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 » After 244 Years, the End For the Dead Tree Encyclopedia Britannica

Tuesday 13 March 23:59:00 UTC 2012

Rick Zeman writes "According to the New York Times, it's the end of the road for the printed Encyclopedia Brittanica, saying, '…in recent years, print reference books have been almost completely wiped out by the Internet and its vast spread of resources, particularly Wikipedia, which in 11 years has helped replace the authority of experts with the wisdom of … [Link]

WIRED » ARM Wants to Put the Internet in Your Umbrella

Tuesday 13 March 23:53:00 UTC 2012

Chip designer ARM wants to put the internet in your fridge. And it insists this cliche of tech prognostication is no longer just talk. Really. On Tuesday, the company unveiled its new ARM Cortex-M0+ processor, a low-power chip designed to connect non-PC electronics and smart sensors across the home and office. Previous iterations of the Cortex family of chips had … [Link]

Slashdot » Nomad Planets: Stepping Stones To Interstellar Space?

Tuesday 13 March 23:16:00 UTC 2012

An anonymous reader writes "Ian O'Neill suggests in an opinion piece at Al Jazeera that brown dwarves and nomad planets (planets not orbiting any star) could be a much needed stepping stone on our way to foreign stars. Quoting the article: 'In February, a fascinating paper was published in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society detailing calculations … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Mortal Kombat VS Street Fighter Flash Mob [Video]

Tuesday 13 March 23:00:05 UTC 2012

Your favorite, disgruntled, oddly flamboyant, death-dealing, floor humping, techno raving heroes are back with a new challenge they must face… could this be the end?! Or the start of something… beautiful?Thanks Joshua! (Scorpion)No related posts. flattr this! [Link]

WIRED » Present and Past Super Sonic Seating Designs

Tuesday 13 March 22:46:17 UTC 2012

As Copenhagen Suborbitals creates a seat for its next suborbital rocket, the outfit's co-founder and Rocket Shop blogger Kristian von Bengston shows off commercial supersonic seat designs of the past and present. [Link]

Slashdot » US, EU, Japan Complain To WTO Over China's Rare Earth Ban

Tuesday 13 March 22:33:00 UTC 2012

eldavojohn writes "China's rare earth monopoly has resulted in a shortage as China blocks their export and the rest of the world resumes their operations. Now, in a first-ever joint filing from three members of the World Trade Organization, Japan, the EU and the U.S. are not sitting idly by as China repeatedly ignores the WTO's orders to export … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Literal Iron Man Cosplay [Pic]

Tuesday 13 March 22:21:26 UTC 2012

[Via]No related posts. flattr this! [Link]

WIRED » Watch a Live Feed of Tonight's Northern Lights

Tuesday 13 March 22:14:00 UTC 2012

Are you too far south or in too bright of a city to catch the spectacular auroras that have been streaking across the sky lately? Not to worry. The Canadian Space Agency's AuroraMAX Camera — located in the City of Yellowknife, near the Arctic Circle — can fulfill all your Northern-Light-viewing needs every night from now until late May … [Link]

Slashdot » Interplay Ex-CEO Brian Fargo Kickstarts Wasteland II

Tuesday 13 March 22:10:00 UTC 2012

New submitter 0111 1110 writes "Attempting to emulate Double Fine's success to fund another currently dead genre of computer game, Brian Fargo of Interplay fame has started a kickstarter project for a sequel to Wasteland, his1988 post-apocalyptic RPG which inspired Fallout. It will be turn-based and party-based, with a top-down perspective and 2D graphics. Fargo has managed to attract … [Link]

New Scientist – News » Many authors of psychiatry bible have industry ties

Tuesday 13 March 22:00:00 UTC 2012

Transparency fails to limit authors' links with drug firms, raising concerns over bias in the revised psychiatric diagnostic handbook [Link]

WIRED » Judge Orders Failed Copyright Troll to Forfeit 'All' Copyrights

Tuesday 13 March 21:56:00 UTC 2012

Righthaven, a copyright-troll law firm that failed in its attempt to make money for newspapers by suing people for sharing stories online, was dealt a death blow Tuesday by a federal judge who ordered the Las Vegas company to forfeit "all of" its intellectual property and other "intangible property" to settle its debts. [Link]

