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Thursday, October 15, 2009



I'm Sorry I Bought My Mom a MacBook

Posted: 15 Oct 2009 05:00 PM PDT

Macs are idiot-proof. So when my mom said she wanted a computer to email her friends and get pictures of my brother's kid, I figured we couldn't go wrong with a Macbook. Sure, you can do more with a PC, but I didn't want to try and walk her through a blue screen of death over the phone. What I wasn't ready for was the daily calls.

7 Reasons Why You Shouldn't Help a Girl Move

Posted: 15 Oct 2009 05:00 PM PDT

Helping a girl move is like sitting through a screening of Beverly Hills Chihuahua with a clothespin on your ballsack: it's completely miserable, it hurts like hell, and you gain absolutely nothing from it.

Fanboyism (1UP Whiteboard EP#2)

Posted: 15 Oct 2009 05:00 PM PDT


This Is Why The NFL Hates Tailgaters

Posted: 15 Oct 2009 04:30 PM PDT

A graphic example of why the NFL wants to reduce tailgating times across the league.

Kidnap Victims Lost, Then Found [W/ Pics]

Posted: 15 Oct 2009 04:30 PM PDT

Stories of kidnap victims who were taken, and, much later, found again...along with photos.

5 Teens Charged in Burning of Florida 15-year-old

Posted: 15 Oct 2009 04:30 PM PDT

The teenage squabble involved a video game and a bicycle. It blossomed into revenge during a chance encounter and ended in the near-fatal torching of a 15-year-old boy, the Broward County Sheriff's Office said Tuesday.

Ford hybrid sales up 73 percent compared to 2008

Posted: 15 Oct 2009 04:20 PM PDT

Last year at this time, Ford Motor Company was not yet selling the Ford Fusion or Mercury Milan hybrids. These two models have proven to be quite popular, and are a regular bright spot in Ford's sales reports. So far this year, through September, Ford has sold 26,016 hybrids.

Mac OS X Server Snow Leopard: A server for Mac fanatics

Posted: 15 Oct 2009 04:10 PM PDT

With the release of Snow Leopard Server, Apple is on track to gain ground in a market Microsoft dominates with its Windows Small Business Server 2003 (SBS). This Mac OS X-based server software is friendlier than ever.

Giant Android eclair delivered to Google by bigger nerds

Posted: 15 Oct 2009 04:10 PM PDT

By now you should be familiar with Google's confectionary codenames for its Google Android OS: version 1.5 (Cupcake), 1.6 (Donut), 2.0 (Eclair) and version x.x (Flan). What you probably didn't know is that Google honors each release by dropping a steaming hot foam facsimile onto its front lawn.

9 Actual Examples of Why Google Search Is Better Than Yahoo!

Posted: 15 Oct 2009 04:00 PM PDT

It's quite apparent that women are running Yahoo!

iPhone App Remotely Drives a Minivan (amazing video)

Posted: 15 Oct 2009 04:00 PM PDT

In the future, we'll all be able to drive without leaving home. Researchers in Berlin reworked their DARPA-spec autonomous minivan to be controllable by an iPhone app

Snowboard + kite = bad idea

Posted: 15 Oct 2009 04:00 PM PDT

Accident in Algeria.

And You Thought You Had Odd Neighbors? [PIC]

Posted: 15 Oct 2009 03:50 PM PDT

Whatever happened to 'good' old-fashioned vandalism?

In Texas, A Police Officer For Everyone?

Posted: 15 Oct 2009 03:50 PM PDT

Texas has more than 73,000 sworn peace officers - roughly one for every 330 people, serving everything from local water districts to schools to the State Board of Dental Examiners. But the proliferation of these police forces raises serious questions of resource allocation and jurisdiction.

Fox News isn't even pretending anymore

Posted: 15 Oct 2009 03:40 PM PDT

Since Obama's election, the cable news channel has dropped all but the barest pretense of objectivity.Fox has turned itself into what Anita Dunn recently called "the research arm or the communications arm of the Republican Party." Actually, that's an extremely polite way of putting it. It's closer to Orwell's "Ministry of Truth."

If Men's Magazines Were Honest

Posted: 15 Oct 2009 03:40 PM PDT

The following is a true story.

DIY: Defending Against A DDoS Attack

Posted: 15 Oct 2009 03:40 PM PDT

DDoS victims can "tarpit," or force the attacking bot to drastically scale back its payload, enlist the help of the botnet hunter community, or even get help to wrest control of the botnet. These self-defense techniques are little known or used today by victims of DDoS attacks, but they offer..

'Life's Chemistry Set' Found in Remote Reaches of Universe

Posted: 15 Oct 2009 03:30 PM PDT

While some have been scanning our nearest neighbors for signs of life, excited by the existence of ice and methane plumes on Mars, others have been looking farther afield. Much farther afield.

14 Majestic Castles and Palaces Around the World [Pics]

Posted: 15 Oct 2009 03:30 PM PDT

In medieval times, castles are built as homes and fortress of a noble and monarch. Did you know that the earliest castles were built from wood. By the 12th century, the majority of castles were built from stone. On this time, these structures serve as fortified and....

I Guess It's Time to Call a New Plumber [Google StreetView]

Posted: 15 Oct 2009 03:20 PM PDT

Of the thousands of awkward situations caught on Google's Street View, this one left me guessing. I suppose it's time to call a new plumber.

The 8 Coolest Worlds From Sci-Fi

Posted: 15 Oct 2009 03:10 PM PDT

We've seen a lot of alien landscapes and futuristic planets over the years, but which ones are the major worlds that have been most influential in sci-fi film? So with that question raised, take a look back at some of the awesome alien lands that Pandora is poised to join come this December.

