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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.

Slashdot » A Hybrid Car With Detachable Engine Proposed

Tuesday 27 March 23:45:00 UTC 2012

thecarchik writes "The SCI hyMod five-door minicar concept is the brainchild of a Romanian team made up of an engineer, a designer, and an automotive journalist. It uses what its designers call a 'dedicated logistics center' for the transformation from electric to gas-powered, in which the back end of the car containing a battery pack is removed, and replaced … [Link]

New Scientist – Online news » Dolphin social networks are unusually open

Tuesday 27 March 23:31:00 UTC 2012

Male dolphins don't live in tribes, but they form complex alliances with each other [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » A Geek Motto [Pic]

Tuesday 27 March 23:30:58 UTC 2012

This is surely a geek motto if I ever saw one! [Via I Waste So Much Time]No related posts. flattr this! [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Racist Twitter troll jailed

Tuesday 27 March 23:30:21 UTC 2012

A British student has been jailed as a result of offensive Twitter comments made during an argument about a black football player. Unlike some previous incidents, the case involved longstanding laws that weren’t specifically introduced to cover online activity.Liam Stacey, a 21 year old student, made the comments about Fabrice Muamba, a Bolton Wanderers player who collapsed during a game with … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Amazon Deal of the Day: 57% Off Garmin nüvi 1390LMT 4.3-Inch Portable GPS Navigator with Bluetooth, Lifetime Maps & Traffic – $129.99 + Free Shipping

Tuesday 27 March 23:28:40 UTC 2012

For today’s edition of Deal of the Day, Amazon has the Garmin nüvi 1390LMT 4.3-Inch Portable GPS Navigator with Bluetooth, Lifetime Maps & Traffic for just $129.99. That’s 57% off the GPS’s usual retail price of $299.99.The nüvi 1390LMT packs big features–including free Lifetime Maps and Traffic–into a slim design. This thin navigator also comes with lane assist with junction view, … [Link]

Wired Top Stories » How Forensics Claims Facebook Ownership Contract Is 'Forged'

Tuesday 27 March 23:15:00 UTC 2012

Backed by forensics, Facebook is asking a federal judge Monday to dismiss a long-running lawsuit brought by entrepreneur Paul Ceglia, who claims he owns half of the social-networking site. Here is Wired's examination of the forensics report submitted to a federal judge presiding over the legal flap. [Link]

Slashdot » Boston Pays Out $170,000 To Man Arrested For Recording Police

Tuesday 27 March 23:05:00 UTC 2012

Ian Lamont writes "The City of Boston has reached a $170,000 settlement with Simon Glik, who was arrested by Boston Police in 2007 after using his mobile phone to record police arresting another man on Boston Common. Police claimed that Glik had violated state wiretapping laws, but later dropped the charges and admitted the officers were wrong to arrest … [Link]

Wired Top Stories » DEA: Wannabe Cartel Hit Squad Included Former U.S. Soldiers

Tuesday 27 March 22:49:18 UTC 2012

A DEA sting operation targeting a cell of would-be cartel assassins ended in a violent warehouse showdown over the weekend. Among their ranks: one active-duty Army soldier, and one former G.I. [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Turn Your Mobile Device Into a Tax-Crunching Accountant

Tuesday 27 March 22:47:00 UTC 2012

Tax season doesn't have to be a last-minute cage match between IRS forms and your fuzzy math. Here's how to your offload your tax (preparation) burden on your apps. [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » The Owls Are Coming [Pic]

Tuesday 27 March 22:43:53 UTC 2012

You have been warned. [Via Fake Science]No related posts. flattr this! [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Ties for the Classy Geek

Tuesday 27 March 22:43:52 UTC 2012

Really show off your music geekery with these hand-inked neckties adorned with some of the most obscure instruments in existence, from a Claghorn to a Aquaggaswack (I’m not kidding). You can choose deep red ink on taupe tie, blank ink on medium gray or black ink on light gray. Michael Phipps will even create a custom listing for you if … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » For the Mad Men Fans [Video]

Tuesday 27 March 22:43:51 UTC 2012

Epic alternate versions of the Mad Men opening. Homosexual superman makes an appearance.“What the hell is a Rubicon!?”[Via College Humor]No related posts. flattr this! [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Awkwardly Awesome Merchandise

Tuesday 27 March 22:43:50 UTC 2012

Down at the Wong Fu Store they have some pretty geektastic stuff… Nice Guy Hoodie…in 3D! I’m not exactly sure how this works…but it’s Unisex! Hurrah! $45. Awksome T-Shirt. Sooooooo awkward but sooooooo sexy. $24.But the best one of all… AWKWARD TURTLE PLUSHIE. I wanna get it and carry it around, just to bring it out at awkward moments and make it ever … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Can We Get Some Hot Men in Cosplay?

