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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 » Man Claims to Fly With Custom-Built Bird Wings

Tuesday 20 March 23:58:00 UTC 2012

Using videogame controllers, an Android phone and custom-built wings, a Dutch engineer named Jarno Smeets has achieved birdlike flight. [Link]

Slashdot » Using Mech Combat To Hone Engineering Skills

Tuesday 20 March 23:23:00 UTC 2012

jjp9999 writes "Mech Warfare is a mix between Battlebots and MechWarrior, only without the fanfare. The teams around the competitions include engineers and professionals in robotics, and the games are — aside from being an homage to their love for science fiction — a way to hone their skills in the field. Andrew Alter, roboticist and one of the … [Link]

ProgrammableWeb » Today in APIs: TED Talks, YouTube Music Licensing and 12 New APIs

Tuesday 20 March 23:12:45 UTC 2012

RumblefishThe elite conference with wide open access to its videos is finally welcoming developers to its API, but only 50 of them. YouTube partner Rumblefish added an SDK to its developer offerings to make it easier to use its Rumblefish API for music licensing. Plus: the API Economy, domain owner verification, Netflix taming Amazon and 12 new APIs. TED Talks API … [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Laser-Tuned Nuclear Clock Would Be Accurate for Billions of Years

Tuesday 20 March 22:51:32 UTC 2012

Researchers have proposed building a nuclear clock that would only lose a tenth of a second over the entire age of the universe, 14 billion years. The design would be 100 times more accurate than current atomic clocks. [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Copyright Treaty Requires Congressional Support, Senator Says

Tuesday 20 March 22:42:00 UTC 2012

Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) has proposed legislation requiring the Obama administration to secure congressional legislative approval for the United States to participate in an international anti-piracy treaty, a position at odds with the Obama administration. [Link]

Slashdot » All Video Games Cause Aggressive Behavior, Say Two US Congressmen

Tuesday 20 March 22:41:00 UTC 2012

Fluffeh writes with news that U.S. Congressmen Baca (D-CA) and Wolf (R-VA) have proposed a bill that would require most video games to have a warning label decrying their "potential damaging" long-term effects on children. "Under the one-page Violence in Video Games Labeling Act (PDF), packaging for all video games except those rated 'EC' for Early Childhood would be … [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Oracle Losing Speed as SaaS Rivals Ride Cloud Winds?

Tuesday 20 March 22:19:00 UTC 2012

It seems pretty obvious that there are going to be winner and losers in the race to the cloud. So it's no surprise that Oracle is said to be losing ground to cloud-centric Salesforce.com and Workday. But for how long? [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Internet Explorer: The Browser You Love to Hate

Tuesday 20 March 22:14:00 UTC 2012

Microsoft's latest promotional effort for Internet Explorer takes a humorous look at the nerd fury it's caused over the years. [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » HIMYM I Am Legend Poster [Pic]

Tuesday 20 March 22:03:36 UTC 2012

I think this kinda just speaks for itself. [Via The BDag]No related posts. flattr this! [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » CW Releases an Arrow Teaser Image

Tuesday 20 March 22:03:32 UTC 2012

I am a big fan of Green Arrow (especially the Mike Grell Longbow Hunters series) and I was very happy to see the character join WB’s reimagining of the Superman origins in Smallville.And while I thought it would have been awesome for them to have a spinoff of Smallville (which I daydreamed would be called Watchtower) that was that world’s closest … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Real-Life Skyrim Daedric Armor [Pic]

Tuesday 20 March 22:03:31 UTC 2012

Also doubles up as a chastity corset, so you can be protected at all time.[Via TDWG]No related posts. flattr this! [Link]

ProgrammableWeb » American Express Smart Offers API Powers SXSW ROI

Tuesday 20 March 22:00:08 UTC 2012

AMEX OPEN ForumAmerican Express found another way to convert social media to cardholder transactions at the SXSW conference using the still-private Smart Offer API. Amex’s “Sync. Tweet. Save.” social marketing promotion positions the credit card for the social media generation beyond membership points. The Smart Offer API provided detailed reporting to merchants about spending behavior of customers during the SXSW conference. American Express … [Link]

Slashdot » Optimize Offshore Wind Farms Using Weather Modeling

Tuesday 20 March 22:00:00 UTC 2012

An anonymous reader sends this excerpt from a Stanford news release: "Politics aside, most energy experts agree that cheap, clean, renewable wind energy holds great potential to help the world satisfy energy needs while reducing harmful greenhouse gases. Wind farms placed offshore could play a large role in meeting such challenges, and yet no offshore wind farms exist today … [Link]

