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Rolltop concept

The device of the flexible display allows a new concept in notebook design growing out of the traditional bookformed laptop into unfurling and convolving portable computer. By virtue of the OLED-Display technology and a multi touch screen the utility of a laptop computer with its weight of a mini-notebook and screen size of 13 inch easily [...]

SOCOM cheater convicted in grand jury investigation

SOCOM cheater convicted in grand jury investigation

There's a few valuable life lessons in the following story, so pay attention: A Pittsburgh news station recently reported on a 17-year-old boy who was disqualified from a SOCOM U.S. Navy Seals tournament after it was discovered he was cheating. In retaliation, the young man hacked into the official PlayStation site, and crashed it for 11 days back [...]

Yelp extorts businesses by allegedly putting up fake bad review and then telling them to pay up to remove it.

Yelp extorts businesses by allegedly putting up fake bad review and then telling them to pay up to remove it.

Yelp, the online review site, is being accused of extortion in a class-action lawsuit filed in Los Angeles this week. The suit alleges that the site tried to get a Long Beach veterinary hospital named Cats and Dogs Animal Hospital to pay $300 a month — for a minimum 12-month commitment — to suppress or delete reviews that disparaged the [...]

London councils issue themselves parking tickets, then fight them in court

London councils issue themselves parking tickets, then fight them in court

Parking wardens working for London's local authorities routinely issue tickets against authority-owned vehicles. When this happens, the authority takes itself to court to argue that it shouldn't have to pay fines to itself. Sometimes, they ask the courts to award themselves legal costs from their own pockets. This according to Barrie Segal, who [...]

First study of mummy DNA leads to all sorts of discoveries

First study of mummy DNA leads to all sorts of discoveries

King Tut, plus 10 other royal mummies, recently became the first ancient Egyptians to get their DNA analyzed. The results, published this week in the Journal of the American Medical Association, turned up a treasure trove of new information about the famous boy king, his family and Egyptian royalty in general. Among the [...]

Netflix Streaming Getting a 1080p Upgrade?

Netflix Streaming Getting a 1080p Upgrade?

As Netflix makes the case to Wii owners that they really aren't missing anything by not streaming HD, word from CNET is that Netflix instant streaming is making the jump to 1080p, with 5.1 audio. CNET doesn't have any info on which devices will support the upgrade, how much of their video library will be encoded in 1080p (only about six percent [...]

All The Many Ways Amazon So Very Failed the Weekend

All The Many Ways Amazon So Very Failed the Weekend

John Scalzi brings the sarcasm and the smarts in this cogent analysis of why it was strategically foolish for Amazon to delist Macmillan's titles over the weekend, without any announcement, and for reasons that the authors and readers of those books had no control over. 3. Amazon Lost the Author's Fans. The interesting thing about the fans of [...]

Pirate Bay’s VPN goes public: Ipredator

Pirate Bay’s VPN goes public: Ipredator

As governments around the world consider proposals to hand surveillance powers to the entertainment industry and twitchy cops, the Pirate Bay is striking back. Its new €5/month IPRedator service is an encrypted VPN that you can use to hide your traffic (whatever it may contain) from prying eyes. The name comes from Sweden's adoption of IPRED [...]

Pennsylvania State Troopers with a drawn assault rifle, bracket a terrified driver during a roadblock set up near Pittsburgh

Pennsylvania State Troopers with a drawn assault rifle, bracket a terrified driver during a roadblock set up near Pittsburgh

We will not recognize as it rises. It will wear no black shirts here. It will probably have no marching songs. It will rise out of a congealing of a group of elements that exist here and that are the essential components of Fascism.... It will be at first decorous, humane, glowing with homely American sentiment. But a dictatorship cannot [...]

Transparent OLED screen

Man Takes Pi-Calculating Record From Supercomputer with Core i7 Desktop

Man Takes Pi-Calculating Record From Supercomputer with Core i7 Desktop

There’s sort of a guilty pleasure in seeing the ‘masters of the universe’ knocked down a notch or two. So the news that the record for calculating Pi, set by the T2K Open Supercomputer, was not just broken but broken by a lowly Core i7 machine was warmly received. The feat was performed by Fabrice Bellard. He pieced together a system [...]

GIMP 2.7 has a single window mode

GIMP 2.7 has a single window mode

For those living under a rock, GIMP is an awesome open source image editor but one of the things that people found really annoying about GIMP in the past was that it doesn’t come in a single window. It has 2 or 3 separate windows which makes it hard for people to move it around and in my opinion it doesn’t look very professional and [...]

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

Twitter Hacked, Defaced By “Iranian Cyber Army”

Twitter Hacked, Defaced By “Iranian Cyber Army”

We have just found out that the same defacement is appearing at at least one other site, mawjcamp.org. We are not able to see what was at this domain before, but it is now displaying the same defacement that Twitter was only a few minutes ago. Twitter does not have the best record with security issues. We have previously covered a number of [...]

New Adobe Flash 64-bit For Linux Coming December 8th

New Adobe Flash 64-bit For Linux Coming December 8th

Adobe are to release a new version of their native 64-bit Flash plug-in for Linux on the 8th of December. Posting on the “Flash 10 Player” page for Linux 64-bit, Adobe made the following statement... (more…)

Pittsburgh Police May Pay You $50,000 if You Give Them the Middle Finger

Pittsburgh Police May Pay You $50,000 if You Give Them the Middle Finger

PITTSBURGH - Pittsburgh City Council has tentatively approved paying $50,000 to settle a free speech lawsuit filed by a man cited for giving a city police officer the middle finger. Thirty-five-year-old David Hackbart, of Butler, made the gesture at a driver in April 2006, then did it again when someone yelled at him -- realizing only later the [...]

Randall Munroe reading to benefit EFF, San Francisco, Sept 21

Randall Munroe reading to benefit EFF, San Francisco, Sept 21

Randall Munroe, creator of the awesome XKCD webcomic, is coming to San Francisco to give a benefit appearance and reading for the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Now that sounds like a kick-ass evening... Monday, September 21st will be the second Geek Reading event to benefit EFF, at 111 Minna in downtown San Francisco. This time, the author in [...]

Man avoids 37 speed camera tickets

Man avoids 37 speed camera tickets

Authorities have sent 37 speeding tickets to Dave Vontesmar, claiming he'd been captured each time by speed camera. Dave denies he's at fault, saying he doesn't resemble the monkey driver portrayed in camera images... (more…)

Microsoft and a “patent checkmate” of my dreams

Microsoft and a “patent checkmate” of my dreams

Microsoft tried to auction off some patents that they claim relate to Linux. Patent trolls could have bought them. Instead Open Invention Network (OIN) got them. Why would Microsoft wish to get rid of 22 patents that it presumably could sue Linux over? Let's try to imagine what might have happened. Let's pretend you are Microsoft, and you want [...]

9/9/99 Never Forget

9/9/99 Never Forget

The Dreamcast is the last video game console made by Sega, and is the successor to the Sega Saturn. The Dreamcast is part of the sixth generation of video game consoles and was released in late 1998, before its contemporaries - the PlayStation 2, the Nintendo GameCube and the Xbox. After facing strong competition from Sony's recently released [...]

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