Tuesday 27 March 22:43:49 UTC 2012

So…we’ve got loads of guys reading this blog right?At least some of them have got to be hot right?And at least some of those hot guys have got to enjoy cosplay, RIGHT!?So why aren’t we getting loads of pictures of hot guys in cosplay being sent to us? (Hit the contact section on top of the blog!) We get all … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Mallrats Magic Eye Poster Was Not a Sailboat

Tuesday 27 March 22:43:48 UTC 2012

I am a shameless fan of Kevin Smith and while some of his more recent efforts have been less than spectacular, his Askewniverse Jersey films just speak to me. I just love them.Of course next to the original Clerks, Mallrats was an amazing film. There is a repeated scene that we keep coming back to in the film which shows Ethan … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » 80′s Movie Alphabet Poster [Pic]

Tuesday 27 March 22:43:47 UTC 2012

Graphic Designer Stephen Wildish created this truly outrageous alphabet poster. Not gonna lie, I had to ask my uber hipster roomie (b. 1987) for a help on a few of these (I was born in 1981.). We got all but 4.No related posts. flattr this! [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Humanise Your Data [Video]

Tuesday 27 March 22:43:46 UTC 2012

This video is a bit long but his Jer Thorp, a creative computer geek, keeps you pretty entertained the whole time and he has some really funky graphs making data quite aesthetic. I think it’s worth watching to the end to hear him make his point about how we need to put data in a human context, to tether it … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » BioShock’s Rapture in LEGO

Tuesday 27 March 22:43:45 UTC 2012

Lego Rapture from BioShock, from Brickworld 2011. You can see more over here. [Via Moc Pages]No related posts. flattr this! [Link]

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

Tuesday 27 March 22:43:44 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 » FTC Privacy Framework Pushes For Regulation of Data Brokers

Tuesday 27 March 22:22:00 UTC 2012

Trailrunner7 writes "The Federal Trade Commission has issued a new report (PDF) on consumer privacy and online tracking. Among the recommendations the commission makes is that data brokers make themselves known to consumers and be open and transparent about the data they collect. The FTC also says companies should be building privacy protections into their products by design, including … [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Help Find Hubble's Next Iconic Image

Tuesday 27 March 22:13:00 UTC 2012

NASA is asking members of the public to help search for spectacular but overlooked images from the Hubble space telescope. [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Space Stallions

Tuesday 27 March 22:00:28 UTC 2012

You know, in the 80′s, I would have thought this was the coolest cartoon. Actually, I still think it’s pretty cool, but for completely different reasons.This is actually some guy’s Bachelor project for an animation workshop.[Via his Facebook]No related posts. flattr this! [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Apple Responds to iPad Battery Concerns

Tuesday 27 March 21:57:00 UTC 2012

When the new iPad says it's 100 percent fully charged, it may actually not be — at least that's been the word on the web the past few days. This has caused concern among iPad users hoping to get the most out of their device's battery life, and the normally tight-lipped Apple has responded in order to clarify the issue. … [Link]

Slashdot » Cops Can Crack an iPhone In Under Two Minutes

Tuesday 27 March 21:40:00 UTC 2012

Sparrowvsrevolution writes "Micro Systemation, a Stockholm-based company, has released a video showing that its software can easily bypass the iPhone's four-digit passcode in a matter of seconds. It can also crack Android phones, and is designed to dump the devices' data to a PC for easy browsing, including messages, GPS locations, web history, calls, contacts and keystroke logs. The … [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Computers in the Living Room: Xbox Has Never Been A Game System

Tuesday 27 March 21:11:58 UTC 2012

The living room is not a game center, but an experiment in a redefinition of personal computing. [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Music Video: 8-Bit Rockers Jam Through Side-Scrolling Adventures in 'Dreamorama'

Tuesday 27 March 21:11:57 UTC 2012

Pixelated band members fight evil and rock out in French filmmaker Pierre Manry's cool video for the Sna-fu Grand D?sordre Orchestre song "Dreamorama." [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Lamborghini Batman is Pulled Over in Maryland

Tuesday 27 March 21:00:48 UTC 2012

There really should be more Superheroes in the real world, and it seems like this unnamed wealthy philanthropist agrees. He has taken it upon himself to give some sick kids in the hospital a very special visit.The man was first seen a few days ago, in full Batman regalia, pulled over by Montgomery County Maryland Police. He was standing next to … [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Audi Showcases 3 Next-Gen Technologies Coming to a Car Near You

