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.

WIRED » Oracle Plants Its Flag With 'Secure Cloud'

Wednesday 21 March 23:55:00 UTC 2012

While coverage ahead of Oracle's fiscal third quarter results yesterday focused on it losing ground to younger cloud rivals, my question of "But for how long?" did not take long to be answered, sort of. Late yesterday, the company introduced Oracle Secure Cloud. [Link]

Slashdot » ModMyPi Raspberry Pi Case Offers 5% Back To the Foundation

Wednesday 21 March 23:45:00 UTC 2012

An anonymous reader writes "The Raspberry Pi Model B is now available to purchase, but most people are still waiting for new stock to be manufactured and delivered. In the meantime you can prepare for the tiny PC's arrival by figuring out what to do about a case. The fact the Raspberry Pi ships without a case doesn't cause … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Oh Music Geeks…[Pic]

Wednesday 21 March 23:00:10 UTC 2012

Just can’t resist making sweet, sweet music all the time can ya?[Via Classical Music Humor]No related posts. flattr this! [Link]

Slashdot » Surviving the Cashless Cataclysm

Wednesday 21 March 23:00:00 UTC 2012

MrSeb writes "There's been a lot of noise about Sweden becoming a cashless economy, and the potential repercussions that it might cause, most notably the (apparent) annihilation of privacy. Really, though, I think this is a load of hot air. Physical money might be on the way out, but that doesn't mean the end of anonymous, untraceable cash — … [Link]

Slashdot » Garden Gnome Tests Earth's Gravity

Wednesday 21 March 22:35:00 UTC 2012

sciencehabit writes "Researchers have long hypothesized that objects weigh less at Earth's equator because the planet's spin and shape lessen gravity's pull there versus at the poles. Satellite accelerometers have confirmed this, but a digital scale manufacturer decided to test things the old-fashioned way. Enter the Kern garden gnome. When placed on a scale at the South Pole, the … [Link]

Slashdot » New Samsung TV Watches You Watching It

Wednesday 21 March 22:13:00 UTC 2012

CanHasDIY writes "Straight out of 1984, Samsung has unveiled a new series of televisions with integrated cameras and microphones, complete with facial and voice recognition software. Best of all, there appears to be no physical indication of the mic and camera's status, so consumers have no way of knowing when they're being monitored, or by whom… and if you … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Love is A Battlefield with the Hunger Games Game [Video]

Wednesday 21 March 22:00:02 UTC 2012

Like OMG, we could totally play this at, like, the next major slumber party we have. SO much cooler than like Never Have I Ever. Totally! May the odds be ever in your favour *giggle*. [Via College Humor]No related posts. flattr this! [Link]

WIRED » Planet Mercury Even Weirder Than We Thought

Wednesday 21 March 22:00:00 UTC 2012

New data suggests that Mercury has undergone much more dynamic processes than previously believed and that its core is unlike any of the other rocky planets in our solar system. [Link]

Slashdot » University Makes 80,000 Einstein Documents Publicly Available

Wednesday 21 March 21:28:00 UTC 2012

orgelspieler writes "The Hebrew University of Jerusalem has scanned in some 80,000 of Albert Einstein's documents. According to the university's press release, the documents cover more than just scientific matters. The broad range of subjects include his solution to the Jewish-Arab conflict, a postcard to his mother, and a letter from one of his mistresses asking for assistance getting … [Link]

WIRED » Bird-Man's Resume Doesn't Check Out: 'Nobody Knows Him'

Wednesday 21 March 21:08:00 UTC 2012

The resume of a man who claims to have achieved bird-like flight through the use of a winged contraption doesn't check out. [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Now that’s what I call a phone skin

Wednesday 21 March 21:00:31 UTC 2012

Now and again you hear of a solution that seems to be struggling to find a problem. That certainly seems to be the case with a technology that’s been patented by Nokia: the vibrating tattoo that denotes incoming callsYes, the company has come up with an idea for apparatus including “a material attachable to skin, the material capable of detecting … [Link]

Slashdot » ICANN Ethical Conflicts Are Worse Than They Seem

Wednesday 21 March 20:44:00 UTC 2012

hapworth writes "In light of outgoing ICANN CEO Rod Beckstrom's admission that the board is mired in conflicts of interest, another ICANN insider has spoken up to say the ethical issues go way deeper than what Beckstrom pointed to. Beau Brendler, chairman of the North American Internet user advisory committee to ICANN (NARALO), lists ICANN's executive committee members and … [Link]

WIRED » Not Easy Being Green: Are Solar Farms 'Pure Marketing'?

