In a world of high consumer demand and market competition, manufactures are constantly looking for ways to break the mold and create unique products that will appeal to buyers. Unfortunately, many of these mold-breaking creations end up as massive failures on a Most Useless Inventions list. The appliance industry, however, seems to have struck gold with a recent slew of strange appliances that are actually pretty handy.
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The latest worldwide console sales figures are out today and it looks like the Wii and the 360 are kicking ass and taking names in the U.S., while the worldwide numbers are a bit more even.
Worldwide Sales: Nintendo Wii - 44.96 million. Xbox 360 - 27.2 million (plus 1.3 million shipped)*. PlayStation 3 - 21.3 million. U.S. Sales: Nintendo Wii - 17.60 million. Xbox 360 - 13.89 million. PlayStation 3 - 6.94 million.
The techie toaster may only toast one slice of bread at a time and take between seven and nine minutes to do so, but we’d wait twice as long if it meant we didn’t have to step away from gadget-land in order to spread out some Marmite.
While there is no such thing as a “good” layoff, Best Buy is one of the few companies that are trying to do right by the people that are being let go. Microsoft and Best Buy are a few of the companies that are offering decent severance packages but I think this is the first time I’ve seen layoffs announced that start at HQ and work their way down.
Laid-off employees were expected to receive less severance than workers who are leaving voluntarily. For example, an average, non-managerial corporate worker would receive six months of severance pay under the involuntary plan, compared with 7.5 months severance under the voluntary program.
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Get this, a lady wore a device around her pregnant belly that sent out a tweet every time the baby kicked. I am going to reserve my comments on this one and let you guys have at it in the comments section.
Basically, when the unborn Tyler kicked with sufficient force, it would wirelessly send a signal, via a belt worn by his mama, to his Twitter account. And, of course, all of his followers would be super excited.
Ever wonder what is behind the recent resurgence in the 3D glasses craze? Well, wonder no more, I think I found the answer.
Hong Kong film makers are preparing to leave filmgoers goggle-eyed by releasing the world's first pornographic movie in 3D, a news report said on Sunday. Shooting on the Chinese-language film 3D Sex And Zen, budgeted at 4 million US dollars, is scheduled for April with producers promising some of the most realistic close-up scenes ever.
Overwhelmed by a growing number of misbehaving tourists, Tokyo fishmongers banned all visitors from one of the city's most popular tourist destinations - the pre-dawn tuna auctions at the world's largest seafood market.
The ban, imposed during the peak New Year buying season, was front-page news before it was lifted last week. Now, the tourists are back, but the debate goes on: Can tourists be trusted around the tuna?
Remember the old TV series The Twilight Zone? You know, at the beginning of each show the announcer would always say “you’ve just entered the Twilight Zone” but you never really knew where the Twilight Zone was or how to get there. Well, now you do.
Its about time we get supercomputers for ourselves, right? All those with deep pockets who dream of really owning a supercomputer,your prayers have been answered.
* Massively-parallel many-core architecture * 240 scalar processor cores per GPU * Integer, single-precision and double-precision floating point operations * Hardware Thread Execution Manager enables thousands of concurrent threads per GPU * Parallel shared memory enables processor cores to collaborate on shared information at local cache performance * Ultra-fast GPU memory access with 102 GB/s peak bandwidth per GPU * IEEE 754 single-precision and double-precision floating point * Each Tesla C1060 GPU delivers 933 GFlops Single Precision and 78 GFlops Double Precision performance
Software Development Tools
* C language compiler, debugger, profiler, and emulation mode for debugging * Standard numerical libraries for FFT (Fast Fourier Transform), BLAS (Basic Linear Algebra Subroutines), and CuDPP (CUDA Data Parallel Primitives)
* 3 or 4 Tesla C1060 Computing Processors with 4GB of dedicated memory per GPU * 2.33 GHz+ Quad-core AMD Phenom or Opteron, — OR — Quad-core Intel Core 2 or Xeon * Minimum system memory: 12 GB for 3 Tesla C1060s and 16 GB for 4 Tesla C1060s (at least 4GB per Tesla C1060) * 12GB+ system memory (at least 4GB per Tesla C1060) * 1200-1350 Watt Power supply * Acoustics
No wonder they are calling this the best job in the world. Getting paid $100k to kick back in Australia and blog about the reef? Wow. FYI, they are still taking applications until Feb. 22nd.
Desperate to snag what's being billed as the "Best Job in the World," thousands of people from around the globe have submitted video applications to the tourism department of Australia's Queensland state for their latest advertised vacancy - a US$100,000 contract to relax on Hamilton Island in the Great Barrier Reef for six months while writing a blog to promote the island.
