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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 » George Takei Helps Facebook Troubleshoot MySQL

Wednesday 7 March 23:30:00 UTC 2012

miller60 writes "Actor George Takei recently helped the Facebook infrastructure team troubleshoot issues with its MySQL databases. Takei, a veteran of the original Star Trek series, now has more than 1.2 million fans on Facebook. Takei recently noticed that some status updates were missing or appearing inconsistently. That led to a dialogue with the Facebook Engineering team, which gave … [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Fighting Words: What Apple Means When It Says 'Post-PC'

Wednesday 7 March 23:16:43 UTC 2012

What does Apple CEO Tim Cook, or anyone else, mean by "post-PC revolution"? [Link]

Wired Top Stories » The QWERTY Effect: How Typing May Shape the Meaning of Words

Wednesday 7 March 23:16:42 UTC 2012

A keyboard's arrangement could have a small but significant impact to how we perceive the meaning of words we type. [Link]

Wired Top Stories » TSA Pooh-Poohs Video Purporting to Defeat Airport Body Scanners

Wednesday 7 March 23:16:41 UTC 2012

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Pogue's Posts » The New iPad: It's in the Apps

Wednesday 7 March 23:15:30 UTC 2012

The new iPad's hardware keeps Apple ahead of its tablet rivals – there's no other tablet, yet, with anything like these specs – but it's the software that really makes the iPad shine. [Link]

Wired Top Stories » With Google Play, the Cloud Goes Prime Time

Wednesday 7 March 23:09:00 UTC 2012

If you've dismissed Google Play as just a rebranding of various Google media sites, Wired.com's Mike Isaac dispels that notion, calling it "Google?s iTunes moment." But a bigger takeaway on Google Play is that the cloud has gone prime time on Channel G, making for a critical mass of cloud consumers. [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Woz Spends iPad Launch Day on IBM's Cloud

Wednesday 7 March 23:08:00 UTC 2012

Everyone on the internet seemed to be liveblogging or reading liveblogs of Apple's iPad 3 launch event on Wednesday. Everyone, that is, except for Apple founder and number-one fanboy Steve "Woz" Wozniak. He was in Las Vegas, hanging out with the IBM data center geeks at its Pulse 2012 conference. [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » DNS Explained [Video]

Wednesday 7 March 23:00:35 UTC 2012

Learn the ins and outs of how the Domain Name System (known as DNS by the cool kids), takes a name like dnsmadeeasy.com and translates it into an IP address to find content on the web.[DNSMadeEasy]Related posts:The Importance of DNS [Video]Antimatter Explained: Something from Nothing [Video]Pyrotechnics Explained [Link]

Wired Top Stories » What the New iPad Won't Do

Wednesday 7 March 22:57:00 UTC 2012

I watched the iPad 3/HD announcement this morning with a technofile friend of mine and we were blown away by the new features: Retina screen, the A5X chipset, iSight and 4G LTE support. I?m salivating now, even writing about it. Yet its true power is held back by large enterprise software corporations that cannot keep pace with the new devices … [Link]

Slashdot » NVIDIA Is Joining the Linux Foundation

Wednesday 7 March 22:48:00 UTC 2012

Norsefire writes "NVIDIA is joining the Linux Foundation, along with three other to-be-announced companies. From the article: 'As one of the three big makers of graphics chips for PCs–the other two are Intel and AMD, both of which are longtime Linux Foundation members–Nvidia's increased participation in Linux could be big news for users of the free and open source … [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Apple Unveils 4G iPad with Quad-Core Graphics and Retina Display

Wednesday 7 March 22:40:00 UTC 2012

Apple pulled back the curtain on its next generation of consumer products in San Francisco on Wednesday, revealing a quad-core 4G version of the iPad — replete with the rumored "Retina Display" — as well as a 1080p Apple TV refresh. [Link]

New Scientist – Online news » Symptoms of late-stage Alzheimer's can be delayed

Wednesday 7 March 22:30:00 UTC 2012

Two drugs that were thought not to be of benefit in the later stages of Alzheimer's disease have been shown to hold back severe decline by four months [Link]

New Scientist – Online news » Cancer chimeras complicate therapy

Wednesday 7 March 22:30:00 UTC 2012

Hopes dashed of personalised drug treatments after two-thirds of genetic mutations in the same tumour are found to vary from one biopsy to the next [Link]

Slashdot » Book Review: Occupy World Street

Wednesday 7 March 22:01:00 UTC 2012

jsuda writes "For those billions of people for whom the current political-economic system doesn't work–the Occupy Wall Street people, the Tea Partiers, the 99%-ers and have-nots, the middle and lower classes, and the rest of the unwashed masses, Occupy World Street is a starburst of enlightenment and a practical vision of hope for a new and advanced society." Read … [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Reader Poll: Will You Buy the New iPad?