Wednesday 21 March 20:25:06 UTC 2012

Cloudline asked recently how green the cloud was, and whether green claims were more "greenwashing" than reality. Now Amazon's James Hamilton is questioning Apple and Facebook's seemingly easy-being-green data center solar farms. [Link]

WIRED » Apple's New Fraud Problem: Cracked Walls and Broken Promises

Wednesday 21 March 20:17:00 UTC 2012

Apple?s announcement of a dividend and stock buyback was a welcomed boon to already well rewarded shareholders. Yet to be addressed, however, is a critical issue that affects even more vital stakeholders ? its customers and developers. The rising chorus of complaints about fraud perpetrated through the App Store is a major risk for Apple?s golden status. [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Hot Harry Potter Tattoos [Pic]

Wednesday 21 March 20:00:23 UTC 2012

College Humor have gathered together some people who are such die-hard fans of the English wizard series that they had to have some piece of the wonderful world of Hogwarts permanently etched into their skin. Yep, the Harry Potter tattoos are out in full force! Check out the full gallery at College Humor.No related posts. flattr this! … [Link]

Slashdot » Meet the Hackers Who Get Rich Selling Spies Zero-Day Exploits

Wednesday 21 March 20:00:00 UTC 2012

Sparrowvsrevolution writes "Forbes profiles Vupen, a French security firm that openly sells secret software exploits to spies and government agencies. Its customers pay a $100,000 annual fee simply for the privilege of paying extra fees for the exploits that Vupen's hackers develop, which the company says can penetrate every major browser, as well as other targets like iOS, Android, … [Link]

New Scientist – News » Astrophile: Square galaxy is a rebel

Wednesday 21 March 19:40:00 UTC 2012

A rare rectangular galaxy spotted 700 million light years from Earth could offer new insight into the way galaxies form and evolve [Link]

New Scientist – News » Pattern master wins million-dollar mathematics prize

Wednesday 21 March 19:38:00 UTC 2012

Endre Szemerédi has won the Abel prize – he proved that surprisingly ordered patterns can arise from seemingly random actions [Link]

New Scientist – News » Today on New Scientist: 21 March 2012

Wednesday 21 March 19:25:52 UTC 2012

All today's stories on, including: Facebook's effects in a world of political turmoil and visualising the hidden worlds of physics [Link]

Slashdot » Killing Cancer With Engineered Viruses

Wednesday 21 March 19:16:00 UTC 2012

techfun89 writes "Viruses can make us all sick, but one day could be engineered to defeat cancer. Cancer cells have one trait that may leave them open to attack. They aren't good at killing off viral infections, hence, at least in theory, you could use a virus to kill cancer cells without affecting the patient. Dr. Ian Mohr, a … [Link]

New Scientist – News » Should athletes be screened for heart problems?

Wednesday 21 March 19:11:00 UTC 2012

Fabrice Muamba's collapse has prompted calls for the UK to copy Italy's screening programme, which has cut sudden cardiac deaths in athletes by 89 per cent [Link]

WIRED » Pentagon: Trillion-Dollar Jet on Brink of Budgetary Disaster

Wednesday 21 March 19:06:13 UTC 2012

The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, the supposed backbone of the Pentagon's future air arsenal, could need additional years of work and billions of dollars in unplanned fixes, the Air Force and the Government Accountability Office revealed on Tuesday. Congressional testimony by Air Force Secretary Michael Donley, plus a new report by the GAO, heaped bad news on a program that … [Link]

WIRED » Video: Copter Crash Near Afghan Outpost Narrowly Misses Bystanders

Wednesday 21 March 19:06:12 UTC 2012

A U.S. Army AH-64 Apache gunship has crashed in Marzak, Afghanistan, in restive Paktika province along the border with Afghanistan. The incident, captured in the video above, illustrates the dangers of aggressive, low-level flying in a part of Afghanistan where U.S. troops are almost entirely dependent on airplanes and helicopters for resupply and fire support. [Link]

