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Extreme Livestock: What Happens When a GoPro Lands in a Pig Pen [Video]

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You’ll learn several things from this video: Don’t drop your GoPro from an airplane, GoPros are incredibly well-made and when photographed from certain angles, pigs look a lot like the star of Cloverfield. Related Stories A Hilarious Video of a Business Meeting’s Lone Engineer This Hysterical Video About BuzzFeed Is Right On Target  GoPro Unveils Dive Camera Housing H/T: CNET

Americans Upbeat on Future Tech, But Still Dislike Drones

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Americans are optimistic about future technology, according to new data from the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project, even if some of that technology freaks them out. Some 66 percent of those surveyed by the Pew Research Center believed that altering their children’s DNA “to produce smarter, healthier, or more athletic offspring” would represent a change for the worse. Majorities seemed similarly reluctant to embrace lifelike robots taking care of their aging parents, personal and commercial drones running… continue…

Should Employers Ban After-Hours Work Email?

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Earlier this month, two French employee unions decided to show how they felt about work/life balance by signing a legally binding agreement that would forbid employees from checking work email after a long day at their desks. The agreement will affect only 250,000 employees in the technology and consulting sectors, according to The Guardian, although a number of them work for Google, Facebook, and PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC)—not exactly firms known for allowing their workers to unplug from the grid. Click here… continue…

This Hysterical Video About BuzzFeed Is Right On Target

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A hundred and thirty million visitors, 110 million YouTube views, a funnel from Facebook — BuzzFeed generates traffic the way Goldman Sachs generates money. Of course, this isn’t the first time the Internet world’s been compared to finance — hell, they’re in bed together — but I haven’t seen anything that marries the two quite like this trailer does. If you don’t get the joke, check out the pitch to the Wolf of Wall Street and all will become clear.… continue…

Windows XP Support Expiring: Don’t Freak Out

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It’s official: Microsoft will no longer support Windows XP. There’s just one little problem: millions of PCs continue to run the aging operating system. Businesses and schools around the world still rely on XP to drive daily computing, and don’t seem very interested in spending the time, money, and tears on a massive tech refresh. Indeed, Windows XP holds 27.69 percent of the PC operating-system market, according to the latest data from NetApplications—well behind Windows 7 at 48.77 percent, but… continue…

Businesses Pressure CIOs for Profits

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Up-and-coming IT professionals with their eyes on the CIO position might want to expand that vision a bit, at least if a new survey on how business units view IT staff is correct. Business executives are increasingly unhappy with the inability of both IT organizations and CIOs to lead the rest of the company in profitable new business opportunities and innovations, even as they still acknowledge the critical role that IT plays in keeping the business humming along efficiently, according… continue…

A Hilarious Video of a Business Meeting’s Lone Engineer

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Painful. Sometimes that’s the only word that can describe what it’s like to be the sole engineer in a meeting full of product and marketing types. If you don’t think what happens to this guy can happen to you, you’re either kidding yourself or you’re very, very lucky. If you have been in this kind of sit down, well… We’re sorry. Related Stories How to Convince Management to Hire More IT Staff How to Communicate Effectively With Your Team Terms… continue…

Coding Challenge Wrap-Up: Who Won at Sevens

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This was the contest I thought would never get started. Although the game Sevens is easy to play, getting the bot-runner code to run the compiled bots proved to be harder that I thought. I solved it for C, C++ and C# easily enough: These are all languages that produced a compiled .exe, but for running Java programs it took a bit longer. Then, when I solved that and started running the contest, it turned out that several of the… continue…

Office for iPad Is Here… With a Catch

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After years of debate over whether Microsoft will actually release a version of Office for the iPad, the company is ready to make that move. As expected by many in the tech press, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella took to a San Francisco stage March 27 to explain the company’s strategy under his watch; a few minutes into the presentation, Julia White (general manager of Microsoft Office) joined him to demonstrate Office for iPad, and announce that Word, Excel, and PowerPoint… continue…

These 2 Things Drive Coders Crazy

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It’s become something of an article of faith that the best developers love programming so much that it’s all they want to do. But Business Insider’s Julie Bort is wondering if that’s the real case. It’s a good time to be a coder — employers can’t find as many as they need and pay is healthy — but Bort says their life is made difficult by two things: a nagging sense that they’re not as good as they should be,… continue…