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Tuesday, July 14, 2009



AAA Ups The Ante Beyond Five Diamonds With Green Eco-Rating

Posted: 14 Jul 2009 05:40 PM PDT

Responding to a growing trend towards green within the hospitality industry, AAA will begin expanding the ratings and features glossary in its 2010 TourBooks, and will point out which lodging options for its 51 million members are certified green.

Ex-FBI Agent: Why I Support a New 9/11 Investigation

Posted: 14 Jul 2009 05:30 PM PDT

Former FBI Agent and 2002's Time Magazine Person of the Year Coleen Rowley wants to know what really happened on 9/11. Here's why, in her own words.

Swine flu takes turn for the worse

Posted: 14 Jul 2009 05:30 PM PDT

Six young people with swine flu are on life support in a Sydney hospital as health experts try to work out why the disease is striking some young, healthy people so severely.

I think we'll ride: 850-mile long golf course in Australia

Posted: 14 Jul 2009 05:20 PM PDT

Golfers who tee up to play on a new course in Australia will be warned they'll have to prepared for some long drives - in more ways than one.

Angus Young - A Rock Legend

Posted: 14 Jul 2009 05:10 PM PDT

Angus Young, legend of hard rock, founder of AC/DC and poster boy of wild onstage antics, is one of the most hardworking, energetic rock guitarists around............................

Scientists Find 'Worlds Oldest Willy'

Posted: 14 Jul 2009 05:10 PM PDT

"We were surprised because it's so big," she says. "We were expecting something smaller."

Ford Engine Ignition Replaces Spark Plugs With Laser

Posted: 14 Jul 2009 05:00 PM PDT

Ford Motor Co. and researchers at the University of Liverpool are developing a car ignition system that swaps spark plugs for a laser beam to start vehicles while generating fewer greenhouse gas emissions. Ford plans to install the laser ignitions in a small range of vehicles before expanding the laser ignitions on a larger scale.

The 10 Lamest Fictional Ninja

Posted: 14 Jul 2009 05:00 PM PDT

Let me put it this way -- the ninja cookie is only #4 on this list.

Stephen Colbert Remembers Remembering Michael Jackson (Vid)

Posted: 14 Jul 2009 04:50 PM PDT

On last night's Colbert Report, Stephen memorialized the media's memorializing of Michael Jackson. The segment was a cultural touchstone that will forever bring a generation together. After all, who can't remember where they were when Stephen Colbert remembered when we remembered Michael Jackson?

8 Ways How Sex Compares to the Job Search

Posted: 14 Jul 2009 04:50 PM PDT

You could populate the moon with the amount of unemployed in this country. You just graduated, and that tech job you had lined up got outsourced to 10 people overseas who just took an English pronunciation course to learn how to say, "Hello, my name is Chris," with an American accent.

Industrial Remnants of the Manhattan Project (Gallery)

Posted: 14 Jul 2009 04:20 PM PDT

One cannot see the nuclear-explosives production facilities built during the Manhattan Project without experiencing a sense of awe at what was accomplished.

Disastvertising: The Worst in Gaming PR

Posted: 14 Jul 2009 04:10 PM PDT

How could so many people "ok" such huge mistakes?

App Store: 1.5 billion downloads in 1 year

Posted: 14 Jul 2009 04:10 PM PDT

While Apple still has a ways to go to be the dominant cell phone provider in the world, CEO Steve Jobs is comfortable with his lead in selling mobile applications. Apple announced Tuesday that after a year in existence, its App Store has sold 1.5 billion applications.

Linux : U.S. Postal Service Gives Stamp of Approval To FOSS.

Posted: 14 Jul 2009 03:50 PM PDT

The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) has switched 1,300 of the servers that manage its package tracking system to a Linux environment. The move has taken the better part of a year since all the original system code was written in Cobol and had to be converted for Linux -- a less expensive option than rewriting it altogether.

