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The Secret Science Of Sexual Attraction In Poland (Not Newcastle): Photos

YOU cannot argue with the science: why men notice women who flash the flesh in winter more than they notice women who do the same in the summer:

Women’s bare flesh in winter is a bigger turn-on for men, says a new research.

To reach the conclusion, a group of male subjects were asked, at different times of the year, to rate photos of women. They gave their highest scores in the winter and autumn, and their lowest scores in the summer.

Researchers at University of Wroclaw in Poland who carried out the experiment believe the seasonal variation may have an impact on mate choice and on levels of adultery.

There is no clear explanation for the variation, but the researchers say one theory is that fewer female bodies are on display in the winter, so the rarity makes them more attractive. *

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Posted: 23rd, January 2011 | In: Key Posts, Technology | Comments (3)


Dot Dot Dot: A Bad Video Game Review Is Given Depth With Music And A Big Voice

THE ultimate video game review set to music and voiced by a megalomaniac (or bitter overlooked Star Trek captain). “Axman13” has written a poor review of a RPG called Super PSTW. But is it without depth?

One day all comments will look like this:

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Posted: 23rd, January 2011 | In: Technology | Comment


Drivers Take On The Iciest Hill In The World (Squirrel Hill, Pittsburgh)

TO Squirrel Hill, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. They come to watch the ice hill races…

Posted: 19th, January 2011 | In: Technology | Comment


Stephen Fry’s GPS Masterclass Will Keep You Stupid

STEPHEN Fry tunes into the voiceover in his head and tells viewers of his QI show that GPS works like this:

“You send a signal from your GPS device. You’ve got to be at least three, usually four or five satellites – that receive your signal. And the difference in time it takes to get from one satellite to the other to the other, which is milliseconds, allows them to calculate your position to within 10 metres.”

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Posted: 18th, January 2011 | In: Technology | Comment


David Beckham’s Porsche Is For Sale: Photos

ANYONE who wants to buy David’s Beckham’s Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolet can. For all petrol heads, this one’s a 3.6L H6 SFI DOHC Turbo Gasoline car in Matt Black. It’s got 6,774 miles on the clock. It’s got a Techart exhaust, ’23’ emblems “throughout (on the front hood, deck lid, rims and steering wheel), also embroidered on the front and rear seats and custom fitted floor mats”.

Beckham is listed as a “non smoker”.

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Posted: 11th, January 2011 | In: Technology | Comments (11)


Jared Loughner: The Fake Facebook Accounts

JARED Loughner is the stick with which to beat Sarah Palin crosshairs – but not Barack Obama’s gun. Richard Bartholomew looks at the fake Facebook sites set up in Loughner’s name that aim to push a vested interest, to make capital from a grammar Nazi who murdered six peoples, shots 14 more and ruined many lives:

A number of Twitter feeds and forums are trumpeting what purports to be information from Jared Loughner’s Facebook page – e.g. here:

Although Jared Loughner’s Facebook page has been scrubbed, leave it up to some extremely proactive folks who are on top of the situation. Look very closely at the people Loughner admires: Kenyan-born Muslim Barack Hussein Obama, Saul Alinksy, Noam Chomsky, Hugo Chávez and Che Guevara…ALL COMMUNISTS! What did I tell you?

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Posted: 10th, January 2011 | In: Technology | Comment


Fail Of The Day: The Breasts That Bend Time

CAN you believe all you see on the internet?

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Posted: 10th, January 2011 | In: Technology | Comment


Simone Back Died On Facebook Because Mental Illness Is Mocked

SIMONE Back, 42 and living in Brighton, posted on her Facebook Wall a Christmas Day message:

“Took all my pills be dead soon so bye bye every one.”

She had 1,048 friends. None of them called the authorities. Did they do this because modern life is about watching without engagement?

She took the pills. Simone Back died. Her body was found when her mother, Jennifer Langridge, heard of the message and called the police. That was 17 hours the original post.

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Posted: 7th, January 2011 | In: Key Posts, Technology | Comments (14)


Sega Toylets Games: Can Your Pee Lift The Girl’s Skirt?

