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.

Slashdot » Reinventing the Clapper With a Knock-Based Home Automation Controller

Saturday 10 March 23:38:00 UTC 2012

An anonymous reader writes with a snippet from Hack a Day: "Clap On! Clap Off! was super awesome when The Clapper came out in the mid-eighties. Now [Mathieu Stephan] is trying to make the concept much more functional. He put together a controller that lets you knock on walls to control things around the house. It's called the Toktoktok … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Awwwwww: Little Rebels by James Hance [Painting]

Saturday 10 March 23:30:26 UTC 2012

Let me just reiterate what I’ve already said countless times on [GAS]: James Hance is an awesome man.[James Hance]No related posts. [Link]

WIRED » With Schemer, Google Plots to Bolster Its Social Efforts

Saturday 10 March 22:37:00 UTC 2012


Slashdot » Battleheart Developer Drops Android As 'Unsustainable'

Saturday 10 March 22:34:00 UTC 2012

mr100percent writes with this excerpt from Electronista: "Battleheart's creator Mika Mobile in an update explained that it was dropping Android support. Google's platform was losing money for the company, since it spent about 20 percent of its time supporting the platform but only ever made five percent or less of the company's revenue. Much of the effort was spent … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » The Moon in 2012… Hour by Hour [Video]

Saturday 10 March 22:30:56 UTC 2012

Folks at the NASA GSFC Scientific Visualization Studio created this amazing animation showing our view of the Moon over the entire year of 2012 with time resolution of *one hour*! The tipping, tilting, and rocking are due to the Moon’s elliptical orbit coupled with its tilt.[Via OW]No related posts. [Link]

WIRED » See the Best Part of Remix Documentary Re:Generation

Saturday 10 March 22:08:00 UTC 2012


Slashdot » US Government Withdraws IANA Contract From ICANN

Saturday 10 March 21:36:00 UTC 2012

mbone writes "The 'no cost' contract between the U.S. Department of Commerce and ICANN over hosting the Internet Assigned Names and Number Authority (IANA) was supposed to be re-let this March. Now, it has been withdrawn, and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) says that 'we are cancelling this RFP because we received no proposals that met the … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Inventor Portrait: Ralph Baer (The Father of Video Games)

Saturday 10 March 21:30:44 UTC 2012

Ralph Baer is often called the father of video games. His invention, the Magnavox Odyssey, was the first home console system. I photographed and interviewed him this summer as part of my ongoing series on inventors (the book and app for which will be out eventually I promise).Since he turns 90 years old this week, and this year marks the … [Link]

Geek Culture » Inventor of the video game!

Saturday 10 March 21:28:06 UTC 2012

via Felicia Day! [Link]

WIRED » Supernatural Horror Film Thale Taps Norse Myth

Saturday 10 March 21:23:00 UTC 2012


Slashdot » Meet The Man Who Designed a Tablet Computer 15 Years Before the iPad

Saturday 10 March 20:37:00 UTC 2012

Doofus writes "The Washington Post has a profile of Roger Fidler, who 'invented' the tablet computer in the 1990s, while working as a visionary for newspaper firm Knight-Ridder. He is now embroiled in the Apple/Samsung legal war, as an expert witness. Fidler admits that other prior art influenced him, such as the tablets being used as computing devices in … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Animated GIFs: The Birth of a Medium [Video]

Saturday 10 March 20:30:32 UTC 2012

GIFs are one of the oldest image formats used on the web. Throughout their history, they have served a huge variety of purposes, from functional to entertainment. Now, 25 years after the first GIF was created, they are experiencing an explosion of interest and innovation that is pushing them into the terrain of art. In this episode of Off Book, … [Link]

Slashdot » Apple To Add 3600 Jobs At New $304 Million Campus In Austin

Saturday 10 March 19:58:00 UTC 2012

An anonymous reader links to a short note at Tech Newest, according to which "Apple Inc. plans to create a $304 million campus in Austin, Texas, which will add 3,600 jobs over the next decade, more than doubling its labourforce in the city. The Cupertino, California, customer device huge already employs thousands in Austin, whose tasks include handling customer … [Link]

