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.

Geek Culture » Never too late to say….

Wednesday 14 March 23:58:39 UTC 2012

Happy Pi Day! Power2U As created by resident TTB Jessycat! [Link]

Slashdot » Jawless Creature Had the World's Sharpest Teeth

Wednesday 14 March 23:40:00 UTC 2012

ananyo writes "An extinct primitive marine vertebrate had the sharpest dental structures ever known — with tips just one-twentieth of the width of a human hair, but able to apply pressures that could compete easily with those from human jaws. The razor-sharp teeth belonged to conodonts, jawless vertebrates that evolved some 500 million years ago in the Precambrian eon … [Link]

WIRED » NASA Unveils New Galactic Atlas

Wednesday 14 March 23:19:00 UTC 2012


Slashdot » Reversing the Loss of Science and Engineering Careers

Wednesday 14 March 23:18:00 UTC 2012

walterbyrd writes "In response to the alleged shortages of qualified American engineers and technology professionals, numerous initiatives have been launched to boost interest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) careers and to strengthen STEM education in the United States. Unfortunately, these programs have not proven successful, and many blame the laziness of modern students, the ineptitude of their … [Link]

WIRED » In Blog Post, Former Navy Pilot Foreshadowed His Own Death

Wednesday 14 March 23:03:00 UTC 2012

On the morning of March 6, a contractor-owned Kfir fighter jet missed the runway at Naval Air Station Fallon in Nevada. The pilot, 51-year-old Carroll LeFon, died — apparently on impact. In an instant the world lost an experienced warrior and an eerily prescient writer. In a long, eloquent blog post in early December, he described in foreboding detail the … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » WANT: Little Frakkin’ Toasters Classic Chrome Centurion

Wednesday 14 March 23:00:22 UTC 2012

Oh my. I never thought a Cylon Centurion could actually look this cute.Standing a gleaming six inches tall (not including his upraised rifle or pentagonal base), the Little Frakkin’ Toasters Classic Cylon Centurion is cast in resin and beautifully chrome plated. Designed by Battlestar Galactica special-effects artist Dustin Adair, this classic chrome toaster features a highly detailed design, showing off the … [Link]

Slashdot » Possible New Human Species Discovered In China

Wednesday 14 March 22:33:00 UTC 2012

BayaWeaver writes "These are exciting times in anthropology. Recent analysis of fossils first discovered in China in 1979 indicate that a human-like species may have co-existed with modern humans as late as 11,500 years ago. This presumably new species has been nicknamed Red Deer Cave people because of their apparent taste for the extinct giant red deer. Other species … [Link]

Slashdot » Watch How the Moon Was Formed

Wednesday 14 March 22:11:00 UTC 2012

itwbennett writes "A pair of NASA videos released today show the moon as you've never seen it before. In one video, you get an up-close tour of the moon's craters, thanks to video and images from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter. In the other, you can watch an animation of the moon's creation and evolution." Share on Google+ Read more of this story … [Link]

WIRED » How Green Is the Cloud?

Wednesday 14 March 22:05:38 UTC 2012

Moving to the cloud means green in more ways than one, with savings on the order of billions of dollars, as well as by significantly reducing carbon emissions, according to a new study. Have a look two reports and share your thoughts: Is the cloud key to reducing carbon emissions, or is this all hype? [Link]

WIRED » FBI Can't Crack Android Pattern-Screen Lock

Wednesday 14 March 22:05:37 UTC 2012

Pattern-screen locks on Android phones are secure, apparently so much so that they have stumped the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The bureau claims in federal court documents that forensics experts performed "multiple attempts" to access the contents of a Samsung Exhibit II handset, but failed to unlock the phone. [Link]

WIRED » This March Madness Bracket Changes the Channel

Wednesday 14 March 22:05:36 UTC 2012

A new app from Comcast combines your remote with the tournament bracket to make catching all the action a breeze. [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Unexpected Game Boy Music [Video]

