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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.

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » 100T Non-Destructive Magnetic Field Achieved

Monday 26 March 23:30:40 UTC 2012

Human achievement point!Scientists at the Los Alamos National Laboratory campus of the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory have successfully produced the world’s first 100 Tesla non-destructive magnetic field. The achievement was decades in the making, involving a diverse team of scientists and engineers. The 100 Tesla mark was reached at approximately 3:30 p.m. on March 22, 2012.[Via]No related posts. flattr this! … [Link]

Slashdot » Congress Capitulates To TSA; Refuses To Let Bruce Schneier Testify

Monday 26 March 23:30:00 UTC 2012

McGruber writes "Following up on an earlier Slashdot story, earlier today, the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Oversight and Government Reform and the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure held a hearing titled 'TSA Oversight Part III: Effective Security or Security Theater?' … In a blog update, Bruce Schneier says that 'at the request of the TSA' he was … [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Game On: Sony Links PS3 Photo Suite to the Cloud

Monday 26 March 23:05:39 UTC 2012

Sony's upcoming PlayMemories Studio software for the PlayStation 3 (PS3) multimedia console will likely be welcomed by users, but the company's PlayMemories Online cloud service is the big game for Cloudliners to watch. [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Will Apple Tap Facebook for iCloud Data Center or 'Think Different'?

Monday 26 March 23:05:38 UTC 2012

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Wired Top Stories » FTC Tells Net: Agree to Stop Invading Privacy (Or We'll Say 'Stop' Again)

Monday 26 March 23:05:37 UTC 2012

The FTC wants the online world to pledge to start respecting user privacy, which would give the agency a way to crack down on rogue apps, search engines and advertisers. But it stops short of issuing strong rules or calling for legislation, betting yet again on self-regulation. [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Apple's Biggest Hater Apologizes for Foxconn Fibs

Monday 26 March 22:51:00 UTC 2012

Monologuist Mike Daisey apologized on his personal blog on Sunday for what he calls "violating audience trust," as well as not clearly acknowledging which portions of his one-man show, The Agony and Ecstasy of Steve Jobs, were real, and which were fabricated. [Link]

Slashdot » Akamai To Offer IPv6 To All In April

Monday 26 March 22:50:00 UTC 2012

netbuzz writes "Akamai says that it will offer IPv6 services to its entire customer base beginning next month – a long-awaited move that is expected to be a major boon to the adoption rate of the next-generation Internet Protocol. Akamai hoped to release its production-grade IPv6 services by the end of 2011, but the task proved more difficult than … [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Apple Seeks Help With 'Next Generation' Data Centers

Monday 26 March 22:45:00 UTC 2012

Apple is actively advertising for help with the design and construction of its "next generation" data centers as it begins work on a new computing facility in Prineville, Oregon and expands its iCloud data center in Maiden, North Carolina. [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Eagle Cam Watch: First Egg Is Hatching!

Monday 26 March 22:36:00 UTC 2012

The hatch is on! The first Eagle Cam chick has begun breaking through its shell, a process that can take between 12 hours and two days. Watch the livestream now. [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Neanderthal Geek

Monday 26 March 22:35:49 UTC 2012

Geeks would be sexy at any stage in the evolution of man. No related posts. flattr this! [Link]

Slashdot » 16-Year-Old Creates Scientific/Graphing Calculator In Minecraft

Monday 26 March 22:29:00 UTC 2012

New submitter petval tips another amazing Minecraft project: a functioning scientific/graphing calculator. "On a virtual scale, the functional device is enormous — enough so that anyone in the real world would become a red blot of meat and bone staining the road if they fell from the very top. Honestly, his virtual machine looks more like a giant cargo … [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Nokia Kicks Off U.S. Campaign With Low-Priced Hardware, Fresh Apps

Monday 26 March 22:29:00 UTC 2012

Nokia is betting it all on Microsoft's Windows Phone OS. The company has a shot at outpacing BlackBerry as the third leading smartphone OS. So now, all eyes are on Nokia as it begins its stateside device roll-out. And the company is dropping its flagship device with a bang. [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Ahead of IPO, Facebook Demands Dismissal of Ownership Suit

Monday 26 March 22:15:00 UTC 2012

Facebook demanded a federal judge Monday dismiss an ?extortionate? lawsuit brought by Paul Ceglia, an entrepreneur with a shady past who is claiming half ownership of the social-networking service. [Link]