Tuesday 27 March 21:00:00 UTC 2012

Audi is hard at work on the next round of in-car innovations due to hit production before the end of the decade. Most are early in the development cycle, but that's not stopping the crew from Ingolstadt from giving us a brief glimpse into the future of exterior design, lighting technology and automation, all of which could find their way … [Link]

Wired Top Stories » A Quarter-Century Later, Stealth Fighter Finally Ready for Combat

Tuesday 27 March 20:58:00 UTC 2012

After more than 25 years and $73 billion, the F-22 Raptor stealth fighter finally has its suite of ground-mapping radars and flexible bomb payloads — standard equipment on most Air Force strike jets. Which means the most expensive jet of all time is finally fully combat-ready. [Link]

Slashdot » Slashdot Asks: How To Best Record Remote Video Interviews?

Tuesday 27 March 20:58:00 UTC 2012

You've probably noticed that Slashdot's been running some video lately. There are a lot of interesting people and projects in the world we'd like to present in video form, but some of them are too far away for the corporate overlords to sponsor travel to shoot footage in person. (Another reason my dream of parachuting to McMurdo Station will … [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Oracle and HP Trade Punches on Eve of Itanium Trial

Tuesday 27 March 20:48:00 UTC 2012

On Tuesday HP filed two pretrial motions motions — a summary adjudication and a summary judgment — for the judge to evaluate the merits of Oracle's countersuit against HP. Oracle's countersuit was in response to HP's initial suit that Oracle had breached contract by discontinuing support of Intel's Itanium chip. Though a common pretrial tactic, the (ostensibly) hope on HP's … [Link]

Wired Top Stories » U.S. Offered to Scale Back Drone War

Tuesday 27 March 20:42:00 UTC 2012

The CIA offered to scale back its unofficial drone war in Pakistan's remote tribal areas. But Pakistani authorities would rather have the drones leave altogether. [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Gun Camera Lets You Bag Your Prey the Harmless Way

Tuesday 27 March 20:23:00 UTC 2012

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Wired Top Stories » 8 Truly Metal Apps With Which to Melt Off Your Face

Tuesday 27 March 20:20:00 UTC 2012

Can an app for iOS or Android ever be truly "metal?" We say yes, and this roundup of devil-horn-worthy apps proves it. [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Condor Cam Update: Chick Is Cute

Tuesday 27 March 20:18:00 UTC 2012

Vote on your favorite name for the San Diego Zoo Safari Park's new baby condor. [Link]

Slashdot » Political Party's Leadership Election Hit By DDoS Attack

Tuesday 27 March 20:14:00 UTC 2012

New submitter lyran74 writes "Saturday's electronic leadership vote for Canada's New Democratic Party was plagued by delays caused by a botnet DDoS attack, coming from over 10,000 machines. Details are still scarce, but Scytl, who provided electronic voting services, will have to build more robust systems in the future in anticipation of such attacks. Party and company officials say … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » The Owls Are Coming [Pic]

Tuesday 27 March 20:00:58 UTC 2012

You have been warned. [Via Fake Science]No related posts. flattr this! [Link]

Slashdot » Mozilla Releases HTML5 MMO BrowserQuest

Tuesday 27 March 19:52:00 UTC 2012

New submitter rasmuswikman sends this quote from an announcement at hacks.mozilla.org: "BrowserQuest is a tribute to classic video-games with a multiplayer twist. You play as a young warrior driven by the thrill of adventure. No princess to save here, just a dangerous world filled with treasures to discover. And it's all done in glorious HTML5 and JavaScript. Even better, … [Link]

Slashdot » Ask Slashdot: What Defines Success In an Open Source Project?

Tuesday 27 March 19:33:00 UTC 2012

rbowen writes "Nine years ago, Slashdot readers discussed what makes an Open Source project successful. The answers were varied, of course. An academic paper summarized the results, agreeing (albeit with more precision) that motivations for Open Source projects are varied. Has anything changed since then? In the era of mobile apps, social media, and Google Ad revenue, have the … [Link]

Wired Top Stories » NSA Chief: Agency Wants to Provide Malware Signatures, Not Enter Private Networks

Tuesday 27 March 19:19:00 UTC 2012

The NSA continued to downplay its role in the cyber defense of private networks when Gen. Keith Alexander told a Senate committee that his agency absolutely did not want to be in private networks monitoring data for threats. Instead, he said the NSA should only play a role in providing malware signatures to private industry to help them monitor their … [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Creativity Lessons From Charles Dickens and Steve Jobs

