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Responding to Spill, Obama Mixes Regret With Resolve

Posted on May 28th, 2010 at 17:55 by John Sinteur in category: News


President Obama uttered three words on Thursday that many of his 43 predecessors twisted themselves into knots trying with varying degrees of success to avoid: “I was wrong.”

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Speed Tests

Posted on May 28th, 2010 at 17:36 by John Sinteur in category: Google

Apparently, this video from Google is serious:

I think I prefer the reply from Opera:

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  1. Well, I assume that google has large marketing budget, and Opera has very small one. Those videos show that if you have money, indeed your outcome will be more appealing, but I have to say that Opera’s video although it could have been done by just anyone is so much funnier

New Ebola Drug 100 Percent Effective In Monkeys

Posted on May 28th, 2010 at 17:11 by John Sinteur in category: awesome


The Ebola virus first emerged in 1976, striking fear with the uncontrollable bleeding it causes and mortality rates up to 90 percent. Ever since then, scientists have been struggling to find a way to treat the infection or protect against it.

There has been progress, but nothing quite like the report in the May 28 issue of the scientific journal The Lancet. A team led by Thomas Geisbert of Boston University has used an experimental drug to protect monkeys from death after injecting them with massive doses of the most lethal strain of Ebola.

“We were stunned,” Geisbert says. “I’ve been working with this virus for my whole career — 23 or 24 years, and we’ve had some mild successes where maybe we could go up to 50 percent protection,” he said. “But I was really shocked that we got complete protection.”

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Aggressive Maneuvers for Autonomous Quadrotor Flight

Posted on May 28th, 2010 at 16:57 by John Sinteur in category: News

[insert SkyNet joke here]

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‘hottest cougar in the Republican Party’

Posted on May 28th, 2010 at 16:53 by John Sinteur in category: ¿ʞɔnɟ ǝɥʇ ʇɐɥʍ


“When I came to Afghanistan, I expected to find many strange and unusual sights,” the paper’s reporter penned. “A gunnery sergeant with a tattoo of Sarah Palin on his buttocks wasn’t one of them.”

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Newly discovered Gulf oil plume is 22-miles long, six-miles wide

Posted on May 28th, 2010 at 16:20 by John Sinteur in category: News


Marine scientists have discovered a massive new plume of what they believe to be oil deep beneath the Gulf of Mexico, stretching 22 miles (35 kilometers) from the leaking wellhead northeast toward Mobile Bay, Alabama.

The discovery by researchers on the University of South Florida College of Marine Science’s Weatherbird II vessel is the second significant undersea plume recorded since the Deepwater Horizon exploded on April 20.

The thick plume was detected just beneath the surface down to about 3,300 feet (1,000 meters), and is more than 6 miles (9.6 kilometers) wide, said David Hollander, associate professor of chemical oceanography at the school.

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  1. Maybe it’s time to stop laughing at the russian experts and go nuke 🙂

  2. You know that the well is sitting on a Methane clathrate bed right?


  3. The nuke is used to create a localized pressure wave, not to ignite anything.
    It gets detonated a few meters apart of the point of the leak, the pressure wave compress the rocks and chokes the escape channel. Voilà, the leak is sealed.

    It is substantially different from the standard method of using high explosive to suppress rig fires (where the vapors are quickly ignited and the pressure wave removes the oxygen from the leak)

Apple swamped, but no iPad queues elsewhere

Posted on May 28th, 2010 at 13:31 by John Sinteur in category: Apple, Funny!, What were they thinking?


It took less than two hours for Apple to start selling out of its iPad tablet computers today amid huge queues outside its stores across the country.

But few buyers seemed to know the iPad was also on sale at electronics retailers including selected JB Hi-Fi, Myer and David Jones stores.

One JB Hi-Fi store in Sydney’s George St, just metres from Apple’s flagship Australian store, had no queues, available demonstration models and plenty of stock at 10am, even though Apple fans queued in their hundreds nearby.

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  1. I preorderred mine (UK) and received it yesterday a day early. I really don’t understand why you would queue.


Posted on May 28th, 2010 at 12:18 by John Sinteur in category: News

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House approves repeal of gay ban in military

Posted on May 28th, 2010 at 10:47 by John Sinteur in category: News


The House on Thursday delivered a victory to President Barack Obama and gay rights groups by approving a proposal to repeal the law that allows gays to serve in the military only if they don’t disclose their sexual orientation.

The 234-194 vote to overturn the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy reflected a view among many in Congress that America was ready for a military in which gays and straights can stand side by side in the trenches.

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Warner Bros. Sued for Pirating Anti-Piracy Technology

Posted on May 28th, 2010 at 10:46 by John Sinteur in category: Intellectual Property


Warner Bros. has been sued by a German technology firm which claims the movie and television production company pirated its anti-piracy technology.

German firm Medien Patent Verwaltung claims that in 2003, it revealed a new kind of anti-piracy technology to Warner Bros. that marks films with specific codes so pirated copies can be traced back to their theaters of origin. But like a great, hilariously-ironic DRM Ouroborus, the company claims that Warner began using the system throughout Europe in 2004 but hasn’t actually paid a dime for it.

“We disclosed our anti-piracy technology to Warner Bros. in 2003 at their request, under strict confidentiality, expecting to be treated fairly,” the company said in a statement. “Instead, they started using our technology extensively without our permission and without any accounting to us.”

So you expected to treated fairly by a member of MPAA? There’s your problem right there!

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Where white men went wrong

Posted on May 28th, 2010 at 10:44 by John Sinteur in category: Funny!

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Posted on May 28th, 2010 at 10:38 by John Sinteur in category: Cartoon

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