Adam Estes

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The Twitter Archive at the Library of Congress Won't Actually Be Very Useful

An awesome but mostly uptappable data gold mine.
Adam Estes
1.5.13
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Thousands of iPad Minis Were Stolen from the Airport Hangar in Goodfellas

If your'e going to steal an iPad, do it right. Don't gank one of an unsuspecting subway passenger or stash it in your pants before sprinting out of an Apple store. Go to the airport hangar where the expensive little devices are kept after they arrive...
Adam Estes
11.15.12
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A $4.5 Billion Fine for Deepwater Horizon Is a Win for BP

Attention seekers of justices, destroyers of evil, lovers of birds: BP is going to pay. Two-and-a-half years after its Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded 50 miles off the Louisiana coast, pissing 206 million gallons of crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico...
Adam Estes
11.15.12
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What's Wrong With Robots Making Our iPhones?

What do you do when you're one of the world's largest electronics manufacturers and you've garnered global controversy for claims of low wages and substandard working conditions? Honhai, the Taiwanese company that owns Foxconn, decided last year it...
Adam Estes
11.15.12
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Biodiesel Made from Algae Is Now Available in California

A handful of gas stations in Northern California made history this week by becoming the first to offer algae-based diesel fuel at the pump. At select stations in Redwood City, Oakland, Berkeley and San Jose, the algae fuel company Solazyme will be...
Adam Estes
11.14.12
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Government Requests for Google User Data Have Skyrocketed

Google's latest Transparency Report is out, and guess what. It's troubling! Google senior policy analyst Dorothy Chou breaks the bad news rather concisely in an official Google blog post: "Government surveillance is on the rise."
Adam Estes
11.13.12
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It's Impossible to Keep a Secret These Days

Let's have a little talk about secrets. There are all kinds of secrets out there in the world: personal secrets, state secrets, secret recipes, secret sauces, top secrets, secret levels in video games, Victoria's Secret. The list goes on. But as we're...
Adam Estes
11.13.12
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Titan: The Most Super of All the Supercomputers

Bow down to the Titan supercomputer, puny mortals. Because the Titan just earned the title for the world's most powerful supercomputer, and it is not fucking around. Built by Cray Inc., "the supercomputer company," and Nvidia, the Titan is the result...
Adam Estes
11.12.12
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Bacteria Are Mysteriously Producing Power Cables on the Ocean Floor

Making electricity is a huge pain in the ass for us humans. For the majority of our power, we have to go find coal—of which there's less and less every year—lug it to a power plant that we also had to build and then find some miserable soul to shovel...
Adam Estes
10.25.12
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"Dreams from My Real Father" Is Kind of a Tin-Foil Hat "Innocence of Barack Obama"

In recent weeks, conservative operatives have been audience-testing a new Obama documentary that purports to the the _real_ truth about the president's background. ""Dreams From My Real Father: A Story of Reds and Deception"":http://www...
Adam Estes
10.25.12
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The Controversial Technology Behind the Romney Tan

Not sure if you noticed or not, but Mitt Romney's rocking a pretty suspicious October glow. It's that rich guy look that former private equity executives pick up on weekend trips to the Caymans, where they go to visit their money. It's also the best...
Adam Estes
10.24.12
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Earth Wants Curiosity Back, But Who's Going to Go Get It?

Even though the Curiosity Rover has only been on Mars for two months, but NASA's already talking about how to bring her home. Or is it him? Either way, everybody's favorite $2.5 billion SUV could be chilling out in the National Air and Space Museum...
Adam Estes
10.24.12
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