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 » Researchers Run Unsigned Code on Intel ME By Exploiting USB Ports

Saturday 11 November 23:34:00 UTC 2017

Slashdot user bongey writes: A pair of security researchers in Russia are claiming to have compromised the Intel Management Engine just using one of the computer's USB ports. The researchers gained access to a fully functional JTAG connection to Intel CSME via USB DCI. The claim is different from previous USB DCI JTAG examples from earlier this year. Full JTAG … [Link]

Mashable » Newscaster uses Taylor Swift lyrics to deliver her traffic report

Saturday 11 November 23:32:42 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookTaylor Swift's latest album is touching everybody, including your local traffic reporter. Laura Hettiger provides traffic coverage for KMOV St. Louis. On Friday, Hettiger decided she would spice up her coverage by sprinkling in lyrics from Taylor Swift's newest album, Reputation. SEE ALSO: Taylor Swift gets romantic on new song 'Call It What You Want' No matter how you feel about … [Link]

Slashdot » Magazine For Museums Publishes Its 2040 Issue — 23 Years Early

Saturday 11 November 22:34:00 UTC 2017

A nonprofit founded in 1906 is now offering a glimpse at 2040, according to an anonymous reader: The Alliance of American Museums has just published an ambitious Nov/Dec 2040 issue of Museum, the Alliance's magazine. The columns, reviews, articles, awards, and even the ads describe activities from a 2040 perspective, based on a multi-faceted consensus scenario. Besides virtual reality centers … [Link]

Mashable » Suspect shuts down detective's interview with parade of violent farts

Saturday 11 November 22:21:13 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookWho needs lawyers when you can have severe intestinal distress? 24 year old Sean Sykes Jr. temporarily paused a police investigation in Kansas City this week with a little bit of gastrointestinal creativity. When asked for his address, Sykes Jr. allegedly let one rip, forcing the interview to end abruptly. SEE ALSO: Jennifer Lawrence asks Kim Kardashian about farting and virginity … [Link]

Mashable » Here's Millie Bobby Brown meeting one of her adoring fans

Saturday 11 November 22:17:58 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookHawkins, meet The Six. Millie Bobby Brown and Drake, two celebrities whose work has made me very emotional, met on Friday night when Brown stopped by a Drake concert in Brisbane, Australia. The two are clearly fans of each other and were thrilled to hang out IRL, which — surprise! — also made me emotional. SEE ALSO: Drake admits that he's … [Link]

Slashdot » Study Finds Robot Surgeons Are Actually Slower and More Expensive

Saturday 11 November 21:34:00 UTC 2017

"Robot-assisted surgery costs more time and money than traditional methods, but isn't more effective, for certain types of operations," reports the Register, in an article shared by schwit1: In a study of almost 24,000 laparoscopic surgeries just published in The Journal of American Medicine, researchers from Stanford University School of Medicine analyzed data from 416 hospitals around the U.S. from … [Link]

Mashable » 'Stranger Things' nail art is here and weird and we love it

Saturday 11 November 21:15:56 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook2017 has been a great year for cinematic nail art. We may be approaching peak craze with the latest Instagram trend, however: Stranger Things-inspired nail art. Ever since the second season was released, folks have been designing Eleven-themed nails and other Demogorgon-inspired patterns. No matter what you think about think about the second season, you've got to admit — this looks … [Link]

Slashdot » 'Starcraft II' Goes Free-to-Play on Tuesday

Saturday 11 November 20:34:00 UTC 2017

An anonymous reader quotes TechCrunch: It was only in April that Blizzard made the original StarCraft free to play, and now the company has done the same for its sequel. StarCraft 2: Wings of Liberty, which is certainly the most-played real-time strategy game ever made, will be free for anyone to play starting on November 14. Of course there's a … [Link]

Mashable » Rebel Wilson details own experience with sexual misconduct in Twitter thread

Saturday 11 November 19:38:15 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookIn a lengthy Twitter thread on Saturday, Rebel Wilson detailed her own experiences with sexual misconduct in Hollywood. Wilson recalled two separate incidents in her tweets. The first involves a male star in a "position of power," who Wilson said asked her to enter a room with him, then repeatedly requested that she "stick [her] finger up his ass" while his … [Link]

Slashdot » H1-B Administrators Are Challenging An Unusually Large Number of Applications

Saturday 11 November 19:34:00 UTC 2017

Long-time Slashdot reader decaffeinated quotes Bloomberg: Starting this summer, employers began noticing that U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services was challenging an unusually large number of H-1B applications. Cases that would have sailed through the approval process in earlier years ground to a halt under requests for new paperwork. The number of challenges — officially known as "requests for evidence" or … [Link]