Slashdot » A Hacked WiFi Router, an API, and a Toy Bus: It's the Ambient Bus Arrival Monitor

Tuesday 20 March 21:40:00 UTC 2012

JohnGrahamCumming writes "In this simple project, a hacked Linksys WRT54GL talks to a public API to get real-time bus information, and displays the times of the next buses on a model bus. Never miss the bus again! 'It's possible to reflash the Linksys with a custom Linux installation that lets me control the box completely (and still use it … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Use Your iPhone to Control your PC while Gaming

Tuesday 20 March 21:30:19 UTC 2012

For all you PC-gamers, hardware tweakers and media junkies, there is a new App in development that promises to give you control over your computer through your iPod/iPhone (and soon Android and Windows Phones) and compliment your gaming in new and creative ways.The app is called Power-Grid by German PC Gaming accessory company Roccat. It will be a free app that … [Link]

Slashdot »  U.S. Missile Defense Against Iran Makes China/Russia Mad, Might Not Even Work

Tuesday 20 March 21:18:00 UTC 2012

An anonymous reader writes "The United States, since the 1980s, has been trying to make missile defense work. Billions of dollars spent, tons of political capital spent, and not a lot to show. The U.S. does have two viable options: the SM-2 and SM-3, although neither are perfect. The U.S., with European allies, has been deploying missile defense in … [Link]

Slashdot » Elon Musk: Future Round-Trip To Mars Could Cost Under $500,000

Tuesday 20 March 20:35:00 UTC 2012

An anonymous reader writes with this quote from the BBC: "Rocket entrepreneur Elon Musk believes he can get the cost of a round trip to Mars down to about half a million dollars. The SpaceX CEO says he has finally worked out how to do it, and told the BBC he would reveal further details later this year or … [Link]

ProgrammableWeb » NYC Contest Mashes Up Tech, Media and Developers

Tuesday 20 March 20:30:53 UTC 2012

New York City’s Digital Media scene is poised to get a boost with a new developer contest. NYC Media Lab has announced Media Mash 2012, a competition that asks developers and students to create mashup applications from data and APIs exposed by media and tech companies that belong to New York City. The developer contest carries a total prize money of … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Play Games and Increase Brain Power with Lumosity!

Tuesday 20 March 20:30:41 UTC 2012

I went to visit my Aunty the other day and when I walked into the house one of her young children, aged 11, announced, “Look Mum! I reached Level 7!”So I got curious, Level 7 on what? Then my Aunty launched into an explanation of this website – Lumosity. This site was built by neuroscientists, based off a concept called “neuroplasticity” … [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Groupon Scheduler Gets Wide Release for Both Sides of the Counter

Tuesday 20 March 20:16:07 UTC 2012

The scarcest resource for every business is time. "Like any technology company, we look for ways to automate those processes and remove that friction," Groupon's David Katz told Wired. [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Physics in a UPS Basketball Commercial

Tuesday 20 March 20:16:01 UTC 2012

A new UPS commercial attempts to label the physics of a legendary basketball pass, but it misses the mark. Dot Physics blogger Rhett Allain finds the actual physics at play in the video clip. [Link]

Slashdot » Liberating the Laws You Must Pay To Read

Tuesday 20 March 19:53:00 UTC 2012

Writing for Boing Boing, Carl Malamud describes the campaign he's been waging to let U.S. citizens read the public safety standards that have become part of federal law — without needing to pay for the privilege. "These public safety standards govern and protect a wide range of activity, from how bicycle helmets are constructed to how to test for … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Featured 3D Short: Ruin by Oddball Animation [Video]

Tuesday 20 March 19:30:07 UTC 2012

RUIN – An animated short set in a post-apocalyptic universe.Thanks Craig![OddBall Animation]No related posts. flattr this! [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Spiderman May Not Be a Tarantula After All

Tuesday 20 March 19:28:00 UTC 2012

Do tarantulas owe their apparently gravity-defying climbing ability to silk shot from their feet? Some researchers say they do, but arachnid specialist Rainer Foelix doesn't think so. [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Featured 3D Short: Ruin by Oddball Animation [Video]

Tuesday 20 March 19:12:17 UTC 2012

RUIN – An animated short set in a post-apocalyptic universe.Thanks Craig![OddBall Animation]No related posts. flattr this! [Link]

Slashdot » Is It Time For the US Government To Back Fusion At NIF Over ITER?

