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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 » Yahoo Files Patent Infringement Suit Against Facebook

Monday 12 March 23:15:00 UTC 2012

An anonymous reader writes with an excerpt from an article over at ZD Net: "As expected, Yahoo today filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Facebook. The online giant is claiming the social networking giant infringes on 10 of its patents. Yahoo is hoping to secure some portion of Facebook's revenues moving forward. 'Yahoo! has invested substantial resources in research … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Auto-translation gets more personal

Monday 12 March 23:00:59 UTC 2012

Microsoft believes it has taken automatic speech translation to the next step: using something close to your own voice rather than what sounds like a robot.There have been several developments in speech recognition and translation in recent years, most notably Google’s translation app on Android that can allow two people who speak different languages to converse. Well, as long as they … [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Study Says Most IT Guys Are Ignorant

Monday 12 March 22:49:53 UTC 2012

In a recent survey of over 500 U.S. business and IT managers conducted by CompTIA — a non-profit IT trade association — 93 percent of respondents said there's a gap between the skill level of their IT staff and where they want that skill level to be. Only 56 percent of respondents said the skills of their staff were "moderately … [Link]

Wired Top Stories » 'Personal Cloud' to Replace PC by 2014, Says Gartner

Monday 12 March 22:49:52 UTC 2012

There's no doubting the cloud invasion. But the research firm Gartner believes the personal cloud will replace the personal computer as the center of our digital lives sooner than you might think: 2014. [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Marvel Plots 'ReEvolution' With Infinite Comics and AR

Monday 12 March 22:49:51 UTC 2012

Marvel Comics is blowing up the printed page with its upcoming line of Infinite Comics, the publisher?s first stab at creating a digital comic with tablets like the iPad in mind. [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Welcome to Beyond Apollo 2.0

Monday 12 March 22:49:50 UTC 2012

For every spacecraft that rocketed from its launch pad, dozens were conceived but never flew. In his new blog at Wired Science Blogs, space historian David Portree will explore the seldom-visited corners of more than 50 years of spaceflight history. [Link]

Slashdot » Brewing Beer With Free Software

Monday 12 March 22:48:00 UTC 2012

An anonymous reader tipped us to an interview with Phillip Lee, author of Brewtarget, one of the best pieces of Free brewing software available (it's even in Debian). The interview discusses some of the technical decisions made (why Qt and Cmake?), and mentions a bit of the plans for future development: "The way the database was designed previously really … [Link]

Slashdot » How To Crash the US Justice System: Demand a Trial

Monday 12 March 22:34:00 UTC 2012

Hugh Pickens writes "The U.S. Bill of Rights guarantees the accused basic safeguards, including a fair and speedy jury trial, but in this era of mass incarceration — when our nation's prison population has quintupled in a few decades — these rights are, for the overwhelming majority of people hauled into courtrooms across America, theoretical. More than 90 percent … [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Octocat, Meet Firebug: The Popular Firefox Developer Tool Is Now on GitHub

Monday 12 March 22:26:00 UTC 2012

Firebug, a developer extension for Firefox, has long been an open source project, but now the project is making it even easier to contribute by hosting its code on GitHub. [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Intel Says 'Thunderbolt' Optical Cables Due This Year

Monday 12 March 22:18:00 UTC 2012

Users will be able to connect Thunderbolt-equipped peripherals to remote hosts using optical cabling in 2012. The company reaffirmed its commitment to get optical cabling on the market this year, which will allow much longer cable runs beyond the current three-meter limit. This, in turn, will allow the technology to achieve higher transmission speeds in the future. [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Zeitgeist Phone Booth Shows Off Smart Windows' Capabilities

Monday 12 March 22:13:00 UTC 2012

What if you could step into a room, touch the walls, and transform them into something entirely different: One second they?re displaying data you can manipulate with taps and swipes, the next you?ve got an immersive, 360-degree video of someone skydiving surrounding you. Another tap, and the walls practically disappear, turning transparent. This is basically what PepsiCo is showing off … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Auto-translation gets more personal

Monday 12 March 22:04:23 UTC 2012

Microsoft believes it has taken automatic speech translation to the next step: using something close to your own voice rather than what sounds like a robot.There have been several developments in speech recognition and translation in recent years, most notably Google’s translation app on Android that can allow two people who speak different languages to converse. Well, as long as they … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Why We Study Lab Mice [Pic]

