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Submission + - Butts - They're just Video Games! (

DesertNomad writes: Feminist Frequency's excellent Tropes vs Women in Video Games has a new installment on the prevailing ways that characters' butts are presented in games: with female characters, they're emphasized, centered and revealed; with male characters, it's often literally impossible to see their butts.

Submission + - Server retired after 18 years and ten months - Beat that, Readers! (

DesertNomad writes: Article in ElReg about a fairly aged Pentium-based server that lasted 18+ years without much in the way of service. Reminds me that I have a pair of working, occasionally used, Pentium-based notebooks (more like lug-books), one of which is a 1999 Thinkpad, and the other a 1996 CTX. I'm sure that there's plenty of boxes out there that have survived at least 18 years and that are in daily or constant use. The fans are always the tricky part!

Submission + - Who Woulda Thunk? Jamming Drones is the New Black (

DesertNomad writes: The drug cartels aren’t just buying golden Uzis anymore. As the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency, or CBP, has upped its drone patrols along America’s Mexican border, narcotics traffickers have responded with expensive technology of their own.

Submission + - Fake Bomb Detector Still in Use (

DesertNomad writes: "THE ADE 651 IS A SMALL, HANDHELD WAND with a plastic grip and a swiveling antenna, designed by a British company named ATSC for the ostensible purpose of finding hidden explosives."

Nowhere in the article does it mention how it probably is good for detecting red mercury, either the hot or cold kind!!!

Submission + - How ants and ketchup are alike: Both solid-like and liquid-like (

DesertNomad writes: Ants were sheared in a rheometer, a machine used to test the solid-like and liquid-like response of materials such as food, hand cream or melted plastic.The researchers found that the behavior of live ants was similar to that of dead ants: when the aggregation is forced to flow, live ants let go and play dead. In this case, the viscosity dramatically decreased as the speed increased.

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