WIRED » NSA Chief Denies Domestic Spying But Whistleblowers Say Otherwise

Wednesday 21 March 19:06:11 UTC 2012

James Bamford, the author of Wired's cover story on the NSA's growing domestic spying powers, responds to a carefully worded and odd denial by the NSA's top general. [Link]

WIRED » Op-Ed: How Traditional Publishing Hurts Scientific Progress

Wednesday 21 March 19:01:00 UTC 2012

A battle that has raged for over a decade between advocates of open science and publishers of traditional scientific journals is coming to a head. Traditional publishers are fighting to defend their paywalls, but molecular biologist and co-founder of the open access publisher Public Library of Science, Michael Eisen argues that keeping published research locked up hurts scientific progress and … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » For the Geeky Ladies: Boba Fett Purse [Pic]

Wednesday 21 March 19:00:15 UTC 2012

While this deliciously geeky receptacle has already been nabbed, Catherine Penfold-Waxman makes some other gorgeous geeky girl wear so you might want to check it out.[Source: Catherine Penfold-Waxman – Flickr – Etsy]No related posts. flattr this! [Link]

New Scientist – News » Chimp prodigy shows signs of human-like intelligence

Wednesday 21 March 19:00:00 UTC 2012

Can animal geniuses help us define the nature of intelligence, or are they a distraction? (full text available to subscribers) [Link]

Slashdot » Camera Can See Around Corners

Wednesday 21 March 18:57:00 UTC 2012

ananyo writes "Scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge have created a camera that is able to record images of objects hidden behind walls. They fire a pulse of laser light at a wall on the far side of the hidden scene, and record the time at which the scattered light reaches a camera. Photons bounce off … [Link]

ProgrammableWeb » IPhone Video Chat Now Plug-and-Play

Wednesday 21 March 18:45:13 UTC 2012

TokBox OpenTokThe company that turned away from 2 million users to focus on developers has announced a new way to integrate with its TokBox OpenTok API. The video chat platform is now available on iOS to create face-to-face applications. Using the new SDK, developers can integrate video chat into any iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad app. The iOS SDK explains how to … [Link]

New Scientist – News » First map of most violent world in the solar system

Wednesday 21 March 18:44:15 UTC 2012

The most volcanically active world in our neighbourhood has been charted in full [Link]

Slashdot » Microsoft Barring Certain Staff From Buying Macs, iPads?

Wednesday 21 March 18:34:00 UTC 2012

mr100percent writes "Microsoft has reportedly moved to prohibit employees in its Sales, Marketing, Services, IT, and Operations Group (SMSG) from using company funds to purchase any products produced by Apple. The company had already barred staffers from using expense allocations for competing smartphone platforms, however the new guidelines explicitly note that Macs and iPads have been added to the … [Link]

ProgrammableWeb » Facebook Expands Graph APIs to Help Promote Games

Wednesday 21 March 18:30:33 UTC 2012

Facebook GraphIn recent months, Facebook has been working on finding new and improved ways of increasing user discovery and engagement with games built on the Facebook Graph API. Facebook has recently added games stories in the news feed that show users the games their friends are playing the most, as well as a games timeline unit and a games-only activity feed on … [Link]

WIRED » MPAA Wants Megaupload User Data Retained for Lawsuits — Updated

Wednesday 21 March 18:10:00 UTC 2012

Hollywood studios are mulling a massive copyright litigation campaign that entails suing individual users of Megaupload, the file-sharing service that shuttered in January in the wake of federal indictments targeting its operators on allegations of facilitating wanton infringement. The site had 66.6 million customers. [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Epic Stop Motion Lego Short: The Duel [Video]

Wednesday 21 March 18:00:26 UTC 2012

I think this has to be one of the most amazing stop motion clips I’ve seen in a long time. Forget Toy Story, this is what real toys do when their humans are away.[Namchild]No related posts. flattr this! [Link]

Slashdot » Tennessee Passes Bill That Allows "Teaching the Controversy" of Evolution

Wednesday 21 March 17:52:00 UTC 2012

Layzej writes "The Tennessee Senate has passed a bill that allows teachers to 'teach the controversy' on evolution, global warming and other scientific subjects. Critics have called it a 'monkey bill' that promotes creationism in classrooms. In a statement sent to legislators, eight members of the National Academy of Science said that, in practice, the bill will likely lead … [Link]

WIRED » Will the High-Res iPad Finally See Enterprise Action?

