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 » Sony Hackers Stole $253M Worth of Music Files

Monday 5 March 23:49:24 UTC 2012

It appears that hackers who breached Sony?s networks last year absconded with more than just the personal information of millions of Sony Play Station users. They also stole more than 50,000 music files, including Michael Jackson?s entire back catalogue of published music, as well as previously unreleased tracks. [Link]

WIRED » A Google-a-Day Puzzle for Mar. 5

Monday 5 March 23:49:14 UTC 2012

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

WIRED » Does Preschool Matter?

Monday 5 March 23:49:13 UTC 2012

Preschool helps prime malleable young minds to develop with relative ease. But why do children in socioeconomically deprived homes get so much more value from such an education? Frontal Cortex blogger Jonah Lehrer shares the surprising results of a new twins study. [Link]

WIRED » Ration Your Mobile Data Usage

Monday 5 March 23:49:12 UTC 2012

Gaining control of your mobile data usage is the key to avoid running into data caps, throttling and overage charges. As an added bonus, by cutting back on the amount of data your smartphone or tablet passes around over your provider's network, you're likely to gain a bit of extra battery life too. [Link]

Slashdot » AMD Gives Up Its Share In GlobalFoundries

Monday 5 March 23:39:00 UTC 2012

MrSeb writes "Three years ago today, AMD spun off its fab division, in a move the company claimed would allow it to more effectively leverage its assets, inject new capital into the foundry side of the business, and make it more competitive vis-à-vis Chipzilla. Today, that dream is dead. AMD announced today that it would give up its 8.8% … [Link]

WIRED » Chevrolet Volt Named European Car of the Year

Monday 5 March 23:30:00 UTC 2012


WIRED » Put Some Clothes On: Video Calling Just Got Easier

Monday 5 March 23:27:00 UTC 2012

TelyHD is a high-def but reasonably priced webcam that's blissfully easy to use and tied to everybody's favorite free video-calling service, Skype. [Link]

WIRED » AMD Completes Exit From Chip Manufacturing Biz

Monday 5 March 23:22:00 UTC 2012

AMD is shedding its stake in GlobalFoundries, the semiconductor foundry that it spun off in 2009. Initially, AMD used GlobalFoundries as its sole manufacturer, but it has increasingly turned to other companies such as TSMC after GlobalFoundries struggled to build working chips on its 32nm process. [Link]

WIRED » Cloud to Deliver 14M New Jobs (Half in China, India)

Monday 5 March 23:09:00 UTC 2012

A new research report commission by Microsoft finds that 14 million jobs will be created by 2015 thanks to cloud computing, but about half of the new jobs will be in India and China. Should we feel good about this report? Is it fair to extract the cloud as job creator without considering its net effect? [Link]

WIRED » Facebook Auto-Cools Servers With Air-Pressure Sensors

Monday 5 March 23:09:00 UTC 2012

Facebook is exploring a technology that controls temperatures in the data center by automatically moving software workloads among servers according to the air pressure on either side of each machine. [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Spider-Man Nail Polish… of Course!

Monday 5 March 23:00:33 UTC 2012

While considering market tie-in products to promote the upcoming Spider-Man film, someone was clearly thinking outside-the-box. It appears that former dental supply company turned glamourous nail polish and acrylic nail supply company OPI has come out with a line of Spider-Man nail polish!I honestly wonder if there is a market out there to tie in a comic book superhero to nail … [Link]

Slashdot » DARPA-Funded 'Cheetah' Breaks Speed Record For Legged Robots

Monday 5 March 22:57:00 UTC 2012

Sparrowvsrevolution writes "Boston Dynamics, a Waltham, Massachusetts technology firm and DARPA contractor, announced Monday that it's broken the speed record for running, legged robots. Its new four-legged creation is Cheetah, a robot that can run at 18 miles an hour, far faster than the 13.1 miles per hour record set by MIT in 1989. The video it's released shows … [Link]

WIRED » Here's Why the Government Thinks It Can Kill You Overseas

Monday 5 March 22:50:00 UTC 2012

For the first time, the government explained why it believes it has the legal authority to kill U.S. citizens suspected of terrorism while they're overseas, without providing them with a process to contest their killings. Only Attorney General Eric Holder's landmark speech on Monday posed more questions than answers. [Link]

