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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 » NASA's Kepler Mission Extended For Two Years

Tuesday 3 April 23:50:00 UTC 2012

An anonymous reader writes "A report just released from NASA's senior review panel recommends extending the Kepler mission(Pdf), initially for two years. 'Kepler is not only a unique source of exoplanet discoveries, but also an organizing and rallying point for exo-planet research. It has enabled remarkable stellar science." The scaled-down budget for the extended mission was broadly expected to … [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Gadget Lab Podcast: Foldable.me and the New iPad's Heat Non-Issue

Tuesday 3 April 23:45:23 UTC 2012

This week on the Gadget Lab Podcast, the team takes a look at a service called Foldable.me, then chats about the heat non-issue with the new iPad. [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Cut Through Political Rhetoric and Track Elections Online

Tuesday 3 April 23:33:00 UTC 2012

While the internet allows politicians to turn up the rhetorical volume, it also allows us voters myriad smarter ways to pay attention. Here are some tips on how to cut through the noise online and cast an informed vote. [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Kentucky Wins but Students Lose in Basketball Riot Photos

Tuesday 3 April 23:33:00 UTC 2012

Photographer Christian Randolph captures the chaos in Lexington, KY after the University of Kentucky beat the University of Kansas last night to win the NCAA men's basketball championship. This is after an even bigger riot following Kentucky's victory in their civil war, Final Four game. [Link]

Wired Top Stories » MIT Project Aims to Deliver Printable, Mass-Market Robots

Tuesday 3 April 23:32:00 UTC 2012

3-D printers can make mugs, chocolate and even blood vessels. Now, MIT scientists want to add robo-assistants to the list of printable goodies. [Link]

Slashdot » Healthcare Reform Act Prediction Market

Tuesday 3 April 23:29:00 UTC 2012

An anonymous reader writes "The Wisconsin School of Business is running a prediction market study on the U.S. Supreme Court's decision on the Healthcare Reform Act. By participating you will not only be helping university students, you will also get to express your opinion and compete with others to show that you have the most accurate prediction." Share on Google+ Read more … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Art in the Era of the Internet and the Impact of Kickstarter [Video]

Tuesday 3 April 23:08:12 UTC 2012

The internet has intensified connections between people across the planet. In this episode we take a look at the impact of this new interconnectivity on the art world. Traditional funding models are dissolving, new forms of expressing ownership have arisen to accomodate for remix culture, and artists are finding ways to connect physical art experiences and traditions to the internet. … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Let’s Pretend This Never Happened…

Tuesday 3 April 23:08:08 UTC 2012

Jenny Lawson (The Bloggess) is a hilarious geek who has written a book called “Let’s Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir“. That title alone appeals to me, but the kind of poverty-stricken upbringing this girl faced falls into that category of “you can’t make this stuff up” with a taxidermist father who used to make hand puppets out of … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Eat It Don’t Tweet It by American Hipster + Key of Awesome [Music Video]

Tuesday 3 April 23:08:07 UTC 2012

American Hipster + The Key of Awesome = A winning combination!Don’t take my picture, don’t put me on twitter Just get it over with and eat You could not be dumber, get off of Tumblr I’m more than just a piece of meat[Via Laughing Squid]No related posts. flattr this! [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Stars to Change in Re-Release of Titanic

Tuesday 3 April 23:08:06 UTC 2012

One staunch critic of James Cameron’s Titanic will finally get his due in the re-release of the classic sinking ship drama. Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson has long railed against a certain scene in the film, citing it was not accurate to the time period. Rose, adrift in the ocean after the passenger liner sinks, gazes into the starry sky. According to … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » I Wanna Annotate on My iPad!

Tuesday 3 April 23:08:05 UTC 2012

[Photo Credit]I was at work the other day and my boss had to go to a client meeting, but also had to review a piece of work I had done for a different client before we sent it to them. She recently bought an iPad and I was like – duh, that’s a reason to have an iPad. You should be … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Emerald City Comicon 2012 in Pictures [Gallery]

Tuesday 3 April 23:08:04 UTC 2012

Since Emerald City Comicon took place during the last weekend, I decided to scour flickr for some CC cosplay photography of the event, and while there was not as many pictures as with similar conventions in bigger cities, I was able to find a decent amount of good pictures. [GAS] reader and cosplayer Ani-Mia (The Sexy Wampa Lady above) also let … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Amazon Deal of the day: 40% Off 3-Month Xbox 360 Live Subscription Gold Card – $14.99 + Bonus Video Game Deals (For all Consoles)

Tuesday 3 April 23:08:03 UTC 2012

For today’s edition of Deal of the Day, Amazon has a 3-Month Xbox 360 Live Subscription Gold Card for just $14.99! That’s 40% off the card’s usual retail price of $24.99.-3-Month Xbox 360 Live Subscription Gold Card – $24.99 $14.99 (40% Off)And here are a few other great video game deals:-Grand Theft Auto IV: The Complete Edition (including The Lost and … [Link]

Slashdot » Do Tablets Help Children Learn?