Monday 12 March 22:04:19 UTC 2012

This is how we’ve made such tremendous progress over the last few years![Via Fake Science]No related posts. [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » You Will Fail to Have a Great Career

Monday 12 March 22:04:18 UTC 2012

Larry Smith makes a comedic stab at the excuses that we have in today’s world for not pursing our passions, and therefore failing to have a great career.I was with him for most of it except for the one towards the end. It’s not fair to say that having a family, raising a family, can’t be a dream and passion … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » BGZ Studios Sets Phoenix Ablaze [Pic + Video]

Monday 12 March 22:04:17 UTC 2012

Click Picture to Enlarge!BGZ Studios is back with another amazing comic book character brought to life. This time he tackled Marvel Comics’ Dark Phoenix, and set costumer Miracole Burns on fire. Darrell and his team talk about the photo shoot in the video below and you can read more about the process, plus see a few more photos by hitting this … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » The People Behind the Way We Live [Infographic]

Monday 12 March 22:04:16 UTC 2012

Do you know how most of the inventions you use every day really came to be? Check out the following infographic for some interesting facts about many “technologies” that we now take for granted. Oh, and if you spot anything that you think is missing from the infographic, be sure to let us know in the comments section below! The People Behind The Way We LiveFrom: Best … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » RC Flying DeLorean Time Machine [Video]

Monday 12 March 22:04:15 UTC 2012

It’s a DeLoerean! It’s a time machine! It’s a Quadrotor!Pretty awesome, isn’t it?Thanks to Rob @ [Faildesk] for the link!No related posts. [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Old School NES Gamer Girl Top [Pic]

Monday 12 March 22:00:01 UTC 2012

That awesome gamer girl top was made by Etsy user morosemelonhead using an officially licensed Nintendo mens t-shirt.[$49 @ morosemelonhead | Via]No related posts. [Link]

Slashdot » Open Source Advocates' Attitudes Toward Profit

Monday 12 March 21:53:00 UTC 2012

jfruh writes "Marten Mickos, ex-head of MySQL, was discussing his new open source cloud initiative with the New York Times when he mentioned in passing that 'Some people in open source think it is immoral to make a profit. I don't.' This has set off some predictable hand-wringing within the movement. While some community members are ideologically opposed to … [Link]

Slashdot » Gamers Outdo Computers At DNA Sequence Alignments

Monday 12 March 21:35:00 UTC 2012

ananyo writes "In another victory for crowdsourcing, gamers playing Phylo have beaten a state-of-the-art program at aligning regions of 521 disease-associated genes form different species. The 'multiple sequence alignment problem' refers to the difficulty of aligning roughly similar sequences of DNA in genes common to many species. DNA sequences that are conserved across species may play an important role … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Old School NES Gamer Girl Top [Pic]

Monday 12 March 21:30:01 UTC 2012

That awesome gamer girl top was made by Etsy user morosemelonhead using an officially licensed Nintendo mens t-shirt.[$49 @ morosemelonhead | Via]No related posts. [Link]

Slashdot » Solving Climate Change By Bioengineering Humans?

Monday 12 March 21:13:00 UTC 2012

derekmead writes "Forget CFLs, hybrid cars, and organic jeans. Buying our way out of climate change — even if it's green consumption — won't get us far. A new paper (PDF), published in Ethics, Policy, and the Environment by NYU bioethics professor S. Matthew Liao, poses an answer: engineer humans to use less. The general plan laid out by … [Link]

Slashdot » ESL — a CRT-Based Replacement For CFL Lights Without the Mercury

Monday 12 March 20:33:00 UTC 2012

New submitter An dochasac writes "Everyone knows incandescent lights are inefficient little space heaters which happen to convert 5% of their incoming energy to light. Compact Fluorescents (CFLs) are more efficient, but they contain toxic, brain-eating mercury and emit a greenish light. LEDs are also efficient and last longer, but if their blueish 'white' light doesn't mess up your … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Game of Thrones Season 2 Trailer #2: The More You Love [Video]

Monday 12 March 20:30:03 UTC 2012

Why can’t it be April 1st already?No related posts. [Link]

New Scientist – Online news » Brain scans offer insight into Williams syndrome

Monday 12 March 20:30:00 UTC 2012

MRI and PET scans have revealed how the genetic condition affects brain development, and might one day help to predict symptoms of Williams syndrome [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Exclusive: Darpa Director Bolts Pentagon for Google

Monday 12 March 20:17:38 UTC 2012

Darpa director Regina Dugan will soon be stepping down from her position atop the Pentagon's premiere research shop to take a job with Google. The Pentagon inspector general investigation into Darpa's relationship with her company has nothing to do with Dugan's departure, her spokesman insists. [Link]

Wired Top Stories » iPad Shipping Estimates Slip — Can You Wait 2 to 3 Weeks?