Wednesday 7 March 21:56:00 UTC 2012

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Geeks are Sexy Technology News » World’s Fastest Running Robot: The DARPA Cheetah [Video]

Wednesday 7 March 21:36:05 UTC 2012

This video shows a demonstration of the “Cheetah” robot galloping at speeds of up to 18 miles per hour (mph), setting a new land speed record for legged robots. The previous record was 13.1 mph, set in 1989.The robot’s movements are patterned after those of fast-running animals in nature. The robot increases its stride and running speed by flexing and … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » This is AWESOME: “Community” Trailer Done Prometheus-Style [Video]

Wednesday 7 March 21:36:04 UTC 2012

This. Is. AWESOME.[Via Buzzfeed]Related posts:Awesome 8-Bit-Style Music Video: We Come Together [VIDEO]GAAAHHHH NEW “PROMETHEUS” TRAILER!!!Prometheus: First Official Trailer [Alien Prequel] [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Avengers: Friends Forever [Video]

Wednesday 7 March 21:30:00 UTC 2012

I know it’s yet another Avenger’s fan video, but I thought this one was so cool I had to post it.[Via madisonyork]Related posts:Friends Don’t Let Friends Play Inverted [Video]New Avengers Assemble Movie Trailer [Video]The Problem With The Avengers Movie [Cartoon] [Link]

Slashdot » Sheffield Scientists Have Revolutionized the Electron Microscope

Wednesday 7 March 21:20:00 UTC 2012

An anonymous reader writes "For over 70 years, transmission electron microscopy (TEM), which 'looks through' an object to see atomic features within it, has been constrained by the relatively poor lenses which are used to form the image. The new method, called electron ptychography, dispenses with the lens and instead forms the image by reconstructing the scattered electron-waves after … [Link]

New Scientist – Online news » Today on New Scientist: 7 March 2012

Wednesday 7 March 21:05:09 UTC 2012

All today's stories on newscientist.com, including: conflicting Higgs results muddy particle hunt and cloud-streamed games let you click and play [Link]

Slashdot » Linux From Scratch 7.1 Published

Wednesday 7 March 21:00:00 UTC 2012

Thinkcloud writes "The Linux From Scratch (LFS) project has published version 7.1 of its manual for building a custom Linux installation. The new release of the step-by-step instructions is 345 pages long and uses more up-to-date components than previous versions – for example, the 3.2.6 Linux kernel and version 4.6.2 of the GNU Compiler Collection (GCC). The update also … [Link]

Slashdot » Researchers Seek Help In Solving DuQu Mystery Language

Wednesday 7 March 20:39:00 UTC 2012

An anonymous reader writes "DuQu, the malicious code that followed in the wake of the infamous Stuxnet code, has been analyzed nearly as much as its predecessor. But one part of the code remains a mystery, and researchers are asking programmers for help in solving it. The mystery concerns an essential component of the malware that communicates with command-and-control … [Link]

Wired Top Stories » GDC: Why Smartphone Games Are Socially Awkward

Wednesday 7 March 20:37:59 UTC 2012

Your smartphone is an inherently social device, so the games you play on it should easily incorporate social-gaming elements. Right? As it turns out, it's not that simple. [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Adobe Shadow Simplifies Mobile Web Testing

Wednesday 7 March 20:37:50 UTC 2012

Adobe Shadow is like synchronized swimming for websites. Shadow mirrors your website across dozens of mobile devices. You can then tweak, test and polish your site, watching as your changes happen in real-time, simultaneously across all the connected devices. [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Mission Planning ? Read the F***** Manual

Wednesday 7 March 20:37:49 UTC 2012

Planning a do-it-yourself suborbital space mission doesn't mean compromising your planning regimen. Space architect and Rocket Shop blogger Kristian von Bengston lays down some rules to ensure success. [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Josh Trank to Direct Venom

Wednesday 7 March 20:30:43 UTC 2012

With Sony’s first run at Spider-Man behind them, that version of Venom is also a thing of the past. It also seemed the torturous road to a Venom stand-alone film was also left in the dust, but now we find out that newcomer Josh Trank has secured the director’s chair for the film.Gordon and the Whale says:[Josh Trank]is now set to … [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Viral Video Hopes to Spur Arrest of War Criminal

Wednesday 7 March 20:30:00 UTC 2012

In just two days, a viral video raising awareness for the arrest of one of the world's worst war criminals has racked up over 4 million views on YouTube. "Stop Kony" — Joseph Kony of the infamous Lord's Resistance Army — is just the beginning of an ambitious effort to spur global Internet culture into humanitarian action. So why do … [Link]