Tuesday 27 March 19:16:51 UTC 2012

Creativity is the most essential skill for navigating an increasingly complex world ? or so said 1,500 CEOs across 60 countries in a recent survey by IBM. And yet federally funded research and development ? creativity, institutionalized ? is down 20% as a share of America's GDP since the late 1980s. But I think the declinism is overwrought. And that's … [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Webcast: Obama Goes Big on Big Data

Tuesday 27 March 19:16:50 UTC 2012

The Obama administration is going big on big data, with the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy hosting a webcast today at 3 p.m. Eastern, where science heads from a number of federal government agencies will outline their big data research. [Link]

Wired Top Stories » ThinkUp Wants to Liberate Your Online Social Life

Tuesday 27 March 19:16:49 UTC 2012

The corporate social web still sucks. All your social connections live on some company's server and none of your stuff is actually yours in any real way. Like others before it, ThinkUp believes there's a better way. But unlike many others before it ThinkUp is actually shipping code you can use today. [Link]

Wired Top Stories » India Looks Toward Mars

Tuesday 27 March 19:16:39 UTC 2012

On March 16, India took a big step toward a Mars orbiter mission with the release of its budget. The proposal itself might not be particularly revolutionary ? such missions have been flown before, if not by India ? but the planning strategies and subtext are a fascinating case study of business-as-unusual. [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Video: Rapper El-P Makes Records by Disappearing 'Into a Hole'

Tuesday 27 March 19:13:00 UTC 2012

With his upcoming album Cancer for Cure, Brooklyn rapper El-P returns to making his own cerebral, dense hip-hop after a few years spent working on the record, as well as producing instrumental tracks and beats for other MCs. [Link]

Wired Top Stories » FBI Says Citibank Gave Paul Allen's Debit Card to Thief

Tuesday 27 March 19:03:00 UTC 2012

An alleged Army deserter is being charged with bank fraud in connection to the socially engineered hijacking of Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen's debit card. In a complaint unsealed Monday, federal authorities allege Brandon Price, of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, obtained the billionaire's debit card from CitiBank via a telephone call to the bank's customer service bureau in January. At Price's request, the … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Ties for the Classy Geek

Tuesday 27 March 19:00:32 UTC 2012

Really show off your music geekery with these hand-inked neckties adorned with some of the most obscure instruments in existence, from a Claghorn to a Aquaggaswack (I’m not kidding). You can choose deep red ink on taupe tie, blank ink on medium gray or black ink on light gray. Michael Phipps will even create a custom listing for you if … [Link]

Slashdot » Inside the Mummification of Space Shuttle Discovery

Tuesday 27 March 18:58:29 UTC 2012

longacre writes "When Space Shuttle Discovery goes on display at the Smithsonian next month, it will be a shell of its former self, with most of its critical systems removed. This article has a behind-the-scenes look at the removal of the engines and their replica replacements, as well as photos of the orbiter in various states of deconstruction. 'From … [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Google's Massive Developer Event Sells Out in 20 Minutes

Tuesday 27 March 18:51:00 UTC 2012

Google I/O sells out in 20 minutes, according to Google's Vic Gundotra. [Link]

Wired Top Stories » 'Pottermore' Breaks All Retailers and Rules (Except Apple's and Region Restrictions)

Tuesday 27 March 18:40:00 UTC 2012

Even the most radical, tectonic-plate-shifting experiments in digital publishing are still part and parcel of the world of books we've inherited: its assumptions, its economics, and its encumberances. [Link]

Slashdot » Richard Clarke: All Major U.S. Firms Hacked By China

Tuesday 27 March 18:38:00 UTC 2012

bdking writes "Former White House cybersecurity advisor Richard Clarke says state-sanctioned Chinese hackers are stealing R&D from U.S. companies, threatening the long-term competitiveness of the nation. He said, 'The U.S. government is involved in espionage against other governments. There’s a big difference, however, between the kind of cyberespionage the United States government does and China. The U.S. government doesn’t … [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Cracking the Cloud: An Amazon Web Services Primer

Tuesday 27 March 18:24:00 UTC 2012

It's safe to say that Amazon Web Services (AWS) has become synonymous with cloud computing; it's the platform on which some of the Internet's most popular sites and services are built. But just as cloud computing is used as a simplistic catchall term for a variety of online services, the same can be said for AWS — there's a lot … [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Cloud and Education: Wired Embed Digs In

Tuesday 27 March 18:10:00 UTC 2012

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New Scientist – Online news » North Sea gas leak venting from newly disturbed source

Tuesday 27 March 18:10:00 UTC 2012

The gas pouring out of the Elgin wellhead off Aberdeen isn't coming from the gas reservoir itself, but from a previously unknown source in the rock above [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » For the Mad Men Fans [Video]

