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 » Sergey Brin Says Facebook, Apple and Gov't Biggest Threats To Internet Freedom

Sunday 15 April 23:36:00 UTC 2012

An anonymous reader writes "Google co-founder Sergey Brin has listed three threats to Internet freedom: Facebook, Apple, and governments that censor their citizens. Brin's comments were made to The Guardian: 'The threat to the freedom of the internet comes, he claims, from a combination of governments increasingly trying to control access and communication by their citizens, the entertainment industry's … [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Robot Rendezvous at Hadley Rille (1968)

Sunday 15 April 23:07:55 UTC 2012

The Apollo 15 mission touched down on the lip of Hadley Rille, near the towering Apennine Mountains. The site was a geological treasure trove and the mission an outstanding scientific success – but a 1968 plan to meld an Apollo mission to Hadley with an unmanned rover mission might have led to even greater discoveries. [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Fully FUNCTIONAL Nintendo Controller Coffee Table [Pics]

Sunday 15 April 22:56:29 UTC 2012

Nintendo NES controller coffee table. Made from maple, mahogany and walnut with dovetail joinery and mid century modern legs.This table fully functions as a Nintendo NES controller and can be used to play games with the glass removed. The cord is retractable from underneath. [Etsy - TheBohemianWorkbench]No related posts. flattr this! [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » One: A Space Odyssey in LEGO [Short Film]

Sunday 15 April 22:56:25 UTC 2012

Here is a one-minute version of Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey entirely made out of LEGO. Believe it or not, this short film was created 12 years ago, back in 2000.[Via TDWG]No related posts. flattr this! [Link]

Slashdot » NASA Looking For Ideas To Explore Mars

Sunday 15 April 22:31:00 UTC 2012

ZeroExistenZ writes "NASA plans to make another trip to Mars in 2018 for which they want to devise a plan by this summer. To come to idea's for this mission, they turn to the public to tackle a few challenge areas. Participants must submit a brief abstract (no more than two pages) outlining the idea, and indicating in which … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Awesome: Fez is Now Out on Xbox LIVE Arcade [Launch Trailer]

Sunday 15 April 22:30:10 UTC 2012

For those of you who own an Xbox 360, you guys will definitely want to check out Fez, which is now available on Microsoft’s gaming network for 800 points (about $10.)[FEZ | Xbox 360 LIVE 1600 Points - $19.99 $17.48]No related posts. flattr this! [Link]

Wired Top Stories » How To Improve Eyewitness Testimony

Sunday 15 April 22:12:00 UTC 2012

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Geeks are Sexy Technology News » How to Land on Mars in a Minute [Video]

Sunday 15 April 21:30:01 UTC 2012

Getting a spacecraft to Mars is one thing; getting it safely to the ground is a whole other challenge! This 60-second video from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory explains three ways to land on the surface of the Red Planet.[Via Gizmodo]No related posts. flattr this! [Link]

Slashdot » Restoring China's Forbidden City With 3-D Printing

Sunday 15 April 21:30:00 UTC 2012

First time accepted submitter jcho5 writes "China's 600-year-old Forbidden City is looking less forbidding these days. As part of a major restoration, the Chinese Palace museum will use 3D-Printers to re-manufacture and replicate many of the city's most precious and unique objects. From the article: 'PhD student Fangjin Zhang—along with her colleagues at Loughborough Design School in the East … [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Copenhagen Suborbitals Progress Video – March 2012

Sunday 15 April 21:27:00 UTC 2012

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Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Space Effect: A Mass Effect Remix by Reverse Enginears [Music Video]

Sunday 15 April 20:30:36 UTC 2012

This remix was made by Reverse Enginears, a digital creative agency that specializes in A/V re-sequencing, using only sounds from Mass Effect 3. Oh, and unsurprisingly, remix superstar Pogo happens to be part of this group.[Via The Awesomer]No related posts. flattr this! [Link]

Slashdot » When Big Brother Watches IT

Sunday 15 April 20:24:00 UTC 2012

bdking writes "In an effort to protect sensitive data from internal security threats, some organizations are 'using new technology to look at the language of their IT staff's emails to determine whether their behavior or mind-set has changed,' the Wall Street Journal reports. Is secretly spying on and linguistically interpreting employee emails going too far in the name of … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » How to Land on Mars in a Minute [Video]

Sunday 15 April 20:19:51 UTC 2012

Getting a spacecraft to Mars is one thing; getting it safely to the ground is a whole other challenge! This 60-second video from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory explains three ways to land on the surface of the Red Planet.[Via Gizmodo]No related posts. flattr this! [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Space Effect: A Mass Effect Remix by Reverse Enginears [Music Video]