Wednesday 14 March 22:00:03 UTC 2012

No Game Boys were harmed during the making of this video.[MrSeberi]No related posts. flattr this! [Link]

Slashdot » The Laser Unprinter

Wednesday 14 March 21:50:00 UTC 2012

MrSeb writes "You've heard of laser printers — and now a team of researchers from the University of Cambridge in England has created a laser unprinter that can remove ink without damaging the paper. Despite both methods using lasers, their (un)printing approaches are fundamentally very different. In a laser printer, a laser is used to give individual 'pixels' on … [Link]

WIRED » Analyst Stands by Report: Samsung Only iPad Display Maker Shipping En Masse

Wednesday 14 March 21:48:00 UTC 2012

Disputing a Wednesday report from Reuters, IHS iSuppli analyst Vinita Jakhanwal stands by her original statement that only one iPad Retina display supplier, Samsung, is shipping screens to Apple in volume. [Link]

WIRED » What the New iPad's Retina Display Means for Web Developers

Wednesday 14 March 21:42:00 UTC 2012

The high-res future will get a little closer this Friday when Apple ships its new iPad. Just as the advent of HD TVs required makeup artists to rethink their craft, the new iPad marks the beginning of a high-res web where developers will need to rethink how they deliver graphics and images. [Link]

WIRED » Spy Blimp Caught Rogue Soldier on Tape After Shooting Spree

Wednesday 14 March 21:25:00 UTC 2012

Above a small base in southern Afghanistan, a spy blimp captured video of the perpetrator of Sunday's massacre surrendering to base forces. The question now becomes what other aspects of the killings, which left 16 Afghan civilians dead, are detailed in that video — or in any additional footage that may have been shot by the U.S. military's innumerable surveillance … [Link]

WIRED » Russia Plans Moon Base, Mars Network by 2030

Wednesday 14 March 21:10:00 UTC 2012

Russia plans to send probes to Jupiter and Venus, land an network of unmanned stations on Mars and ferry Russian cosmonauts to the surface of the Moon — all by 2030, according to a leaked document. [Link]

Slashdot » Yahoo's Own Lash Out At Company Over "Weaponized" Patents

Wednesday 14 March 21:06:00 UTC 2012

Velcroman1 writes "Yahoo is suing Facebook for patent infringement — and the people responsible for Yahoo's patents are outraged. Andy Baio sold to Yahoo in 2005 for an undisclosed sum, and agreed at the time to help the company file for patents based on the site he had invented and the code he had written. Baio was hesitant … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Me Gusta Latte Art [Video]

Wednesday 14 March 21:00:19 UTC 2012

Me gusta![Via OW]No related posts. flattr this! [Link]

Slashdot » AC and DC Battle For Data Center Efficiency Crown

Wednesday 14 March 20:25:00 UTC 2012

jfruh writes "AC beat DC in the War of the Currents that raged in the late 19th century, which means that most modern data centers today run on AC power. But as cloud computing demands and rising energy prices force providers to squeeze every ounce of efficiency out of their data centers, DC is getting another look." Share on Google+ Read more … [Link]

ProgrammableWeb » Platform-as-a-service Company Keeps Plugging

Wednesday 14 March 20:00:22 UTC 2012

Advocates of platform-as-a-Service offerings promote how easy it is to deploy and manage applications without having to be – or to hire – a system administrator. But as with most things, there are inevitable trade-offs. The less you have to manage the platform you deploy to, the more you’re tied to the stack the PaaS provides. Today AppFog adds a duo … [Link]

ProgrammableWeb » New App Gallery For The Triple Win

Wednesday 14 March 19:52:47 UTC 2012

MasheryAPI service provider Mashery (a ProgrammableWeb sponsor) has launched a new app directory at SXSW which features apps built on Mashery hosted APIs. It’s a great thing for three distinct groups. First, it helps the API providers who partner with Mashery by encouraging API usage through the apps. Second, it helps app developers seeking to build an audience. Third, it helps … [Link]

