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Monday, September 28, 2009



Ignoring RIAA lawsuits cheaper than going to trial

Posted: 28 Sep 2009 05:10 PM PDT

The same federal judge who oversaw the Joel Tenenbaum file-sharing trial earlier this year passed out default judgments this week against other file-swappers who never bothered to show up - and they now owe far less than Tenenbaum.

Swine flu shot: Intense tracking for side effects

Posted: 28 Sep 2009 05:00 PM PDT

More than 3,000 people a day have a heart attack. If you're one of them the day after your swine flu shot, will you worry the vaccine was to blame and not the more likely culprit, all those burgers and fries?

International Turmoil as Roman Polanski Fights Extradition

Posted: 28 Sep 2009 04:50 PM PDT

We're about 48 hours removed from Roman Polanski's arrest in Switzerland — a drop in the bucket of what could be a protracted international battle around the 76-year-old fugitive filmmaker's extradition to the United States, where he fled sentencing after a guilty plea in his notorious child-rape case 31 years ago.

Steal [Pic]

Posted: 28 Sep 2009 04:40 PM PDT


Top 10 NES Intros [Vids]

Posted: 28 Sep 2009 04:30 PM PDT

The games of the past generally weren't known for much past a simple Title with the option for 1P Start and 2P Start. That's not true for every game though, and today we'll look at some of the better intros of the NES era.

Military may let women serve on submarines

Posted: 28 Sep 2009 04:20 PM PDT

Ok, this doesn't mean serve food and drinks folks. This is equal opportunity, the way it should be. Nancy Duff Campbell, an advocate for expanding the role of women in the U.S. armed forces, said it would be easy to resolve problems associated with so-called "hot-bunking."

Water on the Moon: What Does It Mean for the Human Species?

Posted: 28 Sep 2009 04:10 PM PDT

We've found water on the moon! This is one of the most important things ever, it could change the course of the next stage of humanity, and it makes the fact that

Weird, Wonderful & Amazing Beaches of the World

Posted: 28 Sep 2009 04:02 PM PDT

Here at Simonseeks we thought it would be fun to look at some beaches around the world that stand out from the crowd with weird and wonderful features rather than just the usual sun worshipping crowds.

Obama Team Clears 75 at Guantanamo for Release

Posted: 28 Sep 2009 04:00 PM PDT

An Obama administration task force has so far cleared 75 of the remaining 223 Guantanamo prisoners for release as part of its effort to close the detention camp, a military spokesman said on Monday.

Former Terrorist Now Wants to be a Lawyer

Posted: 28 Sep 2009 03:50 PM PDT

A convicted terrorist is asking to practice law in Greater Toronto.

5 Ridiculous Ancient Beliefs (That Thrive on the Internet)

Posted: 28 Sep 2009 03:40 PM PDT

It turns out the world witches and warlocks are all on the Internet. You too can cast spells upon your enemies. All it takes is a mouse-click and a

Number of sea turtle nests decline in Boca Raton

Posted: 28 Sep 2009 03:30 PM PDT

Boca Raton's beaches saw fewer turtles in 2009 than any year since they started keeping records in 1988. Anderson on Sunday gave this year's final presentation on the nesting season to about 60 people at the Gumbo Limbo Nature Center. The season officially ends Oct 31. So far, the beach has seen 361 loggerheads, 21 leatherbacks and 67 green...

Logos of U.S. Olympic Sites from 1932 - 2016 (Gallery)

Posted: 28 Sep 2009 03:20 PM PDT

The United States has hosted seven Olympic games -- three summer and four winter. Here are the logos for those sites, plus Chicago's candidate city logo.

"Sea monster" bones reveal ancient shark feeding frenzy

Posted: 28 Sep 2009 03:00 PM PDT

A gang of ancient sharks took on an enormous "sea monster" 85 million years ago, according to a new fossil analysis.

US 'to loosen' grip on internet (will give up ICANN control)

Posted: 28 Sep 2009 03:00 PM PDT

The US government is expected to relax control over how the internet is run when it signs an accord with net regulator Icann on Wed. Earlier this year, the EU called on the US to relinquish its control and Icann to become "universally accountable" as the US govt is the only body to have had formal oversight of Icann's policies and activities.

Useful Idiots, How Idiot TV is Promoted

Posted: 28 Sep 2009 03:00 PM PDT

Idiots chain promote useless tv made by idiots.

Crunch victims sell their kidneys to pay debts

Posted: 28 Sep 2009 02:50 PM PDT

Investigation finds at least a dozen adverts have appeared on the internet offering kidneys for sale from British 'donors'

Bo, you don't know Diddley!

Posted: 28 Sep 2009 02:20 PM PDT

From the Golden Era of sports ads

Man Works 50 Jobs in 50 States in 50 Weeks

Posted: 28 Sep 2009 02:20 PM PDT

A man who set out to work 50 jobs, in 50 states, in 50 weeks is scheduled to complete his goal this Saturday. He also tried to go on 50 dates in 50 states in 50 weeks - but failed.

Is it legal to download music if you don't upload?

Posted: 28 Sep 2009 02:00 PM PDT

A claim seen commonly online is that only peer-to-peer uploads break the law, but it's not true—in the US, downloading copyright music is infringement. The Canadian situation, though, is significantly more murky.

Digg's UX Guy Scooped Up by Twitter

Posted: 28 Sep 2009 01:50 PM PDT

Fresh off their new $100 million funding round, Twitter continues to scoop up talent from around the web to expand operations.