Wired Top Stories » iTunes Pricing as a Model for Journalism

Wednesday 7 March 20:18:00 UTC 2012

Would readers pay 99 cents for an article with subscriptions at a better per-article rate and so much content for free? [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Explorer Nears End of Epic Quest From Pole to Pole

Wednesday 7 March 20:15:00 UTC 2012

Swedish explorer Johan Ernst Nilson is nearing the end of a 20,000-mile trek from the North Pole to the South Pole. We catch up with him to ask about the epic journey of a lifetime. [Link]

ProgrammableWeb » Expert Panel Has More Questions Than Answers When it Comes to API Security

Wednesday 7 March 20:00:34 UTC 2012

The Cloud Security Alliance Summit brought together a panel of security experts on February 27 in San Francisco to examine the threats posed by API and cloud-based computing. But rather than providing guidance on how to mitigate security risks they focused instead on the uncertain nature of security in an environment that is increasingly dominated by applications that use APIs to … [Link]

Slashdot » Large Solar Flare To Glance Off Earth

Wednesday 7 March 19:57:00 UTC 2012

JoeRobe writes "According to spaceweather.com, a major X5 solar flare is on its way to deliver a glancing blow to the Earth's magnetic field. This is the second x-class flare to be released by the same sunspot in the past few days, the first being an X1. In both cases, the sunspot (spot 1429) was not directly facing Earth, … [Link]

Wired Top Stories » New Shark Species Discovered in Galapagos

Wednesday 7 March 19:41:00 UTC 2012

Scientists conducting deep-sea dives around the Galapagos Islands have identified a new species of shark. Part of a family known as a catsharks, the new species is about 1.3 feet long, roughly the same size as a typical housecat. [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » The Tale of a Frustrated Geek Trying to get SDCC 2012 Tickets [Video]

Wednesday 7 March 19:30:55 UTC 2012

My friends from Aggressive Comics tried to get tickets to attend the upcomming SCDD 2012 event, and well, let’s just say that it was a very frustrating experience. What about you guys? For those of you who tried to get tickets, how was your experience?[Geekgasm]Related posts:Olympic Tickets: The Logistical GameThe Best of Katsucon 2012 [Video]Skyrim 2012 : Part Two [Video] … [Link]

Slashdot » Apple Unveils New iPad

Wednesday 7 March 19:07:00 UTC 2012

adeelarshad82 writes "As expected, Apple announced the new iPad complete with a Retina Display, quad-core processor, 4G LTE, and an improved camera. The new iPad will run the rumored A5X processor, which according to Apple will provide four times the performance of the Tegra 3. The revamped tablet will also include a 2048-by-1536 display, apparently most in any mobile … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Is TED Really Spreading Ideas?

Wednesday 7 March 19:06:48 UTC 2012

I know I’ve posted quite a few TED talks, and I’m an avid TED talk watcher. That’s why the headline “How TED Makes Ideas Smaller” on The Atlantic really caught my attention. How could this site that has only opened my mind and brought me inspiration be considered to make ideas smaller?The article is an interesting read. The author says that … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Amazon Deal of the Day: $20 Off Skyrim (Xbox 360 or PS3) – $39.99 + Free Shipping

Wednesday 7 March 19:06:47 UTC 2012

For today’s edition of Deal of the Day, Amazon has Skyrim for the Xbox 360 or PS3 for just $39.99. The game is usually priced at $59.99, but the price has been dropped on the game by $20 today.The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is the next installment in the award-winning Elder Scrolls series. Skyrim is the follow up to the 2006 … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Super Creepy Star Wars Custom Figures [Pic]

Wednesday 7 March 19:06:46 UTC 2012

Imagine waking up with these things actually looking at you from the corner of your bed. Wouldn’t it totally freak you out? Oh, and yes, these figures were actually for sale a few days ago, but believe it or not, they’ve already been sold.[Source: GeekyVixen | Via Technabob]Related posts:Sillof’s Amazing Retro Star Wars Action FiguresStar Wars remake week: Star Wars in … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Mass Effect 3 Launches, Fans Take Up the Battle

Wednesday 7 March 19:06:45 UTC 2012

By Meredith PlackoThe wait is over. The time to take back Earth is now.And that is probably what a good majority of your gaming friends are doing right now. If you are living under a rock like the guys at my Target were, Mass Effect 3 launched yesterday, and many stores across the US and Canada had some pretty awesome midnight … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Stormtrooper Hair Bow [Pic]

Wednesday 7 March 19:06:44 UTC 2012

Unfortunately, this stormtrooper hair bow has already been sold, but etsy user 8BitDreams has plenty of other geeky ones in her store for you guys to check out.[8BitDreams | Via]Related posts:HOW TO: Suffering from hair loss? Make your hair grow back with the laser brush hack!Stormtrooper Hood Ornament [PIC]Stormtrooper Balloon Helmet [Pic] [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Rémi Gaillard’s Awesome Elevator Prank [Video]