9 More Things Your Contractor Won't Tell You

Posted: 14 Jul 2009 03:50 PM PDT

#5 -- Find out who will actually be doing the work on your project by requesting a list of your sub-contractors. If there's an apprentice, who will be supervising him to be sure the work is done correctly?

Top 5 Astronaut Movies of All Time

Posted: 14 Jul 2009 03:50 PM PDT

July 20, 2009, marks the 40th Anniversary of man landing on the Moon, and to celebrate, here's a listing of the top 5 astronaut movies of all time. Don't worry, Armageddon didn't make the cut.

Microsoft is Launching a Music Streaming Service This Month

Posted: 14 Jul 2009 03:40 PM PDT

Microsoft is gearing up to launch a music streaming service similar to Spotify by the end of this month. The service, which Microsoft aims to have ready by the end of July, will offer users the chance to stream music for free and also download to own.

Arizona to permit handguns in bars

Posted: 14 Jul 2009 03:40 PM PDT

Arizonans with concealed weapons permits will be allowed to take a handgun into bars and restaurants that serve alcohol under a bill signed Monday by Gov. Jan Brewer.

$1 Trillion Deficit Complicates Obama's Agenda

Posted: 14 Jul 2009 03:40 PM PDT

The U.S. budget deficit for fiscal-year 2009 broke past $1 trillion in June, a potential threat to Obama's broader agenda and efforts to revive the economy.

Rap Around the World: 30 Languages,1 Awesome Video

Posted: 14 Jul 2009 03:20 PM PDT

Here is a sampling of 30 different raps, from 30 different countries (in alphabetical order). This video really showcases how different Rap/Hip-Hop can sound depending on what part of the world you come from. Same concept but way different look and sound.

67 Air Force Cadets Stricken With Swine Flu

Posted: 14 Jul 2009 03:10 PM PDT

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The number of cadets with confirmed cases of the swine flu at the Air Force Academy has increased to 67. The "doolies," members of the incoming freshman class, are among about 1,300 cadets who arrived recently for their first weeks of military training.

Top Gear: Porsche Panamera vs U.K. Postal Service (w/video)

Posted: 14 Jul 2009 03:00 PM PDT

"The latest Top Gear challenge pits the Panamera against Britain's postal service."

15 Rites of Passage From Around the World

Posted: 14 Jul 2009 03:00 PM PDT

While a rite of passage can be just about anything, some have stood the test of time long enough to be known, expected, and respected. While these rites will vary throughout the world, one thing is certain - rites of passage are something we all inevitably go through. These are 15 of such rites that carry on traditions today.

Microsoft announces Azure pricing, details

Posted: 14 Jul 2009 02:50 PM PDT

Microsoft on Tuesday announced how much it will charge companies that want to use its Windows Azure cloud computing service when it is released in final form this fall. The software maker announced a variety of plans, including one that charges purely on consumption and another that offers discounted rates for a six-month commitment.

NY Times: Legal Action Against DoJ Poker Winnings Seizure

Posted: 14 Jul 2009 02:50 PM PDT

The Poker Players Alliance and a payment processor that handles the accounts of online poker players wants a judge to order the return of about $14 million that the company says was illegally seized by the federal government.

Sarah Palin Does Not Understand Cap and Trade

Posted: 14 Jul 2009 02:50 PM PDT

If you're wondering what Sarah Palin will do after leaving the Alaska governor's office, look no further than her op-ed in the this morning's Washington Post.

Hybrid Double Decker Volvo Buses Hit London Streets

Posted: 14 Jul 2009 02:40 PM PDT

London's iconic double-decker buses recently received an eco update as six highly efficient hybrid Volvo vehicles hit the streets for the first time. The new B5L two-story buses retain their classic red color, but under the hood a hybrid drivetrain saves 25% on fuel consumption while significantly reducing emissions and noise.

Congress approves $173 million to fly to rural towns

Posted: 14 Jul 2009 02:40 PM PDT

The legislation approved by a House Appropriations subcommittee would give $173 million in the upcoming budget year to the Essential Air Service, which provides subsidies to small airlines to fly unprofitable routes. That's a $53 million increase.

