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March 10, 2009

Attention world! We are now living in the cyborg future

grinding.be -- usb memory stick in prosthetic finger

Yes, that is a USB flash memory drive where his finger should be.

The story behind this is that Jerry had a motorcycle accident last May and lost a finger. When the doctor working on the artificial finger heard he is a hacker, the immediate suggestion was to embed a USB “finger drive” to the design. Now he carries a Billix Linux distribution and the Freddy Got Fingered movie as part of his hand.

March 02, 2009

How to: Make badass medieval gauntlets

Building a Medieval Gauntlet

February 28, 2009

Amazon Backs Off Text-to-Speech Feature in Kindle 2

Amazon Backs Off Text-to-Speech Feature in Kindle - Bits Blog - NYTimes.com

Amazon announced today it will let publishers decide whether they want the new Kindle e-book device to read their books aloud.

The text-to-speech feature allows Kindle owners to have books read to them in a male or female computerized voice. The president of the Author’s Guild, Roy Blount Jr., recently contributed an essay to the editorial page of The New York Times laying out the guild’s objections to the feature, which he said undermined the market for the professional audio books that are sold separately.

Amazon maintains that the feature is legal, and that it would in fact increase the market for audio books.

February 26, 2009

How to: Screenprint for under $10

down and dirty screenprinting for under 10$

February 25, 2009

This is the coolest prosthetic ever

Double-amputee New Zealander has mermaid dreams fulfilled - Engadget

New Zealander Nadya Vessey -- who lost both of her legs to the knee when she was a child -- has just received a prosthesis that's pretty much unlike anything we've ever seen (outside of Splash). About two years ago, she approached Weta Workshop, who specialize in design and manufacturing of costumes and special effects (and have worked on projects such as The Lord of the Rings trilogy) to see if the company might be interested in making her a working, prostethic mermaid tail. Turns out they were, and they've just completed the final product. The tail, which is composed of wetsuit fabric and plastic molds, with a custom paint job and digitally-imaged effects, enables Nadya to swim quite effectively, apparently, and is an all around sexy piece of machinery.

February 24, 2009

The pirate station

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Simply plug in a 8GB jumpdrive and get all of the Oscar-nominated films for free.

February 18, 2009

Facebook reacts to protests, reverts to old terms of service

Facebook | Update on Terms

A couple of weeks ago, we revised our terms of use hoping to clarify some parts for our users. Over the past couple of days, we received a lot of questions and comments about the changes and what they mean for people and their information. Based on this feedback, we have decided to return to our previous terms of use while we resolve the issues that people have raised.

Many of us at Facebook spent most of today discussing how best to move forward. One approach would have been to quickly amend the new terms with new language to clarify our positions further. Another approach was simply to revert to our old terms while we begin working on our next version. As we thought through this, we reached out to respected organizations to get their input.

Going forward, we've decided to take a new approach towards developing our terms. We concluded that returning to our previous terms was the right thing for now. As I said yesterday, we think that a lot of the language in our terms is overly formal and protective so we don't plan to leave it there for long.

February 17, 2009

How to: Make a yoga bag from old pants

Yoga Mat Bag from Old Pants

February 13, 2009

Water-powered jetpack is suprisingly awesome

Water-powered Jetlev makes jetpacks fun for non-daredevils - Engadget

As you can imagine, the jetpack works as described in the patent, with it employing a flexible hose / tether that gets paired with a separate vessel that houses the propulsion engine and other related systems. That apparently greatly improves the thrust to weight ratio compared to a standalone jetpack, and makes the system a good deal safer as a bonus. While it's still undergoing tests, the company says it'll be accepting orders for the first model, a 155 HP version, in April of this year, and it says that the first venues offering flights could be up and running as soon as this summer. Until then, you'll just have to make do with the video after the break.

February 09, 2009

How to: Unlock handcuffs with a bobbypin

Unlock handcuffs with a bobby pin

February 08, 2009

How to: Make a dorky steampunk hat with goggles and earpieces

Steampunk Flying Helmet with goggles and headphone attachments