Slashdot » Your Privacy Is a Sci-Fi Fantasy

Monday 26 March 22:07:00 UTC 2012

snydeq writes "Deep End's Paul Venezia discusses the 'sci-fi fantasy' that is privacy in the digital era. 'The assault on personal privacy has ramped up significantly in the past few years. From warrantless GPS tracking to ISP packet inspection, it seems that everyone wants to get in on the booming business of clandestine snooping — even blatant prying, if … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Underwater Missile Launch [Video]

Monday 26 March 22:00:25 UTC 2012

Death may rise from the murky depths.No related posts. flattr this! [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Gods Bicker in Mark Leyner's Absurd New Novel, The Sugar Frosted Nutsack

Monday 26 March 21:44:00 UTC 2012

In the early 1990s, Mark Leyner became one of the most promising young writers of American fiction. His cult-classic novels, with titles like My Cousin, My Gastroenterologist and Et Tu, Babe, tapped into the collective mind of a pop-culture-obsessed, Ritalin-prescribed generation. Now Leyner returns with a new novel that's funnier and more feverishly imagined than ever. [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Particle-Wave Duality Shown With Largest Molecules Yet

Monday 26 March 21:42:00 UTC 2012

Researchers created an interference pattern for molecules made of 100 atoms — the largest objects ever shown to reveal the weird quantum effect of particle-wave duality. [Link]

Slashdot » Supreme Court Throws Out Human Gene Patents

Monday 26 March 21:23:00 UTC 2012

thomst sends this quote from an Associated Press report: "The Supreme Court on Monday threw out a lower court ruling allowing human genes to be patented, a topic of enormous interest to cancer researchers, patients and drug makers. The court overturned patents belonging to Myriad Genetics Inc. of Salt Lake City on two genes linked to increased risk of … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Elephant Fossil Co-op?

Monday 26 March 21:00:28 UTC 2012

At Lake Nojiri in Shinano, Nagano Prefecture in Japan there was found over 50 years ago, the fossils of Naumann elephants. They have employed what is now called the “Lake Nojiri Method” to excavate the 83,000 fossils and other items they have found since: anyone can participate.Families with five-year-old children, troops of secondary school students, the elderly aged up to 78 … [Link]

Slashdot » Wing Commander: Darkest Dawn — Fan-Made Goodness Reborn

Monday 26 March 21:00:00 UTC 2012

MojoKid writes "Last week marked the launch of Wing Commander Saga: Darkest Dawn, a fan-built companion to Wing Commander III: Heart of the Tiger that's been in the making for the past ten years. It's a real labor of love. Now that the game is available, the question is, how good is it? "The game dropped on Thursday, I … [Link]

Slashdot » Book Review: HTML5 Developer's Cookbook

Monday 26 March 20:41:00 UTC 2012

stoolpigeon writes "HTML5 is the latest version of HTML. In fact, it is still under development — but HTML5 brings so many highly-desired capabilities that browsers have begun to implement it and many projects already take advantage of it. Often an HTML5 project employs more technology than just HTML, and the label has come to include the use of … [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Technology's Overlooked Deep Bench

Monday 26 March 20:00:00 UTC 2012

History is the roadmap for our future. We learn from it to avoid making the same mistakes. But that roadmap gets all blurry when we compromise our teaching of history. It's been said before — a mind is a terrible thing to waste — but in a global tech economy, the price gets higher every day. [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Living on a Stream: The Rise of Real-Time Video

Monday 26 March 20:00:00 UTC 2012

I just made a long bet with a friend. The friend: Kevin Kelly, a co-founder of Wired and adherent of the ?Long Bet,? whereby people on opposite sides of a prediction put money down to back up their hunches. The bet: If within 10 years, more than half of all video watched is live, I win. I'm not worried. … [Link]

Slashdot » Righthaven Stops Showing Up In Court

Monday 26 March 19:58:00 UTC 2012

Fluffeh writes "This story has gone from funny to sad. Following copyright-troll Righthaven's recent whipping by a judge, it now appears the company has just given up altogether. CEO Steve Gibson is working at another job (while being investigated by the Nevada Bar) and main lawyer Shawn Mangano apparently has completely stopped responding to all attempts to contact him, … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Quantum Conundrum [Pic]

