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If you own it you should be able to fix it. But, some manufacturers (like Apple) go out of their way to make their products downright hostile to 3rd party repair even bricking your phone if you use an unauthorized repair technician. We could fix this with legislation (already in some states) that tells manufacturers "I paid $$$ for this device, thank you very much. So, you don't get to control what I do with it."
Manufacturers have made it increasingly difficult for individuals or independent repair people to fix electronics. A growing movement is fighting back
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Hear the original voice synthesizer from the 1939 World's Fair. Because it predated most digital technology, it was an incredibly manual "instrument" that required a skilled operator a year to learn.

Still, Voder could mimic inflection and even singing. It also evolved into a weapon of war (helping with the Manhattan Project) and, much later, added its voice to popular music, like the Beastie Boys' Intergalactic. http://99percentinvisible.org/episode/vox-ex-machina/
In 1939, an astonishing new machine debuted at the New York World’s Fair. It was called the “Voder,” short for “Voice Operating Demonstrator.” It looked sort of like a futuristic church organ. An operator — known as a “Voderette” — sat at the Voder’s curved wooden console with a giant speaker towering behind her. She faced an expectant audience,
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Been watching some HTC Vive Virtual Reality headset demos. This stuff is really getting real w/ a great frame rate (90fps), HD resolution and wide field-of-view. But, the Portal immersion demo at the end of this guys video really sold it to me.
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This inventor makes no claims of perpetual motion but his micro-amp motor/generators are sure dancing on the edge of zero. If you blow on this one with a straw, it actually charges up.

The inventor also has a soup-can-sized 3D printed "AtmoMotor" design that runs off of static charges. Bring a balloon nearby and it spins. Or, run it "wirelessly" from a small Tesla coil. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aHMKiajMZrM
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Another elegant tensegrity-like structure by Da Vinci: The cantilever bridge. +Paul Jones 
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Merry Portal Christmas. This is brilliantly geeky on so many levels.
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The L.A. Times says that 81-year old Dick Van Dyke (of Mary Poppins and TV fame) is actually a closet 3D FX fan and hobbyist. He bought an Amiga Toaster back in the day and still messes around on his home computer with modifying 3D models of himself and animating them, although "the tough stuff is really smoke, water and fog. I'm forever working on my water effects."
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Changed to a major key, Darth Vader's theme sounds, I swear,  like a jubilant wedding march. You want to throw flowers and blow kisses. Very sweet.+Jonathan Scoggins 
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Love it. So nerdy on the musical and Star Wars fronts :D
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One windy day in December, windmills in Texas generated nearly 40 percent of the state's power.
Wind provided 40 percent of Texas’s electricity for 17 straight hours one windy day in December
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While I've done my share of popsicle weaving, I never thought of the curvature as a feature and not a bug.
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Can you solve the UK spy agency's Christmas card puzzle?

For Season's Greetings this year the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) sent out a card which included this puzzle whose solution could lead to a series of ever-harder puzzles. The starter puzzle looks doable (maybe)... 
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Blue Sky Innovation
plus.google.com

News, analysis and events about innovation and entrepreneurship

The seven deadly sins of HealthCare.gov
arstechnica.com

A data center failure is the latest in Obamacare site's trail of tears.

Month O' Monsters Day #16: Pacific Rim
jebkennedy.blogspot.com

To fight monsters, we created monsters... Today's illustration is a fan art poster for the movie, Pacific Rim. This movie draws a lot of it'

Illinois Becomes 14th State to Back Constitutional Amendment to Rein in ...
www.truth-out.org

Illinois Becomes 14th State to Back Constitutional Amendment to Rein in Citizens United

Ford launches ‘new’ ’65 Mustang
today.msnbc.msn.com

Everything old is new again — especially when it comes to the classic 1964-1/2, ’65 and ’66 Mustangs.

Pentium M - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
en.wikipedia.org

[edit] Banias. As the M line was originally designed in Israel, the first Pentium M was identified by the codename Banias, named after an an

An Eerily Beautiful Music Video Shot With Xbox Kinect
www.theatlantic.com

A lush music video for New Look's "Nap on the Bow" creates a rippling underwater world with Xbox's 3D camera

Side-by-side video makes Microsoft's Siri gaffe look even worse – Ce...
www.geek.com

Nov. 28, 2011 - Last week a Microsoft exec made headlines by dismissing Apple's Siri as good marketing, claiming that Windows Phone has had

Beautiful Stop-Motion Video Shows a Bookstore Coming Alive at Night
www.petapixel.com

Art director Sean Ohlenkamp, his wife Lisa, and an army of volunteers spent many sleepless nights at Type Books in Toronto, Canada moving, s

Helpful Mouse Fetuses Naturally Send Stem Cells to Mom to Fix Her Damage...
blogs.discovermagazine.com

Health & Medicine | embryonic stem cells | Cardiomyocytes damaged by a heart attackWhat's the News: Scientists are devoting countles

Toshiba's latest TV uses zero power in standby mode – Computer Chips...
www.geek.com

Nov. 28, 2011 - The power consumption of electrical devices is always up for discussion as the price of energy rises. While the amount of en

Build with Chrome
buildwithchrome.com

Now you can build with LEGO® bricks using Google Maps as your baseplate. Imagine. Explore. Build online in Chrome. #buildwithchrome

Pinch-to-Zoom and Rounded Rectangles: What the Jury Didn’t Say [Updated]
techpinions.com

As the Apple v. Samsung trial neared completion last week, I worried about how a jury of nine ordinary folks were going to make sense of hou

Shorter-winged swallows evolve around highways | Life | Science News
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Crossing the road has gotten easier for cliff swallows. Over generations, the mortal threat of speeding cars may have shortened their wings.

Viral Video Shows the Extent of U.S. Wealth Inequality
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The matter of wealth inequality in the United States is well known, but this video shows you the extent of that inequality in dramatic and g

Kid's Shell - safe kids mode
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Kid's Shell is a secure app developed to make your phone safe for children.With this application you can configure your phone to launch only

Portal Credits Song Player
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Allows you to play the ending credit songs, "Still Alive" and "Want You Gone", from the hit games Portal and Portal 2.

Ceremonials
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Shop Google Play on the web. Purchase and enjoy instantly on your Android phone or tablet without the hassle of syncing.