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.

Slashdot » Ask Slashdot: What Is the Best Note-Taking Device For Conferences?

Sunday 1 April 23:32:00 UTC 2012

First time accepted submitter Duncan J Murray writes "I will be attending a 3-day science conference soon, consisting mainly of lectures, and was wondering what people thought would be the ultimate hardware/software combo note-taking device, taking into account keyboard quality, endurance, portability, discretion & future ease-of-reference. Is a notepad and pen still king? What about an Ipad? N900? Psion … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Literature Flowchart

Sunday 1 April 23:00:22 UTC 2012

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Geeks are Sexy Technology News » The Browser You STILL Love to Hate [Video]

Sunday 1 April 23:00:18 UTC 2012

Hey, that’s actually a great ad. I have to admit that Microsoft’s browser is WAY better and secure than it used to be, but no one is taking my Chrome away from me. Nobody.Oh and also, this short bit right below the video on Youtube made me LOL: Adding comments has been disabled for this video.[The Browser You Loved To … [Link]

Slashdot » Researchers Say Kelihos Gang Is Building New Botnet

Sunday 1 April 22:40:00 UTC 2012

alphadogg writes "The cyber-criminal gang that operated the recently disabled Kelihos botnet has already begun building a new botnet with the help of a Facebook worm, according to security researchers from Seculert. Security experts from Kaspersky Lab, CrowdStrike, Dell SecureWorks and the Honeynet Project, announced that they took control of the 110,000 PC-strong Kelihos botnet on Wednesday using a … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » 10 Infamous Hoaxes [Video]

Sunday 1 April 22:10:22 UTC 2012

They made fools out of thousands of people, here are 10 infamous hoaxes.[Via Neatorama]No related posts. flattr this! [Link]

Slashdot » Australian WiFi Inventors Win US Legal Battle

Sunday 1 April 21:57:00 UTC 2012

First time accepted submitter Kangburra writes "Australian government science body CSIRO said Sunday it had won a multi-million-dollar legal settlement in the United States to license its patented technology that underpins the WiFi platform worldwide. Scientists from the agency invented the wireless local area network (WLAN) technology that is the basis of the WiFi signal employed by computers, smartphones … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » The Art of Daniel Clowes

Sunday 1 April 21:30:40 UTC 2012

Comic geeks who enjoy having their soul crushed have a special place in their bleak, dark hearts for Daniel Clowes. Author of the awesome “Ghost World” and the recent (totally depressing) “Wilson“, Clowes manages to explore in a few pages what it means to be alone in the world and whether or not it’s worth it to keep going. Besides all … [Link]

Slashdot » Google, Amazon, Microsoft Go East For Network Gear

Sunday 1 April 21:10:00 UTC 2012

theodp writes "Wired's Cade Metz has the scoop on the move away from U.S. network equipment stalwarts, calling it of the best-kept secrets in Silicon Valley. 'Cloud computing is an arms race,' writes Metz. 'The biggest web companies on earth are competing to see who can deliver their services to the most people in the shortest amount of time … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Keep Science in Our Schools [Pic]

Sunday 1 April 20:30:16 UTC 2012

I know this is meant as a gag…but I really do dream of a world where quantum physics is on the highschool syllabus. I mean if quantum computers come into common use and the IQ of the world keeps rising, isn’t it plausible?[By Fake Science]No related posts. flattr this! [Link]

Slashdot » EFF Files Brief To Allow Users Access To Their MegaUpload Files

Sunday 1 April 20:26:00 UTC 2012

Fluffeh writes "The EFF has filed a brief in Federal Court on behalf of Kyle Goodwin (and potentially millions of other users) so that he can access his legally sound backup files. 'Goodwin is a local high school sports reporter and the sole proprietor of the company OhioSportsNet, who stored his video footage on Megaupload.com as a backup to … [Link]

Slashdot » ACLU Obtains Cell Phone Tracking Training Materials

Sunday 1 April 19:43:00 UTC 2012

guttentag writes "The New York Times has published a large collection of law enforcement training documents obtained by the ACLU. The documents describe in detail what kind of information can be obtained from cell phones and cell phone carriers, and how to obtain it. The 189-page PDF also contains dozens of invoices from the major carriers for their services … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Street Fighter: Guile’s Theme on the Violin [Video]