Slashdot » Companies More Likely To Outsource Than Train IT Employees

Tuesday 13 March 21:50:00 UTC 2012

snydeq writes "IT pros feeling the pressure to boost tech skills should expect little support from their current employers, according to a recent report on IT skills. '9 in 10 business managers see gaps in workers' skill sets, yet organizations are more likely to outsource a task or hire someone new than invest in training an existing staff. Perhaps … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Batman: You Son of a Bitch – The Musical [Video]

Tuesday 13 March 21:30:44 UTC 2012

After you’re done with this one, be sure to follow the link underneath the video for Conan the Barbarian: The Musical!Previously on [GAS]:-Conan the Barbarian – The Musical[Via THD]No related posts. flattr this! [Link]

WIRED » Acorns And Mice Driving Unusual Lyme Disease Risks (ICEID 2)

Tuesday 13 March 21:09:00 UTC 2012

The northeastern U.S. faces potentially "the worst year yet" for Lyme disease and other tick-borne infections because of little-noticed components of the disease's complex ecology: acorns and mice. Superbug author and blogger Maryn McKenna reports. [Link]

Slashdot » Mozilla Debates Supporting H.264 In Firefox Via System Codecs

Tuesday 13 March 21:08:00 UTC 2012

An anonymous reader writes "Adoption of the HTML5 video element has been hampered by the lack of a universal video format that is supported in all browsers. Mozilla previously rejected the popular H.264 video codec because it is patent-encumbered and would require implementors to pay royalty fees. The organization is now rethinking its position and is preparing to add … [Link]

Geek Culture » How to Downgrade from the Mountain Lion Developer Preview to Lion

Tuesday 13 March 20:42:29 UTC 2012

Sure, you love to be bleeding edge when it comes to operating systems, but did you perhaps jump to Mountain Lion too soon? macolyte has the answer for you in 7 easy steps! (you DO use SuperDuper, right?) [Link]

Slashdot » Camera Gun Would Let Hunters Get Killer Wildlife Shots

Tuesday 13 March 20:38:00 UTC 2012

Zothecula writes "Not too long ago, brothers Randy and Michael Gregg were out on a hunting expedition. It was the day after deer season had ended, yet they spied a handsome animal bedded down in the snow. Not wanting to pass up an opportunity, they silently crept up on their quarry, raised their rifle, lined the deer up in … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Another Giant Leap for 3D Printing

Tuesday 13 March 20:30:58 UTC 2012

So we can print on the nanoscale. No biggy. But now we can print five metres per second! That’s a world record – 3D printing by this method of “two-photon lithography” used to be measured in millimetres per second! The new printing technique printed 100 layers in four minutes with an accuracy of less than 1 micrometre. This is all thanks … [Link]

Slashdot » TVShack Creator's US Extradition Approved

Tuesday 13 March 20:27:00 UTC 2012

chrb writes "British student Richard O'Dwyer, creator of the TVShack website, has had his extradition to the United States approved by Conservative Home Secretary Theresa May. Mr. O'Dwyer now has 14 days to appeal the decision. The extradition was requested by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, which has accused O'Dwyer of aiding copyright infringement by publishing links … [Link]

WIRED » Killing Drug Cartel Bosses Isn't Working, Says Top U.S. General

Tuesday 13 March 20:17:36 UTC 2012

Mexico?s ?decapitation? strategy of capturing or killing high-value drug cartel leaders has a certain merit to it. The problem, according to the chief of U.S. military forces in North America, is that the strategy isn?t working ? except when it is. [Link]

WIRED » Space Station Columbia (1991)

Tuesday 13 March 20:17:20 UTC 2012

After the NASA launched Skylab on its last Saturn V rocket, the U.S. space agency had to think of a new way to build a space station. Space historian and Beyond Apollo blogger David Portree revisits a radical idea to use a space shuttle as the core of an orbiting laboratory. [Link]

WIRED » A Patent Lie: How Yahoo Weaponized My Work

Tuesday 13 March 20:14:00 UTC 2012

While most of the tech world was partying at South by Southwest in Austin yesterday, Yahoo announced it was filing a lawsuit against Facebook for allegedly infringing on 10 patents from their 1,000+ patent warehouse. I'm no fan of Facebook, but this is a deplorable move. It's nothing less than extortion, expertly timed during the SEC-mandated quiet period before Facebook's … [Link]