Slashdot » The Fallout From a Flickr DMCA Takedown

Monday 5 March 22:14:00 UTC 2012

Maddog Batty writes "Dave Gorman, UK comic and Flickr user, recently received a DMCA takedown notice for one of his own pictures which had become rather popular — 160,000 views + lots of comments. The takedown was in error (from a porn company) and Flickr allowed him to repost the image. However, the fallout is that all the original … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Assassin’s Creed 3 Trailer [Video]

Monday 5 March 22:00:03 UTC 2012

18th Century North America. After more than 20 years of conflict, the 13 American colonies and the British Crown are on the brink of all-out war. Battle lines are drawn. Bloodshed is inevitable. Out of the embers of his burning village, a new assassin will rise. Born of Mohawk and British blood, his fight for freedom and justice will be … [Link]

Slashdot » Next-gen Game Controllers Tug At Thumb Tips

Monday 5 March 21:53:00 UTC 2012

An anonymous reader writes "Engineers at the University of Utah have designed a new kind of video game controller that not only vibrates like existing devices, but pulls and stretches the thumb tips in different directions to simulate various types of movement. 'We have developed feedback modes that enhance immersiveness and realism for gaming scenarios such as collision, recoil … [Link]

Slashdot » Cloud To Create 14 Million Jobs? Not So Much

Monday 5 March 21:32:00 UTC 2012

jfruh writes "Did you hear about the study from Microsoft and IDC (PDF), declaring that adoption of cloud technologies would create 14 million jobs? Well, don't believe the hype. The study posts that, once small and medium business can use cloud products to just eliminate their IT department, they'll use those savings to hire people for their core business. … [Link]

WIRED » Pentagon Helps New Stealth Fighter Cheat on Key Performance Test

Monday 5 March 21:30:00 UTC 2012

America's next stealth fighter has passed a key Pentagon test of its combat capability, allowing the nearly $400-billion program to move closer to full-rate production. But the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter cleared the mid-February review only because a Pentagon council agreed to relax the grading scale. That's right: the military helped the F-35 essentially cheat on its mid-term exam. … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Super Mario… with Portals! (Available Now!)

Monday 5 March 21:00:56 UTC 2012

With the aim of merging two iconic games, has created a pretty funky version of the classic Super Mario game that incorporates the puzzle game mechanics from Portal and it’s called Mari0.I’ve had a very quick play and it seems pretty funky. I didn’t actually get to any of the levels where you need the portal but I might … [Link]

WIRED » Android's Dessert Lineage to Continue With 'Key Lime Pie,' Report Says

Monday 5 March 20:58:00 UTC 2012

The nickname for the Android version release after "Jellybean" will be "Key Lime Pie," according to a new report. [Link]

Slashdot » Precise W Boson Mass Measurement Helps Lead the Way To the Higgs Boson

Monday 5 March 20:48:00 UTC 2012

New submitter SchrodingerZ writes "'The world's most precise measurement of the mass of the W Boson, one of nature's elementary particles, has been achieved by scientists from the CDF and DZero collaborations at the Department of Energy's Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory.' This new number (80387 +- 17 MeV/c^2) puts more constraint on the mass of the theorized Higgs Boson, … [Link]

WIRED » Diving Dogs Are Good Catch for Photographer

Monday 5 March 20:44:37 UTC 2012

Seth Casteel, whose photographs of underwater dogs recently went viral, has managed to turn the buzz he's garnered into traction. [Link]

WIRED » High Levels of Resistant Bacteria on Meat (Again)

Monday 5 March 20:44:33 UTC 2012

A new report on antibiotic resistance in animals, retail meat and people bears no good news: Strains of drug-resistant microorganisms are on the rise. Superbug blogger Maryn McKenna reports. [Link]

WIRED » Cable-Modem Hacker Convicted in Boston

Monday 5 March 20:44:28 UTC 2012

Cable-modem hacker Ryan Harris has been convicted of helping users steal internet access that authorities say involved a $1 million scheme to defraud cable companies of business. [Link]

WIRED » Saturn's Largest Moon Seen in Unprecedented Detail

Monday 5 March 20:26:00 UTC 2012

A massive collection of new studies about Titan, Saturn's largest moon, describe the frigid mini-world in unprecedented detail. [Link]

