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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.

Wired Top Stories » Smith & Wesson Proves the Pen is Mightier Than the Pen

Monday 19 March 23:52:00 UTC 2012

When searching for the world's most badass pen to help celebrate Gadget Lab's Month of Badass Gadgets, we checked out a few models but eventually landed on the pen you see here made by Smith & Wesson. [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » How to Wield a Lightsaber Like an Idiot [Video]

Monday 19 March 23:30:06 UTC 2012

The idiot guide on how properly wield a lightsaber like a total dumbass. Enjoy![FirstManOnTheSpoon]No related posts. flattr this! [Link]

Slashdot » Woman Wants To Replace Her Non-functioning Hand With a Bionic Prosthesis

Monday 19 March 23:30:00 UTC 2012

erice writes about the case of Nicola Wilding: "Injured in crash which damaged the nerves in her arm, she has reached the limits that can what be accomplished with nerve transplants. She can move her arm but doctors have given up hope of restoring use of her hand. So she wants doctors to amputate the hand and replace it … [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Meet CERN's New Artist in Residence, Julius von Bismarck

Monday 19 March 23:07:00 UTC 2012

Julius von Bismarck is only 28 years old, but his artistic resume is already several pages long. He's currently taking time off from school to be the new artist in residence at CERN ? the world's biggest particle physics research facility, home of the Large Hadron Collider. On Wednesday, von Bismarck will deliver a major public address at CERN?s Globe … [Link]

Slashdot » Boycott of Elsevier Exceeds 8000 Researchers

Monday 19 March 22:46:00 UTC 2012

kkleiner writes with an update on the boycott of Elsevier started in January. From the article: "Academic research is behind bars and an online boycott by 8,209 researchers (and counting) is seeking to set it free, well, more free than it has been. The boycott targets Elsevier, the publisher of popular journals like Cell and The Lancet, for its … [Link]

Wired Top Stories » An Exclusive Ride in the World's First Plug-In Hybrid Supercar

Monday 19 March 22:37:19 UTC 2012

We travel to the maximum-security test track in Nardo, Italy to go for a ride in an early prototype of Porsche's latest supercar, the 918 Spyder. [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Nokia Files Patent for Haptic Feedback Tattoo

Monday 19 March 22:37:18 UTC 2012

Not content with just having a device in your pocket that vibrates, Nokia is looking at tattoos with magnetic ink to alert you of an incoming phone call. [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Apple Sells 3 Million New iPads Over Opening Weekend

Monday 19 March 22:37:17 UTC 2012

Apple has sold 3 million new iPads since the device's Friday release, the company said in a statement on Monday. This makes the debut Apple's "strongest iPad launch yet," according to Apple VP of Marketing Phil Schiller. [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Intel Brings Old School 3D Music Visualization Masterpiece to Life [Video]

Monday 19 March 22:30:26 UTC 2012

Intel has brought Pipe Dream, Animusic’s musical visualization masterpiece from 2004, to life in this demo, which was presented at IDF 2011 a few months ago. Impressive, isn’t it?[Via Neatorama]No related posts. flattr this! [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Beautiful Time-Lapse Video Shows Stars and Earth From Space Station

Monday 19 March 22:22:00 UTC 2012

A stunning new time-lapse video shows off the movements of both the stars and our home planet as seen from the International Space Station. [Link]

The Joy of Tech » JoT 1666: Men are stupidier around women?

Monday 19 March 22:15:05 UTC 2012

JoT thumbOr is there something else going on here? Click here to visit the comic. [Link]

Slashdot » Ask Slashdot: What Are Your Tips For Working From Home?