Tuesday 27 March 18:00:57 UTC 2012

Epic alternate versions of the Mad Men opening. Homosexual superman makes an appearance.“What the hell is a Rubicon!?”[Via College Humor]No related posts. flattr this! [Link]

Slashdot » Google I/O Sells Out In 20 Minutes

Tuesday 27 March 17:55:00 UTC 2012

netbuzz writes "Last year it took almost an hour, but this morning Google's enormously popular conference for developers sold out in about 20 minutes, Vic Gundotra, Google's senior vice president of engineering, told his followers on Google+. 'While we're overwhelmed with the interest and enthusiasm around Google I/O, we know it can be very disappointing and frustrating when an … [Link]

Wired Top Stories » The Startup Ethic and the Charitable Impulse

Tuesday 27 March 17:51:00 UTC 2012

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Wired Top Stories » Glow-in-the-Dark Animals Star in Bioluminescence Show

Tuesday 27 March 17:48:00 UTC 2012

From eerie mushrooms glowing green on fallen logs to microscopic plankton shining near the ocean surface, bioluminescence is found everywhere in nature. [Link]

New Scientist – Online news » Forget tracer bullets – NASA now has tracer rockets

Tuesday 27 March 17:43:20 UTC 2012

Pulling off five launches in as many minutes is something to crow about, which is what NASA has been doing after the successful launch of its ATREX mission [Link]

New Scientist – Online news » Today on New Scientist: 27 March 2012

Tuesday 27 March 17:43:19 UTC 2012

All today's stories on newscientist.com, including: Black Queen tells microbes to be lazy and searching for the Venice of the Nile [Link]

Slashdot » Ask Slashdot: Most Secure Mobile OS?

Tuesday 27 March 17:36:00 UTC 2012

Lexta writes "So I'm contemplating my next smartphone purchase, and I've been a little put off by all of the security exploits posted on Slashdot over the last few months, particularly for Android. So, what's the most secure stock standard (not jailbroken) mobile OS?" Share on Google+ Read more of this story at Slashdot. [Link]

Slashdot » Dysfunction In Modern Science?

Tuesday 27 March 17:18:00 UTC 2012

eldavojohn writes "The editors of Infection and Immunity are sending a warning signal about modern science. Two editorials (1 and 2) published in the journal have given other biomedical researchers pause to ask if modern science is dysfunctional. Readers familiar with the state of academia may not be surprised but the claims have been presented today to the National … [Link]

New Scientist – Online news » Creating collapsible structures with no moving parts

Tuesday 27 March 17:14:22 UTC 2012

A new 3D shape dubbed the buckliball could be used to make collapsible buildings or new kinds of drug containers [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Your $50 iPhone Navigation App Is Almost Obsolete

Tuesday 27 March 17:09:46 UTC 2012

Scout.me lets you navigate through your iPhone's browser, complete with turn-by-turn, voice-prompted directions, and devs can get in on the action by adding a single line of code to their existing site. [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Awkwardly Awesome Merchandise

Tuesday 27 March 17:00:26 UTC 2012

Down at the Wong Fu Store they have some pretty geektastic stuff… Nice Guy Hoodie…in 3D! I’m not exactly sure how this works…but it’s Unisex! Hurrah! $45. Awksome T-Shirt. Sooooooo awkward but sooooooo sexy. $24.But the best one of all… AWKWARD TURTLE PLUSHIE. I wanna get it and carry it around, just to bring it out at awkward moments and make it ever … [Link]

New Scientist – Online news » Out of Peru, the plant that tackles toothache

Tuesday 27 March 16:44:00 UTC 2012

After having her painful molars treated by Amazonian villagers, anthropologist Françoise Barbira Freedman is bringing their painkilling plant to the masses [Link]

Slashdot » German Pirate Party Enters 2nd State Parliament

Tuesday 27 March 16:41:37 UTC 2012

An anonymous reader writes "After its recent success in the Berlin elections, the German Pirate Party scores 7.4% of votes for the state parliament of Saarland, earning them 4 seats out of 51. While the campaign didn't center around copyright issues and/or ACTA (the party's stance is well-known), it centered around open government, access to education, and participative governing … [Link]

Slashdot » MIT Solar Towers Beat Solar Panels By Up To 20x

Tuesday 27 March 16:27:00 UTC 2012

An anonymous reader writes "A team of MIT researchers has come up with a very different approach to solar collectors: building cubes and towers that extend solar cells upward in three-dimensional configurations. The results from the structures they've tested show power output ranging from double to more than 20 times that of fixed flat panels with the same base … [Link]

Slashdot » UK Man Jailed For 'Offensive Tweets'

Tuesday 27 March 16:07:00 UTC 2012

Motor writes "A UK judge has jailed a man for 56 days after he posted offensive comments on twitter about a footballer who had a heart attack during a game. He's also been thrown out of his university degree course weeks from graduating. His comments may have been offensive… but do they really justify a prison sentence and ruining … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Can We Get Some Hot Men in Cosplay?

