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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 [...]

Boondock Saints 2: All Saints Day Trailer

Looks great, but where's Willem Dafoe?

…and I thought I was good at Super Mario World

I just got a headache from watching this... (more…)

Daft Punk to score Tron sequel

Daft Punk to score Tron sequel

French electronica duo Daft Punk has been signed to write the original music score for Tron 2.0, Walt Disney's upcoming sequel to the groundbreaking 1982 animation cult hit which was scored by electronic music icon Wendy Carlos. Daft Punk's members Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter have been involved in various films before, but [...]

Not your normal road on Google Street View

Not your normal road on Google Street View

Google van's keeping up with the race cars too. Yee-ha! Drive it like it's a rental, StreetView guy. Here's more about the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca racing track. (more…)

What the Hotness of Your Waitress Says About the Economy

What the Hotness of Your Waitress Says About the Economy

As if it wasn’t unpleasant enough, this recession comes with an info glut, all this economic data purporting to answer a simple question: Are things getting better? The answer is rarely straightforward. The numbers aren’t just confusing. They seem to be measuring some other planet. In New York, we have our own economic indicators, often [...]

Pics from a beauty pageant… in a Russian women’s prison

Pics from a beauty pageant… in a Russian women’s prison

In what appears to be a beauty pageant held at a prison in Russia, scores of women gather around a makeshift runway in the courtyard as their fellow inmates strut their stuff. I don't read Russian, but the photographs alone tell a great story... (more…)

Return of the Turbo Z? Nissan Studying Future Turbocharging Options

Return of the Turbo Z? Nissan Studying Future Turbocharging Options

Yokohama, Japan - Tetsuya Takahashi, a manager at Nissan’s Powertrain Engineering Division, indicated that his department is closely studying the possibility of incorporating turbocharged engines in their next generation of vehicles. No doubt the recent resurgence of turbocharged engines from competitors in Europe (BMW, VW) and the USA (Ford) [...]

As expected, Ninja Assassin trailer looks awesome

Ninja Assassin is directed by Australian filmmaker James McTeigue, who previously worked as the first assistant director for all three Matrix movies and Speed Racer and also directed V for Vendetta himself. The screenplay was co-written by newcomer Matthew Sand and comic book veteran J. Michael Straczynski, of the "Babylon 5" TV show and the [...]

Amazing American Psycho Music Video

Miles Fisher makes a nearly perfect mixture of The Talking Heads' "This Must Be the Place" and "American Psycho." It's about to become a personal favorite of mine. (more…)

If only my Mac did this…

Clearly the work of computer graphics or God himself (pick one, there are a few), who knows, but if my laptop decided to do that, I’d probably go and check with the doctor to see if I haven’t got a brain tumor eating away at my cerebral cortex.

Luxury yachts offer pirate hunting cruises

Luxury yachts offer pirate hunting cruises

Luxury yachts offer pirate hunting cruises Luxury ocean liners in Russia are offering pirate hunting cruises aboard armed private yachts off the Somali coast. Wealthy punters pay £3,500 per day to patrol the most dangerous waters in the world hoping to be attacked by raiders. When attacked, they retaliate with grenade launchers, machine guns [...]

Ron Paul Is Unstoppable

Ron Paul Is Unstoppable

Ron’s Audit the Fed bill, H.R. 1207, now has 207 cosponsors! Undoubtedly, Pelosi will keep trying to stop it. So will the Senate creepsters. Obama would veto it. But still, what a victory so far, and in the making. The central bank has been free of scrutiny since 1913, free to work its counterfeiting evil in private. The Ron Paul movement has [...]

Remember Dialup?

Nontoxic metal alloy that is liquid at room temperature

Nontoxic metal alloy that is liquid at room temperature

Mercury is bad for you. If you want to play with a nontoxic metal that melts at low temperatures, you can buy little bottles of it at Scitoys.com. Simon Field, the proprietor, sells two kinds. In the photo above, I am holding two small vials of liquid metal. The vial on the right contains gallium, an element that melts at 29.76° Celsius (85.57° [...]

Pick The Perp

Pick The Perp

Pick The Perp is a fun site where the aim is to pick the perpetrator of a crime from a line up. I'm pretty good at this so far. Booking mug shots and related information is gathered from arrest records from open sheriff's web sites in the United States of America. Those appearing here have not been convicted of the arrest charge and are presumed [...]

IGN’s Review of Punchout for the Wii

Beat Caffeine Addiction and Stay Awake with Placebos

Beat Caffeine Addiction and Stay Awake with Placebos

Good news for those who get jitters, headaches, and really bad social graces when deprived of their caffeine fix—beating the habit and switching to a placebo can leave you feeling just as energized. After dividing up 16 "regular caffeine users" (sounds so clinical!) into two groups, researchers gave half of them the equivalent of 20 ounces of [...]

College Student Shoots and Kills Home Invader

College Student Shoots and Kills Home Invader

It's one of those stories that occur every day, yet it gets very little attention from mainstream media. A college student used his own gun to protect his girlfriend from rape and possibly prevent the murder of his ten friends. I doubt you'll see this one on CNN. Bailey said he thought it was the end of his life and the lives of the 10 people [...]

Linux Reaches 1% Usage Share

Linux Reaches 1% Usage Share

The April data is out for the Net Applications 'market share' survey of operating systems (more accurately referred to as a usage share). For the first time, Linux has reached 1%. This past month the Linux share increased by 0.12% which is well above the average monthly increase of 0.02%. Historically, the Net Applications estimate of market share [...]

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