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 » Scientists Release Working Prototype Of CAPTCHA-Based Password Assistant

Saturday 7 April 23:48:00 UTC 2012

An anonymous reader writes "Last year Slashdot ran a story on scientists from the Max-Planck-Institute for Physics of Complex Systems in Dresden, Germany developing a novel method to improve password security. A strong long password is split in two parts; the first part is memorized by a human, and the second part is stored as a CAPTCHA-like image of … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » MorpHex: An Amazing 6-Legged Robot That Transforms Itself Into a Ball [Video]

Saturday 7 April 23:30:54 UTC 2012

Hey, that thing looks like Samus’s morph ball!The main goal of this project was to make a hexapod robot that could transform into a sphere shape and back. In “sphere mode” the robot should be able to roll freely like a ball.[Via]No related posts. flattr this! [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » How Game of Thrones Season 1 Should Have Ended [Video]

Saturday 7 April 23:04:58 UTC 2012

Game of Thrones Season 2 is about to kick off. Don’t watch it until you’ve seen the HISHE spin on Season 1. Bear in mind that “The North Remembers.”[Via]No related posts. flattr this! [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Flying Panthers in new WoW Expansion

Saturday 7 April 23:04:57 UTC 2012

I have to admit that I gave up World of Warcraft awhile back (mainly because I couldn’t justify the cost any longer). This flying panther thing had me interested though.I guess if you play the game you already know about the new expansion which is currently in beta testing – Mists of Pandaria. Now you can play as Pandas. It … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Han Danced First [Comic]

Saturday 7 April 23:04:56 UTC 2012

Be sure to read this strip with this song in mind.From one of my favorite webcomics: Virtual ShacklesRelated: Kinect Star Wars Will Destroy Your Childhood Memories.No related posts. flattr this! [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Amazon Deal of the Day: 63% Off Plantronics GameCom 367 Closed-Ear Gaming Headset – $21.00

Saturday 7 April 23:04:55 UTC 2012

For today’s edition of Deal of the Day, Amazon has the Plantronics GameCom 367 Closed-Ear Gaming Headset for just $21.99! That’s 64% off the headset’s usual retail price of $59.99.The closed-ear GameCom 367 headset delivers an immersive audio experience with 50 mm stereo speakers and specially designed earpods that redistribute pressure for maximum comfort. When you’re ready to fire off orders, … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » William Shatner: Ghostbuster? [Pic]

Saturday 7 April 23:04:54 UTC 2012

Yesterday, William Shatner tweeted the following text along with a link pointing to the picture you see above to his followers:Who ya gonna call? SHATNER! I ain’t afraid of no ghosts!So geeks, what do you guys think this could mean?[Via Geektyrant]No related posts. flattr this! [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Awesomely Geeky DC Comics Superhero 4-Piece Collector Glass Set

Saturday 7 April 23:04:53 UTC 2012

Four awesomely geeky 10 oz. glass tumblers featuring Superman, Wonder Woman, Batman, and the Green Lantern.[$17.95 @ The Neatoshop]Also, under the same collection: Star Wars 4-Piece Collector Glass Set, Star Trek 4-Piece Collector Glass Set.No related posts. flattr this! [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Walking Dead Mad Men [Video]

Saturday 7 April 23:04:52 UTC 2012

Zombies have taken over the ad agency![Via]No related posts. flattr this! [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » MorpHex: An Amazing 6-Legged Robot That Transforms Itself Into a Ball [Video]

Saturday 7 April 23:00:54 UTC 2012

Hey, that thing looks like Samus’s morph ball!The main goal of this project was to make a hexapod robot that could transform into a sphere shape and back. In “sphere mode” the robot should be able to roll freely like a ball.[Via]No related posts. flattr this! [Link]

Wired Top Stories » LIVE From PAX East: Raising the Next Generation of Geeks

Saturday 7 April 22:55:00 UTC 2012

Should you let your toddler play Skyrim? What?s the best way to introduce your child to RPGs? How do you handle it when your kid doesn?t want to play a game because he thinks he?ll lose? What do you say if your daughter says she likes ?Twilight? more than ?Buffy?? These questions and many more will be discussed by writers … [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Now Streaming: GeekDad/GeekMom Panel at PAX East

Saturday 7 April 22:55:00 UTC 2012

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Slashdot » Here's What Facebook Sends the Cops In Response To a Subpoena

Saturday 7 April 22:46:00 UTC 2012

An anonymous reader writes "Facebook already shares its Law Enforcement Guidelines publicly, but we've never actually seen the data Menlo Park sends over to the cops when it gets a formal subpoena for your profile information. Now we know. This appears to be the first time we get to see what a Facebook account report looks like. The document … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Diablo 3 “Part of Me” (Katy Perry Parody)

Saturday 7 April 22:00:02 UTC 2012

A parody of Katy Perry’s “Part of Me” dedicated to the release of Diablo III by Youtuber Terence Jay.This video is in response to the release date for Diablo III finally being annouced! 05/15/12! I’ve waited 5 years for this game![Terrence Jay Music | Pre-Order Diablo III @ Amazon.com]No related posts. flattr this! [Link]

Slashdot » Ask Slashdot: How To Make My Own Hardware Multimedia Player?