If you are planning on randomly stabbing someone to death, it is probably a bad idea to say that on your Facebook page before you do. How stupid can you get? Everyone knows you are supposed to post that stuff on MySpace before you commit a crime, not Facebook. Duh.
A Salford man posted a message on his Facebook wall saying he felt "like killin some1" hours before stabbing a man to death in a crowded bar, a court has heard.
Unlike all the other “bionic” arms we see in the news, this one actually looks like it works pretty damn good. The guy can do just about anything he could do before losing the arm, including rather delicate tasks like holding an egg or writing.
"The most amazing thing about it was how quickly I adapted to it. People always ask how it's changed my life, but there's no specific thing. It's the hundreds of everyday things you take for granted, which I can do again, like peeling a potato, catching a ball, holding a bottle of water. I'm incredibly grateful."
Those of you hoping to get a bargain at Circuit City’s liquidation sales might be out of luck. It looks like liquidators are jacking up the prices to get every penny they can out of unwitting shoppers. This news reports shows just how bad it is:
We’ve got the PopeMobile so why not PopeTV? The Vatican is working out the details with Google on having their very own dedicated channel in YouTube. No word on the official launch yet.
The Vatican will soon have its own channel on the video sharing site YouTube where the Catholic faithful or the curious will be able to see Pope Benedict or Church events, a Vatican source said on Saturday.
Want to score with that really hot chick at work? Get one of those Lenovo W700ds laptops and women will literally take their clothes off as you tell them the specs of your laptop. You don’t believe me? Watch this:
Here's a sad little saga. After convincing our government that it was responsible enough and commercially viable enough to deserve a multi-billion-dollar bailout, Chrysler spent some of the money taking out full page ads in The Wall Street Journal and USAToday, thanking America for its money. They also posted these ads proudly on their blog. The reaction from actual Americans was, um, harsh.
Here's a sampling of the sentiments people were expressing before Chrysler pulled the page:
What a total waste of money. That useless ad money could have been put into research and development to make better quality and fuel efficient vehicles. This has got to be the most expensive thank you card ever written, providing better products would be just as sufficient.
Way to blow hundreds of thousands of dollars on a useless ad campaign that will surely only worsen your public image. We weren't buying your cars before because they are all gas guzzling, unreliable, uninteresting cars that look like they were styled by the coleman plastic cooler division, inside and out. So then you steal our money through the government so you can waste more of it on useless ads, and you have the audacity to remind us all about it. Go to hell Chrysler. I was not going to buy one of your vehicles before, and I certainly am never going to do so after this.
I signed up just to add comments in response to your ad of properly slapping the American public in the face with insensitivity and pride. Money that was "taken" from the American people wasted on advertising thanking the people the money was taken from is audacious. I don't know whether to loathe you for your insensitivity in the matter or praise you for your boldness. Clearly the move this advertising campaign was dreamed up and approved by individuals who has no contact with the average American. The problem with your company and that of many American companies is the ridiculous financial separation of upper management from that of the average middle income American. Your outrageous income and ability to choose to isolate yourselves mentally, financially, and emotionally from the consumer you serve has lead to the financial ruin of your company. However, I'm sure this is of no concern to you or your upper management team because even if your company fail, you will have your golden parachute stitched with the money taken from the pockets of people who are loosing their homes, their jobs, and their ability to provide for their family (some of these people work for your company).
We were forced to help you. Thank us by acting responsible for a change. This ad is the equivalent to salt poured on an open wound. If you had any common sense, you would be ashamed.
Depending on placement, full page ads placed in the Wall Street journal can cost over $200,000, not to mention the other publications where this ad was placed. So, at least a quarter of a million dollars of our money was spent on an ad thanking us for our contribution. A contribution that the majority did not want to make. This ad screams "Hey, look what we are doing with your tax dollars, lol." This ad is yet another example of frivolous and clueless spending. Thank us by using OUR money to make your company profitable, not with a meaningless ad. As the old saying goes,"Actions speak louder than words."
Why on earth anyone would want a 1474 megapixel picture of the inauguration is beyond me but, for those of you into that kind of stuff, here you go. Here’s a screenshot of the picture for those of you not wanting to download the whole thing:
Apparently, while most road sign control pads are placed in a lock box, that box is rarely actually locked. And while most road signs are under password protection, that password is most generally just the default code "DOTS"—or you can easily reset the password by holding "shift" and "control" while typing "DIPY" (so that it just defaults to "DOTS" again).
Of course, it makes sense that road signs aren't all that protected. Most of us would hope that you wouldn't be such a jackass as to take swap useful information for some joke about ninjas and/or pirates.