WIRED » Batmobile-Like Nissan DeltaWing Is the Future of Racing

Tuesday 13 March 20:13:00 UTC 2012

If you want to know what the future of racing looks like, the Nissan DeltaWing is it. It's lighter, more aerodynamic and uses half the fuel of a conventional race car. And against all odds, it's coming to the only race that matters: the 24 Hours of LeMans. [Link]

WIRED » Corporate Types Are iPad-Crazy, Survey Finds

Tuesday 13 March 20:09:00 UTC 2012

In the land of corporate tablets, Apple?s iPad is king. That?s what a recent survey of just over 1,600 business technology buyers concluded. The study, conducted by ChangeWave Research, found that 22 percent of respondents were planning to buy tablet computers during the second quarter of 2012. And of those tablet-hungry companies, 84 percent are going to go with Apple?s … [Link]

Slashdot » Dell Announces Intent To Acquire SonicWALL

Tuesday 13 March 20:05:00 UTC 2012

New submitter iroc_eater writes with news of an announcement from Dell that it plans to acquire SonicWall, a security services provider. "SonicWall’s technology detects and protects networks from intrusions and malware attacks, and helps protect data. Dell is buying services and software businesses as the PC market faces competition from smartphones and tablets. Last month, the company hired CA … [Link]

Slashdot » New 'Enemies of the Internet' Listed In Reporters Without Borders Study

Tuesday 13 March 19:45:00 UTC 2012

New submitter Warmlight writes "The BBC reports that 'Bahrain and Belarus have been added to Reporters Without Borders' annual list of "enemies of the internet." They join 10 other nations on the campaign group's register of states that restrict net access, filter content and imprison bloggers. India and Kazakhstan have also joined RWB's list of "countries under surveillance" because … [Link]

WIRED » Here's Where the Afghan Massacre Was Launched

Tuesday 13 March 19:31:00 UTC 2012

The U.S. military has tried to keep a lid on Sunday's massacre of 16 Afghan civilians, allegedly by an Army staff sergeant. In addition to keeping his name secret, the military hasn't disclosed the name of the southern Afghanistan town of the victims, or the base where he was assigned. But Danger Room has confirmed that the sergeant was assigned … [Link]

WIRED » Starling Flocks Behave Like Flying Magnets

Tuesday 13 March 19:26:00 UTC 2012

To achieve their extraordinary coordination, starling flocks in flight behave mathematically like magnetized metals and avalanches. Their formations don't just transcend biology, but span multiple physical phenomena. [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Speed Painting Time Lapse [Video]

Tuesday 13 March 19:10:16 UTC 2012

This just goes to show you some of the incredible things that can be done on Adobe programs. True artistry. Can you believe this was done in only 30 minutes?[by Menton J. Matthews III via The BDAG]No related posts. flattr this! [Link]

Slashdot » Cheap Solar Panels Made With An Ion Cannon

Tuesday 13 March 19:04:00 UTC 2012

MrSeb writes "Twin Creeks, a solar power startup that emerged from hiding today, has developed a way of creating photovoltaic cells that are half the price of today's cheapest cells, and thus within reach of challenging the fossil fuel hegemony. As it stands, almost every solar panel is made by slicing a 200-micrometer-thick (0.2mm) wafer from a block of … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Musical Poster Sounds a Smart Idea

Tuesday 13 March 19:00:11 UTC 2012

The problem with using posters to promote local bands is that the performers are left relying on a catchy band name or an attractive publicity photo to attract new followers rather than the merits of their music. Until now that is.A British design agency has shown off a prototype of a poster that, despite being made primarily of paper, can play … [Link]

New Scientist – News » Today on New Scientist: 13 March 2012

Tuesday 13 March 19:00:00 UTC 2012

All today's stories on, including: songs torn from science headlines and soldiers on multiple deployment need monitoring [Link]

New Scientist – News » Cross-dressing pharaoh found in her feminine form

Tuesday 13 March 18:53:34 UTC 2012

A recently uncovered statue may show the feminine side of a female pharaoh thought to be a god's son [Link]

WIRED » Rdio Amps Up Its Web and Desktop Music Players

Tuesday 13 March 18:48:00 UTC 2012

Rdio unveiled a complete redesign of its web interface and desktop applications Tuesday, an attempt to recapture the attention of listeners who now have a wealth of music services to choose from. [Link]

