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Thursday, June 18, 2009



Want a city job? Give us all your usernames and passwords

Posted: 18 Jun 2009 04:40 PM PDT

Officials in Bozeman, Montana -- perhaps setting a new standard for privacy invasion in the name of public safety -- are insisting that job applicants cough up their usernames and passwords for all social networking sites such as Twitter, Facebook and MySpace, or any online forums in which they participate. Reason: background checks.

Russian Talent Audition Goes Horribly Wrong

Posted: 18 Jun 2009 04:30 PM PDT


100% Electric Airplane Sets New World Speed Record

Posted: 18 Jun 2009 04:20 PM PDT

On June 10, astronaut Maurizo Cheli set a world record while piloting the fully electric SkySpark. During an eight-minute flight at the World Air Games 2009 in Turin, Italy, he hit a top speed of 155 mph. A record speed for a 100-percent electrically powered aircraft.

Man Lands 575-Pound Salmon Shark in Alaska

Posted: 18 Jun 2009 04:10 PM PDT

This catch was large even by Alaska standards - an article in Fish Alaska magazine says the salmon shark averages 200 to 400 pounds.

Linux : GAP for GIMP 2.6 released.

Posted: 18 Jun 2009 04:10 PM PDT

GAP is a collection of GIMP plugins that make it possible to create animations as sequences of single frames. The result can be saved as animated GIF, AVI or MPEG file (external libraries are used for this).

The New Firefox Icon

Posted: 18 Jun 2009 04:00 PM PDT

With the release of Firefox 3.5 quickly approaching, Mozilla's user experience team has locked down the design of the new Firefox icon. The icon was created by Anthony Piraino at the Iconfactory.

Breaking News: Pilot dies midflight, FAA says

Posted: 18 Jun 2009 03:40 PM PDT

A captain on a Continental jet died Thursday midflight while flying from Brussels, Belgium, to Newark, New Jersey, the Federal Aviation Administration and Continental Airlines said.

Senator questions firing of 3 inspectors general

Posted: 18 Jun 2009 03:30 PM PDT

-- He was appointed with fanfare as the public watchdog over the government's multi-billion dollar bailout of the nation's financial system. But now Neil Barofsky is embroiled in a dispute with the Obama administration that delayed one recent inquiry and sparked questions about his ability to freely investigate.

A U.S. Navy F/A-18 Super Hornet Flying Slightly Below Mach 1

Posted: 18 Jun 2009 03:16 PM PDT

Photo snapped by Mark Von Raesfeld while attending the California International Air Show 2008 in Salinas, California, U.S. of A.

First Draft [Comic]

Posted: 18 Jun 2009 03:10 PM PDT


Sewage Sludge Fouls White House Vegetable Garden

Posted: 18 Jun 2009 03:00 PM PDT

A brand of sewage-sludge-based fertilizer that has been known to contain high levels of lead was spread on the White House's South Lawn through the '90s. Now, the National Park Service has found higher-than-normal lead levels in the Obama's "organic" vegetable garden. Coincidence? Probably not.

The Stanley Cup Can Swim [With Pics]

Posted: 18 Jun 2009 02:50 PM PDT

The Pittsburgh Penguins take the Stanley Cup for swim at Mario Lemieux's Mansion

Stickleback Fish Learn Like Humans, Despite Tiny Brains

Posted: 18 Jun 2009 02:50 PM PDT

A tiny fish common in European streams may learn in a more sophisticated way than has ever been recorded among animals and which mimics human learning. In a study published in the journal Behavioral Ecology, scientists found that the nine-spined stickleback fish used the success and failures of their peers to gauge where they should seek food.

8 Movies Where Talk Show Hosts Tried to Act

Posted: 18 Jun 2009 02:40 PM PDT

Even though they left out on one of my favorite gems - Jon Stewart in The Faculty - they found a bunch that I didn't even know about.

Anonymous Joins Fight Against Tyranny In Iran

Posted: 18 Jun 2009 02:40 PM PDT

Anonymous is not going to pull any punches, they have never done so. Under the guise of Anonymity, their numbers are strong. Cells of Anonymous are willing and prepared to fight this fight, they do not let tyranny go un-punished or unreported. Many journalists and US supporters of the protests have reported they have been threatened by the Iranian

Landmark restaurants around the U.S.

Posted: 18 Jun 2009 02:30 PM PDT

Open for decades (some more than a century), steeped in tradition and visited by the rich and famous, these restaurants are institutions in their respective cities. When in town, you'll want to make room on your itinerary for a visit. (BTW, Gumbo Shop ftw! Nom!)

Scientists capture the first image of memories being made

Posted: 18 Jun 2009 02:20 PM PDT

The ability to learn and to establish new memories is essential to our daily existence and identity; enabling us to navigate through the world. A new study by researchers at the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital (The Neuro), McGill University and University of California, Los Angeles has captured an image for the first time of a mechanis

Researchers Conclude Piracy Not Stifling Content Creation

Posted: 18 Jun 2009 02:20 PM PDT

File-sharing, to the extent that it involves copyright infringement, has affected the music business. But, as a pair of academic researchers happily point out in a working paper they've posted online, copyright law was never meant to protect the music business in the first place—instead, it's intended to foster creative production in the arts.

Missy Giove, ex-biking champ, arrested over 400lbs of pot

Posted: 18 Jun 2009 02:10 PM PDT

Former downhill mountain biking world champion Melissa "Missy" Giove has been arrested on drug charges after authorities say they seized hundreds of pounds of marijuana from a truck she was driving in upstate New York plus 200lbs more seized elsewhere.

