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Microsoft Surface reviews are out

Microsoft Surface reviews are out

AnandTech brought up a point I hadn't considered. The Surface RT is theoretically capable of working with a wide array of peripherals, but they need special ARM drivers for it. Essentially, you'll be able to plug in anything to a Surface Pro though. (Printer, scanner, etc) Reviews after the jump... (more…)

Meet a “real-life Barbie”

Meet a “real-life Barbie”

A 21-year-old girl, who has become an internet sensation in her home country of Russia, claims on her blog to be the most famed woman on the Russian-language internet. Valeria Lukyanova's doll-like features, long blonde hair and 'perfect' body make her look like a real life Barbie. In fact, with her tiny waist and large breasts, she bears [...]

HOWTO: Cheat Against Your Friends On Draw Something

HOWTO: Cheat Against Your Friends On Draw Something

Draw Something is one of the hottest apps on the App Store right now, but it looks like there are still a few kinks to work out. When you challenge a friend, you have to pick from three words which you are going to draw. If you don't like any of them, you can pay to get new ones. Or, you can force-quit the app and re-open it, and you'll get [...]

Drive-thru funeral parlor: “It’s a convenience thing”

Drive-thru funeral parlor: “It’s a convenience thing”

Here lies the late Robert Sanders, 58, at the Robert L. Adams drive-through funeral parlor in the Los Angeles area city of Compton. The funeral parlor has been in business since 1974, and is believed to be the only drive-through funeral home in southern California, according to office manager Denise Knowles-Bragg. She says the parlor offers a [...]

Home thermostat that “learns” from iPod designer

The Nest thermostat was designed by Tom Fadell, aka the "father of the iPod." It will cost $250 and will be available next month.... Nest learns from your temperature adjustments, programs itself to keep you comfortable, and guides you to energy savings. You can control the thermostat from anywhere using a smartphone, tablet or laptop, and Nest [...]

RIP Dennis Ritchie, 1941-2011: Computer scientist, Unix co-creator, C programming language designer

RIP Dennis Ritchie, 1941-2011: Computer scientist, Unix co-creator, C programming language designer

Computer scientist Dennis Ritchie is reported to have died at his home this past weekend, after a long battle against an unspecified illness. No further details are available at the time of this blog post. Wikipedia biography here. He was the designer and original developer of the C programming language, and a central figure in the [...]

Day after big debit fee hike, BofA homepage fails

Day after big debit fee hike, BofA homepage fails

Bank of America’s homepage was down Friday morning, a day after the megabank announced that it will begin charging customers $5 a month to use their debit cards. Instead of the bank’s normal site, visitors receive a notice stating “Home Page Temporarily Unavailable.”Instead of the bank’s normal site, visitors receive a notice stating [...]

BART police officers website hacked, database released

BART police officers website hacked, database released

Reports are circulating that databases containing BART police officer information from the website for The Bay Area Rapid Transit Police Officers' Association site have been published. The bartpoa.com site is currently down. Who is responsible for the hack? Whoever ends up claiming credit, it's complicated. What isn't complicated: the notion that [...]

Internet Pranksters Send SWAT Team to Cyberbullying Expert’s House

Internet Pranksters Send SWAT Team to Cyberbullying Expert’s House

Among the many, many people who irk the anarchic message board 4chan, cyberbullying expert Parry Aftab is one of the most consistently despised. So it's not surprising that an anonymous internet denizen sent a SWAT team to her New Jersey home this weekend. Some 30 police officers, including members of a SWAT team, surrounded Aftab's house this [...]

Man calls police to report pot theft

Man calls police to report pot theft

Max Fleck, 20, of Chicago, Illinois, called police to report that three men robbed him of two pounds of marijuana. The police arrived, found more drugs, and arrested Fleck... According to investigators, Fleck had invited one of the three men to his home and instead all three came. The five spent about an hour at the apartment before one of the [...]

