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26 Jul 18:00

stunes530: triptone: Last night my little sister (5th grade) was making an e-mail account She saw...



Last night my little sister (5th grade) was making an e-mail account

She saw gender and went to click female when she noticed the “other” choice

She looked at me confused and I started to explain that some people don’t think they fit in with strictly male or female

"Oh! You mean like transgender and stuff like that. I was freaked out for a second- I thought they meant robots."

Yet another example the kids are more open-minded than adults

The best.

25 Jul 21:18

Direct From San Diego Comic Con 2014: Get to Know the Newest Cast Members of GAME OF THRONES Season 5

by theTVaddict
25 Jul 21:38

Microsoft unleashes 'Settlers of Catan' on the web

by Dana Wollman
Microsoft has something of an extracurricular activity: When it's not releasing Office for iPad or updating Windows, it has a habit of helping other companies build websites. Its latest project is a web version of Settlers of Catan, the popular board...
24 Jul 06:50

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by flakeybark
27 Jul 19:23

Sure enough, you can play 'Doom' on an ATM

by Jon Fingas
The quest to play Doom on just about everything won't be over any time soon, it seems. A team of Australians has torn open and modified an ATM to play id Software's classic first-person shooter using some of the bank machine's built-in controls. This...
25 Jul 14:30

Entire Firefly cast coming back for Firefly Online

by Steve Watts

The cult hit TV show Firefly is getting a comeback of sorts. Firefly Online, the social RPG announced last year for PC and mobile, will have the entire original cast reprising their roles.

io9 reports that Alan Tudyk, who played the pilot Wash in the show, will be playing multiple roles. He has done some pretty diverse voice work for Disney movies like Wreck-It Ralph and Frozen, so that makes sense. At least one minor character will be showing up as well: Michael Fairman as the torture-happy crime boss Niska. 

Firefly Online is all about getting your own ship and crew and taking on missions, rather than playing as the Serenity crew themselves. Presumably, though, this news means you'll cross paths with them at some point. 

We also got a first look at gameplay in a new trailer, full of Firefly fans and a Jayne hat.

25 Jul 14:46

Pavlok shocking wristband zaps your ass off the sofa and into the gym

by Lee Bell
Pavlok shocking wristband zaps your ass off the sofa and into the gym

Delivers a 340 volt electric shock if you choose to be lazy

24 Jul 08:37

​Meet the supercar that runs on salt water

by Christofer Lloyd

22 Jul 20:00

Good Thing Costco Sells Shampoo

Good Thing Costco Sells Shampoo

Submitted by: (via Izismile)

22 Jul 07:09

Schumacher using eyelash flutters to communicate

by Christofer Lloyd

11 Jul 15:00

Mike Judge on ‘Silicon Valley’ Emmy nods and dreams that (thankfully) don’t come true

by Neil Janowitz
Before creating Silicon Valley— the new HBO comedy that Thursday morning garnered five Emmy nominations—Mike Judge says he “hadn’t had a hit
11 Jul 16:15

MTV greenlights ‘Shannara’ fantasy to series

by James Hibberd

MTV?? Good books, though

MTV is moving forward with its ambitious high fantasy show. In a quest to find its own Game of Thrones,
19 Jul 22:24

Little brothers. [video]

Little brothers. [video]

21 Jul 12:00

Thor Is a Huge Klutz

No wonder this dude isn't worthy of his hammer anymore.



20 Jul 18:52

Black Leopards reaction when he sees his favorite zoo keeper.

22 Jul 10:28

Researchers fully 'delete' HIV from human cells for the first time

by Steve Dent
So far, HIV has eluded a cure because it installs its genome into human DNA so insidiously that it's impossible for our immune system to clear it out. While current treatments are effective, a lifetime of toxic drugs are required to prevent its...
21 Jul 17:30

Dicks finds women's football 'refreshing'


The title is hilarious

"They used to apologise in training when they went in with a tough tackle on their team-mate. I'm not having that."
21 Jul 22:18

The Big Picture: Not-quite San Francisco's 'Davis Street'

by Timothy J. Seppala
Take a second look at the above image -- it isn't actually a photo. Nope, the entire scene (dubbed Davis Street) was painstakingly created with the graphics rendering suite 3DS Max. To achieve the impressive end result, artist Gilvan Isbiro says that...
21 Jul 17:26

FYI: You can create Google Now reminders from

by AndroidGuys

Just a short and sweet post to let you guys know that you don’t have to open you Android device to create reminders for Google Now. No sir, you can actually do it from a desktop client by simply navigating to in the Chrome browser. Instead of searching for something type something with one of the following phrases

  • remind me to…
  • create a reminder to…
  • add reminder…

These reminders, when saved, will prompt you on your Android smartphone or tablet as well as in the Chrome OS. Feel free to play around with the reminder feature for things such as calling contacts, stopping at places, events to check out, and more. Have fun putting together reminders based on time of day, date, and location!

via Google Operating System

The post FYI: You can create Google Now reminders from appeared first on AndroidGuys.