Monday 12 March 20:17:37 UTC 2012

If you were planning to order a new iPad and hoping it would land on your doorstep this coming Friday, you have waited a bit too long. Shipping times for Apple's new tablet have been pushed back by two to three weeks. [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Angry Birds in Space

Monday 12 March 20:17:29 UTC 2012

Using a pre-release video of Angry Birds Space, Dot Physics blogger Rhett Allain deduces some basic physical properties of the Angry Birds' new off-planet war zone. [Link]

Wired Top Stories » IBM's 'Watson-as-a-Service' Ready to Crunch Big Data

Monday 12 March 20:12:00 UTC 2012

Want to tap into the artificial intelligence (AI) power of IBM's Jeopardy!-winning Watson supercomputer? In the age of the cloud, there's only one way: Watson-as-a-Service. WellPoint, for one, is sending Watson to medical school. Is WaaS just what the doctor ordered? [Link]

Slashdot » Algorithm Brings Speedier, Safer CT Scans

Monday 12 March 20:10:00 UTC 2012

kenekaplan writes "Standard CT scanners can generate images of patient's body in less than five minutes today, but the radiation dose can be equal to about 70 chest X-rays. Lower-powered CT scans can be used in non-emergency situations, but it can take more than four days to produce those images. Intel and GE created an algorithm that speeds up … [Link]

Wired Top Stories » UN Torture Chief: Bradley Manning Treatment Was Cruel, Inhuman

Monday 12 March 20:06:00 UTC 2012

The U.S. government?s treatment of WikiLeaks suspect Bradley Manning was cruel, inhuman and degrading, according to a report from the United Nations special rapporteur on torture. [Link]

Slashdot » Ruling Prohibits Kaleidescape From Selling, Supporting Movie Servers

Monday 12 March 19:51:00 UTC 2012

Stowie101 writes "Kaleidescape has lost its drawn-out legal battle with the DVD CCA. A judge has issued a permanent injunction that prohibits the sale and support, including product updates, of existing DVD movie servers. 'As part of the injunction, Kaleidescape and its dealers can no longer offer technical support for products that are already in the field, meaning existing … [Link]

Wired Top Stories » It's Time to Take Cybersecurity Seriously

Monday 12 March 19:50:00 UTC 2012

Identifying a need for better cybersecurity is the easy part. Getting the relevant parties to agree on what to do, and getting that done, is like the proverbial sausage factory. It will take legislation, and laws that accomplish anything meaningful will require a public/private partnership of historical efficiency. [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Hands-On: Going on a Rancor Rampage in Kinect Star Wars

Monday 12 March 19:49:00 UTC 2012

LucasArts showed off new modes from Kinect Star Wars, including one that puts you in control of a hulking rancor monster, during a media briefing earlier this month. [Link]

Slashdot » Nanoscale Race Car Gets 3D Printed With a Laser

Monday 12 March 19:33:00 UTC 2012

An anonymous reader writes "Researchers at the Vienna University of Technology have managed to perfect 3D printing at the nanoscale. What may look like a grain of sand to the human eye could in fact be a detailed racing car model, a reproduction of a famous church, or London Bridge. The 3D printer relies on a laser beam directed … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Skeletor Insult Compilation [Video]

Monday 12 March 19:30:35 UTC 2012

Looking at this 25+ years later, Skeletor now looks rather childish with all these ridiculous insults, doesn’t it?[Via Topless Robot]No related posts. [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Skeletor Insult Compilation [Video]

Monday 12 March 19:26:55 UTC 2012

Looking at this 25+ years later, Skeletor now looks rather childish with all these ridiculous insults, doesn’t it?[Via Topless Robot]No related posts. [Link]

New Scientist – Online news » Poll consensus on million-dollar logic problem

Monday 12 March 19:25:00 UTC 2012

Most computer scientists agree on answer to the question of whether P = NP, but solution might be hundreds of years away [Link]