Tuesday 3 April 23:07:00 UTC 2012

hypnosec writes "With the wide array of electronic devices available in our everyday lives, it appears that children have formed an attachment to a different kind of toy. According to the latest survey, 77 per cent of polled US, UK parents believe that iPads and other tablets are good educational tools that boost kids' creativity. Meanwhile, researchers in this … [Link]

Wired Top Stories » How Location-Based Apps Can Stave Off the 'Creepy Factor'

Tuesday 3 April 22:57:00 UTC 2012

Sometimes, an app pushes the boundary of what?s socially acceptable, and it fails miserably. Such is the case with the most recent victim, check-in based pariah Girls Around Me. It's the most recent "creepy" app to gain public attention, stirring up all sorts of controversy about location-based apps. [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Flying Car Flies

Tuesday 3 April 22:30:33 UTC 2012

A company offering what it bills as a flying car has completed a test flight using a full-scale prototype. Terrafugia says it has already received 100 orders for its $279,000 Transition vehicle.The vehicle, officially dubbed a roadable aircraft, can be used as a normal car running on regular unleaded fuel, and is legal to drive on the highways. In only 15 … [Link]

Slashdot » FTC Fines RockYou $250,000 For Storing User Data In Plain Text

Tuesday 3 April 22:26:00 UTC 2012

An anonymous reader writes "You probably don't remember the RockYou fiasco as it happened in late 2009. In case you don't, social game developer RockYou suffered a serious SQL injection flaw on its flagship website. Worse, the company was storing user details in plain text. As a result, tens of millions of login details, including those belonging to minors, … [Link]

Slashdot » Citrix Moves Away From OpenStack For Apache

Tuesday 3 April 22:05:00 UTC 2012

netbuzz writes "Citrix today announced that is turning its development attention away from the OpenStack project started two years ago by NASA and Rackspace in favor of its own CloudStack platform, Apache and Amazon Web Services. 'Based on challenges of the technical maturity and where we are with CloudStack, (OpenStack) became a path not viable,' says a Citrix executive. … [Link]

Slashdot » Smearing Toddler Reputations Via Internet: Free Speech Or Extortion?

Tuesday 3 April 21:43:00 UTC 2012

retroworks writes "Crystal Cox, a Montana woman who calls herself an 'investigative journalist' was slapped with a $2.5-million judgment last year for defaming an investment firm and one of its lead partners. Cox had taken control of the Google footprint of Obsidian Finance and its principal Kevin Padrick by writing hundreds of posts about them on dozens of websites … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Social Media Addiction Hurts: Just Go Outside! [Video]

Tuesday 3 April 21:30:57 UTC 2012

Don’t forget to ask your doctor about Just Go Outside! No prescription needed![ThePitNYC]No related posts. flattr this! [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Why Samsung Makes Retina Displays ? But Not for Its Own Tablets

Tuesday 3 April 21:10:47 UTC 2012

Samsung, a company firmly aligned with Android and one of Apple's largest competitors in the mobile space, is manufacturing the new iPad's flagship feature. So why are we seeing Retina displays in iPads but not in Samsung's own Galaxy-branded tablets? [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Video: Fly Through the World's Most Powerful X-Ray Laser

Tuesday 3 April 21:10:46 UTC 2012

A few millionths of a second is all it takes for electrons to traverse the world's most powerful X-ray laser, but a new time-lapse video makes the half-mile trip in 37 seconds. [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Is It Easier for a Kid to Land a 1080?

Tuesday 3 April 21:10:32 UTC 2012

Is it more likely for a 12-year-old on a skateboard to land after a 1,080-degree spin than an adult? Dot Physics blogger Rhett Allain crunches the numbers to find out. [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Rancors Rule, But Lightsabers Whiff in Kinect Star Wars

Tuesday 3 April 21:10:31 UTC 2012

Kinect Star Wars has been in the works ever since the Kinect itself was originally announced, and it truly is a perfect showcase of all the Kinect can do. What it does well, it does really well — and some of the game is a lot of fun. Unfortunately, it is also a showcase of all the Kinect can't do, … [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Blueprint for 1970s Planetary Exploration (1968)

Tuesday 3 April 21:10:23 UTC 2012

Faced with tough budget cuts after the deadly Apollo 1 fire, NASA's future was up for grabs. Space historian and Beyond Apollo blogger David S. F. Portree describes a plan to save piloted and robotic planetary missions in the 1970s. [Link]