Monday 19 March 22:03:00 UTC 2012

ichard writes "In a couple of months I'm going to start working from home full-time. I've been thinking about the obvious things like workspace ergonomics, but I'm sure there are more subtle considerations involved in a zero-minute commute. What are other Slashdot readers' experiences and recommendations for working from home? How do you stay focused and motivated?" Share on Google+ Read more … [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Rare Bengal Tiger Mom and Cubs Caught in Camera-Trap Photos

Monday 19 March 22:02:00 UTC 2012

A female tiger and her cubs have been photographed roaming a north-Indian river valley by hidden camera traps. [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Do Not Squander Your Daylight Savings Hour! [Pic]

Monday 19 March 21:55:04 UTC 2012

Now that daylight savings has come around for those in North America, be sure you don’t waste your extra hour of daylight. Science is clearly the way to improve your mind, body and soul so please, use your extra time to make the world a better place. It’s time for science; it’s time for you. Sadly, down in Australia (at least … [Link]

Slashdot » Wil Wheaton's New Show: Tabletop

Monday 19 March 21:42:00 UTC 2012

xwwt writes "Wil Wheaton is working with Felicia Day on a new show called Tabletop, which will air on the YouTube Channel Geek and Sundry. The show will be about board games and gaming in general. This is how he describes it: 'My ulterior motive with Tabletop is to show by example how much fun it is to play … [Link]

ProgrammableWeb » Bookboon Offers Free Textbooks Via Facebook API

Monday 19 March 21:30:07 UTC 2012

While there’s lots of coverage to the impact of electronic distribution to the world of mainstream book publishing, Bookboon has been quietly transforming the world of textbook publishing. Bookboon uses a self-developed API to deliver their electronic books to Facebook users via their custom Facebook app. Additionally, they use the same API to make their titles available to partner bookstores, allowing … [Link]

Slashdot » Book Review: Microsoft Manual of Style

Monday 19 March 21:22:00 UTC 2012

benrothke writes "The Chicago Manual of Style (CMS), now in its 16th edition, is the de facto style guide for American writers. It deals with aspects of editorial practice, grammar, usage, document preparation and more. It's just one of many style guides for writers. The Microsoft Manual of Style, just released in its 4th edition, attempts to do for … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Danger Danger, Tinfoil Robot Dance [Video]

Monday 19 March 21:00:02 UTC 2012

Pixel Punk and 8-bit musician Oliver Joseph Hindle of Superpowerless brings us a catchy new tinfoil wrapped music video.No related posts. flattr this! [Link]

Slashdot » Geologic Map of Jupiter's Moon Io Details an Otherworldly Volcanic Surface

Monday 19 March 20:59:00 UTC 2012

An anonymous reader writes "More than 400 years after Galileo's discovery of Io, the innermost of Jupiter's largest moons, a team of scientists led by Arizona State University has produced the first complete global geologic map of the Jovian satellite. The map, published by the U. S. Geological Survey (PDF), depicts the characteristics and relative ages of some of … [Link]

Slashdot » Patent Troll Targets Samsung and RIM With Emoticon Button Patent

Monday 19 March 20:38:00 UTC 2012

eldavojohn writes "Apparently the Samsung and Apple patent hoedown has received some uninvited guests that wish to troll with the big trolls — all over a built-in button for an emoticon. According to Varia Holdings (don't bother googling, you won't find anyone trying to license their patents to you) 'by asserting [its European] emoticon patent against Apple, Samsung has … [Link]

New Scientist – Online news » Out-of-breath cops fail to recognise the perpetrator

Monday 19 March 20:29:21 UTC 2012

A chase or combat could impair police officers' ability to later recall details about an event or people involved [Link]

New Scientist – Online news » Noam Chomsky's life in pictures

Monday 19 March 20:29:16 UTC 2012

See the career highlights of Noam Chomsky – linguist, philosopher, cognitive scientist, historian, activist and one of the world's most influential intellectuals [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » DIY Food Warmer [Pic]

Monday 19 March 20:00:37 UTC 2012

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

Wired Top Stories » Documentary Bad Brains: A Band in D.C. Sheds Light on Punk Group's Legacy