Wednesday 7 March 19:06:43 UTC 2012

As Rémi would say, It’s by doing whatever, that one becomes whoever.[nqtv]Related posts:HILARIOUS: Voice Recognition Elevator [Video]Computer Scare Prank Goes Wrong [Video]The Ultimate Best Buy Uniform Prank [Video] [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Astronomer’s Paradise [Video]

Wednesday 7 March 19:06:42 UTC 2012

Cerro Paranal is an astronomers paradise with its stunningly dark, steady and transparent sky. Located in the barren Atacama Desert of Chile it is home to some of the world’s leading telescopes.[Via]Related posts:Living In an Engineering ParadiseWeeeeeee: The World’s Biggest Swing! [Video]A Tour of the Microsoft Home [Video] [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Fox Cancels Terra Nova

Wednesday 7 March 19:06:41 UTC 2012

Image Credit: FoxMy first reaction: “NOOOOOOOO!”Fox is tossing in the white flag for the highest-rated cancelled show of the season. How this makes sense, I have no idea. It makes me so sad.But there’s one small beacon of light: 20th Century Fox TV is willing to fight for the show, so hopefully it will appear on another network and we won’t … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » New game controller design gets thumbs up… and down

Wednesday 7 March 19:06:40 UTC 2012

A new video game controller design aims to go a step beyond vibration by actively stretching the skin on players’ thumbs. It’s intended to simulate actions such as a gun recoiling.The design includes traditional thumbsticks, but with a separate circle in the middle known as a tactor. It’s similar to an eraser at the end of a pencil, or the small … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » The Tale of a Frustrated Geek Trying to get SDCC 2012 Tickets [Video]

Wednesday 7 March 19:00:55 UTC 2012

My friends from Aggressive Comics tried to get tickets to attend the upcomming SCDD 2012 event, and well, let’s just say that it was a very frustrating experience. What about you guys? For those of you who tried to get tickets, how was your experience?[Geekgasm]Related posts:Olympic Tickets: The Logistical GameThe Best of Katsucon 2012 [Video]Skyrim 2012 : Part Two [Video] [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Mexico Kills Cartel Big Shot, But Drug Violence Worsens

Wednesday 7 March 19:00:00 UTC 2012

The Mexican army has taken out a senior Zetas commander during a shootout in the border city of Nuevo Laredo, following increased pressure by the army in recent months against the cartel. [Link]

Slashdot » Man Barred From Being Alone With Daughter After Informing Police of Porn On PC

Wednesday 7 March 18:45:00 UTC 2012

First time accepted submitter robably writes "A man who informed police when he found child abuse images on his computer has not been allowed to be alone with his daughter for four months. Nigel Robinson from Hull said he called police after trying to download music but instead finding pornographic images on his laptop last November. As a result … [Link]

New Scientist – Online news » Velociraptor couldn't resist dead pterosaur for dinner

Wednesday 7 March 18:38:00 UTC 2012

A new fossil from Mongolia shows that the swift and deadly predator Velociraptor wasn't beyond scavenging [Link]

Slashdot » Details Of FBI Surveillance In Lulzsec Takedown Emerge

Wednesday 7 March 18:03:00 UTC 2012

uigrad_2000 writes "Yesterday, we learned that one of the top members of LulzSec (Sabu) had been an FBI informant for almost 6 months, and that this confidant of the LulzSec leader 'anarchaos' had given the feds what they needed to take him down. More details have come out now, completing a picture of how the sting took place from … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » World’s Fastest Running Robot: The DARPA Cheetah [Video]

Wednesday 7 March 18:00:58 UTC 2012

This video shows a demonstration of the “Cheetah” robot galloping at speeds of up to 18 miles per hour (mph), setting a new land speed record for legged robots. The previous record was 13.1 mph, set in 1989.The robot’s movements are patterned after those of fast-running animals in nature. The robot increases its stride and running speed by flexing and … [Link]

ProgrammableWeb » 57 Chat APIs: Skype, MSN Messenger and Google Talk

Wednesday 7 March 18:00:25 UTC 2012

SkypeOur API directory now includes 57 chat APIs. The newest is the Imo Games API. The most popular, in terms of mashups, is the Skype API. We list 28 Skype mashups. Below you’ll find some more stats from the directory, including the entire list of chat APIs. In terms of the technical details, REST and XML lead the way. There are … [Link]

New Scientist – Online news » Physics 'demon' reveals fundamental heat of forgetting

Wednesday 7 March 18:00:00 UTC 2012

An experiment inspired by a metaphorical demon demonstrates that erasing information produces heat and reveals a potential limit on the power of computer chips [Link]