Tuesday 20 March 19:12:00 UTC 2012

ananyo writes "Laser beams at the National Ignition Facility have fired a record 1.875 megajoule shot into its target chamber, surpassing their design specification. The achievement is a milepost on the way to ignition — the 'break-even' point at which the facility will finally be able to release more energy than goes into the laser shot by imploding a … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » CW Releases an Arrow Teaser Image

Tuesday 20 March 19:00:45 UTC 2012

I am a big fan of Green Arrow (especially the Mike Grell Longbow Hunters series) and I was very happy to see the character join WB’s reimagining of the Superman origins in Smallville.And while I thought it would have been awesome for them to have a spinoff of Smallville (which I daydreamed would be called Watchtower) that was that world’s closest … [Link]

New Scientist – Online news » Stars put up safety barriers for planets

Tuesday 20 March 18:48:00 UTC 2012

Hot radiation from young stars could explain why planets revolve at certain distances [Link]

New Scientist – Online news » Superfast laser camera peers around corners

Tuesday 20 March 18:41:00 UTC 2012

With a shutter speed of two trillionths of a second, a camera developed at MIT bounces laser beams off of walls and peers around corners [Link]

New Scientist – Online news » Today on New Scientist: 20 March 2012

Tuesday 20 March 18:30:00 UTC 2012

All today's stories on newscientist.com, including: hungry black holes eat two courses at once and mothers of autistic children are out of pocket [Link]

New Scientist – Online news » What to call the particle formerly known as Higgs

Tuesday 20 March 18:30:00 UTC 2012

A rose by any other name might smell as sweet but, for this famous particle, a naming discussion hints at a complex past and trouble ahead [Link]

Slashdot » Teacher Suspended For Reading Ender's Game To Students

Tuesday 20 March 18:29:00 UTC 2012

An anonymous reader writes "Forbes reports that a middle school teacher in South Carolina has been placed on administrative leave for reading sci-fi classic Ender's Game to his students. According to blogger Tod Kelly, '[A parent] reported him to the school district complained that the book was pornographic; that same parent also asked the local police to file criminal … [Link]

Geek Culture » Please be real, please be real!

Tuesday 20 March 18:13:21 UTC 2012

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New Scientist – Online news » Bouquet of rotting meat

Tuesday 20 March 18:04:23 UTC 2012

Titan arum, "the corpse plant" in Cornell University's greenhouses has bloomed for the first time – be glad our photo isn't in smell-o-vision [Link]

New Scientist – Online news » One-Minute Physics: Why Einstein rotated time

Tuesday 20 March 18:04:22 UTC 2012

Watch an animation that shows how special relativity changed physics [Link]

Wired Top Stories » What James Cameron Can Expect at the Bottom of the Ocean

Tuesday 20 March 18:03:37 UTC 2012

Filmmaker James Cameron is well on his way in the race to the bottom of the ocean — Challenger Deep in the Marianas trench. Aside from glory, astrobiologist and Extremo Files blogger Jeffrey Marlow shares what strange lifeforms Cameron may encounter during his journey. [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Aurora Preview Brings Faster 'SPDY' Protocol to Firefox

Tuesday 20 March 18:03:35 UTC 2012

Mozilla has updated the Beta and Aurora Firefox channels for early adopters. Among the improvements are better tools for web developers and support for Google's new, faster HTTP alternative, SPDY. [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Black Mask Studios' 'Old Punks' Occupy Comics, Creators Rights

Tuesday 20 March 18:03:32 UTC 2012

The mainstream comics industry has spawned another alternative supergroup. 30 Days of Night creator Steve Niles and Epitaph Records owner and Bad Religion guitarist Brett Gurewitz have banded together with Halo-8's Matt Pizzolo to form Black Mask Studios with the stated aim of disrupting the comics market. [Link]

New Scientist – Online news » Trousers with attitude show resistance is futile

Tuesday 20 March 17:59:40 UTC 2012

The wrong trousers – new technology takes control of where you walk at FACT Liverpool's Robots and Avatars exhibition [Link]

Slashdot » Mozilla To Support H.264

Tuesday 20 March 17:47:00 UTC 2012

suraj.sun writes with a followup to last week's news that Mozilla was thinking about reversing their stance on H.264 support. Mozilla chairman Mitchell Baker and CTO Brendan Eich have now both written blog posts explaining why they feel H.264 support is no longer optional. Eich wrote, "We will not require anyone to pay for Firefox. We will not burden … [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Colorful Map Details Volcano-Studded Surface of Io