Tan lines can be sexy but they might get even sexier if Yu-Chiao Wang takes care of it. The next time you go the the beach, you could grab a Sun Tattoo and put those UV rays into good use. The principle is simple: the soft stenciled patterns allows sun to hit only certain areas on your body.
Lay down long enough and you’ve got yourself a unique tattoo tan. If you can’t stay out of the sun and want to impress bikini babes or tattoed bikers, you might enjoy this, the best thing being that you won’t have to keep it forever.
Whilst the jury may still be out on whether humans are really the only species to cry in response to emotional triggers, there is little doubt that the act of weeping is perceived as an essentially human action. I cry, therefore I am. But just how does it work and why is it, mostly, beyond our control?
Tears are produced by our lachrymal glands, one of which is located behind each upper eyelid, just above the outer corner of our eyes.
These glands secrete lachrymal fluid which flows along ducts and into the space between the eyeball and eyelids. When we blink, the fluid is spread across the surface of the eye. Excess fluid falls from our eyes and rolls down our cheeks as tears.
Living in Atlanta we’re well aware of the on-air talent various CNN networks (i.e. Turner Broadcasting) employ. Funny thing is we’ve yet to come across any of them on Match.com. Here are the nine best reasons to watch CNN.
Travel has been in man’s blood since the beginning of time. In order to facilitate travel, we built roads. This list looks at some of the most unusual and interesting roads. The only requirement for the list is that the road must still exist today. Most are modern.
Hungry but don't have any cash on you? Watch this instructional con how-to video to learn how to get a free meal at McDonalds. It's the easiest thing to do with these step by step instructions. Just remember, don't be the last car in line. And even though the instructions are in another language it doesn't hurt to try to get a free meal from McDonalds.
You are either going to love the 20th Anniversary B-2 Bomber bike or hate it. The bike was made in celebration of the 20th anniversary of the B-2 Stealth Bomber and, if you ask me, it is awesome looking. It’d be even better if it had radar evading skills like the plane has but you can’t have everything.
Northrop Grumman will feature the Stealth Bike at B-2 20th anniversary events throughout 2009 including social events, trade shows, and air shows. One of the highlighted events will be a B-2 first flight re-enactment ceremony in July in Palmdale, Calif., site of the original B-2 production and first flight.
Great Photoshop Adbusting of a boring advertisement which you see everywhere in Berlin, Germany: Britney Spears, Leona Lewis and Christina Aguilera selling their albums. The adbusting was done by the FTW crew (Mr. Tailon, Baveux Prod., Kone & Epoxy) and consists of overlaying the image with stickers from Adobe Photoshop’s interface panels.
Boston.com has a very cool chart detailing how to mess with your mind’s perceptions, naturally. I think the most interesting one is definitely the first one. It tells you how to hallucinate with ping pong balls and a radio. If you’ll excuse me, I need to go cut some ping pong balls in half and listen to static for the next hour or so.
United is joining American and Delta in offering inflight wifi internet connectivity. Now you can get your Mileage Plus miles, stay tuned to Channel 9 for your cockpit chatter, and surf at the same time. Bonus!
Gogo will initially be available on the 13 Boeing 757 p.s. aircraft that fly between John F. Kennedy International Airport and California’s two largest airports -- Los Angeles International Airport and San Francisco International Airport. United and Aircell will assess customer feedback to determine additional rollout plans.
This dual cassette player allows you to convert your out-of-print cassette tapes to MP3 format for preservation without the need for a conversion service.
The device plugs into a computer (PC or Mac) with the included USB cable, and with the included software, your cassette recordings are converted into MP3 files and stored on your computer for playback on an iPod® or other MP3 player.
The software allows you to break songs into individual tracks, and the player has metal/CrO2 and noise-reduction settings.
Aria Giovani is back! Remember when she taught us how to make a hardboiled egg? Well, today she’s going to show us what to do with it. Don’t worry, it’s nothing sexual you pervert. She’s just going to teach us how to make an egg salad sandwich! It’s the perfect lunch for the day after binge drinking, like after a night of New Year’s Eve partying. So have a look!
Apple CEO Steve Jobs is taking a medical leave of absence until the end of June. The reason given was that his medical problems turned out to be “more complex than originally thought.” Uh oh.
Jobs, a pancreatic cancer survivor, said, however, he planned to remain involved in major strategic decisions while he's away. Apple Chief Operating Officer Tim Cook will take responsibility for day-to-day operations in Jobs' absence.