Slashdot » Anonymous Hacks Tunisian Islamist Sites

Monday 12 March 19:11:00 UTC 2012

eldavojohn writes "The hacktivist group Anonymous has claimed another victim by taking down Islamist sites in Tunisia. Similar to an earlier attack on Turkish government sites, #optunisia has resulted in several government blogs and sites being replaced with 'Payback is a b****, isn't it?' The message lists censorship as the motivation behind this activity. The AFP is reporting that … [Link]

ProgrammableWeb » Consortium Launches Contest for Visionary M2M Ideas

Monday 12 March 19:00:46 UTC 2012

A consortium of leading German organizations has launched a contest soliciting visionary ideas for machine-to-machine (M2M) communications. Christened Ideabird, the consortium defines M2M as any technology that allows machines to communicate directly with each other. “The project was originated by Deloitte in Germany, who provide thought leadership in the area of machine-to-machine communication (M2M), together with HYVE, a Deloitte partner and … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Why We Study Lab Mice [Pic]

Monday 12 March 18:30:38 UTC 2012

This is how we’ve made such tremendous progress over the last few years![Via Fake Science]No related posts. [Link]

New Scientist – Online news » Today on New Scientist: 12 March 2012

Monday 12 March 18:30:00 UTC 2012

All today's stories on newscientist.com, including: the mystery code at the heart of a potent cyberweapon and circumcision may cut risk of prostate cancer [Link]

Slashdot » How To Contribute To Open Source Without Being a Programming Rock Star

Monday 12 March 18:30:00 UTC 2012

Esther Schindler writes "Plenty of people want to get involved in open source, but don't know where to start. In this article, Andy Lester lists several ways to help out even if you lack confidence in your technical chops. Here are a couple of his suggestions: 'Maintenance of code and the systems surrounding the code often are neglected in … [Link]

New Scientist – Online news » 3D printer creates nano racing car in minutes

Monday 12 March 18:23:03 UTC 2012

Watch a record-breaking technique create an intricate car four times the width of a human hair [Link]

New Scientist – Online news » Cannons shooting star death into the sky

Monday 12 March 18:14:00 UTC 2012

A TV show of the edge of the universe and confetti coloured like a star's swansong – Katie Paterson's new artworks show you the vastness of the universe [Link]

Wired Top Stories » What You Get From Your Pet, 3: This One Is Sad

Monday 12 March 18:09:46 UTC 2012

Three women have contracted dangerous infections through their dying pets, according to a new study, as their infections likely stemmed from a bacterium that lives benignly in the mouths of cats and dogs. Superbug author and blogger Maryn McKenna reports on the incidents. [Link]

Slashdot » Pi Day Is Coming — But Tau Day Is Better

Monday 12 March 18:08:00 UTC 2012

PerlJedi writes "A few months ago, a Tweet from Randal Schwartz pointed me to a YouTube video about 'Triangle Parties' made by Vi Hart. My nerdiness and my love of math made it my new favorite thing on YouTube. Now, with Pi Day coming up later this week, I thought it would be an appropriate time to point people … [Link]

Geek Culture » Neil deGrasse Tyson – We Stopped Dreaming

Monday 12 March 17:58:06 UTC 2012

Thanks DoctorWho! [Link]

New Scientist – Online news » Marvel's comicbook AR app brings Spider-Man to life

Monday 12 March 17:48:37 UTC 2012

As print media slowly give way to digital zines, augmented reality is giving lovers of ink-and-paper superheros a bitwise boost [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Microsoft Credits Azure Customers for Leap-Day Outage

Monday 12 March 17:48:00 UTC 2012

Microsoft Azure customers will receive a 33% refund for their cloud services for February following the Leap Day outage, "regardless of whether their service was impacted." The move seems designed to fend off any shying away from Microsoft's cloud. But there's?a bigger question for cloud watchers: Will there be any lasting collateral?damage?to the cloud's overall cred because of the Leap … [Link]

Slashdot » Journalist Gets Blasted By the Pentagon's Pain Ray — Twice

Monday 12 March 17:47:00 UTC 2012

dsinc writes "Wired's Spencer Ackerman voluntarily subjected himself to what the U.S. military calls the Active Denial System, an energy weapon commonly known as the 'Pain Ray' that turns electricity into millimeter wave radio frequency and blasts targets with heat. He describes it thus: 'When the signal goes out over radio to shoot me, there’s no warning — no … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » You Will Fail to Have a Great Career

