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Blackjack card-counting iPhone app is illegal in Las Vegas

Blackjack card-counting iPhone app is illegal in Las Vegas

Mark Milian of the LA Times reports on an iPhone application called A Blackjack Card Counter that has pit bosses in Vegas looking for people who keep their hands in their pockets. The $3.99 app has a feature, called stealth mode, that allows the user to easily operate the card counter with the phone concealed in a pocket. Simply press the right [...]

More copies of World of Goo sold when GNU/Linux version was released than any other day

More copies of World of Goo sold when GNU/Linux version was released than any other day

I just noticed a small update on the 2D Boy’s announcement of the GNU/Linux version for World of Goo. Update 4: It’s only been 2 days since the release of the Linux version and it already accounts for 4.6% of the full downloads from our website. Our thanks to everyone who’s playing the game on Linux and spreading the word. Here are a [...]

Street Fighter IV Released Today

Street Fighter IV Released Today

The wait is finally over. Long live the king. Debut trailer after the jump... (more…)

Sunday’s “Simpsons” episode goes HD and has updated title sequence

Sunday’s “Simpsons” episode goes HD and has updated title sequence

"The Simpsons" is finally going HD—and, in what some fans might consider an even bigger development, getting a new opening title sequence as well. Both events will take place Sunday, Fox said during a promo for "The Simpsons" that aired as part of Wednesday night's "American Idol." The network actually made a low-key announcement of the news [...]

Unix time will reach “1234567890” on February 13th at 5:31pm EST

Unix time will reach “1234567890” on February 13th at 5:31pm EST

Get out your party hats! It's tomorrow, on Friday the 13th, as well. I sense the end of the world! Unix time, or POSIX time, is a system for describing points in time, defined as the number of seconds elapsed since midnight Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) of January 1, 1970, not counting leap seconds. It is widely used not only on Unix-like [...]

Why HTTP?

Why HTTP?

The world doesn’t need another arbitrary binary protocol. Just use HTTP. Your life will be simpler. Originally this came up when scaling a gaggle of MySQL machines. I would have killed for a reliable proxy. It’s with this in mind that I’ve come up with my list of things that HTTP has that an arbitrary protocol will have to rebuild. Anytime [...]

A map of undersea cables… from 1901

A map of undersea cables… from 1901

Not bad for an era that was just getting used to the idea of a horseless carriage (more…)

Joker ski-mask is awesome

Joker ski-mask is awesome

Why so serious? The Joker ski-mask is a hell of a thing -- full of all the scary mojo of the iconic character and the implicit creepiness of going about with your face in this state. Menacing and geeky all at once, kinda like a flail made of giant polyhedral dice. The Dark Knight Joker Combination Ski Mask & Winter Beanie

Dynastree Maps Your Last Name

Dynastree Maps Your Last Name

Web site Dynastree's surname map lays out how people with your last name are distributed across the US (along with Canada and Germany). The search tool is a breeze to use. Just enter your last name, hit Search, and Dynastree returns a very simple "heatmap" displaying the distribution of your last name across the United States. The map defaults [...]

All your passports are belong to us

Think of it this way: Chris Paget just did you a service by hacking your passport and stealing your identity. Using a $250 Motorola RFID reader and antenna connected to his laptop, Chris recently drove around San Francisco reading RFID tags from passports, driver licenses, and other identity documents. In just 20 minutes, he found and cloned the [...]

Map of lower Manhattan in 1847

Map of lower Manhattan in 1847

I bet it was much cleaner back then. :)

5 cent tilt sensor

5 cent tilt sensor

This is a 5 cent tilt sensor. We know it cost more than 5 cents, but it is in fact a tilt sensor that utilizes a 5 cent coin. We’ve all done quick hacks to make quick sensors for various projects. We’ve seen tons of them, from stealing springs out of pens and shoving a resistor through them for flexible contact switches, to tin foil touch [...]

Cemeteries surrounded by parking lots

Cemeteries surrounded by parking lots

Tullahassee Creek Indian Cemetery – Sand Springs, Oklahoma Situated right between an ATM and a postal drop box, this Indian cemetery comprises about 1/4 acre of isolated turf in a parking lot outside Tulsa. It was founded in 1883 and took less than a century to become the inadvertent centerpiece of a strip mall. Read more about [...]

With Cheney gone, Google Maps gains sky view of VP’s home

With Cheney gone, Google Maps gains sky view of VP’s home

Google Maps has a clear satellite view of the US vice president's home available online in a development that curiously coincides with the departure of secret-prone Dick Cheney. The abode in Washington, DC, that has served for 25 years as official residence for US vice presidents had been digitally blurred at Google Earth during George W. [...]

Man, I love Google Maps

Man, I love Google Maps

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Amazon User Reviews of “Playmobil TSA Checkpoint”

Amazon User Reviews of “Playmobil TSA Checkpoint”

These user reviews for a Playmobil Security Check Point ($55!) are pretty hilarious. (more…)

Mario etched eeepc

Mario etched eeepc

Last night I laser-etched the top of my Eee PC with the complete level maps of Super Mario Land ( on the Game Boy). Everything from the familiar layouts of 1-1 to the climactic battle with Tatanga in the clouds at the end of 4-3 is represented in the etching. This was made possible with the laser cutter at NYC Resistor in Brooklyn, where you [...]

What’s inside an EzPass?

What’s inside an EzPass?

E-ZPass before: (more…)

Two monitors = 44 percent increase in productivity

Two monitors = 44 percent increase in productivity

Nothing in cube-farm corporate America seems quite so decadent as having two monitors on your desk. Who is this important person who needs to work on two screens at the same time? Must be some kind of bigshot, eh? Not so, posits the New York Times, which cites research that -- on certain text-editing tasks -- users were 44 percent faster using [...]

Apple forces Wired to take down netbook OSx86 video

Apple forces Wired to take down netbook OSx86 video

Wired Gadget Lab has taken down a video made by in which he gives a brief overview and demonstration of how to install OSX on an MSI Wind netbook. This apparently didn’t sit well with Apple, who contacted Wired and complained; Wired agreed and removed the video. Frankly, we’re disappointed with Wired’s response. While they were technically [...]

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