Monday 26 March 19:35:47 UTC 2012

Oh Quantum Physics…how I love you and how you confuse everybody.[Via I fucking love science]No related posts. flattr this! [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » “The Most Absurd 3D-printable iPhone accessory”

Monday 26 March 19:30:08 UTC 2012

Recently, Engineer vs. Designer challenged the world to make the most absurd iPhone accessory that could be made using a 3D printer. The prize was to win a Makerbot Replicator, with a retail value of $1999.Contestants were to upload their designs to thingiverse.com and tag their entries with ‘EvD’.Unfortunately, the deadline was 19th March so you won’t be able to … [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Is the Civic Cloud the Next Big (er, Small) Thing?

Monday 26 March 19:30:00 UTC 2012

A move by Illinois and two regional governments in the Chicago area to a public data "convergence cloud" is being championed by officials as a way to be more transparent and user-friendly. But it could also be a way for municipalities — like companies — to cut IT costs. Could this seeming next big thing actually make the government smaller? … [Link]

Wired Top Stories » ZBoard Electric: The Commuter Skateboard for Badasses

Monday 26 March 19:26:00 UTC 2012

An electric skateboard that skateboarders will actually ride. [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Fisker to Replace Battery Packs on Nearly All Karma Sedans

Monday 26 March 19:19:00 UTC 2012

Fisker has announced plans to replace the battery packs on over 600 Karma plug-in hybrids after a fault was found in the cells. [Link]

Slashdot » Japanese Court Orders Google To Turn Off Auto-Complete Function

Monday 26 March 19:16:00 UTC 2012

An anonymous reader writes with news that a Tokyo District Court has granted its approval to a petition seeking to force Google to turn off the auto-complete feature for its search engine. "The petition against Google was filed by a Japanese man who claims the feature breached his privacy and eventually led to the loss of his job. According … [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Moon Rock Analysis Casts Doubt on Lunar Origins

Monday 26 March 19:04:00 UTC 2012

A new analysis of lunar minerals shows the moon is more similar to the Earth than thought, challenging the prevailing view of our nearest celestial neighbor formed. [Link]

Slashdot » Apple Offers Nano-SIM Design Royalty-Free

Monday 26 March 18:53:00 UTC 2012

judgecorp writes "Apple is reportedly offering its nano-SIM design free of royalties, hoping to swing the standards decision its way, for the next generation of even tinier SIM cards for phones and tablets." Nokia has reportedly responded that they still prefer their own design. Share on Google+ Read more of this story at Slashdot. [Link]

Slashdot » Why Microsoft's Keeping the Next Xbox Under Wraps

Monday 26 March 18:33:00 UTC 2012

donniebaseball23 writes "Microsoft recently confirmed that it's not going to be talking at all about its next Xbox, codenamed Durango, at this year's E3, instead keeping the focus on Xbox 360. Forbes columnist Chris Morris explains that Microsoft likely doesn't have games to show for the system yet — and why should they take the focus off Xbox 360, … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Awesome Tardis iPhone Case

Monday 26 March 18:30:39 UTC 2012

So…cool.Case Features -Compatible with iPhone 4 & 4S -Hard snap-on case -Maintains a slim profile -Easy access to all buttons and ports -High quality graphics that won’t fade, smudge or rub offSkin Features -Premium Quality Vinyl -No residue left behind -High resolution graphics -Precision cut for a perfect fitMatching Wallpaper -You will receive a a download code and instructions to get … [Link]

Wired Top Stories » New iPad Versus 5 Tablet Competitors: Which Runs Hottest?

Monday 26 March 17:58:00 UTC 2012

The new iPad does get warm when playing graphic-intensive games. But, so do other tablets on the market. [Link]

Wired Top Stories » What Shuttle Should Have Been: The October 1977 Flight Manifest

Monday 26 March 17:54:57 UTC 2012

An internal NASA document from 1977 outlined the first 23 space shuttle missions, but not a single one came off as planned. Space historian and Beyond Apollo blogger David S. F. Portree examines a spaceflight program that never was. [Link]