Monday 12 March 17:30:50 UTC 2012

Larry Smith makes a comedic stab at the excuses that we have in today’s world for not pursing our passions, and therefore failing to have a great career.I was with him for most of it except for the one towards the end. It’s not fair to say that having a family, raising a family, can’t be a dream and passion … [Link]

Slashdot » Lawsuit Claims NASA Specialist Was Fired Over Intelligent Design Belief

Monday 12 March 17:05:00 UTC 2012

New submitter period3 writes "The latest mission of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory is defending itself in a workplace lawsuit filed by a former computer specialist. The man claims he was demoted and then let go for promoting his views on intelligent design, the belief that a higher power must have had a hand in creation because life is too … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » BGZ Studios Sets Phoenix Ablaze [Pic + Video]

Monday 12 March 16:30:21 UTC 2012

Click Picture to Enlarge!BGZ Studios is back with another amazing comic book character brought to life. This time he tackled Marvel Comics’ Dark Phoenix, and set costumer Miracole Burns on fire. Darrell and his team talk about the photo shoot in the video below and you can read more about the process, plus see a few more photos by hitting this … [Link]

Slashdot » Have Online Comment Sections Become Specious?

Monday 12 March 16:25:00 UTC 2012

christoofar writes "Gawker founder Nick Denton says online comments have proven themselves to be not worth the trouble, a waste of resources, and contribute nothing to online conversation or even capture the intelligence of readers. From the article: 'In the early days of the Internet, there was hope that the unprecedented tool for global communication would lead to thoughtful … [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Firefox to Get a 'Metro' Makeover for Windows 8

Monday 12 March 16:22:00 UTC 2012

Microsoft's Windows 8 is still just a preview release, but Mozilla is already working hard to ensure Firefox will be part of the new touch-friendly Metro environment when Windows 8 arrives. [Link]

New Scientist – Online news » Circumcision may cut risk of prostate cancer

Monday 12 March 16:18:00 UTC 2012

Circumcised men reduced their risk of prostate cancer by 15 per cent, but only if they had the operation before having sex for the first time [Link]

ProgrammableWeb » Put Your Data To Work

Monday 12 March 16:00:22 UTC 2012

BigMLThe ability to analyze information and use the results to make more informed decisions is something that interests a lot of people. Developers, publishers, and small to large business owners all collect an overwhelming amount of data pertaining to the work that they do. Employing a staff of analysts to sift through the onslaught of what can sometimes seem to be … [Link]

Slashdot » Chinese Spies Used Fake Facebook Profile To Friend NATO Officials

Monday 12 March 15:43:00 UTC 2012

An anonymous reader writes "Late last year, senior British military officers, Defense Ministry officials, and other government officials were tricked into becoming Facebook friends with someone masquerading as United States Navy admiral James Stavridis. By doing so, they exposed their own personal information (such as private e-mail addresses, phone numbers, pictures, the names of family members, and possibly even … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » The People Behind the Way We Live [Infographic]

Monday 12 March 15:30:34 UTC 2012

Do you know how most of the inventions you use every day really came to be? Check out the following infographic for some interesting facts about many “technologies” that we now take for granted. Oh, and if you spot anything that you think is missing from the infographic, be sure to let us know in the comments section below! The People Behind The Way We LiveFrom: Best … [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Indy Goes Geek: Laser Mapping Helps Archaeologists

Monday 12 March 15:30:00 UTC 2012

Archeology may be an old profession, but it's not one hesitant about using the latest gizmos to uncover the past. LiDAR, or "light detection and ranging," is a relatively new tool archeologists use that can pull off non-destructive 3-D scans of rooms and objects. [Link]

Slashdot » Marketing Agency Uses Homeless As Wi-Fi Hotspots

Monday 12 March 15:01:00 UTC 2012

An anonymous reader writes "Marketing agency Bartle Bogle Hegarty (BBH) has launched a controversial charity scheme at this year's South by Southwest festival, in which homeless people are being used to provide Wi-Fi hotspots. The project, Homeless Hotspots, seeks to address people's need for a high-speed data connection at the festival in Austin, Texas, by issuing the homeless with … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » RC Flying DeLorean Time Machine [Video]

Monday 12 March 14:30:35 UTC 2012

It’s a DeLoerean! It’s a time machine! It’s a Quadrotor!Pretty awesome, isn’t it?Thanks to Rob @ [Faildesk] for the link!No related posts. [Link]