Slashdot » When a Robot Becomes the Life of the Party

Saturday 10 March 19:32:00 UTC 2012

theodp writes "The rich are different; the geek rich are different-er. The WSJ's Emily Glazer reports that when Richard Garriott de Cayeux threw a costume party the night before his wedding in Paris, his 82-year-old mother — too frail to travel from her Las Vegas home — still dressed up as an Indian princess and attended the party using … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Uncle Owen Ruins Star Wars [Video]

Saturday 10 March 19:30:42 UTC 2012

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away… nothing interesting happened.[Dorkly]No related posts. [Link]

WIRED » Cabin in the Woods Is the Coolest Movie No One Should Be Talking About

Saturday 10 March 19:13:54 UTC 2012


Slashdot » LastCalc Is Open Sourced

Saturday 10 March 18:31:00 UTC 2012

Sanity writes "LastCalc is a cross between Google Calculator, a spreadsheet, and a powerful functional programming language, all with a robust and flexible heuristic parser. It even lets you write functions that pull in data from elsewhere on the web. It's all wrapped up in a JQuery-based user interface that does as-you-type syntax highlighting. Today, LastCalc's creator, Ian Clarke … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Own Malcolm Reynold’s Sidearm [Replica]

Saturday 10 March 18:30:10 UTC 2012

A replica of Firefly/Serenity’s Malcolm Reynold’s personal sidearm is now available for pre-order online and is exptected to ship by April this year.While this is not an authorized replica, [Correction – Fully Authorized] it is crafted from the original mold of the stunt pistol Nathan Fillion carried around. A lot of work went into creating this and it shows.You can buy … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » All Great Adventures Start In A Tavern

Saturday 10 March 17:30:39 UTC 2012

Bet you didn’t know Mass Effect’s own Commander Shepard has a funny side. Mark Meer does a sketch comedy show up in Canada called, CAUTION: May Contain Nuts. I’m sure our very own Editor in Chief will appreciate this!No related posts. [Link]

Slashdot » Bing Now Nearly As Good As Google — Says Microsoft

Saturday 10 March 17:29:00 UTC 2012

An anonymous reader writes "Harry Shum, who oversees research and development for Microsoft's Bing search engine, believes his company has now matched Google's ability to build software platforms that can harness the power of tens of thousands of servers. — 'For many years, we've really tried to play the catch-up game,' Shum says. 'And now we feel that after … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Amazon Deal of the Day: 53% Off Austin Powers Collection (International Man of Mystery / The Spy Who Shagged Me / Goldmember) [Blu-ray] – $16.99

Saturday 10 March 16:40:26 UTC 2012

For today’s edition of Deal of the Day, Amazon has the Austin Powers Collection (International Man of Mystery / The Spy Who Shagged Me / Goldmember) on blu-ray for just $16.99. That’s 53% off the collection’s usual retail price of $35.99.-Austin Powers Collection (International Man of Mystery / The Spy Who Shagged Me / Goldmember) [Blu-ray] – $35.99 $16.99 (53% Off)No … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » My Day As a Cosplay Model, Part 1

Saturday 10 March 16:30:41 UTC 2012

>We all love looking at great photos of cosplayers, but what we see is just the end result of a long and rigorous process. Resident cosplayer Meredith / Ana Aesthetic takes us behind the scenes of a typical day in front of the camera, and offers up some tips to those looking to delve into the art of capturing their costumes.***Many … [Link]

Slashdot » Measuring China's Cyberwar Threat

Saturday 10 March 16:28:00 UTC 2012

An anonymous reader writes with this excerpt from Network World: "A lengthy report prepared for the U.S. government about China's high-tech buildup to prepare for cyberwar includes speculation about how a potential conflict with the U.S. would unfold — and how it might only take a few freelance Chinese civilian hackers working on behalf of China's People's Liberation Army … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Neil Degrasse Tyson in 1980 [Pic]

Saturday 10 March 15:30:03 UTC 2012

This, ladies and gentlegeeks, is what Neil “Badass Afrophysics” Tyson looked like in the early 80s. He’s the Black Dynamite of Astrophysics![Via]No related posts. [Link]