WIRED » New iPad Shows Up 3 Days Early in Vietnam ? Benchmarks, Unboxing Ensue

Tuesday 13 March 18:48:00 UTC 2012

The new iPad is scheduled to arrive in the hands of consumers on Friday, March 16, but that hasn't stopped one tablet from breaking free of Apple's scheduled release date. [Link]

Slashdot » Indian Gov't Uses Special Powers To Slash Cancer Drug Price By 97%

Tuesday 13 March 18:22:00 UTC 2012

suraj.sun sends this quote from the Times of India: "In a landmark decision that could set a precedent on how life-saving drugs under patents can be made affordable, the government has allowed a domestic company, Natco Pharma, to manufacture a copycat version of Bayer's patented anti-cancer drug, Nexavar, bringing down its price by 97%. In the first-ever case of … [Link]

WIRED » Rite in the Rain: A Weather-Proof Paper Notebook Full of Badass

Tuesday 13 March 18:09:00 UTC 2012


WIRED » Wish List: What Should HP's Cloud Look Like?

Tuesday 13 March 18:05:00 UTC 2012

HP revealed to Wired Enterprise late last year that the company's forthcoming cloud will run VMware's open source Cloud Foundry. Now Wired Enterprise hears that HP's cloud will be launched in early April. But regardless of what's under the hood, other cloud service providers have momentum and are positioned well in the market. So what should HP's public cloud look … [Link]

New Scientist – News » Superfast drugs target shape-shifting enzymes

Tuesday 13 March 18:00:29 UTC 2012

Drugs that clamp onto a pathogen's vital enzymes when they are at their most reactive can combat a range of infections [Link]

ProgrammableWeb » A Better Way to Compare Products?

Tuesday 13 March 18:00:14 UTC 2012

Consumer NotebookConsumer Notebook just launched their API at PyCon. The Consumer Notebook site allows users take products and add them to lists and grids. Lists, as you’d expect, allow you to group common products. For example, gift ideas for friends, or books you’d like to buy. Grids provide a way to rank and compare a set of similar products. Perfect for planning … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Hey Dad, Do You Like That New iPad We Gave You as a Present? [Video]

Tuesday 13 March 18:00:06 UTC 2012

Daughter: Dad, I meant to ask you, how do you get along with the new iPad that we gave you as a birthday present? Dad: Good. Daughter: You also get along with all those apps? Dad: What apps? Can you please move a little bit …. so ….. What?[Via]No related posts. flattr this! … [Link]

New Scientist – News » Soldiers on multiple deployment need monitoring

Tuesday 13 March 17:48:00 UTC 2012

Up to one in five of soldiers suffer severe post-traumatic stress disorder and could be monitored to prevent uncontrolled outbursts [Link]

Geek Culture » Illuminating Einstein

Tuesday 13 March 17:46:16 UTC 2012

via Woz! [Link]

Slashdot » Astroturfing For Speed Cameras

Tuesday 13 March 17:39:00 UTC 2012

New submitter dalosla writes "Chicago's mayor is pushing to change red light cameras near schools and parks into speed cameras. Just about everybody sees it as a cash grab by the city. Today's Chicago Tribune has an article about how the expanded speed camera program would benefit Redflex, the company Greg Goldner, one of the mayor's long time political … [Link]

New Scientist – News » Songs torn from science headlines

Tuesday 13 March 17:29:21 UTC 2012

The Guild of Scientific Troubadours specialises in songs inspired by science stories – including those featured in New Scientist. [Link]

New Scientist – News » Pacific island to buy piece of Fiji as climate plan

Tuesday 13 March 17:18:00 UTC 2012

The Pacific island nation of Kiribati is buying land on Fiji's main island as a long-term measure to cope with rising sea levels [Link]

WIRED » Disney Announces 2012-2013 TV Lineup With Tron, Other Geeky Goodness

Tuesday 13 March 17:17:31 UTC 2012

New shows look to tap into the geek zeitgeist for kids and grown-ups alike. [Link]

WIRED » After 30 Years, They Might Be Giants Just Simply Are

Tuesday 13 March 17:17:30 UTC 2012

The iconically nerdy rockers They Might Be Giants continue to inspire in their own small, but giant, way. [Link]

WIRED » Staph In Pigs And Pig Farmers: The Latest Reports (ICEID 1)