Sunday 15 April 20:19:50 UTC 2012

This remix was made by Reverse Enginears, a digital creative agency that specializes in A/V re-sequencing, using only sounds from Mass Effect 3. Oh, and unsurprisingly, remix superstar Pogo happens to be part of this group.[Via The Awesomer]No related posts. flattr this! [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » One: A Space Odyssey in LEGO [Short Film]

Sunday 15 April 20:00:48 UTC 2012

Here is a one-minute version of Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey entirely made out of LEGO. Believe it or not, this short film was created 12 years ago, back in 2000.[Via TDWG]No related posts. flattr this! [Link]

Slashdot » Engineered Stem Cells Seek Out and Kill HIV In Mice

Sunday 15 April 19:30:00 UTC 2012

An anonymous reader writes "Expanding on previous research providing proof-of-principle that human stem cells can be genetically engineered into HIV-fighting cells, a team of UCLA researchers have now demonstrated that these cells can actually attack HIV-infected cells in a living organism. From the article: 'This most recent study shows that scientists can manipulate stem cells — immature cells that … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Awesome Family Car Stickers: My Zombie Family

Sunday 15 April 19:00:32 UTC 2012

Those are awesome. Why use the boring traditional version you see everywhere when you can use these?[My Zombie Family Car Stickers]No related posts. flattr this! [Link]

Slashdot » FCC Wants To Fine Google $25K For WiFi Investigation

Sunday 15 April 18:32:00 UTC 2012

An anonymous reader writes "It's good and bad news for Google. The FCC has ruled that Google did nothing wrong when it accidentally collected WIFI data with its Street View cars: '[The FCC] concluded that there was no precedent for the commissions' enforcement of the law in connection with WiFi networks. The FCC also noted that, according to the … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Venom Emerging From a Tennis Ball [Pic]

Sunday 15 April 18:00:29 UTC 2012

What are you saying? This is a bird? You see a bird somewhere in this picture? What kind of geek are you? :)[Via Reddit]No related posts. flattr this! [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Awesome Family Car Stickers: My Zombie Family

Sunday 15 April 17:44:19 UTC 2012

Those are awesome. Why use the boring traditional version you see everywhere when you can use these?[My Zombie Family Car Stickers]No related posts. flattr this! [Link]

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

Sunday 15 April 17:44:15 UTC 2012

Tech, lights and all mechanics are by Tex Nasty at Remix turntable lab. Paint/Theme art by Ed Hubbs at full blown kustoms.[Via NA]No related posts. flattr this! [Link]

Slashdot » The Digital Differences In Americans

Sunday 15 April 17:41:00 UTC 2012

antdude writes "When the Pew Internet Project first studied the role of the internet in American life, there were big differences between those who were using the internet and those who weren't. Today, differences in internet access still exist, especially when it comes to access to high-speed broadband at home. From the article: 'Virtually every U.S. household with an … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Venom Emerging From a Tennis Ball [Pic]

Sunday 15 April 17:30:29 UTC 2012

What are you saying? This is a bird? You see a bird somewhere in this picture? What kind of geek are you? :)[Via Reddit]No related posts. flattr this! [Link]

Slashdot » Boeing Preparing an Ultra-Secure Smartphone

Sunday 15 April 16:50:00 UTC 2012

bobwrit writes in with a story about Boeing's new secure government phones project. "Earlier this week, it was revealed that aerospace firm Boeing was working on a high security mobile device for the various intelligence departments. This device will most likely be released later this year, and at a lower price point than other mobile phones targeted at the … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Amazon Deal of the Day: 43% Off Serenity [Blu-ray/DVD Combo + Digital Copy] – $8.49

Sunday 15 April 16:40:21 UTC 2012

For today’s edition of Deal of the Day, Amazon has Serenity [Blu-ray/DVD Combo + Digital Copy] for just $8.49. That’s 43% off the combo’s usual retail price of $14.98.Serenity offers perfect proof that Firefly deserved a better fate than premature TV cancellation. Joss Whedon’s acclaimed sci-fi Western hybrid series was ideally suited (in Browncoats, of course) for a big-screen conversion, and … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Epic Star Wars LEGO Diorama Plays the Theme Music

Sunday 15 April 16:30:57 UTC 2012

Germany has a wild promotional piece to celebrate the release of The Phantom Menace in 3D: Rene Hoffmeister and Lorenz Lnggrtnr (you try to pronounce that) built a very complex and inspiring diorama featuring key sets from Star Wars completely built out of LEGO.But what is so amazing about this rotating cylindrical work of art is that key elements of the … [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Humans and Robots Meet at Hadley C (1968)