Slashdot » Book Review: Google+: the Missing Manual

Wednesday 14 March 19:43:00 UTC 2012

Michael J. Ross writes "Prior to Google+, the company's previous attempts at social networking — Orkut, Dodgeball, Jaiku, Wave, and Buzz — were largely failures, and tended to frustrate users who had devoted time and effort to contributing content and establishing connections with other users, only to see the services wither on the vine. In contrast, Google+ appears to … [Link]

WIRED » Virtualization's Limits, and Optimal Use in the Cloud

Wednesday 14 March 19:09:52 UTC 2012

Virtualization has been increasingly used for the leveraging of underutilized compute resources, but there are questions about whether we are trying to use virtual machines in situations for which they were not intended, writes Eric Johnson. [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Pi Day: Failure is Success Rounded Down [Comic]

Wednesday 14 March 19:00:41 UTC 2012

[Source: Dinosaur Comics]No related posts. flattr this! [Link]

Slashdot » The Average Consumer Thinks Data Privacy Is Worth Around 65 Cents

Wednesday 14 March 19:00:00 UTC 2012

chicksdaddy writes "Threatpost is reporting today on the findings of an ENISA study that looked at whether consumers would pay more for goods in exchange for more privacy. The answer — 'Sure…just not much more.' The report (PDF): 'Study on Monetizing Privacy: An Economic Model for Pricing Personal Information' presents the findings of a laboratory study in which consumers … [Link]

Geek Culture » Nitrozac painting auction!

Wednesday 14 March 18:38:07 UTC 2012

Power2U Nitrozac has two versions of her Rainbow Apple paintings up for auction on eBay. Only a day or left, so check 'em out and bid! [Link]

New Scientist – News » Sinking land shows East Antarctic ice sheet is stable

Wednesday 14 March 18:30:31 UTC 2012

The prehistoric sea-level rise long thought to have been caused by the ice sheet melting may actually have been down to local subsidence [Link]

New Scientist – News » Lowly worms are closet brainiacs

Wednesday 14 March 18:30:30 UTC 2012

Clusters of cells instrumental in building complex brains have been found in a simple worm that barely has a brain at all [Link]

New Scientist – News » Virtual reality for animals reveals secrets of working brain

Wednesday 14 March 18:30:29 UTC 2012

Animals thinking inside a virtual world can help us understand what can go wrong in the brain (full text available to subscribers) [Link]

New Scientist – News » Today on New Scientist: 14 March 2012

Wednesday 14 March 18:30:28 UTC 2012

All today's stories on, including: space is bad for astronauts' eyes and slime mould spreads through world's motorways [Link]

New Scientist – News » Fish that swallowed a pterosaur that swallowed a fish

Wednesday 14 March 18:30:27 UTC 2012

Dining was a dangerous business in the Jurassic, as an impressive new fossil reveals [Link]

New Scientist – News » Simple worms are closet brainiacs

Wednesday 14 March 18:30:00 UTC 2012

Clusters of cells instrumental in building complex brains have been found in a simple worm that barely has a brain at all [Link]

Slashdot » Iran Blamed For Major Cyberattack On BBC

Wednesday 14 March 18:19:00 UTC 2012

Qedward writes "Iran is privately being blamed for a major cyberattack on the BBC that blocked access to its popular Persian TV service and disrupted the Corporation's IT using a denial-of-service attack. The multi-pronged March 2 attack took down much of the BBC's email, overloaded its telephone switchboard with automatic phone calls, and blocked a satellite feed for the … [Link]

New Scientist – News » Mario is hard, and that's mathematically official

Wednesday 14 March 18:14:00 UTC 2012

Super Mario, Donkey Kong and other classic games belong to class of hard mathematical puzzles – and playing Mario could be used to solve real-world problems [Link]

WIRED » This Firefox Goes to 11

Wednesday 14 March 18:02:02 UTC 2012

Mozilla has released Firefox 11. The latest version of the popular open source web browser is not safe for drummers, but it does offer web developers some useful new tools and can now sync your add-ons between computers. [Link]

WIRED » Can You Determine Pi From the Digits of Pi?