Slashdot » Rob Malda (CmdrTaco) Joins the Washington Post

Monday 5 March 20:25:00 UTC 2012

kodiaktau writes "Slashdot founder and long time cat herder Rob Malda joins the Washington Post per an announcement today. According to the press release, he will be the Chief Strategist and Editor-at-Large working for WaPo Labs." Rob has a more detailed description of the job on his blog: "Don Graham is trying to accomplish something that is a bit … [Link]

Slashdot » Canadian Music Industry Wants Subscriber Disclosure Without Court Oversight

Monday 5 March 20:06:00 UTC 2012

An anonymous reader writes "The incredible demands of the Canadian music industry as it seeks a massive overhaul of Canadian copyright law continues. It is seeking increased liability for social networking sites, search engines, blogging platforms, video sites, and many other websites featuring third party contributions, plus a new iPod tax, and an extension in the term of copyright. … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Trebucard and Cardapult: Transforming Business Cards into Siege Weapons [Videos]

Monday 5 March 20:00:38 UTC 2012

The Trebucard is a business card sized mini trebuchet. It is designed to fire jumbo paper clips and uses 16 pennies as a counter-weight. Unlike a traditional trebuchet the Trebucard uses the surface it is resting on as a pivot rather than being mounted on a frame.This is a newer version of my business card that turns into a rubber … [Link]

WIRED » Hell's Gate Requires Spectator Participation

Monday 5 March 19:45:00 UTC 2012

How hard is the Hell's Gate Hard Enduro motorcycle race? Well, five out of 17 people made it to the finish line this year. That's up from two last time around. [Link]

WIRED » Apple's App Store Reaches 25 Billion Global Downloads

Monday 5 March 19:29:00 UTC 2012

Apple announced Monday that its iOS App Store has reached a milestone 25 billion downloads. [Link]

Slashdot » Smartphones More Dangerous Than Alcohol, When Driving

Monday 5 March 19:26:00 UTC 2012

judgecorp writes "The Institute of Advanced Motorists in the UK has carried out live tests which prove that using smartphones impairs driving ability more than drug or alcohol use, making reaction times 37.6 percent slower (PDF). The result is a big concern since a quarter of drivers admit to sending texts from their phones while driving. 'Young people have … [Link]

WIRED » The U.S. Needs to Make More Jobs More Creative

Monday 5 March 19:11:00 UTC 2012

In order to tackle its competitiveness challenges, America needs to harness the inherent creativity of its workforce. It is making progress in the right direction but needs to push the pace. [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Oh the Joy of Choose Your Own Adventure Games

Monday 5 March 19:00:43 UTC 2012

You know how they say trends loop around really frequently? Well remember the time when choose your own adventure games and moving gifs were all the rage? I believe (or at least wholeheartedly hope) that they’re making a comeback.Good ol’ College Humor has created for us a lovely little Choose Your Own Adventure that will turn the most mundane workplace … [Link]

WIRED » China Spends Even More on Its Military While Pentagon Yawns

Monday 5 March 19:00:00 UTC 2012

At a time when the U.S. is cutting its defense budget by 2.5 percent, China?s far less advanced military is getting flooded with cash. Beijing announced that it will boost its annual defense budget to $106 billion, an increase of 11.2 percent. Cue the freakout ? from everywhere but the Pentagon. [Link]

Slashdot » Growth of Pseudoscience Harming Australian Universities

Monday 5 March 18:43:00 UTC 2012

wired_parrot writes "The international credibility of Australia's universities is being undermined by the increase in the 'pseudoscientific' health courses they offer, two academics write in a recent article decrying that a third of Australian universities now offer courses in such subjects as homeopathy and traditional Chinese medicine, which undermines science-based medicine. 'As the number of alternative practitioners graduating from … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Adorable, crocheted Matthew McConaughey gives SXSW advice!

Monday 5 March 18:41:49 UTC 2012

Everyone remember when Matthew McConaughey was busted in Austin for playing the bongos neked? Well, CraftyIsCool has crocheted him in the buff, with just his bongos, and he’s spewing out cool advice for first-timers to SXSW! Want to know where to go or what to do in Austin? Check out Tolly Moseley interviewing McConaughey for #toomuchmirthforonedayRelated posts:Dating Advice for Gamers … [Link]

Geek Culture » ioSafe's Disaster Proof drives!

