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Posts in June, 2013

US Special Forces may soon be equipped with stealth motorcycles

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No Comments » // Futuristic Technology

We have to disclose right up front that these two-wheeled beasts will not be made available to the general public – at least not yet. Zero Motorcycles, maker of motorcycles for security and law enforcement agencies, has announced that the US Special Operations Forces may be equipped with stealthy, silent off-road motorcycles, the MMX, that […]

Bloomberg drops bombshell – tech companies give zero-day exploits to U.S. before making them public

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No Comments » // Politics and legal

We knew for sure that foreign companies collect zero-day vulnerabilities, often paying a pretty-penny for the exploit, and were fairly certain that the NSA did the same. What we did not know however, was that tech companies freely *give* or sell their zero-day exploit vulnerability details to the United States government. Bloomberg dropped the bombshell […]

Captured sea serpent? No, it’s a rarely seen Giant Oarfish

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No Comments » // General Science News

The picture above is not photoshopped nor is the strange looking creature some sort of sea serpent. What we have here is a rare Oarfish, found in tropical waters but rarely seen or caught. Oarfish frequent depths down to 3,300 feet and can grow up to 56 feet in length (they are considered one of […]

Hats off to Google for requesting permission to publicly disclose number of secret FISA requests

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No Comments » // Politics and legal

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After recent accusations that the NSA has direct access to tech giants’ servers, hats off to Google who today asked US authorities to allow it to fully disclose the number of secret requests it receives to hand over user data. Google sent the letter to US attorney Eric Holder and posted a copy of the […]

Extremely rare video footage emerges – Full-HD color video of bustling New York City in 1939

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No Comments » // Entertainment

Extremely rare color video footage, shot by French visitor Jean Vivier on 16mm Kodachrome (one of the first color films available) in the summer of 1939, has emerged online showing a nostalgia-inducing New York City metropolis where Buicks and Packards line the street, and buses painted green and yellow move along the avenues.  The video […]

Giant floating head found in Hudson River has been reported missing (again)

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No Comments » // Entertainment

This mysterious 300-pound giant head was found a couple of months ago floating in New York’s Hudson River. The gigantic 7-foot head was made of fiberglass and Styrofoam and was spotted and fished out of the river by the Marist College rowing team. The head was towed back to the team’s dock and placed in […]

China’s Tianhe-2 supercomputer destroys speed record to become fastest supercomputer on the planet

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No Comments » // Hardware

The Cray Titan lost bragging rights this past week as China’s Tianhe-2 supercomputer clocked in at a silicon-scorching 30.65 petaflops (74% faster than Titan) making it the fastest supercomputer on the planet. The feat was even more impressive given that Tianhe-2 was not even running at full capacity. Theoretically it could hit 50 petaflops although

Significant submerged archaeological site discovered off the Alikanas beach on northeast Zakynthos in Greece

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No Comments » // Geology and Archaeology News

A submerged archaeological site has been discovered, with extensive sunken architectural remains, by an Ephorate of Underwater Antiquities team, located at a depth of 2-6 meters off the Alikanas beach on northeast Zakynthos island in the Ionian Sea island. The team had been surveying the area since the May 13, 2013. The site covers around […]

Americans outraged at Verizon court order providing phone records for all customers

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No Comments » // Politics and legal

Americans are expressing outrage at the revelation that from April to July of this year, the White House used Section 215 of the Patriot Act to obtain a secret court order for all phone records (records that show originating and terminating phone numbers, their location, time and duration but not “substantive content of any communication”) […]

Last week’s El Reno, Oklahoma tornado classified as widest tornado in U.S. history

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No Comments » // Meteorology and Weather News

Today the National Weather Service reported that the May 31, 2013 EF-5 tornado that struck El Reno, Oklahoma (25 miles west of Oklahoma City), was the widest tornado on record. Measuring 2.6 miles across, it beat the previous 2.4-mile wide twister that hit Hallam, Nebraska on May 22, 2004. The Friday tornado and its resulting […]

Ship launch fail – ship falls over, madness and mayhem everywhere – NOT

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No Comments » // Entertainment News

The video below shows the christening of an National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration vessel called the “Reuben Lasker,” in Marinette, Wisc. On June 16, 2012, as the ship slid into the water, it sent a dangerous burst of water and debris in the direction of the camera, knocking the camera operator unconscious. Although the launch […]

Storm Chasers television star, Tim Samaras, killed chasing Oklahoma tornado

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No Comments » // Meteorology and Weather News

We knew that some storm chasers had been killed in Oklahoma last week but were not aware that storied storm chaser, Tim Samaras, one of the highly-respected stars of Discovery Channel’s Storm Chasers television series, was one of the victims of the May 31, 2013 twister. The twister that formed Friday near El Reno, Okla., […]

Microsoft, stop already – you’re embarrassing yourself – MS gives away RT tablet keyboard for free

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No Comments » // Mobile

I can’t say I don’t appreciate the gesture but more to the point, I don’t appreciate getting price-gouged to begin with. When Microsoft introduced the Windows RT Tablet, they must have felt like they could charge anything they like and people would come running. And to further poke its customers in the face, they introduced […]

Ha Ha! Cool chick breaks up with cheating boyfriend and leaves this note

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No Comments » // Geek Humor

The letter below, was written by a woman who had just broken up with her boyfriend after catching him cheating via Facebook. The letter explains that after finding out about his infidelity, she has invented a “neat new game” whereby she packaged all his stuff leaving it in locations that were related to key moments […]

Illuminati obsessed hacker – mysterious “Guccifer” entertains while outing prominent politicians and media personalities

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No Comments » // Hacking and Security

His screen name is a bit humorous – and a bit scary. Nobody knows where the Illuminati-obsessed hacker originates from (IP addresses originate from Russia but language appears to be distinctly American). And his hacking expertise is well worth noting, especially if you are a politician that has found yourself in his cross-hairs. Right now, […]

Use these words and get on the Department of Homeland Security “watch list”

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No Comments » // Hacking and Security

Via a Freedom of Information request, the Department of Homeland Security has released a list of keywords and phrases it uses to monitor social networking sites and online media for signs of terrorist or other threats against the U.S. According to the released documents, these words are used to search for comments that “reflect adversely” […]