Wednesday 14 March 18:02:01 UTC 2012

Happy Pi Day! Last year Dot Physics blogger Rhett Allain determined pi's value without even using a circle. This year he's at it again: using random numbers in pi to find pi. [Link]

WIRED » Damn the Lawsuits — It's Full Speed Ahead for Aereo In New York

Wednesday 14 March 18:01:54 UTC 2012


Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Dork Freaks Out Over Magic the Gathering Game [Video]

Wednesday 14 March 18:00:48 UTC 2012

Warning: Strong Language.Yeah, the whole thing was probably staged, but it’s still entertaining anyways.[Via]No related posts. flattr this! [Link]

WIRED » Afghan Shooting Highlights Military's God-Awful Track Record on Brain Injuries (UPDATED)

Wednesday 14 March 17:57:00 UTC 2012

What spurred one American soldier to allegedly massacre 16 Afghan civilians earlier this week? That's a complicated question, and one that could take military investigators months or years to figure out. What is known is that this soldier suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI). That offers yet another reminder of the military's awful track record in diagnosing and treating that … [Link]

Slashdot » 10 Ways To Celebrate Pi Day

Wednesday 14 March 17:57:00 UTC 2012

alphadogg writes "There are holidays, and then there are holidays for nerds, and March 14 (3.14) is one of those. Based on the mathematical constant number that represents the ratio between the circumference and the diameter of a circle, Pi Day has grown to become somewhat of a day to celebrate for mathematicians and techies. Here are 10 things … [Link]

WIRED » New Frog Species Found in New York City

Wednesday 14 March 17:45:00 UTC 2012

Researchers have discovered a population of leopard frogs in the New York City area that are probably a previously unrecognized species. [Link]

New Scientist – News » A community for ebooks only

Wednesday 14 March 17:45:00 UTC 2012

Veteran science writers have teamed up to launch a site dedicated exclusively to original ebooks – no digital clones allowed [Link]

WIRED » Enough Already! Cloud Computing Is Here to Stay

Wednesday 14 March 17:44:00 UTC 2012

Todd Nielsen is constantly confronted with people in denial about the cloud. These naysayers are mostly individuals within the technology services industry. Nielsen examines some facts, as well as some arguments against cloud computing. [Link]

Slashdot » Study Confirms the Government Produces the Buggiest Software

Wednesday 14 March 17:36:00 UTC 2012

Sparrowvsrevolution writes in with a link to a Forbes story about the lackluster code produced by government agencies."Humans aren't very good at writing secure code. But they're worst at it when they're paid to do it for the U.S. government, according to a study that will be presented at the Black Hat Europe security conference in Amsterdam later this … [Link]

ProgrammableWeb » 61 Geolocation APIs: Panoramio, Google Gears and Yahoo

Wednesday 14 March 17:35:38 UTC 2012

PanoramioOur API directory now includes 61 geolocation APIs. The newest is the Onuma WFS API. The most popular, in terms of mashups, is the Panoramio API. We list 45 Panoramio mashups. Below you’ll find some more stats from the directory, including the entire list of geolocation APIs. In terms of the technical details, REST and XML lead the way. There are … [Link]

New Scientist – News » Was our interview with LulzSec hacker an FBI set-up?