Slashdot » TSA Shuts Down Airport, Detains 11 After "Science Project" Found

Tuesday 3 April 21:01:00 UTC 2012

OverTheGeicoE writes "A group of students and a professor were detained by TSA at Dallas' Love Field. Several of them were led away in handcuffs. What did they do wrong? One of them left a robotic science experiment behind on an aircraft, which panicked a boarding flight crew. The experiment 'looked like a cell phone attached to a remote … [Link]

Slashdot » Tensions Between Archivists and 'Occupy' Protesters Over Preserving the Movement

Tuesday 3 April 20:37:00 UTC 2012

An anonymous reader writes "At one point an NYU librarian literally got into a shouting match with a protester at an Occupy protest, trying to make the case for why a digital record should be kept of photos, videos, audio recordings, posters, and other materials, so future scholars and activists can have recount what happened. Academics are taking unusual … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » This is the Droid I was Looking For [Pic]

Tuesday 3 April 20:30:44 UTC 2012

Uh.. I was going to write something here but… somehow, I completely forgot about… now wait a minute… what was I doing to say? I guess it doesn’t really matter, does it? Now if you’ll excuse me, I’ll be in my bunk.[Source | Via I <3 Chaos]No related posts. flattr this! [Link]

Wired Top Stories » FBI: No, We Didn't Say Russian Honeypot Tried to Sex U.S. Cabinet Official

Tuesday 3 April 20:22:00 UTC 2012

The FBI tells Danger Room that its top counterintelligence official was misquoted in a British newspaper about sexy Russian spy Anna Chapman attempting to sexually entice one of President Obama's cabinet officials. [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » This is the Droid I was Looking For [Pic]

Tuesday 3 April 20:21:02 UTC 2012

Uh.. I was going to write something here but… somehow, I completely forgot about… now wait a minute… what was I doing to say? I guess it doesn’t really matter, does it? Now if you’ll excuse me, I’ll be in my bunk.[Source | Via I <3 Chaos]No related posts. flattr this! [Link]

Slashdot » Microsoft Counted As Key Linux Contributor

Tuesday 3 April 20:17:00 UTC 2012

alphadogg writes "For the first time ever, Microsoft can be counted as a key contributor to Linux. The company, which once portrayed the open-source OS kernel as a form of cancer, has been ranked 17th on a tally of the largest code contributors to Linux. The Linux Foundation's Linux Development Report, released Tuesday, summarizes who has contributed to the … [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Firefox for Windows 8 Beginning to Take Shape

Tuesday 3 April 20:02:00 UTC 2012

Mozilla is making progress on a version of Firefox for the Windows 8 Metro interface, but bigger problems lie ahead. Microsoft's rules for the Metro environment allow for only one browser in Metro mode. By default that's Internet Explorer 10, which leaves Firefox, Chrome and other web browsers out in the cold. [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Let’s Pretend This Never Happened…

Tuesday 3 April 20:00:40 UTC 2012

Jenny Lawson (The Bloggess) is a hilarious geek who has written a book called “Let’s Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir“. That title alone appeals to me, but the kind of poverty-stricken upbringing this girl faced falls into that category of “you can’t make this stuff up” with a taxidermist father who used to make hand puppets out of … [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Videos: What Facebook Would Have Looked Like in the '90s

Tuesday 3 April 19:52:00 UTC 2012

If Facebook, Twitter and Angry Birds were built in the days of DOS or 14.4 Kbps modems, they would've looked much different. Web editor Jo Luijten sees these ghosts of technology past and captures their retrofitted charms in a series of smart, funny videos. [Link]

Slashdot » Qt 5 Alpha Released

Tuesday 3 April 19:35:00 UTC 2012

After nine months of effort, Nokia's Qt Lab has announced the availability of the alpha release of Qt 5. Goals achieved for this release include a new platform abstraction layer, a re-architected graphics stack, and the inclusion of Qt Quick as a first-class citizen (hitting version 2.0, and using Google's V8 Javascript engine to boot). Quoting Lars Knoll: "'Qt … [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Documentary Explores Why Japan's Arcades Didn't Die

Tuesday 3 April 19:33:00 UTC 2012

In North America, gamers are now generally divided into two distinct generations: those that grew up in the midst of the vibrant video arcade culture of the '70s and '80s, and those born since. In Japan, this divide does not exist. [Link]

Wired Top Stories » The Shoe of Tomorrow Knows How Hard You Hustle

Tuesday 3 April 19:30:00 UTC 2012

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Slashdot » Instagram Debuts On Android

