Where Do People Work the Longest Hours?

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The average American works roughly 47 hours per week, according to data released last year by Gallup. That number includes commuting time, which in some cities can add several hours per week. But not all places are created equal; in which cities do employees work the longest hours? According to a study by the Office of the New York City Comptroller (and excerpted in Business Insider), New York City tops that list, with an average workweek of 49.08 hours. That… continue…

The Developer’s Guide to Work-Life Balance

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If you’re a developer, every so often you’ll find yourself staring down the barrel of crunch time. At those moments, you’ll have no choice but to boil up several pots of coffee (or break open the latest crate of energy drinks), message your loved ones that you’ll be home sometime next month, duct-tape yourself to your desk chair, and grind away until the app or game or platform is launched… or at least won’t collapse the second anyone clicks on… continue…

‘Real’ Star Destroyer Selling on Craigslist

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Did you see the latest trailer for the next Star Wars movie? A lot of people were blown away by one of the first images, which shows the wreck of an Imperial Star Destroyer half-buried in the sand of a desert planet. Some anonymous poster on Craigslist was so bowled-over by the visual, in fact, that he or she designed a hilarious sales posting for it, as if the Star Destroyer were a used Toyota instead of a galactic super-craft… continue…

How Many Hours Does Mark Zuckerberg Work Per Week?

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If you run the world’s largest social network, how many hours can you expect to work a week? In a new Q&A, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg suggested he puts in 50-60 hours a week… at most. “I spend most of my time thinking about how to connect the world and serve our community better,” he wrote, “but a lot of that time isn’t in our office or meeting with people or doing what you’d call real work.” He added: “I… continue…

Today’s Developers: Self-Taught and Over-Caffeinated

Stack Overflow recently surveyed several thousand developers about pretty much everything work-related, and the results paint an interesting portrait of what the developer life is like in 2015. Of the 26,036 people surveyed in 157 countries, 32.4 percent self-identified as full-stack developers, 13.6 percent said they were students, and 10.1 percent indicated they were back-end Web developers. In descending order, other professions included mobile developer (9.1 percent), desktop developer (8.3 percent), front-end Web developer (6.0 percent), enterprise-level lead services developer (2.9… continue…

Google Maps: Now With Pac-Man

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It’s April 1, and you know what that means: Time for Google’s annual prank. This year, Google has a good one. Head over to Google Maps, find a map with a lot of roads (the more oddly shaped, the better), and click on the Pac-Man icon in the lower-left portion of the screen. The map will transform into a classic Pac-Man level. If you want to give your ghost-fleeing skills a real workout, find a map with a lot of… continue…

Company Housing: Perk or Gilded Cage?

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Back in the 19th century, some of America’s pioneering super-capitalists decided to build whole towns to house their workers. George Pullman, for example, built an eponymous village for the employees who built his railcars; anyone living in those small houses needed to conform to bylaws and pay rent, even when the company wasn’t doing well. While the formal concept of “company towns” gradually faded away in the United States—it’s far more difficult these days for one entity to buy up… continue…

The Indie Game at the Heart of ‘House of Cards’

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In the new season of the Netflix series House of Cards, President Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey) takes a break from his Machiavellian machinations to… play an indie game on his iPad? The game in question—glimpsed midway through the season—is Monument Valley, a puzzler in which the player guides a princess character through structures reminiscent of an M.C. Escher design. The game’s slow pace and gentle aesthetic seem like an odd choice for an aggressive (and murderous) character like Underwood, but… continue…

When Your Shopping Bot Becomes a Lawbreaker

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Who’s responsible when a bot breaks the law? A collective of Swiss artists faced that very question when they coded the Random Darknet Shopper, an online shopping bot, to purchase random items from a marketplace located on the Deep Web, an area of the World Wide Web not indexed by search engines. While many of the 16,000 items for sale on this marketplace are legal, quite a few are not; and when the bot purchased a handful of illegal pills… continue…

‘Wolf’ Topped 2014′s List of Most-Pirated Movies

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It’s easier than ever to pirate online content, a fact that’s compelled millions of people to download movies illegally. Piracy-tracking firm Excipio recently put together a list of the most-pirated movies of 2014—think of it as yet another year-end “best of” list, albeit one guaranteed to drive Hollywood executives into a rage—and the rankings contain few surprises: What triumphed at the box office also tended to do well on websites devoted to pirated content. The following list contains Excipio’s estimates… continue…