Mashable » Detective Trump says he believes Putin about Russian meddling, and we have one, tiny criticism

Saturday 11 November 19:23:07 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookGood news, guys! Everyone at the FBI, DOJ, NSA, DHS, and CIA was wrong — there's no way Russia interfered with our elections, according to a very definitive source, Detective Donald Trump. On Friday, Trump reported that he had asked Putin about Russian interference in the 2016 election and that Putin had denied all allegations. That was enough for hard-nosed Detective … [Link]

Mashable » Watch a weather observer struggle to stand in 105-mph winds

Saturday 11 November 18:38:23 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook New Hampshire's Mount Washington Observatory is home to some truly treacherous weather. In 1934, the summit even played host to the fastest wind gust ever recorded on the surface of the Earth: 231 miles per hour. Now, 105 mph isn't quite that fast. But, as you'll see from the video above, it's no picnic to walk in. On Friday, weather … [Link]

Slashdot » Crowdfunded 'PowerWatch' Runs on Body Heat, Never Needs Charging

Saturday 11 November 18:34:00 UTC 2017

Engadget reports on a new watch that suggests the possibility of a future without chargers: This thermal-powered wearable doesn't need one — it gets energy by converting your body heat into electricity. It's been a year since I saw an early prototype of the PowerWatch — a smart(ish) watch that tracks basic fitness metrics. Now, the self-proclaimed energy-harvesting company is … [Link]

Mashable » People are SO jazzed about the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles coming to 'Injustice 2'

Saturday 11 November 18:29:24 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook The next add-on pack for Injustice 2 adds all four Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to the DC Comics fighting game. Fans seem pretty happy about that. The reveal trailer, which also confirms The Atom and Enchantress for the upcoming "Fighter Pack #3," doesn't get into specifics. The four turtles appear to be treated as a single fighter, though how that … [Link]

Slashdot » Text Adventure Competition Reports A 36% Spike In Entries

Saturday 11 November 17:34:00 UTC 2017

There's just four days left to vote for the winner of the 23rd Annual Interactive Fiction Competition. An anonymous reader writes: This year's contest set a record, drawing 79 new text adventures — 36% more entries than the previous year's 58. All of this year's games are available online, furthering the competition's goal of "making them freely available in order … [Link]

Mashable » Here's why a Twitter account for Maine tourism gets so many notifications

Saturday 11 November 17:25:01 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookYour relatable tweets are proving to be a real headache for the state of Maine. As The Daily Dot pointed out Saturday, one of the many ways people announce that they've found a tweet relatable is by at-replying the Twitter handle "@me." It's tongue-in-cheek — a shorter way to say "that's me" or "it me." The handle is also frequently used … [Link]

Mashable » There's a baby being sold in a window for … $80,000?

Saturday 11 November 17:02:03 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookPro-tip: If you see a baby being sold in a window for over $80,000, it may not be real. A recent and unusual Park Avenue window display featuring an absurdly lifelike baby sculpture has captured the attention of New Yorkers walking by. Scores of people, convinced that the baby is real and concerned for its welfare, have become so anxious that … [Link]

Slashdot » One Bitcoin Transaction Now Uses As Much Energy As Your House In a Week

Saturday 11 November 16:34:00 UTC 2017

Long-time Slashdot reader SlaveToTheGrind quotes Motherboard: Bitcoin's incredible price run to break over $7,000 this year has sent its overall electricity consumption soaring, as people worldwide bring more energy-hungry computers online to mine the digital currency. An index from cryptocurrency analyst Alex de Vries, aka Digiconomist, estimates that with prices the way they are now, it would be profitable for … [Link]

Mashable » This Bluetooth thermometer will alert your iPhone when the turkey's done

Saturday 11 November 16:00:00 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThe Range Dial is a precision thermometer that lets you monitor your turkey from outside the kitchen.  Read more…More about Kickstarter, Mashable Video, Turkey, Thanksgiving, and Cooking [Link]

Mashable » 7 entry level vibrators if you are new to the sex toy game

Saturday 11 November 16:00:00 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookGood vibrations are headed your way.  Ordering your first vibrator can be intimidating — there are so many shapes, sizes, and materials to choose from. If you are unsure where to start, we've created a list of vibrators to fit every beginner's needs.  A little bit of something for everyone with a vagina. Hopefully you will find one that will leave … [Link]

Mashable » You know you're going to watch these two rats fight over a french fry

Saturday 11 November 15:40:57 UTC 2017

Twitter Facebook It's been over two years since Pizza Rat taught us what it means to reach for the stars. It was 2015, a simpler time — one that you may be feeling nostalgic for even now. And that's why we know you're going to watch this video of two rats battling for a french fry in the disgusting NYC subway. Come … [Link]

