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Diagram Maps Bloggers to Hackers, All Things Geeky In-Between

We all know that geeks come in all shapes and sizes, but did you ever try to figure out what unifies them? What key concepts bring one to another? Is it a love for arcane knowledge? An obsessiveness with detail? Or, are they all just unified by a love of seeing Princess Leia in her metal bikini? As it turns out, it's not quite so simple, as the above chart from Ibrahim Evsan shows. Evsan is ...

Web Vigilantes Striking Back at Annoying 'Auto Warranty' Robo-Calls

According to the Wall Street Journal, Old West-style vigilantism is on the rise online, as ordinary citizens are joining forces to fight against persecution and harassment. Instead of inflicting street-corner justice on burglars, rapists, and thieves, this new breed of Web vigilantes are crusading against unsolicited sales calls. Congregating Web-link-recommendation site Reddit.com, one angry ...

'Never Gonna Give You Up' Songwriter Says Google Exploited Him

Pete Waterman, the songwriter (and apparent cry-baby) behind the Rick Astley hit 'Never Gonna Give You Up,' is claiming that the tiny royalty check he received from Google and YouTube amounts to exploitation. Now, to be fair, Waterman did only receive £11 (about $16) in royalties last year from Google, despite being the man behind the song that spawned the Internet phenomena known as Rick...

Best Things Ruined by the Internet

The Internet has mostly made our lives better. We love Google for putting piles of information at our fingertips, and, without the Web, there would be no Switched. That being said, it's undeniable that the Internet has ruined some good things, as well. The blog OMG Lists has compiled a list of nine good things ruined by the Internet (one of those things being lists). So, what good things in li...

Speaker Of The House, Nancy Pelosi, Rickrolls America

Even if you don't agree with her politics, you must admit Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has a sense of humor. To celebrate the launch of the U.S. Congress' YouTube channels for the House and Senate, Pelosi posted a video of her cats roaming around her Capitol office, playing with her gavel, and enjoying the view. That alone works well enough for us. That she Rickrolls us halfway through the ...

LOLCats, Rick Rolling and Other 'Net Trends Celebrated at ROFLCon

If you've ever laughed at a LOLCat or been the victim of a vicious Rick Rolling, then you've helped to perpetuate one of the countless memes that are sweeping the Internet daily. A meme is just a silly Internet fad, usually appearing one day and totally passé the next, its transience powered by the speed of the 'Net. But, last weekend many of those memes earned a bit of respect in the real ...

What's "Rick Rolling" and Why Should You Care?

Every so often an Internet inside joke makes a leap from the back channels of YouTube to mainstream popular culture. One that seems to be heading for bigger and better things is the trend of Rick Rolling. Rick Rolling is a take on an old Internet joke called Duck Rolling, where a web site would offer a link to celebrity photos or gaming news, but following the link only led to an odd picture of ...