Tuesday 13 March 17:17:20 UTC 2012

When it comes to increasingly drug-resistant microbes such as Staphylococcus aureus, there's an intricate link between pigs and their farmers. Superbug author and blogger Maryn McKenna reports on two new studies. [Link]

WIRED » Prehistoric Lobsters Made Homes of Ancient Ammonoid Shells

Tuesday 13 March 17:17:14 UTC 2012

Three tiny lobster ancestors were found in the once-clear shell of a 180 million-year-old ammonite shell. Laelaps blogger Brian Switek reports on the stunning fossil. [Link]

New Scientist – News » Deadly frog disease spreads through tolerant species

Tuesday 13 March 17:16:00 UTC 2012

An American frog that can survive being infected by the lethal chytrid fungus is spreading it among vulnerable species [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Other Shows Netflix Should Consider UnCancelling

Tuesday 13 March 17:00:25 UTC 2012

TV Shows get cancelled. It happens. There are a lot of reasons they decide to swing that axe, but at the end of the day, nothing lasts forever. Even with the Simpson’s seemingly unending parade of seasons, that too will one day end.So with last week’s news that Terra Nova has been cancelled, a followup story suggested that Netflix is … [Link]

Slashdot » Ask Slashdot: Who Has the Best 3G Coverage In California and Nevada?

Tuesday 13 March 16:58:00 UTC 2012

New submitter derchris writes "We will be on vacation in the U.S. next month for about 3 weeks. We are going to do a road trip between San Francisco, Las Vegas and Los Angeles. To not use roaming for data, and get a heart attack once back home looking at the mobile bill, I was looking at so called … [Link]

WIRED » TED-Ed, Khan Academy Enable Flipped Classrooms

Tuesday 13 March 16:46:00 UTC 2012

Educators interested in "flipping" their classroom (that is, providing traditional lecture material for review at home and problem-solving exercises in the classroom) now have two more options to provide core content with a minimum of effort. [Link]

WIRED » The Biomechanics of Good Running

Tuesday 13 March 16:30:00 UTC 2012

If you're a runner and you can't extend your hip well behind you on your stride, Jay Dicharry has bad news: You're never going to be a great runner. [Link]

WIRED » Dell Steels Software Biz With SonicWall

Tuesday 13 March 16:17:00 UTC 2012

Dell has acquired software security outfit SonicWall, continuing to expand its software business under the direction of former Computer Associates CEO John Swainson. SonicWall sells "unified threat management" software — software for overseeing a wide range of security tools, from antivirus applications to virtual private networks to intrusion detection — as well as its own firewall software. [Link]

Slashdot » Google 'Wasting' $16 Billion On Projects Headed Nowhere

Tuesday 13 March 16:16:00 UTC 2012

hapworth writes "Google's engineering culture is 'wasting profits,' according to a new report published today that refers to $16 billion worth of Google projects that are going nowhere. According to the analysis, it's not that the ideas — such as the Kansas City Fiber Project, driverless cars, and other engineering efforts — are bad. Rather, it's Google's poor execution … [Link]

ProgrammableWeb » 53 Books APIs: Google Books, Goodreads and SharedBook

Tuesday 13 March 16:00:18 UTC 2012

Google BooksOur API directory now includes 53 books APIs. The newest is the Readmill API, a social platform for eReaders which we recently covered. The most popular, in terms of mashups, is the Google Books API. We list 11 Google Books mashups. Below you’ll find some more stats from the directory, including the entire list of books APIs. In terms of the … [Link]

New Scientist – News » What a trip through a wormhole would look like

Tuesday 13 March 15:59:00 UTC 2012

Watch an animation that visualises free fall through a shortcut in space-time [Link]

Slashdot » Lego Mindstorms Used To Make Artificial Bones

Tuesday 13 March 15:50:00 UTC 2012

An anonymous reader writes "Scientists at Cambridge University have used Lego Mindstorms robots to create an artificial bone-like substance. The toy robots proved to be much easier to set up and vastly more economical than more high-tech solutions. Their research is featured in a video for the 2012 Google Science Fair." Share on Google+ Read more of this story at Slashdot. [Link]