SEGA has released its Toylet games. It’s big step up form chasing the fag butt down the drain or cleaning the bowl. Can your urine win? Can Sega take on the Nintendo Wii? Wired reports. Grab your curly crosshairs and read on:

“Each urinal is installed with a pressure sensor. An LCD screen is mounted on the wall above, letting the gamer select from and play four different minigames. There’s “Mannekin Pis,” which simply measures how hard you can pee, and “Graffiti Eraser,” which lets you remove paint by pointing a hose in different directions.

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Posted: 7th, January 2011 | In: Technology | Comments (3)


Steve Jobs Versus Dragons’ Den: The iPad Is Crap

STEVE Jobs will now pitch his iPad to The Dragon’s Den. The iPad might be the saviour of long-sighted iPhone users and people for whom travels rugs and other lap warmers are not high-tec enough.

And because it sits on your lap it is perfect for interactive masturbators and other iUsers.

But what we think is not important – what the smug-faced, mocking moneymen make of it is:

Posted: 6th, January 2011 | In: Technology | Comment


Chaser The Border Collie Knows More That Your GCSE Students

CHASER the border collie can understand the names of 1,022 household items. But can he use them?

It’s taken Wofford College, South Carolina, psychologists Alliston Reid and John Pilley three years to conduct their research. They have written up their finding in the journal Behavioural Process.

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Posted: 24th, December 2010 | In: Technology | Comment


Japanese Scientists Create Singing Mouse Choir With Dog Tails

THOSE whacky Japanese scientists has bred a mouse that chips like a bird. This mean birds will have to adapt or lose a big part of their charm. In the meanwhile, Hanna Barbera cartoons Inc have a new muse.

AS for the singing mice, well, the University of Osaka formed the creature in their “Evolved Mouse Project”. Lead researcher Arikuni Uchimura says:

Mutations are the driving force of evolution. [Mr Uchimura’s mother was small bottle nosed dolphin-earwig half-breed called Danni.] We have cross-bred the genetically modified mice for generations to see what would happen. We checked the newly born mice one by one… One day we found a mouse that was singing like a bird.”

For good measure, Dr Moreau has created “a mouse with short limbs and a tail like a dachshund“.

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Posted: 22nd, December 2010 | In: Technology | Comment


Bank Of America Wonders If Brian Moynihan Sucks

AS WIKILEAKES and Julian Assange get ready for what many believe to be a news dump on Bank of America, the bank has set about securing a good press – or at last preventing a bad one – by buying domain names. It’s just taken onweship of BrianMoynihanBlows.com, BrianTMoynihanSucks.com and BrianMoynihanSucks.com. This is because Brian Moynihan is the bank’s boss and the bank’s enemies can’t spell, use Facebook or tweet…

Spotter: Business Insider

Posted: 22nd, December 2010 | In: Technology | Comment


Australia Introduces Airbags On The Outside Of Cars

FANTASTIC travel news from Ashes-starved Australia, from where Tim Blair reports that Sydney cyclists are to get their own traffic lights and, in a bid to prevent injuries, cars will come with airbags on the outside. Yeah, the bag will inflate just, er, before the collision.

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Posted: 22nd, December 2010 | In: Technology | Comment (1)


Wikileaks Should Wear Its iPhone Ban With Pride

APPLE has banned Wikilekas app. from it’s iPhone. The Big Corporation disapproves. Julian Assange should not worry. He should wear the ban as a badge of honour, with pride.

Trudy Muller tells the New York Times that the Wikileaks app “violated our developer guidelines. Apps must comply with all local laws and may not put an individual or group in harm’s way.

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Posted: 21st, December 2010 | In: Technology | Comment


ITV News Attacks Nigella Lawson On Twitter

NIGELLA Lawson is “nowhere near as attractive as she thinks she is”. Not our opinion, rather that of an ITV news worker who appears to have logged into the wrong Twitter account. The message lasted only a short while before being deleted…

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Posted: 20th, December 2010 | In: Technology | Comment (1)


Woman Sues Google Over Her Knickers

THE woman from Fukuoka, Japan, is so upset that Google Street View took photos of her knickers. She is now suing Google for 600,000 yen. Says she in court:

“I was overwhelmed with anxiety that I might be the target of a sex crime. It caused me to lose my job and I had to change my residence.”