Tuesday 3 April 19:14:00 UTC 2012

redletterdave writes "Popular photo-sharing app Instagram, which has been one of the most popular social start-ups despite only being housed on a single platform (iOS), was finally released onto the Android ecosystem on Tuesday. The app, which boasts more than 10 million users and plenty of ways to stylize and share photos, is available as a free download from … [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Why You Should Be Optimistic About the Future

Tuesday 3 April 19:12:00 UTC 2012

It's a blizzard of bad news out there: an ongoing economic crisis, a burgeoning education crisis, healthcare turmoil, energy poverty, water scarcity ? to name but a few of our fears. So pervasive is our sense of doom and gloom, that those telling a different story can rarely be heard. And there's a very different story worth hearing. … [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Hands On: Instagram for Android

Tuesday 3 April 19:03:00 UTC 2012

After 17 months since its release on iOS, the wait for an Android version of Instagram is finally over. Today, the app is available from Google Play?for smartphones running Android 2.2 or later. Let's delve into how the Android version differs from the original iOS app. [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Eat It Don’t Tweet It by American Hipster + Key of Awesome [Music Video]

Tuesday 3 April 19:00:41 UTC 2012

American Hipster + The Key of Awesome = A winning combination!Don’t take my picture, don’t put me on twitter Just get it over with and eat You could not be dumber, get off of Tumblr I’m more than just a piece of meat[Via Laughing Squid]No related posts. flattr this! [Link]

New Scientist – Online news » Crowdfunding successes show value of small donations

Tuesday 3 April 18:57:10 UTC 2012

A proposed change in US legislation would allow everyone to invest in start-ups [Link]

Slashdot » Competition To Identify Sexual Predators In Chat Logs

Tuesday 3 April 18:53:00 UTC 2012

An anonymous reader writes "Researchers from the University of Lugano, Switzerland, and other universities from the US and Europe organize a competition to automatically identify sexual predators in chat logs. The task is described as: "The goal of this sub-task is to identify classes of authors, namely online predators. You will be given chat logs involving two (or more) … [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Live Webcam: Watch a Great Blue Heron Lay an Egg Today

Tuesday 3 April 18:53:00 UTC 2012

Watch a Great Blue Heron lay an egg on a livestreaming webcam today between 2 and 4 p.m. PDT. [Link]

Slashdot » The Politics of the F.D.A.

Tuesday 3 April 18:31:00 UTC 2012

A fight over posting calorie counts for popcorn is just one example of the clash between the White House and the agency charged with protecting public health. Dr. Margaret A. Hamburg, the F.D.A. commissioner, was forced to scrap plans to have calorie counts posted for foods served in movie theaters and on airplanes after a phone call from the … [Link]

Slashdot » Mitch Altman Parts Ways With Maker Fair Over DARPA Grant

Tuesday 3 April 18:12:00 UTC 2012

SWroclawski writes "Well known hacker and hackerspace advocate, Mitch Altman has decided to temporarily part ways with Maker Faire over their involvement with DARPA (as reported on Twitter and Facebook). This public parting of ways raises the question of what role government, especially the military, should play in working alongside hackers and educators." Share on Google+ Read more of this story at … [Link]

Wired Top Stories » An Essay on the New Aesthetic

Tuesday 3 April 18:09:10 UTC 2012

If you know nothing of the 'New Aesthetic' or if you have no idea what 'SXSW' is, you should repair your ignorance right away. Go peruse this: http://booktwo.org/notebook/sxaesth~ Now, I know full well that many people never returned from that link. I'm glad that they're gone, because I intended, all along, to write a long, much-pondered essay for the rest … [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Regular Show's J.G. Quintel Is Just a Regular Guy

Tuesday 3 April 18:09:03 UTC 2012

Trying to describe Cartoon Network's Regular Show is a bit of a task. It's part classic animated slapstick, part new-school ensemble sitcom and all weird. It is, more to the point, the brainchild of writer-animator J.G. Quintel, who also serves as part of the principal voice cast. [Link]

New Scientist – Online news » Today on New Scientist: 3 April 2012

Tuesday 3 April 17:30:00 UTC 2012

All today's stories on newscientist.com, including: cave cuisine 1 million years ago, orca invasion, world's toughest bugs, and more [Link]

New Scientist – Online news » Gut-on-a-chip takes bellyache out of digestion studies

Tuesday 3 April 17:30:00 UTC 2012

Now that our gut has been recreated on a microchip, the days of trying to reproduce its complexity in a Petri dish should be over [Link]

New Scientist – Online news » Physicists must get used to the limelight

Tuesday 3 April 17:30:00 UTC 2012

The flap over faster-than-light neutrinos will be the first of many [Link]

Slashdot » Ask Slashdot: How Do You Test Storage Media?