His troubles began in July 2007. He said he got an e-mail from someone claiming to be a lawyer with a client named David Rempel who died in a 2005 bomb attack in London, England, and left behind $12.8 million...
The lawyer said his client had no family but wanted to leave the money to a Rempel. It was his lucky day. "It sounded all good so I called him," said Rempel. "He sounded very happy and said God bless you."
The man then told him he had to pay $2,500 to transfer the money into his name. Then there were several more documents. Some cost $5,000.
And on and on and on. Finally, the big day came:
They met Rempel the next day with a suitcase. They said it had $10.6 million in shrink-wrapped U.S. bills. Rempel wanted more proof. His new friends pulled out one bill and "cleansed" it with a liquid "formula," which washed off some kind of stamp. Rempel was told that process made the money "legal tender." "I was like holy crap, is that mine?" he said. "They said ‘yes sir, it's yours.' It all sounded legit."
The he dropped the secret formula and the bottle broke. He was told he could get some more secret formula for $120,000. And he paid it.
Behold a new prototype dashboard by Ford in collaboration with Smart Design (the designer for the super-easy-to-use Flip camcorder) for their new breed of "green" cars.
The dashboard gives drivers a "wealth of info" without confusing or distracting them. And when Ford researchers tested the new design, they found that drivers get obsessed with achieving a "high score" of getting the highest fuel efficiency:
In order to play into the research finding that drivers are looking for a high score when it comes to fuel efficiency, one high-resolution LCD screen on the dash features an eye-catching rendering of curling vines blooming with green leaves. It’s more than a decorative element; it’s a data-visualization tool intended to change the way people drive. If a driver wastes gas by aggressively accelerating or slamming on the brakes, for example, the vine withers and leaves disappear. More leaves appear if individuals drive more economically.
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To me it’s fascinating to find out that some companies we see today have been around for well over 50 years. And sometimes it’s strange to see those companies that held such high popularity fail so quickly. It’s even more interesting to me to see how these companies functioned back before I was born.
Remember that Fry’s exec that was busted for defrauding the company out of $65 mil? The SJ Mercury has details on how he blew some of that money when ballin’ in Vegas. Dude was a prima-donna using stolen money. Awesome.
Fiji water, grouped in bottles of three. Golden raisins and warmed mixed nuts. Aramis cologne and badger hair shaving brush. Lint-free towels. Dom Perignon Rose champagne and Kurosawa Sake in the fridge. And never, under any circumstances, approach him from behind.
Did your gadget just run out of juice and there isn’t a RadioShack around for miles? Not a problem if you have this "rechargeable" NoPoPo (No Polution Power) battery. Just … um, pee into it:
The Nopopo batteries use a combination of magnesium and carbon that can be mixed with a variety of fluids (including urine) to produce a charge. These batteries only last around 500mAh, which is far less than your average alkaline AA battery, but at least you won’t have to kill the earth to recharge them.
How anyone could have thought this was a good idea is beyond me. We’ve all seen the hacked modem sites for years but, as amazing as this may seem, this guy has the honor of being the first person to face federal charges for it.
Thomas Swingler was charged Thursday in federal court in New York with trafficking in unlawful access devices for his online business cablehack.net. The site, still in operation, sells "pre-modded" Motorola Surfboard modems for between $38 and $58 that can be customized by the owner without a cable company's knowledge. Among other things, the user can set their own upload and download rates, and change the MAC address.
You know they say you’re a few pounds lighter after a seated visit to the loo, it’s true. Designer Haikun Deng designed a toilet seat with a built-in digital scale but her rationale behind its conception is a bit counter productive. It’s designed for women who are constantly monitoring their weight. The need to feel skinny is satisfied every time they finish the “doo.”
Palm definitely made a big splash at CES this year with their new smartphone, Pre. NetworkWorld took a look at the Pre and compared it with the iPhone, though it’s important to note that a lot of their observations are just that: observations. Palm has not released much detail about the Pre yet. I’m very interested in one, being a big Palm fan since my old Handspring days.
"It's not an iPhone killer, nor a BlackBerry killer, but it doesn't need to be," says Avi Greengart, research director, mobile devices, for Current Analysis, who spent about an hour actually using a Pre.
President-elect Obama’s getting a new ride when he takes office. The Mail Online has the scoop on “Cadillac One,” the new US Presidential limo. This thing is pretty wicked.
The President- elect, pictured inset, will have his first ride in the stretch limo when he parades along Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington after his inauguration on January 20. But his Secret Service agents have already been familiarising themselves with the machine they call 'The Beast', built by General Motors in Detroit and based on a Cadillac chassis.
Oh look, China is on another website closing spree. Ugh. To be honest, I think I post stories like this as a reminder of just how good we got it over here.