Saturday 7 April 21:37:00 UTC 2012

An anonymous reader writes "I was looking at multimedia players from brands such as SumVision, Noontec and Western Digital. They all seem to be some device which accepts a USB hard-drive and commands from an IR remote control, and throws the result over HDMI. I have my own idea of what a hardware multimedia player should do (e.g. a … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Om Nom Nom Nom: Game Of Thrones House Pizzas [Pic]

Saturday 7 April 21:00:17 UTC 2012

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

Slashdot » 42% of Worldwide Households Expected To Have Wi-Fi By 2016

Saturday 7 April 20:29:00 UTC 2012

retroworks writes "'Wi-Fi network use will nearly double in homes around the world come 2016, according to new Strategy Analytics research. Already used in some 439 million households worldwide, equivalent to 25% of all households, Wi-Fi home network penetration will expand to 42%.' The report says China already has the highest home Wi-Fi use." Share on Google+ Read more of this story … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » ZomBeGone Laundry Detergent [Video]

Saturday 7 April 20:00:44 UTC 2012

Having problems with the undead? No problem, all you need is “ZomBeGone”! A funny commercial trailer for Lollipop Chainsaw!Lollipop Chainsaw is set for release on 15th June for Xbox 360 and PS3.[Jessica Nigri]No related posts. flattr this! [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Wired Readers Request – Review Mission Control Software

Saturday 7 April 19:37:00 UTC 2012

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Slashdot » New CISPA Cybersecurity Bill Even Worse Than SOPA

Saturday 7 April 19:31:00 UTC 2012

An anonymous reader writes "As congressmen in Washington consider how to handle the ongoing issue of cyberattacks, some legislators have lent their support to a new act that, if passed, would let the government pry into the personal correspondence of anyone of their choosing. This is SOPA being passed in smaller chunks… 'H.R. 3523, a piece of legislation dubbed … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Really Cheap Limited Edition Nerd Tees

Saturday 7 April 19:00:48 UTC 2012

Qwertee (the name alone had me hooked) have a really interesting sales technique. They produce shirts for as little as £8/€10/US$12 but they only sell a shirt for 24 hours!!! That makes these t-shirts pretty much limited editions.They’ve now also started selling yesterdays t-shirt as “Last Chance” tees. Here’s two of the latest designs, but by the time you read … [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Lady Ada's Bento Box: A Hacker's To-Go Box

Saturday 7 April 18:35:00 UTC 2012

It won't be long now that I will be packing my bags and heading to the Bay Area Maker Faire 2012 in San Mateo. I was thinking about bringing along an Arduino and some parts that could be fiddled with at the Faire but wasn't sure how I was going to pack them up for travel. I had a couple … [Link]

Slashdot » Proposed Chinese Copyright Changes Would Encourage Re-Use

Saturday 7 April 18:29:00 UTC 2012

New submitter BBCS writes "The National Copyright Administration of the People's Republic of China ('NCAC') is seeking public comments on a controversial draft amendment to China's copyright law. A number of recording artists and musicians have reacted strongly against this proposed amendment because it appears to encourage using others works without compensation. The amendments that have drawn particular ire … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » How Game of Thrones Season 1 Should Have Ended [Video]

Saturday 7 April 18:00:14 UTC 2012

Game of Thrones Season 2 is about to kick off. Don’t watch it until you’ve seen the HISHE spin on Season 1. Bear in mind that “The North Remembers.”[Via]No related posts. flattr this! [Link]

Wired Top Stories » The Age Of Insight

Saturday 7 April 17:58:00 UTC 2012

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Slashdot » Some Hotspot Operators Secretly Intercept, Insert Ads In Web Pages

Saturday 7 April 17:30:00 UTC 2012

An anonymous reader writes with this excerpt from the NYT's "Bits" column: "Justin Watt, a Web engineer, was browsing the Web in his room at the Courtyard Marriott in Midtown Manhattan this week when he saw something strange. On his personal blog, a mysterious gap was appearing at the top of the page. After some sleuthing, Mr. Watt, who … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Flying Panthers in new WoW Expansion