Monday 19 March 19:56:58 UTC 2012

There are few bands in the world of punk rock more influential than Bad Brains — few enough at least that you can count them on one hand. So it's high time somebody made a movie about them. Bad Brains: A Band in D.C., the first feature-length documentary about the seminal four-piece group from the nation's capital, chronicles the punk … [Link]

Wired Top Stories » DuQu Mystery Language Solved With the Help of Crowdsourcing

Monday 19 March 19:56:51 UTC 2012

A group of researchers who recently asked the public for help in figuring out a mysterious language used in the DuQu virus have solved the puzzle, thanks to crowdsourcing help from programmers who wrote in to offer suggestions and clues. [Link]

Slashdot » Java Web Attack Installs Malware In RAM

Monday 19 March 19:55:00 UTC 2012

snydeq writes "A hard-to-detect piece of malware that doesn't create any files on the affected systems was dropped onto the computers of visitors to popular news sites in Russia in a drive-by download attack, according to Kaspersky Lab. 'What's interesting about this particular attack is the type of malware that was installed in cases of successful exploitation: one that … [Link]

Slashdot » A Look At One of Blizzard's Retired World of Warcraft Servers

Monday 19 March 19:33:00 UTC 2012

MojoKid writes "At last count, Activision Blizzard pegged the number of World of Warcraft subscribers at 10.2 million. It takes a massive amount of gear to host all the different game worlds, or realms, as they're referred to. Each realm is hosted on its own server, and in late 2011, Activision Blizzard began auctioning off retired server blades from … [Link]

Slashdot » Futuristic Biplane Design Eliminates Sonic Boom

Monday 19 March 19:13:00 UTC 2012

Zothecula writes "A throwback to early 20th century aviation may hold the key to eliminating the sonic boom — at least according to researchers at MIT and Stanford University. Strongly reminiscent of biplanes still in use today, the researcher's concept supersonic aircraft introduces a second wing which, it is claimed, cancels the shockwaves generated by objects near or beyond … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » I Know That Feel, Bro [Pics]

Monday 19 March 18:51:00 UTC 2012

Artist Chris G. made these portraits of various pairs of characters that share physical of psychological similarities, even though they’re part of different worlds. [Chris G.]No related posts. flattr this! [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Amazon Deal of the Day: Transcend 32 GB Compact Flash Card 400X – $51.99 + Free Shipping

Monday 19 March 18:50:59 UTC 2012

For today’s edition of Deal of the Day, Amazon has the Transcend 32 GB Compact Flash Card 400X for just $51.99 plus free shipping. That’s 42% off the card’s usual retail price of $88.94.Dedicated to fulfill the demanding requirements of performance-conscious photographers, Transcend proudly releases its Extreme 400X CompactFlash cards. With its amazing performance (Read_90 MB/sec (Max), Write_60 MB/sec (Max)) and … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Mathematicians: Your New Career [Video]

Monday 19 March 18:50:58 UTC 2012

Comic author Rob Reid gives you a run-down of a new subject that I’m sure will be available for a Bachelor’s Degree by 2014 at least. Copyright Math involves explaining how despite revenue increases for movies, TV, satellite, cable, and radio are all up; our economy is still making a loss of $58 billion dollars. Oh yes, the answer is … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » OMG WANT: LEGO Star Wars Ultimate Collector’s Series R2-D2

Monday 19 March 18:50:57 UTC 2012

Priced at US $179.99, this absolutely amazing LEGO model of R2-D2 will be available in May and will come complete with rotating dome head, retractable third leg, and a special edition R2-D2 mini-fig hidden inside.Yes, this is the LEGO set you’ve all been looking for![Via]No related posts. flattr this! [Link]

Slashdot » Free Apps Eat Your Smartphone Battery

Monday 19 March 18:32:00 UTC 2012

judgecorp writes "Here's a reason to pay for smartphone apps: the free versions can spend three times as much energy finding and serving ads as they do serving their actual purpose. Research from a Purdue University scientist found that as much as 75 percent of the energy used by free apps (PDF) goes on accessing location services, finding suitable … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Must-Watch Video: Riding the Boosters – Up and Down in 400 Seconds