17 Jul 00:50

Maniac Mansion Design Notes

While cleaning out my storage unit in Seattle, I came across a treasure trove of original documents and backup disks from the early days of Lucasfilm Games and Humongous Entertainment. I hadn't been to the unit in over 10 years and had no idea what was waiting for me.

Here is the first batch... get ready for a week of retro... Grumpy Gamer style...

First up...

A early mock-up of the Maniac Mansion UI. Gary had done a lot of art long before we had a running game, hence the near finished screen without the verbs.

A map of the mansion right after Gary and I did a big pass at cutting the design down.  Disk space was a bigger concern than production time. We had 320K. That's right. K.

Gary and I were trying to make sense of the mansion and how the puzzles flowed together. It wouldn't be until Monkey Island that the "puzzle dependency chart" would solve most of our adventure game design issues.

More design flow and ideas. The entire concept of getting characters to like you never really made it into the final game. Bobby, Joey and Greg would grow up and become Dave, Syd, Wendy, Bernard, etc..

A really early brainstorm of puzzle ideas. NASA O-ring was probably "too soon" and twenty-five years later the dumb waiter would finally make it into The Cave.

I'm still amazed Gary and I didn't get fired.

18 Jul 18:27

im-horngry: Cupcakes - As Requested!


Cupcakes - As Requested!

19 Jul 11:00

NPH For Heineken Light

by Joe Jervis
18 Jul 18:27

Amazon launches Kindle Unlimited

by Guy Wright
After a leak briefly surfaced earlier this week Amazon has officially launched Kindle Unlimited, a $9.99 per-month eBook subscription service.

17 Jul 14:28

This Grill Packs Power

by Lindsey Kratochwill

BioLite BaseCamp
Ralph Smith

BioLite BaseCamp

Energy output: 5 watts 
Weight: 20 pounds
Cooktop diameter: 13.25 inches (fits eight burgers)
Price: $299

Two years ago, BioLite introduced its CampStove, the first portable cooker to convert waste heat into electricity. The stove produced enough power to recharge a phone—perfect for an overnight in the woods—but lacked the juice to allow a whole campsite to go off the grid. The new BaseCamp generates more than double the electricity of its compact predecessor—enough to power strings of lights, charge GoPros, and furnish other comforts. Engineers overhauled the unit’s thermo-electric generator (TEG), incorporating a new fan design that delivers more hot air, increasing the TEG’s output. The electricity created powers the fan while charging a device plugged in via USB (or an onboard 2,200-milliampere battery). A side door lets campers feed the flame, so the lights will last as deep into the night as the campers do. 

Four Ways To Supercharge A Barbecue

Bison Airlighter

With this souped-up lighter, coals will be ready five times faster—no lighter fluid needed. It’s battery-powered and jets a four-inch flame onto coals; an internal fan stokes the fire. The embers will be ready for burgers in about five minutes. $100


Mom wants her steak well done,Dad prefers his bloody, and the kids like theirs slightly pink? No problem. The iGrill2 lets the chef track the progress of four cuts at once. Temperature probes relay data to a smartphone app over Bluetooth, so you’ll know when your food is cooked without having to babysit it. $100

BakerStone Pizza Oven Box

Using a combination of convective, conductive, and radiant heat, the Pizza Oven Box turns a grill into a makeshift wood-fired oven. Place the cooking chamber on the grill surface, and in 15 to20 minutes, it will heat to as high as 800°F. Once at full force, the box will bake a pizza in two to four minutes. From $129


Scrubbing a grill isn’t nearly as appealing as cooking on one, but this robotic brush does the dirty work for you. After dinner, drop the nine-inch bot on the cooled cooktop, and set it for 10-, 20-, or 30-minute cycle, depending on how grimy the surface is. It will scurry back and forth like a Roomba until the job’s done. From $120

This article originally appeared in the August 2014 issue of Popular Science.

17 Jul 17:43

What Sort Of Weapon Shot Down Flight MH-17?

by Kelsey D. Atherton

Slovenian Soldiers With MANPADS
These are SA-18 Igla Man Portable Air Defense Systems.
MORS, via Wikimedia Commons

Earlier today, Malaysia Airlines flight MH-17, flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, was shot down over Eastern Ukraine, killing all 295 people on board. Following Ukraine's ouster of Russian-backed President Viktor Yanukovich, and the subsequent seizure of Crimea from Ukraine by Russia, a violent and armed separatist movement emerged in Eastern Ukraine, centered around the city of Donetsk. These Donetsk rebels, with help from a certain foreign backer, have successfully shot down several Ukrainian military aircraft. Now, it looks like intentionally or not, they destroyed a civilian aircraft.