Tuesday 3 April 17:29:00 UTC 2012

First time accepted submitter g7a writes "I've been given the task of testing new hardware for the use in our servers. For memory, I can run it through things such as memtest for a few days to ascertain if there are any issues with the new memory. However, I've hit a bit of a brick wall when it comes … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Stars to Change in Re-Release of Titanic

Tuesday 3 April 17:26:43 UTC 2012

One staunch critic of James Cameron’s Titanic will finally get his due in the re-release of the classic sinking ship drama. Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson has long railed against a certain scene in the film, citing it was not accurate to the time period. Rose, adrift in the ocean after the passenger liner sinks, gazes into the starry sky. According to … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » This Is Why We Go To University

Tuesday 3 April 17:26:38 UTC 2012

They think the geeks are in science? No way, Arts is where the real nerd party’s at. [School of Fail]No related posts. flattr this! [Link]

Slashdot » Neil deGrasse Tyson Outlines a Plan For Saving Earth From Asteroids

Tuesday 3 April 16:47:00 UTC 2012

dsinc contributes a link to Neil deGrasse Tyson's short piece in Wired on how we could deal with the very real threat of killer asteroids, writing "In 2029 we'll be able to know whether, seven years later, Apophis will miss Earth or slam into the Pacific and create a tsunami that will devastate all the coastlines of the Pacific … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » I Wanna Annotate on My iPad!

Tuesday 3 April 16:30:59 UTC 2012

[Photo Credit]I was at work the other day and my boss had to go to a client meeting, but also had to review a piece of work I had done for a different client before we sent it to them. She recently bought an iPad and I was like – duh, that’s a reason to have an iPad. You should be … [Link]

New Scientist – Online news » World's toughest bugs survive electron beam and vacuum

Tuesday 3 April 16:30:00 UTC 2012

These ticks have become the first organisms to be observed alive in a scanning electron microscope and survive the experience [Link]

New Scientist – Online news » Climate migration is a solution, not desperation

Tuesday 3 April 16:20:00 UTC 2012

Rather than being the final resort, migration is a key tactic in the human response to climate change, argues a leading geographer [Link]

New Scientist – Online news » Explosion simulates mysterious Buncefield blast

Tuesday 3 April 16:17:00 UTC 2012

Watch how trees could have been to blame for the UK's biggest ever peacetime explosion [Link]

Slashdot » Testing AI Methods With FlightGear

Tuesday 3 April 16:06:00 UTC 2012

mikejuk writes "The open source flight simulator Flight Gear is great fun but it can also be used for serious research. Suppose you want to develop a drone that can roam the seas and spot debris so that ships can be directed to it and pick it up. It's a good idea, but how do you test your methods? … [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Microsoft Cracks List of Top Linux Contributors

Tuesday 3 April 15:56:00 UTC 2012

The Linux Foundation has released its annual report on the top contributors to Linus Torvalds's open source operating system, and there's a new name on the list: Microsoft. For years, Microsoft kept its distance from the open source movement, and at one point, CEO Steve Ballmer referred to Linux as a cancer, seeing the open source OS as a threat … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Emerald City Comicon 2012 in Pictures [Gallery]

Tuesday 3 April 15:30:50 UTC 2012

Since Emerald City Comicon took place during the last weekend, I decided to scour flickr for some CC cosplay photography of the event, and while there was not as many pictures as with similar conventions in bigger cities, I was able to find a decent amount of good pictures. [GAS] reader and cosplayer Ani-Mia (The Sexy Wampa Lady above) also let … [Link]

Slashdot » Swedish Researchers Expose China's Tor-Blocking Tricks

Tuesday 3 April 15:25:00 UTC 2012

An anonymous reader writes "A pair of researchers at Karlstad University have been able to establish how the Great Firewall of China sets about blocking unpublished Tor bridges. The GFC inspects web traffic looking for potential bridges and then attempts 'to speak Tor' to the hosts. If they reply, they're deemed to be Tor bridges and blocked. While this … [Link]

Wired Top Stories » The Devil in Groupon's Details

Tuesday 3 April 14:53:00 UTC 2012

It?s another bad day for Groupon: not only is Andrew Ross Sorkin using the company as Exhibit A in his opposition to the JOBS Act, but more worryingly the Wall Street Journal is now reporting that the SEC is examining the earnings revision which Groupon announced yesterday. Groupon discovered that the refund reserve it had been using was too low; … [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Internet Explorer Market Share Surges, as IE 9 Wins Hearts and Minds

Tuesday 3 April 14:52:46 UTC 2012

The browser wars are back and Internet Explorer 9 is gaining converts. For the second time this year IE made large gains, picking up almost one point of market share while Chrome, Firefox, and Safari all lost out. [Link]