Tuesday 27 March 16:00:07 UTC 2012

So…we’ve got loads of guys reading this blog right?At least some of them have got to be hot right?And at least some of those hot guys have got to enjoy cosplay, RIGHT!?So why aren’t we getting loads of pictures of hot guys in cosplay being sent to us? (Hit the contact section on top of the blog!) We get all … [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Microsoft Unveils New Plan to Speed Up the Web

Tuesday 27 March 15:58:00 UTC 2012

First Google proposed the SPDY protocol for a "speedier" web. Now Microsoft wants in on the fun. The company has proposed an alternative to the SPDY protocol which it calls HTTP Speed+Mobility. The details of Microsoft's plan are still unclear, but with two brain trusts now contributing maybe we'll get a faster internet sooner rather than later. [Link]

New Scientist – Online news » Black Queen tells microbes to be lazy

Tuesday 27 March 15:58:00 UTC 2012

Microorganisms are in a constant, never-ending struggle: to make someone else do the hard work [Link]

New Scientist – Online news » Pressure to tighten up antibiotics on US farms

Tuesday 27 March 15:58:00 UTC 2012

Farmers in the US may soon be banned from giving antibiotics to healthy animals to prevent spread of drug resistance [Link]

Slashdot » Hoover Dams For Lilliput: Does Small Hydroelectric Power Have a Future?

Tuesday 27 March 15:25:00 UTC 2012

New submitter MatthewVD writes "Boing Boing's Maggie Koerth-Baker, author of Before The Lights Go Out, writes that the era of giant hydroelectric projects like the Hoover Dam has passed. But the Department of Energy has identified 5,400 potential sites for small hydro projects of 30 MWs or less. The sites, in states as dry as Kansas, represent a total … [Link]

New Scientist – Online news » Pressure to increase control of antibiotic use on US farms

Tuesday 27 March 15:22:14 UTC 2012

Farmers in the US may soon be banned from giving antibiotics to healthy animals to prevent spread of drug resistance [Link]

New Scientist – Online news » Arctic sea ice may have passed crucial tipping point

Tuesday 27 March 15:22:10 UTC 2012

The ice has not recovered from a record low in 2007 – ice-free summers could soon become a regular feature across most of the Arctic Ocean [Link]

Slashdot » 'Frothy Gunk' From Deepwater Horizon Spill Harming Coral

Tuesday 27 March 15:06:00 UTC 2012

sciencehabit writes "The massive oil spill that inundated the Gulf of Mexico in the spring and summer of 2010 severely damaged deep-sea corals more than 11 kilometers from the well site, a sea-floor survey conducted within weeks of the spill reveals. At one site, which hadn't been visited before but had been right in the path of a submerged … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Mallrats Magic Eye Poster Was Not a Sailboat

Tuesday 27 March 15:00:29 UTC 2012

I am a shameless fan of Kevin Smith and while some of his more recent efforts have been less than spectacular, his Askewniverse Jersey films just speak to me. I just love them.Of course next to the original Clerks, Mallrats was an amazing film. There is a repeated scene that we keep coming back to in the film which shows Ethan … [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Origin of Modern Cows Traced to Single Herd

Tuesday 27 March 14:45:27 UTC 2012

A genetic study of cattle has claimed that all modern domesticated bovines are descended from a single herd of wild ox that lived 10,500 years ago. [Link]

Slashdot » Blackboard Buys Moodlerooms and Netspot

Tuesday 27 March 14:44:00 UTC 2012

crumley writes "Blackboard, the proprietary giant in the learning management software market, has purchased two companies, Moodlerooms and Netspot, that sell support for their open source competitor Moodle. Blackboard said that they plan to allow Moodlerooms and Netspot to continue operating with their current leadership. It will be interesting to see if this move leads to an exodus from … [Link]

New Scientist – Online news » Neutrino funding crunch could be good news for protons

Tuesday 27 March 14:40:00 UTC 2012

Hard times for the US's largest neutrino experiment could have an unexpected upside, speeding up the search for the elusive decay of a proton [Link]

New Scientist – Online news » The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists

Tuesday 27 March 14:13:00 UTC 2012

A marvellous new feat of claymation brings together Darwin and a band of hapless buccaneers [Link]

Slashdot » What Does Google Get Out of Voice?