Wednesday 14 March 17:30:00 UTC 2012

News that the hacker Sabu worked with the FBI after his arrest casts new light on interviews he gave during that time – including one with New Scientist [Link]

WIRED » Marley Paints Emotional Portrait of Reggae Legend

Wednesday 14 March 17:20:00 UTC 2012

A new documentary about Bob Marley, titled simply Marley, premiered here this week at the South by Southwest Film Festival. Even with all the material that?s come before, Marley offers a fresh look at the musician?s life, his music, his triumphs and his failings. The film packs enough new revelations to satisfy the most die-hard Marley know-it-alls, and those new … [Link]

WIRED » NASA's Robotic Glove Gives Astronauts a Stronger Grip

Wednesday 14 March 17:07:00 UTC 2012

A robotic glove developed by General Motors and Nasa will let workers and astronauts grip tools for longer, with less force and more comfortably. [Link]

New Scientist – News » Constants clash on pi day

Wednesday 14 March 17:01:00 UTC 2012

Celebrate pi's annual shindig with baking and Shakespeare – unless of course you're a tau-ist [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Encyclopedia Britannica Closes Final Page

Wednesday 14 March 17:00:51 UTC 2012

What’s 244 years old, weighs 129 pounds, and is about to die? As the headline and image suggest, it’s the printed edition of the Encyclopedia Britannica.There have already been responses pointing the blame at Wikipedia, though it seems to be more a case of the Internet as a whole being the culprit. After all, when used as designed, Wikipedia is simply … [Link]

Slashdot » Interview With Suren Ter From 'You Have Downloaded'

Wednesday 14 March 16:51:00 UTC 2012

An anonymous reader writes "Suren Ter discusses privacy, piracy, and the future of filesharing. Suren produced the virally popular, which displays all downloads on the public BitTorrent network associated with an IP address." When asked about his views on piracy: "Just like I told a French journalist and to the lady at the Washington Post, pirates are thieves … [Link]

WIRED » Writing Pi Text by Accident

Wednesday 14 March 16:45:00 UTC 2012

Writing in Pilish — the language of the mathematical symbol Pi — isn't as difficult as it might sound. Mathematician and Social Dimension blogger Samuel Arbesman gives a tutorial and reveals the longest accidental and intentional cases of writing in Pilish. [Link]

Slashdot » AT&T Threatens To Shut Off Service of Customer Who Won Throttling Case

Wednesday 14 March 16:31:00 UTC 2012

suraj.sun writes in about the recent small claims case against AT&T's throttling of 'unlimited' plans. From the article: "AT&T has about 17 million smartphone customers on 'unlimited' plans, and has started slowing down service for users who hit certain traffic thresholds. Spaccarelli maintained at his February 24 small-claims hearing that AT&T broke its promise to provide 'unlimited' service, and … [Link]

WIRED » Candidates With Low Voices May Attract More Votes

Wednesday 14 March 16:30:00 UTC 2012

Hidden among the obvious reasons why people vote for a politician may be a curious biological knee-jerk: preference for the pitch of a candidate's voice. [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Chocolate…in Dinosaur Shape!

Wednesday 14 March 16:20:27 UTC 2012

I’m pretty sure that chocolates like these would entertain me for hours. When I’m done creating little stories about the wonderful world of Littlefoot at the gang, I’ll just pop em in my mouth. Yummy Petrie… (Bonus points if you get the reference!)Made in Italy, these molds can be used in an oven, microwave or the freezer, (can take temps from … [Link]

Slashdot » SOPA-style Amendments Dropped From C-11; DRM Provisions Not

Wednesday 14 March 16:15:00 UTC 2012

New submitter Ashenkase writes "Michal Geist reviews what stayed and what was rejected by the Bill C-11 Committee Review. Looks like SOPA-style amendments are dropped except Digital Locks. There is still a chance for Canadians to have their voices heard before third reading: 'The Bill C-11 legislative committee concluded its clause-by-clause review yesterday as eight government amendments were added … [Link]

Slashdot » Details of Initial "Disc to Digital" Program Emerge

Wednesday 14 March 15:34:00 UTC 2012

MojoKid writes with an excerpt from an article at Hot Hardware: "Walmart's burgeoning partnership with the Ultraviolet DRM system backed by major Hollywood studios and their plans to 'assist' customers in registering DVDs with the Ultraviolet system, made headlines not long ago. Walmart has also since announced additional details to the program and it's a clever attempt to drive … [Link]

