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How To Work For A Disorganized Boss

We all have our moments of “multitask overload”–especially managers. But working with a perpetually disorganized boss can be exasperating and unproductive for you and the rest of your team. Here are 17 tips for working with a disorganized manager, from Lynn Taylor, a national workplace expert and …

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This week in patents: Google's self-cleaning cars, IBM stores your memories on a stick, and more

IBM has patented a technology that brings us closer than ever in capturing memories on a chip.<p>Existing methods of storing information on chips are largely binary with information stored as series of 1’s and 0’s. But that’s far from how the brain itself stores information. As a result, most attempts …

How to write letters or emails in Japanese? – with Seasonal expressions

Photo from *masa on flickr.com When writing letters or emails, it is nice to add some intro or ending with some seasonal comments. I have covered the …

It's Virtual Reality Week - here's everything you need to read

On August 1 2012, a Kickstarter campaign for a virtual reality headset called the Oculus Rift was launched. It was a record breaker, ending with 947% …

All your Steam games can be played in VR in the Vive, starting today

Theater Mode is a basic, but very promising, feature of the HTC Vive<p><b>Watch on YouTube | Subscribe to Polygon on YouTube</b><p>The HTC Vive may be tricky to set up, requiring many steps and a whole bunch of hardware, but Valve has the rather sizable advantage of owning the dominant PC gaming digital …

Want to know everything about your town or job? This site will show you

Welcome to Data USA! MIT Media Lab has released Data USA, an open source data visualization engine loaded with all publicly available U.S. data. The …

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The hacker who built his own self-driving car is ushering in the age of cheap AI

Silicon Valley was taken aback when Bloomberg profiled a 26-year-old named George Hotz in December who said he had single-handedly built a self-driving car in his garage. It was true that Hotz was an accomplished hacker, being the first person to jailbreak an iPhone. But could a solo effort …

Video games are a powerful tool which must be wielded with care

Phone Story, Cart Life, and Coming Out Simulator 2014 are just some examples of games exploring weightier subjects<p>But for a bed, a dresser, a mirror, a desk and a few scattershot piles of junk, the room is empty. The door is locked. Time is perilously short: you have 10 seconds till your abusive …

How to tell if other people think you’re hot, according to science

By Ana Swanson<p>Ana Swanson<p>Reporter<p>Bio Follow<p>One of the most pressing and mysterious questions for humans, the self-centered beings that we are, is what other people think about us. We expend a huge amount of time and mental energy wondering if our date finds us attractive, or if our co-workers …

Psychology

All of Google’s jokes for April Fools’ Day 2016

Here we go again. It’s April Fools’ Day, and like every year, Google is doing its best to outdo itself. This is the first year the company is doing so under its new Alphabet parent company, so we’ll see if that has any impact. But if the jokes are anything like in previous years, we’ll see jokes …

Opinion: I want Google to update us on these four projects come Google I/O 2016

Alphabet, obviously, has a lot of mainstream products that bring in a huge amount of revenue. Google’s ads business is clearly the front runner by a long shot, but there’s also Android, its hardware offerings (like the Nexus line, OnHub, etc.), Play Store digital content, as well as revenue from …

Google Glass

Best free games on PS4

It's all very well everyone releasing these AAA and indie titles all the time for the PS4, but we're not made of money. We might treat ourselves to a …

How one studio is building game AI to replicate a human storyteller

<i>A</i>rtificial intelligence in games is often designed to be an actor, not a director.<p>Typically, AI drives characters in games to behave and respond to …

The 25 hardest video games of all time

From the darkest corners of gaming history, here are the shooters, platformers and beat-’em-ups that took no prisoners<p>Games used to be harder. That’s the lament veteran players now mutter whenever encountering some modern shoot-’em-up or action adventure. It sounds like the same sort of nostalgic …

It's easier to get people to stop speaking a language than to take it up again. Just ask the Irish.

The Irish language, like its people, has suffered greatly.<p>It has been used and abused by many: British colonialists, by the Catholic Church, and by Irish revolutionaries. The first two discouraged its use, associating it with poverty and primitive wildness. The latter co-opted the language as its …

Learning Japanese – Increasing your vocabulary

Photo from l e o j on flickr.comThis month’s theme is all about increasing your vocabulary. When having a daily conversation in no matter what …

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An economist told us 5 huge changes that could happen when robots take over the economy

That's what George Mason University Robin D. Hanson theorizes about in his upcoming "The Age of Em: Work, Love and Life when Robots Rule the Earth."<p>At the center of Hanson's theory is "emulated mind," or "em" for short. Basically, he says that one day — in 400 to 600 years, by his estimation — …

A polyglot describes what it's like to speak 20 languages

Doner, an American who speaks between 6 and 20 languages depending on how you define "speaks," was vacationing in Norway last summer when he found himself speaking Persian to an Afghani man behind the counter.<p>Doner learned the man had a tumultuous back story, having survived civil war in Kabul in …

Could the dominance of English harm global scholarship?

<b>Are we "losing knowledge" because of the growing dominance of English as the language of higher education and research?</b><p>Attend any international academic conference and the discussion is likely to be conducted in English. For anyone wanting to share research, English has become the medium for study, …

We Taste-Tested 17 Types of Sparkling Water (& Here's What Happened)

This summer, I asked Amanda Sims if she wanted something at the grocery store: "Pellegrino," she specified: "<i>Not</i> Perrier."<p>I found her predilection to be quirky until I realized that loyalty to sparkling water beverages runs deep.<p>Samantha Weiss-Hills frequently brings in her own personal can of La …

Tap Water

Data Structures and Algorithms in Java

README.md<p>Very useful in interview process for Java Software Development Engineer (SDE).<p>Big O Notation<p>Big-O Complexity Chart<p>Constant — statement (one …

How not to forget foreign languages or how to maintain your languages.

How do you not forget languages? The simple answer here is I don’t forget languages. I have not forgotten a language and I think there are several …

Google's Chrome to start auto-pausing Flash ads today

Flash, it was nice knowing you.<p>The demise of the once ever-present multimedia platform draws nearer with Google's decision to automatically pause …

7 Books That Celebrate the Beauty of Language

By Elaine Wilson | Off the Shelf<p>I am fascinated by language. Whether diagramming sentences, reciting the appropriate participle in my Catholic school days, or delving into the case systems of Latin and Russian, I've always been uncommonly excited by the rules and regulations of the written word. I …

The best new way to learn a language?

Apps like Uber, Airbnb and PlateCulture are growing rapidly in India – and with it, their users are brushing up on their language skills.<p>It wasn’t until Prashant Choudhary quit his desk job at a Delhi insurance firm to work as a driver that he began to speak English with some fluency.<p>Choudhary left …

Sausage sandwiches and potato cakes: new maps of Australian language

Or is it a sausage in bread and a potato scallop? A team of linguists is running an online survey to find out the differing terms Australians have for various things<p>What do you call a sausage served in a slice of bread? What about a battered, deep-fried potato snack?<p>We’ve previously covered …

Quantum computers a step closer to reality after silicon coding breakthrough

In the race to build the first functional quantum computer, Australian researchers at the University of NSW find coding possible in silicon<p>Australian researchers have demonstrated that a quantum version of computer code can be written on a silicon microchip with the highest level of accuracy ever …

Quantum Computing