Online news » The android head in the overhead compartment

Friday 2 March 16:03:53 UTC 2012

The story of scientists who misplaced an android head proves an apt metaphor for the state of humanoid robotics [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Show Biz Ain’t Nothing Compared To Science

Friday 2 March 16:00:37 UTC 2012

The world is definitely catching on at how sexy us geeks are. Science is the future; we’re the ones who are going to build the robot that’s going to kick your robot’s ass.It’s time for the spotlight to swivel over to the scientists who are changing the world, and are going to change the world – because we’re damned cool. … [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Angry Birds, Meet Jailbirds: New App Helps You Snitch on Your Friends

Friday 2 March 16:00:00 UTC 2012

Want to turn in your neighbor to the Department of Homeland Security, with no accountability? Yeah, there's an app for that. [Link]

Slashdot » One In Eight Chance of a Financially Catastrophic Solar Storm By 2020

Friday 2 March 15:54:00 UTC 2012

An anonymous reader writes "A privately employed solar scientist named Pete Riley estimates there's a 12 percent chance of a massive solar storm comparable to the Carrington Event in 1859 which resulted in breathtaking aurorae across the United States and other temperate regions of the globe. The electromagnetic surge from the 1859 event caused failures of telegraph systems across … [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Users Expect Websites to Load in the Blink of an Eye

Friday 2 March 15:37:00 UTC 2012

Forget the two-second rule of conventional wisdom. Who has that kind of time? These days, say experts, your site has just 400 milliseconds to load or your visitors will go elsewhere. [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Ocean Acidification to Hit 300-Million-Year Max

Friday 2 March 15:30:00 UTC 2012

The current rate of ocean acidification puts Earth on a track that, if continued, would likely be unprecedented in last 300 million years. [Link]

New Scientist – Online news » Daub microchips with plant DNA to weed out the fakes

Friday 2 March 15:27:31 UTC 2012

Electronics engineers have failed to come up with a way to authenticate microchips. The Pentagon is asking whether nature has the answer [Link]

Slashdot » After Complaints, AT&T Solidifies, Increases Data Limit

Friday 2 March 15:12:00 UTC 2012

New submitter rullywowr writes "After many users expressed anger, AT&T has moved the slowdown throttling bottleneck from 3GB of data to 5GB of data for users of 4G LTE smart phones. 'Previously, AT&T slowed speeds for subscribers who reached the top 5% of data users for that billing cycle and geographic location. Customers were outraged, arguing that the percentage … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Amazon Deal of the Day: 55% Off Claymore: Complete Series Box Set [Blu-ray] – $24.49

Friday 2 March 15:10:05 UTC 2012

For today’s edition of Deal of the Day, Amazon has Claymore: The Complete Series Box Set for just $24.49. That’s 55% off the series’ usual retail price of $54.08.A brutal scourge stalks the land. Yoma, monsters driven by a hunger satisfied by only one quarry – Humanity. The dark breed knows but a singular foe: Claymore. Human-Yoma hybrids of extraordinary strength … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Optimus Prime Narrates New NASA Ad: We are the Explorers

Friday 2 March 15:00:13 UTC 2012

Why do we explore? Simply put, it is part of who we are, and it is something we have done throughout our history. In NASA’s new video, “We Are the Explorers,” we take a look at that tradition of reaching for things just beyond our grasp and how it is helping us lay the foundation for our greatest journeys ahead.[ReelNASA ... [Link]

New Scientist – Online news » Eyewitness videos reveal secrets of Japan's tsunami

Friday 2 March 14:56:00 UTC 2012

Footage of Japan's devastating inundation is providing vital information that will help engineers prepare for the next big one [Link]

New Scientist – Online news » Feedback: Highway exit with no return

Friday 2 March 14:47:00 UTC 2012

It is probably best not to take some of the unusual road signs spotted by readers at face value… you have been warned (full text available to subscribers) [Link]

New Scientist – Online news » Mutant bird flu virus still as deadly as first thought

Friday 2 March 14:36:00 UTC 2012

The researcher who made an easy-to-catch form of bird flu claims his virus is not really as virulent as reported – but a close look at his evidence suggests it is [Link]

Slashdot » Google: Best Adaptation of a Novel To a Patent?