Slashdot » Swiss Voters Reject Book Price Controls

Tuesday 13 March 15:34:00 UTC 2012

New submitter hinterwaeldler writes "In 2007 Switzerland abandoned book price control (which requires publishers to fix prices for their books and forbids any dealer to sell at another price), reducing prices by 30% to 50% for online buyers. The brick & mortar book stores lobbied the parliament into creating a bill to reinstate the price fixing, against which a … [Link]

WIRED » 21 Jump Street Reboots the Reboot With Action and Laughs

Tuesday 13 March 15:18:00 UTC 2012

Thanks to a level of self-awareness so acute it's like the film reached Zen, the R-rated 21 Jump Street delivers a kick to the dead ass of the standard reboot. [Link]

Slashdot » German Law To Make Google Pay For Snippets

Tuesday 13 March 15:10:00 UTC 2012

judgecorp writes "The German government has announced plans for a copyright law which would require Google, other search engines and aggregators to pay for small snippets of text displayed on their pages. Journalistic citations and private users will be exempt." Share on Google+ Read more of this story at Slashdot. [Link]

WIRED » Yahoo Sues Facebook in a Web Patent Shakedown

Tuesday 13 March 15:08:00 UTC 2012

Shots have been fired in Silicon Valley. Yahoo has taken aim at Facebook, pitting a former internet titan against the social network behemoth over what has become the biggest open-fire range in the tech industry: patent infringement. [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Awesome Geek Pop Reinterpretation [Images]

Tuesday 13 March 15:07:26 UTC 2012

Step aside Dali; make way for Hillary White and these amazing revisions of popular culture in twisted and pretty awesome forms. Vader seems to have bit of an affectionate side in Hillary White’s world. Unless he was doing something a little more untoward to that unicorn than initially meets the eye… Check out her site here, or if you’re interested in purchasing … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Thoughts? New Video Ad Unit on [GAS]

Tuesday 13 March 15:07:25 UTC 2012

Edit: Removed the ad unit for now. I have to reflect on this… :)Hey everyone!I’ve recently implemented a new video ad unit on [GAS], and I wanted to know if something like this would cause you to stop reading the site. The ad just plays once per 24 hours per U.S. user. This is obviously an important issue for me … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Amazon Deal of the Day: Blu-ray Three-Packs for only $14.99

Tuesday 13 March 15:07:24 UTC 2012

For today’s edition of Deal of the Day, Amazon has a series of various Blu-ray three-packs for just $14.99. Pick you choice between the Marvel three-pack, the sci-fi three-pack, the AVP/Predator/Commando three-pack, or the extreme action one.[Blu-ray 3 Packs for only $14.99]No related posts. [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Toy Story Characters on Facebook [Pic]

Tuesday 13 March 15:07:23 UTC 2012

[Via]No related posts. [Link]

Slashdot » San Jose Plan Reintroduces Large-Scale Municipal Wi-Fi Coverage

Tuesday 13 March 14:53:00 UTC 2012

alphadogg writes "San Jose is casting a vote of confidence in municipal Wi-Fi from the heart of Silicon Valley, planning a new, free network just a few years after such networks were declared all but dead. The California city of about 1 million intends to offer high-speed Wi-Fi throughout its downtown, covering an area of 1.5 square miles in … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Alien-Inspired High-Heels [Pic]

Tuesday 13 March 14:30:00 UTC 2012

Created by the late Alexander McQueen in 2010, these Alien-inspired high-heels never actually made it to the market, probably because they’re not what most people would call as “comfortable,” even though they’d be major head turners.[Via SFX]No related posts. [Link]

WIRED » Idealism vs. Pragmatism: Mozilla Debates Supporting H.264 Video Playback

Tuesday 13 March 14:23:00 UTC 2012

The HTML5 video element should have been a game-changer for web video, but a dispute over video codecs has prevented that from happening. However, Mozilla, a long time opponent of the patent-encumbered H.264 codec, has changed its mind and decided to support H.264 on mobile devices. [Link]

Slashdot » DOJ Asks Court To Keep Secret Google / NSA Partnership

Tuesday 13 March 14:11:00 UTC 2012

SonicSpike writes "The Justice Department is defending the government's refusal to discuss — or even acknowledge the existence of — any cooperative research and development agreement between Google and the National Security Agency. The Washington based advocacy group Electronic Privacy Information Center sued in federal district court here to obtain documents about any such agreement between the Internet search … [Link]

