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5-year-old girl discussing Leia's slave outfit with her dad is pure gold — Adam Buxton recorded a conversation with his 5-year-old daughter her thoughts on Princess Leia's famous slave outfit. The conversation is hilarious on itself but when he got The Brothers McLeod to animate her thoughts, it turned into pure comedic gold.
Dec 21, 2014

@carrieffisher will most probably love this 5-year-old girl discussing Princess Leia's slave outfit with her dad…

The secret engine technology that made the SR-71 the fastest plane ever — On December 17, 1903, the Wright brothers flew the first airplane ever at 6.8 mph (10.9 km/h). Only 61 years and five days later, the Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird took off. It's still the world's fastest airplane with a speed of 2,193 mph (3,530 km/h.) This fascinating video reveals how its top secret engine technology works.

First Drone Launches at FAA Test Site in Nevada, Crashes Immediately — Friday was a big day at the drone testing facility in Boulder City, Nevada. It was the day that the first drone authorized to fly without FAA approval would take to the air. The bright orange unmanned aircraft, Magpie, did just that-and then it crashed to the ground in an embarrassing cloud of dust two seconds later.

North Korea Wants to Work With the U.S. to Investigate the Sony Hack — In a predictably bizarre move, officials in Pyongyang are now proposing that North Korea and the United States work together on a joint investigation into the Sony Pictures hack. The country says it can prove that they didn't do it. North Korea also warned of the gravest consequences if the U.S.

Battle of the Baking Scales: Drop Kitchen vs. Perfect Bake — Whaddya mean I can just pour ingredients onto either of these smart scales until they tell me to stop and I get delicious homemade cookies for my trouble?! What sort of black magic is this? It's called "baking by weight" and it will change the way you look at cooking.

A Single Chinese Town Makes Most of the World's Christmas Decorations — At this point in time, you've already hung your tinsel and decorated your tree with blinking lights. Maybe there's even a glowing Santa statue on your lawn. But did you ever step back and think about where all of these holiday decorations come from? A factory in China is the easy answer.
Dec 20, 2014

Geezus. The Chinese town that makes the world's Christmas decorations looks like a nightmare

Meet Amazon's #1 Reviewer, a Mysterious Woman Who Loves Computers — Ali Julia may or may not be her real name. But to the complex and influential world of Amazon reviews, Ali Julia is a name to be reckoned with. The mysterious Boston woman with an affection for computers and battery chargers is the number one ranked reviewer on Amazon.

Taiwanese Animators Have the Most Insane Take on the Sony Hack — "Sony exposed its nuts to the world this week, and it's been confirmed, they're real small." Your friendly neighborhood Taiwanese Animators have the best, most insane Hot Take on the Sony hack and the ensuing parade of idiocy. It's been a while since we've posted something from these guys.

Study: Dr. Oz is full of shit — Do you get your medical advice from "America's doctor," Dr. Oz? Well, you should probably stop doing that. Because a new study out from the British Medical Journal says that his advice is baseless or wrong about half the time. Researchers randomly selected 40 episodes of his show and examined 160 recommendations.

​Amazon Echo Review: I Just Spoke to the Future And It Listened — It only took me a few hours to get cozy with my new assistant. "Alexa," I barked at the nine-inch black cylinder on my coffee table, "Shut up." The lights on top of the cylinder went dark; the embarrassing 90s music playing from its speaker cut out. "Alexa, what's the weather?"
Dec 19, 2014

RT @mariojoze: you know when plug in a gadget and it works much better than you were expecting:…

Dec 19, 2014

you know when plug in a gadget and it works much better than you were expecting:…

Dec 19, 2014

Our Amazon Echo review. Sounds like fun! Now if only Majel Barrett could have lent her voice talent...…

