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UX and the Civilizing Process

<i>Kevin is a 2013 blogging resident visiting us from his home blog over at Melting Asphalt.</i><p>To scandalize a member of the educated West, open any book …

What to Do with Leftover Wine

<i>Inspired by conversations on the Food52 Hotline, we're sharing tips and tricks that make navigating all of our kitchens easier and more fun.</i><p><i>Today: So you popped the cork on too many bottles this holiday season (who didn't?) -- here's what to do with all that wine when it's no longer good enough to</i> …

E.W. Dijkstra Archive: On the cruelty of really teaching computing science (EWD 1036)

On the cruelty of really teaching computing science<p>The second part of this talk pursues some of the scientific and educational consequences of the …

TERRA NULLIUS - Ανοιχτά πανεπιστήμια

<b>Όσο η ελληνική κοινωνία παρακολουθεί</b> τις θλιβερές εξελίξεις στον πανεπιστημιακό χώρο, εκτός Ελλάδας η συζήτηση για τον ρόλο του πανεπιστημίου …

The Period, Our Simplest Punctuation Mark, Has Become a Sign of Anger

The period was always the humblest of punctuation marks. Recently, however, it’s started getting angry. I’ve noticed it in my text messages and …

Language

The Psychology of Giant Princess Eyes

How Disney's caricature-esque women came to define "the fairest of them all"<p>If Ariel had normal-sized eyes, we might be less endeared to her—forced to focus more immediately on her disconcerting scaly tail.<p>If Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg were a Disney Princess, as one artist recently …

Zynga’s darkest moments

It is with some relief that once ubiquitous “games” created by social gaming giant Zynga – such as <i>FarmVille</i> and <i>Mafia Wars</i> – have faded somewhat from …

Illusions of the Brain

Our brains get confused when three-dimensional reality is mixed in with two dimensions. Our binocular vision is dependent on the angles between the …

badBIOS

Good story of badBIOS, a really nasty piece of malware. The weirdest part is how it uses ultrasonic sound to jump air gaps.<p>Ruiu said he arrived at …

Google Employees Confess The Worst Things About Working At Google

Well, take a look at this Quora thread, which is being used by current and former Google employees to dish the dirt on working for Big G.<p>We've edited some of the standout comments into this excerpt.<p><b>Everyone is awesome, so they can hire the very best people to do even the most mundane jobs.</b><p>"The …

The Workplace

What I learned from my “Sex and the City” parody account

After some time tweeting puns in her voice, I realized: Carrie was a nightmare!<p>I’d had a love/love-to-hate relationship with “Sex and the City” since I first watched it all the way through in college. (I never had HBO growing up!) Unlike classically-crafted sitcoms like “Friends” or “Frasier,” the …

Men's Fashion, Style, Grooming, Fitness, Lifestyle, News & Politics

Culture<p>The director and Jason Schwartzman, Roman Coppola, and Kunichi Nomura on their latest, and maybe best, film.<p>By Anna Peele2 days agoView …

How young is too young for porn?

Last February, the former Miss Delaware Teen USA, Melissa King, had to relinquish her crown after it was revealed that she had shot a hardcore scene …

Taxi Drivers See Some Crazy Shit

No matter how thick your skin is, you can only assume that driving a cab in any city is tough. We decided to meet with cab drivers to try and get their side of things and find out some of the crazy shit they've had to put up with over the years.<p>If you live in a major metropolitan area where jumping …

Crime

Apple Just Ended the Era of Paid Operating Systems

The desktop operating system is dead as a major profit center, and Apple just delivered the obituary.<p>Amid a slew of incremental improvements to its …

How Cheating Got Me a First-Class Flight to London

There are countless ways to game the airline miles system, but does that mean you should take advantage?<p>0<p>SHARES<p>“What’s in there? Bars of gold?”<p>Every …

Στο φως 10 άγνωστα ποιήματα του Γιάννη Ρίτσου

Dude, where’s my code?

Compilers are computer programs that translate high-level instructions written in human-readable languages like Java or C into low-level instructions …

Οι σταυροί μας μοιάζουνε

Μαθαίνεις νωρίς στη ζωή ν’ αποστρέφεις το βλέμμα – απ’ τον γέρο που με σκυφτό κεφάλι θαρρείς περιμένει τον Χάρο, απ’ τον ακρωτηριασμένο ζητιάνο με …

Choosing the Sexual Orientation of Children

Imagine a prenatal test that, like the one for trisomy 21 (Down's syndrome), could show a predisposition to gayness.<p>0<p>SHARES<p>In a <i>New York</i> magazine …

Why Our Brains Love Curvy Architecture

People are far more likely to call a room beautiful when its design is round instead of linear. The reason may be hard-wired into the brain.<p>When the great architect Philip Johnson first visited the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, designed by Frank Gehry, he started to cry. “Architecture is not about …

Imaging

Editors on the NSA files: 'What the Guardian is doing is important for democracy'

On Thursday the Daily Mail described the Guardian as 'The paper that helps Britain's enemies'. We showed that article to many of the world's leading editors. This is what they said<p>In a democracy, the press plays a vital role in informing the public and holding those in power accountable. The NSA …

In defence of revenge porn

All across America, privacy campaigners are gleefully hailing the recent signing into law of a Californian bill designed to end “revenge porn”, the …

“We should stop designing perfect circuits”

02.10.13 - Are integrated circuits "too good" for current technological applications? Christian Enz, the new Director of the Institute of …

Scrambled Code Keeps Software Safe

<b>Software can hold invaluable</b> secrets within orderly lines of code.Algorithms now predict which Amazon.com products you’re likely to buy next, whether …

Los Angeles

Essays: The Spooks Need New Ways to Keep Their Secrets Safe

The Spooks Need New Ways to Keep Their Secrets Safe<p>September 5, 2013<p>Big-government secrets require a lot of secret-keepers. As of October 2012, …

The 13 reasons Washington is failing

The government is shut down. Confidence in Congress is at all-time lows. The American people haven't believed the country to be on the right track in almost a decade. Congress might do something truly crazy and default on the national debt.<p>At this point, it's almost cliche to say Washington isn't …

The world's 23 toughest math questions

It sounds like a math phobic's worst nightmare or perhaps Good Will Hunting for the ages.<p>Those wacky folks at he the Defense Advanced Research …