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19 Nov 19:05

A Cautionary Tale of Learning to Code

19 Nov 14:16

Cirrus7 Add Haswell CPUs To Award-Winning Ubuntu PC

by Joey-Elijah Sneddon

cirrus7sandwichGerman computer company Cirrus7 has refreshed its award-winning Ubuntu desktop PC with the latest Intel 'Haswell' processors.

The post Cirrus7 Add Haswell CPUs To Award-Winning Ubuntu PC first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

14 Nov 16:33

The Neanderthal correlation

14 Nov 18:39

Brazil builds its own fiber optic network to avoid the NSA

12 Nov 00:00

Computer Scientists Petition Supreme Court Over API Copyright

The Electronic Frontier Foundation has filed a brief on behalf of 77 computer scientists urging the US Supreme Court of the United States to overturn a finding that APIs are copyrightable.


16 Oct 09:31

After California decriminalized pot, teen arrest, overdose, dropout rates fell

14 Oct 06:11

Always bet on text

14 Oct 19:48

What would happen in the ocean if we went quiet?

11 Oct 11:25

Bicycle helmets do almost nothing to prevent concussions

rafael nonato

Pretty long, but very complete.

08 Oct 01:28

Adobe Spyware Reveals Again the Price of DRM: Your Privacy and Security

30 Sep 17:06

More eyes, more cute

by Cory Doctorow

The freaks at B3ta are photoshopping extra eyes into kittehs and pugs (pug by Shlvng), and it's wonderful.


15 Sep 17:23

Professor lives in a 36-square-foor dumpster

by Mark Frauenfelder
rafael nonato

Yes. Hardcore.

Check out all the photos in this Atlantic article. Cozy!
02 Oct 21:38

Elusive Form of Evolution Seen in Spiders

29 Sep 01:05

Localizing an operating system for a language with no high-tech vocabulary

by Cory Doctorow

When Senegalese Mozillan Ibrahima Sarr translated Firefox OS into Fulah, he had to coin an entire technological vocabulary, so "crash" became "hookii" (a cow falling over but not dying). Read the rest

27 Sep 05:41

Fighting to Honor a Father’s Last Wish: To Die at Home

27 Sep 05:41

For Shanghai Jobs, Only ‘Normal Size’ Need Apply

25 Sep 13:46

Everything you need to know about the Shellshock Bash bug

22 Sep 15:06

Can you read a novel in three hours?

by Rob Boffard

Speed-reading a Man-Booker-shortlisted novel with help from an app called Spritz was a thrilling ride that left me in agony

Last week, I decided to perform an experiment. At midday precisely, I sat on my couch to see if I could knock off a Man-Booker-shortlisted novel by teatime.

Thats not as easy as it sounds. The book I picked was To Rise Again at a Decent Hour by Joshua Ferris at 110,000 words or so, its not particularly lengthy, but given that the average adult reader clocks in at between 250 and 300 words per minute (according to a 2012 study), it would still take around six hours to finish. And thats without considering the weighty subject matter: a Manhattan dentist dealing with a crisis of faith after a religious group steals his identity. Clearly, demolishing it by three or four oclock was somewhat ambitious.

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16 Sep 13:05

09/15/14 PHD comic: 'Statistics!'

Piled Higher & Deeper by Jorge Cham
Click on the title below to read the comic
title: "Statistics!" - originally published 9/15/2014

For the latest news in PHD Comics, CLICK HERE!

18 Sep 10:39

Our Favorite Cliché: A World Filled with Idiots

19 Sep 19:57

How to Pull Off the Most Complex Taxidermy of All Time

by Nicholas Stango

How to Pull Off the Most Complex Taxidermy of All Time

Yesterday the American Museum of Natural History took the wraps off its newest main attraction: Lonesome George. Lonesome George, the world-famous giant tortoise native to the Galapagos. He passed on in 2012 of natural causes. This set in motion the process to preserve George through the most complex and intricate taxidermy ever attempted—from a species of one.


17 Sep 18:04

Popcorn Time 0.3.3 Released With Support For External Media Players And Chromecast, More

by (Andrew)
Popcorn Time 0.3.3 was released today and it comes with quite a few new features, including support for external players such as VLC, XBMC, MPlayer, mpv and others, Chromecast and Airplay support, 3 new themes and more.

Popcorn Time

As a reminder, Popcorn Time is an open source Netflix-style torrent streaming application for Linux, Windows and Mac. The application allows users to stream movies (with subtitles) and TV series at no cost, and that may be illegal in your country so make sure you read the disclaimer before using Popcorn Time!

