November 2011

  1. Gaming

    Mario Opera Makes a Classic More Classy [Video]

    There is a Spider-Man musical, so why not a Mario opera, right? Get ready for a big surprise: The Mario opera is actually really good. Okay, so it might be a stretch to call this one song in a stereotypical opera style -- and a stereotypical Italian accent -- an "opera," but it's not a stretch to call it awesome. The song is courtesy of legolambs, a YouTube channel devoted to pop culture musicals and run by Jon and Al Kaplan. Check it out. It's a terrific way to spend 2:49 minutes and justify calling a huge part of your childhood "high culture."

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  2. Geekolinks

    Geekolinks: 11/29

    Can NASA get by without nuclear power? (Universe Today) How AT&T plans on saving its floundering T-Mobile merger (Gizmodo) 3 reasons all gamers should play Skyrim (Make Use Of) Get a bunch of hugs from Internet people ( Cute piggies taking a swim (BuzzFeed) Men In Black 3 is actually happening (G4TV) Charles Walton, father of RFID technology, has died (Engadget) (title pic via reddit)

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  3. Tech

    Toyota “Fun-Vii” Concept Car is Basically a Rolling iPhone

    Debuting yesterday at the 42nd Tokyo Motor Show, the Toyota Fun-Vii is a bold vision of the future. A future where the entire exterior and interior of your car is a video display, for some reason. Also, it looks like the Batmobile mated with a Prius. I'm dreading the future already.

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  4. Gaming

    Angry Birds Now Available on Your Head

    I'd call it fake, but it's hard to say given how much people love Angry Birds and the fact that it shows up just about everywhere.

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  5. Science

    Study: Ravens Might Communicate Using Gestures

    Ravens have proven to be some of the most surprising species of birds, having demonstrated the ability to use tools and even solve complex puzzles. Now, new research from Simone Pika and Thomas Bugnyar suggests that these clever birds might use gestures in order to communicate with each other.

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  6. Tech

    Google Maps 6.0 Tackles Indoors, Makes Minimap a Reality

    Google Maps, not content trying to map the entire outside world is now moving in the new, logical, but still mind-blowing direction of mapping indoors. Coming part and parcel with the Google Maps 6.0 for Android devices is the new indoor functionality that will allow users to basically carry around a minimap in their pocket. Intended to help you figure out where the menswear section is, or where you can find the nearest bathroom, or the nearest exit, Google Maps interiors can not only show you the map of the floor your on, but also those directly above and below you and keep track of which one you're actually on. Just when I thought I was starting to get jaded about this sort of stuff, Google blows me away. We're living in the future, people.

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  7. Entertainment

    Ray Bradbury Allows Fahrenheit 451 to be Published Digitally

    Publisher Simon & Schuster has announced that Ray Bradbury has relented and his classic Fahrenheit 451 will be released today as an eBook. Well, it's about time, Ray. Yeah, I know that it's spooky that a book about the decline of reading and book burning is being released as an eBook, the format that directly competes with the printed word. And, yes, Bradbury has been a longtime proponent of written books and has, according to the WaPo, referred to the Internet as "a big distraction," but that doesn't mean he can't get with the times! Besides there's, nothing sinister about reading Fahrenheit 451 on my Kindle.

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  8. Gaming

    Floppy Drive Quartet Sings Portal’s “Still Alive”

    Floppy drives, one of the many forms of digital storage to become completely obsolete in the past decade or so, have one final use up their collective sleeve: They can play music in a way that is amusing to audiences that are familiar with with what floppy drives were originally used for. That is to say, in a few years, kids won't find this amusing because the only frame of reference they'll have is videos of floppy drive songs. But I digress. The joke is that the floppy's are singing "Still Alive" when they are an entirely antiquated storage mechanism. Haha! Also it is Portal reference; the kids love those. Huzzah! Tape of the performance after the jump. What? No one uses tapes any more either?!

