John Gordon Ross

A Man for All Reasons

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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.

The Joy of Tech » JoT 1669: We require your Facebook password.

Sunday 25 March 23:54:13 UTC 2012

JoT thumbWould you sell your soul to the company store? Click here to visit the comic. [Link]

Slashdot » SKA Telescope Site Debate Not Over Yet

Sunday 25 March 23:05:00 UTC 2012

angry tapir writes "Although earlier reports claimed that a scientific panel recommended South Africa over Australia as the best site for the proposed Square Kilometre Array, the SKA board of directors is still debating which country will host the enormous US$2.1-billion radio telescope. The scientific panel only recommended South Africa by a narrow margin earlier this month." Share on Google+ Read more … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Now That’s How You do a Presentation [Video]

Sunday 25 March 23:00:14 UTC 2012

Bringing real magic to the iPad.No related posts. flattr this! [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Genetics Made Simple [Pic]

Sunday 25 March 22:00:56 UTC 2012

Ahh. So that’s how it works. Biology always baffled me. [Via Fake Science]No related posts. flattr this! [Link]

Slashdot » James Cameron Begins His Deep-Sea Dive

Sunday 25 March 21:55:00 UTC 2012

James Cameron is on his way down. The director's long-planned trip to the deepest spot on Earth — the Mariana Trench's Challenger Deep — is in progress; by the time you read this, if all goes well, Cameron will be navigating around in depths unvisited since 1960. National Geographic's coverage of the dive is excellent as well, as is … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Sub-Zero MacBook Air Sticker

Sunday 25 March 21:00:25 UTC 2012

Even if you’re not a fan of Macs, you’ve got to admit that this sticker mod has a pretty awesome geek factor! By NoisyBoyStore on Etsy | Get SubZero here for 12.99USDNo related posts. flattr this! [Link]

Slashdot » You're Driving All Wrong, Says NHTSA

Sunday 25 March 20:57:00 UTC 2012

antdude writes "This MSNBC Bottom Line story/article says that 'If you're a conscientious motorist who still does everything the way your driver's-ed instructor told you to, you're doing it all wrong. For decades, the standard instruction was that drivers should hold the steering wheel at the 10 and 2 positions, as envisioned on a clock. This, it turns out, … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Star Wars Underwear [Pic]

Sunday 25 March 20:00:32 UTC 2012

I did try to search the internet to see if I could find where to get these but couldn’t find them. Still…pretty funky Star Wars underwear. Plus a little eye candy. 😉 No related posts. flattr this! [Link]

Slashdot » Software Patents Not So Abstract When the Lawsuits Hit Home

Sunday 25 March 19:30:00 UTC 2012

no_such_user writes "It's easy to ignore the controversy surrounding software patents, especially if you don't have the passion for technology which Slashdot readers do. But as Dana Nieder discovered, it's not all about major corporations and obscure patent trolls. Her daughter uses a comparatively inexpensive assistive communication app on their iPad, which is being threatened by the makers of … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Anyone Need a Superfast Laser Cutter?

Sunday 25 March 19:00:11 UTC 2012

Lasersaur may be your answer! Super-fast dinosaur cutout!Speed! Lasersaur Cutting Plywood. from stefanix on Vimeo. No related posts. flattr this! [Link]

Geek Culture » Forum Tidbits!

Sunday 25 March 18:41:09 UTC 2012

Rhonwyyn wonders about iPad Obsolescence, … Ashitaka prepares for a 2013 sale, … GrumpySteen presents X-Ray-ted Flowers… does a double take over Teenage Mutant Ninja Aliens, … and flaps on about Na na na na na na na na Bat-Fetus! [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Ultimate Fantasy Map [Pic]

Sunday 25 March 18:00:59 UTC 2012

Now a book that required this map would be worth reading.[Via I Waste So Much Time]No related posts. flattr this! [Link]

Slashdot » Ask Slashdot: How Do You Manage Your Personal Data?