Slashdot » Looking For iPad, Police Find 750 Pounds of Meth

Wednesday 14 March 15:20:00 UTC 2012

An anonymous reader writes "Hot on the trail of a stolen iPad using the 'Find my iPad' feature in iOS, Police in San Jose tracked the stolen device back to an apartment complex where they then stumbled onto 750 pounds of meth. All told, the meth is worth about $35 million on the street. The seizure was one of … [Link]

New Scientist – News » Chinese human fossils unlike any known species

Wednesday 14 March 15:12:21 UTC 2012

The newly described Red Deer Cave people show an unusual mixture of modern and primitive features. Where did they come from? [Link]

New Scientist – News » Hybrid wheat is worth its salt on irrigated land

Wednesday 14 March 15:12:20 UTC 2012

A gene taken from an ancient wheat has helped create a strain that can withstand the salty side-effect of irrigation [Link]

New Scientist – News » Slime mould spreads through world's motorways

Wednesday 14 March 15:12:19 UTC 2012

The single-celled slime mould is able to closely replicate motorway networks around the world, despite lacking a brain or central nervous system [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Om Nom Nom Nom: Jawa Bento Box [Pic]

Wednesday 14 March 15:00:56 UTC 2012

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Slashdot » It's New. It's a League. It's for Gamers. It's the League for Gamers! (Video)

Wednesday 14 March 14:53:00 UTC 2012

Intrepid correspondent Timothy Lord writes, "I talked at SXSW with Kari Hale of League For Gamers, an organization started just a few months ago by Red 5 Studios founder CEO Mark Kern. (Kern was also team lead for World of Warcraft.) League for Gamers shares some of the goals of groups like the EFF and EPIC, but — as … [Link]

O'Reilly News and Commentary » #Ebook Deal/Day: Programming Python – $25.99 (Save 50%)

Wednesday 14 March 14:45:39 UTC 2012

Get "Programming Python" today and save 50%!This sale ends at 2:00 AM 2012-03-15 (PDT, GMT-8:00). [Link]

Slashdot » Huge Triangle-shaped Spot Over the Sun

Wednesday 14 March 14:31:00 UTC 2012

jojo_it writes "NASA Solar Dynamics Observatory photographed a gigantic spot on the sun's corona, that takes the shape of a black triangle. The spot is visible on the AIA 193 channel [of NASA's solar dynamics observatory] since March 11th. 2012 doomsday-theorists should be delighted." Share on Google+ Read more of this story at Slashdot. [Link]

Slashdot » Multiword Passwords Secure Or Not?

Wednesday 14 March 14:16:00 UTC 2012

Gaygirlie writes "An article over at Gizmag says: 'It's a meme that's been doing the rounds on the internet in recent years: multi-word pass-phrases are as secure as long strings of gibberish but with the added benefit of being easy to remember. But research from Cambridge University suggests that this may not be the case. Pass-phrases comprised of dictionary … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Amazon Deal of the Day: Alice: Madness Returns [PC Download] – $8.99 + Get 2 DRM-Free Games for $5

Wednesday 14 March 14:10:23 UTC 2012

For today’s edition of Deal of the Day, Amazon has Alice: Madness Returns (PC Download) for just $8.99. That’s 70% off the game’s usual retail price of $29.99. The site also has a large variety of “Buy one, Get One” DRM-free $5 game deals all available via this link.Alice: Madness Returns is an Action-Adventure game that delves deep into the dark … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » India to follow in China’s Footsteps to Ban Facebook?

