1. Science

    Internet Use Could Help Depressed Retirees Because the Internet Is the Best

    If you're retired and feeling depressed about it, try using the Internet more! At least, that's according to new research published in The Journals of Gerontology, Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences. It says Internet use gave retirees a better chance of avoiding depression than their offline counterparts.

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  2. Tech

    TL;DR Wikipedia Distills the Internet’s Vast Knowledge Into Short, Sarcastic Barbs

    There's a lot of information on the Internet, so it can be hard to know just where to turn when you want a concise explanation of any given subject. That's where TL;DR Wikipedia comes in. They take all of the "knowledge" and "facts" and reduce it to easily remembered, sarcastic flash cards.

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  3. Tech

    Can the Internet Be Considered an Archive? [Video]

    Most people consider the Internet fleeting because you can't hold them in your hands in the same way that you can with a book or written source. But is it worth archiving anyway? Are archived portions of the Internet accurate depictions of the original sources they claim to archive? PBS Idea Channel investigates, and confuses us in the process.

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  4. Tech

    Could Tiny Cubesats Mean Free Internet for the Whole World? One Company Thinks So

    Free Internet? Sounds great, right? That's the goal of Media Investment Solutions and their "Outernet" project. They want to launch hundreds of small "cubesat" satellites that would provide free Internet worldwide. It's a significant undertaking, but it's entirely possible, according to the company.

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  5. Weird

    Man Banned From Internet for Being Bad at Jokes

    It's easy to get carried away with practical jokes-one minute you're laying down the banana peel, the next you're hiding the body. But 31-year old Jason Willis might be worse than any of us at knowing how far is too far--Willis has been ordered by a judge to stop using the internet until his jokes improve, or for the next two-and-a-half years.

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  6. Tech

    Today We Fight Back Against the NSA and Our Future Orwellian Dystopia With a Day of Activism

    The Internet is tired of complaining about the NSA, but instead of taking the "just stop complaining about it" option, there's an Internet-wide day of activism today. So, if you want your Internet porn habits to stay private (or your personal phone records. Whatever), crank up "We're Not Gonna Take It" and read what they want you to do about it.

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  7. Entertainment

    The You’ve Got Mail Website From 1998 Is Still Up And Wow The Internet Was Terrible Then

    It's easy to forget, in our world of smartphones and YouTube and Twitter, that the internet has not always been so ubiquitous. Just 15 years ago, back in December of 1998 (when Google was only two months old) Warner Brothers released the Tom Hanks/Meg Ryan classic You've Got Mail - and a website to go with it. And it's still there.

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  8. Tech

    The Internet Is a Gift From God, You Guys. The Pope Says So

    Pope Francis has been known to say crazy things, like how he doesn't need to talk about abortion and gay marriage all the time and that non-believers just need to try to obey their conscience. Madness. Now he's saying that the Internet is a gift from God, which makes me wonder if he's ever actually been on the Internet.

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  9. Tech

    The Internet Will Soon Add 1,000+ New Suffixes, .Anything Is Possible (Almost)

    In the final result of almost a decade of debate over adding more possibilities to .org, .com, .net and so on, the Internet will soon have domains like .clothing and .plumbing. So, be prepared for several phone calls a day from your Mom, because she'll be convinced the new suffixes are caused by a virus no matter how often you explain them.

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  10. Weird

    Company Tries to Fine Customer $3,500 for Leaving Negative Review Online

    We all know we're supposed to read the Terms and Conditions before we agree to anything, but nobody ever does. Unfortunately, that means companies can slip whatever the heck they want in there. Case in point: the website has a clause in their terms of sale that allows them to harass customers who "negatively impact" their business.

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  11. Tech

    Is Spam The Native Art Form Of The Internet? [Video]

    Like us, Mike Rugnetta was pretty bummed to find out that Horse_eBooks hasn't been a real spambot for the past two years. However, it got him and the rest of the crew at PBS Idea Channel thinking about the true nature of spam and whether it might, when done well, even be considered artistic. Huh. Well, that's an odd twist.

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  12. Tech

    This Website Tells You Whether or not the Government Is Shut Down, and Almost Nothing Else

    There's been a lot of talk about the United States government shutdown this month. What if you're sick of hearing about it, but still want to know whether or not the government is shut down? We've found a website that simply tells you whether or not the government is shut down, and nothing else. Alright, there's a little more to it, but not much.

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  13. Tech

    The Internet Addiction Clinic is Ready for your Business

    Is your love life languishing in the shadow of your eSports schedule? Do you forget to eat during your marathon WoW raids? Have you watched more cat videos than any single person you know? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you might have an internet addiction – and now, there’s a program that can help you out.

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  14. Science

    Scientist Connects His Brain to the Internet to Control Another Guy’s Finger

    If you've ever wanted to control someone's finger over the Internet you may soon get your chance. Researchers at the University of Washington used dark magic EEG helmets, magnets, and the Internet to take the impulse to move a finger from the brain of one person and put it into the brain of another. Science is crazy awesome.

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  15. Tech

    Did Your Internet Just Freak Out? Here’s the Reason, and a Solution

    Being a website company, we were all pretty upset at the office here when the Internet went down for twenty minutes or so. People suggested we start a zine, use a photocopier, or just leave the room, which also proved we may all be a little overdependent on connectivity. Turns out we weren't alone: Google's DNS servers were at fault.

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