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Tuesday, November 24, 2009



Why Iran's Opposition Movement Complicates Nuclear Talks

Posted: 24 Nov 2009 04:50 PM PST

Opposition activists want the U.S. to focus more on human rights, and they fear a nuclear deal with the West will boost the regime's domestic standing.

Got a Copyright Infringement Notice From ISP? What's Next

Posted: 24 Nov 2009 04:50 PM PST

The other day, a friend of mine got an e-mail from his Internet Service Provider (ISP) about a copyright infringement. He didn't know what this was all about so he had me take a look at it. What I'd like to do for you now is to break down the letter and address important things about it.

Why Should Networks Just Report Bad News?

Posted: 24 Nov 2009 04:40 PM PST

The traditional good news deficit comes from the misguided conviction among some news people that happy endings and serious journalism don't mix. But I'd lay some of the blame with audiences too.

Surfing is a girl's sport [pics]

Posted: 24 Nov 2009 04:30 PM PST

Female surfing has made huge strides as a sport and the best girl surfers will kick your butt out of the line up. Some of these girls are so good that they don't need a wetsuit - they surf in nothing but a bikini ... a small bikini.

Large Hadron Collider starts up, produces first collisions

Posted: 24 Nov 2009 04:30 PM PST

After a series of complications and setbacks, the Large Hadron Collider sees its first particle-particle collisions after a weekend of furious activity. While these weren't at any significant energy, the milestone marks an important step in getting the mammoth machine up and running and filling in the last space on the particle bingo card.

No sale: Saab deal falls apart as Swedish buyer pulls out

Posted: 24 Nov 2009 04:12 PM PST

A deal struck by the Detroit-based GM in June to sell its Saab unit fell apart Tuesday, according to news reports, threatening an end to the Swedish manufacturer of niche automobiles.

The counter-punch: a review of Parallels Desktop 5

Posted: 24 Nov 2009 04:10 PM PST

Version 5 of the popular Mac virtualization package, Parallels Desktop, has hit the streets, and Ars puts it through its paces. Gaming performance, Windows 7, content creation, Linux—it's all here, plus the inevitable comparisons to the most recent VMware Fusion release.

The Cost of Home Ownership: A Brief History (Graphic)

Posted: 24 Nov 2009 04:00 PM PST

The last three years have seen a significant drop in the cost of housing in the United States, bringing prices back down from once astronomical levels.

911 Call: A Dumb Man Wants Police Escort To Visit Lil Wayne

Posted: 24 Nov 2009 04:00 PM PST

A Florida man called 911 seeking a police escort to the Miami home of the rapper Lil Wayne. The man called 911 twice and requested a police escort to drive him 345-miles south to Miami so he can see rapper Lil Wayne's concert.

In Spain, some push to rid classrooms of religious symbols

Posted: 24 Nov 2009 04:00 PM PST

A crucifix over the blackboard. An image of the Virgin Mary presiding over a classroom full of students. These pervasive Catholic symbols, still present in some Spanish public schools, may soon become things of the past.

World's First Osmotic Power Plant Opens

Posted: 24 Nov 2009 04:00 PM PST

Mix salt water with fresh water and there you have it: instant carbon-neutral energy. The process is called osmotic power, and a company called Statkraft has just opened the world's first osmotic power plant in Norway.

How to Get Your Car Stolen [Pic]

Posted: 24 Nov 2009 03:40 PM PST

Seen on a car window in the Tenderloin neighborhood of San Francisco!

Stop Eating Turkeys, Eat the Bald Eagle for Thanksgiving

Posted: 24 Nov 2009 03:40 PM PST

Those that are even remotely familiar with American history may recall that Benjamin Franklin advocated for the turkey to be the national bird. He lost.

Half-Contra (Contra NES Remade In Half-Life 2)

Posted: 24 Nov 2009 03:40 PM PST


Why Americans Are Fat (INFOGRAPHIC)

Posted: 24 Nov 2009 03:20 PM PST

Did you know 2/3 of Americans are overweight and more everyday are becoming obese? This infographic explains why America is the fattest country in the world.

Figurine used in ‘King Kong’ sells for $200,000

Posted: 24 Nov 2009 03:00 PM PST

Auctioneer Christie's says the 22-inch skeleton was the one used in the climactic scene of the 1933 movie in which the giant ape climbs New York's Empire State Building.

Former Teammates, Now Competitors Lead Top 10 NBA MVP List

Posted: 24 Nov 2009 03:00 PM PST

Former running mates Dirk Nowitzki and Steve Nash are leading the charge in this year's NBA MVP race.

Five Musicians with Legendary Waistlines

Posted: 24 Nov 2009 02:50 PM PST

Some musicians seem to have the unique ability to stay thin despite living on beer, drugs, and road food — while others just keep getting fatter.

Aboriginal Heavy Metal Gangs of Outback Australia [Video]

Posted: 24 Nov 2009 02:50 PM PST

This documentary short ventures into Australia's outback in search of the aboriginal youth gangs of Wadeye, all of which have taken their name, dress, and overall attitude from the 1980's and 90's golden age of heavy metal. The Judas Priest Boys battle the Slayer Mob and the Metallica Gang. Seriously.