Wednesday 21 March 17:43:00 UTC 2012

Pundits seem to think that the third-generation iPad's high-resolution "retina" display will lift the final barrier that's been keeping the iPad from becoming a mainstream business tool. But that remains an open question. [Link]

WIRED » CSS Regions: Coming Soon to a Webpage Near You

Wednesday 21 March 17:38:00 UTC 2012

Adobe's CSS Regions proposal, which would enable magazine-style layouts on the web, has come a long way in the last year. It's still not ready for prime time, but already browsers are beginning to support Regions and developers are starting to experiment with the new tools. [Link]

ProgrammableWeb » 37 Health APIs: Google Health, Avvo and Fitbit

Wednesday 21 March 17:30:04 UTC 2012

AvvoOur API directory now includes 37 health APIs. The newest is the DailyMed API. The most popular, in terms of mashups, is the Avvo API. We list 2 Avvo mashups. Below you’ll find some more stats from the directory, including the entire list of health APIs. In terms of the technical details, REST and XML lead the way. There are 29 … [Link]

New Scientist – News » Facebook's effects in a world of political turmoil

Wednesday 21 March 17:23:45 UTC 2012

It has the power of a nation state, but is Facebook living up to its moral responsibilities, asks former CNN bureau chief Rebecca MacKinnon [Link]

New Scientist – News » Damage to oceans will cost $2 trillion

Wednesday 21 March 17:23:44 UTC 2012

A global temperature rise of 4˚C by 2100 will have a huge impact on fisheries, tourism and atmospheric carbon dioxide [Link]

New Scientist – News » Visualising the hidden worlds of physics

Wednesday 21 March 17:23:29 UTC 2012

CERN's first digital artist in residence tells New Scientist about a crash course in particle physics, being out of his depth in maths and unseen worlds [Link]

WIRED » Analysis of the Human Birdwings

Wednesday 21 March 17:23:00 UTC 2012

A Dutch man claims to have achieved bird-like flight, but there's a lot to be skeptical about. Dot Physics blogger Rhett Allain uses video analysis to see if any laws of physics are being broken. [Link]

WIRED » Elon Musk Says Ticket to Mars Will Cost $500,000

Wednesday 21 March 17:22:59 UTC 2012


Slashdot » Supreme Court Limits Patents Based On Laws of Nature

Wednesday 21 March 17:10:00 UTC 2012

New submitter sed quid in infernos writes "The Supreme Court issued a unanimous opinion yesterday holding that 'to transform an unpatentable law of nature into a patent-eligible application of such a law, a patent must do more than simply state the law of nature while adding the words "apply it."' The Court invalidated a patent on the process of … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Snow White and the Huntsman Trailer [Video]

Wednesday 21 March 17:07:14 UTC 2012

Aren’t you just loving the resurgence of reimagining the fairytale? What with Once Upon a Time, Grimm, Mirror Mirror…and this freaking epic trailer for Snow White and the Huntsman:Seems Kristen Stewart may be worth more than a sappy badly-written female character after all.No related posts. flattr this! [Link]

Slashdot » Microsoft Demos Metro UI For Enterprise Apps

Wednesday 21 March 17:01:00 UTC 2012

An anonymous reader writes "Microsoft has demoed a working prototype of Microsoft Dynamics GP (an ERP package) running on Windows 8, with a full Metro UI. This is the first example of an enterprise app for the Windows 8 metro 'wall'. The one hour keynote is available online behind a short registration form … (demos start around 40 minutes … [Link]

WIRED » Rapid Response: Navy's Mad Scientists Seek 'Sixth Sense'

Wednesday 21 March 17:00:00 UTC 2012

The Navy is pulling an M. Night Shyamalan. In a tough fight, rely on a "sixth sense," say its mad scientists, not just your reasoning skills. That's the way to win wars. [Link]

