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Tuesday, November 17, 2009



Privacy fears as DNA testing firm deCODE Genetics goes bust

Posted: 17 Nov 2009 05:10 PM PST

A leading genetics company that has pioneered personal DNA testing in health assessments went bust today, raising privacy concerns about the sensitive data it holds.

Oenophilic Pyramid Scheme Head Admits to $200M Wine Torching

Posted: 17 Nov 2009 05:00 PM PST

It appears that the kingpin was running a massive oenophilic pyramid scheme--and, for the wine world, has carved a path of destruction not dissimilar to Bernie Madoff's decimation of New York high-society

Mad Men/X-Men Mash-Up Part 3 (Comic)

Posted: 17 Nov 2009 05:00 PM PST


Women banned from wearing trousers in Paris

Posted: 17 Nov 2009 04:50 PM PST

Crazy law introduced in 1800 by Paris' police chief has survived repeated attempts to repeal it.

APOD: 2009 November 17 - Dawn Before Nova

Posted: 17 Nov 2009 04:50 PM PST

Will this dawn bring another nova? Such dilemmas might be pondered one day by future humans living on a planet orbiting a cataclysmic variable binary star system. Cataclysmic variables involve gas falling from a large star onto an accretion disk surrounding a massive but compact white dwarf star.

Growing Up bin Laden – The Life & Times of Osama’s Son

Posted: 17 Nov 2009 04:50 PM PST

In a new book, Osama bin Laden's fourth son, Omar, describes a father who always put jihad above family.

Creativity Redefined: Graphics By Alexis Mark

Posted: 17 Nov 2009 04:40 PM PST

British graphic designer Marc Alexis (Alexis Marcou) lives and works in Larissa (Greece). look at his illustrations – watercolors and graphic works.

Neil Patrick Harris' First Tweet (pic)

Posted: 17 Nov 2009 04:40 PM PST


Trackon, The BitTorrent Tracker Tracker | TorrentFreak

Posted: 17 Nov 2009 04:40 PM PST

If you have ever used a public or open tracker, you know that reliability often comes with a half-hearted smile – trackers can go offline and return again, often without explanation or warning. To help keep track of the status of public trackers, there's now Trackon, the BitTorrent Tracker Tracker.

Did NYFed lose taxpayers billions of dollars on AIG bailout?

Posted: 17 Nov 2009 04:20 PM PST

There are two sides to every story, and sometimes three, four or five. An audit by the Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program claims that the Federal Reserve Bank of New York allowed banks to get 100% of the value of complicated financial instruments that they had insured with AIG (AIG).

10 Reasons Why Michael Jordan's 23 Should Be Retired

Posted: 17 Nov 2009 04:10 PM PST

If there's one thing I don't understand about professional sports, it's the reluctance to pay homage to those who were true legends of the game.

Where Cell Phones, TVs, Airplanes and Tanks Go to Die (Pics)

Posted: 17 Nov 2009 04:00 PM PST

Ever wonder where your old cell-phones, computers, televisions, and radioactive contaminated military vehicles go at the end of their life? You might be surprised. The world is rife with 'stuff', and the simple fact is we're producing new homes, vehicles, gadgets, gizmos and other designs faster than we can get rid of the old ones.

Amazing Half-Life 2 Mods Mario, Castlevania [Vid]

Posted: 17 Nov 2009 04:00 PM PST

From all-new video games to fabulous cakes, the Super Mario Bros. and Castlevania games get lots of makeovers from fans and developers alike. Here are two more machinima renditions to add to the list.

Mr. T will change the World of Warcraft

Posted: 17 Nov 2009 04:00 PM PST

Not only is the Mohawk Grenade real and in-game, but Mr. T put it there.That's what we learn in this new commercial, a sequel of sorts to the old "Night Elf Mohawk" joke a long while back. Not only is T (not The T, just T) decked out in a Murloco's Taco's T-shirt, but he shows the in-game item in action.

Lingering effects of Baghdad blasts on Iraqis - Yahoo!

Posted: 17 Nov 2009 03:50 PM PST

Sadiya Khadem Rashid just needed a stamp. One stamp from Baghdad's city hall so she could receive $850 in compensation given to displaced Iraqis who return home. But before she could get there, the building was blown up.

South Korea vs. Japan

Posted: 17 Nov 2009 03:50 PM PST

South Korea's stock market has been the clear winner this year over rival Japan and looks set to keep outperforming in 2010, despite a rising won currency, due to a robust...

The Timeless Wisdom of Gob Bluth (PICs)

Posted: 17 Nov 2009 03:50 PM PST

Few characters are more quotable than his excellence, George Oscar Bluth...uh, Bluth, or GOB for short. He is in my top 5 favorite TV characters of all time, and has even inspired me to take magician classes. The following are some of my favorite quotes, or what we shall refer to as "The Timeless Wisdom of Gob Bluth." Cue "Final Countdown" music.

ALMA Telescope Takes Its First Measurements of Space

Posted: 17 Nov 2009 03:40 PM PST

News from high in the Chilean Andes this morning: the ALMA observatory in Chile, the largest, most ambitious ground-based astronomy tool ever created, made its first measurements today.

Look Closer. The Devil is in the Details [PICS]

Posted: 17 Nov 2009 03:30 PM PST

A photograph is flat, isn't it? Think again when you view the following life-size photo statues. In the hands of Korean sculptor Osang Gwon, hundreds of photographs become a life-size copy of the original...

When do net neutrality "anecdotes" become "data"?