The Truth About 'Twilight' (PIC)

Posted: 24 Nov 2009 02:50 PM PST

Cool, I didn't know Entertainment Weekly was doing Mad Fold-Ins!

Student Invents Bicycle Which Folds Into 26 Inch Wheel

Posted: 24 Nov 2009 02:20 PM PST

Besides being able to fold down to a previously-unattained size, the bike can go from fully extended to fully folded in just 20 seconds. We expect it would take a bit of practice to get it down to 20 seconds, but it's still possible. When it's fully folded, the rider can simply pull it along behind him.

Interracial Harmony: 'Ninja Assassin' vs. 'Blind Side' - Cin

Posted: 24 Nov 2009 02:00 PM PST

I'm glad to see any movie where the two main characters are of different races and enjoy peace and harmony together, even while all hell is breaking loose around them. That's true with both The Blind Side (to a certain degree) and Ninja Assassin (to the nth degree).

Economic Battery (pic)

Posted: 24 Nov 2009 01:50 PM PST


Muppets Perform 'Bohemian Rhapsody' (hilarious vid)

Posted: 24 Nov 2009 01:30 PM PST


Career Path.......Wow! How True! (Comic)

Posted: 24 Nov 2009 01:20 PM PST

What the top level guys see and what the bottom level guys see. Absolutely hilarious, but so very true.

APOD: 2009 November 24 - Cassini Flyby Shows Enceladus Venti

Posted: 24 Nov 2009 01:20 PM PST

What's happening on the surface of Saturn's moon Enceladus? Enormous ice jets are erupting. Giant plumes of ice have been photographed in dramatic fashion by the robotic Cassini spacecraft during this past weekend's flyby of Saturn's moon Enceladus.

Cardinals' Albert Pujols wins third NL MVP award

Posted: 24 Nov 2009 12:50 PM PST

Albert Pujols also won the NL MVP in 2005 and 2008. He was a unanimous selection for this year's honor.

'Smart' Armor Learns More With Every Bullet

Posted: 24 Nov 2009 12:30 PM PST

State-of-the-art armor can evaluate its own condition and relay that information to soldiers in real time.

European Commission: No 3 Strikes Without Judicial Oversight

Posted: 24 Nov 2009 12:30 PM PST

The European Commission has issued a warning to the Spanish government that any plan to disconnect file-sharers from the Internet without involving a judge would create conflict with the EU. This statement could also throw the three-strikes plans of the UK government and the Irish ISP Eircom into serious doubt.

Neil Young Sings 'Fresh Prince' Theme Song (video)

Posted: 24 Nov 2009 12:30 PM PST


What Are These Guys Looking At? - Air Force One

Posted: 24 Nov 2009 12:20 PM PST

This isn't some men crowded around a laptop in a dorm room. These are the President of the United States and some of his staffers crowded around a laptop on board the Air Force One. But what's on the screen?

Dilbert: Antimicrobial Socks Pick Up Line

Posted: 24 Nov 2009 12:20 PM PST

Dilbert tries to impress the ladies.

British find themselves on other side of Geneva Convention

Posted: 24 Nov 2009 12:10 PM PST

A photograph handed to The Independent claims to show Iraqi civilians captured in southern Iraq being mistreated by British soldiers in breach of international law and the Geneva Conventions.

12 Videogame Foods to Die For

Posted: 24 Nov 2009 12:10 PM PST

They give you health, special powers and something nice to look at. Munch on these videogame foods.

Pro Female Hockey Player Scraps with 15yr Old Boy (Video)

Posted: 24 Nov 2009 11:50 AM PST

During an exhibition game with the Women's Canadian National team things got a little rough.

God did it, why can't we? UN ponders 'Net "10 commandments"

Posted: 24 Nov 2009 11:50 AM PST

Turns out God had a pretty hot idea all those years ago. As the UN-backed Internet Governance Forum 2009 met last week just a stone's throw from Mount Sinai, some wondered whether it wasn't time to draft a "10 commandments" for the Internet. And everyone had ideas about what should be on it.

CNBC Hosts Thinks Charging for Virtual Game Items is Fraud

Posted: 24 Nov 2009 11:40 AM PST

CNBC host Dennis Kneale scoffed at the idea of charging for virtual items in games when talking with a Playfish co-founder and even said "you guys got quite a racket going on", practically inferring that Playfish has something shady going on behind their business.

What Would 'Seinfeld' Be Like If It Came Back Today?

Posted: 24 Nov 2009 11:30 AM PST

Assuming the events that happened to the 'Seinfeld' characters within the 'Curb Your Enthusiasm' episode is in fact canon, we collected all the information contained within the table read, rehearsals and the filmed episode to bring us up to date on where the seven characters featured stand in 2009.

How One Army Town Copes With Post- Traumatic Stress

Posted: 24 Nov 2009 11:10 AM PST

Posttraumatic stress can terrorize veterans, their families and military communities. How one Navy veteran — and one Army town — is coping

WTF!? Drunk drove with 7-year-old on top of car!

Posted: 24 Nov 2009 11:10 AM PST

It's one thing to go out for a drunken joy cruise alone if you are a boozed-up idiot, but offering a 7-year-old a sweet ride on top of your car is probably an epic fail in anyone's book. Worst babysitter ever.

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