Slashdot » T-Mobile Exec Calls For End To Cell Phone Subsidies

Saturday 10 March 15:30:00 UTC 2012

MojoKid writes "T-Mobile's Chief Marketing Officer Cole Brodman has an interesting idea for revamping the mobile industry, and it involves killing the subsidy plans that have driven smartphone adoption over the past five years. Asked what one thing he'd change if he had the power to do so, Brodman pointed to subsidy programs. 'It [device subsidies] actually distorts what … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » It’s Caturday: Doctor Mew [Pic]

Saturday 10 March 14:30:29 UTC 2012

Presented without comment.[Via]Related posts:It’s Caturday! [Pic]The Ultimate in Laziness [Pic]It’s Caturday! O_o [Pic] [Link]

Slashdot » Employers Need Wind Power Technicians

Saturday 10 March 14:28:00 UTC 2012

Hugh Pickens writes "NPR reports that Oklahoma is one state benefitting from the energy boom. With a wind power rush underway, companies are competing to secure the windiest spots, while breathing life into small towns. The problem is, each turbine requires regular maintenance during its 20-year lifespan, with a requirement of one turbine technician for every 10 turbines on … [Link]

Slashdot » Drones, Dogs and the Future of Privacy

Saturday 10 March 13:29:00 UTC 2012

An anonymous reader writes "Stanford's Ryan Calo has previously told us that 'that there is very little in American privacy law that would prohibit drone surveillance within our borders.' But will UAVs not only be legally permitted to monitor us in public, but also be used to 'peer' into homes with high-tech thermal and chemical sensors and alert police … [Link]

WIRED » Wonder Women! Searches for Pop Culture's Heroines

Saturday 10 March 13:25:26 UTC 2012

Director Kristy Guevara-Flanigan's documentary Wonder Women! dives deep into the influence of the iconic comic book character Wonder Woman. [Link]

Slashdot » 7-inch Google Tablet Coming From ASUS

Saturday 10 March 11:20:00 UTC 2012

First time accepted submitter Sez Zero writes "Google and ASUS have been collaborating on a co-branded 7-inch Android tablet, with a launch as early as May, according to sources, challenging low-cost rivals and the iPad with a $199-249 price tag. The fruits of the partnership, whispered to the runes readers at DigiTimes by industry sources, will take on the … [Link]

New Scientist – News » Metal detector can identify buried bombs

Saturday 10 March 10:30:00 UTC 2012

The world is riddled with live bombs from decades of munitions tests and warfare – a new method could find them by sending electromagnetic pulses into the ground [Link]

Slashdot » Third-Generation Apple TV Lands With a Thud

Saturday 10 March 9:31:00 UTC 2012

DeviceGuru writes "Although generally overshadowed by the iPad 3 debut, Apple also introduced the third incarnation of its Apple TV streaming media players this week. Sporting a revamped icon-based UI, the third-generation Apple TV doesn't add much to its predecessor beyond a truly-HD 1080p video output mode. Although Apple TV is still not supported by an Apple Apps Store … [Link]

Slashdot » South Africa Wins Science Panel's Backing To Host SKA Telescope

Saturday 10 March 6:37:00 UTC 2012

ananyo writes "A scientific panel has narrowly recommended South Africa over Australia as the best site for the proposed Square Kilometre Array (SKA), an enormous US$2.1-billion radio telescope. While the project's member states have yet to make a final decision on where the telescope will go, the odds are now that the African bid will ultimately win out against … [Link]

WIRED » A Google-a-Day Puzzle for Mar. 10

Saturday 10 March 6:29:22 UTC 2012

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

WIRED » Futuristic Airports Unhindered By the Baggage of Reality

Saturday 10 March 3:55:37 UTC 2012

The airport of the future will float, and we'll fly here and there on hypersonic aircraft that take off and land vertically. So goes the winning entry in a contest to envision the airport of tomorrow. [Link]