Slashdot » Former Nokia Exec: Windows Phone Strategy Doomed

Wednesday 21 March 16:34:00 UTC 2012

itwbennett writes "Slashdot readers will recall that back in January, Nokia CEO Steven Elop blamed the company's Windows Phone woes on commission-minded salespeople, who pushed phones they thought would actually sell. Now, ex-Nokia exec Tomi Ahonen, is calling the Nokia's Windows Phone strategy 'a certain road to death.' He bases this grim assessment on UK market shares from Kantar … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Snoop Doggy Doom and MC Fett [Pic]

Wednesday 21 March 16:30:39 UTC 2012

Photographer: Michael Stippich.Thanks Michael!No related posts. flattr this! [Link]

WIRED » Amazon Man Questions Logic of Apple Solar Farm

Wednesday 21 March 16:00:00 UTC 2012

Apple is building a 100-acre solar farm to help power its massive data center in Maiden, North Carolina. But Amazon data-center guru James Hamilton questions whether this actually makes sense. [Link]

Slashdot » Researchers Create Chemically Powered Robotic Jellyfish

Wednesday 21 March 15:58:00 UTC 2012

pigrabbitbear writes with an excerpt from an article at Motherboard: "Earlier last week we heard about the strange blob-bot, an amoeba-mimicking, pulsating, little horror of a robot. But that's nothing in the face of news that engineers at Virginia Tech have built a robotic jellyfish. As if the threat of the oceans being taken over by deadly stinging jelly … [Link]

Slashdot » Nokia Applies For Vibrating Tattoo Patent

Wednesday 21 March 15:39:00 UTC 2012

New submitter CanHasDIY writes "Tired of waiting for the Pip-Boy or Omni-Tool to be invented? Never fear! Nokia is developing the basic technology needed to make your dreams a reality: haptic-feedback tattoos. According to the patent application, Nokia is proposing 'a material attachable to skin, the material capable of detecting a magnetic field and transferring a perceivable stimulus to … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Totally Epic Terminator Arm Tattoo [Pic]

Wednesday 21 March 15:30:41 UTC 2012

By Tattoo artist Yomico Moreno.No related posts. flattr this! [Link]

ProgrammableWeb » DuckDuckGo: The Search Engine You’ve Never Heard Of

Wednesday 21 March 15:30:31 UTC 2012

Duck Duck GoThis past Valentine’s Day, DuckDuckGo announced via Twitter that their search engine had “received over 1,000,000 direct searches yesterday for the first time ever!” A major accomplishment for a search engine that is essentially unknown. And this search engine has an API. What is DuckDuckGo? The answer to that question is posted on the official website and states that: “DuckDuckGo is … [Link]

Slashdot » NSA Chief Denies Claims of Domestic Spying

Wednesday 21 March 15:22:00 UTC 2012

AstroPhilosopher writes "Recently Wired, USA Today and other news outlets reported on a new spy center being built to store intercepted communications (even American citizens'). Tuesday, Gen. Keith Alexander testified in front of Congress refuting the articles. Alexander even went so far as to claim the NSA lacks the authority to monitor American citizens. It's an authority that was … [Link]

WIRED » HP's Printer Boss Out as Ink Machines Merge With PCs

Wednesday 21 March 15:10:33 UTC 2012

The man who has run HP's printer group for the past decade is stepping down, and his division will be folded into HP's struggling PC business. Vyomesh Joshi is retiring after a 31-year stint at the company, HP said on Wednesday. He had run the group since 2002. [Link]

Slashdot » Austin Case Modders Take Their Exotic PCs and a Giant LAN Party to SXSW (Video)

Wednesday 21 March 14:44:00 UTC 2012

As a nexus of both computer programmers and other creative builder and maker types, SXSW (and Austin generally) is a great place to witness the overlap. John Zitterkopf and his pal Red, while helping to run the giant (and charitable!) LANFest at this year's event, had on hand for display a few of their own modded computer cases. John … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Amazon Deal of the Day: Xbox 360 250GB Holiday Value Bundle (HALO Reach + Fable III) – $249.99 + Free Shipping