WIRED » Some Corals May Adapt to Warming Seas

Tuesday 13 March 13:55:48 UTC 2012

Certain kinds of corals subjected to bleaching can adapt to endure higher water temperatures. [Link]

New Scientist – News » A different way to game

Tuesday 13 March 13:34:00 UTC 2012

Developer Jason Rohrer explains how video games can be used to challenge our perceptions of the world [Link]

Slashdot » Single-Ion Clock 100 Times More Accurate Than Atomic Clock

Tuesday 13 March 13:30:00 UTC 2012

New submitter labnet writes with this excerpt from "University of New South Wales School of Physics professor Victor Flambaum has found a method of timekeeping nearly 100 times more accurate than the best atomic clocks. By using the orbit of a neutron around an atomic nucleus he says the system stays accurate to within 1/20th of a second … [Link]

New Scientist – News » Can we turn a free market into a fair market?

Tuesday 13 March 13:08:45 UTC 2012

In the documentary Four Horsemen, some of the world's biggest thinkers propose a new way of doing business – with a dose of empirical testing [Link]

Slashdot » Using Graph Theory To Predict NCAA Tournament Outcomes

Tuesday 13 March 12:49:00 UTC 2012

New submitter SocratesJedi writes "Like many technically-minded people, I don't have a lot of time to keep up with sports. Nevertheless, trying to predict the outcome of the NCAA men's basketball tournament is a fun activity to share with friends, family and colleagues. This year, I abandoned my usual strategy of quasi-randomly choosing teams and instead modeled the win-loss … [Link]

New Scientist – News » DARPA call for disposable satellite swarm for soldiers

Tuesday 13 March 12:48:28 UTC 2012

The short-lived satellites could provide overhead images less than 90 minutes after a soldier hits a "see me" button on his smartphone or tablet [Link]

Slashdot » Can Microsoft Afford To Lose With Windows 8?

Tuesday 13 March 12:06:00 UTC 2012

snydeq writes with the opinion that Microsoft can afford Windows 8 failing on the desktop. From the article: "Windows 8 is an experiment that may well fail, but Microsoft will cull invaluable feedback for Windows 9 in the process, long before Windows 7 runs out of gas, writes InfoWorld's Serdar Yegulalp. 'Can Microsoft really afford to alienate one of … [Link]

New Scientist – News » Drugs target pathogens' split-second vulnerability

Tuesday 13 March 11:28:00 UTC 2012

Drugs that clamp onto a pathogen's vital enzymes when they are at their most reactive can combat a range of infections [Link]

WIRED » Mary H.K. Choi on Why Freelancers Are the New Pirates

Tuesday 13 March 11:16:25 UTC 2012

Pirates do as they please and do it for themselves. So all of you desperate worker-drones: Try a little swashbuckling. [Link]

WIRED » March 13, 1842: Henry Shrapnel Dies, But His Name Lives On

Tuesday 13 March 11:16:24 UTC 2012

The death of a British officer whose anti-personnel shell revolutionized the use of artillery in warfare. [Link]

WIRED » Who the Hell Is Bob Lefsetz?

Tuesday 13 March 11:16:23 UTC 2012

Blogger (and digital-era pamphleteer) Bob Lefsetz couldn't make it in the music biz—until he started ranting about how it should be run. [Link]

WIRED » What Role Did Accused Soldier's Brain Injury Play in Afghan Massacre? (UPDATED)

Tuesday 13 March 11:16:22 UTC 2012

It would be irresponsible to suggest that traumatic brain injury led a U.S. Army staff sergeant to allegedly massacre Afghan civilians on Sunday. But the sergeant is reportedly a TBI sufferer — and scientists have linked TBI to a variety of violent episodes. [Link]

WIRED » Mysterious Hog Farm Explosions Stump Scientists

Tuesday 13 March 11:16:21 UTC 2012

A strange new growth has emerged from the manure pits of midwestern hog farms. The results are literally explosive. [Link]

WIRED » Soccer Sexes Up Stats to Create 'Datatainment'

Tuesday 13 March 11:16:20 UTC 2012

Soccer is the world's most popular sport, with some 3.5 billion fans. The head of digital for Manchester City says making the sport's stats more engaging will make the game bigger still. [Link]