Tuesday 27 March 14:11:00 UTC 2012

itwbennett writes "Assuming Google isn't offering Voice out of the goodness of their hearts, what's the payoff? One likely, if cynical, possibility is that Google Voice is 'just another feeder for their vast database on you,' writes Kevin Purdy in a recent blog post. Or maybe Google just wants to get better at speech-to-text, and collecting your voice messages … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » 80′s Movie Alphabet Poster [Pic]

Tuesday 27 March 14:03:08 UTC 2012

Graphic Designer Stephen Wildish created this truly outrageous alphabet poster. Not gonna lie, I had to ask my uber hipster roomie (b. 1987) for a help on a few of these (I was born in 1981.). We got all but 4.No related posts. flattr this! [Link]

Slashdot » Why Gay Men Are Worth So Much To Facebook

Tuesday 27 March 13:31:00 UTC 2012

Barence writes "PC Pro has a feature on how social networks sold your privacy, which includes some interesting comparisons on the value of different demographics to Facebook. For example, an advert that targets everyone within a 10-mile radius of a medium-sized British town (Dorking) is valued at 28p per click by Facebook's advertising tool. However, targeting single gay men … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Humanise Your Data [Video]

Tuesday 27 March 13:30:08 UTC 2012

This video is a bit long but his Jer Thorp, a creative computer geek, keeps you pretty entertained the whole time and he has some really funky graphs making data quite aesthetic. I think it’s worth watching to the end to hear him make his point about how we need to put data in a human context, to tether it … [Link]

New Scientist – Online news » Mapping the human cost of Syria's uprising

Tuesday 27 March 13:24:57 UTC 2012

The Syria Tracker website uses automated data mining and crowdsourced human intelligence to estimate the death toll in Syria's bloody conflict [Link]

New Scientist – Online news » Searching for the Venice of the Nile

Tuesday 27 March 12:53:00 UTC 2012

A project seeks to reveal how Egypt's pharaohs engineered the Nile landscape to turn their capital, Thebes, into an ancient Venice [Link]

Slashdot » UK MPs Threaten New Laws If Google Won't Censor Search

Tuesday 27 March 12:46:00 UTC 2012

It's not just Japan that wants to regulate how Google displays search results: judgecorp writes "A committee of British MPs and peers has asked Google to censor search results to protect privacy and threatened to put forward new laws that would force it to do so, if Google fails to comply. The case relates to events such as former … [Link]

O'Reilly News and Commentary » #Ebook Deal/Day: Natural Language Annotation for Machine Learning – $15.99 (Save 50%)

Tuesday 27 March 12:09:56 UTC 2012

Get "Natural Language Annotation for Machine Learning" today and save 50%!This sale ends at 2:00 AM 2012-03-28 (PDT, GMT-8:00). [Link]

Slashdot » Kim Dotcom Alleges Studios Wanted to Work With Megaupload

Tuesday 27 March 12:04:00 UTC 2012

Fluffeh writes "In a recent story that is beating around the nets, Kim Dotcom has fired back at studios with emails that make for some interesting reading: 'A Disney executive e-mailed Megaupload in 2008. He said he was interested in having Megaupload host Disney content, but said he would need Megaupload to tweak its terms of service to make … [Link]

Wired Top Stories » How Linus Torvalds Helped Bust a Microsoft Patent

Tuesday 27 March 11:00:00 UTC 2012

Linus Torvalds just can?t help but be a thorn in Microsoft?s side. [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Rachel Maddow: It Shouldn't Be So Easy to Start Wars

Tuesday 27 March 11:00:00 UTC 2012

"I'm no military expert and I'm no war expert," MSNBC host Rachel Maddow confesses. Then she dives into a plan to radically reshape the U.S. security apparatus. [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Sci-Fi Book Excerpt: Armored Takes You Inside the Powered Exoskeleton

Tuesday 27 March 11:00:00 UTC 2012

A new fiction anthology explores near-future possibilities as well as far-future fantasies of mechanized power suits. Read Christie Yant's "Transfer of Ownership" in this exclusive Armored excerpt. [Link]

Wired Top Stories » How Grand Theft Auto Jacked the House of Lords

Tuesday 27 March 11:00:00 UTC 2012

The Grand Theft Auto series redefined gaming, pioneering the go-anywhere, do-anything "sandbox" genre and touching off worldwide debates about sex and violence in videogames. Wired contributor David Kushner tells the riveting history of the series in a new book, available this week from Wiley, titled Jacked: The Outlaw Story of Grand Theft Auto. [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Confessions of a Veteran Spring Training Photographer