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Posted: 19th, December 2010 | In: Technology | Comment


Emma Watson Is The World’s First Moving iPad Cover Girl

EMMA Watson, the Harry Potter WILF, is  the  first person to feature on a moving magazine cover for iPad, namely the Marie Claire offering. The Daily Prophet may yet be made real:

Says Joanna Coles, editor in chief of Marie Claire, New York:

“It’s the first time that it’s been done and I’m so excited. I showed it to a couple of men in the office and they just wanted it sitting on their desk, running on a loop, because it’s just so much fun – it looks like Emma’s kind of flirting, but in a nice way.”

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Posted: 17th, December 2010 | In: Key Posts, Technology | Comment (1)


British Soldiers Issued With Massive Utility Codpieces: Photos

WHEN all else fails, make the enemy in Helmand think you have a gigantic penis and balls the size of Aunt Bessie’s Yorkshire puddings. Time to wear the combat codpiece.

The “Tier 2” device (military speak, readers) aims to protect the soldier’s genitals, especially from roadside bombs which explode upwards. It is cable in khaki, vermillion and if you order now you get fairy lights, an inbuilt vinyl record player on which to play Christmas albums, two supper woofers, a flare gun and a button than when pressed releases a flag bearing the message “BANG! BANG! BABY!”.

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Posted: 17th, December 2010 | In: Key Posts, Technology | Comment


Word Lens Means You’re Never Alone In Wales

WORLD Lens is the iPhone app that can translate any word it’s pointed at into any language via your iPhone’s video camera. You need never get lost in rural Wales again and be sent the wrong way by a farmer looking to pass the time.

Also, look out for it being fitted to Sky Sports cameras and so making those hard to read foreign fans’ banners easier on the eye.

Posted: 17th, December 2010 | In: Technology | Comment


America Declares Antarctica A Wikileaks Free Zone

AMERICANS in Antarctica must not read Wikileaks’s leaks. Americans elsewhere can read all about the Wikileaks leaks all over the web – or is they worked for the US military, they might be one of the 3 million people who had access to the stuff before it was leaked.

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Posted: 17th, December 2010 | In: Technology | Comments (4)


Is Gary McKinnon The Original Julian Assange?

GARY McKinnon is not Julian Assange. Up the road from Westminster, Assange and his grandstanding celebrity pals was getting mobbed by the media. On Westminster Bridge, Janis Sharp held aloft a card signed by politicians and well wishers for her son, computer hacker Gary McKinnon.

The US military and politicos want him to stand trial for hacking into top secret military computers and, allegedly, messing with files. If he is found guilty for seven charges, he could be sent down for 70 years. Mr McKinnon is 44.

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Posted: 14th, December 2010 | In: Technology | Comment


Wikileaks Is Killed: Openleaks.Org Is The Future

ALL hail Openleaks.org. It’s been set up by Wikileaks insiders unhappy with Julian Assange. They say Assange “has weakened the organization”.

As we asked in September: Has Julian Assange’s Fame Wrecked Wikileaks?

Daniel Domscheit-Berg says Wikileaks is “too much focused on one person, and one person is always much weaker than an organization“.

Will he now turn whistleblower and expose Wikileaks? Looks like it. He is publish a book called “Inside WikiLeaks: My Time at the World’s Most Dangerous Website” in Germany in January.

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Posted: 12th, December 2010 | In: Key Posts, Technology | Comment


Students Use Google Live To Avoid Kettling In London Demo

TO avoid kettling at the student demo, the cool kids have been using a Live Protest Map on Google. There is no danger of police leaning about this and using it to counter the protesters because they only see the media as a tool to get their message out. They do not do the conversation the web is so good at.

The best bit is, of course, that the students now have mobile phones with GPS, video cameras, Twitter and all the tools of control the state used to keep for itself. Frr4edom is out there – it’s carrying a big stick…

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Posted: 9th, December 2010 | In: Technology | Comment (1)


Wikileaks: 4Chan Operation: Payback Brings Down Visa.com

WIKILEAKS: Operation Payback has hit Visa. Or is it Operation Avenge Asange?

The site Visa.com is down. Now if the hackers who hits Paypal ,Mastercard and Swiss bank PostFinance can disable those credit card systems, then who can fail but be impressed?

Incidentally, Visa Europe chose today to launches it’s contactless payment system. Consider it a fail…

4chan – can they save Wikileaks?

READUS State Department Invites Julian Assange To Speak At World Press Freedom Day 2011

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Posted: 8th, December 2010 | In: Technology | Comments (4)