Friday 2 March 14:30:00 UTC 2012

theodp writes "The USPTO's Thursday publication of Google's patent application for Inferring User Interests was nicely-timed, coinciding with what ZDNet called Google's privacy policy doomsday. The inventors include Google Sr. Staff Research Scientist Shumeet Baluja, the author of The Silicon Jungle, a cautionary tale of data mining's promise and peril, which Google's Vint Cerf found 'credible and scary.' No … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » New Production Video for The Hobbit [Video]

Friday 2 March 14:00:04 UTC 2012

I can’t wait for it to come out! 2013 seems so far away…[Via YouTube]Related posts:The Hobbit: Start of Production [Video]Game of Thrones Season II Production VideoThe Hobbit in Under 2 Minutes [Video] [Link]

Slashdot » 'Twisted' Waves Could Boost Capacity of Wireless Spectrum

Friday 2 March 13:47:00 UTC 2012

New submitter Ogi_UnixNut writes "In Venice, Italy, physicists have shown that it is possible to use two beams of incoherent radio waves, transmitted on the same frequency but encoded in two different orbital angular momentum states, to simultaneously transmit two independent radio channels. In principle this allows the implementation of an infinite number of channels in a given, fixed … [Link]

Slashdot » Why is the EFF at the RSA Security Conference? (Video)

Friday 2 March 13:05:00 UTC 2012

Timothy asked Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) International Outreach Coordinator Maira Sutton that very question. Watch the video for her answer. It turns out that the EFF has lots of friends among RSA ("the most comprehensive forum in information security") attendees, and has some very good reasons to be there, in the midst of companies and government agencies that Timothy … [Link]

New Scientist – Online news » Zoologger: The worm that looks like a tree

Friday 2 March 13:00:00 UTC 2012

A newly discovered worm lives inside sponges and has hundreds of branches [Link]

O'Reilly News and Commentary » #Ebook Deal/Day: Running Lean – Iterate from Plan A to a Plan That Works – $9.99 (Save 50%)

Friday 2 March 12:44:49 UTC 2012

Get "Running Lean" today and save 50%!This sale ends at 2:00 AM 2012-03-05 (PDT, GMT-8:00). [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Is Antivirus Software a Waste of Money?

Friday 2 March 12:00:00 UTC 2012

Many security pros don't use antivirus software. And they believe that many businesses are spending too much money on AV software and other security tools. The fact is that most criminals are smart enough to test their attacks against popular antivirus products. There's even a free website called Virus Total that lets you see whether any of the most popular … [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Dunbar's Number Kicked My Ass in Facebook Friends Experiment

Friday 2 March 12:00:00 UTC 2012

Rick Lax sets out to disprove Dunbar's number. [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Bigger Than Facebook! Foreign Sites That Outshine the Web?s U.S. Stars

Friday 2 March 12:00:00 UTC 2012

From Kooora to Kijiji to VKontakte, alternatives to the web's US stars are overshadowing the big guys. [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Air Force Set to Shoot Down Its Own Giant Spy Blimp

Friday 2 March 12:00:00 UTC 2012

After spending more than $140 million, the Air Force is poised to pull the plug on its ambitious project to send a king-sized, all-seeing spy blimp to Afghanistan. Which is a bit of a strange move: Not only is the scheduled first flight of the 370-foot-long "Blue Devil Block 2" airship less than six weeks away, but just yesterday, a … [Link]

New Scientist – Online news » How Nazi laws stymied German nuclear dreams

Friday 2 March 11:35:00 UTC 2012

In The Quantum Exodus, Gordon Fraser explores whether Nazi Germany could have had the H-bomb if it had not expelled Jewish scientists [Link]

Wired Top Stories » First Look: Shimano Alfine Di2 Internal Electronic Shifting System

Friday 2 March 11:30:00 UTC 2012

Electronic shifting finally comes to city bikes with a system works smoothly, swiftly and intuitively. [Link]

New Scientist – Online news » Dead psychedelic chemical gel comes back to life

Friday 2 March 11:24:00 UTC 2012

See how colours oscillating wildly in a responsive gel have been revived by a mechanical trigger for the first time [Link]

