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April 25, 2012

How to tell who's tracking you online

Wrote Michael Moyer, "[In February of this year] Mozilla introduced Collusion, an add-on for the Firefox browser that shows you how companies are tracking you as you surf the web. A cool visual demonstration of the software illustrates all the links that form as you crisscross just a few popular sites online, including IMDB, the New York Times and the Huffington Post. The software shows the connections between sites you visit and third-party tracking and advertising networks such as Doubleclick and Scorecard Research. It makes plain the invisible web that has been woven through the Web."

[via Scientific American]

April 25, 2012 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

Lazy Sunday Pants

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100% cotton; removable pockets secured with Velcro.

Small, Medium, Large.

€50.

[via Fancy]

April 25, 2012 at 03:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Konstantin Tsiolkovsky: 16 steps to colonize our galaxy

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Tsiolkovsky, among the giants undergirding Russia's space ventures, wrote up a game plan for space colonization published in 1926; it appears up top.

So far the course of human endeavor in space has followed his outline quite closely.

Man has accomplished numbers 1-8 (with the exception of #7).

Step #12, "Colonization of the asteroid belt," got a jumpstart yesterday with an announcement by Planetary Sciences — founded three years ago but in deep black until last week — that it plans to send robotic spacecraft to remotely mine asteroids.

The first thing to be mined: water.

"It now costs some $76,000 a gallon to launch water from the surface of the Earth into orbit." 

April 25, 2012 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Anti-Theft Laptop Case

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For MacBook Pro.

"For you, it's a laptop case. For a mugger, it's just a newspaper."

Choice of five papers:

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€60.

April 25, 2012 at 01:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Who knew there were cowboys in South Sudan?

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Full disclosure: not Photoshopped.

Not me, that's for sure, until I went out to the end of my driveway this morning to get my daily papers and, on the way back, happened to glance at the front page of the Washington Post only to espy — above the fold — a photo of South Sudanese President Salva Kir reviewing Chinese troops at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing alongside Chinese President Hu Jintao (top).

Live and learn.

April 25, 2012 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Egg Pillow

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That's different.

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From a website: "Your boiled egg can lay comfortably on its colored pillow, waiting for you to consume it. After use, it can be washing in the washing machine."

Set of four: $8.93 (eggs not included).

April 25, 2012 at 11:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Speed thrills when it comes to the Internet

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Long story short: The Washington Post's website, which I've criticized here in the past for being painfully slow, appears to have streamlined itself (top) and is now up from the depths, tied for 5th fastest news site according to Adam Sherk's tests (below).

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Nicely done.

[via Katharine Weymouth]

April 25, 2012 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Auto-Retracting Utility Knife

Big ups.

From Industrial Supply: "Auto-Retracting Utility Knife automatically retracts its blade the moment it loses contact with the material being cut. This distinctive safety feature engages even if the user is still holding the blade slider forward in the open position."

"The auto-retract mechanism cannot be overridden under normal use. The tool accepts all standard utility knife blades."

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From the May issue of Wired: "No more reminding yourself to stow the blade on your box cutter. If you drop the knife, internal springs will sheathe the blade before it hits the ground."

Bonus: They've also made blade changing much easier, enabling you to do so without unscrewing the handle and then fiddling around with placing the new blade just so in its housing.

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$19.99.

April 25, 2012 at 09:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (4) | TrackBack

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