Wednesday 21 March 14:40:00 UTC 2012

For today’s edition of Deal of the Day, Amazon is selling their Xbox 360 250GB Holiday Value Bundle for just $249.99 plus free shipping! If you are looking to get an Xbox 360 console with a decent-sized hard drive, now might be the right time to get one. And if you want the bundle that comes with the Kinect controller, you … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Villains From Bioshock: Infinite: The Heavy Hitters

Wednesday 21 March 14:30:00 UTC 2012

Irrational Games has recently released a few videos to showcase some of Bioshock: Infinite’s most awesome enemies: The heavy hitters. Check it out!The Motorized Patriot In the first episode of our Heavy Hitter enemy-introduction video series, Irrational Games introduces you to one of the new, unique BioShock Infinite antagonists you’ll be facing in the city of Columbia. Introducing the indomitable, … [Link]

Slashdot » New York Times Halves Monthly Free Article Views To Ten

Wednesday 21 March 14:06:00 UTC 2012

An anonymous reader writes "The New York Times has announced that, starting in April, visitors to will only be able to access 10 free articles a month, down from 20 articles currently. The NYTimes paywall was put into effect last year, and seems to have been a success, with nearly half a million digital subscriptions to all of … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » The Real Moral of Star Wars [Pic]

Wednesday 21 March 13:50:16 UTC 2012

Every good scifi has at least one good moral that it teaches you, just like a nursery rhyme. This was the real moral of the entire Star Wars franchise.[Via The BDag]No related posts. flattr this! [Link]

Slashdot » 3D Printer Models For Universal Construction Toy Connectors

Wednesday 21 March 13:35:00 UTC 2012

dangle writes "F.A.T. Lab and Sy-Lab have officially released their Free Universal Construction Kit, allowing builders to freely interconnect parts from Lego, K'Nex, Fischertechnik, and other common building sets. ZomeTool and Zoob patterns will be available after related patents expire. The makers have also spent considerable effort investigating and anticipating legal complaints from manufacturers, using an Inverse Think of … [Link]

New Scientist – News » More evidence that daily aspirin dose cuts cancer risk

Wednesday 21 March 12:59:05 UTC 2012

A series of papers published in recent months suggest that aspirin is an effective anti-cancer drug [Link]

New Scientist – News » 'Facebook's rules endanger people'

Wednesday 21 March 12:59:04 UTC 2012

Facebook has the power of a nation state, but is not living up to its moral responsibilities, says former CNN bureau chief Rebecca MacKinnon [Link]

New Scientist – News » Sea-level rise will cost $2 trillion

Wednesday 21 March 12:59:03 UTC 2012

If global temperatures rise 4 °C by 2100, the economic impacts on fisheries, tourism, coastal costs due to rising sea levels will be enormous [Link]

Slashdot » Senator Wyden Demands ACTA Goes Before Congress

Wednesday 21 March 12:56:00 UTC 2012

Fluffeh writes "As recently covered here, EU countries are starting to drop ACTA support. Now, long-time opponent of the secretly negotiated Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, Sen. Ron Wyden introduced an amendment to a Senate 'jobs bill' that would force ACTA to come before Congress for approval. His second amendment tries to force a change (PDF) in how the whole process … [Link]

New Scientist – News » China's monopoly on rare earths may soon be broken

Wednesday 21 March 12:55:00 UTC 2012

As China's export quotas face legal action, companies prepare to mine for rare earths outside of the country once again [Link]

New Scientist – News » Challenges for first science museum in the Philippines

Wednesday 21 March 12:33:00 UTC 2012

Creating a haven for science is no simple feat in the Philippines, a country where evolution and fossils are controversial topics [Link]

Slashdot » HP To Combine PC, Printer Divisions

Wednesday 21 March 12:16:00 UTC 2012

itwbennett writes "Apotheker wanted to sell off HP's PC division, Whitman vowed not to, and now HP is combining the PC division with the printer division in an effort to cut costs, unnamed sources told the All Things D blog. Given that both divisions reported declining sales last quarter, is HP hoping that two wrongs make a right?" Share on Google+ Read … [Link]