Sunday 15 April 16:13:00 UTC 2012

The Apollo 15 mission touched down on the lip of Hadley Rille, near the towering Apennine Mountains. The site was a geological treasure trove and the mission an outstanding scientific success – but a 1968 plan to meld an Apollo mission to Hadley with an unmanned rover mission might have led to even greater discoveries. [Link]

Slashdot » Japanese Researchers Create A Crab-Based Computer

Sunday 15 April 16:01:00 UTC 2012

mikejuk writes "You can build a computer out of all sorts of things — mechanical components, vacuum tubes, transistors, fluids and … crabs. Researchers at Kobe University in Japan have discovered that soldier crabs have behaviors suitable for implementing simple logic and hence — with enough crabs — you can achieve a complete computer. The Soldier crab Mictyris guinotae … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Amazon Deal of the Day: 43% Off Serenity [Blu-ray/DVD Combo + Digital Copy] – $8.49

Sunday 15 April 15:20:34 UTC 2012

For today’s edition of Deal of the Day, Amazon has Serenity [Blu-ray/DVD Combo + Digital Copy] for just $8.49. That’s 43% off the combo’s usual retail price of $14.98.Serenity offers perfect proof that Firefly deserved a better fate than premature TV cancellation. Joss Whedon’s acclaimed sci-fi Western hybrid series was ideally suited (in Browncoats, of course) for a big-screen conversion, and … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Epic Star Wars LEGO Diorama Plays the Theme Music

Sunday 15 April 15:20:33 UTC 2012

Germany has a wild promotional piece to celebrate the release of The Phantom Menace in 3D: Rene Hoffmeister and Lorenz Lnggrtnr (you try to pronounce that) built a very complex and inspiring diorama featuring key sets from Star Wars completely built out of LEGO.But what is so amazing about this rotating cylindrical work of art is that key elements of the … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Mario Nail Art [Pic]

Sunday 15 April 15:20:31 UTC 2012

[Source: Beautylish | Via FG]No related posts. flattr this! [Link]

Slashdot » Apple Under Fire For Backing Off IPv6 Support

Sunday 15 April 15:07:00 UTC 2012

alphadogg writes "Apple Computer came under fire for back-pedaling on its support for IPv6, the next-generation Internet Protocol, at a gathering of experts held in Denver this week. Presenters at the North American IPv6 Summit expressed annoyance that the latest version of Apple's AirPort Utility, Version 6.0, is no longer compatible with IPv6. The previous Version, 5.6, offered IPv6 … [Link]

Slashdot » Microsoft Passed On iPhone-Like Device In 1991

Sunday 15 April 14:10:00 UTC 2012

theodp writes "Microsoft apparently could have been a contender in the smartphone market, instead of what WP7 is today. Former Microsoft CTO Nathan Myhrvold says he tried to convince Microsoft to make an iPhone-like device more than two decades ago. 'The cost will not be very high,' Myhrvold wrote in 1991. 'It is pretty easy to imagine a $400 … [Link]

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

Sunday 15 April 14:00:25 UTC 2012

Tech, lights and all mechanics are by Tex Nasty at Remix turntable lab. Paint/Theme art by Ed Hubbs at full blown kustoms.[Via NA]No related posts. flattr this! [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Showtime: "The film is about the Indian dream, corruption, loneliness, everything"

Sunday 15 April 13:47:00 UTC 2012

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Slashdot » Microryza Brings Crowd-Funding To Scientific Research

Sunday 15 April 13:12:00 UTC 2012

Zothecula writes "Crowd-funding sites like Kickstarter have proven popular for groups and individuals looking to get a consumer product, movie, music or video game project off the ground. Now a group of researchers and scientists is adopting a similar crowd-funding model to raise money for scientific research projects. The Microryza website, which launched this week, lets the public get … [Link]

New Scientist – Online news » Gorillas' diet may fend off cancer

Sunday 15 April 13:00:00 UTC 2012

Colobus monkeys and gorillas both have a diet rich in oestrogen-like compounds, which have been shown to protect against some cancers [Link]

Wired Top Stories » How Does Your (First Time) Garden Grow?