Wired Top Stories » The Damning Backstory Behind 'Homeless Hotspots' at SXSW

Monday 12 March 14:24:00 UTC 2012

It sounds like something out of a darkly satirical science-fiction dystopia. But it's absolutely real ¿ and a completely problematic treatment of a problem that otherwise probably wouldn't be mentioned in any of the panels at South by Southwest Interactive. [Link]

Slashdot » Meteorite Crashes Through Cottage In Oslo

Monday 12 March 14:20:00 UTC 2012

First time submitter Mastiff in Norway writes "Famous (in Norway) Norwegian astrophycisist Knut Jørgen Røed Ødegaard is ecstatic after a meteorite was found in an urban cottage in Oslo this weekend. This is the 14th meteorite that's been found in Norway, and only the second that crashed through a roof. It is not certain when the crash happened, since … [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Massacre: U.S. Sergeant Allegedly Kills Kids, Maims War Plan

Monday 12 March 13:39:50 UTC 2012

At 3:00 on Sunday morning, a U.S. Army staff sergeant reportedly left a coalition outpost in Afghanistan's Kandahar province, walked to a cluster of home compounds, and began slaughtering the inhabitants. The fallout from the killings could be greatest in the villages that are most vital to NATO's endgame strategy. [Link]

Slashdot » MIT Fiber Points To Woven Glasses-Free 3D Displays

Monday 12 March 13:36:00 UTC 2012

MrSeb writes "Electrical engineers and material scientists at MIT have created a fiber-borne laser that could be woven to form a flexible display that could project different 3D images in any number of directions, to any number of viewers. MIT's fiber is similar to standard telecoms fiber, but it has a tiny droplet of fluid embedded in the core. … [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Beauty Is Embarrassing for Subversive Artist Wayne White

Monday 12 March 13:30:00 UTC 2012

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Geeks are Sexy Technology News » The Sci-Fi Film Alphabet: Can You Identify Them All? [Pic]

Monday 12 March 13:09:42 UTC 2012

Another awesome movie-themed alphabet by graphic designer Stephen Wildish. Can you link each letter to the movie it represents?[Stephen Wildish]No related posts. [Link]

Slashdot » Prof. J. Alex Halderman Tells Us Why Internet-Based Voting Is a Bad Idea (Video)

Monday 12 March 12:54:00 UTC 2012

On March 2, 2012, Timothy wrote about University of Michigan Professor J. Alex Halderman and his contention that there is no way to have secure voting over the Internet using current technology. In this video, Alex explains what he meant and tells us about an experiment (that some might call a prank) he and his students did back in … [Link]

New Scientist – Online news » The mystery code at the heart of a potent cyberweapon

Monday 12 March 12:50:33 UTC 2012

It's a war without visible weapons on the cyber frontier but that doesn't mean there aren't some clever tricks being played by the perpetrators [Link]

O'Reilly News and Commentary » #Ebook Deal/Day: RESTful Web Services Cookbook – $15.99 (Save 50%)

Monday 12 March 12:46:16 UTC 2012

Get "RESTful Web Services Cookbook" today and save 50%!This sale ends at 2:00 AM 2012-03-13 (PDT, GMT-8:00). [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » The Day we Stopped Dreaming About Tomorrow [Video]

Monday 12 March 12:43:39 UTC 2012

The intention of this project is to stress the importance of advancing the space frontier and is focused on igniting scientific curiosity in the general public.[Scrunchthethird]No related posts. [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » DIY Stirling Engine [Video]

Monday 12 March 12:43:38 UTC 2012

A Stirling engine is a heat engine operating by cyclic compression and expansion of air or other gas, the working fluid, at different temperature levels such that there is a net conversion of heat energy to mechanical work.[Sawerrt]No related posts. [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Bat Nails [Pic]

Monday 12 March 12:43:37 UTC 2012

Na na na na na na na na na na na na na na na na na na na na na na na na Bat Nails![Source: KayleighOC | Via Being a Geek]No related posts. [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » WANT: The Starks of Winterfell Crocheted Doll Set [Pic]

Monday 12 March 12:43:36 UTC 2012

A big Game of Thrones set including Lord Eddard, Lady Catelyn, their five children and Eddard’s son Jon Snow, as well as two grey and one white direwolf puppies, this would be a truly unique gift for the devoted Game of Thrones fan.[LunasCrafts]No related posts. [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Batman and Robin Running Away from Villains [Animated Gif]

