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The Almighty Buck

Top 10 Things You CAN'T Have For Christmas 230

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the i-just-want-2-front-teeth dept.
Zothecula writes "It's getting a little late for a last minute Christmas shopping list, but not to worry, most of us outside the Forbes Top 100 couldn't afford any of these anyway! Still, it's fascinating to look at what's possible if the word 'budget' isn't in your vocabulary, so here's a look at what you won't be getting for Christmas (CT: Warning, gizmag features really intrusive advertising) this year – the most outrageous examples of high-end overkill from 2010."
Media

Smokescreen, a JavaScript-Based Flash Player 356

Posted by kdawson
from the now-to-optimize dept.
Tumbleweed writes "How to make Steve Jobs your mortal enemy: Smokescreen, a 175KB, 8,000-line JavaScript-based Flash player written by Chris Smoak at RevShock, a mobile ad startup, and to be open-sourced 'in the near future.' From Simon's blog: 'It runs entirely in the browser, reads in SWF binaries, unzips them (in native JS), extracts images and embedded audio, and turns them into base64 encoded data: URIs, then stitches the vector graphics back together as animated SVG. ... Smokescreen even implements its own ActionScript bytecode interpreter.' Badass!"

+ - American Bar Association's Lists Top 100 Blogs->

Submitted by dpille
dpille (547949) writes "The American Bar Association recently listed the editors' top 100 legal blogs, along with a call to "help (them) find blawgs worthy of note." With the notable absence of such slashdot standbys as groklaw or Ray Beckerman's blog, and with a preference for Patently O over my favorite Patent Prospector, the slashdot community might well be able to improve that list. What other law-related blogs do we read?"
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Japan

"Universal Jigsaw Puzzle" Hits Stores In Japan 241

Posted by timothy
from the fools-the-eye dept.
Riktov writes "I came across this at a Tokyo toy store last week, and it's one of the coolest things I've seen in a long time. Jigazo Puzzle is a jigsaw puzzle, but you can make anything with it. It has just 300 pieces which are all just varying shades of a single color, though a few have gradations across the piece; i.e., each piece is a generic pixel. Out of the box, you can make Mona Lisa, JFK, etc, arranging it according to symbols printed on the reverse side. But here's the amazing thing: take a photo (for example, of yourself) with a cell-phone, e-mail it to the company, and they will send you back a pattern that will recreate that photo. This article is in Japanese, but as they say, a few pictures are worth a million words. And 300 pixels are worth an infinite number of pictures."
Software

+ - When moderating, my primary goal is to:

Submitted by VRisaMetaphor
VRisaMetaphor (87720) writes "When moderating, my primary goal is to:

* help the best comments float to the top
* make the worst comments sink to the bottom
* up-mod comments I agree with
* down-mod comments I don't agree with
* seek and destroy trolls
* slap moderation critics offtopic
* make metamods go WTF?
* annoy CowboyNeal"
The Military

+ - Air Strike Tracker, visual record of US airstrikes->

Submitted by
Neil Halloran
Neil Halloran writes "The Air Strike Tracker chronicles every reported U.S. air strike that has affected civilians since September 11, 2001. The visual interface (using Flash 10's 3D functionality) makes information about each incident from numerous sources highly accessible, often providing the ability to view online videos and other relevant media. You can browse incidents by location, date, or tags (e.g. unmanned drones, official investigations, local protest). Note that he Air Strike Tracker is an ongoing project, and we will continue to update the underlying data as new information is obtained."
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