Sunday 15 April 13:00:00 UTC 2012

I can discuss the finer points of Green Zebra, Mortgage Lifter, and Goliath tomatoes. I can identify lady bug eggs and tree hopper nymphs and a pickleworm. Pruning fruit trees? Organic pest control? Compost? Be still my heart. While I'm still learning about gardening in this new climate of mine, I can certainly answer some of Ariane's questions. … [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Word Game Dabble Will Stretch Your Brain in New Ways

Sunday 15 April 12:30:00 UTC 2012

Dabble is a word game that combines elements of Scrabble and crossword puzzles. While I don't think it'll replace a classic like Scrabble, I was delighted to find that it called for some different kind of thinking than those other word pastimes. [Link]

Slashdot » Treating Depression With Electrodes Inside the Brain

Sunday 15 April 12:17:00 UTC 2012

cowtamer writes "CNN has a writeup on a method of treating depression with implanted electrodes. If this works, we may be seeing a lot more of this type of technology in the future. '[The patients] were lightly sedated when the holes were drilled and the electrodes implanted, but they were awake to describe what they experienced. Several patients reported … [Link]

Wired Top Stories » The GeekDads Episode #112: Eating Santa Claus's Brain (GeekDad Weekly Rewind)

Sunday 15 April 12:00:00 UTC 2012

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Wired Top Stories » Still FREAKING OUT !!!!! (New Aesthetic)

Sunday 15 April 11:52:00 UTC 2012

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Wired Top Stories » Freedom From Cords: Tenqa REMXD Bluetooth Wireless Stereo Headphones

Sunday 15 April 11:30:00 UTC 2012

I've spent my headphone-wearing life tethered to a computer or device anytime I wanted to listen to sound without disturbing others. My computer, my iPod, my iPad. Movies, music, YouTube videos. And all without a splitter to share the sound with a friend or one of my kids. A friend of mine is always extolling the virtues of his Bluetooth … [Link]

New Scientist – Online news » We need joined-up ocean records

Sunday 15 April 11:00:00 UTC 2012

A controversial claim that ocean productivity has halved highlights the problem of incomplete satellite data [Link]

Wired Top Stories » 5 Villains Who Will Break Your Heart

Sunday 15 April 11:00:00 UTC 2012

Villains who tug at the heartstrings more than they should. They don't deserve to win, but seeing them lose isn't as satisfying as you'd think it should be. [Link]

Slashdot » Ask Slashdot: Movie/Video Search Aggregation?

Sunday 15 April 9:11:00 UTC 2012

raolin writes "I have been running without television service for the last few years, relying instead on Netflix Streaming, Hulu Plus, Amazon, and my personal video library. I have the latter indexed and easily searchable, but I have not managed to find a good aggregator for the streaming services that I use, so when I have friends over and … [Link]

New Scientist – Online news » Mysteriously dark Mars regions are made of glass

Sunday 15 April 9:00:00 UTC 2012

The dark areas are probably covered in grains of volcanic glass – and may once have harboured life [Link]

Slashdot » Documentation As a Bug-Finding Tool

Sunday 15 April 6:12:00 UTC 2012

New submitter Sekrimo writes "This article discusses an interesting advantage to writing documentation. While the author acknowledges that developers often write documentation so that others may better understand their code, he claims documenting can also be a useful way to find bugs before they ever become an issue. Taking the time to write this documentation helps to ensure that … [Link]

Wired Top Stories » A Google-a-Day Puzzle for Apr. 15

Sunday 15 April 4:01:00 UTC 2012

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

Slashdot » The Laws of Physics Trump Traffic Laws

Sunday 15 April 3:06:00 UTC 2012

New submitter HeLLFiRe1151 sends this quote from Physics Central: "Here's a practical application for your physics education: using math to successfully beat a traffic ticket in court. Dmitri Krioukov, a physicist based at the University of California San Diego, did just that to avoid paying a fee for (purportedly) running a stop sign. Krioukov not only proved his innocence, … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Pennsylvania’s Parkland High School Looks Just Like the Millenium Falcon [Pic]

Sunday 15 April 0:33:18 UTC 2012

Yep, told you, just like the Millenium Falcon! :)[Via IHC]No related posts. flattr this! [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Terii: A Revolution in Theft Deterrent Technology

Sunday 15 April 0:33:17 UTC 2012

Meet TERII, the most advanced vehicle theft-deterrent system ever made. More than a car alarm, TERII uses biometric recognition and negotiating tactics to protect against vehicle theft.[Honda]No related posts. flattr this! [Link]

Slashdot » Emperor Penguins Counted From Space

Sunday 15 April 0:02:00 UTC 2012

HairyNevus writes "An international team of scientists used satellite technology to conduct a census of emperor penguin populations from outer space. Honing in on their colonies by looking for the brown patches of penguin guano that stand out in the snowy antarctic, high resolution images were taken and used to count the total number of emperor penguin species on … [Link]

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