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Blockchain is crappy technology and a bad vision for the future

This December I wrote a widely-circulated article on the inapplicability of blockchain to any actual problem. People objected mostly not to the technology argument, but rather hoped that decentralization could produce integrity.<p>Let’s start with this: Venmo is a free service to transfer dollars, and …

Blockchain

Did you solve it? I'm a mathematician, get me out of here!

The solution to today’s escapology problem<p>In my puzzle blog earlier today I set you the following puzzle:<p>Imagine you are in a grid 100 squares long and 100 squares wide. (The grid is fixed to the compass directions: up/down is N/S, and left/right is W/E.) On each square of the grid, there’s an …

Mathematics

AB de Villiers: ‘I felt sorry for the Australians, especially Steve Smith’

South Africa’s master batsman says the worldwide response to Australia’s ball-tampering was ‘taken to a level where it really hurt them individually ... the way Smith was punished was harsh’<p>With its intense travel schedule, high-speed cricket and expectant crowds, the Indian Premier League is an …

Cricket

The untold story of how the XPS 13 defied odds to become the world’s best laptop

Dell.<p>What does that name make you think of? Your answer is likely beige boxes, affordable laptops, or — if you’re a child of the ‘90s — the infamous …

MacBook Air

How to organize messy cords at home

Smart Homes

OLPC’s $100 laptop was going to change the world — then it all went wrong

It was supposed to be the laptop that saved the world.<p>In late 2005, tech visionary and MIT Media Lab founder Nicholas Negroponte pulled the cloth cover off a small green computer with a bright yellow crank. The device was the first working prototype for Negroponte’s new nonprofit One Laptop Per …

Bill Clinton

Free Eye-Catching Résumé Templates To Help You Stand Out From The Crowd

<b>Competition in the</b> employment market can be tough. Thanks to this list of 17 free résumé templates by Creative Bloq, you can choose from a variety of …

Graphic Design

Web apps are only getting better

Slack is a web app. Trello is a web app. Google Docs. Gmail. Even Twitter.<p>The web started out as a collection of hyperlinked documents. The “Web 2.0” hype in the mid-2000s was about how the web was becoming interactive. At first we were just commenting and upvoting on hyperlinked documents, but …

Apps

QLED can't beat OLED. So why is Samsung pushing it so hard?

If you are in the market for a new TV, last week you may have seen Samsung parade its 2018 line-up, headlined by its latest QLED models.<p>Aside from …

This handy app turns your LinkedIn profile into a gorgeous CV

While most websites let you apply for jobs straight with your LinkedIn profile, it doesn’t hurt to keep a polished CV around in case you need to submit one for the vacancies you’re eyeing. But building up a sleek resume could be a hassle, especially if you struggle with designing stuff.<p>Available …

Curvy women and angry trolls: my life in the eye of a social media hate storm

<i>"Welcome to the internet, where you get ripped to shreds for loving your wife."</i><p>The above was a top-favorited comment on a highly critical article about a post I put on Instagram last August. My post, which contained a heartfelt tribute to my beautiful wife Sarah and a thought-provoking statement …

The extraordinary life of Nikola Tesla, a virgin inventor who spoke 8 languages

Match the following figures – Albert Einstein, Thomas Edison, Guglielmo Marconi, Alfred Nobel and Nikola Tesla – with these biographical facts:<p>Spoke eight languages<br>• Produced the first motor that ran on AC current<br>• Developed the underlying technology for wireless communication over long distances<br>• Held …

This man's 32-point Twitter thread about what it's like to live with just girls has gone super viral

You'd think observations about what it's like to live with the opposite sex would be pretty much old hat by now.<p>Surely, now that we're in 2017, it's …

Can you solve it? Feast on these mathematical snacks

Three appetising picture puzzles<p>UPDATE: The solutions are now up!<p>Merry Christmas guzzlers<p>Today’s three morsels are all geometrical:<p>1) What fraction of the whole triangle is the red triangle?<p>2) Four semicircles with radius 2 are constructed in the red square below. What is the area of the square?<p>3) …

Snacks

In Interviews With 122 Rapists, Student Pursues Not-So-Simple Question: Why?