Tuesday 20 March 17:45:00 UTC 2012

After a six-year effort, researchers have released the first geologic map of the solar system's most volcanically active object, Jupiter's moon Io. [Link]

Wired Top Stories » No, U.S. Mole-Men Are Not Causing Haiti's Earthquakes

Tuesday 20 March 17:30:00 UTC 2012

While I was in Haiti this past month, a 4.6-magnitude earthquake struck the country. There was no reported loss of life and no damage, thankfully. But there were an awful lot of odd theories about the origins of this quake — and the massive, 7.0 one that hit the country in 2010. The oddest of them all: the one about … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Real-Life Skyrim Daedric Armor [Pic]

Tuesday 20 March 17:29:19 UTC 2012

Also doubles up as a chastity corset, so you can be protected at all time.[Via TDWG]No related posts. flattr this! [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » 7 Reasons Why Your Mom Shouldn’t Be Your Facebook Friend [Comic]

Tuesday 20 March 17:29:17 UTC 2012

Thanks Idan![Source: C-Section Comics]No related posts. flattr this! [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Amazon Deal of the Day: 89% Off SEGA 48-Game Mega Arcade Pack [Download] – $7.49

Tuesday 20 March 17:29:16 UTC 2012

For today’s edition of Deal of the Day, Amazon has the SEGA 48-Game Mega Arcade Pack for just $7.49. That’s 89% off the pack’s usual retail price of $69.92.The SEGA 48 Game Mega Arcade Pack contains:Golden AxeAltered BeastComix ZoneEcco the DolphinGain GroundShinobi III: Return of the Ninja MasterVectorManCrack DownShadow Dancer: The Secret of ShinobiSpace Harrier IIAlex Kidd in the Enchanted CastleBonanza … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Pay-per-view could get more literal

Tuesday 20 March 17:29:15 UTC 2012

Want to hit rewind and replay that great sporting moment again? Gonna cost ya. Trying to fast forward through commercials? Pay up buddy.That’s the world we could be living in if a recently-published Microsoft patented technology becomes adopted by cable firms.Entitled “Control-based content pricing”, the heart of the concept is that a “content server receives a view control input from the … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » 500 New Fairytales!

Tuesday 20 March 17:29:14 UTC 2012

(Photo credit: tori wright)Oh look! More fairytales for Disney to destroy!Historian Franz Xaver von Schönwerth (1810-1886) was collecting fairytales in the Bavarian region of Oberpfalz at about the same time as the Grimm brothers collected the ones that we all know and love today. Those that Von Schönweth collected, however, have been locked away in an archive in Regensburg for over … [Link]

Slashdot » Detecting Chess Cheats Taxes Computers

Tuesday 20 March 17:29:00 UTC 2012

First time accepted submitter jeffrlamb writes "Cheating in live chess matches — fueled by powerful computer programs that play better than people do, as well as sophisticated communication technologies — is becoming a big problem for world championship chess. Kenneth W. Regan is attempting to construct a mathematical proof to see if someone cheated; the trouble is that so … [Link]

Wired Top Stories » TuCloud CEO Dares Microsoft to Sue Over Virtual Desktops

Tuesday 20 March 17:24:00 UTC 2012

One chief executive is so mad over a Microsoft licensing deal in the works with OnLive that he says he is forming an entirely new company called DesktopsOnDemand to provide an identical service — complete with licensing violations — and dare Microsoft to take him to court. [Link]

Slashdot » Tom's Hardware Tests and Reviews Fedora 16 and Gnome 3

Tuesday 20 March 17:07:00 UTC 2012

New submitter LordDCLXVI writes with a review at Tom's Hardware that starts out with some loaded questions about GNOME 3, as included in the newest version of Red Hat's Fedora: "While most other distros are passing up or postponing GNOME Shell, Fedora is full steam ahead. Does Red Hat know something the rest of us don't? Or is GNOME … [Link]

New Scientist – Online news » Mothers of autistic children are out of pocket

Tuesday 20 March 17:07:00 UTC 2012

Mums of children with autism earn 35 per cent less than those whose children have other conditions, and half as much as mums with healthy kids [Link]