Monday 5 March 18:28:19 UTC 2012

ioSafe Ever wish you could have a fireproof and waterproof vault for all your precious data files? Well you can, with one of ioSafe's disaster-proof hard drives. What about the Cloud? Wait a sec, isn't offsite backup the hippest thing ever? Absolutely. Backing up to the cloud, using a service like iCloud or one of the many backup programs like CrashPlan, … [Link]

New Scientist – News » Spider silk spun into violin strings

Monday 5 March 18:06:00 UTC 2012

Strands of the silk were twisted and bundled together into violin strings, producing a brilliant timbre – listen and judge for yourself [Link]

Slashdot » Free Program Predicts How Troublesome a Genetic Mutation Is

Monday 5 March 18:01:00 UTC 2012

smoothjazz writes "Researchers describe a new, freely available Web-based program called Spliceman for predicting whether genetic mutations are likely to disrupt the splicing of messenger RNA, potentially leading to disease. From the article: 'Spliceman makes its predictions about mutations by calculating that distance. It has successfully predicted the known effect of many mutations. The software has genomic information about … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Ex-CIA boss: Stuxnet was good idea

Monday 5 March 18:00:24 UTC 2012

There is absolutely no proof that the United States (or Israeli) government was responsible for the Stuxnet attack on Iranian nuclear facilities. But a former CIA and National Security Agency chief says such tactics are a good idea and will now be considered legitimate.The Stuxnet virus spread worldwide, but turned out to be specifically targeted at a particular industrial control system … [Link]

New Scientist – News » Today on New Scientist: 5 March 2012

Monday 5 March 18:00:00 UTC 2012

All today's stories on, including: living in the year 100,000 AD, wild bear uses a stone to exfoliate and the future of space food [Link]

New Scientist – News » Oldest chordate spawned everything with backbones

Monday 5 March 17:59:37 UTC 2012

A strange eel-like creature from half a billion years ago is a forerunner of all modern vertebrates, from fish to reptiles and humans [Link]

WIRED » Nook in the UK: Barnes & Noble to Host London Event for Developers

Monday 5 March 17:56:00 UTC 2012

Barnes & Noble is sponsoring an event for developers in London on March 19, possibly signaling a spring entry of its Nook e-reading and tablet devices into the UK and Europe. [Link]

New Scientist – News » The future of space food

Monday 5 March 17:46:05 UTC 2012

What might space tourists eat for breakfast? New Scientist samples the Mars Breakfast Bar, a cosmic cocktail and more [Link]

WIRED » Exclusive: Behind-the-Scenes of Gorillaz' 'DoYaThing'

Monday 5 March 17:41:00 UTC 2012

The world of virtual band Gorillaz is hypercolored and surreal, like being in Alice's Messed-Up Wonderland. So for the video for the group's collaboration with LCD Soundsystem's James Murphy and Outkast's Andr? 3000, director (and Gorillaz co-creator) Jamie Hewlett had to bring his characters' bizarre universe into that of a real-world apartment. In this behind-the-scenes video, we learn how the … [Link]

WIRED » The Perfect Storm for Cloud Computing

Monday 5 March 17:30:00 UTC 2012

Technology innovation, internet availability, and the generation factor will contribute to create great opportunities for some, and dangers for other, writes Todd Nielsen. [Link]

WIRED » Video: Darpa's Robotic Cheetah Sets Racing Record

Monday 5 March 17:21:10 UTC 2012

The Pentagon's far-out research agency, Darpa, has just released a new video of their Cheetah 'bot — designed to mimic the rapid movements of cheetahs, the speediest animals in nature — absolutely killing it on a laboratory treadmill. [Link]

Slashdot » New Interface Could Wire Prosthetics Directly Into Amputees' Nervous Systems

Monday 5 March 17:18:00 UTC 2012

cylonlover writes "Scientists at Sandia National Laboratories have announced a breakthrough in prosthetics that may one day allow artificial limbs to be controlled by their wearers as naturally as organic ones, as well as providing sensations of touch and feeling. The scientists have developed a new interface consisting of a porous, flexible, conductive, biocompatible material through which nerve fibers … [Link]

WIRED » Sunspot Shoots Powerful Solar Storm Toward Earth

Monday 5 March 17:07:00 UTC 2012

Magnetic disturbances on the sun hurled a colossal burst of charged particles into space overnight. The edge should reach Earth between late Tuesday night and Wednesday. [Link]

New Scientist – News » Tevatron collider's mighty boost for Higgs hunt

Monday 5 March 17:03:00 UTC 2012

Posthumous revelations from the late, great US particle-smasher look good for Higgs and the standard model of particle physics [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Lunch has never looked so horrifying [Pic]