Slashdot » The Lytro Camera: Impressive Technology and Some Big Drawbacks

Saturday 10 March 3:45:00 UTC 2012

waderoush writes "The venture backers behind Lytro, the Silicon Valley startup that just released its new light field camera, say the device will upend consumer photography the way the iPhone upended the mobile business. This review takes that assertion at face value, enumerating the features that made the iPhone an overnight success and asking whether the Lytro camera and … [Link]

Slashdot » Hong Kong Dentist Crafts Robotic Tools To Explore Egyptian Pyramids

Saturday 10 March 2:46:00 UTC 2012

asavin writes "Ng Tze-chuen, a 59-year-old dentist, is teaming up with Egypt's former antiquities minister to explore the Pyramids of Giza. To do this, he's invented a tiny insect-sized robot with dental forcep-inspired grips on the top. This will be used to travel between the cracks on two mysterious doors blocking a tomb." Share on Google+ Read more of this story at … [Link]

WIRED » Teen Exploits Three Zero-Day Vulns for $60K Win in Google Chrome Hack Contest

Saturday 10 March 1:57:00 UTC 2012

A teenage hacker known as Pinkie Pie pokes a hole in Google's Chrome browser, an unlikely winner who's taking home $60K and a possible job at the search giant. [Link]

WIRED » Got a Moment? Listen to a 744-Hour-Long Radio Show

Saturday 10 March 1:45:00 UTC 2012

Slow movies. Slow music. Slow art. The title of England's intriguing month-long AV Festival, now in its fifth edition, is ?As Slow as Possible? — a counter-argument to the frenzy of the upcoming London 2012 Olympics, with its feverish tagline "Faster, Higher, Stronger." One festival highlight that welcomes participants from anywhere in the world is a 744-hour-long radio show curated … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » OMG SOMEONE KILL IT WITH FIRE: Cobwebs by Cyriak [Video]

Saturday 10 March 1:30:57 UTC 2012

A new nightmare-inducing animation by the king of creepiness himself, the one and only Cyriak.[Via Neatorama]No related posts. [Link]

Slashdot » California To Join Nevada With Rules For Autonomous Cars

Saturday 10 March 1:03:00 UTC 2012

thecarchik writes "As of now, the only state where self-driving cars are legal on public roads is Nevada, thanks to its vast expanses of open space and lightly traveled byways. California, recognizing that autonomous cars are an inevitable progression of technology, is moving to establish its own rules for driverless vehicles. A bill proposed by California Senator Alex Padilla … [Link]

WIRED » Gadget Lab Podcast: Apple's New iPad and Apple TV

Saturday 10 March 0:34:00 UTC 2012

On this week's edition of the Gadget Lab Podcast, we talk about what Apple showed off at its big media event Wednesday: the new iPad and new Apple TV. [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Brazil to Enlist Batman to Curb Crime

Saturday 10 March 0:30:24 UTC 2012

Brazilian Military Police are planning on introducing a very special recruit to help curb the rapid rise of crime to the Esplanade St Therese neighbourhood of Taubaté. This recruit will be Batman.They will be enlisting 50-year-old retired soldier André Luiz Pinheiro to dress up in the Batman body armor and take to these high crime neighbourhoods and do what Batman does!Bleeding … [Link]

Slashdot » Ask Slashdot: How To Find Expertise For Amateur Game Development?

Saturday 10 March 0:19:00 UTC 2012

New submitter es330td writes "I'd like to write a program that takes the old cannon game to another level, but instead of the path being a simple parabolic arc, the projectile will move through a field of objects exerting gravitational attraction (or repulsion) and the player will have to adjust velocity and angle to find the path through the … [Link]

WIRED » GDC: Making Indie Games Ain't Easy

Saturday 10 March 0:18:03 UTC 2012


WIRED » How to Pwn the Pwn2Own Contest

Saturday 10 March 0:17:54 UTC 2012

Finding zero-day exploits to win a hacking contest can be really hard work these days. So sometimes the better strategy is just to game the game. [Link]

WIRED » Game|Life Podcast: We Smell What Game Developers Are Cooking

Saturday 10 March 0:11:00 UTC 2012

Wired's editors bring you up-to-the-minute information on the sights, sounds and of course the smells of Game Developers Conference on this week's podcast. [Link]


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