Wired Top Stories » How Facebook 'Contagion' Spreads

Tuesday 3 April 14:50:00 UTC 2012

It's not the raw number of friends that matters in feeling pressured to join Facebook, but rather the types of friends who are signed up. The results of a new study show that groups of friends — rather than friend number — are important to how social trends spread. [Link]

Slashdot » NOAA Study: Radiation From Fukushima Very Dilluted, Seafood Safe

Tuesday 3 April 14:43:00 UTC 2012

JSBiff writes "Ars Technica is reporting on a study by NOAA scientists who surveyed the ocean near Fukushima, which concludes that while a lot of radioactivity was released into the water, as would be expected, it diluted out to levels that pose little risk to wildlife or humans, and that the seafood is safe to eat. Perhaps we needn't … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Amazon Deal of the day: 40% Off 3-Month Xbox 360 Live Subscription Gold Card – $14.99 + Bonus Video Game Deals (For all Consoles)

Tuesday 3 April 14:40:37 UTC 2012

For today’s edition of Deal of the Day, Amazon has a 3-Month Xbox 360 Live Subscription Gold Card for just $14.99! That’s 40% off the card’s usual retail price of $24.99.-3-Month Xbox 360 Live Subscription Gold Card – $24.99 $14.99 (40% Off)And here are a few other great video game deals:-Grand Theft Auto IV: The Complete Edition (including The Lost and … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Reggae Chewbacca [Video]

Tuesday 3 April 14:30:20 UTC 2012

Presented without comment.[Via OW]No related posts. flattr this! [Link]

Slashdot » Dell To Acquire Wyse

Tuesday 3 April 14:19:00 UTC 2012

New submitter alancronin writes "Computer and IT giant Dell said today it will acquire privately held Wyse Technology, a company that specializes in what it calls 'cloud client computing.'" Share on Google+ Read more of this story at Slashdot. [Link]

Slashdot » Mozilla Blocks Vulnerable Java Versions In Firefox

Tuesday 3 April 14:02:00 UTC 2012

Trailrunner7 writes with this excerpt from Threatpost: "Mozilla has made a change in Firefox that will block all of the older versions of Java that contain a critical vulnerability that's being actively exploited. The decision to add these vulnerable versions of Java to the browser's blocklist is designed to protect users who may not be aware of the flaw … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Captain…Canada? [Pic]

Tuesday 3 April 14:00:46 UTC 2012

Do you reckon he’s got a beaver side-kick? From cracked.com’s collection of 23 Small But Disastrous Changes to Famous Movies.No related posts. flattr this! [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Attack of the Batmobiles! [Video]

Tuesday 3 April 14:00:45 UTC 2012

On Friday evening, March 30th 2012, Warner Bros. shot a bonus feature segment for the “Dark Knight Rises” Blu-Ray. For the feature they gathered all 5 Batmobiles from television and movies.I shot this footage using a Canon 5D MKII. Enjoy!Thanks Miuslis![Josh Turchetta]No related posts. flattr this! [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Amazing Harley Quinn (Arkham Asylum) Cosplay [Pic]

Tuesday 3 April 14:00:44 UTC 2012

Browse the rest of our amazing cosplay picture galleries right here!If someone knows the original source of this great picture, be sure to let us know in the comments section belowThanks guys![Source: S-Lancaster | Via]No related posts. flattr this! [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » I’m the One That’s Cool: So Says the Geek to the Jock [Music Video]

Tuesday 3 April 14:00:43 UTC 2012

I’m the one that’s cool: A new song for the Guild, written and directed by Jed Whedon, Joss Whedon’s brother.To all the ass-hat jocks who beat me up in school Now I’m the one that’s cool I’m the one that’s cool To all the prom queen bitches thinking they still rule Now I’m the one that’s cool I’m the one … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » YOU SHALL NOT PASS! [Video]

Tuesday 3 April 14:00:42 UTC 2012

Now that I’ve seen this, everything else I’ll see today will have little meaning. Thank you Internet.[Via]No related posts. flattr this! [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Pastebin Gets Proactive

Tuesday 3 April 14:00:41 UTC 2012

The man who runs Pastebin says he is going to crack down on people using the site to post stolen data. Jeroen Vader says he will not only bring in extra staff, but will attempt to proactively monitor the site.In theory at least, Pastebin (which is the name of a specific site as well as the name of a concept) is … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Tony Stark Talks Down Loki [Video]

Tuesday 3 April 14:00:40 UTC 2012

Is it just me or is it not quite sexy when two men start posturing? Yet another teaser for the upcoming Avengers movie! Can’t wait![by Fandango via iGeektrooper]No related posts. flattr this! [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Total Recall 2012: First Official Trailer [Video]

Tuesday 3 April 14:00:39 UTC 2012

So, will Colin Farell impersonate Doug Quaid better than Schwarzenegger did? Hmmm, probably not, but who knows?[Via]No related posts. flattr this! [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Epic Catwoman Cosplay by Aigue-Marine

Tuesday 3 April 14:00:38 UTC 2012

From German cosplayer Aigue-Marine, which we featured a few months ago for her totally awesome Batgirl costume:Making the costume took me about one week in total. I made every piece of it myself: The suit, the cap, the gloves, the belt – even the goggles. (The goggles are made from KobraCast 4 Art, crafting foam and Wobrla’s Finest Art) The only … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Amazon Deal of the Day: Save BIG on Sandisk SDHC and SDXC Class 10 Memory Cards (16/32/64 GB)!