Monday 19 March 18:30:35 UTC 2012

Just got this from the guys at Glenn who are finalizing the new special edition DVD/BluRay version of Ascent:Commemorating Shuttle which this will be an extra on. The video is shot from the Solid Rocket Booster Perspective up and down with enhanced sound thanks to Ben Burtt’s son and the folks at Skywalker Sound. The team is still trying to … [Link]

New Scientist – Online news » Garden gnome goes nomad to showcase gravity

Monday 19 March 18:27:52 UTC 2012

From the South Pole to the Hawaii, this gnome must be weighed at every destination he visits to demonstrate how gravity varies with Earth's bulginess [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Cloud Jobs Look Skyward, But Skills Gap Is Growing

Monday 19 March 18:10:00 UTC 2012

While the nation's employment picture has been looking up in recent months, jobs in the cloud are looking positively skyward, the talent intelligence firm Wanted Analytics says. However, a skills gap is also on the rise. [Link]

New Scientist – Online news » Is 'pink slime' being unfairly demonised?

Monday 19 March 18:03:00 UTC 2012

"Pink slime" beef may go off the menu for US schools but prominent industry figures say there's nothing to worry about [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Navy Chief: Robotic Subs Might Span Oceans. (Someday.)

Monday 19 March 18:00:00 UTC 2012

The Navy isn't giving up on its pipe dream of building robotic submarines that can span oceans. The technology isn't there yet: propulsion, navigation and fuel systems haven't yet been designed for cross-ocean undersea drone travel. But Adm. Jonathan Greenert, the Navy's top officer, sees some promising drone-sub developments around the corner. [Link]

New Scientist – Online news » Today on New Scientist: 19 March 2012

Monday 19 March 18:00:00 UTC 2012

All today's stories on newscientist.com, including: famous astronomer eyes cheap solar power and to rule out god, first get to know him [Link]

Slashdot » Why the 'Six Strikes' Copyright Alert System Needs Antitrust Scrutiny

Monday 19 March 17:49:00 UTC 2012

suraj.sun sends this quote from an op-ed at Ars Technica: "Eight months ago, content owners and Internet service providers agreed to the Copyright Alert System, a 'six-strike' plan to reduce copyright infringement by Internet users. Under the system, ISPs will soon send educational alerts, hijack browsers, and perhaps even slow/temporarily block the Internet service of users accused of online … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » X-Men Disappoint Magneto

Monday 19 March 17:30:34 UTC 2012

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

Slashdot » Peoples' Immune Systems Can Now Be Duplicated In Mice

Monday 19 March 17:07:00 UTC 2012

cylonlover writes "Because everyone's immune system is different, it's impossible to predict with absolute certainty how any given person will react to a specific medication. In the not-too-distant future, however, at-risk patients may get their own custom-altered mouse, with an immune system that's a copy of their own. Medications could be tried out on the mouse first, and if … [Link]

New Scientist – Online news » Brain secrets of bee ball assassins uncovered

Monday 19 March 16:57:00 UTC 2012

Watch bees surround a hornet and cook it alive in an experiment probing the brain activity involved [Link]

New Scientist – Online news » A romantic comedy of environmental folly

Monday 19 March 16:45:14 UTC 2012

In Salmon Fishing in the Yemen Ewan McGregor plays an environmental research scientist who puts aside his better judgement [Link]

New Scientist – Online news » Universal glue for body cells targets drugs

Monday 19 March 16:42:00 UTC 2012

New molecule sticks to all cells in the body providing a simple and cheap adhesive as well as a delivery stem for targeting drugs to specific cells [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Is This the Last iPad That Really Matters?