Sunday 25 March 17:35:00 UTC 2012

New submitter multimediavt writes "Ok, here's my problem. I have a lot of personal data! (And, no, it's not pr0n, warez, or anything the MPAA or RIAA would be concerned about.) I am realizing that I need to keep at least one spare drive the same size as my largest drive around in case of failure, or the need … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Made-to-Order Fun Character Hats

Sunday 25 March 17:00:29 UTC 2012

These absolutely adorkable hats are crocheted using soft acrylic yarn. Etsy shop owner Karen has 20 years experience in crocheting and is willing to adjust the hat to your specifications. Can be made in sizes ranging from newborn to giant men!Get yours on Etsy for 27USD. No related posts. flattr this! [Link]

Slashdot » What's Not To Like About New iPad?

Sunday 25 March 16:29:00 UTC 2012

Hugh Pickens writes "With 3 million sold over the last week what's not to like about the new iPad? Michelle Maltais at the LA Times does a good job of putting together a compendium of gripes about the new device, justified or otherwise. Most people thought that Siri on the new iPad was a gimme; instead it has a … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » DC Universe in Lego [Pic]

Sunday 25 March 16:00:49 UTC 2012

Can you name them all?No related posts. flattr this! [Link]

Slashdot » Javascript Game of Tron In 226 Bytes

Sunday 25 March 15:58:00 UTC 2012

Have you upgraded your hardware to play something beefier than 140-byte Tetris? New submitter alokmenghrajani writes with "a detailed view of how we size-optimized a game of Tron to just 226 bytes." It's also optimized for Chrome, and very fast. Share on Google+ Read more of this story at Slashdot. [Link]

Slashdot » China Plans To End Executed Prisoner Organ Donations Within 5 Years

Sunday 25 March 15:31:00 UTC 2012

An anonymous reader writes "China said that it planned to end the practice of taking organs from executed prisoners within five years, according to the state media report on Friday. Instead, China's vice minister of health Dr. Huang Jiefu said that the country will rely on a new national donation system for organ transplants at a conference in the … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Amazon Deal of the Day: Save 50% on Disney Movie Collections on Blu-ray

Sunday 25 March 15:10:27 UTC 2012

This week only, Amazon offers a 50% discount on select Disney Movie Collections on Blu-ray like The Lion King Trilogy, the Toy Story Trilogy, the Pirates of the Caribbean Four Movie Collection, and the Cars Director’s Edition.[Save 50% on Disney Movie Collections on Blu-ray]No related posts. flattr this! [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » I’m a Geek…and I Don’t Like Star Wars

Sunday 25 March 15:00:26 UTC 2012

Recently, I got flamed for posting a beautiful chocolate morsel in the shape of the Millennium Falcon from Star Wars because I called it a “Star Wars Transport Ship”. And I have to admit: I didn’t know it was the Millennium Falcon. Why? I didn’t watch Star Wars 3 million times. I don’t like Star Wars.Some may say this means I … [Link]

Slashdot » Amateur Astronomer Spots Strange Cloud Formations On Mars

Sunday 25 March 14:58:00 UTC 2012

techfun89 writes "Mars has returned to our evening skies as it does every two years. This time it is getting even more attention and buzz than it normally would. Amateur astronomer Wayne Jaeschke of West Chester Pennsylvania noticed an unusual protrusion in the planet's southern hemisphere, preceding the sunrise terminator. Several things may have contributed to this strange 'cloud … [Link]

Slashdot » UT-Dallas Professor Adds 'Enemies' Feature To Facebook

Sunday 25 March 14:29:00 UTC 2012

An anonymous reader writes "Many people have called for a 'dislike' button on Facebook, but the service has not allowed it. A professor's app lets users add 'enemies,' in what he says is critique of the service's advertiser-friendly niceness. Will Zuckerberg let the app stand or ban it?" Share on Google+ Read more of this story at Slashdot. [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Cute Geek Apron by Jenny Rae [Pic]