New Scientist – Online news » Exotic electrical effect pops up in soft mammalian tissue

Wednesday 7 March 18:00:00 UTC 2012

Prized for its potential to enhance computer memory, ferroelectricity could soon be the basis for drugs that switch off cholesterol and bio-RAM for implants (full text available to subscribers) [Link]

New Scientist – Online news » Gorilla DNA unlocks secrets of our species

Wednesday 7 March 18:00:00 UTC 2012

The gorilla is the last of the great apes to have its genome sequenced and the results throw cold water on theories about how our language evolved [Link]

New Scientist – Online news » Alzheimer's around the world, through a personal lens

Wednesday 7 March 17:53:00 UTC 2012

Sociologist and photographer Cathy Greenblat has documented the diversity of lives affected by Alzheimer's disease in three continents [Link]

Slashdot » Wine 1.4 Released

Wednesday 7 March 17:43:00 UTC 2012

vinn writes "Wine 1.4 was released today and includes support for a wide range of applications, including Office 2010. There are some major architectural changes, including a built-in DIB engine for better graphics display and a new audio stack designed around the newer Vista / Win 7 system and integrated into the native audio system. Almost every other subsystem … [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Tablets as Computers, Tablets as Cable Boxes: Why the iPad Is Different

Wednesday 7 March 17:26:48 UTC 2012

What we're seeing isn't a tablet market defined by iPad and its close siblings, but an emerging post-PC ecosystem. [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Hackers Vie for More Than $1 Million to Take Down Browsers

Wednesday 7 March 17:26:34 UTC 2012

As alleged hackers from LulzSec and Anonymous contemplate the possibility of a life behind bars, other hackers are limbering up in Canada this week to vie for more than $1 million in prize money for their hacking prowess. [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Japanese Speech-Jamming Gun Designers Reveal Details, Inspiration

Wednesday 7 March 17:26:33 UTC 2012

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Slashdot » Try Your Programming Skills In Space: DARPA Satellite Programming Challenge

Wednesday 7 March 17:21:00 UTC 2012

First time accepted submitter null action writes "Want to have your code run on a satellite in space? Take a look at this. MIT Space Systems Laboratory and TopCoder are hosting a DARPA competition to create the best algorithm for capturing a randomly tumbling space object. Contestants in the Zero Robotics Autonomous Space Capture Challenge will compete in online … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » This is AWESOME: “Community” Trailer Done Prometheus-Style [Video]

Wednesday 7 March 17:00:05 UTC 2012

This. Is. AWESOME.[Via Buzzfeed]Related posts:Awesome 8-Bit-Style Music Video: We Come Together [VIDEO]GAAAHHHH NEW “PROMETHEUS” TRAILER!!!Prometheus: First Official Trailer [Alien Prequel] [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Antique Vineyards Host Treasure Troves of Wine Yeast

Wednesday 7 March 17:00:00 UTC 2012

A new census of wine yeasts in "grubby" Sicilian vineyards show that many of the microbes can compete with, or even outstrip, widely sold industrial yeasts used to make wines. [Link]

Slashdot » Early Ivy Bridge Benchmark: Graphics Performance Greatly Improved

Wednesday 7 March 16:40:00 UTC 2012

The folks over at Anandtech managed to spend some time with early Ivy bridge production samples and perform a few benchmarks. The skinny: CPU performance is mildly increased as expected, but the GPU is 20-50% faster than the Sandy Bridge GPU. Power consumption is also down about 30W under full load. The graphics, however, are still slower than AMD's … [Link]

Slashdot » Anonymous Defaces Panda Security Site

Wednesday 7 March 16:22:00 UTC 2012

An anonymous reader writes "Surviving members of anonymous and/or lulzsec have hacked Panda Security's systems and defaced their site. Looks like revenge is coming back." El Reg has screenshots of the defacement. Panda Security says the intruders only managed to exploit the web server and did not compromise their internal networks. Share on Google+ Read more of this story at Slashdot. [Link]

ProgrammableWeb » CityGrid Advertising API Helps Show You The Money

Wednesday 7 March 16:00:06 UTC 2012

CityGrid Advertising Citysearch is an easy way to find the best of anything in your city. The company, based in West Hollywood, was founded in 1995 and now covers over 75,000 locations nationwide. Using their online search tool you can search for your city and return results ranging from recommended restaurants to recommended hotels. This online aggregate of local listings content and … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Is TED Really Spreading Ideas?