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  9. Gaming

    Etch A Sketch Controlled With An NES Controller

    One of the hardest parts of using an Etch A Sketch, aside from the ever-continuing line and the difficulty of moving diagonally is that you have to turn a circle knob to make a straight line. I'll admit, I'm getting a little picky here, but I was never good at using an Etch A Sketch, because as a person who gets confused easily, they are positively infuriating. YouTuber Alpinedelta32's Arduino mod might actually make the device usable for someone like me because it translates those pesky knobs to a NES controller d-pad. Finally, Etch A Sketchin' for the rest of us.

    Video after the jump.

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  10. Tech

    Mogulite to Refocus as The Jane Dough, Women in Business

    Starting Monday, December 5, our sister site Mogulite will be refocusing as The Jane Dough, a site that will cover women in business. We're excited about the shift in focus, as the stories Mogulite covered that were related to women in business not only attracted attention, but provided a venue for that type of content, which tends to be underrepresented. Mogulite's current editors Amy Tennery and Hillary Reinsberg will continue leading the charge, delivering the same quality content for The Jane Dough as they did on Mogulite.

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  11. Tech

    A Billion Dollars Isn’t Cool. You Know What’s Cool? Facebook’s Possible $100 Billion IPO Valuation

    There have been rumblings of Mark Zuckerberg making Facebook a publicly traded company for some time, but new information seems to point toward the possibility of a whopping $100 billion initial public offering (IPO) valuation. Such a valuation could raise huge amounts of money for the company, founded barely seven years ago when Zuckerberg was at Harvard. Those events have already been immortalized in film, and Facebook's continuing struggles with privacy are the stuff of Internet legend, but a massive IPO would almost certainly open a new chapter for the social networking giant.

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  12. Science

    Physicist Creates True Random Numbers by Shooting Lasers at Diamonds

    If you're the kind of person who reads Geekosystem, you probably already know how hard true random numbers are to come by. If you don't, let me break it down for you: Really hard. Computers have an especially hard time creating random numbers since they operate by algorithm. Sure, you can get a pseudo-random number by using a "randomly" selected seed and running a whole bunch of operations on it, but that's still not random. For that matter, neither is rolling dice. Granted, we generally don't have enough information to predict the outcome, so rolls are effectively random, but not actually random. Now, Ottowa physicist Ben Sussman has come up with a way to create large quantities of true random numbers, with science!

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  13. Tech

    Millions of Printers Open to Exploits That Could Light Them on Fire

    In a world where more and more things are getting connected to the Internet, it's getting more and more important to focus on security for things that aren't traditional computers. I'm not just talking smartphones and tablets, but things like cars, prison security systems, and printers. According to researchers at Columbia University, tens of millions of printers have firmware vulnerabilities that make them super hackable. But what's the worst a hacker could do to a printer? How about set it on fire.

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  14. Tech

    Unsettling, Inflatable “Soft” Robot Undulates Its Way Into Our Hearts

    Just a few days after writing about the Ant-Roach, another example of robots that shirk rigid construction has emerged in the form of this delightful little fellow. This soft robot, built by a George M. Whitesides and his research team at Harvard, is capable of walking using only the inflation of specialized compartments for locomotion. The result is a floppy, undulating quadruped that could point the way for the future of robotics.

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  15. Tech

    Students Don’t Care About QR Codes, You Probably Don’t Either [Infographic]

    Some consider QR codes a noble failure -- neat in theory and practice, but who cares? Not students. Have you ever whipped out your phone to capture a QR code while waiting for the bus or train, or did you just kind of stare at the pattern and feel the need to dig your old Nintendo out of the closet and play some pixelated gaming history? Marketing firm Archirival wondered how engaging the QR codes tend to be, and took to college campuses to find out. A clever move, in that college kids are usually seen as the epicenter of technology adoption. Archrival found that only 21 percent of the surveyed students successfully scanned a QR code before, and 75 percent said they don't plan on scanning one in the future. Aside from those interesting, yet dismal for companies that employ QR codes percentages, there are some more findings after the break, all prettied up in infographic form.

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