The most important change in the latest Popcorn Time 0.3.3 is probably the option to play the videos using your favorite media player such as VLC, XMBC, MPlayer, mpv and more - this can be done from the video page, next to the "Watch Now" button:

Popcorn Time

Another interesting change in the latest Popcorn Time is synchronisation: Trakt will now remember your favorite videos for you so you won't lose your favorites if you use Popcorn Time on multiple computers or you remove its database.

Yet another change is the addition of themes support along with 3 new themes: Black & Yellow, Flat UI and Light - here's a screenshot with the new Light theme:

Popcorn Time

Besides the new features mentioned above, Popcorn Time 0.3.3 also includes the following changes:
  • a huge internal code clean up - unfortunately, because of this you most probably have to reset your DataBase on install;
  • use FontAwesome instead of PNG's: nicer, sharper icons across the UI;
  • get rid of white flash at startup;
  • cleaner settings layout;
  • HTTP Api - can be used to control Popcorn Time from another application;
  • new settings: always on top, start page option, ratings on covers, hide or fade watched items;
  • various UI improvements;
  • resize covers on-the-fly by pressing Ctrl+ and Ctrl- in the cover view;
  • open directly next unseen episode;
  • built-in help;
  • alpha Chromecast and Airplay support (I'm not sure about Airplay but it looks like for now, subtitles aren't supported with Chromecast).

Install Popcorn Time in Ubuntu 14.04 or 14.10, Linux Mint 17 or Debian

Important: before upgrading to Popcorn Time 0.3.3, remove your old Popcorn Time database or else the application won't work:
rm -r ~/.config/Popcorn-Time

To install Popcorn Time in Ubuntu / Linux Mint and derivatives, you can use the Popcorn Time WebUpd8 PPA. The PPA package automatically downloads Popcorn Time from its website and sets everything up for you.

Add the PPA and install Popcorn Time in Ubuntu 14.04 or 14.10 (the latest version does not work with Ubuntu 12.04!) / Linux Mint 17 by using the following commands:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:webupd8team/popcorntime
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install popcorn-time

To install Popcorn Time from the WebUpd8 PPA repository in Debian, use the following commands:
su -
echo "deb trusty main" | tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/webupd8team-popcorntime.list
echo "deb-src trusty main" | tee -a /etc/apt/sources.list.d/webupd8team-popcorntime.list
apt-key adv --keyserver --recv-keys EEA14886
apt-get update
apt-get install popcorn-time

Download Popcorn Time

Important: before upgrading to Popcorn Time 0.3.3, remove your old Popcorn Time database or else the application won't work:
rm -r ~/.config/Popcorn-Time

Download Popcorn Time (binaries available for Linux, Windows and Mac OS X) | Popcorn Time source

Arch Linux users can install Popcorn Time via AUR: bin | latest stable | git
16 Sep 22:47

Emacs standing alone on a Linux Kernel

16 Sep 20:17

Pipes and Filters

12 Sep 04:00


Old people used to write obnoxious thinkpieces about how people these days always wear watches and are slaves to the clock, but now they've switched to writing thinkpieces about how kids these days don't appreciate the benefits of an old-fashioned watch. My position is: The word 'thinkpiece' sounds like a word made up by someone who didn't know about the word 'brain'.
09 Sep 21:27

3 Short Walking Breaks Can Reverse Harm From 3 Hours of Sitting

by Soulskill
An anonymous reader writes: Medical researchers have been steadily building evidence that prolonged sitting is awful for your health. One major problem is that blood can pool in the legs of a seated person, causing arteries to start losing their ability to control the rate of blood flow. A new experimental study (abstract) has discovered it's quite easy to negate these detrimental health effects: all you need to do is take a leisurely, 5-minute walk for every hour you sit. "The researchers were able to demonstrate that during a three-hour period, the flow-mediated dilation, or the expansion of the arteries as a result of increased blood flow, of the main artery in the legs was impaired by as much as 50 percent after just one hour. The study participants who walked for five minutes for each hour of sitting saw their arterial function stay the same — it did not drop throughout the three-hour period. Thosar says it is likely that the increase in muscle activity and blood flow accounts for this."

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11 Sep 19:29

Woman of 24 found to have no cerebellum in her brain

11 Sep 18:05

My Day on the Emoji-Only Social Network, Translated (I Think)

by Ashley Feinberg

My Day on the Emoji-Only Social Network, Translated (I Think)

Words are dead. Grammar, syntax, nuance—all pointless when adorable cartoon sea animals can do the dirty work for us. At least, that's the world Emojli, an emoji-only social network, would like to envision. But after spending some time there, I am more than happy with my inanimate letters. For Emojli's future is a dark one, filled with nothing but loneliness and poop.


11 Sep 03:25

How the global banana industry is killing the world’s favorite fruit

09 Sep 07:00

The curious case of the cyclist’s unshaven legs

rafael nonato

about the need to replicate experiments