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Dutch alcoholics paid to clean up Amsterdam streets – in beer

Instead of loitering in the streets, Dutch alcoholics clean them up – and get paid in beer.<p>Only in Amsterdam, you might say.<p>As part of a government-funded scheme, about 20 chronic alcoholics receive five cans of beer, half a pouch of rolling tobacco and the equivalent of $13 each for six hours of …

In-House Watch Movements

One of the things watch enthusiasts love to argue about the most is the whole question of so-called "in-house" movements. A movement is the mechanism inside a watch that actually keeps time — gears, mainspring, the movement plates that hold everything together like ingredients in a shiny metal …

When should a young writer write for free?

A New York Times op-ed decries “slavery” online. The truth, for emerging writers, is far more complicated.<p>Daniel D'Addario<p>October 29, 2013 5:41pm (UTC)<p>On Sunday, a freelance writer was, presumably, paid for his work; it’s becoming a rare thing. Tim Kreider published an essay in the New York Times …

You Should Be Afraid of Artificial Intelligence

I, for one, do not welcome our new robot overlords.<p>Let me elaborate.<p>Writing about Artificial Intelligence is a challenge. By and large, there are two …

Dave Eggers made me quit Twitter

<b>(Knopf/Michelle Quint)</b><p>“The Circle” scared me into going off social media — and finally being alone with my thoughts<p>Michele Filgate<p>October 7, 2013 11:15pm (UTC)<p>I get a sort of high when people retweet me. Let’s be honest: We all do. It’s pretty human to want to be liked, and more important, to be …

Incredibly detailed parody research paper explains Wolverine's regeneration ability

Please enjoy this six-page scientific research paper — complete with figures, graphs, and (possibly real) references — discussing the discovery of a …

The Dark Knight Legacy - Fan Film

Square Enix stops fan from selling 3D-printed 'Final Fantasy VII' figures

Artist Joaquin Baldwin excited countless gaming fans recently by creating and selling a set of gorgeous 3D-printed <i>Final Fantasy VII</i> figures — but those that didn't pick theirs up already are now out of luck thanks to developer Square Enix. <i>CNET</i> reports that Shapeways — the 3D-printing shop and …

Audi software update equips Connect-enabled cars with parking recommendations

Starting today, all Audi Connect-enabled cars will receive an over-the-air update that adds location-aware parking information to their infotainment systems. The company tells <i>CNET</i> that the new feature will "seamlessly" integrate with Audi's on-board navigation systems, allowing users to browse …

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The Xbox One Requiring Kinect Is a Great Thing for Controllers

Gamers who consider their core hard have always thought of Kinect as just some gimmick Wii-successor that they'd never use because true gamers use …

TV advertisers get their viewer with Shaw-Twitter hookup

As an increasing number of viewers are reaching for their laptops, tablets and smartphones while they watch TV, Shaw Media is teaming up with Twitter to make sure advertising messages get through anyway.<p>The broadcaster, which owns the Global television network as well as a host of specialty …

The $99 Ouya Is No PlayStation or Xbox, and That's Just Fine

All this time, I've been thinking about Ouya the wrong way.<p>When the $99, Android-powered game console showed up on Kickstarter last year, I …

BitTorrent goes legit with new ‘gated’ file format

Users forced to pay or register before downloading<p>DJ Kaskade.<p>Kazaa. LimeWire. Napster. There are hardly any widely used filesharing sites that didn't try to "go legit" at some point after being dinged for facilitating piracy. It doesn’t usually work. Napster, for example, no longer exists; it was …

The UTTE By Arnold & Son

The Swiss company with British heritage created what it says is the world's thinnest tourbillon watch. The case of this timepiece is 8.34 mm thick. It is equipped with the A&S8200 movement that is just 2.97 mm thick. The caliber was created in-house. It is available in a limited edition of 50 …

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‘Simpsons’ inspiration Margaret Groening dies, leaves behind Lisa and Maggie.

Margaret Groening, mother of <i>Simpsons</i> creator Matt Groening, died peacefully at age 94 recently. She is survived by the longest running sitcom in …

Language Distance: The Reason Immigrants Have Trouble Assimilating

How different an immigrant's native tongue sounds from that of his new home influences literacy -- and job prospects.<p>Germany can't seem to attract enough high-skilled immigrants, and the government thinks it has something to do with how confusing the country can be for new arrivals.<p>A young man from …

An Ode To Halfcat

Meet Halfcat, the first animal species native to Google Street View. Or a weird Photoshop? Either way:<p><i>Update</i>: We haven't been able to track down the Street View location for this image, and it's been floating around under different labels for a while. There's a good chance the Street View backstory …

The Lies You've Been Told About the Origin of the QWERTY Keyboard

The QWERTY configuration for typewriters can be traced, actually, to the telegraph.<p>The first time I heard the lie, I was in fifth grade. Mr. Ward took me aside (or maybe he told the whole class, it was a long time ago) to tell me about the wonders of Dvorak, a different keyboard layout that was …

Will You Ever Be Taken Seriously?

Your palms are sweaty. You stumble over your words. You don’t seem to be getting a clear message across. You look around the table — everyone is more senior than you — both in age and title. You wonder if you’ll ever be taken seriously. Sound familiar? If so, you are among many who experience what …

Ottawa throws its weight behind social investing

The Conservative government is throwing its support behind social-impact bonds – an experiment that rewards private investors for putting cash toward social causes.<p>The government on Monday released a list of projects that could be financed in this way, such as programs to build housing for people …

One simple tip to help you run a better small business

Running a small business is complicated. No matter what the size of your business, there are so many dynamics that you need to manage on any given day that you dream of ways to make it easier so you can focus on the fun stuff and worry less about the daily grind.<p>Well, there's some good news. I have …