Iranian security forces raided universities across Iran

Posted: 18 Jun 2009 02:10 PM PDT

An Iranian student told The Times how five of his friends had been attacked in their dormitories after a protest outside Tehran University: "They broke the door and entered the dormitory. They hit my friends while they were asleep. They brought them to the yard and hit them again. They arrested about 200 — five or six were killed."

Digg Dialogg with Bruno

Posted: 18 Jun 2009 02:00 PM PDT

Digg announces next Digg Dialogg with Bruno. Start submitting and voting on questions now!

NKorea plans to fire missile toward Hawaii

Posted: 18 Jun 2009 01:50 PM PDT

North Korea may fire a long-range ballistic missile toward Hawaii in early July, a Japanese news report said Thursday, as Russia and China urged the regime to return to international disarmament talks on its rogue nuclear program.

Lizards, Rodents, Vicious Chihuahuas = Service Animals?

Posted: 18 Jun 2009 01:50 PM PDT

In San Francisco, snakes, lizards, chickens, pigeons, and rodents have all been declared service animals, hauled onto public transportation, housed legally in city apartments, and, essentially, given the full run of the city.

How (Twitter and) I Crashed Iran's Propaganda Web Sites

Posted: 18 Jun 2009 01:40 PM PDT

A top new-media activist looks back on his role in the Twitterati's rise to power this week — and why it didn't stop Ahmadinejad's.

The World Beard and Moustache Championships 2009 [PICS]

Posted: 18 Jun 2009 01:30 PM PDT

Some 300 men compete at the World Beard and Moustache Contest.

Sorry, You Are Too Tall For Weight Watchers!

Posted: 18 Jun 2009 01:30 PM PDT

This is kinda sad. JJ is 6'10" and wants to lose a little weight. Trouble is, 6'10" is too tall for Weight Watchers Online.

Heineken Bottles Designed to Hold Beer Then Build Homes

Posted: 18 Jun 2009 01:30 PM PDT

The Heineken Wobo Bottle was a solution in sustainable housing before its time. Alfred Heineken was troubled at the substandard, and in some cases, non-existent dwellings of the impoverished residents of Curacao, and decided to design a beer bottle - a "a brick that holds beer"

More than 50 Guantanamo detainees to be tried in U.S. courts

Posted: 18 Jun 2009 01:20 PM PDT

Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. said Wednesday that about one-fourth of the remaining detainees at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, could be tried in U.S. courts -- a number lower than the Pentagon previously had estimated. A fourth of the current population of 229 would be about 57 people. The figure is lower than previous Pentagon estimates.

TED: Surgery's Past, Present and Robotic Future

Posted: 18 Jun 2009 01:20 PM PDT

Surgeon and inventor Catherine Mohr tours the history of surgery (and its pre-painkiller, pre-antiseptic past), then demos some of the newest tools for surgery through tiny incisions, performed using nimble robot hands. Fascinating -- but not for the squeamish.

Windows Internet Explorer 8: Get the facts STRAIGHT

Posted: 18 Jun 2009 01:10 PM PDT

Microsoft's "Windows Internet Explorer 8: Get the facts" is a carbon copy of the infamous "get the facts" propaganda against Linux, lies and all. Someone decided to set the record straight. My favorite: "Internet Explorer 8 is more compatible with the early 90s than any other browser."

Someone Autotuned Jay Z's "Death to Autotune" - Touche Sir

Posted: 18 Jun 2009 01:10 PM PDT

Remember Jay-Z's song "Death of Auto-Tune (D.O.A.)"? Well, it's been remixed — you guessed it — Auto-Tune.

Movies That Deserve 'Do-Overs'

Posted: 18 Jun 2009 01:00 PM PDT

Hollywood's obsession with remakes, reboots, reinventions and various other "re's" is well-established. Instead of taking classic films and ruining them for a new generation, why not instead select a handful of mediocre efforts from the recent past and fix them?

17 of The World's Highest-Paid Athletes

Posted: 18 Jun 2009 01:00 PM PDT

Our list of the highest-paid athletes looks at earnings derived from salaries, bonuses, prize money, endorsements and licensing income between June 2008 and June 2009 and does not deduct for taxes or agents' fees. Overall the top 20 earned $789 million, down 1% from last year. The cut-off to make the list was $30 million.

10 Off-the-Wall Hot Dogs

Posted: 18 Jun 2009 12:50 PM PDT

From a deep fried French fry-encased frankfurter on a stick to a hot dog pierced with spaghetti noodles, below you'll find 10 inventive variations on the famous ballpark snack that will have you saying "hot diggity dog" in disbelief.

Adam Bender, the Child Baseball Star With Only One Leg

Posted: 18 Jun 2009 12:50 PM PDT

8-year-old Adam Bender lost his leg to cancer as a baby, but his disability hasn't stopped him from becoming a star player in baseball and several other sports.

60 Cool Custom Designer Toys

Posted: 18 Jun 2009 12:40 PM PDT


New Microsoft 'Laptop Hunters' Commercial Focuses on Porn

Posted: 18 Jun 2009 12:40 PM PDT

Jake's on the hunt for a laptop where he can see the whole gang.

Martin Sargent's Really 'Goode' Job Application

Posted: 18 Jun 2009 12:31 PM PDT

Martin needs a job...

Thomas testimony ends with tears, anger, Swedish death metal

Posted: 18 Jun 2009 12:30 PM PDT

Jammie Thomas-Rasset took the stand for the final time today in a tearful piece of testimony in which she disparaged opposing witnesses, attacked the record industry, claimed "extortion," and finally offered some alternative scenarios for what might really have happened.

Day 5: HuffPost live-blogs the Iranian Uprising (VIDEO)

Posted: 18 Jun 2009 12:30 PM PDT

The latest news, videos, pictures, and tweets, streaming in real time.

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