Monday 5 March 17:00:07 UTC 2012

[Source | Via]Related posts:Horrifying Baby Chewbacca Doll [Pic]Lunch Time! [Pic]C3PO Never Looked This Delicious [Link]

New Scientist – News » Brain 'X-ray' exposes broken connections after injury

Monday 5 March 16:51:31 UTC 2012

See how a new imaging technique can reveal broken brain connections in detail for the first time [Link]

Slashdot » The eBook Backlash

Monday 5 March 16:36:00 UTC 2012

Hugh Pickens writes "The NY Times reports that people who read ebooks on tablets like the iPad are beginning to realize that while a book in print is straightforward and immersive, a tablet is more like a 21st-century cacophony than a traditional solitary activity offering a menu of distractions that can fragment the reading experience, or stop it in … [Link]

New Scientist – News » Why I want to give hackers a career break

Monday 5 March 16:22:00 UTC 2012

Cybersecurity guru Jay Abbott on hacking attacks, his childhood lesson on computer security and being a failed DJ [Link]

New Scientist – News » The future is bright for humanity

Monday 5 March 16:10:00 UTC 2012

The more optimistic we are about the future of our species the better we can focus on today's challenges [Link]

Geek Culture » Thinking different about the pulse of life

Monday 5 March 16:01:12 UTC 2012

A radically new design for the artificial heart… via Popular Science [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » App Review: Wake Up Refreshed Using Science on Your iPhone with Sleep Cycle

Monday 5 March 16:00:34 UTC 2012

When you use a regular alarm clock, it’s a total lottery whether it will strike when you’re at the end of a sleep cycle or in the middle of one.When you’re in the middle of a sleep cycle, you’ll find that you’ll wake up groggy and with that feeling of an anvil pressing you down, refusing to let you get out … [Link]

Slashdot » Hackers Nab Unreleased Michael Jackson Tracks From Sony

Monday 5 March 15:44:00 UTC 2012

wiredmikey writes "Sony once again has found itself in the news surrounding another hacking-related incident. This time around, the breach doesn't appear to involve any lost user data or customer accounts, but instead, some valuable property owned by the record company. Today, several British news outlets have reported that more than 50,000 music tracks have been illegally accessed and … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Amazon Deal of the Day: 59% Off Trent iDual-Port Pack IMP50D 5000mAh USB External Battery Pack and Charger for mobile Devices – $40.95 + Free Shipping

Monday 5 March 15:10:27 UTC 2012

For today’s edition of Deal of the Day, Amazon has the Trent iDual-Port Pack IMP50D 5000mAh USB External Battery Pack and Charger for mobile devices for just $40.95 plus free shipping. That’s 59% off the external battery pack’s usual retail price of $99.95.Enjoy 25 hours Movie time for iPhone 4S 4, 3G 3Gs iPhone and 10 hours movie time for iPad2 … [Link]

Slashdot » Scientists Say People Aren't Smart Enough For Democracy To Flourish

Monday 5 March 15:03:00 UTC 2012

cold fjord writes "The inability of the incompetent to recognize their own limitations is a story that has been covered before on Slashdot. But, what happens when you apply that finding to politics? From the article: 'The democratic process relies on the assumption that citizens can recognize the best political candidate, or best policy idea. But a growing body … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » More Male Cosplayers on Geeks are Sexy [Video]

Monday 5 March 15:00:28 UTC 2012

Ok, I know some of ladies have asked that I feature more male cosplayers on [GAS], so I decided to put this video up to satisfy your cravings. The video also features the lovely Tabitha from Artyfakes Action-Props, which we featured a few days ago for her amazing (but highly innecfective) dragonborn-like armor. I invite you all to check out … [Link]

New Scientist – News » Planet-sized video game gets its first release

Monday 5 March 14:55:44 UTC 2012

Outerra lets players fly all the way from space down to ground level, before driving through forests and soaring over mountain ranges [Link]

WIRED » Halo 4 Developer Pledges 'Darker' Tone for Shooter Series

Monday 5 March 14:44:26 UTC 2012

343 Industries, the Microsoft group that took over the Halo series from Bungie, said it is exploring a "darker" new direction with Halo 4's storyline during a media briefing Thursday. [Link]

Slashdot » GitHub Hacked

Monday 5 March 14:22:00 UTC 2012

MrSeb writes "Over the weekend, developer Egor Homakov exploited a gaping vulnerability in GitHub that allowed him (or anyone else with basic hacker know-how) to gain administrator access to projects such as Ruby on Rails, Linux, and millions of others. GitHub uses the Ruby on Rails application framework, and Rails has been weak to what's known as a mass-assignment … [Link]

New Scientist – News » First Americans: were they Iberian, not Siberian?

