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This is the custom engagement ring box made by TheModelMaker to look like the house from Pixar’s ‘Up’. It’s the perfect engagement ring box to say, “If you die on me, I will become a crotchety old man.” Reminds me of the time I asked a girlfriend to marry me with a Monsters, Inc. engagement ring box and she was all, “OMG, I love this movie!” then opened it up and saw the ring and was all, “OMG, I’m not ready for this, take it back, please — take it back.” Then I asked her sister and she said no too so I had no choice but to move to a cave in the mountains where I died from a broken heart the very next day. Jk jk, bear attack — apparently they don’t like sharing caves.
Hit the jump for a couple more shots and BONUS Toy Story and WALL-E engagement ring boxes. PROTIP: if you get me a WALL-E I will say yes.
The White House is looking to 3D printing as a model to revitalize the American manufacturing industry. Oh, and to help design new weapons and equipement for the military. That’s the basis of a new $ 200 million public-private initiative announced by the White House this morning, which will create three new advanced manufacturing centers around the country. The White House is opening a competitive bidding process to universities and companies to host these centers, but all three will be modeled after a 3D printing institute launched in Ohio late last year, also funded by the government.
The White House is reportedly close to backing an FBI plan that would simplify online wiretapping by providing for significant fines against web services that refuse law enforcement requests. The New York Times reports that companies could face fines of up to $ 25,000 day if they fail to comply with judge-issued wiretap orders.
Citing officials familiar with the deliberations, The Times reports that while the FBI’s original idea would have mandated every internet communications service to build in a backdoor for wiretaps, the modified proposal would instead focus on companies that don’t comply with judges’ orders. While current law requires companies to make good faith efforts to comply, they were able to claim they tried to…
Two months after appointing Todd Park as Chief Technology Officer, the White House has picked Nicole Wong for the newly created position of Chief Privacy Officer. Details about the job are still MIA, but she’ll likely be working closely with Park. One thing’s for sure, though: Wong brings some serious Silicon Valley cred to the table, having worked on product copyright and privacy issues at Google for eight years and, more recently, serving as Twitter’s legal director. If you recall, the EFF gave that social network high marks when it released its annual report last week — an auspicious sign if we’ve ever seen one.
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The debate over taxing out-of-state online sales in the US has been raging for years, but there are signs that the often messy saga is finally winding to a close… well, maybe. The Senate just voted 69-27 in favor of the Marketplace Fairness Act, a bill that would make internet retailers collect out-of-state sales taxes that Americans are already obligated to pay, but rarely do under a current system that puts the onus on (frequently unaware) buyers. Don’t be too hasty in cheering or jeering the apparent conclusion, however. The bill’s next stop is the House of Representatives, and the reception may be decidedly colder this time around. The act could be submitted to the President this year if it does survive the gauntlet, although a six-month buffer would likely push any tax changes to 2014 if the bill is ever signed into law.
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Source: The Washington Times
These are the series of Game of Thrones house sigils recreated with Pokemons by artist Cami Sanders. Now before any of you come at me arguing that Pokemons isn’t the plural of Pokemon, I want you to take this into consideration: I don’t care. I like saying Pokemons because it sounds fun and neither rain, hail nor gunfire is going to stop me. Okay, gunfire might stop me. My point is this: stop wasting your time arguing about things nobody cares about, it just makes you look petty. “Did you just…?” After-school special your ass? You’re damn right I did. Hey — and no bullying either. When you bully somebody you’re not only hurting them, you’re hurting yourself because you’re going to grow up to be a real piece of shit.
Hit the jump for four more, and yes, I should have my own TV show called Protips.
If you thought House of Cardinals was a spot-on spoof of Netflix’s political drama House of Cards, just wait until you see what aired Saturday at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner in Washington, DC. The spoof, titled House of Nerds, brings together an ensemble cast of power players from the nation’s political and cultural power centers; “Washington and Hollywood,” Spacey says, reprising his role as the Machiavellian Frank Underwood. “Some new faces, some old faces, some new faces on old faces.” Unlike Underwood, some of those faces include Washington’s actual leaders from both sides of the aisle, including Senator John McCain, a cursing Rep. Steny Hoyer (a real House whip), White House Senor Advisor Valerie Jarrett, and others.
