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Saturday, September 26, 2009



Geeks Weigh In: Does a Human Think Faster Than a Computer?

Posted: 26 Sep 2009 05:00 PM PDT

The question itself represents the fallacy of how people think about computers. When a person uses a computer, if it's slow then it's junk. But there are certainly other factors to consider when examining intelligence – what about image recognition, language recognition, multi-tasking capabilities or self-learning and self-healing features?

Bytejacker: Sneaking Past the Censors

Posted: 26 Sep 2009 06:52 AM PDT

Check out the 1st episode of Rev3's new show. Bytejacker is the best source for discovering independent & downloadable video games in the universe!

Bachmann Spread Fears Of Scary Stalking Census Workers

Posted: 26 Sep 2009 05:00 PM PDT

"You will receive approximately six contacts from them [Census workers], either through phone calls or they will knock on your door. If you still do not give them the information, they said they'll contact your neighbor to the left of you, to the right of you to get information." [6/25/09]

Man sues BofA for ''1,784 billion, trillion dollars''

Posted: 26 Sep 2009 04:40 PM PDT

Dalton Chiscolm is unhappy about Bank of America's customer service -- really, really unhappy. Chiscolm in August sued the largest U.S. bank and its board, demanding that ''1,784 billion, trillion dollars'' be...

Apple partners with Intel on new standard, could abandon USB

Posted: 26 Sep 2009 04:30 PM PDT

Not only is Apple complicit in the development of the Light Peak standard, but the company actually brought the concept to Intel and asked them to create it. More to the point, the new connector will play a hugely important role in upcoming products from Cupertino.

The Difference Between Arial and Helvetica (illustration)

Posted: 26 Sep 2009 04:20 PM PDT

Is Arial (created for IBM, first largely popularized by Windows 3.1) a rip off of Helvetica? You decide...

Tobacco mints a lot like candy?

Posted: 26 Sep 2009 04:10 PM PDT

The "mints" in your child's pocket might give much more than a sugar high, the Federal Drug Administration is warning. They might provide a jolt of nicotine.

APOD: 2009 September 26 - Gigagalaxy Zoom: Milky Way

Posted: 26 Sep 2009 03:50 PM PDT

A full resolution mosaic strives to show all the stars the eye can see in planet Earth's night sky. Part of ESO's Gigagalaxy Zoom Project, the mosaicked images were recorded over several months of 2008 and 2009 at exceptional astronomical sites; the Atacama Desert in the southern hemisphere and the Canary Islands in the northern hemisphere.

A Serious Man: More Proof The Coen Brothers Hate You

Posted: 26 Sep 2009 03:20 PM PDT

A Serious Man. The Coen Brothers have always been great at creating dimwitted characters that everyone loves. Well, everyone loves them except the Coen Brothers ...

Sugar Makes Dublin's Dr Pepper Special

Posted: 26 Sep 2009 03:00 PM PDT

Tens of thousands of people trek to tiny Dublin in north-central Texas each year to buy cases of the popular soft drink from a bottling company that uses real sugar in its flagship product. No high fructose corn syrup in sight, and it's been that way since 1891. Sweet!

Loss of soil threatens food production, UK government warns

Posted: 26 Sep 2009 02:40 PM PDT

More than 2m tonnes of topsoil is being eroded in the UK each year, jeopardising efforts to increase food production, the UK government said today. UK land has been steadily degraded by 200 years of intensive farming and industrial pollution, warned the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

Obama Appoints Scholar as New Copyright Czar

Posted: 26 Sep 2009 02:20 PM PDT

The copyleft and the copyright are both applauding the presidential appointment of Victoria A. Espinel to become the nation's first copyright czar. Congress created the new czar position as part of intellectual property reform legislation...

G20 Leaders Agree, Broadly, on Climate Change

Posted: 26 Sep 2009 02:10 PM PDT

World leaders at the G20 summit could agree that the main climate issue is how to finance global carbon emission reductions, but no country put hard numbers on the table.

Iceland plans big whalemeat trade

Posted: 26 Sep 2009 02:00 PM PDT

The company which is behind Iceland's fin whaling industry is planning a huge export of whalemeat to Japan. The export would be legal because these nations are exempt from the global ban on trading whalemeat, but conservation groups doubt its commercial viability.

Dark Matter Could Be Detected With 'Scintillating Bolometer'

Posted: 26 Sep 2009 01:40 PM PDT

"One of the biggest challenges in physics today is to discover the true nature of dark matter, which cannot be directly observed – even though it seems to make up one-quarter of the matter of the Universe. So we have to attempt to detect it using prototypes such as the one we have developed," says researcher Eduardo García Abancéns.

If Windows 7 fails who will be responsible for it?

Posted: 26 Sep 2009 01:30 PM PDT

There's no doubting that financially, and that's the only thing that matters really, Windows Vista was a disaster. Microsoft shareholders must not have been happy. But let's examine exactly who, at least what groups, were responsible for this failure and ask the question if history can or will repeat.

8 Outrageously Annoying Tech Videos

Posted: 26 Sep 2009 01:20 PM PDT

Most TV commercials are annoying, but the tech industry takes the cake for making ads so bad that you have to question if it was intentional.

The priest, the stripper, and their baby

Posted: 26 Sep 2009 01:00 PM PDT

She was an exotic dancer at a Miami strip club called Porky's. He showed up wearing a Hawaiian shirt, eager to share a night in the VIP lounge.

Ghana's Kayayo girls do heavy lifting

Posted: 26 Sep 2009 12:30 PM PDT

The Kayayo are young women, sometimes girls, who work as porters, carrying heavy loads on their heads. At times, their words and their actions tell two different stories. But if the story their words tell is of hardship and poverty, their actions often display their enthusiasm for a chance at independence and opportunity.

