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To Catch A Predator - Ghost Hunters Edition

"What happens when you combine Dateline's To Catch A Predator with Ghost Hunters? You get Chris Hansen messing with the occult. Paranormal Activity is more like Pedonormal Activity."

Teens React To 80's Fashion

"... The Teens react and discuss fashion of the 1980's! ..."

Animator vs. Animation III

"The third episode of the Animator vs. Animation series.
'The Chosen One' from episode two is trapped inside the Animator's internet explorer in forced labor as a pop-up blocker. This segment follows his eventual escape onto Microsoft Word, Solitaire, Minesweeper, and the desktop..."

3-D Printed "Iron Man" Prosthetic Hands Now Available For Kids

Recent /. Posts - Sun, 10/19/2014 - 7:12pm
PC World (drawing on an article from notes that inventor Pat Starace has released his plans for a 3-D printable prosthetic hand designed to appeal both to kids who need it and their parents (who can't all afford the cost of conventional prostheses). The hand "has the familiar gold-and-crimson color scheme favored by Ol' Shellhead, and it's designed with housings for a working gyroscope, magnetometer, accelerometer, and other "cool sensors", as well as a battery housing and room for a low-power Bluetooth chip and charging port." It takes about 48 hours in printing time (and "a lot" of support material), but the result is inexpensive and functional.

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If You're Connected, Apple Collects Your Data

Recent /. Posts - Sun, 10/19/2014 - 4:11pm
fyngyrz (762201) writes It would seem that no matter how you configure Yosemite, Apple is listening. Keeping in mind that this is only what's been discovered so far, and given what's known to be going on, it's not unthinkable that more is as well. Should users just sit back and accept this as the new normal? It will be interesting to see if these discoveries result in an outcry, or not. Is it worse than the data collection recently reported in a test version of Windows?

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In UK, Internet Trolls Could Face Two Years In Jail

Recent /. Posts - Sun, 10/19/2014 - 3:13pm
An anonymous reader writes with this news from The Guardian about a proposed change in UK law that would greatly increase the penalties for online incivility: Internet trolls who spread "venom" on social media could be jailed for up to two years, the justice secretary Chris Grayling has said as he announced plans to quadruple the maximum prison sentence. Grayling, who spoke of a "baying cybermob", said the changes will allow magistrates to pass on the most serious cases to crown courts. The changes, which will be introduced as amendments to the criminal justice and courts bill, will mean the maximum custodial sentence of six months will be increased to 24 months. Grayling told the Mail on Sunday: "These internet trolls are cowards who are poisoning our national life. No one would permit such venom in person, so there should be no place for it on social media. That is why we are determined to quadruple the six-month sentence.

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Gigabit Cellular Networks Could Happen, With 24GHz Spectrum

Recent /. Posts - Sun, 10/19/2014 - 2:03pm
An anonymous reader writes A Notice of Inquiry was issued by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on Friday that focuses research on higher frequencies for sending gigabit streams of mobile data. The inquiry specifically states that its purpose is to determine "what frequency bands above 24 GHz would be most suitable for mobile services, and to begin developing a record on mobile service rules and a licensing framework for mobile services in those bands". Cellular networks currently use frequencies between 600 MHz to 3 GHz with the most desirable frequencies under 1 GHz being owned by AT&T and Verizon Wireless. The FCC feels, however, that new technology indicates the potential for utilizing higher frequency ranges not necessarily as a replacement but as the implementation necessary to finally usher in 5G wireless technology. The FCC anticipates the advent of 5G commercial offerings within six years.

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Soda Pop Damages Your Cells' Telomeres

Recent /. Posts - Sun, 10/19/2014 - 1:01pm
BarbaraHudson writes Those free soft drinks at your last start-up may come with a huge hidden price tag. The Toronto Sun reports that researchers at the University of California — San Francisco found study participants who drank pop daily had shorter telomeres — the protective units of DNA that cap the ends of chromosomes in cells — in white blood cells. Short telomeres have been associated with chronic aging diseases such as heart disease, diabetes and some forms of cancer. The researchers calculated daily consumption of a 20-ounce pop is associated with 4.6 years of additional biological aging. The effect on telomere length is comparable to that of smoking, they said. "This finding held regardless of age, race, income and education level," researcher Elissa Epel said in a press release.

