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Intel wants to charge $50 to unlock stuff your CPU can already do

Intel wants to charge $50 to unlock stuff your CPU can already do

Hold onto your hyperthreaded horses, because this is liable to whip up an angry mob -- Intel's asking customers to pay extra if they want the full power of their store-bought silicon. An eagle-eyed Engadget reader was surfing the Best Buy shelves when he noticed this $50 card -- and sure enough, Intel websites confirm -- that lets you download [...]

Drug search checkpoints (read: honeypots)

Drug search checkpoints (read: honeypots)

Freeway signs warning of upcoming drug checkpoints are actually a ruse: the local sheriff sets up a checkpoint at the next offramp and searches panicky motorists who pull off to ditch their stashes. An accompanying map on the original post (click through below) gives the locations of similar checkpoints all over the USA, and warns, "if you see one [...]

Free climbing a tower higher than the Empire State Building

This video has been making the rounds, but in case you missed it, it's a real thrill. I watched it in full-screen mode, like my buddy suggested. My palms got sweaty and the soles of my feet ached, like they do whenever I'm on the edge of a cliff or other high place without a barrier between me and a plunge to death.

Metal on Metal “BASTARD”

That thing is never going to go off if the spoon doesn't release the striker.

How a wristwatch works (A film from 1949)

A 1949 film that reveals the inner workings of a wristwatch. They use a giant watch to demonstrate the function of the various parts.

The Price Of Happiness: $75,000

The Price Of Happiness: $75,000

Pop culture might want us to believe that the best things in life are free, but two Princeton economists beg to differ. Inc.com has more on what Nobel Laureate Daniel Kahneman and his colleague Angus Deaton discovered in a new study: Not having enough money causes emotional pain and unhappiness, the researchers found. But the happiness tipping [...]

Craigslist’s “adult services” section blocked after human trafficking/prostitution controversy

Craigslist’s “adult services” section blocked after human trafficking/prostitution controversy

From today's New York Times: Craigslist, the popular classifieds Web site, has blocked access to its "adult services" section and replaced the link with a black label with the word "censored." (more…)

Tombstone stuffed with marijuana

Tombstone stuffed with marijuana

This tombstone was shipped from Jamaica to Cincinnati, where US Customs and Border Protection at the Cincinnati Northern Kentucky International Airport discovered it was filled with 50 pounds of marijuana. Officers questioned last week why someone would ship a tombstone from Kingston, Jamaica, to London. An X-ray machine revealed packages [...]

Gunman at Discovery Channel headquarters

Gunman at Discovery Channel headquarters

A gunman has taken at least one hostage at Discovery Communications headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland. There's no official police statements about who the gunman is or what he wants, but there's a list of demands circulating on Twitter... said to be the gunman's manifesto. I'm not sure what the original source of this list is, yet, [...]

StarChild’s DNA results show that it is definitely not human

Preliminary new DNA results from the 900 year old Starchild Skull, providing information that a percentage of the DNA in the bone may not be from Earth.

Smith & Wesson Tactical pens

Smith & Wesson Tactical pens

I spotted the Embassy Pen (top image) over at Uncrate and really dig the minimalist Maglite-esque look of it. It's $38.50 from County Comm. I showed it to Rob and he hipped me to the bad-assness of the Smith & Wesson Military and Police Tactical Pen that's just $26 from Amazon. Now if only I could manage to hang on to a pen for more than [...]

Missing: Molester-mobile

Missing: Molester-mobile

"Honestly the ball gag and clown wig CAME with the van!"

Photos from China’s 10-day-long traffic jam

Photos from China’s 10-day-long traffic jam

On Monday, the BBC reported on a 62-mile traffic jam in China, northwest of Beijing, where vehicles had been almost at a standstill for nine days. Naturally, the internet was fascinated. Doctor Who references were made. Personal commutes seemed less terrible by comparison. According to that BBC story, Chinese state TV reported that [...]

Man saws car in half to prove a point

Man saws car in half to prove a point

Raymond Reeder's house on Kemp Lane has a sign that says, "Beware of bulldog." A "no trespassing" sign is posted at the entrance of the driveway. He considers himself a gear head and a mountain man. A week ago, Reeder, 39, sawed in half a 1998 Saturn station wagon. "Just to prove a point," he said. "This is what happens when you don't [...]

INEBRIATION: Inception Parody

"Inebriation" is a mock trailer created by Atomic Productions parodying the concept of Inception, in a dangerous and unstable world of shared drinking and drunk within drunk.

Is the www dead?

Is the www dead?

Wired uses this graph to illustrate Chris Anderson and Michael Wolff's claim that the world wide web is "dead." Their feature, The Web is Dead. Long Live the Internet, is live at Wired's own website. Two decades after its birth, the World Wide Web is in decline, as simpler, sleeker services — think apps — are less about the searching [...]

A clever way to use a “worthless” currency

A clever way to use a “worthless” currency

Foreign investment is a tricky game. Not only must a company profit, it also has to transfer the profits home. Companies have done creative things to convert currency, and my favorite example is Pizza Hut in the former Soviet Union: For example, consider the situation faced by Pizza Hut when it wanted to open a chain of restaurants in the [...]

Drilling robot to explore mysterious tunnels in Great Pyramid

Drilling robot to explore mysterious tunnels in Great Pyramid

Does the Pyramid of Cheops hide more secrets within its massive volume? A 1992 robot explored one tiny passage only to be blocked by limestone doors with brass handles -- and the next one drilled through only to find anther door behind it. (more…)

Secret knock detecting mechanical iris project

Chris Schaie's beautiful Mechanical Iris, Steve Hoefer's Secret Knock detecting Arduino code, and an engraving made with my scratch-built CNC-Router to make the entrance to my garage/workshop/lab a bit more special. (more…)

FBI claims no-one may publish its seal

FBI claims no-one may publish its seal

The FBI ordered wikipedia to remove its seal from the article there about the bureau. It threatened to litigate. Unfortunately for the FBI, the law it cited is the one that forbids making counterfeit badges, and Wikimedia's lawyers mocked them in its response. John Schwartz in the NYT: "Many sites, including the online version of the [...]

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