Wednesday 7 March 16:00:02 UTC 2012

I know I’ve posted quite a few TED talks, and I’m an avid TED talk watcher. That’s why the headline “How TED Makes Ideas Smaller” on The Atlantic really caught my attention. How could this site that has only opened my mind and brought me inspiration be considered to make ideas smaller?The article is an interesting read. The author says that … [Link]

Slashdot » 30K WordPress Blogs Infected With the Latest Malware Scam

Wednesday 7 March 15:56:00 UTC 2012

alphadogg writes with an excerpt from an article over at Network World: "Almost 30,000 WordPress blogs have been infected in a new wave of attacks orchestrated by a cybercriminal gang whose primary goal is to distribute rogue antivirus software, researchers from security firm Websense say. The attacks have resulted in over 200,000 infected pages that redirect users to websites … [Link]

Wired Top Stories » U.S. Defense Chief Opens the Door to War in Syria

Wednesday 7 March 15:27:00 UTC 2012

For the first time, the Pentagon sounds like it's considering going to war in Syria. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta testified on Wednesday that Team Obama is looking at options to stop the brutality of dictator Bashar Assad, "including potential military options if necessary." [Link]

New Scientist – Online news » AI designs its own video game

Wednesday 7 March 15:25:00 UTC 2012

Video games designed almost entirely by a computer program herald a new wave of AI creativity [Link]

Slashdot » Amazon Patents Annotating Books, Digital Works

Wednesday 7 March 15:15:00 UTC 2012

theodp writes "On Tuesday, the USPTO granted Amazon a patent on its Method and System for Providing Annotations of a Digital Work, which covers 'receiving an annotation of the digital work, storing the annotation, and providing the annotation to a user.' This includes annotations received in a graphical or handwriting format, as well as highlighting of text." I think … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Amazon Deal of the Day: $20 Off Skyrim (Xbox 360 or PS3) – $39.99 + Free Shipping

Wednesday 7 March 15:10:02 UTC 2012

For today’s edition of Deal of the Day, Amazon has Skyrim for the Xbox 360 or PS3 for just $39.99. The game is usually priced at $59.99, but the price has been dropped on the game by $20 today.The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is the next installment in the award-winning Elder Scrolls series. Skyrim is the follow up to the 2006 … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Super Creepy Star Wars Custom Figures [Pic]

Wednesday 7 March 15:00:55 UTC 2012

Imagine waking up with these things actually looking at you from the corner of your bed. Wouldn’t it totally freak you out? Oh, and yes, these figures were actually for sale a few days ago, but believe it or not, they’ve already been sold.[Source: GeekyVixen | Via Technabob]Related posts:Sillof’s Amazing Retro Star Wars Action FiguresStar Wars remake week: Star Wars in … [Link]

Slashdot » Final Analysis Suggests Tevatron Saw Hint of the Higgs Boson

Wednesday 7 March 14:36:00 UTC 2012

ananyo writes with exciting news from the world of particle physics: "A hint of the Higgs boson, the missing piece in the standard model of particle physics, has been found in data collected by the Tevatron, the now-shuttered U.S. particle collider at Fermilab in Batavia, Illinois. While not statistically significant enough in themselves to count as a 'discovery', the … [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Of Montreal Stage Trippy Live Show Using Kinect, Google SketchUp

Wednesday 7 March 14:30:00 UTC 2012

For its upcoming tour, indie rock band of Montreal created a trippy visual show using Microsoft?s Kinect and Google SketchUp. [Link]

New Scientist – Online news » Conflicting Higgs results muddy particle hunt

Wednesday 7 March 14:30:00 UTC 2012

Researchers at the US-based Tevatron spot new hints of the Higgs boson, while an LHC experiment reports that an earlier signal is starting to fade [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Mass Effect 3 Launches, Fans Take Up the Battle

Wednesday 7 March 14:00:44 UTC 2012

By Meredith PlackoThe wait is over. The time to take back Earth is now.And that is probably what a good majority of your gaming friends are doing right now. If you are living under a rock like the guys at my Target were, Mass Effect 3 launched yesterday, and many stores across the US and Canada had some pretty awesome midnight … [Link]

Slashdot » Open Invention Network Expands Patent Protection

Wednesday 7 March 13:55:00 UTC 2012

Thinkcloud writes "More than 700 new software packages including popular packages such as KVM, Git, OpenJDK, and WebKit will now receive royalty-free shelter under the Open Invention Network. This could make it more friction-free for organizations and developers to adopt and modify open source technology." OIN's press release has a bit more detail. They've greatly expanded their definition of … [Link]

New Scientist – Online news » Light-painting flashlight exposes draughty rooms

Wednesday 7 March 13:20:15 UTC 2012

Watch a do-it-yourself device shine a glowing heat map onto walls to help bust penny-pinching landlords [Link]

Slashdot » Training an Immune System To Kill Cancer: a Universal Strategy

Wednesday 7 March 13:13:00 UTC 2012

New submitter Guppy writes "A previous story reported widely in the media, and appearing both on Slashdot and XKCD, described a novel cancer treatment, in which a patient's own T-cells were modified using an HIV-derived vector to recognize and kill leukemia cells. In a follow-up publication (PDF), a further development is described which allows for a nearly unlimited choice … [Link]

