Posts in November, 2013

VIDEO: So it IS possible to do a complete loop on a swingset!

// November 25th, 2013 // No Comments » // Entertainment

So now we know. It IS possible to do a complete loop on a swingset. We’ve just been attempting it backwards this entire time. In the video below, a young lad (presumably from Russia) begins to swing on a rickety-looking swingset before finally getting high enough to do a complete loop – backwards. He continues […]

Evidence emerges suggesting hijacking of huge chunks of Internet traffic

// November 20th, 2013 // No Comments » // Hacking and Security

Researchers from network intelligence firm Renesys published an assessment this week that documents dozens of distinct hijacking events within the last few months where huge chunks of Internet traffic were purposefully diverted through distant service providers leading them to speculate that the traffic may have been “surreptitiously monitored or modified before being passed along to […]

AOL’s kiss of death touches another – Winamp to shut down after 15 years

// November 20th, 2013 // No Comments » // Moves, TV, and Music News

Started in 1997 by two college students, Winamp gained popularity as the MP3 player of choice for many geeks. Today, thanks to online competition and AOL’s inherent ability to ruin anything it touches, Winamp will be closing down on December 20, 2013. At that time, Winamp web services and website (including Winamp downloads) will cease […]

Man erects 12-foot-tall bronze middle-finger statue shooting the bird at ex-wife’s home

// November 18th, 2013 // No Comments » // Entertainment

You gotta figure strip club owners are a bit weird but who would have thought they were vindictive – and creative to boot! Alan Markovitz, who owns a series of strip clubs in Detroit, recently purchased the house next door to his ex-wife after a realtor coincidentally showed him the home located less than 20 […]

What’s up with all the bogus Nook book reviews? It’s a kids’ play-by-post role-playing game!

// November 11th, 2013 // No Comments » // Gaming News

Regular Barnes and Noble customers have certainly run across this “issue” before – bogus book reviews with bizarre book summaries in the comments section that leave you scratching your head – and we’re not talking about sock puppet reviews! Spam such as this is common on many websites but Barnes and Noble’s book reviews take […]

The Fireworks Galaxy (NGC 6946) – unusual number of supernovas exploding for no apparent reason

// November 11th, 2013 // No Comments » // Astronomy and Space News

NGC 6946 (also known as the Fireworks Galaxy, Arp 29, and Caldwell 12) is a medium-sized, face-on spiral galaxy about 22.5 million light years away from Earth located in the constellations Cepheus and Cygnus. At about 20,000 light years wide, it’s one of about a dozen nearby neighbors to the Milky Way. Since its discovery […]

New study kills Supersymmetry theory – electrons are unbelievably, mind-blowing round

// November 11th, 2013 // No Comments » // General Science News

Much about our universe remains unknown and scientists admit that their current theory of physics is incomplete. Today we move once step closer (or depending on your perspective, one step further away) as the popular idea for extending physics called Supersymmetry (SUSY) is tittering on the edge of being tossed out the window after scientists […]

Helium-filled hard drives reduce friction and hence allow more storage with 20% less power

// November 5th, 2013 // No Comments » // Hardware

Helium, the 2nd lightest element, is already used in the cooling of superconducting magnets. Helium reduces friction, vibration, and heat and thus, when utilized in hard drive design, reduces mechanical issues that limit the storage density while using 20% less power than conventional hard drives. And it’s not a pipe dream either. Data-storage company HGST […]