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  • Black Friday ’14: E-commerce Pages Far Slower Than They Were in 2013
    By on November 30, 2014 | Comments Off  Comments

    An anonymous reader writes Black Friday news kicked off this weekend quite early when Best Buy was hit with a massive outage, but it turns out that was only half the story. The top 50 e-commerce websites were slower overall this year compared to last, suggesting customers were frustrated even if they could get to their favorite shopping site. Web performance monitoring company Catchpoint Systems looked at aggregate performance this weekend and compared (more…)

  • UK Government Backtracks On Black Box Snooping
    By on May 9, 2012 | Comments Off  Comments

    judgecorp writes “On the day the so-called snooper’s charter was included in proposed UK legislation, as part of the Queen’s Speech, it has emerged that the government is already backtracking on the controversial idea of making ISPs install black boxes to collect traffic and pass it to the authorities. The bill is not yet in a draft form, and TechWeek has learned there is a lot of maneuvering behind the scenes.”

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  • VIDEO: O’Sullivan pips Ebdon on marathon re-spotted black
    By on April 30, 2012 | Comments Off  Comments

    Peter Ebdon forces a re-spotted black against Ronnie O’Sullivan at the end of the opening frame of their first-round clash at the World Snooker Championship, with O’Sullivan eventually prevailing after a remarkable 21 shots.


  • Black Hole Emits a 1,000-Light-Year-Wide Gas Bubble
    By on July 9, 2010 | Comments Off  Comments

    PhrostyMcByte writes “12 million light-years away, in the outer spiral of galaxy NGC 7793, a bubble of hot gas approximately 1,000 light-years in diameter can be found shooting out of a black hole — one of the most powerful jets of energy ever seen. (Abstract available at Nature.) The bubble has been growing for approximately 200,000 years, and is expanding at around 1,000,000 kilometers per hour.”

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  • Black Hole Blows Huge Hot Gas Bubble (PIC)
    By on July 7, 2010 | Comments Off  Comments

    Astronomers find a huge bubble of hot gas, inflated by a black hole’s jets.


  • Call of Duty: Black Ops Will Have Dedicated Servers
    By on May 14, 2010 | Comments Off  Comments

    “I think dedicated servers are excellent. I don’t see any reason not to see them unless… well, I just don’t see any reason not to,” Treyarch president Mark Lamia said to PC Zone magazine. “It seems people like them and we’re excited about what we’re doing right now.”


  • ‘Intense’ Call of Duty Black Ops Dated
    By on April 30, 2010 | Comments Off  Comments

    Activision has given an official release date for the upcoming game, while claiming that it will be the most ‘intense, gripping and riveting experience possible’.


  • Colliding Particles Can Make Black Holes After All
    By on January 24, 2010 | Comments Off  Comments

    cremeglace writes with this excerpt from ScienceNOW: “You’ve heard the controversy. Particle physicists predict the world’s new highest-energy atom smasher, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) near Geneva, Switzerland, might create tiny black holes, which they say would be a fantastic discovery. Some doomsayers fear those black holes might gobble up the Earth — physicists say that’s impossible — and have petitioned the United Nations to stop (more…)

  • Six Great Black Friday Websites
    By on November 26, 2009 | Comments Off  Comments

    The day after Thanksgiving is the best day to find holiday bargains. But with so many stores offering deals, how—and where—do you start looking?


  • If Lewis Black Can’t Get Proper Health Insurance, Can You?
    By on July 27, 2009 | Comments Off  Comments

    “To make health a profit-making institution is psychotic,” rants Lewis Black while discussing his belief in God (or not). He’s speaking about his faith with Bob Schieffer at the Aspen Ideas Festival and gets sidetracked when he lists health care that actually pays the doctor’s bill.