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Thursday, April 15, 2010



20 Open Source Programs To Maximize Your Windows Experience

Posted: 15 Apr 2010 05:30 PM PDT

The words "Open Source" and "Linux" go together like "Microsoft Office" and "Windows" – some things just naturally flow. However, open source programs on a Windows operating system is not as commonly thought of, even though it is more popular than you may think. Here's 20 of our favorite open source software choices for Windows.

The Last Great April 15th!

Posted: 15 Apr 2010 05:30 PM PDT

Looking back, we may all remember April 15, 2010, as the day we got off cheaply. Why a growing deficit and increased spending on health care and Social Security nearly guarantee higher tax bills in our future.

Caledonian Picts Had Early Version of Highland Clan System

Posted: 15 Apr 2010 05:30 PM PDT

History loves a mystery. And there have been few things in Scottish history more mysterious than the Picts. Given the name Pictii by the Romans, they remain lodged in our memories as some brutal, painted, naked-warrior-dervishes resisting the invaders like a Caledonian version of Asterix.

I Love You, Will Smith

Posted: 15 Apr 2010 05:30 PM PDT

Randal loves Will Smith. Jake doesnt. Who will win? Starring comedians John Ramsey (Comedy Centrals Live at Gotham, CMTs Next Big Comic) and Mike Macrae (The Late Show with David Letterman, Frank TV).

Judge: Bush Wire-Tapping Illegal

Posted: 15 Apr 2010 05:20 PM PDT

In a repudiation of the Bush administration's now-defunct terrorist surveillance effort, a federal judge ruled Wednesday that government wire-tapped phone conversations without a search warrant were illegal.

Icelandic Volcano's Ash Plume as Seen From Space

Posted: 15 Apr 2010 05:20 PM PDT

A NASA satellite captured an image of the ash plume from the Eyjafjallajokull volcano's Wednesday eruption. We can see the ash plume from the event sweeping east just north of the United Kingdom en route to Norway.

APOD: The Umbrella Galaxy

Posted: 15 Apr 2010 05:20 PM PDT


White House Stimulus created 2.8M jobs! Where Are They??

Posted: 15 Apr 2010 05:10 PM PDT

The federal stimulus package created or saved 2.2 to 2.8 million jobs through the first quarter and increased the gross domestic product by about 2.7 percent from what it would have been without the act, according to a quarterly report released by the White House Wednesday.

Top 10 for 2010: "You Got Dunked On"

Posted: 15 Apr 2010 05:10 PM PDT

Who made the list of the Top 10 'You Got Dunked On" moments of the 2009-10 NBA season? Hint - Wade on Varejao anyone?

Texas High School Gets $60 Million Football Stadium (w pics)

Posted: 15 Apr 2010 05:00 PM PDT

Allen High School, located in a growing suburb of Dallas, has approved the construction of a gargantuan 18,000 seat stadium complete with video scoreboard, upper deck, and 4,500 parking spaces.

Why We Love Boba Fett

Posted: 15 Apr 2010 05:00 PM PDT

Admit it, we have a man crush on this bounty hunter.

Puppet Government Established (pic)

Posted: 15 Apr 2010 04:50 PM PDT


Twitter Confirms Launch of Its Own URL Shortener ‎

Posted: 15 Apr 2010 04:40 PM PDT

Twitter has just announced at its Chirp developer conference that it will be launching its own URL shortener. The company feels forcing using to leave twitter.com to shorten a link is absurd.

The Recession and the Web Design Industry

Posted: 15 Apr 2010 04:30 PM PDT

Within the Western economies different sectors have faired better than others. Manufacturing has been pulverised, but new media and the digital economy have continued to expand – albeit at a slower pace than previously expected. Consequently, the web design industry has faired reasonably well in these difficult times.

Who Is Getting Rich Off Your Shopping Sprees?

Posted: 15 Apr 2010 04:20 PM PDT

Those shopping trips down Fifth Avenue or along other fashion hot spots around the world may put you in the poor house, but they are boosting the fortunes of some of the world's richest billionaires.

MIT researchers engineer viruses to split water for hydrogen

Posted: 15 Apr 2010 04:10 PM PDT

One of the issues facing hydrogen-powered cars is large-scale hydrogen production. H2 proponents always cite the fact that hydrogen is the most abundant resource in the universe. This is true, but it's not exactly growing on hydrogen trees, ripe for the plucking. Newly engineered viruses may have the answer for efficient hydrogen production.

Volcanic ash shuts down British air space

Posted: 15 Apr 2010 03:50 PM PDT

A huge plume of volcanic ash sweeping east from Iceland forced the complete closure of British air space and disrupted flights across Northern Europe.............

Glass Helps Damaged Bone Regenerate

Posted: 15 Apr 2010 03:40 PM PDT

Like human bone, the glass bone scaffold developed by the researchers is porous at the macroscale as well as the nanoscale.

Yes, Baseball Games Are Way Too Long

Posted: 15 Apr 2010 03:30 PM PDT

Umpire Joe West made a terrible mistake last week when he called a series of nearly four-hour-long Red Sox-Yankees games "a disgrace to baseball."