New Scientist – Online news » Thermal flashlight 'paints' cold rooms with colour

Friday 2 March 11:08:00 UTC 2012

A DIY gadget shines different colours of light on a surface depending on its temperature, helping to show where more insulation is needed in a room [Link]

Slashdot » World's First Biodegradable Joint Implant Grows New Joints

Friday 2 March 10:34:00 UTC 2012

cylonlover writes "Joint implants should always be made of materials like titanium, so they can last the lifetime of the patient … right? Well, not according to researchers at Finland's Tampere University of Technology. They've developed a product known as RegJoint, which is reportedly the world's first biodegradable joint implant. Unlike permanent implants, it allows the patient's bone ends … [Link]

Slashdot » Open Ministry Crowdsources Laws In Finland

Friday 2 March 8:01:00 UTC 2012

First time accepted submitter emakinen writes "The new Citizens' Initiative service started today in Finland. On the Open Ministry website, anyone can present an idea for a law or initiative. If the idea wins enough support, the ministry's volunteer workers will work on it and turn it into a presentable bill for the MPs to chew over. If 50,000 … [Link]

The Joy of Tech » JoT 1659: How to keep Google from watching your searches.

Friday 2 March 7:53:22 UTC 2012

JoT thumbAnd you thought deleting your web history was enough… Click here to visit the comic. [Link]

Wired Top Stories » A Google-a-Day Puzzle for Mar. 2

Friday 2 March 5:31:00 UTC 2012

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

Slashdot » Why Didn't the Internet Take Off In 1983?

Friday 2 March 5:29:00 UTC 2012

jfruh writes "An amazing pair of videos from the AT&T archives tout a service called Viewtron that brought much of what we expect from the modern Internet to customers' homes in 1983. Online news, banking services, restaurant reviews, shopping, e-mail — all were available on your TV set, controlled by a wireless infrared keyboard. The system had 15,000 customers … [Link]

Slashdot » Linode Exploit Caused Theft of Thousands of Bitcoins

Friday 2 March 3:07:00 UTC 2012

Sabbetus writes "Popular web hosting service Linode had a serious exploit earlier today. Apparently the super admin password for their server management panel was leaked and allowed a malicious attacker to target multiple Bitcoin-related servers. The biggest loss happened to a major Bitcoin mining pool that lost over 3000 BTC, which is currently worth almost 15 000 USD. Now … [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Tiny Antennas Don't Prevent Copyright Suit

Friday 2 March 1:33:00 UTC 2012

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Slashdot » Big Data's Invisible Open Source Community

Friday 2 March 1:00:00 UTC 2012

itwbennett writes "Hadoop, Hive, Lucene, and Solr are all open source projects, but if you were expecting the floors of the Strata Conference to be packed with intense, boostrapping hackers you'd be sorely disappointed. Instead, says Brian Proffitt, 'community' where Big Data is concerned is 'acknowledged as a corporate resource', something companies need to contribute back to. 'There is … [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Europe-Only 'Science Cloud' Aims to Solve Mysteries

Friday 2 March 0:47:00 UTC 2012

The who's who of European science labs have joined some biggies in IT to launch a "Science Cloud" to help solve some of the mysteries of the universe. It's a Europe-only cloud now because of fears about spying laws in the U.S. Is the Patriot Act holding back international research? [Link]

Slashdot » NSA Publishes Blueprint For Top Secret Android Phone

Friday 2 March 0:12:00 UTC 2012

mask.of.sanity writes "The National Security Agency has designed a super-secure Android phone from commercial parts, and released the blueprints(Pdf) to the public. The doubly-encrypted phone, dubbed Fishbowl, was designed to be secure enough to handle top secret phone calls yet be as easy to use and cheap to build as commercial handsets. One hundred US government staff are using … [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Curb Your Cat's Technological Curiosities

Friday 2 March 0:10:57 UTC 2012

This guide will offer a few strategies to keep the cats away from your stereo equipment, hard drives, routers, computers and other sensitive gear. [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Scottish Fold Watches Star Wars [Video]

Friday 2 March 0:00:35 UTC 2012

Yes, the force is indeed strong with this one…[Via OW]Related posts:Star Trek: TNG Crew Watches Star Wars [Video]George C. Scott Watches Star Wars On Blu-Ray [Video]LOL: Star Wars Dub [Video] [Link]

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