Wednesday 14 March 14:00:31 UTC 2012

India’s ready to put Facebook and Google on trial for hosting content that’s considered inappropriate according to Indian regulations, rearing the threat of banning access to the sites altogether.The case stems from laws implemented last year that Internet companies are required to remove material, within 36 hours of being notified, which could be “ethnically objectionable,” “grossly harmful,” “defamatory” or “blasphemous,” according … [Link]

Slashdot » Beta Version of AIDE Enables Application Building On Android

Wednesday 14 March 13:37:00 UTC 2012

sl4shd0rk writes "Hackers can now build applications directly on their Android devices with the beta release of AIDE. The Android IDE is at beta version 7, and already allows editing and compiling of apps as well as integration with LogCat. AIDE is even compatible with projects started on Eclipse so you can move a project over and work on … [Link]

New Scientist – News » The only humans left on Earth

Wednesday 14 March 12:59:00 UTC 2012

In Lone Survivors, Chris Stringer explains how forensic technology offers surprising insights into our evolutionary predecessors [Link]

Slashdot » James Whittaker: Focus on Ads and 'Social' Destroying Google

Wednesday 14 March 12:55:00 UTC 2012

theodp writes "In June 2009, Google welcomed James Whittaker as its newest Test Director. In February 2012, Whittaker rejoined Microsoft. On Tuesday, Whittaker explained why he left Google: 'The Google I was passionate about,' Whittaker writes, 'was a technology company that empowered its employees to innovate. The Google I left was an advertising company with a single corporate-mandated focus … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Math Lovers and Bakers, Rejoice! Today is Pi Day!

Wednesday 14 March 12:35:11 UTC 2012

Hey Everyone, today is Pi day! For those not in the know, Pi day is celebrated by math enthusiasts (as well as bakers) all around the world each year on March 14th for the simple reason that Pi= 3.141592…, and 3.14 = March 14. Yeah, I know, this is kind of ridiculous, but hey, why not? “And why is the … [Link]

Slashdot » Righthaven Ordered To Forfeit Its Intellectual Property

Wednesday 14 March 12:14:00 UTC 2012

New submitter BenJCarter writes with an update on Righthaven, the company that tried to make a business model out of copyright trolling. According to Wired, "[Righthaven] was dealt a death blow on 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]

New Scientist – News » Space is bad for astronauts' eyes

Wednesday 14 March 11:33:54 UTC 2012

Changes found in astronauts' eye tissue may cause vision problems, and possibly even blindness [Link]

New Scientist – News » Laser-powered 'unprinter' wipes documents in a flash

Wednesday 14 March 11:33:52 UTC 2012

A toner-vaporising pulsed laser could make printouts and photocopies reusable [Link]

New Scientist – News » Medieval modern master: Colour decoded before its time

Wednesday 14 March 11:08:00 UTC 2012

Did a 13th-century English bishop have a working theory of colour centuries before the birth of modern science? Michael Brooks investigates (full text available to subscribers) [Link]

WIRED » One Fanboy's Quest to Be Drawn Into as Many Comic Books as Possible

Wednesday 14 March 11:00:00 UTC 2012

Kmart clerk Jeff Johnson's Waldo-style appearances in nearly 30 comics have brought him no money — just plenty of nerd acclaim. [Link]

WIRED » March 14, 1899: Zeppelin Gets Patent for a Really Big Idea

Wednesday 14 March 10:52:56 UTC 2012

The era of the rigid airship dawns at the threshold of the 20th century, and the zeppelin, or dirigible, remains a major force in aviation right up to the beginning of World War II. [Link]

WIRED » Google Adds (Even More) Links to the Pentagon

Wednesday 14 March 10:52:55 UTC 2012

On Monday, the Defense Department's best-known geek announced that she was leaving the Pentagon for a job at Google. It was just the latest twist in the internet colossus' long and deeply complicated relationship with America's military and intelligence communities. [Link]

WIRED » Unknown Tech Company Defies FBI In Mystery Surveillance Case

Wednesday 14 March 10:52:54 UTC 2012

In 2010 the FBI issued more than 24,000 national security letters to ISPs and other companies, demanding they hand over information on more than 14,000 customers. The letters come with a built-in gag order that prohibits the company from disclosing to customers or anyone else that it has even received an NSL. But thanks to a challenge launched by a … [Link]