Previously, the Donetsk rebels used Man Portable Air Defense Systems (MANPADS) to shoot down Ukrainian military attack helicopters, surveillance aircraftmilitary cargo planes, and other aircraft. But in this case, instead of a MANPADS, it's likely a larger anti-air missile shot down the airliner. The cargo plane was shot down near an airport. The Hind helicopters shot down can't fly above 15,000 feet, and typically operate at less than half that altitude. The An-30 surveillance plane can fly higher than both, but at the time it was hit still flying low enough for the small anti-air missile to get it.

Infantry firing at airplanes is as old as using airplanes in war, but anti-air missiles for infantry really got their start in the 1950s, with the United States' Red Eye missile. The Red Eye could hit targets almost 3 miles away, but only if they were below 9000 feet in elevation. Since then, countries developed many newer and better MANPADS systems, but the fundamental constraint remained: there is only so high a shoulder-fired missile can go. The SA-18 Igla, one of the more advanced MANPADS in existence and one the Donetsk separatists likely have, can only hit targets at an altitude of 11,500 feet.

MANPADS are still a deadly small weapon. The Federation of American Scientists estimates there are over 500,000 in the world today, and if fired near an airport they can cause tremendous damage and loss of life. But there are limits to MANPADS, and one of them is limited altitude. When shot down, MH-17 was flying at 33,000 feet, well beyond the reach of a man-carried missile.

Early information comes from an advisor to the Ukrainian interior minister, Anton Gerashenko. In a Facebook post he says the plane was "hit by a missile fired from a Buk launcher."

The Buk missile and launcher (these things tend to be paired) entered Soviet service in 1979. It's 18 feet long, carried on the back of an armored, tracked vehicle, and can hit targets at almost 50,000 feet in the air. The Buk missile could certainly shoot down an airliner, though there is no confirmation yet of any Buk missile systems in Donetsk. That said, in late June  Russian state-owned radio news service Voice of Russia claimed Donetsk rebels captured a Ukrainian base containing many Buk missile launchers. If it was a ground missile that shot down flight MH-17, it's likely it was a Buk or something similar.

Ground-to-air missiles aren't the only way to shoot down an airliner. In 1983, when Korean Airlines Flight 007 from New York to Seoul by way of Anchorage drifted a little from its flight path into possible Russian airspace, Soviet jets shot it down. While the Donetsk separatists are unlikely to have any aircraft of their own, a Russian fighter could easily shoot down an airplane. Without Cold War tensions behind it, though, it's unlikely this is the case.

Buk Missile System
Stanislav Kozlovskiy, via Wikimedia Commons


17 Jul 21:34

'State Of The Climate' Report: Continued Disruption

by Emily Gertz

Wrecked bus, building in aftermath of Super Typhoon Haiyan in Philippines
Cover Of The 'State of the Climate in 2013' Report
Super Typhoon Haiyan's deadly impact on the Philippines was a standout indicator of climate disruption in 2013.

The cover image of "State of the Climate in 2013," makes the impact of the report, which was released today, clear. Taken in late November on the island of Leyte, Philippines during the aftermath of Super Typhoon Hainan, it shows a wrecked mini-bus sits askew in a debris-scattered field, its front hood curved like a sneering lip, beneath a sky half-full of bruise-colored clouds. Just beyond, a shirt flutters on a clothesline tangled in the jagged remains of a collapsed building.

The global data and analysis compiled in "State of the Climate in 2013" show that last year the Earth's surface continued to warm beyond the historic norms found in records going back hundreds or even thousands of years, sometimes with catastrophic results. Among the notable indicators of climate disruption noted in the report:

  • Globally, the Earth's combined land and sea surface temperature was between the second and sixth warmest since record-keeping began in 1880. But 2013 saw a plateau in the cooling effect of cyclical “La Nina” conditions over the Pacific Ocean.  Scientists are now on watch for the start of “El Nino,” the cyclical warming trend that could further intensify the rate of global temperature increases.
  • CO2 levels hit 400 ppm on May 9, 2013, for the first time in the history of monitoring at the Mauna Loa Observatory (the famous-to-climate-geeks Keeling project)

