This week Diggnation comes to you live from Las Vegas! Top Digg.com stories include how Intel wants to charge $50 to unlock stuff your CPU already does, soul-crushing cubicles, incredible Star Wars propaganda posters, proof that video games make you better at real life, and of course, Steve Jobs detained for carrying Ninja Stars!
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What started online at BandOfBuds.com has made its way into the real world - Budweiser's first official Casting Call Party! For those of you who don't know about Band of Buds, it's Budweiser's 25-city search to find the best Crew of friends out there and reward them with $100,000 and a promotional spread in Rolling Stone magazine. For a handful of Crews, months of updating their status, working their friends for votes and completing a lot of Photo Challenges has paid off - they're just a few hours away from potentially making it to the finals and a shot at $100,000. Now, just to clarify - the Band of Buds finals are in Las Vegas this December - that's when 25 Crews from all over the country will compete in a 4-day adventure to win the $100,000. We're here at the Las Vegas Casting Call party, which will determine which local Crew from Las Vegas will be represented at the finals. So far there are over 2,700 Crews out there competing to end up at one of these 25 parties. Go to BandOfBuds.com where you can read up on any of the crews bios and challenge photos from each of the 25 cities across the USA. In a lot of cities it is not too late to sign up and compete. Again, you can check all of the action out at BandOfBuds.com.
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Hold onto your hyperthreaded horses, because this is liable to whip up an angry mob -- Intel's asking customers to pay extra if they want the full power of their store-bought silicon. An eagle-eyed Engadget reader was surfing the Best Buy shelves when he noticed this $50 card -- and sure enough, Intel websites confirm -- that lets you download software to unlock extra threads and cache on the new Pentium G6951 processor.
Just when you thought Apple CEO Steve Jobs couldn't get more badass? According to SPA!,Bloomberg and about 10,000 nerds on Twitter, Jobs was stopped at the Kansai International Airport near Osaka in July for carrying, yes, ninja stars.
Across the globe it is fascinating to observe the acceptable working conditions that employees do their best not to complain about. With a majority of full and part-time workers working in cubicles, the International Facility Management Association states that 50 percent of workers say their bathroom is larger than their cubicle at work. Additionally, 23 percent say their closet and kitchen pantry are bigger. Add on top of that mounds of paper work and workers have one depressing day at work. These are 16 situations you do not want to find yourself in.
Looks like those four months you spent bingeing on coke and playing GTA IV weren't a total loss after all! Bludgeoning all those pretend hookers actually made you better at making snap decisions, and no less accurate than those real-life having schmoes: "Cognitive scientists from the University of Rochester have discovered that playing action video games trains people to make the right decisions faster. The researchers found that video game players develop a heightened sensitivity to what is going on around them, and this benefit doesn't just make them better at playing video games, but improves a wide variety of general skills that can help with everyday activities like multitasking, driving, reading small print, keeping track of friends in a crowd, and navigating around town."