“There will be GIFs,” new site promises.
WASHINGTON — Mark it down in the history books: April 26, 2013, was the day the White House joined Tumblr.
In keeping with the Obama administration’s use of social media to push its messaging — and, critics say, avoid the press — the White House announced via Twitter Friday that the administration has launched a Tumblr page.
President Obama used Tumblr extensively during the 2012 campaign, but that account has been converted to use by Organizing for Action, the group focused on pushing Obama's agenda. The White House announcement was the second time the president launched a new social media account in less than a week: On Monday, the White House posted its first Vines during a science fair on the White House grounds.
The White House promises to make full use of its new Tumblr page, encouraging Americans to interact with the White House through the site.
“We'll post things like the best quotes from President Obama, or video of young scientists visiting the White House for the science fair, or photos of adorable moments with Bo. We've got some wonky charts, too. Because to us, those are actually kind of exciting,” reads the first post on the Tumblr page. “And yes, of course there will be GIFs.”
The torrent of leaks these past few days haven ’ t left much to the imagination, however HTC ’ s Peter Chou has simply officially pulled back the curtain on the first phone to deliver with Facebook House — the HTC First — at Facebook ’ s Menlo Park head office.
According to HTC CEO Peter Chou the First will be the “ ultimate social phone, ” though he decreased to dig into the device ’ s specifications throughout his short moments on-stage. The gadget will ship in 4 colors, and will support AT&T ’ s LTE network right from eviction. Can ’ t delay for your chance to take it for a spin? The First will be available for $ 99 (with a 2 year agreement normally) starting on April 12, and pre-orders for the device start today. Those of you outside the U.S. will have the ability to sign up with in the fun shortly too, as Mark Zuckerberg likewise noted that the phone would find its means to UK carriers Orange and EE in brief order.
The mid-range First will be available in black, white, red and blue, and sports a 4.3-inch display that jibes with earlier reports. Facebook House undoubtedly serves to obscure the Android 4.1 Jelly Grain construct that ’ s really running the program, while among Qualcomm ’ s dual-core Snapdragon 400 chipsets (and not the MSM8960 that was previously reported) offers the horsepower from inside that smooth, rounded chassis. It ’ s not a bad looking phone and the internals aren ’ t quite as lousy as numerous had expected them to be, however all this asks a vital concern — will anybody in fact get this phone when you can fire up Facebook House on your (supported) Android mobile for a massive zero dollars?
I suggest, c ’ mon — I ’ m a sucker for even mildly orderly hardware, but so far neither HTC nor AT&T (whose CEOs both appeared on-stage to speak about how darned wonderful things is) can provide an engaging reason it ’ s worth buying. LTE? A handsome design? Neither of those are exactly tough to come by these days, are they? Facebook has actually said that the First will feature much better integration for all those notices you ’ re bound to obtain than if you had just set up the app, but at this point there ’ s little method of understanding how big a difference it ’ ll actually make. HTC understands the best ways to make fantastic hardware and I don ’ t mean to diminish that, but a lame gadget that ’ s been created well is still a lame gadget.
This marks the 2nd time that the social networking titan and the beleaguered Taiwanese OEM have actually worked together on a weird hardware play. The first, if you ’ ll recall, were HTC Status (nee Chacha) and the Salsa released back in 2011 – their major case to fame was a dedicated Facebook button for quick access to your buddies and feeds. Considering that neither gadget was precisely a runaway hit, it ’ s no surprise to see that Facebook and HTC have actually taken things in a different, more considerable instructions with the One. Obviously, the First is visiting be the suggestion of the iceberg when it concerns Facebook Home devices — Zuckerberg also indicated a Facebook Home Program which allows hardware producers to construct Facebook Home into their own honest smartphones.
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This is a series of Game of Thrones house sigils created by illustrator H. Caldwell Tanner featuring famous websites and their imagined mottos. There’s Reddit, Facebook, Twitter, Google, Netflix, Wikipedia, but sadly no Geekologie. Probably because Geekologie is nowhere near as popular as those sites. If this was a high school popularity contest, Geekologie would be somebody’s middle-school aged sister. I might not be much to look at now — but just wait till you see me in ten years. Meth.
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