Sunday 25 March 14:00:08 UTC 2012

Jenny Rae, owner of Little Rae Cakes sent us this pic of a cute GameBoy apron she created for WonderCon. While she isn’t selling it, she will be wearing it for various events or “personal deliveries” (her words not mine).Visit the Little Rae Cakes website (it has thoroughly nerdy sound effects!) and like her on Facebook and follow her on Twitter … [Link]

Slashdot » Animating From Markup Code To Rendered Result

Sunday 25 March 13:32:00 UTC 2012

New submitter lulalala writes "Writing documents using markup languages isn't always easy. Take Wikipedia, for example: one often needs time to relocate the current focus when they switch between previewing and editing mode. Now with Gliimpse, one can watch the markup code gradually turn into the rendered result. The demonstration on Youtube simply looks amazing, and shows that the … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » My Big Fat Monster Wedding [Pic]

Sunday 25 March 13:00:58 UTC 2012

Brings all new meaning to Bridezilla. [Via Ifuckinglovescience]No related posts. flattr this! [Link]

Slashdot » NHTSA Suggestion Would Cripple In-Car GPS Displays

Sunday 25 March 12:30:00 UTC 2012

bricko writes "The recently issued National Highway Transportation Safety Agency guidelines for automakers to minimize distraction for in-vehicle electronics included a proposal to freeze maps on navigation systems. No more scrolling maps…just static pictures. 'Every current installed navigation system uses the car as a fixed point, and shows the map moving around it. NHTSA wants that changed so as … [Link]

Slashdot » Ask Slashdot: How Would Room-Temp Superconductors Affect Us?

Sunday 25 March 11:06:00 UTC 2012

Bananatree3 writes "While we have sci-fi visions of room temperature superconductors like in the movie Avatar, the question still remains: How would the discovery of a such a material impact our everyday lives? How would the nature of warfare change? How would the global economy react? What are the cultural pros and cons of such a technological shift?" And … [Link]

Slashdot » Open Source Payday

Sunday 25 March 8:22:00 UTC 2012

itwbennett writes "The recent Slashdot discussion on the open source community's attitude on profits neglected an important point: 'no profits' doesn't mean 'no money.' There are plenty of open source not-for-profit organizations that take in millions of dollars in order to pursue their public-minded missions, and some pay their employees handsomely. Brian Proffitt combed through the latest publicly available … [Link]

Slashdot » US Congress Probes iOS App Developers On Privacy

Sunday 25 March 5:40:00 UTC 2012

hypnosec writes with the arguably welcome news that "[The U.S.] Congress is gathering further information on iOS developers and how they deal with and implement privacy policies. The Next Web got hold of a letter from Congress which had been sent out to Tapbots, along with some 32 other iOS developers, including both Twitter and Facebook, and the devs … [Link]

WIRED » A Google-a-Day Puzzle for Mar. 25

Sunday 25 March 5:01:00 UTC 2012

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

Slashdot » Space Junk Forced Astronauts Into ISS Escape Capsules

Sunday 25 March 2:57:00 UTC 2012

According to a story from CNN, "A piece of a debris from a Russian Cosmos satellite passed close enough to the International Space Station on Saturday that its crew was ordered into escape capsules as a precaution, NASA said. The six crew members were told to take shelter late Friday in their Soyuz capsules after it was determined there … [Link]

Slashdot » XBMC V11 Eden Has Been Released

Sunday 25 March 2:06:00 UTC 2012

New submitter themib writes "After only two release candidates XBMC v11.0 Eden has been released. The latest version contains many updates and new features, including: Addon Rollbacks, Confluence improvements, Dirty region rendering, a new JPEG decoder, movie scraping, better network support, a new upgraded Weather service. This announcement also heralds the new XBMCbuntu Final." Share on Google+ Read more of this story … [Link]


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