Monday 19 March 16:40:31 UTC 2012

The sharpness and clarity of the new iPad's improved display smacks you in the face as soon as you turn it on. It's an upgrade that forces a nagging question: Where does Apple go from here? [Link]

Wired Top Stories » On the Moons of Mighty Jupiter (1970)

Monday 19 March 16:40:29 UTC 2012

Engineers in 1970 revealed plans to land robots on Jupiter's four largest moons — concepts which, more than 40 years later, have yet to reach fruition. Space historian and Beyond Apollo blogger David S. F. Portree delves into the development of the far-sighted plans. [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Great Balls of Fire: Apollo Rocket Explosions (1965)

Monday 19 March 16:40:25 UTC 2012

No Apollo Saturn rocket ever failed, but NASA and its contractors always planned for the worst. Space historian and Beyond Apollo blogger David S. F. Portree explores the genesis of the Apollo program's crew escape system. [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Your Medical Diagnosis Options [Comic]

Monday 19 March 16:30:50 UTC 2012

Presented without comment.[Source: ShoeBoxBlog]No related posts. flattr this! [Link]

Slashdot » The Pirate Bay Plans Servers In the Sky

Monday 19 March 16:24:00 UTC 2012

1sockchuck writes "The Pirate Bay says it plans to deploy servers on airborne drones several kilometers above international waters. The site said it was experimenting with servers using Raspberry Pi, a credit-card sized Linux computer. April Fools come early? Torrent Freak says the plan is real. It's apparently a literal approach to cloud computing." Share on Google+ Read more of this story … [Link]

New Scientist – Online news » Noam Chomsky: Meet the universal man

Monday 19 March 16:13:00 UTC 2012

Why can everyone learn Portuguese? Is Twitter a trivialiser? A whistle-stop tour of our intellectual landscape in the company of Noam Chomsky (full text available to subscribers) [Link]

ProgrammableWeb » New Facebook Page APIs Support Timeline Features

Monday 19 March 16:12:54 UTC 2012

FacebookRegardless of how users feel about Facebook’s new Timeline interface for Pages, developers will have to deal with the updated features soon: Facebook has announced that all Pages will switch to the new design on March 30, 2012. As of last week, Facebook has also added APIs which developers can use to interact directly with the new Page data. Facebook’s official … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Dark Shadows Trailer!

Monday 19 March 16:09:43 UTC 2012

New Tim Burton flick with Johnny Depp as an 18th century vampire released on the 1970s. Looks fun!via FilmDrunkNo related posts. flattr this! [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Steampunk-ish Rocket Ring!

Monday 19 March 16:09:42 UTC 2012

Cool, though a bit ungainly. You could put your eye out. But…you’d look cool doing it.Etsy page for Mr. Hoover here.via Boing BoingNo related posts. flattr this! [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Wolverine or Batman Looking Into a Mirror?

Monday 19 March 16:09:41 UTC 2012

My eyes had a bit of a spaz when I saw this – even now when I look at it my vision gets blurry because I keep seeing one and then the other. Which do you see first?[Via World of Superheroes]No related posts. flattr this! [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Hitchhiker Poop Snails

Monday 19 March 16:09:40 UTC 2012

Once these snails come out the other end, I doubt they’re ever the same.Intrigued by stories of live snails found in bird faeces, Casper van Leeuwen of the Netherlands Institute of Ecology in Wageningen fed four species of marine snail to mallards. Most died, but 1 per cent of Hydrobia ulvae snails survived up to 5 hours. Mallards can cover 300 … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Pokemon Coffee Size [Pic]

Monday 19 March 16:09:39 UTC 2012

Presented without comment.[Via]No related posts. flattr this! [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » AWESOME Ant Photography

Monday 19 March 16:09:38 UTC 2012

These ants know how to WORK IT! Get it! Woo. Macro photography is freaking great. Artist’s Sitevia GeekologieNo related posts. flattr this! [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Destination Holidays for the Lazy Geeks

