Brian J Brennan

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How to Make a Perfect Key Lime Pie

Fact: When asked, “What’s your favorite type of pie” approximately 80% of all humans will respond: <b>Key. Lime. Pie.</b><p>OK, this may be more of a hyperbolic …

Baking

Use Your Pressure Cooker To Cook These Meats

Pressure cooker cheesecake is great because I love being able to make and consume the dairy dessert on a whim, but making juicy succulent meat is …

Cooking

The Epically Good Dip I Serve At Every Super Bowl Party

This caramelized onion dip won't last long, so make extra. It's that good, trust us.<p>I remember the first time I had caramelized onion dip. A friend …

Super Bowl Parties

18 Bad Sleeping Habits To Break Now

From the editors of Cosmpolitan.com, correct these common sleeping mistakes for a better night's rest.<p>Even if you eat kale and exercise and somehow resist the office cupcakes, it won't matter much if you don't get a decent amount of sleep. Your body and mind desperately needs rest to function …

A tiny, epic ode to Nintendo: Zelda and Super Mario 64’s worlds recreated as miniature dioramas

We all know that Japan does “small” well. Whether it’s microtechnology, tiny houses or bonsai, the Japanese are known for their dexterity and being …

Avoid These Common Pizza Mistakes So You Can Make and Eat the World's Most Perfect Food

Whether you're a cheese or pepperoni fan, learn how to make the perfect pie at home by avoiding these common pizza mistakes.<p>We'll say it: Pizza is <del>one of</del> the world's most perfect food<del>s</del>. But some of the things we love best about a good pie—charred crust, chewy dough, and oh! …

Kitchens

Grilled Moroccan Meatballs with Yogurt Sauce

Servings: 8 meatballs, 4 servings<p>Cook Time: 8 Minutes<p>Total Time: 30 Minutes<p>Ingredients<p>For the Meatballs<p>1 large egg<br>• 3 garlic cloves, minced<br>• 1 teaspoon …

Thai Crunch Salad with Peanut Dressing

Ingredients<p>For the Thai Peanut Dressing<p>1/4 cup creamy peanut butter<br>• 2 tablespoons unseasoned rice vinegar<br>• 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice, from one …

How to Make Fresh Pasta from Scratch

<i>It's always more fun to DIY. Every week, we'll spare you a trip to the grocery store and show you how to make small batches of great foods at home.</i><p><i>Today: With a little assistance from Sarah Coates of The Sugar Hit, making fresh pasta doesn't have to be im-pasta-ble after all.</i><p>Making fresh pasta is …

in Food onMay 4, 2014 1:00 pm

<i>Photo by Julia Weeman via Instagram</i><p>If you're looking for something that pairs perfectly with the unseasonably cold spring weather, then this light …

My Experiment Opting Out of Big Data Made Me Look Like a Criminal

This week, the President is expected to release a report on big data, the result of a 90-day study that brought together experts and the public to …

Big Data

The 10 Pasta Recipes to Know

It's easy to look to pasta as that happy weeknight cure-all: the palette on which to throw any bits and bobs, to dress with the random things hanging out in the pantry, to just top with cheese and call it dinner. But there are some classic pasta dishes -- or just really delicious ones -- that we …

This Guy Makes Millions Playing Video Games on YouTube

What?!<p>The YouTube personality with the most subscribers isn’t Justin Bieber (8 million) or Rihanna (12.5 million). That honor goes to a 24-year-old Swede named Felix Kjellberg, better known by his YouTube handle, PewDiePie.<p>PewDiePie doesn’t sing or dance, no. PewDiePie has made his name—and a …

Programmer privilege: As an Asian male computer science major, everyone gave me the benefit of the doubt.

I started programming when I was 5, first with Logo and then BASIC. The picture above is me, age 9 (with horrible posture). By the time this photo …

Why I Bought A House In Detroit For $500

After college, as my friends left Michigan for better opportunities, I was determined to help fix this broken, chaotic city by building my own home in the middle of it. I was 23 years old.<p>My first job out of college was working for a construction company in Detroit.<p>“We're an all-black company and I …

An Unholy Alliance Is Forcing Veterans To Pay For 12 Years Of War

In doing so, it was given aid and comfort by knowledge-starved pundits, axe-grinding editorial boards, and self-anointed armchair analysts everywhere, as it left the military and veteran community standing with their jaws on the ground in despairing disbelief. Exploiting pressure to strike a budget …

Military Spending

$1,000 Pill For Hepatitis C Spurs Debate Over Drug Prices

Federal regulators this month opened a new era in the treatment of a deadly liver virus that infects three to five times more people than HIV. Now the question is: Who will get access to the new drug for hepatitis C, and when?<p>The drug Sovaldi will cost $1,000 per pill. A typical course of treatment …

Can you tell if a bit is random?

Avi Wigderson has this wonderful talk about the power and limitations of randomness in computation, surveying the beautiful area of randomized …

The Many Flaws of Dual_EC_DRBG

The Dual_EC_DRBG generator from NIST SP800-90A.<p>As a technical follow up to my previous post about the NSA’s war on crypto, I wanted to make a few …

Researchers can slip an undetectable trojan into Intel’s Ivy Bridge CPUs | Ars Technica

New technique bakes super stealthy hardware trojans into chip silicon.<p>Scientists have developed a technique to sabotage the cryptographic …

Revealed

<i>Note: This story is not subject to our Creative Commons license.</i><p><i>Sept. 6: This story has been updated with a response from the Office of the Director</i> …

Surveillance

NSA attains the Holy Grail of spying, decodes vast swaths of Internet traffic | Ars Technica

Supercomputers, trickery, court orders, and persuasion defeat widely used crypto.<p>The National Security Agency (NSA) and its British counterpart have …

Almost Human: The Surreal, Cyborg Future of Telemarketing

Americans are fielding millions of calls from bright, energetic telemarketers, but what they don't know is that they're talking to machines... Sort of.<p>This is a story about how the future gets weird.<p>It's about how humans interact with each other, and machines, and systems that can only properly be …

2013, year of the fake: Our love affair with viral Internet hoaxes

All of a sudden, it seems, it has become the year of the hoax. From a server faking a homophobic message, to a self-righteous airplane passenger passing notes to a non-existent "Diane," to a supposed Google employee berating protestors, stories that appear to be true but aren't are suddenly …

Why I Make Terrible Decisions, or, poverty thoughts

There's no way to structure this coherently. They are random observations that might help explain the mental processes. But often, I think that we …

Netflix's War on Mass Culture

Given all the faces you see glued to computers, tablets, and cell phones, you might think that people watch much less television than they used to. …