Slashdot » Getting the Most Out of SSH

Monday 26 March 17:49:00 UTC 2012

jfruh writes "If you have to administer a *nix computer remotely, you hopefully ditched Telnet for SSH years ago. But you might not know that this tool does a lot more than offer you a secured command line. Here are some tips and tricks that'll help you do everything from detect man-in-the-middle attacks (how are you supposed to know … [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Gadget Lab Podcast: The New iPad and a Host of Badass Gadgets

Monday 26 March 17:48:00 UTC 2012

On this week's Gadget Lab Podcast, the gang shows off Apple's newest iPad and takes a look at some seriously hardcore gadgets as part of our Month of Badass Gadgets. [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Cool LARP Weapons in Melbourne @ Of Science and Swords

Monday 26 March 17:30:25 UTC 2012

Of Science and Swords may not be the largest company around, but they’re pretty freaking awesome.Of Science & Swords is Melbourne’s premier Science Fiction and Fantasy bookshop, specialising in hard-to-find, back catalogue and out of print books.Their Facebook page is often updated with their cool content like their epic LARP weaponry: Their Facebook merchant portal has their latest books, t-shirts and … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Military Robots Showcase [Video]

Monday 26 March 17:18:01 UTC 2012

Robotic arms precise enough to lift a light bulb, yet strong enough to lift a set of weights. Robots that can search suspicious territory first without requiring a human being. Robots that can push around suspicious cars, break into them and take out the explosive device, safely away from any humans.Looks like the US Military are getting some really cool … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Amazon Deal of the Day: 76% Off Mass Effect + Mass Effect 2 – Digital Deluxe Edition – $11.99 (For Both!)

Monday 26 March 17:18:00 UTC 2012

For today’s edition of Deal of the day, Amazon has the Mass Effect dual pack (MA I and II) for just $11.99. You can also pick them up individually at $5.99 each or $8.99 for the digital deluxe edition of Mass Effect 2.-Mass Effect + Mass Effect 2 – Digital Deluxe Edition – $49.98 $11.99 (76% Off)No related posts. flattr this! [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Reiko Holinger Cosplay [Pics]

Monday 26 March 17:17:59 UTC 2012

Ani-Mia recently received her photos from Lasting Impression Art who did the photography and digital graphics for her photo shoot where she exhibits a red version of Reiko Holinger from Mobile Suit Gundam 0079. [Like Ani-Mia on Facebook]No related posts. flattr this! [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Nerdy And I Know It [Video]

Monday 26 March 17:17:58 UTC 2012

In line with the He-Man’s sexy rendition and College Humor’s Party Rock Anthem for Geeks, the Starcraft lovers at Husky Starcraft are nerdy and they know it.Anyone else love the dancing unicorn at 2.23?There is also Roll a D6 by Broken Record Film which I personally think is like 3000 times better. That might be because I’m more into D&D … [Link]

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

Monday 26 March 17:17:57 UTC 2012

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

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

Monday 26 March 17:17:56 UTC 2012

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

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

Monday 26 March 17:17:55 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]

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

Monday 26 March 17:17:54 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]

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

Monday 26 March 17:17:53 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]

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

Monday 26 March 17:17:52 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 » Findings Cast Doubt On Moon Origins

Monday 26 March 17:07:00 UTC 2012

sciencehabit writes "A new analysis of isotopes found in lunar minerals challenges the prevailing view of how Earth's nearest neighbor formed. Geochemists looked at titanium isotopes in 24 separate samples of lunar rock and soil, and found that the moon's proportion was effectively the same as Earth's and different from elsewhere in the solar system. This contradicts the so-called … [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Video: Progressive Enhancement 2.0

Monday 26 March 17:04:00 UTC 2012

Websites don't need to look or behave the same in every web browser, says a former Yahoo developer. What websites do need to do is offer the best possible experience on every device. [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Cool LARP Weapons in Melbourne @ Of Science and Swords

Monday 26 March 17:00:25 UTC 2012

Of Science and Swords may not be the largest company around, but they’re pretty freaking awesome.Of Science & Swords is Melbourne’s premier Science Fiction and Fantasy bookshop, specialising in hard-to-find, back catalogue and out of print books.Their Facebook page is often updated with their cool content like their epic LARP weaponry: Their Facebook merchant portal has their latest books, t-shirts and … [Link]

New Scientist – Online news » Today on New Scientist: 26 March 2012

Monday 26 March 17:00:00 UTC 2012

All today's stories on newscientist.com, including: the 10 biggest puzzles of human evolution and mutant protein may allow flu to kill [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Bombs Away: How the Air Force Sold Its Risky New $55 Billion Plane