Paramount Cancels Team America Screenings Because Everyone's a Coward — Due to to circumstances beyond our control, the TEAM AMERICA 12/27 screening has been cancelled. We apologize & will provide refunds today. - Alamo Drafthouse DFW (@AlamoDFW) December 18, 2014 In the wake of Sony Pictures canceling its release of The Interview, some theaters opted to show Team America: World Police as a sort of protest.
Dec 19, 2014

WTF is right. Hollywood should stop believing its terrorist films can be real & they targets. #sonyhack #teamamerica…

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Leaked Sony IT Evaluations: "There Is No Overall Strategy" — We already knew that, mere months before hackers attacked Sony, the company's execs were aware of extensive issues plaguing its IT department. Now, leaked 2012 evaluations from Sony IT employees shed light on a department full of internal strife, lacking the necessary tools to do its job.

Indulge Your Inner Child and Lose a Few Hours To This Online Spirograph — We've got computer graphics software that's so powerful it can generate images that make it seem like dinosaurs are back. But they still can't compare to the simple satisfaction you get from making a really complex hypotrochoid or epitrochoid with a marker and some perforated gears.

FCC Mysteriously Lost Hundreds of Thousands Net Neutrality Comments — As the Sony hack makes internet regulation a top priority, startling new revelations about how the FCC handled public comments on net neutrality just came in. New analysis of the data the FCC recently released about the process shows that the agency lost and/or ignored a whole bunch public comments.
Dec 20, 2014

Appurrrrenly the FCC just mysteriously lost hundreds of thousands of net neutrality comments...

Dec 19, 2014

RT @Gizmodo: The FCC mysteriously lost hundreds of thousands of net neutrality comments

Sony Just Accidentally Released a New Promo for The Interview — Despite the fact that Sony has absolutely no plans to release The Interview in any way anytime soon, a new promo just popped up on YouTube. Pray for that poor PR intern. The YouTube summary makes absolutely no mention of any of the daram surrounding the now-cancelled release, so more likely than not, a PR intern somewhere is about to suffer dearly.
Dec 18, 2014

Sony took the promo clip it just accidentally released down, but THE INTERNET NEVER FORGETS…

Did Sony Reveal Its Next Smartphone in Leaked Bond-Movie Product Pitch? — For years, Sony's smartphones have been competent but uninspired. Maybe product placement in Spectre, the Bond flick whose script was recently leaked, can help? At the very least, these product-placement pitches, sent from Sony's electronics team to its movie studio, show that Sony could be fancying up its flagship smartphone for Hollywood and beyond.
Dec 18, 2014

Well, hello there, Sony Xperia Z4. You're looking mighty fine in these leaked pitches for the new James Bond film.…

Dec 18, 2014

Did Sony Reveal Its Next Smartphone in Leaked Bond-Movie Product Pitch?…

J. Allard's Farewell Email to His Microsoft Team: "I Require No Assistance Finding The Door" — Earlier we discovered that J. Allard, the Father of the Xbox, is leaving Microsoft. This was the goodbye email he sent to his team: From: J Allard Date: May 25, 2010 8:56:08 AM PDT To: "Robert (Robbie) Bach", Entertainment & Devices Division FTE Cc: Senior Leadership Team Subject: Decide. Change.
Dec 19, 2014

There's a fine tradition of 'leaving Microsoft' announcements; I always liked J Allard's. What is he up to now?…

Sony Pictures CEO: We Have Not Given In — In a laughable dodge, Sony Pictures CEO Michael Lynton has responded to President Obama's assertions that Sony Pictures made a mistake by pulling The Interview. His case? Essentially "nu uh."
Dec 19, 2014

Exactly - Given in and given up are two very different things. RT @Gizmodo: Sony Pictures CEO: "We have not given in"

Holy Crap, This Guy's Got Two Mind-Controlled Robot Arms! — Great news, everyone! We're one step closer to the Ghost in the Shell future we've been promised since 1995. Leslie Baugh has become the first shoulder-level double amputee to receive a pair of robotic arms. And the best part is, they're mind-controlled. Baugh lost both arms in an electrical accident four decades ago.