Wired Top Stories » A Year Later, Mysterious Space Plane Is Still in Orbit

Wednesday 7 March 12:00:00 UTC 2012

The Air Force's secretive X-37B space plane gets more mysterious by the day. Designed to spend up to nine months skipping across orbits on its unspecified errands, the second copy of the Boeing-made craft has now been in space for a year and two days — and is still going strong. The endurance milestone is unqualified good news for America's … [Link]

Wired Top Stories » 10 Things Parents Should Know About Disney's John Carter

Wednesday 7 March 12:00:00 UTC 2012

John Carter is an epic adventure, made with the passion only a lifelong fan could bring to such a project. [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Intel Says AMD's New Baby Is Ugly

Wednesday 7 March 12:00:00 UTC 2012

Chip designer AMD just entered the server business by snatching the free-thinking startup SeaMicro out from under the nose of Intel, its chief rival. But Intel isn't fused. On Tuesday, the world's largest chip maker said it had the chance to buy SeaMicro — and turned it down. "We weren't interested," said Diane Bryant, the general manager of Intel's datacenter … [Link]

Wired Top Stories » The Manhattan Projects Imagines Secrets More Explosive Than an A-Bomb

Wednesday 7 March 12:00:00 UTC 2012

Forget the A-bomb: In writer Jonathan Hickman and penciller Nick Pitarra?s new comic The Manhattan Projects, the War Department worked on much more bizarre things in its secretive labs. [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Going Once, Going Twice: An Unreal Lot of Turbocharged Porsches

Wednesday 7 March 12:00:00 UTC 2012

The Drendel collection is more than a collection. It is a potted education in the history of blown Porsches, and its sale is a landmark event. [Link]

Wired Top Stories » March 7, 1912: It's Amundsen

Wednesday 7 March 12:00:00 UTC 2012

Roald Amundsen reaches Australia with the news that his Norwegians have taken the South Pole. But Robert Falcon Scott does him one better by dying in the attempt, thereby becoming the legend. [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Michael Chabon Attacks Prejudice Against Science Fiction

Wednesday 7 March 11:30:00 UTC 2012

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New Scientist – Online news » Exploring the ancestry of your desktop PC

Wednesday 7 March 11:13:54 UTC 2012

In Turing's Cathedral, science historian George Dyson shines a fascinating light on the critical period when computers came into being [Link]

New Scientist – Online news » Video game controller tugs on your thumbs

Wednesday 7 March 11:00:26 UTC 2012

The prototype controller offers more realistic touch feedback than those used by current game consoles [Link]

New Scientist – Online news » Deep future: Why we'll still be here

Wednesday 7 March 10:42:00 UTC 2012

Asteroid strikes and supervolcano eruptions may threaten us in the next 100,000 years, but the odds are good that humanity will avoid extinction, says Michael Brooks (full text available to subscribers) [Link]

Slashdot » New Programming Languages Come From Designers

Wednesday 7 March 10:11:00 UTC 2012

eldavojohn writes "A very lengthy and somewhat meandering essay from Crista Videira Lopes has sparked off some discussion of where new programming languages come from. She's writing from the viewpoint of academia, under the premise that new languages don't come from academia. And they've been steadily progressing outside of large companies (with the exception of Java and .NET) into … [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Eureka? Evidence of the Higgs Boson Mounts

Wednesday 7 March 9:30:00 UTC 2012

After a 10-year search, two experiments from Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in Illinois report tantalizing hints of what may be the Higgs boson. The finding bolster results announced last year from CERN's LHC experiment, which may have spotted the elusive particle at around 125 gigaelectronvolts (GeV). [Link]

Slashdot » NASA Rocket Barrage Will Light Up Mid-Atlantic Coast

Wednesday 7 March 8:25:00 UTC 2012

coondoggie writes "NASA will this week detail a mission where it will launch five rockets in five minutes from its Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia that will light up the night sky for millions of folks in a swath between New York City and about Wilmington, NC. The five rocket blasts, which could occur between March 14 and April … [Link]

ProgrammableWeb » Foursquare App That Makes You Regret Sizzler

Wednesday 7 March 8:00:13 UTC 2012

foursquarePerhaps you don’t need an app to help you regret Sizzler or your other guilty pleasure. If you’re a foursquare user who wants some gentle encouragement to check in to healthy venues, there’s a new app to check out. But unless you spend a lot of time at parks and gyms, be prepared to be a bit discouraged. Fitsquare uses the … [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Anonymous Rocked by News That Top Hacker Snitched to Feds

Wednesday 7 March 7:20:00 UTC 2012

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Slashdot » Open Source Robotic Surgeon

Wednesday 7 March 7:16:00 UTC 2012

GlobalEcho writes "Researchers have created a second version of the Raven robotic surgeon, with open-source control code. 'UW researchers also created software to work with the Robot Operating System, a popular open-source robotics code, so labs can easily connect the Raven to other devices and share ideas.' Unfortunately for them, according to The Economist, 'there is [a] legal problem. … [Link]

The Joy of Tech » JoT 1661: Bachelor iPad: The Prototypes Tell All.