Monday 26 March 16:29:00 UTC 2012

The dramatic destruction of the Navy landing ship Schenectady on Nov. 23, 2004 marked a turning point in the Pentagon's approach to aerial warfare, and led directly to one of the flying branch's riskiest-ever investments: a $55 billion effort to build a better bomber. [Link]

Slashdot » The TAG Challenge: $5k Global Manhunt Using Social Media

Monday 26 March 16:25:00 UTC 2012

An anonymous reader writes "CNET just published an article about a new challenge to photograph 5 target individuals in 5 different cities on March 31st. The TAG challenge will pay the winner $5k. Target mobility means this will be much harder than the DARPA Red Balloon Challenge which was won by MIT. From the article: 'On March 31, mug … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Quantum Conundrum [Pic]

Monday 26 March 16:00:10 UTC 2012

Oh Quantum Physics…how I love you and how you confuse everybody.[Via I fucking love science]No related posts. flattr this! [Link]

New Scientist – Online news » Disputed painting revealed as a Van Gogh

Monday 26 March 15:52:22 UTC 2012

High-energy radiation reveals that a painting of a bouquet considered too flowery to be done by Van Gogh was actually his [Link]

Slashdot » MIT Prof Predicts the End of Disabilities In Next 50 Years

Monday 26 March 15:44:00 UTC 2012

judgecorp writes "MIT professor Hugh Herr describes how technology can end disability in 50 years — with a big incentive from the need to support injured war veterans. A champion climber, Herr lost both legs below the knee, returned to climbing and designed improved climbing prostheses. From the article: 'Herr believes the work he is doing won’t just have … [Link]

New Scientist – Online news » Man with no pulse: How turbines can replace a heart

Monday 26 March 15:28:42 UTC 2012

Watch a short film that follows a groundbreaking surgery to replace a dying man's heart with a beatless device [Link]

New Scientist – Online news » 'Lab rat' of botany gets technicolour makeover

Monday 26 March 15:06:17 UTC 2012

Arabidopsis thaliana, the first plant to have its genome fully sequenced, reveals its natural yellow dreadlocks and ethereal glow [Link]

Slashdot » Science Reveals Why Airplane Food Tastes So Bad

Monday 26 March 15:03:00 UTC 2012

Hugh Pickens writes "At low elevations, the 10,000 or so taste buds in the human mouth work pretty much as nature intended. But step aboard a modern airliner, and the sense of taste loses its bearings. Even before a plane takes off, the atmosphere inside the cabin dries out the nose. As the plane ascends, the change in air … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Military Robots Showcase [Video]

Monday 26 March 15:00:05 UTC 2012

Robotic arms precise enough to lift a light bulb, yet strong enough to lift a set of weights. Robots that can search suspicious territory first without requiring a human being. Robots that can push around suspicious cars, break into them and take out the explosive device, safely away from any humans.Looks like the US Military are getting some really cool … [Link]

Slashdot » Senators Ask Feds To Probe Facebook Log-in Requests

Monday 26 March 14:14:00 UTC 2012

thomst writes "Cnet's Michelle Meyers reports that democratic senators Richard Blumenthal and Charles Schumer have asked the Justice Department to investigate what they call a 'new disturbing trend' of prospective employers demanding job applicants to turn over user names and passwords for their social networks. 'Employers have no right to ask job applicants for their house keys or to … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Amazon Deal of the Day: 76% Off Mass Effect + Mass Effect 2 – Digital Deluxe Edition – $11.99 (For Both!)

Monday 26 March 14:10:33 UTC 2012

For today’s edition of Deal of the day, Amazon has the Mass Effect dual pack (MA I and II) for just $11.99. You can also pick them up individually at $5.99 each or $8.99 for the digital deluxe edition of Mass Effect 2.-Mass Effect + Mass Effect 2 – Digital Deluxe Edition – $49.98 $11.99 (76% Off)No related posts. flattr this! … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Reiko Holinger Cosplay [Pics]

Monday 26 March 14:00:01 UTC 2012

Ani-Mia recently received her photos from Lasting Impression Art who did the photography and digital graphics for her photo shoot where she exhibits a red version of Reiko Holinger from Mobile Suit Gundam 0079. [Like Ani-Mia on Facebook]No related posts. flattr this! [Link]