Bill Gates Pledges 120 Mil. To Boost African, Indian Farmers

Posted: 15 Oct 2009 03:00 PM PDT

Microsoft co-founder turned philanthropist Bill Gates on Thursday announced 120 million dollars in grants to help small-scale farmers in Africa and India improve their lives through sustainable agriculture.

Robotic Aircraft Sets World Record with 23 Hour Flight

Posted: 15 Oct 2009 02:50 PM PDT

The Naval Research Laboratory set a world record with a hydrogen fuel-cell-powered UAV when the it stayed aloft for 23 hours and 17 minutes on a single fuel load.

Murder Most Foul and The 11 Weirdest Ways To Do It

Posted: 15 Oct 2009 02:50 PM PDT

In Law Abiding Citizen, Gerard Butler plays a man so crazy, so driven to the brink that ordinary murder weapons won't do. But he isn't the first character to get creative with his means of offing others. So behold, the movies that made us fear the everyday objects around us….

Accelerator built to study warm dense matter, precursor to

Posted: 15 Oct 2009 02:40 PM PDT

Warm dense matter exists in the cores of gas giant planets and the preliminary stages of nuclear fusion, among other inaccessible places. With an accelerator built by physicists and engineers from Berkeley Lab, Livermore, and Princeton, scientists will soon be able to study it in the laboratory. Imagine yourself at the core of Jupiter

Report: Rush Limbaugh Dropped From Group Seeking To Buy Rams

Posted: 15 Oct 2009 02:40 PM PDT

Conservative radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh has been dropped from a group seeking to buy the St. Louis Rams. Limbaugh was to be a limited partner in a bid led by St. Louis Blues chairman Dave Checketts, but Checketts said in a statement Wednesday that Limbaugh's participation had complicated the effort. The group will move forward without him.

Horror Games: Best & Worst of Gaming's Scariest Genre

Posted: 15 Oct 2009 02:40 PM PDT

Decade's highest and lowest points in horror gaming.

New Super Mario Bros Wii - new items and levels revealed

Posted: 15 Oct 2009 02:30 PM PDT

Say Hi to the Ice Flower, the new Ship Levels and the return of the Koopa Kids!

Large Hadron Collider: 5 Things You Didn't Know

Posted: 15 Oct 2009 02:20 PM PDT

While it may be trying to sabotage itself, the LHC is set to launch in a month. Bring on the god particle.

Stem Cells from Fat Used to Grow Teen's Missing Facial Bones

Posted: 15 Oct 2009 02:10 PM PDT

In the first procedure of its kind, doctors at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center replaced a 14-year-old boy's missing cheekbones—in part by repurposing stem cells from his own body.

Man murders sister and husband, still hates them "a little"

Posted: 15 Oct 2009 01:50 PM PDT

Edward Wycoff stabbed and bludgeoned his sister and her husband because he thought the couple were too liberal, raising their children wrong and because they hadn't invited him over for Christmas. Although Wycoff carried a gun, he didn't use it because he didn't want to boost the cause of gun-control supporters.

Her Eyes Say Yes, But Her Pheromones Say No | Wired Science

Posted: 15 Oct 2009 01:40 PM PDT

Ditching pheromones makes male and female fruit flies super-sexy to male flies, even to males of other species, Joel Levine, a neurogeneticist at the University of Toronto at Mississauga, and his colleagues report in the October 15 Nature. The discovery suggests pheromones can be back-off rather than come-hither signals.

2010 Olympic medal design unveiled

Posted: 15 Oct 2009 01:40 PM PDT

The official medals for the 2010 Winter Olympics were unveiled Thursday morning in Vancouver, featuring original West Coast aboriginal designs of an orca and a raven. In an Olympic first, each medal will be unique, featuring part of an image cropped from two large master artworks by Corrine Hunt, a Canadian designer and artist.

The 10 most racist food products ever

Posted: 15 Oct 2009 01:30 PM PDT

People associate a lot of foods with different ethnicities, but what about when the food itself gets racist? You'd be hard pressed to find anything more racist than these 10 most racist food products ever.

Freakonomics: Does Posting a Calorie Count Change How We Eat

Posted: 15 Oct 2009 01:30 PM PDT

"From the Freakonomics blog, which highlights a NYU School of Medicine study trying to figure out if that state's law requiring restaurants to post calorie counts on their menus, similar to one that we just passed in Washington, has had any effect on eating habits."

Fast Internet access becomes a legal right in Finland

Posted: 15 Oct 2009 01:20 PM PDT

Finland has become the first country in the world to declare broadband Internet access a legal right.

Dying Apple Time Capsules rile users

Posted: 15 Oct 2009 01:20 PM PDT

Users of Apple's Time Capsule have taken to the Web (The Apple Time Capsule Memorial Register) with complaints about their dead storage and wireless devices and are tallying the failures in an effort to convince Apple that there's a problem.

10 Huge Tax Dodging Businesses That Left The Country

Posted: 15 Oct 2009 01:10 PM PDT

Some call the practice of moving a company abroad to avoid taxes "corporate inversion," while others deem these businesses "expatriate corporations." Whichever term you prefer, the fact is that several successful American companies have moved their headquarters overseas in recent years to avoid hefty U.S. taxes.

Xbox Live Friend Request Acceptance Flowchart

Posted: 15 Oct 2009 01:10 PM PDT

The idiotic need not apply. But since they will, here's this chart.

FIFA 2010 Qualification - Who’s in, Who’s Not?

Posted: 15 Oct 2009 01:00 PM PDT

As the qualifying rounds for the 2010 World Cup finals draw for a close, the excitement is at its peak amongst the football lovers. With titans like Argentina and Portugal still battling to be in the hat when the draw is made in Cape Town on December 4, it is all but natural that keen fans keep fretting in excitement and anticipation.

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