New Scientist – News » Robot jellyfish sucks up power from the water

Wednesday 21 March 11:04:25 UTC 2012

Robojelly is powered by chemical reactions between its platinum surface and hydrogen in the surrounding water [Link]

New Scientist – News » The God issue: We are all born believers

Wednesday 21 March 10:57:00 UTC 2012

Our minds solve fundamental problems in a way that leaves a god-shaped space just waiting to be filled by religion, explains Justin L. Barrett (full text available to subscribers) [Link]

WIRED » Video: Ancient Airlifter Makes Daredevil Drops Over Afghanistan

Wednesday 21 March 10:36:23 UTC 2012

The dramatic "Low-Cost, Low-Altitude" resupply represents the latest tactic in the high-stakes logistical campaign that underpins the U.S.-led war effort. Along with robot trucks, robot helicopters, "smart" parachutes, hybrid trucks and even airships, it's also evidence of the Pentagon's never-ending quest for better resupply methods. [Link]

WIRED » Should Science Pull the Trigger on Antiviral Drugs—That Can Blast the Common Cold?

Wednesday 21 March 10:36:22 UTC 2012

If these teams of scientists succeed, future generations may struggle to imagine a time when we were at the mercy of viruses. [Link]

WIRED » March 21, 1963: The Rock

Wednesday 21 March 10:36:21 UTC 2012

In its day, the federal prison at Alcatraz was where they kept the rottenest apples in the barrel. But time, and the weather, have taken their toll. [Link]

WIRED » Postnatural: Intense Animal Art for the 21st Century

Wednesday 21 March 10:36:20 UTC 2012

At a cultural moment of animal art ubiquity, with naturalists' drawings practically a uniform hipster accessory, George Boorujy's paintings hit like a jolt of electricity. [Link]

WIRED » Vernor Vinge Is Optimistic About the Collapse of Civilization

Wednesday 21 March 10:36:19 UTC 2012


Slashdot » Why Linux Can't 'Sell' On the Desktop

Wednesday 21 March 10:29:00 UTC 2012

New submitter VoyagerRadio writes "Recently I found myself struggling with a question I should easily have been able to answer: Why would anyone want to use Linux as their everyday desktop (or laptop) operating system? It's a fair question, and asked often of Linux, but I'm finding it to be a question I can no longer answer with the … [Link]

Slashdot » Clever Clues Clobber Crossword Computer

Wednesday 21 March 9:16:00 UTC 2012

Hugh Pickens writes "Steve Lohr reports that an impressive crossword-solving computer program called Dr. Fill matched its digital wits against 600 of the nation's best human crossword-solvers, finishing only 141st at the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament in New York. 'I wish it had done better,' says Dr. Matthew Ginsberg, the creator of Dr. Fill and an expert in artificial … [Link]

Slashdot » Humble Bundle For Android 2 Goes Live

Wednesday 21 March 7:38:00 UTC 2012

spidweb writes "The latest Humble Bundle has gone live, with five new games for Windows, Macintosh, Linux, and Android. It consists of Zen Bound 2, Avadon: The Black Fortress, Canabalt, and Cogs, with Swords & Soldiers thrown in for anyone who pays at least the average. As always, the games are pay-what-you-want and DRM-free, and this is the initial … [Link]

Slashdot » The Numbers Behind the Copyright Math

Wednesday 21 March 6:14:00 UTC 2012

TheUnknownCoder writes "The MPAA claims $58 billion in actual U.S. economic losses and 373,000 lost jobs due to piracy. Where are these numbers coming from? Rob Reid puts these numbers into perspective in this TED Talk, leaving us even more puzzled about the math behind copyright laws. 'Ignoring improbabilities like pirated steaks and daffodils, I looked at actual employment … [Link]

Slashdot » AMD Releases Open-Source Radeon HD 7000 Driver

Wednesday 21 March 5:10:00 UTC 2012

An anonymous reader writes "AMD has publicly released the open-source code to the Radeon HD 7000 series 'Southern Islands' graphics cards for Linux users. This allows users of AMD's latest-generation of Radeon graphics cards to use the open-source Linux driver rather than Catalyst, plus there's also early support for AMD's next-generation Fusion APUs." Share on Google+ Read more of this story at … [Link]