Monday 5 March 14:15:00 UTC 2012

The first people to settle America may have come from Europe across the Arctic ice, rather than across a land bridge from Siberia to Alaska [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » The Three Little Pigs Story as Covered by Modern Media

Monday 5 March 14:00:41 UTC 2012

This advert for the Guardian’s open journalism, screened for the first time on 29 February 2012, imagines how we might cover the story of the three little pigs in print and online. Follow the story from the paper’s front page headline, through a social media discussion and finally to an unexpected conclusion.[Via Neatorama]Related posts:Angry Birds vs. Three Big PigsHeartless: The … [Link]

Slashdot » Video Captchas are Hard for Computers to Understand but Easy for Humans (Video)

Monday 5 March 13:48:00 UTC 2012

A new company called NuCaptcha provides animated video captchas it says are much harder for OCR-based programs to crack than static captchas, but lots easier for humans to figure out. While at the 2012 RSA conference, Timothy Lord pointed his camcorder at NuCaptcha CTO Christopher Bailey, and had him explain how video captchas work and how the company makes … [Link]

New Scientist – News » Forget fittest, it's survival of the most cultured

Monday 5 March 13:28:00 UTC 2012

Evolutionary biologist Mark Pagel enters tricky terrain to argue that social structures are key to human evolution in Wired for Culture [Link]

Bad Science » Is there statistical evidence of fraud in the Russian election data?

Monday 5 March 13:14:56 UTC 2012

James Ball sent me the data for the Russian election vote counts this morning and asked me to test whether it deviates from Benford’s law, a test that can give a hint at whether numbers are the product of fraud. Posted below is my analysis, and also a check for last digit preference, which is […] [Link]

Pogue's Posts » Place Your Emphasis HERE, Not THERE

Monday 5 March 13:12:49 UTC 2012

When graphic designers use their computers to fool around with typography, sometimes they get the emphasis all wrong. [Link]

Slashdot » Microsoft Seeks Patent For "Search By Sketch"

Monday 5 March 13:06:00 UTC 2012

theodp writes "So, how does one search for images that aren't tagged with keywords? Google does offer its sometimes-spotty search by image, but what if you don't have an image handy that looks like what you're searching for? Microsoft, reports GeekWire, offers a solution that's 'a little like playing Pictionary with a search engine — drawing a sketch and … [Link]

WIRED » Dear DC Comics: Why Do You Keep Fridging Me?

Monday 5 March 13:00:00 UTC 2012

DC's new take on Lois Lane seems to epitomize how they treat all women in their comics. [Link]

O'Reilly News and Commentary » #Ebook Deal/Day: Save 50% on Planning for #IPv6 and IPv6 Essentials

Monday 5 March 12:47:05 UTC 2012

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WIRED » Hand-Cranked Camera Transports Londoners Back in Time

Monday 5 March 12:30:00 UTC 2012


WIRED » Photographer of Underwater Dogs Actually Turns Buzz Into Traction

Monday 5 March 12:30:00 UTC 2012

Seth Casteel, whose photographs of underwater dogs recently went viral, has managed to turn the buzz he's garnered into traction. [Link]

WIRED » Number 1 on Army's Shopping List: Wireless Broadband

Monday 5 March 12:30:00 UTC 2012

The Army's number one purchasing priority doesn't shoot. You can't ride in it, and it won't protect you from bullets or bombs. It's a data network. [Link]

WIRED » March 5, 1872: Westinghouse Gives Railroads a Brake

Monday 5 March 12:30:00 UTC 2012

Prolific inventor George Westinghouse Jr. designs a safe and reliable automatic brake to stop trains right in their tracks. [Link]

WIRED » The Jerusalem Syndrome: Why Some Religious Tourists Believe They Are the Messiah

Monday 5 March 12:30:00 UTC 2012

Jerusalem, with its mosaic of sacred spaces and millennia of history, can become so disorienting for some that it triggers full-on psychosis. [Link]

WIRED » Can VMware Get a Virtual Machine On the iPhone?

