1.21 Gigawatts of Awesome

Woot to be acquired by Amazon

The awesome people who brought us the Bag of Crap and all the other geeky deals that we drool over are soon going to join the big tree of Amazon. Woot HQ will remain in Carrollton, Texas, and will operate as autonomously as other Amazon companies like Zappos and Audible. More to come, but we’ll just be hiding under the bed for now — or hanging out with this rapping monkey. Woot Announcement Amazon, Woot, and You: But Mostly...

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Leaky iPad’s

contributed by Doran It seems like it took Apple years to bring us the Jesus Pad — it did, roughly three. One would assume that after such a prolonged period of R&D (Research and Development for the acronym challenged) that the device would be rock solid, and would have a cool name (oh well…). Thanks to the efforts of a hacker group called Goatse Security (Shoutout!), the iPad has been shown to be rotten to the core. Sorry I couldn’t help myself, it was just hanging out there begging me to take a bite…(and that double pun is still better than the name iPad) moving on… The issue with the iPad lies within the mobile Safari browser. The browser is susceptible to an “attack” utilizing a vulnerability that was initially discovered in Safari earlier this year. Apple desktop users (iusers?) were,luckily, patched after the benevolent hackers alerted Apple of the vulnerability. Unfortunately, neither AT&T nor Apple, thought it was prudent to patch this particular bug in the mobile version of Safari (It would have increased the cost of production from $5 to $5.15 thereby killing their profit margin). Why would anyone be concerned about a possible security hole in the world’s most popular cell phone or the world’s most most anticipated Pad (or largest iPod, whatever…)?   Actually scratch that, they should have been extremely concerned, or at least mildly miffed. The issue at hand is this: for years Apple enjoyed a sort of security through obscurity. Their install base — the number of people who used their products — was relatively small compared to the install base of Microsoft (hallowed be thy name). Now the tables have turned, and the world is all about mobility. This means that “hackers” – 1337- and other nefarious internet types are going to start shifting their focus. Beware the price of mainstream success. Hopefully, Apple will have learned from this “exposed feature” and focus at least a fraction of their resources towards the proper testing and research of security holes (GOATSE, err...

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6 Fantasy Photoshop Tutorials

Sail into the air, visit a land of Kings and Queens, or play in a book. It’s easy to get lost in a fantasy world, and now you can make your own in Photoshop. Today we’re sharing tutorials from the intermediate to the mega-advanced on how to make fantasy scenes. Making a Book of Magical Playground Scene Design an Epic Fantasy Scene with Photoshop How to Create an Imaginative, Magical Painted Scene Creative Photoshop Animal King Photo Manipulation Tutorial Epic Fantasy Artwork in Photoshop How to Create a Fantasy Landscape Photo...

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Chromium’s HTML5 Agenda

If you’ve fallen victim to the Apple propaganda, you’re well aware that they invented HTML 5. HTML 5 is going to solve every problem on the web with introductions such as the <video>, <troll>, and <karatechop> tags. Since you’re so interested in this brand new technology (i.e. html) we recommend that you see the creation from the other propaganda machine Google. The Chromium Dev Blog announced today the launch of the html5 site that specializes in tutorials, commentary, and general giddiness related to HTML5. Here’s a direct link if you want to avoid (some of) the propaganda and get directly into the deep dark world that is the HTML5 underground. You can get started with learning about the <causecancer> tag as well as the new Javascript system for reporting your every move to...

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YAML of the US States for your RoR pleasure

I looked all over the place for a fixture/yaml file that I could use to seed my database with a simple rake db:fixtures:load for the US States. I have a need for it frequently in apps, and I always end up building it with a SQL statement. NO MORE. Just a quick regex on that SQL and voila! a yaml file. (Dear everyone, it’s not “viola”. Please stop spelling it that way.) This short and simple post is for all the Ruby on Rails junkies. Flux is a pretty big fan of ruby, just because it’s so easy to write and servers are catching up to handle its heavier parsing needs. So without further ado: Create the model at commandline or netbeans or whatever you crazy kids do now: script/generate model state name:string abbreviation:string Then decompress this little guy into your fixtures folder:...

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How to Pre-Order Your iPhone4

contributed by Dnobody (click to view full chart) Loading… still loading… go back to Step...

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Good-bye bit.ly, Hello t.co

Even though Twitter’s had its own URL shortener, it’s still not what everyone immediately springs for when they want to shorten a web address. To bring people around to the ways of the blue bird, Twitter is phasing in the use of converting all links — even those made under a different URL shortener — to their server: t.co. Overall, it will help reduce spam and provide a better analytical system for things like Promoted Tweets. To make things even more inconspicuous, you’ll be re-routed through t.co without even knowing it while your original link will be visible. Transparency: Twitter Has It. (read a full explanation on...

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HP’s Latest pr0n Monitor

The HP Zr30w S-IPS LCD Display… Until we actually get to play with one, we have to say this thing has bragging rights and awesome stamped all over it.  Here’s the rundown: 1.07 billion displayable colors, 2560×1600 resolution all in a 30″ package. In comparison, a [pathetic] standard monitor only displays 16.7 million colors. Luckily for us, HP did the math and points out that this [ultimate pr0n] 30″ monitor offers 64 times the display...

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