Wired Top Stories » The Truths, Untruths, and Fuzzy Truths of Cloud Security

Tuesday 20 March 16:58:00 UTC 2012

By educating ourselves on what cloud computing is, we gain a deeper understanding of its benefits and risks, empowering us to make wiser decisions and to develop a strategy that is right for our organizations, writes Todd Nielsen. [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » The Sagan Series (part 9): The Humans [Video]

Tuesday 20 March 16:30:08 UTC 2012

There are places, in and around our great cities, where the natural world has all but disappeared. You can make out streets and sidewalks, autos, parking garages, advertising billboards, monuments of glass and steel, but not a tree or a blade of grass or any animal – besides, of course, the humans. There are lots of humans.[Damewse]No related posts. flattr this! … [Link]

Slashdot » Mobile Ads May Serve As a Malware Conduit

Tuesday 20 March 16:25:00 UTC 2012

alphadogg writes with this excerpt from Network World: "Many mobile apps include ads that can threaten users' privacy and network security, according to North Carolina State University researchers. The National Science Foundation-funded researchers studied 100,000 apps in Google Play (formerly Android Market) and found that more than half contained ad libraries, nearly 300 of which were enabled to grab … [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Volcanoes and Hurricanes: Mortal Enemies, Best Friends?

Tuesday 20 March 16:07:46 UTC 2012

Major volcanic eruptions in the tropics might subdue Atlantic hurricane activity for years after the eruption, according to a new study. Volcanologist and Eruptions blogger Erik Klemetti reports. [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » The Sagan Series (part 9): The Humans [Video]

Tuesday 20 March 16:06:21 UTC 2012

There are places, in and around our great cities, where the natural world has all but disappeared. You can make out streets and sidewalks, autos, parking garages, advertising billboards, monuments of glass and steel, but not a tree or a blade of grass or any animal – besides, of course, the humans. There are lots of humans.[Damewse]No related posts. flattr this! [Link]

Slashdot » Satellites Expose 8,000 Years of Civilization

Tuesday 20 March 16:04:00 UTC 2012

ananyo writes "By combining spy-satellite photos obtained in the 1960s with modern multispectral images and digital maps of Earth's surface, researchers have created a new method for mapping large-scale patterns of human settlement. The approach was used to map some 14,000 settlement sites spanning eight millennia in 23,000 square kilometres of northeastern Syria — part of the fertile crescent … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » 7 Reasons Why Your Mom Shouldn’t Be Your Facebook Friend [Comic]

Tuesday 20 March 16:00:15 UTC 2012

Thanks Idan![Source: C-Section Comics]No related posts. flattr this! [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Linus Torvalds: The King of Geeks (And Dad of 3)

Tuesday 20 March 16:00:00 UTC 2012

The license plate on Linus Torvalds' Mercedes SLK convertible says it all. The frame running around the outside of the plate says "Mr. Linux. King of All Geeks," but the plate itself reads "Dad of 3." Linus Torvalds has reached middle age, and so has Linux. Nowadays, it's easy to take both of them for granted. But both are still … [Link]

Slashdot » Sweden Moving Towards Cashless Economy

Tuesday 20 March 15:43:00 UTC 2012

cold fjord writes "Sweden is rapidly moving towards a cashless economy. How will Sweden, and other countries in the future, balance efficiency, privacy, government control, and civil liberties? Or will they do all that technology allows? 'Bills and coins represent only 3 percent of Sweden's economy, compared to an average of 9 percent in the eurozone and 7 percent … [Link]

ProgrammableWeb » 54 Data APIs: RapLeaf, Outside.in and Factual

Tuesday 20 March 15:30:53 UTC 2012

RapLeafOur API directory now includes 54 data APIs. The newest is the PicketReport Lifestyle API. The most popular, in terms of mashups, is the RapLeaf API. We list 6 RapLeaf mashups. Below you’ll find some more stats from the directory, including the entire list of data APIs. In terms of the technical details, REST and XML lead the way. There are … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Amazon Deal of the Day: 89% Off SEGA 48-Game Mega Arcade Pack [Download] – $7.49

Tuesday 20 March 15:10:11 UTC 2012

For today’s edition of Deal of the Day, Amazon has the SEGA 48-Game Mega Arcade Pack for just $7.49. That’s 89% off the pack’s usual retail price of $69.92.The SEGA 48 Game Mega Arcade Pack contains:Golden AxeAltered BeastComix ZoneEcco the DolphinGain GroundShinobi III: Return of the Ninja MasterVectorManCrack DownShadow Dancer: The Secret of ShinobiSpace Harrier IIAlex Kidd in the Enchanted CastleBonanza … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Pay-per-view could get more literal