New Scientist – Online news » Why a soundscape is worth a thousand pictures

Monday 26 March 13:45:00 UTC 2012

Bernie Krause, author of The Great Animal Orchestra, explains how audio recordings of the natural world offer an insight into intricate habitats [Link]

Slashdot » Microsoft Leads Sting Operation Against Zeus Botnets

Monday 26 March 13:33:00 UTC 2012

wiredmikey writes "Microsoft, in what it called its 'most complex effort to disrupt botnets to date,' and in collaboration with partners from the financial services industry, has successfully taken down operations that fuel a number of botnets that make up the notorious Zeus family of malware. In what Microsoft is calling 'Operation b71,' Microsoft and its co-plaintiffs, escorted by … [Link]

New Scientist – Online news » A question of intelligence

Monday 26 March 13:03:22 UTC 2012

Why are humans the smartest animals on Earth? [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Nerdy And I Know It [Video]

Monday 26 March 13:00:13 UTC 2012

In line with the He-Man’s sexy rendition and College Humor’s Party Rock Anthem for Geeks, the Starcraft lovers at Husky Starcraft are nerdy and they know it.Anyone else love the dancing unicorn at 2.23?There is also Roll a D6 by Broken Record Film which I personally think is like 3000 times better. That might be because I’m more into D&D … [Link]

Slashdot » HDTV Expert Alfred Poor Tells You What to Buy and What Not to Buy (Video)

Monday 26 March 12:50:00 UTC 2012

Alfred Poor's website is called HDTV Almanac. That's where he talks about the latest HDTV industry news and changes. He also writes about HDTVs and monitors for a variety of industry publications and does some marketing consulting for manufacturers in the field. In this 17 minute video, Alfred tells us what features we should look for in our next … [Link]

O'Reilly News and Commentary » #Ebook Deal/Day: Programming Entity Framework: DbContext – $7.49 (Save 50%)

Monday 26 March 12:45:16 UTC 2012

Get "Programming Entity Framework: DbContext" today and save 50%!This sale ends at 2:00 AM 2012-03-27 (PDT, GMT-8:00). [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Morphlabs Rolls Out All-SSD Private Cloud in a Box

Monday 26 March 12:27:04 UTC 2012

Morphlabs today launched the first all solid-state drive (SSD) private cloud platform, offering performance gains that it said are "pretty massive" while matching the cost of Amazon. [Link]

New Scientist – Online news » 10 biggest puzzles of human evolution

Monday 26 March 12:22:11 UTC 2012

We are the ape that stood on two feet, lost its fur and crossed the globe – but why? New Scientist explores these and other enduring riddles of our past [Link]

Slashdot » Judge Orders Oracle and Google To Talk, Again

Monday 26 March 12:01:00 UTC 2012

Reader Fluffeh snips from and links to Ars Technica with the latest chapter in the ongoing Google vs. Oracle fight involving patents, Java, and Android, writing that executives at both companies were "'ordered to hold one last round of settlement talks no later than April 9th, with the trial over Google's alleged use of Java technology in Android set … [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Lunar Halos, Septuple Rainbows and Iridescent Meat: Incredible Optics Photos

Monday 26 March 11:30:00 UTC 2012

For 14 years, the website Optics Picture of the Day has collected and featured stunning examples of optical effects. We look at some of our favorites and the physics underlying them. [Link]

Wired Top Stories » No Innovation Until We Run Out of Energy

Monday 26 March 11:30:00 UTC 2012

President Obama has started his re-election campaign, hoping to remind voters that in spite of four years of broken promises and disappointing compromises, he's still dedicated to what got him elected in the first place: making really good campaign speeches. One phrase you're going to be hearing a lot is "all-of-the-above" energy policy. This little catchphrase refers to his stance … [Link]

Wired Top Stories » March 26, 1850: Birth of a Socialist Sci-Fi Writer

Monday 26 March 11:30:00 UTC 2012

Edward Bellamy is born. He's the American socialist and visionary author best known for penning the forward-looking utopian novel, Looking Backward. [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Learn From the Best at a Visual-Storytelling Workshop