Slashdot » How Two Scientists Accurately Predicted Global Warming in 1967

Saturday 11 November 15:34:00 UTC 2017

Slashdot reader Layzej shares an article from this spring marking the 50th anniversary of the first accurate climate model: Astrophysicist Ethan Siegel looks at a climate model (MW67) published in 1967 and finds "50 years after their groundbreaking 1967 paper, the science can be robustly evaluated, and they got almost everything exactly right." An analysis on the "Climate Graphs" blog … [Link]

Mashable » George Takei, accused of sexual assault from 1981, responds with a denial

Saturday 11 November 15:20:28 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookGeorge Takei is the latest in an ever-growing lineup of public figures to be accused of committing sexual assault. In his first public statement on the matter since the allegations surfaced on Friday night, the Star Trek actor denied it. Scott R. Brunton, shared his story with The Hollywood Reporter and state that, in 1981, Takei attempted to undress and inappropriately … [Link]

Slashdot » The Computer Scientist Who Prefers Voting With Paper

Saturday 11 November 14:00:00 UTC 2017

Geoffrey.landis writes: The Atlantic profiles a computer scientist: Barbara Simons, who has been on the forefront of the pushback against electronic voting as a technology susceptible to fraud and hacking. When she first started writing articles about the dangers of electronic voting with no paper trail, the idea that software could be manipulated to rig elections was considered a fringe … [Link]

Mashable » Attention gym rats: Now there's a foam roller that can fit in your bag

Saturday 11 November 14:00:00 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThe Neofit foam roller collapses to just four inches, so you can fit it in your gym bag and take it on the go. Read more…More about Health, Mashable Video, Fitness, Exercise, and Stretching [Link]

Mashable » 7 perfect memes that have helped us survive dating in 2017

Saturday 11 November 14:00:00 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookDating in these dark and confusing times can be downright painful, but thank goodness we have memes to help us make sense of it all.  Whether you're in a relationship, single, or not even sure, there's something on the internet to remind you you're not alone. SEE ALSO: Tinder now has animated reactions to make shutting down douchebags a little more … [Link]

Mashable » Meditation app aims to help veterans tackle anxiety, loneliness

Saturday 11 November 13:00:00 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookVeterans dealing with stress have a new option for self-care, and they don't need to leave the house to use it. Those dealing with sleep issues, pain, anger, loneliness, or anxiety after serving in the military or transitioning out can turn to a new meditation app for help.  The Bravo Tango Brain Training app was designed specifically for veterans with the … [Link]

Mashable » Get this handy, $8 grip and stop dropping your phone for good

Saturday 11 November 12:45:57 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. Are you the type of person who needs a bulky, steel-reinforced phone case to make sure you don't destroy your phone on a daily basis? There's no shame in that; we've all dropped our phones before (and felt like we got away with murder … [Link]

Mashable » Learn how to launch a business for just $15 with this online course

Saturday 11 November 12:28:02 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. Starting a business is difficult work, and may be one of the greatest challenges of your life. Not only is there great planning to be done, but the actual research of evaluating your product and its potential market is often more time-consuming and complicated … [Link]

Mashable » Learn how to become a YouTube star for just $18 with this online course

Saturday 11 November 12:10:36 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookJust to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. From Tyler Oakley to Jenna Marbles to PewDiePie, creating YouTube videos is no longer a penniless hobby. If you play your cards right, it could actually become your career. Quality videos and thousands of views are just two pieces to the puzzle. Many YouTubers … [Link]

Slashdot » Nintendo Reportedly Plans To Double Switch Production In 2018

Saturday 11 November 10:00:00 UTC 2017

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Engadget: The Switch, Nintendo's latest hybrid console is doing pretty well for the company, which expects it to outdo the Wii U's lifetime sales within a year. The company obviously thinks so, too, according to a new report at The Wall Street Journal, which says that Nintendo plans to ramp up production of … [Link]

Slashdot » NASA Discovers Mantle Plume That's Melting Antarctica From Below

Saturday 11 November 7:00:00 UTC 2017

schwit1 shares a report from Newsweek: Researchers at NASA have discovered a huge upwelling of hot rock under Marie Byrd Land, which lies between the Ross Ice Shelf and the Ross Sea, is creating vast lakes and rivers under the ice sheet. The presence of a huge mantle plume could explain why the region is so unstable today, and why … [Link]

New Scientist – News » Power really can corrupt people. Here’s what to do about it

