San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC) 2014 Cosplay in Pictures: Part I [Photo Gallery]


As we’ve done for the past few years (2012 and 2013,) we’re on location at the Geek Mecca of all geek conventions, San Diego Comic Con, once again this year! Many thanks to our photographer, Nick Acott, who’ll be hunting the convention floors for us until Sunday! Unfortunately, we don’t have pictures from day 1, but you’ll still get plenty of photos of the event starting today!

[Photos: Geeks are Sexy]

Amazon Deal of the Day: Up to 50% off Select Toshiba Canvio Portable Hard Drives


For today’s edition of Deal of the Day, Amazon offers up to 50% off on select Toshiba Canvio portable hard drives.

If you want an easy way to hold your growing digital library–files, pictures, music and videos–Toshiba’s Canvio Basics 3.0 portable hard drives are a great solution, offering simple drag-and-drop storage that’s ready to roll right out of the box. It requires no external AC adapter and it’s Plug & Play compatible. Just connect it into the USB port of your PC and you’re good to go.

[Up to 50% off Select Toshiba Canvio Portable Hard Drives]

How Does a Jet Engine Work: Suck, Squeeze, Bang, Blow [Video]

Suck, Squeeze, Bang, Blow: Nope, this isn’t the title of a bad adult only movie, but the simple way to explain how jet engines work.

Baratunde Thurston takes you behind the scenes at GE’s Global Research Center to answer the question: How does a jet engine work? With the help of aerospace engineer Todd Wetzel, you’ll see why “suck, squeeze, bang, blow” is a great way to talk about modern flight. From turbojets to turbofans, the two discuss how airplane engines have evolved to become the powerful, high-efficiency machines they are today.

[General Electric | Via LS]

Congressional Computer Banned By Wikipedia


An IP address at the House of Representatives has received a 10-day ban from anonymous edits on Wikipedia. It follows malicious edits receiving unwanted publicity.

A Twitter account, @congressedits, automatically posts a message whenever a computer using any IP address assigned to Congress makes an edit. While it may be that some representatives and their staff consider improving Wikipedia to be part of their civic duty, it appears at least one user is either a conspiracy theorist or a prankster.

Recent edits include adding claims that both the assassination of John F Kennedy and a supposed conspiracy to fake the Moon landings were the responsibility of Cuba, while Donald Rumsfeld’s profile was updated to refer to him as “an alien lizard who eats Mexican babies.”

The Washington Post reports that a Wikipedia administrator decided to act after media industry news site Mediaite covered the story. A Congressional user quickly updated Mediaite’s own Wikipedia page to call it a “sexist transphobic” publication.

The IP address from which that edit has been made has now received the 10-day ban for disruptive editing, which is classed as a pattern of edits that disrupt the process of improving and expanding Wikipedia. It follows a one-day ban imposed on 16 July.

Perhaps inevitably it’s only had a limited affect. Wikipedia also has a page on which users can discuss edits made from the specific IP address along with the ban. That page is already host to a discussion on whether or not Alex Jones (presumably the US radio host rather than the UK TV presenter) is a Russian agent.