Monday 26 March 11:30:00 UTC 2012

The Kalish is a world-class, week-long (June 11-15) visual editing workshop housed at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. It's intended for anybody working in new media who wants to find the best way to sort through the junk and get back to storytelling. [Link]

Wired Top Stories » For LinkedIn Founder Reid Hoffman, Relationships Rule the World

Monday 26 March 11:30:00 UTC 2012

Software entrepreneur Reid Hoffman talks about his plan at 12 to change the world, The Start-Up of You, and "the most expensive decision" of his life. [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Blackwater's Afghan HQ Is Really Called 'Camp Integrity'

Monday 26 March 11:30:00 UTC 2012

U.S. troops may be leaving Afghanistan, but the world's most infamous security company isn't. Academi, the company formerly known as Blackwater, keeps a 10-acre compound in the heart of Kabul. And it ain't leaving any time soon. [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Glass Act

Monday 26 March 11:01:00 UTC 2012

With the Envy 14 Spectre, HP takes an already out-there idea to its barely sane terminus by making a little more than half of this 14-inch laptop out of glass. [Link]

New Scientist – Online news » Mutant protein may allow flu to kill

Monday 26 March 11:01:00 UTC 2012

Why is flu a mild infection in certain people but deadly in others? A single protein could explain the mystery in some cases [Link]

New Scientist – Online news » Metal detector knows how much cash is in your wallet

Monday 26 March 10:19:00 UTC 2012

Detecting the magnetic ink on banknotes means the number of notes can be instantly counted [Link]

Slashdot » Magician Marco Tempest Talks 'Open Sorcery'

Monday 26 March 8:57:00 UTC 2012

bLanark writes "The BBC have a piece about illusionist Marco Tempest who uses technology to generate magical illusions. As he says in the interview unlike most magicians and illusionists he shares his techniques in an act that he calls 'open sorcery.' The techniques include using iPhone apps, and high-speed digital cameras. There is a growing band of people using … [Link]

Slashdot » Chinese Firm Helps Iran Spy On Citizens

Monday 26 March 6:02:00 UTC 2012

New submitter politkal excerpts from a report at Reuters: "A Chinese telecommunications equipment company has sold Iran's largest telecom firm a powerful surveillance system capable of monitoring landline, mobile and internet communications, interviews and contract documents show. The system was part of a 98.6 million euro ($130.6 million) contract for networking equipment supplied by Shenzhen, China-based ZTE Corp to … [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Square's Payment App Goes Over to Android and Over the Counter

Monday 26 March 5:32:00 UTC 2012

Now that Square is gaining traction with small businesses, the company wants to better target customers on the other side of the counter. That?s the strategy behind Square?s latest attempt at capturing shoppers? minds (and wallets). On Sunday evening, Square launched a completely revamped smartphone application, rebranding its ?Card Case? mobile payment app as ?Pay With Square,? featuring a redesign … [Link]

Wired Top Stories » A Google-a-Day Puzzle for Mar. 26

Monday 26 March 5:01:00 UTC 2012

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

Wired Top Stories » The Idea Shop Is Open

Monday 26 March 5:00:00 UTC 2012

Over the past few months we?ve been inviting Wired-minded people to post their thoughts on technology and society and the trends and ideas that will matter most. Today, we?re making things official with Wired Opinion ? a new section offering daily insight, argument and provocation from some of the world?s most innovative thinkers and doers. [Link]

Slashdot » Huawei Claims 30Gbps Wireless 'Beyond LTE'

Monday 26 March 3:02:00 UTC 2012

shreshtha writes "Huawei says it has 'recently introduced … Beyond LTE technology, which significantly increases peak rates to 30Gbps — over 20 times faster than existing commercial LTE networks.' It claims to have achieved this with 'key breakthroughs in antenna structure, radio frequency architecture, IF (intermediate frequency) algorithms, and multi-user MIMO (multi-input multi-output).'" Share on Google+ Read more of this story at … [Link]

Slashdot » Maybe the FAA Gadget Ban On Liftoff and Landing Isn't So Bad

Monday 26 March 0:16:00 UTC 2012

First time accepted submitter oyenamit writes "Ars Technica reported a while back that FAA is going to reconsider the ban on use of electronic gadgets during take-off and landing. If this ban is revoked, you will be free to use your gizmos for an additional 30 minutes or so. Peter Bright has an interesting take on why lifting of … [Link]

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