WIRED » GeekDad Celebrates 5 Years by Launching a New Community

Wednesday 14 March 10:52:53 UTC 2012

Wired's family blog for geeky parents celebrates a major milestone, and opens its doors wide to bring its community home. [Link]

Slashdot » The Blistering Hot Exoplanet Where It Snows

Wednesday 14 March 9:10:00 UTC 2012

cylonlover writes "Today's weather on HD 189733b: It will be hazy with high wispy clouds. The wind will be steady from the east at speeds approaching 6,000 miles per hour (9,656 km/h). Daytime temperatures will average a balmy 800C (1,472F), while the equatorial hot spot at 30 degrees longitude is expected to top 900C (1,652F). But, there is a … [Link]

Slashdot » The Consoles Are Dying, Says Developer

Wednesday 14 March 7:34:00 UTC 2012

hypnosec writes "While you might have often heard that PC gaming is dying — detractors have been claiming this for over a decade — one developer has a different take: that consoles are the ones on the way out. In a 26-minute presentation at GDC — available now as a slideshow with a voice-over — Ben Cousins, who heads … [Link]

Slashdot » Microsoft: RDP Vulnerability Should Be Patched Immediately

Wednesday 14 March 6:09:00 UTC 2012

wiredmikey writes "Microsoft is urging organizations to apply the sole critical update in this month's Patch Tuesday release as soon as possible. The critical bulletin – one of six security bulletins issued as part of Tuesday's release – addresses two vulnerabilities in the Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP). Those IT admins who use RDP to manage their machines over the … [Link]

WIRED » Jay-Z Rocks SXSWi to Launch American Express, Twitter Partnership

Wednesday 14 March 4:57:55 UTC 2012

Let's say you're a credit card company known for a certain level of class and distinction that's trying to promote a new Twitter tie-in, and you want to get the word out in a way that doesn't suck. What do you do? If you're American Express, you hire Jay-Z — the one guy who, when he speaks, everyone listens. … [Link]

WIRED » A Google-a-Day Puzzle for Mar. 14

Wednesday 14 March 4:31:00 UTC 2012

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

Slashdot » White House CIO Describes His 'Worst Day' Ever

Wednesday 14 March 4:07:00 UTC 2012

dcblogs writes "In the first 40 days of President Barack Obama's administration, the White House email system was down 23% of time, according to White House CIO Brook Colangelo, the person who also delivered the 'first presidential Blackberry.' The White House IT systems inherited by the new administration were in bad shape. Over 82% of the White House's technology … [Link]

The Joy of Tech » JoT 1664: The Zen of Printing.

Wednesday 14 March 3:00:37 UTC 2012

JoT thumbThe journey of a thousand frustrations begins with a single paper jam. Click here to visit the comic. [Link]

Slashdot » Can $60 Games Survive?

Wednesday 14 March 2:01:00 UTC 2012

donniebaseball23 writes "Game budgets continue to rise with each successive console generation, and with the Wii U launching later this year, the industry is on the cusp of yet another costly transition. Publishers have been regularly charging $60 for games this generation, but that model simply cannot survive, Nexon America CEO Daniel Kim said in an interview. 'I think … [Link]

Slashdot » 'The Hobbit' Pub Threatened With Lawsuit

Wednesday 14 March 1:10:00 UTC 2012

An anonymous reader writes "'The Hobbit,' a small pub in Southampton, England, has been threatened with a lawsuit by lawyers representing the Saul Zaentz Company in California. The pub, which has traded under the name for the last 20 years without incident, now faces closure if it does not change its name. It's yet another example of big business … [Link]

WIRED » Goes 'Legit' With Licenses From All 4 Major Labels

Wednesday 14 March 0:01:00 UTC 2012, a social music service that goes beyond the usual buzzword with a service that turns music fans into avatars so they can DJ music for each other in rooms, is officially ?legit.? On Tuesday at the SXSW Interactive festival, co-founders Billy Chasen and Seth Goldstein announced that their company had secured licensing deals with all four major labels … [Link]


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