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Site update

Posted by – 25/03/2011

The site and it’s various sub-sites are going to a bit slow over the next 24 or so hours as my web-host is moving their servers to a new datacentre. Apologies for the inconvenience.

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Hamas: Egypt gasses 4 smugglers

Posted by – 30/04/2010

29/04/2010 08:23

Official: This a “terrible crime” against simple Palestinian workers.

GAZA CITY — Egyptian forces pumped gas into a cross-border tunnel used to smuggle goods into the Gaza Strip on Wednesday, killing four Palestinians, Hamas officials said.

The Hamas Interior Ministry later said in a statement the gas used to try to clear the tunnel was poisonous. Besides those killed, six people were injured, it said.

“This is a terrible crime committed by Egyptian security against simple Palestinian workers who were trying to earn their daily bread,” Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum to The Associated Press. “It was a killing in cold blood. Hamas and all the Palestinian people condemn it strongly.”

Detailed View of a Solar Eclipse Corona

Posted by – 18/03/2010

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Only in the fleeting darkness of a total solar eclipse is the light of the solar corona easily visible. Normally overwhelmed by the bright solar disk, the expansive corona, the sun’s outer atmosphere, is an alluring sight. But the subtle details and extreme ranges in the corona’s brightness, although discernible to the eye, are notoriously difficult to photograph.

Pictured above, however, using multiple images and digital processing, is a detailed image of the Sun’s corona taken during the 2008 August total solar eclipse from Mongolia. Clearly visible are intricate layers and glowing caustics of an ever changing mixture of hot gas and magnetic fields.

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A milestone

Posted by – 17/02/2010

Welp, this site has racked up over 10,000 RSS feeds, and gets around 2,000-3,000 pageviews a day. I’d just like to thank you guys for that :)

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Proctor & Gamble Open to Outside Ideas, but No Kitty Swiffers

Posted by – 07/01/2010


Swiffer kitties? Just attach little dusting pads to your felines’ paws, so they can help keep your floors clean while making their rounds.

A bit farfetched? Executives at consumer-products king Procter & Gamble Co. thought so, too, and sent the idea to the discard pile.

P&G also rejected pitches from outside inventors for a bellybutton lint brush, a Knees and Toes body wash to complement Head and Shoulders shampoo, and a ”man handle” to keep marital harmony in the bathroom by making it easier to raise and lower the toilet seat.

Perpetual Notion

Posted by – 04/01/2010

perpetual motion machine
The balls on the right exert greater torque than those on the left, so the wheel ought to turn forever, right?

Sadly, the balls on the left are more numerous.

“If at first you don’t succeed,” wrote Quentin Crisp, “failure may be your style.”

Dinosaur chopsticks are not, sadly, made of dinosaurs

Posted by – 03/01/2010


Chopsticks are ancient, but not this ancient

How China wrecked the Copenhagen deal

Posted by – 03/01/2010

[via, originally written by Mark Lynas]

A woman listens to Barack

A woman listens to Barack Obama's speech at the Copenhagen climate change conference on 18 December. Photograph: Axel Schmidt/AFP/Getty Images

Copenhagen was a disaster. That much is agreed. But the truth about what actually happened is in danger of being lost amid the spin and inevitable mutual recriminations. The truth is this: China wrecked the talks, intentionally humiliated Barack Obama, and insisted on an awful “deal” so western leaders would walk away carrying the blame. How do I know this? Because I was in the room and saw it happen.

Inside Microsoft’s Chicago Data Center

Posted by – 03/01/2010


A view of the container area in the new Microsoft data center in Chicago

The interior of a 40-foot container inside the new Microsoft Chicago data center, packed with servers on either side of a center aisle

More than 2,000 servers can fit inside a container, with the tight space allowing for granular control of airflow and cooling. The density is ideal for providing scalability for the Microsoft Live online services powered by the Chicago facility.

A look at the water storage towers at the Chicago data center site during construction last winter.

Acer Announces New Aspire One AO532h Netbook

Posted by – 03/01/2010


Acer America today debuts the next generation of its acclaimed line of Aspire One netbooks. These new Aspire One AO532h netbooks are packed with powerful features and performance to boost productivity and battery life, enhancing the mobile computing experience. Designed for all day mobility and connectivity, the Aspire One AO532h netbooks feature the latest Intel technology with the Intel Atom N450 processor, 10 hours of battery life, fast Wi-Fi connectivity, a 10.1-inch LED-backlit TFT LCD and a large keyboard with a Multi-Gesture touchpad. All this power and functionality comes in a package that is only 1-inch thin and weighs just over 2-1/2 pounds, making it a true mobile companion.