China's ruling Communist Party is wary of threats to its grip on information and has conducted numerous censorship efforts targeting pornography, political criticism and web scams, but officials flagged tougher steps this time.
Current admissions officer, state university in the Northeast
“All in all, we’re less selective than some of the elite schools or the Ivy League. But there are still some factors out of an applicant’s hands. One night, I got food poisoning at a restaurant in Buffalo. The next day, I rejected all the Buffalo applications. I couldn’t stomach reading them.”
Fast-food chain Burger King has created "Whopper Sacrifice," a Facebook app that will give you a coupon for a free hamburger if you delete 10 people from your friends list.
Burger King has put out some interesting campaigns as of late ("Whopper Virgin," "Subservient Chicken"), but this one piques our interest because of how gleefully it pokes fun at our social-networking obsessions. "Now is the time to put your fair-weather Web friendships to the test," the Whopper Sacrifice site explains. "Install Whopper Sacrifice on your Facebook profile, and we'll reward you with a free flame-broiled Whopper when you sacrifice ten of your friends.
The funniest part: The "sacrifices" show up in your activity feed. So it'll say, for example, "Caroline sacrificed Josh Lowensohn for a free Whopper." Unfortunately, you can't delete your whole friends list and eat free (however unhealthily) for a week. The promotion is limited to one coupon per Facebook account.
I don’t know why I enjoyed this video so much but it’s kind of charming how this cat continually sabotages its owner’s efforts to build a tower of bottle caps. This is why we need to stay strong in our attempts to enslave cats. Granted, the cat I’ve enslaved in my home doesn’t do many traditional slave things. She’s never really cleaned anything or lifted a heavy thing or made me delicious pancakes and syrup with her likeness on the box.
In fact, I’ve often got to feed her and scratch her behind the ears and go “Wuzza wuzza widdle kitty pants”…hmm. This situation may not be as ideal as I’d previously thought. I blame Garfield for all this. He’s a lazy cat revolutionary, like a furry Che Guevara with lasagna on his whiskers. Much like the real Che Guevara, I’d presume.
Eliminating the unnecessary, complicated features of typical cell phones, this is the easiest amplified cell phone to use because it has four oversized buttons that place and answer calls.
The up and down buttons select a number to dial, and the green button answers and places calls; the red hangs up the phone. It uses linear amplification to make voices and incoming call rings 20 decibels louder. The phone works with any GSM cell phone system including T-Mobile or AT&T--simply insert an appropriate SIM card for your preferred service provider.
This is the espresso pod machine that makes authentic, barista-worthy Italian coffee and frothy milk in 30 seconds. Simply fill the reservoir with water, place a coffee or milk pod into the tray, and the machine produces 15 bar at the touch of a lever to extract rich, robust coffee and thick foam.
The coffee capsules consist of only 100% ground Arabica beans, the world's finest, most sought-after coffee bean, ensuring rich crema and full-flavored coffee. The milk pods provide creamy toppings for cappuccinos, lattés, hot chocolate, and caffé macchiatos. The drip tray raises and lowers to accommodate different size cups and the drip tray and pod holder are dishwasher safe.
It looks as though Circuit City has provided an update on developments in its bankruptcy court proceedings. The company has two interested parties and is seeking approval to put itself up for sale or liquidate its assets if the company does not sell by January 16th.
Presently, the company is engaged in significant discussions, meetings and negotiations with two highly motivated and interested parties concerning the terms of a going concern transaction. These interested parties are considering providing additional financing to allow the company to sustain operations and move forward with a subsequent restructuring through a stand-alone plan and/or purchasing the company or all or substantially all of the company's assets.
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It was the equivalent of finding an old Picasso or an unknown Beatles tape hidden away in your uncle’s attic. Relatives of Dr. Harold Carr found an extremely rare 1937 Bugatti Type 57S Atalante - a Holy Grail for car collectors - as they were going through his belongings after his death.
The dusty two-seater, unused since 1960, didn’t look like much in the garage in Gosforth, near Newcastle in northern England. But only 17 were ever made, and when it’s cleaned up and auctioned in Paris next month, experts believe it will fetch at least 3 million pounds ($4.3 million) and possibly much more.
Bugatti once represented the height of motoring achievement. The supercar was so ahead of its time it could go up to 130 mph (209 kph) when most other cars topped out about 50 mph (80 kph).
Kevin Johnson, 29, sits in his Peachtree Street office. After returning from his honeymoon, American Express informed him it was lowering his credit limit.Johnson was surprised, since he has a perfect payment history and a high credit score. And he was floored by one of the reasons American Express cited: It didn’t like where he shopped.