Tuesday 3 April 14:00:37 UTC 2012

For today’S edition of Deal of the Day, Amazon offers some big discounts on Sandisk SDHC and SDXC high speed class 10 memory cards (16/32/64 GB). If you need a bigger and faster memory card for your digital camera or camcorder, you might want to take advantage of these great offers! Today only![Save BIG on Sandisk SDHC and SDXC class 10 ... [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Reggae Chewbacca [Video]

Tuesday 3 April 14:00:20 UTC 2012

Presented without comment.[Via OW]No related posts. flattr this! [Link]

Slashdot » Supreme Court Approves Strip Searches For Any Arrestable Offense

Tuesday 3 April 13:21:00 UTC 2012

sl4shd0rk writes "Taking a page out of the TSA handbook, the Supreme Court has voted to allow strip searches for any offense, no matter how minimal. The article cites these two tidbits from Justice Anthony Kennedy: 'Every detainee who will be admitted to the general [jail or prison] population may be required to undergo a close visual inspection while … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » This Is Why We Go To University

Tuesday 3 April 13:00:45 UTC 2012

They think the geeks are in science? No way, Arts is where the real nerd party’s at. [School of Fail]No related posts. flattr this! [Link]

Slashdot » Blue Gecko is an 11 Year Old Remote Database Administration Startup (Video)

Tuesday 3 April 12:49:00 UTC 2012

A company that has been going since 2001 is not exactly a startup, but Blue Gecko co-founder Sarah Novotny says that maintaining a startup mindset has helped her company keep going this long, with no end in sight. If you are thinking about starting an IT business (either now or in the future), especially one you hope will have … [Link]

New Scientist – Online news » Today on New Scientist: 2 April 2012

Tuesday 3 April 12:09:35 UTC 2012

All today's stories on newscientist.com, including: Total report from last year details North Sea gas drilling problems, mysteries of the Milky Way, and more [Link]

Slashdot » Biosecurity Board Recommends Full Publication of Bird Flu Studies

Tuesday 3 April 12:09:00 UTC 2012

An anonymous reader writes "Two controversial scientific papers on a mutant form of the H5N1 avian flu virus should be published in uncensored form after a review determined there would be no immediate threat from releasing the data, a U.S. biosecurity panel said, revising its earlier decision." Share on Google+ Read more of this story at Slashdot. [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Hairy Man in Tutu Raises Money for Breast Cancer

Tuesday 3 April 11:00:00 UTC 2012

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Wired Top Stories » Shady Companies With Ties to Israel Wiretap the U.S. for the NSA

Tuesday 3 April 11:00:00 UTC 2012

The NSA is growing bigger and more powerful. But behind its curtains of secrecy, the secretive spying agency is relying on contractors with checkered pasts and ties to Israeli intelligence to build out and run its massive eavesdropping operations. [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Barcelona Supercomputer ARMed For Assault on World's Fastest Machines

Tuesday 3 April 11:00:00 UTC 2012

The Barcelona Supercomputer Center is building one of the greenest high-performance computers on the planet, but if Alex Ramirez gets his way, it could also be the most powerful. [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Video: Dance Music Duo Flosstradamus Shows Off Jam-Making Gear

Tuesday 3 April 11:00:00 UTC 2012

Everyone who has ever seen a Flosstradamus show has been witness to a bunch of button-pushing, effects-triggering, and knob-twiddling (and, probably, dancing), but what exactly are they doing up there? Turns out they're just geeking out with their favorite music toys. To find out what tricks they're pulling on stage, Wired sat down with Flossy D (aka Josh Young and … [Link]

Wired Top Stories » April 3, 1996: Unabomber Nabbed in His Montana Hideout

Tuesday 3 April 11:00:00 UTC 2012

The Unabomber is nabbed in his Montana hideout. [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Powerful Senators Demand Giant Spy Blimp

Tuesday 3 April 11:00:00 UTC 2012

Two influential senators are demanding the Air Force ship a giant spy blimp to Afghanistan — even though the military says it can't afford to. (Hold the "hot air" jokes, please.) [Link]