Sunday 1 April 19:30:55 UTC 2012

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

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » 9 Reasons Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo’s “Batman” is the Best Bat-Book in Decades

Sunday 1 April 19:30:35 UTC 2012

I definitely agree with most of what’s being said here. I am really digging this “Batman” run, in fact, it’s sort of the only comic from the New 52 that hasn’t lost that new car smell for me, yet. The only reason I would disagree is, Morrison’s run on “Batman and Robin” is still my favorite. But I’m a fanboy.via Gamma … [Link]

Slashdot » Using Pulsars For Spacecraft Navigation

Sunday 1 April 19:00:00 UTC 2012

Jimme Blue writes "The use of pulsars as a GPS analogue holds the promise of fixing a spacecraft's location to within 5 km, anywhere in the galaxy. While not ready for immediate use, it may be ready for use within the Solar System in the next 10-15 years. From the article: '"The principle is so simple that it will … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Cool Tee: Objects in Space

Sunday 1 April 18:30:02 UTC 2012

Objects in space! Can you name them all? The perfect challenge for any Sci-Fi geek![Get it @ Splitreason.com - 10% off with promo code "geeksaresexy"]No related posts. flattr this! [Link]

Slashdot » Forensic Experts Say Screams Were Not Zimmerman's

Sunday 1 April 18:16:00 UTC 2012

Hugh Pickens writes "As the Trayvon Martin controversy splinters into a debate about self-defense, a central question remains: Who was heard crying for help on a 911 call in the moments before the teen was shot? Now the Orlando Sentinel reports that Tom Owen, a leading expert in the field of forensic voice identification sought to answer that question … [Link]

New Scientist – Online news » World's most sensitive scales detect a yoctogram

Sunday 1 April 18:00:00 UTC 2012

How do you weigh an atom down to the last proton? With a set of scales that are sensitive to the smallest unit of mass [Link]

Slashdot » Exclusive Look at FBI's New Sentinel System

Sunday 1 April 17:33:00 UTC 2012

gManZboy writes "Six years and $450 million into the project, the FBI's Sentinel case-management system appears to be almost ready for deployment. Sentinel aims to replace a hodge-podge of digital and paper processes with purely digital workflows, helping FBI agents collaborate and "connect the dots" on investigations. The question now is how well the problem-plagued system will live up … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Light-Up Guitar Frets

Sunday 1 April 17:30:07 UTC 2012

I like this because it’s light-up and futuristic looking and neat, but I wonder about the efficacy of learning to play this way. Could it possibly condition the brains of those who’ve used it to ONLY be able to play with the light-up frets? Who knows? But it looks cool, and it’s got a Kickstarter. $150 gets you the tools, $200 … [Link]

Slashdot » Navy Planning To Build Laser Cannon In Four Years

Sunday 1 April 16:50:00 UTC 2012

CowboyRobot writes "The US Navy is months away from requesting bids from contractors to construct a laser weapon for its ships, now that the technology is feasible. 'The key point came last April, when the Navy put a test laser firing a (relatively weak) 15-kilowatt beam aboard a decommissioned destroyer… the Martime Laser Demonstrator cut through choppy California waters, … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Computers: Myth vs. Reality [Comic]

Sunday 1 April 16:30:53 UTC 2012

[Source: SMBC | Via FailDesk]No related posts. flattr this! [Link]

Slashdot » Teacher's Aide Fired For Refusing To Hand Over Facebook Password

Sunday 1 April 16:04:00 UTC 2012

An anonymous reader writes "You can add this one to the short but growing list of employers demanding access to Facebook accounts. After refusing to give her Facebook password to her supervisors, Kimberly Hester was fired by Lewis Cass Intermediate School District from her job as an aide to Frank Squires Elementary in Cassopolis, Michigan. She is now fighting … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Amazon Deal of the Day: 79% Off 12 Issues of National Geographic – $15 + Free Shipping

Sunday 1 April 15:40:45 UTC 2012

For today’s edition of Deal of the Day, Amazon has a 1-year subscription to the National Geographic Magazine for just $15 + free shipping! That’s 79% off the magazine’s usual retail price of $71.88.NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC, the flagship magazine of the National Geographic Society, chronicles exploration and adventure, as well as changes that impact life on Earth. Editorial coverage encompasses people and … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Pokemon Lore in a Minute [Video]

