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John Oliver Goes Off On An Epic, Fact-Checked, Mic-Dropping Rant For 13 Minutes That You Need To See

Ok folks. This is your moment. Go to the FCC website. And say something. NICELY.<p>And then, in the spirit of freedom and dingos, you could share this. …

John Oliver

This Explains Everything: 192 Thinkers on the Most Elegant Theory of How the World Works

Every year since 1998, intellectual impresario and <i>Edge</i> editor <b>John Brockman</b> has been posing a single grand question to some of our time’s greatest thinkers across a wide spectrum of disciplines, then collecting the answers in an annual anthology. Last year’s answers to the question <b>“What scientific</b> …

How to spring-clean a PC that has problems booting

Bruce's old Windows Vista desktop PC has problems restarting. If taking the lid off and giving it a spring-clean, fails to work, what are the alternatives?<p>I have a six-year-old HP DX2250 running Windows Vista Home Basic, which I tend to keep on all the time, just putting it in sleep mode when I'm …

This Brilliant App Lets You Swap Lives With A Stranger For 20 Days

We’re all too obsessed with our own small social circles. 20 Day Stranger, a tool to build empathy and awareness, lets you anonymously share your life with a random person.<p>A new app makes it possible to anonymously live the life of a stranger for 20 days, seeing where they go and what they do–not …

Apps

We’re on the cusp of deep learning for the masses. You can thank Google later

Advertisement<p>22 Comments<p>Credit: Google's new deep learning architectures<p>Google (s goog) silently did something revolutionary on Thursday. It open …

Google went down today. The Internet went bananas.

We wouldn’t normally write about a mere few minutes in down time, but when it’s Google, it’s notable.<p>Google.com, Google’s search product (you may have heard of) went down between 23:52 and 23:57 BST according to Search Engine Land. Not since 2009 has Google Search experienced any downtime.<p>What’s …

San Francisco foodies steal the best restaurant reservations using coding skills

It should be easier than ever to book a reservation for date night thanks to websites like OpenTable and Urbanspoon. But in San Francisco, a number of food aficionados and coders have apparently used their technical skills to grab the best tables all for themselves. Diogo Mónica, who works as an …

Google prototyping real-time translation technology with 'near perfect' results

Google is currently prototyping a real-time translation technology that could revolutionize the way people communicate when abroad. Android VP Hugo Barra offered some details on the initiative — which exceeds the scope of Google's current translate services — to <i>The UK Times</i>. "We've got tons of …

Going, going... Chromecast sold out online, but not everywhere

Best Buy, Amazon and the Google Play Store are now all temporarily out of stock of the streaming stick. eBay and some Best Buy outlets could be the only options right now for the impatient.<p>If you've got your hands on Google's red-hot, priced-to-move streaming media stick, the Chromecast, consider …

Google Play

PlayStation 4 and Xbox One hardware comparisons: More meaningless than ever

Sony's PlayStation 4 console will need a healthy portion of its 8GB of memory simply to run the console's OS. That's inspired a new torrent of Xbox One and PS4 comparisons. But here's why they don't make sense.<p>The truth is that Sony's RAM requirements should come as no surprise.<p>If you wanted to …

PlayStation 4

Now We Know Why Googling 'Pressure Cookers' Gets a Visit from Cops

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>Michele Catalano was looking for information online about pressure cookers. Her husband, in the same …

10 Things I Learnt from Daily Shooting

A Guest Post by David Powell from Shoot Tokyo Here are a few lessons I have learnt from daily shooting… I hope you enjoy. 1. “Do or Do Not…. There is …

Digital Photography

Hand-Crafted Leather Camera Bags that Won’t Break the Bank

Leather messenger bag-style camera bags don’t come cheap. A cursory search on B&H Photo will reveal prices that often run in the $300+ range for …

Diver Photographer Snaps Photos of Polar Bears from Within Clawing Distance

Diver Photographer Joe Bunni isn’t one to shy away from risky wildlife photography trips. During one such adventure on a trip to Canada, they ran …