Saturday 7 April 17:00:11 UTC 2012

I have to admit that I gave up World of Warcraft awhile back (mainly because I couldn’t justify the cost any longer). This flying panther thing had me interested though.I guess if you play the game you already know about the new expansion which is currently in beta testing – Mists of Pandaria. Now you can play as Pandas. It … [Link]

Slashdot » Colony Collapse Disorder Linked To Pesticide, High-Fructose Corn Syrup

Saturday 7 April 16:28:00 UTC 2012

hondo77 writes "Researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health '…have re-created the mysterious Colony Collapse Disorder in several honeybee hives simply by giving them small doses of a popular pesticide, imidacloprid.' This follows recently-reported studies also linked the disorder to neonicotinoid pesticides. What is really interesting is the link to when the disorder started appearing, 2006. 'That mechanism? … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Han Danced First [Comic]

Saturday 7 April 16:00:37 UTC 2012

Be sure to read this strip with this song in mind.From one of my favorite webcomics: Virtual ShacklesRelated: Kinect Star Wars Will Destroy Your Childhood Memories.No related posts. flattr this! [Link]

Slashdot » CPU DB: Looking At 40 Years of Processor Improvements

Saturday 7 April 15:29:00 UTC 2012

CowboyRobot writes "Stanford's CPU DB project (cpudb.stanford.edu) is like an open IMDB for microprocessors. Processors have come a long way from the Intel 4004 in 1971, with a clock speed of 740KHz, and CPU DB shows the details of where and when the gains have occured. More importantly, by looking at hundreds of processors over decades, researchers are able … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Amazon Deal of the Day: 63% Off Plantronics GameCom 367 Closed-Ear Gaming Headset – $21.00

Saturday 7 April 15:10:26 UTC 2012

For today’s edition of Deal of the Day, Amazon has the Plantronics GameCom 367 Closed-Ear Gaming Headset for just $21.99! That’s 64% off the headset’s usual retail price of $59.99.The closed-ear GameCom 367 headset delivers an immersive audio experience with 50 mm stereo speakers and specially designed earpods that redistribute pressure for maximum comfort. When you’re ready to fire off orders, … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » William Shatner: Ghostbuster? [Pic]

Saturday 7 April 15:00:42 UTC 2012

Yesterday, William Shatner tweeted the following text along with a link pointing to the picture you see above to his followers:Who ya gonna call? SHATNER! I ain’t afraid of no ghosts!So geeks, what do you guys think this could mean?[Via Geektyrant]No related posts. flattr this! [Link]

Slashdot » Robot Helicopters To Single Out Pirate Ships

Saturday 7 April 14:27:00 UTC 2012

Hugh Pickens writes "Innovation News reports that the U.S. Navy plans to upgrade its robotic Fire Scouts with electronic 'brains' that are able to automatically recognize small pirate boats spotted through 3D laser imaging by bouncing millions of laser pulses off distant objects to create a 3D 'radar' image of any boats on the high seas — a technology … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Awesomely Geeky DC Comics Superhero 4-Piece Collector Glass Set

Saturday 7 April 14:00:03 UTC 2012

Four awesomely geeky 10 oz. glass tumblers featuring Superman, Wonder Woman, Batman, and the Green Lantern.[$17.95 @ The Neatoshop]Also, under the same collection: Star Wars 4-Piece Collector Glass Set, Star Trek 4-Piece Collector Glass Set.No related posts. flattr this! [Link]

Slashdot » OLPC Project Disappoints In Peru

Saturday 7 April 13:26:00 UTC 2012

00_NOP writes "The One Laptop Per Child project has disappointed in Peru, reports the Economist, apparently because in general teachers did not make creative use of the technology. As in other cases the computers seem to have been regarded as ends in themselves rather than tools to help change the ways kids are taught. Quite disappointing for those of … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Walking Dead Mad Men [Video]

Saturday 7 April 13:00:30 UTC 2012

Zombies have taken over the ad agency![Via]No related posts. flattr this! [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Rancors Rule, But Lightsabers Whiff in Kinect Star Wars (GeekDad Weekly Rewind)

Saturday 7 April 13:00:00 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 » To Kill a Mockingbird Celebrates 50 Years

Saturday 7 April 12:30:00 UTC 2012

To Kill a Mockingbird, often considered one of the best novels of all time, is marking the 50th anniversary of the film version this year. President Obama hosted a special screening of the movie at the White House on April 5, stating that the novel is a "timeless American classic and one of his favorite books. [Link]

Slashdot » Should Failure Be Rewarded To Spur Innovation?