Saturday 11 November 5:59:35 UTC 2017

Sleazy scandals show the link between power and bad behaviour. To stop people at the top getting away with it, we need much more scrutiny, says James Bloodworth [Link]

Slashdot » Paradise Papers Expose Canadian Scalper's Multimillion-Dollar StubHub Scheme

Saturday 11 November 3:30:00 UTC 2017

An anonymous reader quotes a report from When Adele fans went online to buy tickets to the pop superstar's world tour last year, they had no idea what exactly they were up against. An army of tech-savvy resellers that included a little-known Canadian superscalper named Julien Lavallee managed to vacuum up thousands of tickets in a matter of minutes … [Link]

Slashdot » Ford Pilots a New Exoskeleton To Lessen Worker Fatigue

Saturday 11 November 2:45:00 UTC 2017

Ford is partnering with California-based exoskeleton maker Ekso Bionics to trial a non-powered upper body exoskeletal tool called EksoVest in two of the carmaker's U.S. plants. The goal is to lessen the fatigue factory workers experience in Ford's car manufacturing plants. Futurism reports: Designed to fit workers from five feet to six feet four inches tall, the EksoVest adds some … [Link]

Mashable » Please stop applauding Louis C.K. for doing the bare minimum

Saturday 11 November 2:42:06 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookWell, it looks like the Louis C.K. apologists have at least pivoted to a different tactic than simply labeling accusers liars, after the comedian finally admitted to the sexual misconduct he's been disparaging as mere "rumor" for five years (and as recently as two months ago). Within mere hours of C.K. issuing his statement, the internet fell over itself to commend … [Link]

Slashdot » Sex Toy Company Admits To Recording Users' Remote Sex Sessions, Calls It a 'Minor Bug'

Saturday 11 November 2:05:00 UTC 2017

According to Reddit user jolioshmolio, Hong Kong-based sex toy company Lovense's remote control vibrator app (Lovense Remote) recorded a use session without their knowledge. "An audio file lasting six minutes was stored in the app's local folder," reports The Verge. "The user says he or she gave the app access to the mic and camera but only to use with … [Link]

Mashable » Fidget spinners with harmful lead counts for kids sold at Target

Saturday 11 November 2:01:14 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookParents, according to a recent report, should watch what fidget spinners their kids are using.  Two types of metal fidget spinners, called the Fidget Wild Premium Spinner Brass and the Fidget Wild Premium Spinner Metal, are sold at Target and were found to contain far beyond the legal amount of lead designated safe for products aimed at kids.  SEE ALSO: India overtakes … [Link]

Slashdot » Some iPhone X Displays Plagued By Mysterious 'Green Line of Death'

Saturday 11 November 1:25:00 UTC 2017

Some iPhone X owners are reporting a random green line appearing on their displays. According to The Next Web, "the defect has already started to take on the endearing 'Green Line of Death' moniker." From the report: Several users across Apple forums and social media have reported the error — I've counted over a dozen accounts, and MacRumors mentions it's … [Link]

Mashable » Like a fast food drive-thru, but for weed

Saturday 11 November 1:11:28 UTC 2017

Twitter FacebookThe largest recreational marijuana store in the country just opened what it claims is the first fast food-style weed drive-thru. NuWu Cannabis Marketplace aims to serve customers in less than a minute from the time they place their orders from their cars, store representatives told the Las Vegas Sun. The dispensary poached drive-thru managers from fast food chains to handle the … [Link]

Slashdot » This Time, Facebook Is Sharing Its Employees' Data

Saturday 11 November 0:45:00 UTC 2017

tedlistens writes from a report via Fast Company: "Facebook routinely shares the sensitive income and employment data of its U.S.-based employees with the Work Number database, owned by Equifax Workforce Solutions," reports Fast Company. "Every week, Facebook provides an electronic data feed of its employees' hourly work and wage information to Equifax Workforce Solutions, formerly known as TALX, a St. … [Link]

New Scientist – News » Watch a monkey floss its teeth with a bird feather

Saturday 11 November 0:17:21 UTC 2017

Nicobar long-tailed macaques have learned to use an array of tools, from wrapping prickly food in leaves to avoid getting hurt, to using bird feathers to floss their teeth [Link]

Slashdot » China Says Foreign Firms Won't Be Forced To Turn Over Technology

Saturday 11 November 0:03:00 UTC 2017

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: A top Communist Party official said Friday that China won't force foreign companies to turn over technology secrets to gain market access, signaling attention to a key sticking point with U.S. President Donald Trump as he prepared to leave Beijing. The statement by Chinese Vice Premier Wang Yang, the Communist Party's No. … [Link]


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