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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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Wolf of Wall Street Paramount Pictures
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…

Tour ‘Minecraft’ Creator’s Mansion… In ‘Minecraft’

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Markus “Notch” Persson released the Minecraft beta in 2010. Although he intended the world-building game as a fun side project, it quickly grew into an international phenomenon, enriching him to the tune of millions of dollars even before he sold the rights to Microsoft for more than $2.5 billion earlier this year. Although a 2013 biography of Persson portrayed him as highly ambivalent about fame and wealth, he recently overcame that quandary long enough to purchase the most expensive house… continue…

R.I.P. Ralph Baer, Creator of the Gaming Console

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The "Brown Box" prototype at display at the Smithsonian Institution
Should you find yourself buying a new Xbox One, PS4, Wii U, or other game console during this holiday season, take a moment to remember the late Ralph Baer, who recently passed away at the age of 92. Click here to find game-related jobs. In the late 1960s, Baer developed the first video-game console. The television had become a mainstream item, affordable for an increasing number of people, and Baer thought that its screen could just as easily serve purposes… continue…

Our 2014 Gift Guide Is the Geekiest

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Han Solo in Carbonite Business Card Case
Happy Chrismakwanzikkah, a very irritating Festivas and a good winter solstice to you! To help you people of Earth celebrate the season, we’ve yet again put together a random guide to the kinds of gifts you want (but might be too afraid to ask for). Humans at Work Han Solo Carbonite Business Card Case $19.99 How can you garner the respect of your peers without proof of your nefarious, dark gifts? This solid block of “carbonite” that holds a miniaturized Han… continue…

Check Out Sony’s New E-Paper Watch

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Sony epaper watch
Sony is testing out a timepiece made entirely from e-paper, the same material used in e-readers such as Amazon’s Kindle. Click here to find wearable electronics jobs. According to The Verge and the Wall Street Journal, Sony already has a working version of the device, developed through a startup subsidiary called Fashion Entertainments. The watch began life as a Japanese crowdsourcing project, almost certainly so that Sony could see whether an e-paper timepiece would prove attractive to a mass audience.… continue…

What if George Lucas Had Directed the New ‘Star Wars’?

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Star Wars parody
Late last week, Disney released a ninety-second trailer for the latest Star Wars movie, which is scheduled to arrive in theaters by the end of 2015. While the trailer itself didn’t reveal very much about the plot or characters of the space epic, it’s already providing seemingly endless material for fan art, homages, and even parodies. One of the most popular parodies circulating online, created by Michael Shanks, re-edits the trailer in a way that suggests what might have happened… continue…

What Your Car Could Look Like in 2030

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What will cars look like in a few decades? That’s anyone’s guess—if old science-fiction movies have proven anything, it’s that visions of automobile design thirty or fifty years down the road (pun intended) tend to be far, far different than the eventual reality. (Blade Runner, for example, posited that the skies above Los Angeles would swarm with flying cars by 2019.) By taking current ideas about self-driving cars, and combining them with the very human need to get as much… continue…

Google Maps Offers Up Tasty Thanksgiving Data

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Google Maps Thanksgiving
Whatever your plans for Thanksgiving, Google can offer some advice: Try to avoid driving anywhere the day before. Analysts from the search-engine giant’s Google Maps division crunched traffic data from 21 U.S. cities over the past two years and found that the Wednesday before Thanksgiving is by far the worst traffic day that week, with some notable exceptions. (In Honolulu, Providence, and San Francisco, the worst traffic is always on Saturday; in Boston, it’s Tuesday.) Click here to find data-science… continue…

Watch This Robot Kick Like the ‘Karate Kid’

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Google Boston Dynamics
Robots: They roll, crawl, walk, and even gallop. But now a Google-built machine has taken the evolution of mechanical movement to the next glorious stage. In the above video, the humanoid Atlas robot (created by Google subsidiary Boston Dynamics) not only balances one-legged on a short pillar of cinder blocks, it also imitates Ralph Macchio’s iconic “crane” pose from the 1984 hit The Karate Kid. Humanity, rejoice! Our robots can now perform selected bits from 80’s movies, for our amusement,… continue…