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The Stress Of Being A Computer Programmer Is Literally Driving Many Of Them Crazy

Two things are going on that are literally driving programmers crazy.<p>One is something known as the "imposter syndrome." That's when you're pretty sure that all the other coders you work with are smarter, more talented and more skilled than you are. You live in fear that people will discover that …

Uber Cab Confessions

City by city, Uber is upending the taxi business, even though its rides can be pricier than cabs. So what's the hook? Instant gratification, a hint of glamour, even some sex appeal. That's what GQ's Mickey Rapkin discovered after spending one week as an Uber driver. He also saw and heard some …

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The Inconceivable Atomic Legacy of New Mexico

Looking at the past, present and future of America's most nuclear state.<p><i>The Trinity site, New Mexico (photo via)</i><p>In 1943, the world's first nuclear weapon was detonated at the Trinity site in the Chihuahuan Desert, southern New Mexico. The massive blast pulled the white desert sand up into an atomic …

Our Numbered Days: The Evolution of the Area Code

Long-distance digits long ago shed their monetary worth, but they gained something else in its place: cultural value.<p>In the mid-20th century, in response to the United States’ rapidly expanding telephone network, executives at the Bell System introduced a new way of dialing the phone. Until then, …

Why we should give free money to everyone

London, May 2009. Read the Dutch version here. A small Read the French version here. experiment involving thirteen homeless men takes off. They are …

Bitcoin’s Image Problem

I know manias. I’ve seen them again and again – hordes of people find out about a product or idea, back it with all their might, and are angry when anyone refuses to genuflect to their sacred cow. It happened to Notion Ink, it happens to Apple, it happens to Blackberry, and it happened in the …

How I Lost My $50,000 Twitter Username

<i>Naoki Hiroshima is the creator of Cocoyon and a developer for Echofon. This post originally appeared on Naoki’s Medium blog and has been republished with permission.</i><p><i>Update: PayPal has denied that its customer service representative divulged credit card information over the phone. GoDaddy has</i> …

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A Journey to the End of the World (of Minecraft)

On March 28, 2011, a man who calls himself Kurt J. Mac loaded a new game of Minecraft. As the landscape filled in around his character, Mac surveyed the blocky, pixellated trees, the cloud-draped mountains, and the waddling sheep. Then he started walking. His goal for the day was simple: to reach …

We need to talk about TED

Science, philosophy and technology run on the model of American Idol – as embodied by TED talks – is a recipe for civilisational disaster<p>In our culture, talking about the future is sometimes a polite way of saying things about the present that would otherwise be rude or risky.<p>But have you ever …

To get the girl, game designer crafts his own playable wedding proposal

Like in football, wedding proposals often involve taking a knee. But 3D designer Robert Fink had a completely different kind of game in mind when it came to his own proposal — a video game. To propose to his girlfriend of nearly three years, Fink and two of his friends created a fake platformer and …

Play classic video games in style with OpenEmu for Mac

Like iTunes for classic games<p>The world has no shortage of video game emulators, but many can be painful to use — many reflect their hacker origins with equally hacky interfaces, and you'd need a vast collection of different emulators to properly relive your childhood. By contrast, OpenEmu is a …

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Researchers sent a text message using only vodka and a fan

Giving a whole new meaning to the phrase "drunk text," York University researchers in Canada have used vodka and a desk fan to send a new kind of text message. In the experiment, they encoded the alphabet in evaporated alcohol, assigning different concentration levels to represent bits 1 and 0. The …

Hot mod: Cyanogen raises another $23 million to become the next big version of Android

The effort to turn CyanogenMod into the next big mobile operating system just got a big new vote of confidence. The company announced today that it has raised an additional $23 million, led by Andreessen Horowitz, to add staff and improve its distribution around the world. The series B round, which …

Bill Gates is an Awesome Secret Santa

He may be the billionaire founder of Microsoft, champion of numerous charitable causes and much more, but Bill Gates is just like the rest of us… sometimes. Point in case, Gates took part in Reddit’s Secret Santa present exchange, to the delight of the lucky girl on the receiving end of his …

How the “internet of things” will replace the web

<i>The second in a series.</i><p>We’ve already written about why 2014 is really, finally the year that the “internet of things”—that effort to remotely control every object on earth—becomes visible in our everyday lives.<p>But most of us don’t recognize just how far the internet of things will go, from …

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I Rented Apartments Just to Rent on Airbnb for Profit

Okay, Google, you officially beat Siri

<i>Marcio Cyrillo is the director of marketing at CI&T.</i><p>Over a year and a half ago I was beyond excited with Siri and the possibilities Apple could explore with it. I wrote this article and argued that Siri took a more personal approach to digital personal assistants and thus could engage and learn …

Punch Through's new Arduino board can stay wireless forever (video)

You'll have to plug in a typical Arduino-compatible board at some point in its life, whether it's to add code or just to supply power. Not Punch Through Design's upcoming Cortado, however. The tiny device centers on a custom Bluetooth 4.0 LE module that both enables wireless programming (including …

The Dirty Secret Behind the Salesforce $1M Hackathon

How Not to Run a Hackathon<p><i>[Updated again with final post-mortem on Salesforce’s “resolution” at bottom]</i><p>A month ago, Salesforce announced that this …

Develop your own Vlambeer clone with Vlambeer Clone Tycoon

Video game composer Rik Nieuwdorp of Claynote and web application developer Martijn Frazer created a browser game called <i>Vlambeer Clone Tycoon</i> where players, in the role of game developers, rip off Vlambeer titles.<p>In the game, players are tasked with cloning Vlambeer titles as close as possible …

Things I Wish Someone Had Told Me When I Was Learning How to Code

And what I’ve learned from teaching others<p><b>Before you learn to code, think about what you want to code</b><p>Knowing how to code is mostly about building …

How to Make Your Own Iron Throne From a Lawn Chair

Turns out you don't have to rule the Seven Kingdoms to sit on the Iron Throne. You just need a plastic Adirondack chair and a free afternoon.<p>Over at …

1Sheeld, A Super Clever All-Purpose Arduino Shield, Goes Up On Kickstarter And Immediately Breaks Its Goal

Arduinos are a godsend for the DIY/Tinkerer community, but there’s all sorts of stuff they just can’t do out of the box. Sure, you can add tons of functionality via strap-on boards called “shields”.. but those can get expensive quick. Want your Arduino project to be able to play sounds? That’ll be …

Every Death in the Game of Thrones Novels, Bookmarked

The <i>Song of Ice and Fire</i> novels – aka the <i>Game of Thrones</i> books – are some brutal business. If you're a fan of the HBO adaptation, you've surely …

Two Days Of Weekend Is Too Much

Twitter feels more active on Sundays. Traffic to Business Insider is almost always meaningfully higher on Sundays than on Saturdays. And of course, traditional media has always used Sunday for big marquee products, whether they be the New York Times Magazine or Meet The Press.<p>It seems that totally …