Six Top Players from the Taliban to Know

Posted: 28 Sep 2009 01:40 PM PDT

These guys are scary.

Breaking Glass with Sound

Posted: 28 Sep 2009 01:40 PM PDT


Apple’s App Store Downloads Top Two Billion

Posted: 28 Sep 2009 01:30 PM PDT

More Than 85,000 Apps Now Available for iPhone & iPod touch

SNL Won't Fire Cast Member Jenny Slate For Dropping F-Bomb

Posted: 28 Sep 2009 01:30 PM PDT

NBC says it will not fire new Saturday Night Live cast member Jenny Slate for dropping the F-word during the show's season premiere on Saturday night.

Airlines Raising the Bar on In-Flight Cocktails

Posted: 28 Sep 2009 01:30 PM PDT

Has Mexicana Airlines paved the way for a whole new generation of in-flight cocktails?Next time you take flight on the Mexican airline, you'll have the option to treat yourself to a drink that puts watered-down Bloody Marys and shot-sized bottles of liquor to shame.

Rowling Denied Award bc Harry Potter Promotes Witchcraft

Posted: 28 Sep 2009 01:21 PM PDT

Latimer writes that Bush administration officials objected to giving author J.K. Rowling the Presidential Medal of Freedom because her writing "encouraged witchcraft"

Lucy In The Sky - woman who inspired Beatles song dies at 46

Posted: 28 Sep 2009 01:20 PM PDT

Lucy O'Donnell, the woman who inspired the classic Beatles song Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds, has died aged 46.

Cost of Gasoline around the World (Graphic)

Posted: 28 Sep 2009 01:20 PM PDT

If you want the lowest price, you'll have to take a trip to Venezuela, where you'll pay US$0.17 per gallon. You just don't want to visit Sierra Leone, where you have to pay a hefty US$18.40 per gallon.

Cuts Meet a Culture of Spending at Condé Nast

Posted: 28 Sep 2009 12:50 PM PDT

With caviar and $1,000 nightly expense limits, cost-cutting has not been the same as at other publishers.

China's Wind Farms Come With a Catch: More Coal Plants

Posted: 28 Sep 2009 12:50 PM PDT

China's ambition to create "green cities" powered by huge wind farms comes with a dirty little secret: Dozens of new coal-fired power plants need to be installed as well. Part of the reason is that wind power depends on, well, the wind. To safeguard against blackouts when conditions are too calm, officials have turned to coal-fired power as backup.

Family mental history shadows future children

Posted: 28 Sep 2009 12:21 PM PDT

Mental health professionals have long known that certain mental illnesses can run within families and that history weighs heavily on some people who are struggling to decide whether to have children and risk passing it on.

Sexism [Comic]

Posted: 28 Sep 2009 12:21 PM PDT


Online electronics store NewEgg files for $175M IPO

Posted: 28 Sep 2009 12:10 PM PDT

Newegg Inc, a venture-capital backed online retailer of computer hardware and software, plans to raise up to $175 million in an initial public offering, according to a regulatory filing. Newegg plans to use the IPO's proceeds in part to expand operations in China and Canada and combat competition from other e-comerce sites such as Circuit City.

Mountain covered in 100,000 gal. of technicolor paint [PICS]

Posted: 28 Sep 2009 12:00 PM PDT

California's Mojave Desert is an enormous, undulating swath of brown, gray and alkali white; driving through it is such a monochromatic experience that you almost feel like you could go into color withdrawal. That's why Salvation Mountain, just south of California's own Dead Sea, the Salton, is such a shock to the system.

Texas Tech football coach bans players from using Twitter

Posted: 28 Sep 2009 11:50 AM PDT

Texas Tech players have been banned from having Twitter pages. Coach Mike Leach announced the move Monday after one of his linebackers noted the coach's tardiness to a Sunday meeting. "Wondering why I'm still in this meeting room when the head coach can't even be on time to his meeting," linebacker Marlon Williams tweeted.

The 50 Greatest Space Photos Ever !

Posted: 28 Sep 2009 11:40 AM PDT

If we look at the word Space, it seems a small word. But this thing contained many mysteries and interesting things. Space always attracts people for its beauty. It is beautiful science. If you think about the solar system, galaxy to the UFO's everything are very interesting.

Apple shovelware problems again

Posted: 28 Sep 2009 11:40 AM PDT

The Apple Software Update program has again come under fire for pushing unnecessary software on users. This time, it's the iPhone Configuration Utility 2.1, which reportedly includes a personal Web server. In IT Blogwatch, bloggers ask if Apple will ever learn some manners or even grok the meaning of "attack surface".

Family Guy Spinoff "The Cleveland Show" Opens Big

Posted: 28 Sep 2009 11:20 AM PDT

Broadcast premieres resumed Sunday with the series debut of Fox's "The Cleveland Show" (big), the return of ABC's "Desperate Housewives" (big, yet down drastically from last year) and the 15th edition of CBS' "Amazing Race" (not particularly big, yet matching last fall).

Lab-on-a-Chip Performs 1000 Chemical Reactions At Once

Posted: 28 Sep 2009 11:10 AM PDT

Flasks, beakers, and hot plates may soon be a thing of the past in medicinal chemistry labs. Instead of handling a few experiments on a benchtop, scientists may simply pop a microchip into a computer and instantly run thousands of chemical reactions, with results -- literally shrinking the lab down to the size of a thumbnail.

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