Monday 5 March 12:30:00 UTC 2012

Steve Herrod wants to put a virtual machine on your phone. Herrod is the chief technology officer at VMware, the company that reinvented the data center with virtual servers. But now it's trying to push virtualization technology onto tablets and mobile phones, and that includes the Apple iPhone. [Link]

New Scientist – News » Wild bear uses a stone to exfoliate

Monday 5 March 12:02:00 UTC 2012

A brown bear in Alaska was seen scratching its skin with rocks – the first bear definitively known to use a tool [Link]

New Scientist – News » 100,000 AD: Living in the deep future

Monday 5 March 11:35:51 UTC 2012

Our species may endure for at least 100,000 years. So what's in store? New Scientist tours the coming epoch, from new language to archaeological remains [Link]

WIRED » Alt Text: Unconfirmed, Unsubstantiated and Untrue iPad 3 Rumors

Monday 5 March 11:29:34 UTC 2012

With the new iPad 3 on the way, rumors abound. When it comes to Apple products, abounding is just what rumors do. [Link]

Slashdot » AT&T Clarifies Data Limitations On "Unlimited" Data Plans

Monday 5 March 10:14:00 UTC 2012

MojoKid writes "Several months ago, AT&T notified customers that it would begin throttling network speeds for users who exceeded a certain threshold, with the definitive throttle point defined as an imprecise "the top 5% of mobile data users." The company has issued a statement clarifying this policy after irate customers with unlimited data plans demanded to know what the … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Monday Morning Links Serving: The March 5th Edition

Monday 5 March 9:00:54 UTC 2012

-A Closer Look At McDonald’s France’s “Dark Vader Burger” Last month, Quick (the European McDonalds), announced the launch of a burger in honor of Darth Vader. It’s been on sale in France for 3 days now, and here’s how it looks. Still wanna try it?-The Darker Side of Mario Mario has been given the horror treatment by artist MPuncekar, who takes … [Link]

Slashdot » Man Convicted For Helping Thousands Steal Internet Access

Monday 5 March 7:11:00 UTC 2012

angry tapir writes "An Oregon man has been convicted of seven courts of wire fraud for helping thousands of people steal Internet service. Ryan Harris, 26, of Redmond, Oregon, was convicted by a jury in U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts. He faces a prison term of up to 20 years and a fine of up to … [Link]

Slashdot » Iran's Smart Concrete Can Cope With Earthquakes and Bombs

Monday 5 March 4:02:00 UTC 2012

PolygamousRanchKid writes "Iran is an earthquake zone, so its engineers have developed some of the toughest building materials in the world. Ultra-high performance concrete (UHPC) could also be used to protect hidden nuclear installations from the artificial equivalent of small earthquakes, namely bunker-busting bombs. UHPC is based—like its quotidian cousins—on sand and cement. In addition, though, it is doped … [Link]

WIRED » A Google-a-Day Puzzle for Mar. 4

Monday 5 March 3:51:54 UTC 2012

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

The Joy of Tech » JoT 1660: Driving Ms. Siri.

Monday 5 March 3:30:18 UTC 2012

JoT thumbCan you turn off Backseat Driver Mode? Click here to visit the comic. [Link]

Slashdot » FTC Attorney Joins Microsoft

Monday 5 March 1:20:00 UTC 2012

inode_buddha writes "Randall Long, a senior attorney who led several antitrust investigations against Google, has been hired by Microsoft. From the article: 'The software giant told the Wall Street Journal yesterday that it hired Randall Long, an official at the FTC's Bureau of Competition. When he joins the software giant at the end of the month, Long will head … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » This Explains Everything! [Pic]

Monday 5 March 1:00:59 UTC 2012

[Via]Related posts:This Explains Everything [PIC]Boromir Explains MMORPGs [Pic][GAS] Explains: Music Royalties for Dummies [Link]

Slashdot » Nearly Half of American Adults Are Smartphone Owners

Monday 5 March 0:09:00 UTC 2012

First time accepted submitter saiful76 writes "Nearly half (46%) of American adults are smartphone owners as of February 2012, an increase of 11 percentage points over the 35% of Americans who owned a smartphone last May. Two in five adults (41%) own a cell phone that is not a smartphone, meaning that smartphone owners are now more prevalent within … [Link]

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Monday 5 March 0:00:34 UTC 2012

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