Tuesday 20 March 15:00:15 UTC 2012

Want to hit rewind and replay that great sporting moment again? Gonna cost ya. Trying to fast forward through commercials? Pay up buddy.That’s the world we could be living in if a recently-published Microsoft patented technology becomes adopted by cable firms.Entitled “Control-based content pricing”, the heart of the concept is that a “content server receives a view control input from the … [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Climate Change Acceptance Sinks During Economic Slumps

Tuesday 20 March 15:00:00 UTC 2012

Although weather and political leaders can drive public acceptance of climate change, a new study suggests some of that is misplaced. Instead, a sinking economy might play a much larger role than anyone thought. [Link]

Slashdot » The Risk of a Meltdown In the Cloud

Tuesday 20 March 14:54:00 UTC 2012

zrbyte writes "A growing number of complexity theorists are beginning to recognize some potential problems with cloud computing. The growing consensus is that bizarre and unpredictable behavior often emerges in systems made up of 'networks of networks,' such as a business using the computational resources of a cloud provider. Bryan Ford at Yale University in New Haven says the … [Link]

New Scientist – Online news » Without free will, what do our choices mean?

Tuesday 20 March 14:48:38 UTC 2012

In Free Will, Sam Harris dismantles the idea, but argues that our decisions still matter – a refreshing antidote to the nihilism the debate tends to produce [Link]

New Scientist – Online news » Reading is believing: Religion's holiest texts

Tuesday 20 March 14:48:25 UTC 2012

The written word has been a key tool in the spread of and adherence to religious belief. Take a tour of the scriptures of the world's major faiths [Link]

Slashdot » SpaceX Gets Astronauts To Try Out Its Dragon Crew Cabin

Tuesday 20 March 14:12:00 UTC 2012

Zothecula writes "With the space shuttle program now officially over, the United States needs a new reusable vehicle for getting supplies to and from the International Space Station. NASA is considering the Dragon spacecraft, designed by California-based SpaceX Exploration Technologies, to take over that role. The Dragon's scheduled late March/early April test flight to the ISS will be unmanned, … [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Afghanistan Commander: War Is Actually Going Fine

Tuesday 20 March 14:07:57 UTC 2012

Never mind the riots, the fratricides, the burned holy books and the bloody slaughter of civilians. The commander of the Afghanistan war believes the decade-long conflict is "on track." [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » 500 New Fairytales!

Tuesday 20 March 14:00:55 UTC 2012

(Photo credit: tori wright)Oh look! More fairytales for Disney to destroy!Historian Franz Xaver von Schönwerth (1810-1886) was collecting fairytales in the Bavarian region of Oberpfalz at about the same time as the Grimm brothers collected the ones that we all know and love today. Those that Von Schönweth collected, however, have been locked away in an archive in Regensburg for over … [Link]

Slashdot » Ask Slashdot: Any Smart Phones Made Under Worker-Friendly Conditions?

Tuesday 20 March 13:50:00 UTC 2012

New submitter unimacs writes "So Apple has been under fire recently for the conditions at the factories of their Chinese suppliers. I listened to 'This American Life's' recent retraction of the Michael Daisey piece they did a while back. Great radio for those of you who haven't heard it — rarely has dead air been used to such effect. … [Link]

Slashdot » Seagate Hits 1 Terabit Per Square Inch

Tuesday 20 March 13:31:00 UTC 2012

MrSeb was one of several readers to submit news that drive manufacturer Seagate has announced (and demoed) the first hard drive to squeeze a terabit into each square inch of platter. "'Initially this will result in 6TB 3.5-inch desktop drives and 2TB 2.5-inch laptop drives, but eventually Seagate is promising up to 60TB and 20TB respectively. To achieve such … [Link]

New Scientist – Online news » Fibre optics to connect Japan to the UK – via the Arctic

Tuesday 20 March 13:20:00 UTC 2012

Looping fibre optics from Japan under the Arctic ice will improve internet performance – but is easier said than done [Link]

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

Tuesday 20 March 13:03:29 UTC 2012

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

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

Tuesday 20 March 13:03:28 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]

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

Tuesday 20 March 13:03:27 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]

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

Tuesday 20 March 13:03:26 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]