Monday 19 March 16:09:37 UTC 2012

A collection of compelling travel posters, inspiring the lazy to explore whole new worlds. [Via College Humor]No related posts. flattr this! [Link]

Wired Top Stories » VMware's WSX Does Virtual Desktops With HTML5

Monday 19 March 16:05:00 UTC 2012

VMware is developing an impressive new feature called WSX that will allow users to access virtualized desktops remotely through any modern Web browser. VMware developer Christian Hammond, who worked on the implementation, demonstrated a prototype this week in a blog post. [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Your Medical Diagnosis Options [Comic]

Monday 19 March 16:00:50 UTC 2012

Presented without comment.[Source: ShoeBoxBlog]No related posts. flattr this! [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Pentagon Plan: Watch a Satellite's Every Move — From 22,000 Miles Away

Monday 19 March 16:00:00 UTC 2012

The Pentagon's mad-science division recently launched a mind-bending plan to harvest dead satellites for useful parts. But the orbital recycling mission won't work, unless the military can see which satellites it's cannibalizing. [Link]

Slashdot » Mystery of Duqu Programming Language Solved

Monday 19 March 15:42:00 UTC 2012

wiredmikey writes "Earlier this month, researchers from Kaspersky Lab reached out to the security and programming community in an effort to help solve a mystery related to 'Duqu,' the Trojan often referred to as 'Son of Stuxnet,' which surfaced in October 2010. The mystery rested in a section of code written an unknown programming language and used in the … [Link]

New Scientist – Online news » Haze clears on ancient Earth's early atmosphere

Monday 19 March 15:35:00 UTC 2012

Our planet flipped back and forth between a thick haze and clear skies 2.5 billion years ago [Link]

New Scientist – Online news » To rule out god, first get to know him

Monday 19 March 15:34:00 UTC 2012

The new science of religion tells us where secularists are going wrong [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Geneticist Runs Personalized Medicine Superstudy On Himself

Monday 19 March 15:30:00 UTC 2012

Researcher Michael Snyder watched as his body began to develop diabetes — then used the tools of personal genomics to heal himself. [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Apple Goes Blue Chip With New Quarterly Shareholder Dividend

Monday 19 March 15:02:00 UTC 2012

With a quarterly dividend of $2.65 per share, buying Apple stock now offers more rewards for long-term, buy-and-hold investment. [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » I Know That Feel, Bro [Pics]

Monday 19 March 15:00:58 UTC 2012

Artist Chris G. made these portraits of various pairs of characters that share physical of psychological similarities, even though they’re part of different worlds. [Chris G.]No related posts. flattr this! [Link]

Slashdot » Apple to Buy Back $10bn of Its Shares and Pay Dividend

Monday 19 March 15:00:00 UTC 2012

floydman writes "Apple has said it will use its cash to start paying a dividend to shareholders and to buy back some of its shares. The technology giant said it would pay a quarterly dividend of $2.65 per share from July. It will buy back up to $10bn of its own shares starting in the company's next financial year, … [Link]

Slashdot » PR Expert Andy Marken Has Some Advice for Startups and FOSS Projects (Video)

Monday 19 March 14:18:00 UTC 2012

This is a 15 minute video conversation with Andy Marken of Marken Communications, who has been working in technology public relations long enough to know what's what — and then some. We had a pleasant conversation via Skype, and afterwords he sent along some excellent additional advice about how to handle do-it-yourself tech industry PR. Share on Google+ Read more of this … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Amazon Deal of the Day: Transcend 32 GB Compact Flash Card 400X – $51.99 + Free Shipping

Monday 19 March 14:10:26 UTC 2012

For today’s edition of Deal of the Day, Amazon has the Transcend 32 GB Compact Flash Card 400X for just $51.99 plus free shipping. That’s 42% off the card’s usual retail price of $88.94.Dedicated to fulfill the demanding requirements of performance-conscious photographers, Transcend proudly releases its Extreme 400X CompactFlash cards. With its amazing performance (Read_90 MB/sec (Max), Write_60 MB/sec (Max)) and … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Mathematicians: Your New Career [Video]