Magnificent Examples of Water Drop Photography by Corrie White

Water drop photography is an art form. There are so many different ways, techniques and combinations one can explore in creating the most unique and …

Evolution Punishes Selfish People, Game Theory Study Says

How long can you get ahead by screwing other people over?<p>Contrary to our Darwinian inclinations, evolution may not be as dog-eat-dog of a world as we thought it was. The selfish can survive for a while, but according to new game theory research, long-term survival requires cooperation.<p>Game …

A Freudian analysis of sexting

Sexting isn’t a poor imitation of sex — it’s a whole different form of it<p>What is a fantasy, exactly?<p>As we might expect, the question shows up frequently in the work of Sigmund Freud. In their 1968 essay “Fantasy and the Origin of Sexuality,” Jean Laplanche and J.B. Pontalis note that “From its …

Violence will rise as climate changes, scientists predict

UC Berkeley researchers pull together data on ancient wars, road rage and more, and conclude that violence may increase between now and 2050 because of higher temperatures and extreme rainfall patterns.<p>August 01, 2013|By Monte Morin<p>Long before scientists began to study global warming, author …

FBI can remotely activate Android and laptop microphones, reports WSJ

Last month, we discussed whether the new Microsoft Kinect could be used as an NSA spying tool. When it comes to the microphones in Android cell phones and laptop computers, though, surveillance might not be a theoretical question. <i>The Wall Street Journal</i> reports that the FBI can already remotely …

A Tour Of Microsoft's Truly Gigantic, Sprawling Headquarters

It's gigantic, it's sprawling, and when you set foot on campus, you feel much more optimistic about Microsoft's future than people outside the campus.<p>Microsoft is a complicated company.<p>Unlike Apple, which is really just an iPhone and iPad company, Microsoft has 12 different divisions that generate …

Pool Table

This Anti-Beer, Pro-Marijuana Ad Will Run During A NASCAR Race

Beer-loving NASCAR fans are in for quite the surprise when they enter the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the Brickyard 400 this weekend.<p>A pro-marijuana legalization ad — laced with anti-beer and alcohol messaging — will play 72 times over three days on a huge screen by the race's entrance gates, …

Cannabis

Life of a Traveling Landscape Photographer

Many aspiring landscape photographers dream for the chance to travel the world and take photos for a living. Lars Schneider was one of those …

Photography

Event-o-Rama: 10 Must-Dos in August

<b>There are some amazing events on tap all over the world, all the time. Here’s a taste of what you can see and do in August:</b><p>Where can you find more than a million people celebrating Caribbean culture…in England? Head to the <b>Notting Hill Carnival</b> (August 25-26) to savor the flash and flavor as the …

A Hundred Little Lies

When you think of it, that no one knows who said it is kind of perfect.<p>Even Wikipedia can't agree. It notes that radical journalist Henry Du Pré …

How To Make Bread in the Slow Cooker - Recipe

<b>Shape your loaf of bread:</b> Shape your loaf into a round or a loaf depending on the size of your slow cooker and/or what kind of loaf you'd like to …

Baking

Star

The 'Jurassic Park' 25th Anniversary LEGO Set is Available Now<p>LEGO 7 hours ago<p>LEGO<p>The 'Dragon Ball Z' Fusion Dance Funko Pop Two-Pack Exclusive is …

Star Wars

What great writing can teach us about Trayvon Martin

The best authors do what racists can’t — cut through stereotypes to each person’s particular humanity<p>One issue I like to address with my writing students is the vague identity adjective — or, when a student identifies a character as, say, “the black guy.” I also often come across “the white guy” or …

5 DIY Photography Projects to Save You Money

Professionals and hobbyists alike realize that photography equipment is expensive. The high costs of gear and accessories is a fact of life for pros …

Comeback Kids

Ten teams went 6-10 or worse last year. Which ones are making the playoffs in 2013?<p>Football is coming! Teams are going to be breaking out and …

NFL