Monday 12 March 12:43:35 UTC 2012

Presented without comment.[Via]No related posts. [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Darth Vader on a unicycle playing the Imperial March on a bagpipe [Video]

Monday 12 March 12:43:34 UTC 2012

Just Darth Vader on a unicycle playing the Imperial March on a bagpipe. Your Argument is Invalid.[Via]No related posts. [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Geeky Facebook Timeline Covers

Monday 12 March 12:43:33 UTC 2012

The new Facebook Timeline layout has got social media experts’ undies in a bit of a twist. With the new layout extending from profiles out to fan pages as well, custom created landing pages with calls-to-action has been rendered obsolete.Well Fake Science (also on Tumblr) has found a way to make them super sexy. And by that, I mean super … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » The Comeback of Animated Gifs

Monday 12 March 12:43:32 UTC 2012

Does anyone else remember the world before YouTube? Remember how animated gifs were all the rage? There was an animated gif just about anywhere you turned on the Internet. I particularly despised people who put them as wallpapers on their MySpace pages. *shudder*But then YouTube and Facebook and broadband Internet came along so we could watch videos. Now we can watch … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Rube Goldberg Monster Trap [Video]

Monday 12 March 12:43:31 UTC 2012

7-years-old Audri has a very bright future ahead of him, of that we’re sure. However, for which side of the balance will he use his talent for? Good or evil? I guess we’ll have to wait a few years to find out.[Via]No related posts. [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Amazon Deal of the Day: Blu-Rays under $10 and DVDs under $5!

Monday 12 March 12:43:30 UTC 2012

For today’s edition of Deal of the Day, Amazon has a huge selection of Blu-ray movies priced at under $10 and DVDs at under $5! There’s a good selection of geeky movies in this list to, so I invite you to check these out at the links below.-Blu-Rays under $10-DVDs under $5No related posts. [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Angry Birds in Space: NASA Announcement [Video]

Monday 12 March 12:43:29 UTC 2012

The FIRST ever game announcement and gameplay footage from space. Brought to you by NASA and Don Pettit from the ISS.[Angry Birds Space: The Game | Angry Birds Space: The Book]No related posts. [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » The Sci-Fi Film Alphabet: Can You Identify Them All? [Pic]

Monday 12 March 12:39:42 UTC 2012

Another awesome movie-themed alphabet by graphic designer Stephen Wildish. Can you link each letter to the movie it represents?[Stephen Wildish]No related posts. [Link]

New Scientist – Online news » Make yourself more creative

Monday 12 March 12:25:00 UTC 2012

Creativity is often envisioned as a gift bestowed on a lucky few. In Imagine: How creativity works, Jonah Lehrer tries to dispel that myth [Link]

Slashdot » Stratfor Breach Leads To Over $700k In Fraud

Monday 12 March 12:14:00 UTC 2012

wiredmikey writes "It isn't often that after a data breach involving credit cards, the public is given information on the exact amount money lost by consumers as a result. Thanks to the FBI, however, we now have a better understanding of what 60,000 stolen credit cards translates to financially, as this data was included in their investigation notes while … [Link]

New Scientist – Online news » Avatars set to shape real-world habits

Monday 12 March 11:01:00 UTC 2012

Virtual worlds may soon be used to change people's behaviour and even their own body image [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Geeky Words You Can Use With Geeky Friends

Monday 12 March 11:00:00 UTC 2012

If you play Words With Friends — and apparently anyone with a smartphone and a willingness to pull it out on the toilet does — you may not realize that you're passing up a lot of awesome words on the grounds that they're slang, or neologisms, or just too nerdy to ever be legal. You could not be any more … [Link]

Wired Top Stories » IBM Sends Jeopardy Supercomputer to Medical School

Monday 12 March 11:00:00 UTC 2012

IBM's Watson may have trounced former champion Ken Jennings in Jeopardy, but now it's facing an even bigger challenge: proving that it can make money for its creators. It's well on the way. Last week, IBM said that it was working with Citi to "explore how the Watson technology could help improve and simplify the banking experience," but for the … [Link]

Wired Top Stories » March 12, 1923: Talkies Talk … On Their Own

Monday 12 March 11:00:00 UTC 2012

Reporters get to see the first successfully synchronized sound-on-film moving pictures. [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Interview Time: GeekDad Talks With Adventure Time's Pen Ward