Monday 19 March 14:00:50 UTC 2012

Comic author Rob Reid gives you a run-down of a new subject that I’m sure will be available for a Bachelor’s Degree by 2014 at least. Copyright Math involves explaining how despite revenue increases for movies, TV, satellite, cable, and radio are all up; our economy is still making a loss of $58 billion dollars. Oh yes, the answer is … [Link]

Slashdot » LibreOffice 3.5.1 Released With Fixes

Monday 19 March 13:55:00 UTC 2012

Thinkcloud writes "The Document Foundation has released LibreOffice 3.5.1. Some of the core fixes include: don't crash for empty input data in charts, UI fix on PDF export dialog, don't copy page styles into temporary clipboard doc, and use the correct db range for the copy. 'Another milestone for the LibreOffice project was hit this past month as well. … [Link]

Slashdot » Foxconn "Glad That Mike Daisey's Lies Were Exposed"

Monday 19 March 13:35:00 UTC 2012

theodp writes "Foxconn Technology Group, Apple's largest supplier and the target of allegations of poor work conditions, welcomed a retraction of a This American Life radio program episode it said was based on lies. 'I am happy that the truth prevails, I am glad that Mike Daisey's lies were exposed,' Louis Woo, a spokesman for Taipei-based Foxconn said. 'People … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » OMG WANT: LEGO Star Wars Ultimate Collector’s Series R2-D2

Monday 19 March 13:00:33 UTC 2012

Priced at US $179.99, this absolutely amazing LEGO model of R2-D2 will be available in May and will come complete with rotating dome head, retractable third leg, and a special edition R2-D2 mini-fig hidden inside.Yes, this is the LEGO set you’ve all been looking for![Via]No related posts. flattr this! [Link]

Slashdot » Google Cools Data Center With Bathroom Water

Monday 19 March 12:52:00 UTC 2012

judgecorp writes "Google is cooling its data center in Douglas County, Georgia, using 'recycled' water that has been through the bathtubs and toilets of the surrounding community. So called 'grey' water is perfectly adequate for the data center's cooling system which relies on evaporation (the wet T-shirt effect), says Google." Share on Google+ Read more of this story at Slashdot. [Link]

O'Reilly News and Commentary » Deal/Day: Social up your #media – Save 50% on #tweetsmart + 14 social media #ebooks, #videos

Monday 19 March 12:45:13 UTC 2012

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New Scientist – Online news » The God issue: New science of religion

Monday 19 March 12:31:46 UTC 2012

Can’t live with him, can’t live without him. In a special series of articles we lay out a new vision that resets the terms of the debate [Link]

Slashdot » Physicists Discover Evolutionary Laws of Language

Monday 19 March 12:09:00 UTC 2012

Hugh Pickens writes "Christopher Shea writes in the WSJ that physicists studying Google's massive collection of scanned books claim to have identified universal laws governing the birth, life course and death of words, marking an advance in a new field dubbed 'Culturomics': the application of data-crunching to subjects typically considered part of the humanities. Published in Science, their paper … [Link]

New Scientist – Online news » Designs are as flawed as their designers

Monday 19 March 12:05:00 UTC 2012

Human interactions influence how technology turns out, and not always for the better, argues Henry Petroski in To Forgive Design [Link]

Wired Top Stories » The Case for Buying iPads for Your Kids

Monday 19 March 11:06:49 UTC 2012

Sure, iPads are expensive, but when you consider them as a replacement for some of the other gaming hand-helds they beg for, the economics might just make sense. [Link]

Wired Top Stories » The Hackathon Is On: Pitching and Programming the Next Killer App

Monday 19 March 11:06:48 UTC 2012

Bleary engineers run on little sleep, free pizza, and series-A dreams. The goal: to build a company in two days. [Link]