Wednesday 7 March 6:47:05 UTC 2012

JoT thumbIt’s the most dramatic episode of the season! Click here to visit the comic. [Link]

Wired Top Stories » A Google-a-Day Puzzle for Mar. 7

Wednesday 7 March 5:44:42 UTC 2012

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

Slashdot » The Ineffectiveness of TSA Body Scanners

Wednesday 7 March 5:14:00 UTC 2012

TheNextCorner points out a video that lays bare a glaring flaw in the TSA body scanners used in airports to detect weapons and explosives. In such scans, citizens are depicted in light colors, while metallic objects show as very dark. The problem comes when you consider that the images are taken with a dark background. From the transcript: "Yes … [Link]

Slashdot » The Mercedes-Benz 'Cloaking Device'

Wednesday 7 March 4:13:00 UTC 2012

cold fjord writes "As part of its marketing campaign for the new hydrogen fuel cell powered F-Cell, Mercedes-Benz has equipped one with a cloaking device. They covered one side of an F-Cell with LEDs and used cameras on the other side to capture the view, which is then displayed on the LEDs to effectively remove the vehicle from the … [Link]

Slashdot » UK Anti-Piracy Law Survives Court Challenge

Wednesday 7 March 3:10:00 UTC 2012

Grumbleduke writes "The UK's controversial Digital Economy Act survived its second court challenge today. Two ISPs had appealed last year's ruling that the measures included did not breach EU law and, for the most part, the Court of Appeal agreed, ruling in favor of the Government and the 10 unions and industry groups supporting the law in court. The … [Link]

ProgrammableWeb » Today in APIs: Amazon Drops Prices, FullContact Parses Names and 12 New APIs

Wednesday 7 March 2:32:02 UTC 2012

FullContactAmazon has dropped prices again on its popular Amazon EC2 API. CRM-as-a-service company FullContact added ambiguous name parsing as a useful new feature to its FullContact API. Plus: an API podcast, Facebook gaming and 12 new APIs. Amazon EC2 Lowers Pricing for the 19th Time Amazon highlights the latest pricing updates: Today’s Amazon EC2 price reduction varies by instance type and … [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Toyota's GT 86 Is the Perfect 30-Year-Old Car

Wednesday 7 March 1:30:00 UTC 2012

The Toyota GT 86 isn't exactly new, but it's still the most exciting car at the Geneva Motor Show, both for what it is and what it represents. [Link]

Slashdot » Ask Slashdot: Good, Forgotten Fantasy & Science Fiction Novels?

Wednesday 7 March 1:08:00 UTC 2012

jjp9999 writes "I've been looking for some good reading material, and have been delving into the realms of some great, but nearly forgotten authors — finding the likes of Lord Dunsany (The King of Elfland's Daughter) and E.R. Eddison (The Worm Ouroboros). I wanted to ask the community here: do you know of any other great fantasy or science … [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Can Samsung's Morass of Screen Sizes Make Room for a 2.8-inch Smartphone?

Wednesday 7 March 0:58:00 UTC 2012

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Wired Top Stories » Smarter TV: Living Room as Digital Hub From Samsung and Microsoft to Apple and Google

Wednesday 7 March 0:44:00 UTC 2012

In the future, the living room will replace the home office as most households' home for the stationary personal computer. [Link]

Slashdot » Google, Motorola Ordered To Provide Android Info To Apple

Wednesday 7 March 0:26:00 UTC 2012

snydeq writes "A U.S. judge has ordered Motorola Mobility and Google to turn over information to Apple on Google's acquisition in 2005 of Android, its development of the Android OS and the proposed acquisition of Motorola. According to Motorola, the information Apple seeks regarding Google's acquisition of Motorola and Android is not relevant to any damages asserted in the … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Stormtrooper Hair Bow [Pic]

Wednesday 7 March 0:00:12 UTC 2012

Unfortunately, this stormtrooper hair bow has already been sold, but etsy user 8BitDreams has plenty of other geeky ones in her store for you guys to check out.[8BitDreams | Via]Related posts:HOW TO: Suffering from hair loss? Make your hair grow back with the laser brush hack!Stormtrooper Hood Ornament [PIC]Stormtrooper Balloon Helmet [Pic] … [Link]

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