New Scientist – Online news » Photon sieves make super-cheap space telescopes

Tuesday 3 April 11:00:00 UTC 2012

A plastic sheet called a "photon sieve" focuses incoming light, providing a quick, cheap way to replace damaged space telescopes [Link]

Pogue's Posts » S.L.R. Video Cameras for the Pros

Tuesday 3 April 10:45:43 UTC 2012

The world of professional TV and film changed suddenly when digital S.L.R.'s – still cameras – were designed to capture video. And I mean, incredible video, with all the flexibility of interchangeable lenses and amazing low-light capability. [Link]

New Scientist – Online news » A Wikipedia for life's meaningful moments

Tuesday 3 April 10:23:00 UTC 2012

A new website, Cowbird, wants to get everyone telling personal stories online, building a creative archive of human experience [Link]

Slashdot » Confidentiality Expires For 1940 Census Records

Tuesday 3 April 9:15:00 UTC 2012

Hugh Pickens writes writes "In spring of 1940, the Census Bureau sent out more than 120,000 fact-gatherers, known as 'enumerators,' to survey the nation's 33 million homes and 7 million farms. Now as the 72 years of confidentiality expires, the National Archives website buckled under the load as the 1940 census records were released and 1.9 million users hit … [Link]

New Scientist – Online news » Would you pay to block your own internet connection?

Tuesday 3 April 9:04:25 UTC 2012

Researcher Fred Stutzman has come up with apps to keep your mind on work and off the temptations of the web and social media [Link]

Slashdot » UK Proposing Real-Time Monitoring of All Communications

Tuesday 3 April 8:03:00 UTC 2012

An anonymous reader writes "In response to a plans to introduce real time monitoring of all UK Internet communications, a petition has been set up in opposition." Previously covered here, El Reg chimes in with a bit of conspiracy theorizing and further analysis: "It would appear that the story is being managed: the government is looking to make sure … [Link]

New Scientist – Online news » Orca invasion: Killer whales in a warmer world

Tuesday 3 April 7:30:00 UTC 2012

As the sea ice recedes in Hudson Bay, killer whales are moving in for a feast. Are they eating the Inuit people's lunch? (full text available to subscribers) [Link]

Slashdot » UK Police Investigate Alleged Phorm Lunch With Officer

Tuesday 3 April 6:10:00 UTC 2012

twoheadedboy writes "City of London Police are looking into claims one of its officers was given hospitality by Phorm months before the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) decided to not take the company or BT, which was using the software, to court. BT was trialling Phorm, which uses uses cookies to build a profile of users' habits and interests based … [Link]

Wired Top Stories » A Google-a-Day Puzzle for Apr. 3

Tuesday 3 April 4:28:08 UTC 2012

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

Wired Top Stories » Mixed-Media Artist Brings the Middle of Nowhere to the Masses

Tuesday 3 April 4:28:07 UTC 2012

Artist Alex Hartley will travel to British ports with his floating sculpture Nowhereisland as part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad. [Link]

Slashdot » Bill Introduced To Ban Sale of MA15+ Games To Anyone Under 18 in SA

Tuesday 3 April 4:05:00 UTC 2012

dotarray writes "The introduction of an R18+ rating for video games into Australia has been designed to bring game classification in line with the current system in place for films and other media. One state, however, would like to widen that gap." This is being billed (by John Rau's office) as a saner approach than eliminating the MA15+ rating … [Link]

Slashdot » Oracle and Google Settlement Talks Falter; Trial Set for April 16

Tuesday 3 April 2:01:00 UTC 2012

Fluffeh writes "Recently, a Judge ordered Oracle and Google to have yet another sit down and chat, but these talks have come to an impasse: 'Despite their diligent efforts and those of their able counsel, the parties have reached an irreconcilable impasse in their settlement discussions,' Judge Paul Grewal of US District Court for the Northern California wrote Monday. … [Link]

Wired Top Stories » BMW Razes Roof on i8 Spyder, Installs Razor Scooters to Boot

Tuesday 3 April 0:12:00 UTC 2012

The third concept in BMW's new line of i-branded vehicles, the i8 Spyder features a high-performance plug-in hybrid drivetrain and exchanges its roof for a pair of integrated scooters. [Link]

Slashdot » Japanese Tsunami Ghost Ship Spotted Off Canadian Coast

Tuesday 3 April 0:06:00 UTC 2012

An anonymous reader writes with an excerpt from an article in Inhabitat: "After Japan was hit with a devastating earthquake in March 2011, the Pacific nation was rocked by a massive tsunami that destroyed thousands of coastal houses, cars and boats and swept millions of tons of debris out into the ocean. Now, it looks like some of that … [Link]

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