Monday 12 March 11:00:00 UTC 2012

Cartoon creator looks to Dungeons & Dragons, anime for inspiration on the popular cartoon. [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Video: I Got Blasted by the Pentagon's Pain Ray — Twice

Monday 12 March 11:00:00 UTC 2012

The military is developing a huge milimeter-wave cannon, able to burn someone's skin with a blast of energy and heat without killing him. One of our reporters got burned by it — twice. And we filmed it. [Link]

New Scientist – Online news » The first portable digital camera – cassette included

Monday 12 March 11:00:00 UTC 2012

It weighed 4 kilograms and stood 22 centimetres tall, but in 1975 this behemoth was way ahead of its time [Link]

New Scientist – Online news » Intergalactic subway: All aboard the wormhole express

Monday 12 March 10:48:00 UTC 2012

New theories of gravity could make deep-space travel through wormholes a reality, says Marcus Chown (full text available to subscribers) [Link]

Wired Top Stories » How Punchdrunk Theatre Reels 'em In With Immersive Storytelling

Monday 12 March 10:30:00 UTC 2012

What's the future of deeply interactive entertainment? Punchdrunk's Sleep No More shows one way forward, and if you're at SXSW, you can learn more during Monday's panel on "Immersion 101: Inventing the Future of Entertainment." [Link]

Slashdot » Amoeboid Robot Moves Autonomously Without Centralized Brain

Monday 12 March 9:15:00 UTC 2012

An anonymous reader sends this excerpt from MIT's Technology Review: "A new blob-like robot described in the journal Advanced Robotics uses springs, feet, 'protoplasm' and a distributed nervous system to move in a manner inspired by the slime mold Physarum polycepharum. … Researcher Takuya Umedachi of Hiroshima University has been perfecting his blob-bot for years, starting with early prototypes … [Link]

Slashdot » Sony's Plan To Tighten Security and Fight Hacktivism

Monday 12 March 6:17:00 UTC 2012

mask.of.sanity writes "Sony Entertainment Network is rebuilding its information security posture to defend against hacktivism. It includes a security operations center that serves as a nerve center collating information on everything from staff phone calls, to CCTV, to PlayStation gamers. If it is successful, the counter intelligence-based system will be deployed across the entire company. 'At Sony, we are … [Link]

Slashdot » Sci-Fi/Fantasy Artist Jean 'Moebius' Giraud Dies At 73

Monday 12 March 4:53:00 UTC 2012

Dr Herbert West writes: "According to io9, 'Today is an incredibly sad day for fans of comic books, concept art, and downright anything science fiction. Artist Jean 'Moebius' Giraud, who provided some of the most stunning scifi and fantasy art ever to grace a page, has succumbed to illness at the age of 73.' It's pretty hard to overstate … [Link]

Wired Top Stories » A Google-a-Day Puzzle for Mar. 12

Monday 12 March 4:31:00 UTC 2012

A Google-a-Day Puzzle for Mar. 12 [Link]

Slashdot » Computer Games That Defined RPGs In the 1980s

Monday 12 March 3:20:00 UTC 2012

adeelarshad82 writes "The 1980s were huge for RPGs. This genre was one of the most defining game forms in the computer gaming world. A recently published article strolls down the memory lane to look back at classic computer games that both defined and extended the definition of the RPG in the 1980s. The roundup includes some obvious ones like … [Link]

The Joy of Tech » JoT 1663: Kony Sandwich.

Monday 12 March 2:11:40 UTC 2012

JoT thumbHunting down the office marauder. Click here to visit the comic. [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Instagram's Highly Anticipated Android App Is Coming Soon

Monday 12 March 2:05:00 UTC 2012

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Slashdot » Did Benjamin Franklin Invent Daylight Saving Time?

Monday 12 March 0:22:00 UTC 2012

An anonymous reader writes "While living in Paris, Ben Franklin was struck by how many hours of daylight were being wasted to sleep during the summer months. He wrote an open letter to a Parisian journal lamenting the wasted expenditures on candlewax, and presented his back-of-the-quillpad estimates of the cost savings if the entire population arose an hour or … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » The Day we Stopped Dreaming About Tomorrow [Video]

Monday 12 March 0:19:39 UTC 2012

The intention of this project is to stress the importance of advancing the space frontier and is focused on igniting scientific curiosity in the general public.[Scrunchthethird]No related posts. [Link]

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