Sunday 1 April 15:30:09 UTC 2012

Not a whole lot of lore in Pokemon, but the guys at Underbelly give us the rundown on Pokemon First Gen.[Via TDWG]No related posts. flattr this! [Link]

Slashdot » British Government To Grant Warrantless Trawl of Communications Data

Sunday 1 April 15:20:00 UTC 2012

First time accepted submitter cardpuncher writes "Having opposed the previous government's attempts to introduce mass surveillance of Internet communications, the Conservatives are planning to introduce the very same policy they previously described as a 'culture of surveillance which goes far beyond counter terrorism and serious crime.' The plan is essentially to allow stored communication data to be trawled without … [Link]

Slashdot » Yahoo To Implement Do Not Track

Sunday 1 April 14:38:00 UTC 2012

Trailrunner7 writes "Yahoo has decided that it's now time to start implementing a Do Not Track system across its various Web properties. The company is one of the last large Web content providers to officially commit to using a DNT technology, and Yahoo said that it plans to have the system implemented by early summer. Yahoo officials said that … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Game of Ponies [Video]

Sunday 1 April 14:30:48 UTC 2012

Winter is coming… tonight… and so is friendship![Via]No related posts. flattr this! [Link]

Slashdot » Google Maps Introduces 8-Bit Quest Maps

Sunday 1 April 13:54:00 UTC 2012

AbsoluteXyro writes "Today users of Google Maps will notice a new mapping option — 'Quest' — alongside the usual 'Map' and 'Satellite' views. Quest view renders the planet in a retro 8-bit fantasy video game style, including renders of famous landmarks such as the White House and the Eiffel Tower. Even Pegman gets in on the game, now taking … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » The History of April Fools Day [Video]

Sunday 1 April 13:53:25 UTC 2012

The history of April Fools Day… or at least what is thought to be the best answer for people who want to know the history of it![Via]No related posts. flattr this! [Link]

Slashdot » Ask Slashdot: Shortcuts To a High Tech House

Sunday 1 April 13:10:00 UTC 2012

First time accepted submitter phaedrus9779 writes "I'm a recently married man about to take on the next big adventure: home ownership! I came across a great house in a great community but I need a little bit extra: a high tech house. The problem: money, I'm on a budget. I'd love to have home theaters, super high tech weather … [Link]

Slashdot » Obama Campaign Deploys New Cellular Weapon

Sunday 1 April 12:27:00 UTC 2012

Hugh Pickens writes writes "Michael Scherer writes that the Obama fundraising machine has deployed a new cellular campaign weapon designed 'to trigger the campaign finance equivalent of an impulse buy' during key political moments in the campaign. The tool links two familiar technologies, SMS and one-click purchasing, by sending out an SMS message to cell phones and smart phones … [Link]

Slashdot » A 'Radical Manifesto' For Computer Teaching In English Schools

Sunday 1 April 9:23:00 UTC 2012

00_NOP writes "Everybody (or almost everybody) in England agrees that computing teaching to kids in high school is broken. In response the government promised a radical overhaul and a new curriculum. But then last week it was discovered the government had scrapped the bit of the education department that would develop any such curriculum. Not to be deterred, John … [Link]

Slashdot » After Megaupload, MPAA Targets Other File Sharing Services

Sunday 1 April 6:18:00 UTC 2012

An anonymous reader writes "It is no secret that the MPAA was a main facilitator of the criminal investigation against Megaupload. While the movie studios have praised the actions of the U.S. Government, they are not satisfied yet. Paramount Pictures' vice president for worldwide content protection identified Fileserve, MediaFire, Wupload, Putlocker and Depositfiles as prime targets that should be … [Link]

Wired Top Stories » A Google-a-Day Puzzle for Apr. 1

Sunday 1 April 5:01:00 UTC 2012

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

Slashdot » Why Onagawa Nuclear Power Station Survived the Tsunami

Sunday 1 April 3:20:00 UTC 2012

Kyusaku Natsume writes "While the town of Onagawa, Miyagi Prefecture, was hit hard by the March 2011 tsunami, the nuclear plant it shares with the equally devastated city of Ishinomaki survived. The reason it did so is mostly down to the personal strength and tenacity of one Yanosuke Hirai, who passed away in 1986 and insisted that the plant … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Dog vs. Lightsaber Sith Cat: Fight! [Video]