“Other customers who have used their card at establishments where you recently shopped have a poor repayment history with American Express,” the letter said. Johnson complained to American Express by phone and letter.
Johnson checked his charges to try to figure out what might have raised a red flag in the American Express data-mining model. He didn’t see anything but typical transactions, including purchases at Amazon, Ruby Tuesday, Wal-Mart, Starbucks and Federal Express.
LG showed off its new touch screen “Dick Tracy” video phone wristwatch today. The only real problem with launching a device like this isn’t the phone or the technology around it…the hardest part is explaining who “Dick Tracy” was.
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Colombian coffee growers are brewing up a lawsuit over a U.S. comic strip joking that violence is so rampant there, maybe "there's a little bit of Juan Valdez in every can" of the country's java.
The Colombian Coffee Growers Federation says it has consulted with U.S. lawyers and will sue "Mother Goose & Grimm" cartoonist Mike Peters "for damage and harm, detriment to intellectual property and defamation."
The suit will be filed Friday and "would not seek any less than $20 million," according to a note on the federation's Web site. It will also demand a retraction from any newspaper that published the Jan. 2 cartoon.
In the offending comic strip, a character says: "Y'know, there's a big crime syndicate in Colombia. So when they say there's a little bit of Juan Valdez in every can, maybe they're not kidding." The joke plays off a former marketing slogan used by the federation.
The 25 most commonly misspelled words is a list that has circulated among businesses for decades. It contains the words business people must spell correctly when they use the words in a specific context.
For words that may have variant spellings, such as "judgment" and "judgement," American business supervisors and editors will change "judgement" to "judgment" in all cases, possibly believing that the writer is ignorant of standard spelling conventions. British business people may change "judgment" to "judgement."
After an exhaustive search spanning thousands of nominees from five continents, the International Collective Council of Excellence has announced this year's World's Greatest Business Mind to universal acclaim and fanfare.
The decision was unanimous despite the fact the world-class shortlist comprised such well-known names as Steve Jobs, Warren Buffett, Bruce Wayne, George Soros, and that kid who invented facebook.
The inauguration of Barack Obama will not only bring about a wholesale turnover in the political leadership of the country but it will also unveil the newest in a long line of Presidential limos.
According to Presidential vehicle experts, the new limo is a beast-like General Motors truck-based Cadillac that is so tough it's like a 'rolling tank with windows.'
Among the vehicle's main features are windows that are 5 inches thick, 19.5-inch Goodyear RHS tires (same as super tough trucks), and possibly even a lock safety mechanism that seals off the car like a bank vault in case of an emergency.
Because the Secret Service keeps details of the limo understandably private, even the most knowledgeable security experts don't really know how much gadgety tech is being installed in the new ride. But it's not stopping them making a few informed guesses.
Despite a tough economy, the gaming industry held strong in 2008 and Microsoft Corp.’s Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system recorded the biggest year in Xbox history, with more consoles, games and online entertainment experiences sold than any previous year.
It was a year in which life-to-date unit sales of Xbox 360 systems climbed to 28 million consoles worldwide — expanding the product’s lead over Sony PlayStation 3 to more than 8 million units. The Xbox LIVE community also grew to more than 17 million active members, as online consumer spending increased 84 percent from last year.
Wired claims that some kid is taking credit for hacking celebrity Twitter accounts and that a weak password made the attacks extremely easy. If true, someone needs to smack around their admin for having a password like “happiness.”
The hacker, who goes by the handle GMZ, told Threat Level on Tuesday he gained entry to Twitter's administrative control panel by pointing an automated password-guesser at a popular user's account. The user turned out to be a member of Twitter's support staff, who'd chosen the weak password "happiness."
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The G-series line of gaming peripherals from Logitech® gives gamers what they want: complete control. Today, Logitech unveiled an extension of its award-winning G-series by introducing three new products that deliver precision, high performance and customization: the Logitech® G19 keyboard for gaming, the Logitech® G35 surround sound headset and the Logitech® G9x laser mouse.
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Have you guys been following this story? Some model is suing Google to find out the names of the person or people that called her a “skank” and “old hag” online. Ummm, what? Is this really something that needs to be tying up the court system?
"I can't begin to imagine why someone would post these things then hide behind a screenname. I guess we're going to have to find out," The New York Daily News quoted her lawyer, Steven Wagner, as saying. As part of the defamation suit filed in Manhattan Supreme Court, the blonde beauty seeking a court order compelling Google and its Blogger.com subsidiary to identify the person who led the vicious Internet assault against her.