Wired Top Stories » March 19, 1474: Venice Enacts a Patently Original Idea

Monday 19 March 11:06:47 UTC 2012

The earliest known administrative procedure for obtaining a patent has many similarities to the process today. [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Dawn Chorus, Primeval Forest and Jaguars at Night: Listen to Nature's Orchestra

Monday 19 March 11:06:46 UTC 2012

For three decades, Bernie Krause has collected the sounds of nature, from Amazon jungles to Antarctic glaciers and even ant colonies. For Krause, the sounds aren't ambience, but biological orchestras of extraordinary beauty and complexity. In this gallery, you can hear some of his favorite recordings. [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Meet Saba, the Social Network That Rates Your Job Skills

Monday 19 March 11:06:45 UTC 2012

Saba, a human resources software company, will release a corporate social network with a "People Quotient." The idea behind the metric is to assign a hard value to an employee's performance. Such Big Brother numbers are sure to cause both competition and consternation in the workplace. [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Alt Text: Apple App Apparently Apocalyptic

Monday 19 March 11:06:44 UTC 2012

By now we all know that Apple is coming out with a new hotly anticipated iPad and a new tepidly expected Apple TV. But Apple also recently released a new service that went largely without fanfare, in spite of the fact that it will probably result in the flaming, screaming end of Western civilization. [Link]

New Scientist – Online news » Famous astronomer eyes cheap solar power

Monday 19 March 10:38:37 UTC 2012

A new solar energy company, founded by renowned astronomer Roger Angel, aims to produce cheap electricity from the sun [Link]

Slashdot » Windows Remote Desktop Exploit In the Wild

Monday 19 March 9:03:00 UTC 2012

angry tapir writes "Luigi Auriemma, the researcher who discovered a recently patched critical vulnerability in Microsoft's Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP), published a proof-of-concept exploit for it after a separate working exploit, which he said possibly originated from Microsoft, was leaked online on Friday. Identified as CVE-2012-0002 and patched by Microsoft on Tuesday, the critical vulnerability can be exploited remotely … [Link]

Slashdot » Australian Govt Censors Notes From Secret Anti-Piracy Talks

Monday 19 March 6:06:00 UTC 2012

An anonymous reader writes "It looks as if the Australian Government really doesn't want the public to know what's going on in its closed-door talks with ISPs and the content industry. The Attorney-General's Department has applied the black marker to almost all of the information contained in documents about the meetings released under Freedom of Information laws. The reason? … [Link]

Wired Top Stories » A Google-a-Day Puzzle for Mar. 19

Monday 19 March 5:03:44 UTC 2012

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

Slashdot » Linux 3.3 Released

Monday 19 March 3:04:00 UTC 2012

diegocg writes "Linux 3.3 has been released. The changes include the merge of kernel code from the Android project. There is also support for a new architecture (TI C6X), much improved balancing and the ability to restripe between different RAID profiles in Btrfs, and several network improvements: a virtual switch implementation (Open vSwitch) designed for virtualization scenarios, a faster … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Dark Shadows Trailer!

Monday 19 March 1:00:44 UTC 2012

New Tim Burton flick with Johnny Depp as an 18th century vampire released on the 1970s. Looks fun!via FilmDrunkNo related posts. flattr this! [Link]

Slashdot » Time to Review FAA Gadget Policies

Monday 19 March 0:10:00 UTC 2012

Nick Bilton, Lead Technology writer for The New York Times Bits Blog, called the FAA to complain about its gadget policies on flights and got an unexpected reply. Laura J. Brown, deputy assistant administrator for public affairs, said that it might be time to change some of those policies and promised they'd take a “fresh look” at the use … [Link]

New Scientist – Online news » Viking mice marauders swept across northern Europe

Monday 19 March 0:00:00 UTC 2012

Norwegian mice accidentally stowing away on Viking ships conquered almost as many countries as the fearsome humans whose ships they boarded. [Link]

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