Posted: 17 Nov 2009 03:20 PM PST

Are the FCC's proposed net neutrality rules responding to real or 'anecdotal' evidence of unfair ISP management practices? We summon an unreal pair of experts to debate the matter.

Problems with Space Station Toilet Could Lead to ***** Show

Posted: 17 Nov 2009 03:20 PM PST

When the space shuttle launched yesterday, it wasn't carrying a new satellite. It was packed with a bunch of spare parts for the International Space Station. What's it bringing back? A toilet system that recycles urine into drinkable water, and which is apparently pretty piss-poor.

PDC09 - Microsoft to Open Source the .NET Micro Framework

Posted: 17 Nov 2009 03:11 PM PST

Peter Galli reporting form PDC09 - Today, at the Microsoft Professional Developer Conference (PDC) here in Los Angeles, we announced not only the release of version 4.0 of the.NET Micro Framework, but also that we are open sourcing the product and making it available under the Apache 2.0 license...

Buffalo Bills Fire Coach Dick Jauron

Posted: 17 Nov 2009 03:10 PM PST

Jauron becomes the NFL's first head-coaching casualty this season after a 3-6 start.

Belgian heist lands thousands of stolen Apple iPhones

Posted: 17 Nov 2009 02:50 PM PST

Local reports from De Standaard and Gazet van Antwerpen vary on whether it was 3,000 or 4,000 iPhones stolen, but at a worth of 575 to 675 euros each, the market value is said to be around 2 million euros, or $3 million U.S. The handsets were allegedly stolen from a Netherlands-based logistics company CEVA Logistics in Willebroek.

What Happens When You Bring an Ancient Mac to a Genius Bar?

Posted: 17 Nov 2009 02:40 PM PST

I didn't know, so I figured I'd give it a shot. I brought an ancient and non-functioning Mac to the Apple Store in the Meatpacking District in NYC, and this is what happened.

How far we've come in seven years (PIC)

Posted: 17 Nov 2009 02:40 PM PST

What's 'Friends'?

High on a kite

Posted: 17 Nov 2009 02:10 PM PST

Two kitesurfers make death defying jump over Worthing Pier in howling winds.

Using bacteria to produce biodegradable plastics from corn

Posted: 17 Nov 2009 01:50 PM PST

Every year, more than 250 billion pounds of plastic are produced worldwide. Much of it ends up in the world's oceans. Plastic does not degrade in the ocean. It just gets ground up into tiny particles.

U.S. vs. China: What Does the Future Hold? (PIC)

Posted: 17 Nov 2009 01:50 PM PST

While China cannot maintain its current level of growth without a global recovery, it is still poised to become the most important economy in the world, surpassing the U.S. in its share of the global GDP sometime around 2020.

Royals Pitcher Zack Greinke Wins AL Cy Young

Posted: 17 Nov 2009 01:40 PM PST

Greinke garnered 25 first-place votes. It was called a "landslide."

China Rules Microsoft Violated Intellectual Property Rights

Posted: 17 Nov 2009 01:30 PM PST

A Beijing court ruled that Microsoft violated a Chinese company's intellectual property rights in a case over fonts used in past versions of Windows.

iTunes & Napster Blasted By Music Download Watchdogs

Posted: 17 Nov 2009 01:00 PM PST

iTunes.com has been repeatedly criticised for raising the prices of music downloads during a time when online music sales are on the rise. Single track downloads recently rose from 99c to $1.29 on iTunes which prompted competing music sites Amazon, Napster, & CDUniverse to also raise prices.

Special report: Silicon Sweatshops (Part 1)

Posted: 17 Nov 2009 12:40 PM PST

Despite strict "codes of conduct," labor rights violations are the norm at factories making the world's favorite high-tech gadgets. Whether it's your cherished iPhone, Nokia cell phone or Dell keyboard, it was likely made and assembled in Asia by workers who have few rights, and often toil under sweatshop-like conditions, activists say.

15 Alcohol Advertisements That Define "Old School" (Pic)

Posted: 17 Nov 2009 12:30 PM PST

A collection of alcohol advertisements that are often called "old school"

A New Reactor Concept Inches Forward

Posted: 17 Nov 2009 12:20 PM PST

Can nuclear power be used to offset fossil fuel use in chemical processing and other industrial applications?

Twilight Spoof: Rise of the Man Wolf (Vid)

Posted: 17 Nov 2009 12:10 PM PST

As the Twilight Saga unveils itself in New Moon, we learn its Jacob's turn to shine as the Rise of the Man Wolf sleazes his way into Bella's heart.

10 of the best speed painting videos you will ever see

Posted: 17 Nov 2009 12:10 PM PST

Nico Di Mattia who uses Photoshop to create some of the most amazing works of art you will ever see

30 Killer Movie Closing Lines

Posted: 17 Nov 2009 12:00 PM PST

They're often the lines that stick with us immediately after seeing a movie. Sometimes, they may even be the best lines in the whole damn film. Here's a collection of cinema's snappiest sign-offs. Enjoy.

Palm gives up. Latest Palm Pre update lacks iTunes support

Posted: 17 Nov 2009 12:00 PM PST

After months of back and forth updates, Palm has seemingly given up on its efforts to maintain media syncing between the Palm Pre and iTunes.

9 technologies that were too far ahead of their time

Posted: 17 Nov 2009 11:40 AM PST

Sometimes you build it, and they end up not coming. All of these technologies flopped, but all of them also influenced the industry. This list should serve as a warning to those who think that being the first to think of something will lead to any easy road to success.

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