Captcha's oddball phrases brought to life (PICS)

Posted: 14 Jul 2009 02:20 PM PDT

Let's say you want to buy tickets to an anime convention or vote up Rick Astley in an online poll - sometimes you'll run into Captcha, those weird squiggly word things used to tell humans apart from auto-voting robots. I don't know how it works exactly, but I do know the phrases it comes up with are very strange.

CO-OP 0204 Bit.Trip Core, Cellfactor, Rolando 2

Posted: 14 Jul 2009 02:10 PM PDT

Creators of the popular video game show CO-OP now on Revision3

3 Futuristic PSAs Remind Us Not To Speak To Robots [VID]

Posted: 14 Jul 2009 01:50 PM PDT

Don't Talk To Robots, Use Caution With Hyper Speed and Look Out For Time Machines. The more you know, right? Check out these super-informative commercials from the future, and heed their message to you.

Modified 3 Strikes Back on Agenda For New Zealand Pirates

Posted: 14 Jul 2009 01:40 PM PDT

After the previous Labour government failed in its attempts to set up an ISP code of practice to deal with copyright infringements via section 92a of the Copyright Act, today sees new proposals revealed. ISPs won't be expected to police their networks, but instead decisions - including 3 strikes - will be made by the Copyright Tribunal.

No more electroshock therapy for Chinese internet addicts

Posted: 14 Jul 2009 01:30 PM PDT

INTERNET addicts should stop receiving electroshock therapy because it doesn't work, the Chinese Health Ministry says.Nearly 3000 youths have undergone electroshock therapy at a mental health hospital. The hospital, based in eastern Shandong, runs a four-month web rehab program which includes medicine and counselling and costs $1025 a month.

How to Stay in Sync Across Multiple Gadgets and Desktops

Posted: 14 Jul 2009 01:30 PM PDT

Keeping your mobile life in sync is becoming an increasingly difficult task these days, and with each device you add to your lineup, the challenge multiplies exponentially. It becomes even more complicated when you start mixing and matching platforms that have conflicting file systems and format support. On the bright side, there's a fix.

Five Photos of the Pictures Of The Year International

Posted: 14 Jul 2009 01:30 PM PDT

A Kenyan man lays on the ground after he was attacked by Kenyan police during clashes in the Kibera slums on January 17, 2008 in Nairobi, Kenya -- A Pakistani lawyer runs from tear gas fired by police officers outside the residence of the country's deposed chief justice Iftikhar Mahmood Chaudhry during a protest in Islamabad, Pakistan March 9, 2009

Do you really want to live forever?

Posted: 14 Jul 2009 01:20 PM PDT

There are developments that could (and probably will) lead to humans being able to live forever. But is it desirable?

Bill Moyers shines light on the health insurance mess

Posted: 14 Jul 2009 01:10 PM PDT

"I beg everyone who reads this and clicks onto the link to send it on to everyone you know. Send it to your congressmen, your governors, your legislatures, the White House. Get an email chain going--put the link up on yard signs or billboards. Put it on bumper stickers. Stencil it on tee-shirts or tattoo it onto your forehead. Whatever it takes."

German Brothel Offers Discounts to Cyclists

Posted: 14 Jul 2009 12:30 PM PDT

A Berlin brothel has come up with a novel way to offset the impact of the global economic crisis and target a new group of customers at the same time - offering a discount to patrons who arrive on bicycles.

Flight Delays as JFK Airport Runway is Taken Over by Turtles

Posted: 14 Jul 2009 12:20 PM PDT

Dozens of randy turtles crawled onto a JFK airport runway, delaying flights for over an hour, authorities said.

Plane Crashed by Italian Wedding's Bridal Bouquet

Posted: 14 Jul 2009 12:20 PM PDT

The throwing of a bride's bouquet at an Italian wedding ends in disaster when the flowers cause a plane to crash (into a hostel)

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