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Watch This 8-Bit Version of Game of Thrones

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Well, it had to happen. Someone finally figured out that Game of Thrones and Super Mario go together like… Well, I’m not sure what. But YouTube user NicksplosionFX had a vision, and he wasn’t afraid to execute. To all you Game of Thrones fans out there, you may never watch the show in the same way again. Related Stories This Hysterical Video About BuzzFeed Is Right On Target An Ale That Celebrates Pac-Man’s Legacy A Hilarious Video of a Business… continue…

Are You a Rare “Supertasker”?

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Here’s one of those truisms that seems to pervade working life: People who tend to juggle multiple tasks simultaneously throughout the day—if you’re reading this on a smartphone while talking on the phone with your boss while studying a laptop screen full of data while driving down the highway, you just might fall into this category—think they’re the best multitaskers ever to walk the face the earth. The problem is, research over the past few years has proven pretty conclusively… continue…

Watch This Selfie-Taking Guy Get Kicked in the Head by a Train [Video]

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This one is short but sweet, which is OK, because you’ll want to watch it a few times. While it’s clear that the moral of the story is that selfies can be dangerous, you’ll need to look a little closer in order to understand why. Press pause, hit “2” on your keyboard and all becomes clear. Of course, we do have basic questions about anyone who turns their back to a train that’s going to pass a couple of feet… continue…

Software Developers Feel Growing Power

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Software developers have a well-founded confidence in their ability to change the world, according to a survey by IT automation company Chef. And more than half foresee their careers as a path to becoming rich someday. More than two-thirds — 69 percent — of developers describe their profession as “recession-proof,” with opportunities not just at traditional tech companies, but across a range of industries. Indeed, the unemployment rate among all tech occupations fell to 2.7 percent in the first quarter,… continue…

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…

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…

Why You’re Going to Love Your Wi-Fi Power Strip

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The promise of the Internet of Things has been around for the better part of a decade. For the most part, however, the things have been few and far between – but that’s quickly changing. Now, a combination of technologies has begun to make things cheaper, less complicated and much easier to implement. There was a time, not all that long ago, when Wi-Fi networks were more novelty than necessity. They were expensive, unreliable, difficult to configure and slow. Moreover,… continue…

The Unintended Consequences of Tech Startups

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Why do tech startups all look the same? That’s a question The Economist asks and partially answers in a story that details what it calls “The Dark Side of Tech Startups,” a topic seldom discussed by those involved with them. Startup communities, though very international, are made up largely of youngish white males who are not so much entrepreneurs as new kinds of workers. A further worry is that software — and hence startups — are eating not just the… continue…

Air-Sickness Bags? Unusual Ways Geeks Spend Their Off Time

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While the archaic stereotype of a sweaty, plugged into the motherboard kind of geek continues to disintegrate, we’re still stuck on the one that posits that a 16-hour work day trumps any kind of outside life. Dice News connected with five tech professionals who have some unexpected hobbies. None of them are trapped at the office. They’re fully engaged in their outside passions and enjoy sharing them with others, thank you very much. Steve Silberberg: Bag Man “Well I’m not… continue…

Deep-Skin Dedication to Spacecraft Engineering

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Terrance Yee loves space, so much so that the 45 year old spacecraft engineer, who lives in San Diego with his wife of 21 years and two of their three kids (the oldest is in college), is firmly convinced that the future of humanity lies beyond earth. To that end, he recently partnered in the company Black Sun Planetary Solutions, a cutting-edge, solar startup created to raise the funds necessary to advance breakthrough research and technologies that would cut the… continue…