  • Temperatures:
    • Australia had its hottest year since record-keeping began in 1910, while some parts of North America saw lower than average temperatures.
    • Fairbanks, Alaska saw a record-breaking 36 days with temperatures at 80°F or higher. “I can tell you that that many days at such high temperature is not a pleasant experience,” said Martin Jeffries, a scientist with the Office of Naval Research, “not the least because there is not a lot of air conditioning in Alaska.”
    • Some permafrost monitoring stations in Alaska's North Slope and Brooks Range recorded the highest temperatures ever documented.
  • Snow and ice cover: Globally, 2013 saw no change in the overall trend. Snow cover at the end of winter is dropping by nearly 20 percent per decade compared to the the 1981-2010 average.
    • Global glaciers receded without gaining back snow or ice for the 23rd consecutive year.
    • In Eurasia, may saw a new record low of snow cover of 27 percent below the 1981-2010 average; June's extent was the second lowest since 1967.
    • In North America, the April extent hit a 16 percent high above the 1981-2010 average, but in June snow cover extent hit 34 percent below average.
  • Sea level:
    • Global average sea level hit a record 1.5 inches above the 1993-2010 average.
    • The change was unevenly distributed thanks to factors like ocean currents and trade winds, with Australia and Southeast Asia seeing higher levels and parts of the North American and Japan coasts seeing lower.
  • Flooding:
    • Intense rainfall in Central Europe led to flooding along the Danube, Elba and Rhine rivers that killed at least 24 people and caused billions of dollars in damages to infrastructure and croplands.
    • Passau, a city in Germany, saw the highest river levels in over half a century, while Budapest experienced a 100-year flood.
  • At the poles, seemingly contradictory phenomena are making for exciting times for polar scientists:
    • Arctic summer sea ice extent shrunk down to 2.0 million square miles in September 2013, 18 percent below the 1981-2010 average, but greater than 2012's record low.
    • Arctic winter ice extent was 5.8 million square miles, about 3 percent below the 1981-2010 average, with about 80 percent of it first-year ice, which is thinner and weaker than multi-year ice.
    • In Antarctica sea ice continued its overall 1 percent increase a year over the 1981-2010 average.
    • This is not to be confused with conditions on the Antarctic continent itself, however, where surface summer melting was more “extensive and intensive” than in the previous seven years, and almost doubled the rate of the previous year.

2013's record high sea level may have contributed to Super Typhoon Haiyan's devastating force. The storm, which made landfall on November 8, 2013, is the deadliest in Philippines history, with around 6,300 people killed and over 1,000 yet missing. Haiyan also left 4 million people homeless, and affected 16 million people overall.

The Category 5 storm is likely to go down as the strongest-at-landfall tropical cyclone ever recorded, with one-minute sustained winds at 170 knots (196 mph) when it first hit islands in the southern Philippines. The low-lying coastal city of Tacloban was destroyed by the storm's 24.6-foot sea surge. 

Sea level around the central Philippines has risen 7.9 inches since 1970, according to NOAA.

NOAA has put the report's highlights online at, and the full report is up at the National Climate Data Center.


17 Jul 12:16

Microsoft announces 18,000 job cuts with Nokia to bear the brunt

by Carly Page
Microsoft announces 18,000 job cuts with Nokia to bear the brunt

Satya Nadella announces biggest staff cull in the company's history

16 Jul 21:00

Ubisoft enlists 'Chief Parkour Officer' for Assassin's Creed

by Earnest Cavalli
To cement its place as the leading purveyor of acrobatic yet physically implausible action games, Ubisoft has hired famed freerunner Michael "Frosti" Zernow as its new Chief Parkour Officer. "Ubisoft's new Chief Parkour Officer will serve in a...
16 Jul 10:08

Tool - Explain New Album Delay

by BloodTears
<a href=/bands/band.php?band_id=495&bandname=Tool>Tool</a>'s latest album was <i>10,000 Days</i> released back in 2006. The band has been working on new material but contrary to some rumours (a misunderstanding between the band's guitarist and a fan led to speculation that the group had completed the album and intended to release it this year), they haven't completed the new album yet. In a new interview with <a href="">Rolling Stone</a>, guitarist Adam Jones and drummer Danny Carey confirm that the new <a href=/bands/band.php?band_id=495&bandname=Tool>Tool</a> record is far from completion. An ongoing lawsuit has weighed on all of the group members but the band has continued to write new music. <a href="/events/news_comments.php?news_id=23961>Read more...</a>
15 Jul 23:00

High-tech cat feeder uses facial recognition to save all nine lives

by Billy Steele
Our four-legged friends have a habit of not eating when something ails them. However, if you're at work all day, you may not pick up on the lack of appetite until it's too late. Well, there's a smart cat feeder with built-in facial recognition that's...