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

Tuesday 20 March 13:03:25 UTC 2012

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

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

Tuesday 20 March 13:03:24 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]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » X-Men Disappoint Magneto

Tuesday 20 March 13:03:23 UTC 2012

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

Slashdot » D-Wave Announces Commercially Available Quantum Computer

Tuesday 20 March 12:50:00 UTC 2012

New submitter peetm writes "Computing company D-Wave has announced they're selling a quantum computing system commercially, which they're calling the D-Wave One. The D-Wave system comes equipped with a 128-qubit processor designed to perform discrete optimization operations. A qubit is the basic unit of quantum information – analogous to a bit in conventional computing. For a broader understanding of … [Link]

O'Reilly News and Commentary » #Ebook Deal/Day: The Information Diet – $9.99 (Save 50%)

Tuesday 20 March 12:46:08 UTC 2012

Get "The Information Diet" today and save 50%!This sale ends at 2:00 AM 2012-03-21 (PDT, GMT-8:00). [Link]

New Scientist – Online news » Reading is believing: Religion's holiest texts

Tuesday 20 March 12:45:00 UTC 2012

The written word has been a key tool in the spread of and adherence to religious belief. Take a tour of the scriptures of the world's major faiths [Link]

Slashdot » Google Files Amicus Brief in Hotfile Case; MPAA Requests It Be Rejected

Tuesday 20 March 12:06:00 UTC 2012

An anonymous reader writes "Google has once again stood up in court for the rights of users and services online, this time defending Hotfile from copyright infringement accusations. [Quoting the article]: 'Google takes a sort of hard-line approach via the DMCA, telling the court that however the MPAA may try to mislead them, Hotfile is in fact protected under … [Link]

New Scientist – Online news » Hungry black holes eat two courses at once

Tuesday 20 March 12:04:00 UTC 2012

How do some black holes grow to be billions of times the mass of the sun? Perhaps they funnel in food by tilting their plates [Link]

New Scientist – Online news » 11 particles for 11 physics puzzles

Tuesday 20 March 11:43:00 UTC 2012

What is dark matter? Or gravity? Why is the universe so smooth? There's a particle for every conundrum, say Valerie Jamieson and Richard Webb (full text available to subscribers) [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Android and Linux Reunite After Two-Year Separation

Tuesday 20 March 11:00:00 UTC 2012

As it stands, Linux and Google's Android OS are still separate operating systems. But that may change now that Android code has been readmitted to a staging area for inclusion the Linux kernel, the core Linux code maintained by project founder Linus Torvalds. [Link]

Wired Top Stories » A True Bionic Limb Remains Far Out of Reach

Tuesday 20 March 11:00:00 UTC 2012

War, illness, and accidents lead to thousands of amputations each year. But the struggle to build a better prosthetic limb is more than an engineering problem. [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Video: Fuzzy Puzzles, Four-Assed Frogs Fuel Crazy Xbox Downloads

Tuesday 20 March 11:00:00 UTC 2012

Some of the biggest Xbox games of the year won't come on discs. In this Game|Life video preview, we get the rundown straight from the developers about four major new downloadable Xbox Live Arcade games coming to your console in 2012. [Link]

Wired Top Stories » March 20, 1800: Volta's Battery Shows Potential

Tuesday 20 March 11:00:00 UTC 2012

At the close of the 18th century, an Italian physicist creates an invention that will drive innovation in the 19th century and define technology in the 20th. [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Pixels, Music and Projections: When Art and Technology Collide

Tuesday 20 March 11:00:00 UTC 2012

Forget paint brushes and molding clay. Today's avant garde uses technology — computers, software code and wireless signals — for all modes of artistic expression. [Link]

Wired Top Stories » LED Lenser X21: A Whole Bunch of Badass In Brilliant, Blinding Light

Tuesday 20 March 11:00:00 UTC 2012

The LED Lenser X21 flashlight is Gadget Lab's badass gadget of the day. Stunning brightness and gold-plated circuits light up the night with more than 1,000 lumens. [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Terminator, Indiana Jones, Ghostbusters Collide in Animated Short Film

Tuesday 20 March 10:30:00 UTC 2012

Picture Randal from Kevin Smith's Clerks dropping acid and you'll get the gist of Synchronize. The short film trips out on hallucinogenic versions of Indiana Jones, the Terminator and other classic movie characters as dreamed up by a video store clerk who dozes off on the job. [Link]

