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Posts from November, 2013

For 20 Years the Nuclear Launch Code at US Minuteman Silos Was 00000000

Nov 30

197u0mkeaf3x0jpgToday I found out that during the height of the Cold War, the US military put such an emphasis on a rapid response to an attack on American soil, that to minimise any foreseeable delay in launching a nuclear missile, for nearly two decades they intentionally set the launch codes at every silo in the […]

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10 of the Most Ridiculous Flight Horror Stories Ever

Nov 30

197ny17hmkwgojpgWith so many people cooped up in a tiny cabin 30,000 feet in the air, it’s inevitable that at least one flight experience in your life is going to be less-than-stellar. But some experiences are much, much worse than others. So if you’re travelling this holiday season and that baby next to you won’t stop […]

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Drug Dealers Turn Old Nuclear Bunker into Massive Cannabis Factory

Nov 30

drakelowAround 400 cannabis plants with a possible street value of around £650,000 were pulled out of tunnels beneath Kidderminster, after local drug growers broke into an abandoned nuclear bunker and installed their own hydroponic equipment to grow dope. Police say “heating, lighting and ventilation fans” and an illegal power supply had been installed in part of the […]

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Comet Ison May Still Be Alive

Nov 30

197tt16o5is0yjpgYesterday, comet Ison flew close to the Sun, and many sources reported its death. Now, though, some scientists are claiming that it, or at least some part of it, may have survived its journey. The comet was declared dead when it reappeared from behind the sun with massively decreased brightness; all that scientists could see […]

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Packed Lunch Fury Triggers £375k Court Case for Arsenal

Nov 30

arsenal-sandwichesA row over sandwich eating and bread slicing inside corporate boxes at Arsenal football club has led to a huge legal battle for money, after some sort of catering affront created acrimony between the club and a large business customer. The latest football sandwich controversy sounds staggeringly petty. Capstone Sports Management pays to hire a corporate […]

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Ask Slashdot: Top Black Friday Tech Picks?

Nov 29

theodp writes “Take a gander at the 2013 Black Friday ads and your head will be spinning with deals that seem too good to be true. And while the WSJ will try to slap you back to reality with a story on The Dirty Secret of Black Friday ‘Discounts’, it’s still hard not to get jazzed over the prospect of picking up an iPad Mini w/$100 gift card for $299 (Walmart), a 16GB Nexus 7 for $199 (Staples), or a 32GB Microsoft Surface for $199.99 (Best Buy). So, if you’re playing the game this year — either online or in-person (hey, what could go wrong?), — what are your top tech picks for Black Friday? Any strategy for improving your odds of getting them?”

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The Burning Bridges of Ubuntu

Nov 29

jammag writes “According to this article, ‘Whether Ubuntu is declining is still debatable. However, in the last couple of months, one thing is clear: internally and externally, its commercial arm Canonical appears to be throwing the idea of community overboard as though it was ballast in a balloon about to crash.’ The author points out instances of community discontent and apparent ham-handedness on Mark Shuttleworth’s part. Yet isn’t this just routine kvetching in the open source community?”

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A ‘Smart’ Bathroom Mirror Powered by Android (Video)

Nov 29

Gone are the days of boring bathroom mirrors that only reflect what’s in front of them. What you really need is a bathroom mirror that gives stock quotes, displays the local weather, and tells you the temperature of the water you are about to use to wash your face. Seraku Corporation is now in the process of filling that burning need and has gotten a bunch of press attention by doing so. A cynic might wonder why people who absolutely, positively must have Internet access while they shave or perform other bathroom mirror duties don’t just make a wall-mounted holder for their tablets next to their pre-Internet bathroom mirrors, but that would destroy the fun of having the display built directly into the mirror, along with sensors that detect hand gestures so you can control your mirror (no doubt by asking, “Who is the fairest of them all?”) without touching it with your greasy fingers. Note that this is technically not a smart mirror but a smart washbasin with a mirror attached to it. Either way, it’s not available for retail sale quite yet.

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A Multipurpose Key That Will Unlock Your Inner MacGyver

Nov 29

197qwyaz4q9mejpgIn addition to opening doors, that set of keys in your pocket also serves as makeshift knives, prybars, and even ice scrapers. But why risk accidentally bending a key and losing access to your home when this key sized multi-tool can do so much more? What you’re looking at here is actually five tools in […]

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How Many D Batteries Does It Take to Cook a Turkey?

Nov 29

197o5vkstesnejpgSometimes, when Christmas rolls around, things go wrong and you need to get creative. How creative? Well, that’s up to your family and their own zany ways. Wired‘s Rhett Allain imagined the zaniest of scenarios for Thanksgiving Day – one you may find useful for Christmas day. What if you had no oven but an unlimited number […]

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