RIAA boss takes home $3m+

RIAA boss takes home $3m+

Found amid a list of top compensation for industry lobbying association CEOs in 2009 (the last year for which we have stats): Cary Sherman, President of the RIAA, and his whopping pay-packet: $3,185,026. That'd sure buy a lot of ramen noodles for starving musicians. Ugh. (more…)

Troubletwisters: Garth Nix and Sean Williams’ action-packed new kids’ fantasy

Troubletwisters: Garth Nix and Sean Williams’ action-packed new kids’ fantasy

Troubletwisters is the first volume in a collaborative series from Australian YA superstars Garth Nix and Sean Williams, and it's as marvellous as its pedigree suggests. The titular troubletwisters are a pair of adolescent twins who find themselves moving from their family home the city to the remote town of Portland, where they are to live [...]

Turn your home into a billboard in exchange for your mortgage payment?

Turn your home into a billboard in exchange for your mortgage payment?

Would you turn your house into a billboard to be free of mortgage payments for a year? I'm referring to the marketing gimmick/PR stunt of Ad firm Adzookie, who are looking to pay people's mortgages in exchange for turning their homes into giant advertisements for the company. (Mock-up seen here.) They haven't painted a single home yet, but [...]

Deathless: Cat Valente’s beautiful fantasy of Stalinist Russia and the Siege of Leningrad

Deathless: Cat Valente’s beautiful fantasy of Stalinist Russia and the Siege of Leningrad

Catherynne M Valente's Deathless is a beautiful Russian fairy-tale set in the Stalinist era, brilliantly conceived and executed. Masha is the youngest of four sisters in Petrograd and, over the years, she has watched the birds come for her sisters. They thump against the windows and fall to the ground and spring up as soldiers and thump again [...]

Is reading your wife’s e-mail a crime?

Is reading your wife’s e-mail a crime?

A Rochester Hills man faces up to 5 years in prison -- for reading his wife's e-mail. Oakland County prosecutors, relying on a Michigan statute typically used to prosecute crimes such as identity theft or stealing trade secrets, have charged Leon Walker, 33, with a felony after he logged onto a laptop in the home he shared with his wife, Clara [...]

Our Meth House

Our Meth House

Jenn Friberg and Rob Quigley bought their first home, a lovely century-old four bedroom house outside Philadelphia, for less than $200,000 earlier this year. What they didn't know at the time is that the house used to be a meth factory. After they moved in, Quigley got wind of the home's previous use from neighbors and confirmed it on the [...]

Google has secretly developed self driving cars that have logged over 140,000 miles on public roads

Google has secretly developed self driving cars that have logged over 140,000 miles on public roads

If this isn't a joke it is a tremendous advance. I for one would trust robotic cars more than drunk or texting drivers on the road. How cool would it be to have an autopilot feature to take you home when you had a few too many? So we have developed technology for cars that can drive themselves. Our automated cars, manned by trained operators, [...]

Must have Bug Out Bag item #19

Must have Bug Out Bag item #19

The Sven Saw is an ideal camping saw. I grew up watching my Dad use one to make short work of the tree limbs I dragged through the woods to the campsite. Now I take mine on every backpacking trip. It makes gathering firewood easier, because you don't have to search for logs you can break or hack through. Larger logs left by others or downed [...]

Americans: Sign petition to fight Great Firewall of the USA

Americans: Sign petition to fight Great Firewall of the USA

Does Hollywood know how to be evil or what? Just as the President is denouncing Iran and China for censoring the Internet, the MPAA is rushing through a bill to create an Internet blacklist here at home. American ISPs would be required to block any domains that host too much copyright or trademark infringement. The bill is so careless and [...]

How A Good Samaritan Was Arrested For Driving Drunks Home

How A Good Samaritan Was Arrested For Driving Drunks Home

Some guy's friend gets killed by a drunk driver and he decides to do something about it. He starts a service to keep drunks off the road by offering free rides home. It turns out that Quincy, Illinois, is well stocked with semi-responsible drunks, so "business" booms. He adds another car to the service, and eventually a bus. Local taxi companies [...]

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