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NASA Cancels "Sunjammer" Solar Sail Demonstration Mission

Recent /. Posts - Sun, 10/19/2014 - 11:50am
An anonymous reader writes "Space News reports that NASA has cancelled its solar sail demonstration mission (also known as Sunjammer) citing "a lack of confidence in its contractor's ability to deliver." "Company president Nathan] Barnes said that in 2011 he reached out to several NASA centers and companies that he believed could build the spacecraft and leave L'Garde free to focus on the solar sail. None of those he approached — he only identified NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California — took him up on the offer. Rather than give up on the opportunity to land a NASA contract, L'Garde decided to bring the spacecraft development in house. It did not work out, and as of Oct. 17, the company had taken delivery of about $2 million worth of spacecraft hardware including a hydrazine tank from ATK Space Systems of Commerce, California, and four mono-propellant thrusters from Aerojet Rocketdyne of Sacramento, California."

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Brain Patterns Give Clues To Why Some People Just Keep Gambling

Recent /. Posts - Sun, 10/19/2014 - 10:50am
Research from several UK universities , as reported by Time, indicates that the brain activity of compulsive gamblers shows a marked difference in response to pleasure-triggering behavior, which may help explain why they have trouble stopping: [The participants] took an amphetamine capsule, which unleashes endorphins with similar effects to the rush you get from exercise or alcohol, the study says. An additional PET scan revealed that pathological gamblers responded differently to the drug. They released fewer endorphins than those who didn't gamble, and they also reported lower levels of euphoria on a questionnaire afterward. This might help explain the addictive part of pathological gambling: to get pleasure from the act, problem gamblers might need more of it or to work harder for it.

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Watch Comet Siding Spring's Mars Fly-By, Live

Recent /. Posts - Sun, 10/19/2014 - 9:22am
From the L.A. Times, and with enough time to tune in, comes this tip: Comet Siding Spring's closest approach to the red planet will occur at 11:27 a.m. [Pacific Time] on Sunday. At its closest approach, the comet will come within 87,000 miles of Mars. That's 10 times closer than any comet on record has ever come to Earth. Sadly, this historic flyby is not visible to the naked eye. People who live in the Southern Hemisphere have a shot at seeing the comet if they have access to a good telescope six inches or wider. However, most of us in the Northern Hemisphere will not be able to see the comet at all, experts say, no matter how big a telescope we've got. Here to save the cometary day is astronomy website Beginning at 11:15 a.m PDT on Sunday, it will host a live broadcast of the comet's closest approach to Mars, as seen by the website's telescopes in South Africa and in the Canary Islands. Later in the day, beginning at 5:30 p.m. PDT, Slooh will broadcast another view of the comet from a telescope in Chile.

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Fenix Rage Demo and Soundtrack Released

Recent Blue's News Posts - Sun, 10/19/2014 - 8:05am
Steam now offers a playable demo for Fenix Rage, offering the chance to rage against your machine, especially if it doesn't have a gamepad attached, as word is one is "strongly recommended" to play...

Star Trek Online Expands

Recent Blue's News Posts - Sun, 10/19/2014 - 8:05am
Arc Games website offers release notes for a new Delta Rising expansion that's now live in the Star Trek Online, the MMORPG that boldly goes and all that. The update is free, but it is accompanied...

Saturday Crowdfunding Roundup

Recent Blue's News Posts - Sun, 10/19/2014 - 8:05am
AfterPlayer. Crowdfunding website dedicated to video games and esports.

Saturday Patches

Recent Blue's News Posts - Sun, 10/19/2014 - 8:05am
Star Trek Online Release Notes- October 16th, 2014

Saturday Interviews

Recent Blue's News Posts - Sun, 10/19/2014 - 8:05am
Exclusive Rebel Galaxy Q&A - Ten Ton Hammer. Matt Chat 262- Robert Woodhead on Wizardry and the Apple II.
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