In a bizarre incident that will surely lead to litigation (or an out-of-court settlement), a skier at Colorado's ritzy Vail resort was left dangling upside down and pantsless from a chairlift last Thursday morning.
The January 1 mishap apparently occurred after the male skier, 48, and a child boarded a high-speed lift in Vail's Blue Sky Basin. It appears that the chairlift's fold-down seat was somehow not in the lowered position, which caused the man to partially fall through the resulting gap. His right ski got jammed in the ascending chairlift, and that kept him upended since his boot never dislodged from its binding.
Live coverage of Macworld was marred today when MacRumors' live-blog feed was hacked during the event. Pranksters posted stuff like “Steve Jobs Just Died” during the event causing a bit of a panic before people realized the site was under the control of hackers.
Some nasty pranksters, likely associated with Web forum 4Chan, have hacked into Apple gossip mainstay MacRumors' live-blog coverage of Tuesday's Macworld keynote. Hosted on a separate domain, MacRumorsLive.com, the site was plagued by offensive messages about Apple CEO Steve Jobs' health and general inanity (i.e. "SEX ME") before finally succumbing to "technical difficulties."
I enjoy when some clever person really distills down a complicated concept into some way that will make sense for the common man i.e. we’re all being screwed. Hard. I’m not saying there should be a revolution…I’m far too lazy to organize such an endeavor.
Via Comics.com comes this comic about how debt works in our society. Put on your learning caps.
A list of the best and worst jobs in the U.S. has been published today and, if you want to become a software engineer or computer programmer, I got good news for you. If you are a taxi driver or lumberjack…I got bad news. On a side note, how the hell a parole officer ranks in the top twenty and a nurse ranks at the bottom of the list is beyond me.
The study, to be released Tuesday from CareerCast.com, a new job site, evaluates 200 professions to determine the best and worst according to five criteria inherent to every job: environment, income, employment outlook, physical demands and stress.
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However, aside from healthy and unhealthy diets, there is a totally different category of food which is slowly trickling through into mainstream cuisine. This is loosely referred to as "weird foods."
Most of this ‘weird food' consumption began in China and other parts of Asia, but with the event of the recent Olympics games successfully held there, and the country's increasing wealth and popularity, there is no little wonder, why this category of food is steadily becoming mainstream.
Weldon writes, “I doubt I’m the only one with this, but Maxwell’s Equations in differential form on my arm are attached. Unfortunately it’s hard to get any shot of all four at once (given the curvature) and it’s hard to get my arm in the right position for any camera to get Ampere’s circuital law.”
It’s not exactly a new computer game, but a security system in Texas does allow online users to become “virtual detectives.”
The new $2 million dollar surveillance project involves closed circuit cameras located on the border between Texas and Mexico which then stream images online. The public can then watch the images from the comfort of their own homes and report any suspicious activity they see.
"I am advising all State officials around Yellowstone National Park for a potential State of Emergency. In the last week over 252 earthquakes have been observed by the USGS. We have a 3D view on the movement of magma rising underground. We have all of the pre warning signs of a major eruption from a super volcano. - I want everyone to leave Yellowstone National Park and for 200 miles around the volcano caldera."
You have to watch this video and tell me what you think. Is it possible that screaming at your hard drives could cause unusually high disk I/O latency during a streaming write test? You have to wonder....how'd they figure that one out? Were they just randomly screaming at hard drives when they stumbled across this?
On 3 September 1857, 477 passengers and 101 crew left the Panamanian port of Colón, sailing for New York City under the command of William Lewis Herndon. The ship was heavily laden with between 13 and 15 tons of gold prospected during the California Gold Rush. After a stop in Havana, the ship continued north.
Orlova, who became the top-rated female sexy geek in 2008 thanks to a Christmas Day ballot-stuffing blitz that overwhelmed the eggnog-besotted elves monitoring Wired.com's user-driven nomination process, chalked up her strong showing to hard work.
2008's top 10 Sexiest Geeks are, as of Wednesday's official tally:
1.) Philip DeFranco 2.) Marina Orlova 3.) Kari Byron: artist and MythBuster 4.) Jade Raymond: videogame producer and Electric Playground host 5.) Mila Kunis: actress and World of Warcraft fan 6.) Tina Fey: 30 Rock actress and Saturday Night Live's Sarah Palin impersonator 7.) Stephen Colbert: faux newsman 8.) Zooey Deschanel: actress, musician and singer-songwriter 9.) Danica McKellar: actress and math advocate 10.) Alyson Hannigan: actress
The Feb. 17 transition from analog to digital television broadcasts looms and as many as 8 million households are still unprepared, but the government program that subsidizes crucial TV converter boxes is about to run out of money.