Conan O'Brien hits head during 'Tonight' stunt

Posted: 26 Sep 2009 12:10 PM PDT

"Last thing I remember I was enjoying the play with Mrs. Lincoln, and the next thing I knew I was in bed being served cookies and juice" O'Brien said in the statement.

American Gothic subjects stand by their likenesses

Posted: 26 Sep 2009 11:50 AM PDT


The National Parks: "America's Best Idea"

Posted: 26 Sep 2009 11:50 AM PDT

Ken Burns new documentary. The National Parks: "America's Best Idea" is the story of an idea as uniquely American as the Declaration of Independence and just as radical: that the most special places in the nation should be preserved, not for royalty or the rich, but for everyone.

"Dead" baby wakes up for his funeral wake

Posted: 26 Sep 2009 11:30 AM PDT

A baby boy born 16 weeks prematurely was declared dead by doctors at a hospital in Paraguay only to

Olympic Highs and Lows [pics]

Posted: 26 Sep 2009 11:20 AM PDT


Boehner Constituent Died Of H1N1 - Didn't Have Insurance

Posted: 26 Sep 2009 11:10 AM PDT

A 22-year-old constituent of House GOP leader John Boehner died of swine flu this week. A woman who knew her said that she had resisted getting treatment because she didn't have health insurance.

5 Awesome Cases of The Internet Owning The Mainstream Media

Posted: 26 Sep 2009 11:00 AM PDT

The little guy has been increasingly making huge media companies his prison-wench thanks to the two most dangerous things in existence: Boredom and knowing how to use the internet.

Top 10 Old School Frozen TV Dinners [w/ PICS]

Posted: 26 Sep 2009 10:50 AM PDT

Aah yes, remember those glorious days when the television was invented and we stopped having to look at and talk to our families while we ate.

Can you assemble an Ikea table? You have a gr8 deal waiting.

Posted: 26 Sep 2009 10:50 AM PDT


Robotic surgery for treatment of prostate cancer

Posted: 26 Sep 2009 10:30 AM PDT

Prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in the United States (excluding skin cancers) and is second only to lung cancer as a contributor to cancer deaths in American men.

20 Powerful Wordpress Security Plugins and Tips & Tricks

Posted: 26 Sep 2009 10:00 AM PDT

If your WP development knowledge is limited, your best option is to download and install plugins. They are easy to install and manage and will give you all the power and security you could ever hope for. Of course, no plugin is powerful enough to protect you from everything, we can only minimize the possible intrusions.

Launch Your Own Satellite Into Orbit for Only $8,000

Posted: 26 Sep 2009 09:50 AM PDT

Looking to start your own satellite TV station? Perhaps you want to take your stalking of your ex to the next level. Well, if you have $8,000, Interorbital Systems can help make that happen.

Navy's New Desalination Technology Could Double Efficiency

Posted: 26 Sep 2009 09:50 AM PDT

Before the advent of modern desalinization plants, mariners relied on the fresh water they collected from rain and stowed while at sea. Today, sailors benefit from high-tech reverse osmosis plants aboard most U.S. Navy ships. The newest technology could operate at twice the efficiency of current production.

21 Ways To Get Something For Nothing

Posted: 26 Sep 2009 09:40 AM PDT

It has been said that the best things in life are free -- and we couldn't agree more. That's why we've come up with these primo goods and services that don't cost a dime. Go ahead. Embrace your inner tightwad.

10 Hollywood Hotties who became moms for first time after 40

Posted: 26 Sep 2009 09:40 AM PDT

The birthrate for women ages 40 to 44 has more than doubled in the past 25 years, and stars are no exception. From Salma to Nicole, 10 celebs who became new moms in midlife.

LRAD 'sonic cannon' debuts in U.S. at G20 protests

Posted: 26 Sep 2009 09:20 AM PDT

Pittsburgh police used an audio cannon manufactured by American Technologies Corp, a San Diego-based company, to disperse protesters outside the G-20 Summit -- the first time its LRAD series device has been used on civilians in the U.S.

Fast Food: Calories Per Dollar [INFOGRAPHIC]

Posted: 26 Sep 2009 09:20 AM PDT

Losing weight and eating right can be hard when there are so many faster, less expensive, and more convenient options available, like fast food. But for those who watch what they eat and what they spend, here's an interesting infographic that shows the calories per dollar (CPD) of some of our favorite fast food items.

Houston Rockets Unveil New Uniforms and "Red" Campaign

Posted: 26 Sep 2009 09:11 AM PDT

The Houston Rockets finally have something to look forward to this upcoming season. Things look kind of bleak in Houston since Yao Ming is done for the year, they lost former Defensive Player of the Year, Ron Artest to the Lakers, and are unsure of the date of superstar Tracy McGrady's impending return from multiple injuries.

Virtual cop to run identity parades

Posted: 26 Sep 2009 09:10 AM PDT

When detectives guide the process of identifying suspects, their bias can lead to rough justice. An electronic officer promises faultless impartiality

Cities, Rethought: Efficient Energy and Traffic (PIC)

Posted: 26 Sep 2009 07:50 AM PDT

New technologies are constantly being deployed to help its citizens can get from point A to point B as quickly as possible.

U.S. Troops Withdraw From Isolated Afghan Areas

Posted: 26 Sep 2009 07:40 AM PDT

The U.S. military is starting to pull its troops from some of Afghanistan's more remote areas and shift them to more populous towns and cities to better separate the Taliban from the Afghan population. But there are concerns that the insurgents could capitalize on the move.

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