Five years ago, on Dec. 16, 2012, Jyoti Singh, a 23-year-old physiotherapist intern living in New Delhi, was headed home after watching the movie <i>Life of Pi</i> with a male friend. They got on a bus. Six males were on board, including the driver.<p>In the moving bus, all six assaulted the couple. Singh was …

India

12 hidden aircraft features you probably didn't know about

Most of us consider ourselves pretty au fait with the business of air travel. We could recite the safety briefing by heart, we understand turbulence, and we’ve even got to grips with Ryanair’s overcomplicated “table of fees”.<p>The following little-known features should surprise even the most frequent …

The deadly smog over New Delhi is a perfect example of everything that’s wrong with India

It is shocking but not surprising: for the last few years, smog over large swathes of north India heralds the winter.<p>Everybody knows it will happen. We know that come November, the air quality index will shoot through the charts. And the failure to prevent this massive public health emergency, year …

India

Website uses neural networks to enlarge small images, and the results are pretty magical

You know how in <i>CSI</i>, the cops always try to "enhance" a shot to zoom in and read (non-existent) details in photos? It's amusing to the rest of us, but …

This 23-year-old travels the world on weekends for under £750 per trip to prove you don't need much time or money to travel

When Elona Karafin was a child, she was diagnosed with bone cancer. She spent two years in treatments and today, at age 23, she's happy to report …

21 Words to Never Include in Your Resume

Avoid these words and phrases or your resume could wind up in the trash bin.<p>We have all heard the saying, "You'll never get a second chance to make a …

Coffee Lake, Cannon Lake and beyond: Intel's next chips

Intel has delivered a "once-in-a-decade" performance upgrade to its line of mobile processors. Here's what it means for your next laptop -- and what's on deck for the future.<p>This summer, Intel delivered what it says is a "once-in-a-decade" performance upgrade to its line of mobile processors that …

Computer Hardware

Google’s translation headphones are here, and they’re going to start a war

Douglas Adams’ in-ear translator from Hitchhiker’s Guide is becoming a reality. But knowing what people are really saying could be disastrous<p>The aim of much new technology is to remove speech from the process of communication, so the excitement generated by Google’s in-ear headphones seems …

Language

This is one of the most terrifying landings we’ve ever seen

This plane landing may just be one of the most terrifying landings we’ve ever seen.<p>The 500-seat Emirates plane was spotted struggling to land at …

This 'Evil' Carpet Design Is Driving the Internet Mad

This is one illusion that we could all probably do without.<p>A store’s wildly disconcerting space-time continuum carpet design has gone viral after a …

Here's the Only Horsepower vs. Torque Explanation You'll Ever Need To Read

We use the words a lot, but do you know what they actually mean? You need to learn.<p>Which is better? Here's how you quash that bar-night debate.<p>Yogi Berra, never known to dwell on engine particulars, would have concluded that torque and horsepower are the same thing, only different. Actually, that …

These seven words changed my whole perspective on working out

The General is on his knees. We are in the astroturf section of the gym—a space littered with balls, weights, and bands—and he is kneeling over a yoga mat, explaining exactly how awful the next 90 seconds of my life are going to be.<p>“So you’ll have your palms flat on the mat, and your toes on the …

Sports Medicine

These Are the 5 Best Plank Variations If You're Trying to Lose Weight

If you want to tone your arms and abs, plank is one of the most effective moves. But aside from building muscle, if you want to lose weight, like that extra fluff around your belly, doing cardio will help burn calories. So try these cardio plank moves to maximize the calorie-burning effects of this …

27 Facts That Will Make You Appreciate "Jurassic Park" Even More

As Samuel L Jackson would say, "Hold on to your butts."

Universal Pictures

How does blockchain really work? I built an app to show you.

According to Wikipedia, a blockchain is:<p>A distributed database that is used to maintain a continuously growing list of records, called <i>blocks</i>.<p>That …

The Best Road Trips in the World

We pooled our editors for their ultimate road trip picks. While the snacks and tools you pack for a drive through Namibia's deserts might be slightly different than, say, Hawaii's Road to Hana, the joy is all the same. Here, 13 of the best road trips in the world, whether you're looking to stop at …

North Carolina