WIRED » A Google-a-Day Puzzle for Mar. 21

Wednesday 21 March 5:01:00 UTC 2012

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

WIRED » NSA Chief Denies, Denies, Denies Wired's Domestic Spying Story

Wednesday 21 March 4:50:00 UTC 2012

NSA head general Keith Alexander faced questioning from Congress Tuesday over a Wired cover story on NSA's expansion into the United States. But his denials raise as many questions as they answer. [Link]

Slashdot » $1.5 Billion: the Cost of Cutting London-Tokyo Latency By 60ms

Wednesday 21 March 4:11:00 UTC 2012

MrSeb writes "Starting this summer, and thanks to the continuing withdrawal of Arctic sea ice, a convoy of ice breakers and specially-adapted polar ice-rated cable laying ships will begin to lay the first ever trans-Arctic Ocean submarine fiber optic cables. Two of these cables, called Artic Fibre and Arctic Link, will cross the Northwest Passage, which runs through the … [Link]

The Joy of Tech » JoT 1667: The agony of Apple stock.

Wednesday 21 March 3:24:02 UTC 2012

JoT thumb Regrets, I've had a few… Click here to visit the comic. [Link]

Slashdot » Possible Supernova In Nearby Spiral Galaxy

Wednesday 21 March 3:21:00 UTC 2012

New submitter Zburatorul writes "In an electronic telegram to the IAU, an Italian astronomer reports his discovery of a possible supernova (magnitude R = 15) near spiral galaxy M95 on images taken March 16th. Many more independent and confirming observations are trickling in. The Bad Astronomer, Phil Plait, has a more layman-friendly article about it. The bad news: it … [Link]

Slashdot » Will Mobile Wallets Replace Their Traditional Counterparts?

Wednesday 21 March 2:12:00 UTC 2012

Cara_Latham writes "Mobile wallets are all the rage. But legitimate questions remain as to whether they will ever truly replace their leathery counterparts. Mobile wallets, which use NFC-based technology to allow customers to make contactless payments at the point of sale, already have begun to make their presence felt. Mountain View, Calif.-based Google launched a digital wallet this past … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Pirate Bay goes behind bars but flies free

Wednesday 21 March 1:31:21 UTC 2012

The locations of the men behind the Pirate Bay for the coming months has been set: three separate prisons and a house. But the physical location of the site itself might no longer be static… or indeed on land.Officials have revealed that the three founders of the site, Fredrik Neik, Peter Sunde and Gottfrid Svartholm will serve their terms of … [Link]

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

Wednesday 21 March 1:31:20 UTC 2012

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

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

Wednesday 21 March 1:31:19 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]

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

Wednesday 21 March 1:31:18 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]

New Scientist – News » First Madagascar settlers may have been Indonesian

Wednesday 21 March 0:31:00 UTC 2012

Although Madagascar lies just 400 kilometres from Africa, DNA evidence suggests its first settlers were a small group of Indonesians [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Zombie Bottle Opener

Wednesday 21 March 0:30:23 UTC 2012

Now this is one totally awesome (and totally gross) bottle opener![Zombie Bottle Opener – $12.95]No related posts. flattr this! [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Zombie Bottle Opener

Wednesday 21 March 0:08:40 UTC 2012

Now this is one totally awesome (and totally gross) bottle opener![Zombie Bottle Opener – $12.95]No related posts. flattr this! [Link]

Slashdot » Michael Bay To Remake TMNT As Aliens

Wednesday 21 March 0:05:00 UTC 2012

Nidi62 writes "We all know that Michael Bay loves to put 86 minutes of explosions into a 90-minute movie. But it appears that he has found a new way to screw up a movie. He is directing a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot in which the turtles are not created with ooze: they are 'from an alien race, and … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Pirate Bay goes behind bars but flies free

Wednesday 21 March 0:00:11 UTC 2012

The locations of the men behind the Pirate Bay for the coming months has been set: three separate prisons and a house. But the physical location of the site itself might no longer be static… or indeed on land.Officials have revealed that the three founders of the site, Fredrik Neik, Peter Sunde and Gottfrid Svartholm will serve their terms of … [Link]


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