Saturday 7 April 12:28:00 UTC 2012

Lucas123 writes "Paper products maker Kimberly-Clark drove the morale of its IT infrastructure group into the ground after massive firings and outsourcing. When they hired a new VP of Infrastructure four years later to turn things around, he implemented a program to spur innovation. The VP took a venture capitalist approach where any employee could submit an idea and … [Link]

Wired Top Stories » 3 Picture Books for Bug Lovers

Saturday 7 April 12:00:00 UTC 2012

If you like bugs and picture books, here are three that you might consider adding to your library. They're all quite different from each other: One Beetle Too Many is about Charles Darwin and ? to be honest ? is a little less about the bugs than the man. Step Gently Out is a poem illustrated with gorgeous close-up photos … [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Regular Show's J.G. Quintel Is Just a Regular Guy (GeekDad Weekly Rewind)

Saturday 7 April 11:30:00 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]

Wired Top Stories » Learn About Invented Languages, From Elvish to Klingon

Saturday 7 April 11:00:00 UTC 2012

Geek culture is filled with invented languages. Some are just alluded to in movie and novel, others are fairly well developed and then expounded upon by devoted fans. But the linguistics of these inventions fascinate many of us, and understanding a word or two in these languages surely helps one's geek cred. [Link]

Slashdot » Ask Slashdot: Advice For Budding Scientist?

Saturday 7 April 9:44:00 UTC 2012

New submitter everithe writes "Dear Slashdot, I am nearing the end of my undergraduate years and hoping to continue on in academia, probably focusing on condensed matter physics. Recently I've noticed some alarming pessimism among Slashdotters about the state of science — that fraud is rampant and that people honestly trying to do science are less likely to be … [Link]

New Scientist – Online news » Marathon mouse space mission boosts bone protection

Saturday 7 April 9:30:00 UTC 2012

After the longest mission ever by an animal, a group of mice have shown how a genetic treatment can prevent the breakdown of bone in space [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Responding to the New Aesthetic

Saturday 7 April 8:12:00 UTC 2012

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Slashdot » Data Safety In a Time of Natural Disasters

Saturday 7 April 7:52:00 UTC 2012

CowboyRobot writes "The National Weather Service has begun testing the way it labels natural disasters. It's hoping that the new warnings, which include words like 'catastrophic,' 'complete devastation likely,' and 'unsurvivable,' will make people more likely to take action to save their lives. But what about their digital lives? Recommendations include: Keep all electronics out of basements and off … [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Creators Project: "In Response to Bruce Sterling's 'Essay on the New Aesthetic'"

Saturday 7 April 7:52:00 UTC 2012

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Slashdot » USGS Suggests Connection Between Seismic Activity and Fracking

Saturday 7 April 5:01:00 UTC 2012

First time accepted submitter samazon writes "According to a recently proposed abstract by the United States Geological Survey, hydraulic fracturing, or more specifically the disposal of fracking wastewater, may be directly correlated to the increase in seismic activity in the midwest. Results of the paper will be presented on April 18th, but the language of the abstract seems to … [Link]

Wired Top Stories » A Google-a-Day Puzzle for Apr. 7

Saturday 7 April 4:01:00 UTC 2012

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

Geek Culture » Slow Motion Car Crash

Saturday 7 April 2:13:51 UTC 2012

While you munch down on easter candy, enjoy Slow Motion Car Crash by artist Jonathan Schipper. It's an installation in which a car slowly crashes into a wall… at the rip-roaring speed of 7 millimeters per hour. Check out the time lapse… check out week three here. via Laughing Squid! [Link]

Slashdot » How To Share a Cake Over the Internet

Saturday 7 April 2:09:00 UTC 2012

mikejuk writes "The problem to be solved sounds trivial — cut up a cake so that each person thinks they get a fair share. This classical problem gets even more difficult if the 'players' can't all see what is going on at the same time — for example because they are negotiating via the internet. Now there is an … [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Orbital Talks Vintage Synths, Throwing Up and New Album, Wonky

Saturday 7 April 0:36:00 UTC 2012

Few acts in electronic dance music are as enduring and classic as Orbital. The British duo's first hit single, "Chime," was recorded nearly 25 years ago — in 1989. The brothers Paul and Phil Hartnoll recently reunited after breaking up the band in 2004 to pursue other projects. Now they're back with Wonky, their first new album as Orbital in … [Link]

Slashdot » Bogus Takedown Notice Lands $150k Settlement In Australian Court

Saturday 7 April 0:20:00 UTC 2012

Fluffeh writes "Richard Bell, an Australian Film Maker, on a fellowship in New York, produced and directed approximately 18 hours of raw footage for a film with the help of an assistant called Tanya Steele and paid her for these services. Ms Steele, through her American lawyers, sent letters to Mr Bell and his agent claiming that she owned … [Link]

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