Sunday 1 April 2:37:05 UTC 2012

Never underestimate the power of the dark cat… if he runs away, he’ll be back to stab you in the back.[Via]No related posts. flattr this! [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » R2-D2 Slippers [Pic]

Sunday 1 April 2:37:04 UTC 2012

Most awesome-looking pair of slippers EVAR.[Via]No related posts. flattr this! [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Sunday is Game of Thrones Day

Sunday 1 April 0:30:00 UTC 2012

The gripping world created by author George R. R. Martin is returning with a new season tomorrow night (Sunday) on HBO. You may have missed some of the teaser trailers, but you shouldn’t miss the premiere tonight if you can help it! For those avid fans who have read all of the books of the Song of Ice and Fire series, … [Link]

Slashdot » DHS Will Now Vet UK Air Passengers To Mexico, Canada, Cuba

Sunday 1 April 0:23:00 UTC 2012

First time accepted submitter illtud writes "From April, UK passengers flying to Mexico, Eastern Canada or Cuba will have to submit their details at least 72 hours before boarding to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security for pre-flight vetting (as all passengers to the U.S. itself have had to do for a while). If they find against you, you're … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » 8-Bit Google Maps – Google’s Awesome April Fools Prank

Sunday 1 April 0:12:19 UTC 2012

If you were a fan of the Dragon Warrior series on the NES, then you’re going to absolutely love the April Fools prank from Google this year: 8-Bit Google Maps! You can click the Quest button on ANY google map search and convert your bit of the world into an 8-bit quest, with hidden monsters!No related posts. flattr this! [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » The Dark Knight Rises Trailer: IN LEGO [Video]

Sunday 1 April 0:12:18 UTC 2012

An awesome stop-motion re-creation of the second trailer for The Dark Knight Rises, which by the way, is almost upon us! Enjoy![Via Neatorama]No related posts. flattr this! [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Amazing Mortal Kombat Sleeve Tattoo [Pic]

Sunday 1 April 0:12:17 UTC 2012

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Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Productivity Illustrated [Pic]

Sunday 1 April 0:12:16 UTC 2012

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Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Dedicated to all the monsters who screwed our nights: The Monster Alphabet [Video]

Sunday 1 April 0:12:15 UTC 2012

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

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Little League: An Adorable Webcomic about Superheroes

Sunday 1 April 0:12:14 UTC 2012

Click Picture to Enlarge!Oh the sadness! :( Click Picture to Enlarge![Source: Little League]No related posts. flattr this! [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Sexy Cobra Trooper [Pics]

Sunday 1 April 0:12:13 UTC 2012

Ok, I want to be part of Cobra now! Where do I sign up? :)[Via JBGillund]No related posts. flattr this! [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Amazon Deal of the Day: 61% Off Sucker Punch (Two-Disc Extended Edition) [Blu-ray] – $13.99

Sunday 1 April 0:12:12 UTC 2012

For today’s edition of Deal of the Day, Amazon has Sucker Punch (Two-Disc Extended Edition) on Blu-ray for just $13.99. That’s 61% off the movie’s usual retail price of $35.99.From an Amazon.com reviewer:The extended cut of Sucker Punch adds approximately 17 minutes and 45 seconds of additional footage, and is R-rated. The extended cut is much darker than the theatrical cut; … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Geekifying Word Play

Sunday 1 April 0:12:11 UTC 2012

I don’t know if this is just the writer in me, but I thoroughly enjoyed this guy’s absolutely nerdy deconstruction of common phrases, word play and phrase fumbles.[vsauce]No related posts. flattr this! [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Sunday is Game of Thrones Day

Sunday 1 April 0:00:00 UTC 2012

The gripping world created by author George R. R. Martin is returning with a new season tomorrow night (Sunday) on HBO. You may have missed some of the teaser trailers, but you shouldn’t miss the premiere tonight if you can help it! For those avid fans who have read all of the books of the Song of Ice and Fire series, … [Link]

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