WIRED » Cheezburger's Ben Huh Wants to Break the News So He Can Fix It

Tuesday 13 March 11:16:19 UTC 2012


WIRED » Northern Lights Paint Sky Over Arctic Volcano

Tuesday 13 March 11:16:18 UTC 2012


New Scientist – News » Resilient reactors: Nuclear built to last centuries

Tuesday 13 March 10:49:00 UTC 2012

Can we build a new breed of nuclear power plants that run for hundreds of years rather than a couple of decades, asks Fred Pearce (full text available to subscribers) [Link]

Slashdot » Rogers Joins Telus In Seeking National Regulation

Tuesday 13 March 9:03:00 UTC 2012

silentbrad writes "Canada's largest mobile service provider is urging the federal telecom regulator to implement a mandatory national consumer protection code (PDF; actual filing with the CRTC) in order to defuse the threat posed by a growing hotchpotch of provincial regulations for wireless services. Rogers Communications Inc. submitted that proposal to the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission in an … [Link]

Slashdot » Evidence of Lost Da Vinci Fresco Behind Florentine Wall

Tuesday 13 March 7:01:00 UTC 2012

Lev13than writes "Art historians working in Florence's city hall claim to have found evidence of Leonardo da Vinci's lost Battle of Anghiari fresco. Painted in 1505, the fresco was covered over by a larger mural during mid-16th Century palace renovations. Historians have long speculated that the original work was protected behind a false wall. Attempts to reveal the truth … [Link]

WIRED » A Google-a-Day Puzzle for Mar. 13

Tuesday 13 March 5:01:00 UTC 2012

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

Slashdot » Jimmy Wales To Become UK Government Adviser

Tuesday 13 March 4:08:00 UTC 2012

judgecorp writes "Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales is to become a U.K. government adviser on open government. The unpaid post, announced at SXSW, will see him contributing ideas on issues including the single government portal, among other things. Wales has been an outspoken critic of some government intiatives in the U.S., including the SOPA act on copyright — whose … [Link]

Slashdot » Microsoft Shows Off Adaptive, Multilingual Text to Speech System

Tuesday 13 March 2:10:00 UTC 2012

MrSeb writes about a really cool project from Microsoft's speech research group. From the article: "Microsoft Research has shown off software that translates your spoken words into another language while preserving the accent, timbre, and intonation of your actual voice. In a demo of the prototype software, Rick Rashid, Microsoft's chief research officer, said a long sentence in English, … [Link]

WIRED » Your Annual Geek's Guide to March Madness

Tuesday 13 March 0:30:00 UTC 2012

Each of the past two years, Mark McClusky has outlined a strategy to maximize your value in your NCAA men?s basketball tournament pool. Here?s the update for this year?s tourney. [Link]

WIRED » Jony Ive on Apple Design: 5 Telling Insights From the Evening Standard Q&A

Tuesday 13 March 0:24:00 UTC 2012

Jonathan Ive, Apple?s Senior Vice President of Industrial Design, doesn't grant many interviews, but today he was the focus of a Q&A with the London Evening Standard. We present and analyze his five most telling quotes. [Link]

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

Tuesday 13 March 0:14:20 UTC 2012

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

WIRED » Twitter Snaps Up Engineers From Blog Player Posterous

Tuesday 13 March 0:10:00 UTC 2012

Twitter announced on Monday that it will buy Posterous, a blogging service. Twitter made very little mention of the Posterous product — even giving users a way to leave the service — and focused more on the staff, indicating the buy falls in line with previous Twitter purchases: a talent grab of the Posterous' engineers and product managers. … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Why I Pay For a Data Plan on my Smartphone [Graph]

Tuesday 13 March 0:00:08 UTC 2012

[Source | Via]No related posts. [Link]

Slashdot » 'Honey Stick' Project Tracks Fate of Lost Smartphones

Tuesday 13 March 0:00:00 UTC 2012

wiredmikey writes with a quote from an article at Secury Week: "In order to get a look at what happens when a smartphone is lost, Symantec conducted an experiment, called the Honey Stick Project, where 50 fully-charged mobile devices were loaded with fake personal and corporate data and then dropped in publicly accessible spots in five different cities …Tracking … [Link]

WIRED » Condor Cam Update: Chick Has Hatched

Tuesday 13 March 0:00:00 UTC 2012

A pair of condors at the San Diego zoo have hatched a new chick. Watch them raise their new baby on the zoo's live condor cam. [Link]


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