Tuesday 27 March 11:00:00 UTC 2012

Guest blogger Brad Mangin details his 20 years covering spring training. [Link]

Wired Top Stories » The Stanford Education Experiment Could Change Higher Learning Forever

Tuesday 27 March 11:00:00 UTC 2012

Wired correspondent Steven Leckart and 160,000 others around the globe sign on when two professors let the public take their AI course online for free. [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Inside Hezbollah's Terror Tech Museum

Tuesday 27 March 11:00:00 UTC 2012

It's odd to think of Hezbollah, a group labeled by the U.S. as a terrorist organization, creating a tourist attraction. But that's exactly what it's done. The Mleeta museum displays Hezbollah's weaponry, showcases captured Israeli war trophies … and is available for wedding receptions, too. Sharon Weinberger reports from Lebanon. [Link]

Wired Top Stories » March 27, 1933: Just One Word … Plastics

Tuesday 27 March 11:00:00 UTC 2012

An oxygen leak helps Britain stave off the Nazis and puts plastic on our tables. It's the story of polyethylene. [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Streaming Star

Tuesday 27 March 10:33:00 UTC 2012

The 2012 version of Apple TV has the big feature we've all been waiting for: Full 1080p HD output from iTunes and Netflix. [Link]

New Scientist – Online news » Top three mysteries of human evolution

Tuesday 27 March 9:49:04 UTC 2012

Watch an animation that follows the leading explanations for some of the most puzzling human attributes [Link]

New Scientist – Online news » Outback to outer space: The world's largest telescope

Tuesday 27 March 9:37:00 UTC 2012

The Square Kilometre Array will probe the cosmic dark ages – and the Australians say they have just the spot for it. Anil Ananthaswamy goes to see for himself (full text available to subscribers) [Link]

Slashdot » Microsoft Blocking Pirate Bay Links In Messenger

Tuesday 27 March 9:34:00 UTC 2012

RemyBR writes with an excerpt from an article at El Reg: "Microsoft has confirmed that users of its instant messaging app will not be able to send each other links to popular torrent site The Pirate Bay, citing malware fears. 'We block instant messages if they contain malicious or spam URLs based on intelligence algorithms, third-party sources, and/or user … [Link]

Slashdot » Drug Turns Immune System Against All Tumor Types

Tuesday 27 March 7:11:00 UTC 2012

sciencehabit writes, quoting an article in Science: "A single drug can shrink or cure human breast, ovary, colon, bladder, brain, liver, and prostate tumors that have been transplanted into mice, researchers have found. The treatment, an antibody that blocks a 'do not eat' signal normally displayed on tumor cells, coaxes the immune system to destroy the cancer cells." The … [Link]

Wired Top Stories » A Google-a-Day Puzzle for Mar. 27

Tuesday 27 March 4:31:00 UTC 2012

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

Wired Top Stories » When Catastrophe Strikes, Emulate the Octopus

Tuesday 27 March 4:30:00 UTC 2012

If we want to effectively deal with unknown threats, we need to study the natural world, which has been adapting in the face of adversity for 3.5 billion years. [Link]

Slashdot » Murdoch Faces Allegations of Sabotage

Tuesday 27 March 4:12:00 UTC 2012

Presto Vivace writes "Neil Chenoweth, of the Australian Financial Review, reports that the BBC program Panorama is making new allegations against News Corp of serious misconduct. This time it involves the NDS division of News Corp, which makes conditional access cards for pay TV. It seems that NDS also ran a sabotage operation, hiring pirates to crack the cards … [Link]

Slashdot » German Pirate Party Enters 2nd State Parliament

Tuesday 27 March 2:06:00 UTC 2012

An anonymous reader writes "After its recent success in the Berlin elections, the German Pirate Party scores 7.4% of votes for the state pariament of Saarland, earning them 4 seats out of 51. While the campaign didn't center around copyright issues and/or ACTA (the party's stance is well-known), it centered around open government, access to education, and participative governing … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » BioShock’s Rapture in LEGO

Tuesday 27 March 0:30:22 UTC 2012

Lego Rapture from BioShock, from Brickworld 2011. You can see more over here. [Via Moc Pages]No related posts. flattr this! [Link]

Slashdot » Censorship of Chinese Social Media Is Real, Comprehensive

Tuesday 27 March 0:02:00 UTC 2012

chicksdaddy writes "Threatpost has a write-up of a study by researchers at Carnegie Mellon University that provides the first conclusive evidence that Chinese government censorship extends to social media sites like Sina Weibo, the popular micro blogging Web site that many have likened to a Chinese Twitter. 'The study … found that censors in China delete around 16 percent … [Link]

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