To subsidize the converter boxes, most of which cost between $40 and $80 and can be purchased without coupons, the government has been letting consumers request up to two $40 coupons per home. But any day now, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), the arm of the Commerce Department in charge of administering the coupon program, expects to hit a $1.34 billion funding ceiling set by Congress.
The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers’ (IEEE) annual Patent Scorecard, released in December 2008, gave Microsoft the top score among all categories. This is the second consecutive year Microsoft has topped the list. IEEE’s Patent “Pipeline Power” ranking takes a number of factors into account, including the number of patents held, year-over-year portfolio growth, the variety of technologies influenced and the number of times a company’s patents are cited in the patent applications of other inventors.
NASA is developing spacecraft to replace its aging shuttle fleet and return astronauts to the Moon by 2020. The first spacecraft in the Constellation program is expected to be launched in 2015, five years after the scheduled end of the shuttle program. Related Article
Zero Star Hotel is a concept made by the artist-twins Frank and Patrik Riklin from the Atelier für Sonderaufgaben in St.Gallen, Switzerland. World’s first Zero-Star-Hotel-Concept is an interesting alternative range in the local Hotel and was devolped in cooperation with the commune Sevelen.
The Low-Budget-Hotel is an art installation which is located in the well known Swiss-Air-Raid-Shelter and organised in a franchising system.
What do you do if you’re high altitude testing and you see one of Google’s Streetview cars coming? “Hans, run for the tarps!”
The boys at Garage419 were doing a little research on Colorado’s Mount Evans Scenic Byway using Google’s Streetview and something interesting caught their attention. The Mount Evans Scenic Byway climbs 7,000 feet in just 28 miles reaching a 14,264-foot summit, making this the highest paved road in America and one frequently used by manufacturers for high-altitude testing. It’s obvious now why they were checking it out.
So which watch does Barack Obama wear? That seems like a simple enough question. No sooner had he hit the campaign trail, in early 2007, than the “watch guys” started studying the photos, trying to identify his watch.
And he was an easy study. With an image for being somewhat casual, and summertime tours through the Southern states, he often rolled up his sleeves. And when he rolled up his sleeves, the watch freaks saw a big, stylish watch . . . not the usual plastic Timex or Casio, so popular among those running for office (or in office), but a large, light-dialed sport style watch.
A new book written by two IBM engineers claims that, during the development cycle, Sony’s research and development money was spent helping to build the processor for the Xbox 360. Ouch. Definitely interesting reading.
In "The Race for a New Game Machine," he and his co-worker Mickie Phipps tell the story of the whole effort to build the Cell. They also describe how the project went off the rails, ending up with IBM engineers creating the processing chips for two rival videogame consoles and, along the way, delivering to Sony Corp. one of its greatest business failures.
I don’t know about you guys but I’m still feeling the effects of my Christmas hangover and can hardly even type. Luckily for you guys, I normally work with a hangover so that’s not going to stop me from posting these smoking hot Doutzen Kroes bikini pictures from the newest Victoria’s Secret catalogue.
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Get a whiff of this. Some iPhone developers are still raking in large piles of cash with their apps, and recently a fart application made nearly $10,000 in a single day.
Joel Comm, developer of iFart Mobile, published download statistics of his app, and this week it stood at No. 1 overall with over 13,000 downloads. The app costs a dollar, and Apple takes 30 percent of the pie. So that amounts to about $9,200 in profit for the developer.
Blu-ray seems to be getting beat up in the media lately. Did Blu-ray miss its chance? Are movie downloads the future? Or is the format just fine and the naysayers are just full of it?
"But the ugly truth of the matter is that once you've got the 1080 HDTV, once you've bought a DVD player with HDMI cable connections, Blu-ray is superfluous. The features are fancier, but the picture? No improvement. Investing in a player (unless you already have a Blu-ray-ready PlayStation) is a needless expense. Downloads are the future, not discs in a cute blue box."
A group of hackers, using 200 PlayStation 3 consoles, have found a way to exploit a known weakness in the MD5 algorithm to create a rogue Certification Authority which allows them to create their own SSL certificates. The research will be presented at the 25C3 conference in Germany.
Researchers at the Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI) in the Netherlands, EPFL in Switzerland, and Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) in the Netherlands helped in the design and implementation of the attack using an advanced implementation of a known MD5 collision construction and a cluster of more than 200 PlayStation 3 game consoles.
Pirelli is not the only company in the world that has calendars for each year to give away to relations. There are more companies who issue them. But what can you expect from a fast food chain calendar? The answer is the McDonald’s 2009 calendar.
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