Social Hub Site Ning Cuts 40% of Staff, Kills Free Services

Posted: 15 Apr 2010 03:20 PM PDT

Just a month after Gina Bianchini, co-founder of build-a-social-network service Ning, departed the company, it's cutting 40 percent of its staff and axing its free, ad-supported service. Existing free networks will have the opportunity to either convert to paying for premium services, or transition off of Ning.

Google launches archive search for Twitter

Posted: 15 Apr 2010 03:10 PM PDT

Trying to track down a single tweet from 2007? With the new Twitter archive search, Google is opening up access to years of Twitter activity.

Indians Have Access to More Cell Phones than Bathrooms

Posted: 15 Apr 2010 03:10 PM PDT

A report from UN experts shows that roughly 366 million people - or 31% of the population - had access to improved sanitation in 200, while 545 million cell phones are now connected to service in India.

6 Million Resident SimCity. No Cheating.

Posted: 15 Apr 2010 03:00 PM PDT

The ultimate in armchair city planning.

'We've Got Company' (video)

Posted: 15 Apr 2010 02:50 PM PDT

Ever wonder how much the phrase 'we've got company' is used in movies and TV? Here's a fast and hilarious collection of just that...

A 2nd garbage patch: Plastic soup seen in Atlantic

Posted: 15 Apr 2010 02:40 PM PDT

Researchers are warning of a new blight on the ocean: a swirl of confetti-like plastic debris stretching over thousands of square miles (kilometers) in a remote expanse of the Atlantic Ocean.

"I Hate Iceland" (Video)

Posted: 15 Apr 2010 02:30 PM PDT

Drunk Scottish Bloke interrupts sky news to declare his hatred of Iceland

Kevin Durant Becomes Youngest Ever to Win NBA Scoring Title

Posted: 15 Apr 2010 02:30 PM PDT

Last night Kevin Durant scored 31 points against the Grizzlies to lock up the 2009-10 NBA Scoring Title, just barely edging out Lebron James. At 21 years of age, Durant becomes the youngest ever to receive the honor.

Great Comics That Never Happened [PICS]

Posted: 15 Apr 2010 02:20 PM PDT

Writer Chris Sims and artist Rusty Shackles carry on the noble comic book tradition of the imaginary story by bringing you the Best Comics Ever that don't actually exist!

So Many Earthquakes! The End is Nigh! --

Posted: 15 Apr 2010 02:10 PM PDT

After China's quake, it's hard not to wonder -- is something crazy going on with Earth's crust?

Intel predicts Light Peak to replace USB 3.0

Posted: 15 Apr 2010 02:10 PM PDT

Intel pundit Kevin Kahn predicted that Light Peak may overtake USB 3.0 before it even starts. The 10Gpbs standard is poised to become ...

Your Taxes Versus America's Top 25 Companies (Infographic)

Posted: 15 Apr 2010 02:00 PM PDT

Here is a graphic comparison of what you pay the government verses how little some of the largest corporations in America pay.

How To Execute The Ancient Chinese Magazine Slap (Gif)

Posted: 15 Apr 2010 01:50 PM PDT


National Labor Committee report on Chinese CE factories

Posted: 15 Apr 2010 01:40 PM PDT

The report details some of what we've come to expect in stories of labor abuses -- near children, most of them women, working for 16 or 17 hours a day, living in nearly deplorable conditions, for less than a dollar an hour -- all so that the world's ever-growing need for / addiction to consumer electronics can be fed.

Dogs: Not Down with the iPad [VIDEO]

Posted: 15 Apr 2010 01:30 PM PDT

Oh man, the "cute things + iPads" meme is revving up for real. First, came children with iPads, and then cats with iPads and now, inevitably, dogs with iPads. After watching this video, I would wager that cats are early adopters, while dogs are just more traditional. Pfft, he probably still has a landline, too.

Larry David buys weed from Hurley from "LOST"

Posted: 15 Apr 2010 01:20 PM PDT

Larry attempts to buy weed from "Hurley" on a season 2 episode of Curb.

47% of Tea Partiers Pay No Federal Income Taxes

Posted: 15 Apr 2010 01:10 PM PDT

If the Tea Party movement has a similar share of Americans making under $50,000 as the broader population (as a recent Gallup poll suggests), then why is this movement rallying under the banner "Taxed Enough Already!" when half of them aren't taxed at all? Drink the Kool-aid, err… tea & fall in line with the rhetoric. Teabaggers are hypocrites.

With fat days over, NASA must innovate

Posted: 15 Apr 2010 12:45 PM PDT

In a long-awaited speech Thursday in Florida, President Obama will boldly go where no president has gone before, laying out an entirely new vision for the U.S. space program. The firestorm of controversy has already begun

Health Care In America and around the World - [Graphic]

Posted: 15 Apr 2010 12:30 PM PDT

In recent events, with the change in Health Care reforms from the White House what don't we know about it and is it really "more affordable"... see what's going on in the world of Health care.

The 11 Craziest Unexpected Sex-Related Deaths In History

Posted: 15 Apr 2010 12:30 PM PDT

11 most notable examples of people unexpectedly dying during or because of sex in some way shape or form.

Hot new multiplayer screens emerge for Red Dead Redemption

Posted: 15 Apr 2010 12:30 PM PDT

The hype machine is in full swing over this game, and here's some more screens to wet your appetite.

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