Slashdot » CEO of TuCloud Dares Microsoft To Sue His New Company

Tuesday 20 March 9:10:00 UTC 2012

Fluffeh writes "Word from Ars Technica is that OnLive, a service provider that seems to totally flout Microsoft licensing and offers iPad users a Microsoft Desktop for free (or a beefier one for $5) isn't being sued by Microsoft, as this blog quotes: 'We are actively engaged with OnLive with the hope of bringing them into a properly licensed … [Link]

Slashdot » DIY Augmented Reality Heads-Up Display

Tuesday 20 March 7:22:00 UTC 2012

mkwan writes "A PhD student in Melbourne, Australia, has built an augmented reality head-up display using a baseball cap, an Android smartphone, and off-the-shelf optics. It won't win any awards for style or practicality, but it's a fun way to use Wikitude. All we need now is a Terminator-vision smartphone app." Not nearly as modern, but vaguely related: the … [Link]

Wired Top Stories » A Google-a-Day Puzzle for Mar. 20

Tuesday 20 March 4:38:07 UTC 2012

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

Wired Top Stories » Radio-Controlled Car Goes Over 100 MPH

Tuesday 20 March 4:38:06 UTC 2012

Zero to 100 in under five seconds. OK, don't cancel your Veyron order yet — the XO-1 is just a radio-controlled car. [Link]

Wired Top Stories » The Rundown on Sports Training Watches

Tuesday 20 March 4:38:05 UTC 2012

They do more than tell time. They also know how slowly you're climbing that hill behind your house. [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Electric Mayhem

Tuesday 20 March 4:38:04 UTC 2012

With plenty of range for city-dwellers and enough muscle to keep up with traffic, your next chopper could be powered by electrons instead of petrol. [Link]

Slashdot » Apple Sued By Belgian Consumer Association For Not Applying EU Warranty Laws

Tuesday 20 March 4:08:00 UTC 2012

An anonymous reader writes "Following the recent Italian case, Apple is now being sued by the Belgian consumer association 'Test-Achats' (french/dutch website) for not applying the EU consumer protection laws by only giving a one-year warranty on its products. At the same time, Apple is not only refusing to give the mandatory two-year warranty but is also selling the … [Link]

Slashdot » iFixit's Kyle Wiens On the War On DIY Electronics

Tuesday 20 March 2:15:00 UTC 2012

pigrabbitbear writes with an excerpt from an article at Motherboardv: "Anyone planning on buying a new iPad should know what they're getting themselves into by now. In recent years, Apple and other hardware manufacturers have made it liquid-crystal clear that they're not fond of the idea that customers can tear open and fix products without the help of licensed … [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Jolicloud Me Delivers Personal Cloud Search, More

Tuesday 20 March 1:14:00 UTC 2012

Cloud computer: check. Cloud OS: check. Cloud desktop: Check again. What's next for a French startup to check off its list? Personal cloud search for one. [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Google Parts Ways With First Business Apps Czar

Tuesday 20 March 0:55:00 UTC 2012

Google's first enterprise boss is leaving the company. On Friday, Google vice president David Girouard — who was hired in 2004 to run the company's still gestating enterprise business — said that he's parting ways with the tech giant to help run a startup called Upstart.com. [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Seagate Stuffs 1 Trillion Bits Into Square-Inch Hard Disk

Tuesday 20 March 0:35:00 UTC 2012

Seagate has demonstrated hard drive technology that squeezes a trillion bits into a single square inch, claiming it's the first hard drive manufacturer to do so. Over the next 10 years, the company says, this will lead to standard 3.5-inch drives that can store 60 terabytes of information. Today's 3.5-inch drives give you three terabytes of storage, stuffing about 620 … [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Microsoft Could Be Working on Gaming Helmet, Eyewear

Tuesday 20 March 0:16:00 UTC 2012

According to a recently surfaced Microsoft patent, the company could be looking into reinvigorating the gaming space with 3D displays built into eyewear and helmets. [Link]

Slashdot » Express-AM4 Satellite Salvage Plan For Antarctic Internet In Jeopardy

Tuesday 20 March 0:09:00 UTC 2012

First time accepted submitter amcenwest writes with news on the fate of the mis-launched Ekspress-AM4. From the article: "A modern, state of the art communications satellite stranded last August in a useless orbit will constitute a double failure if Russian officials de-orbit the spacecraft as planned, according to an expert from the team hoping to salvage the spacecraft. 'A … [Link]

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