Russ Olsen, author of "Eloquent Ruby" and Clojure developer, spins a tale of an archaic CAD program, politics, and progress that can be summed up with one simple mantra: "Stay the hell out of other people’s code!"
In its mounting campaign against leakers, the U.S. government isn’t just going after officials who revealed weighty secrets like the White House’s drone strike “kill list.” Federal agents are also chasing a leaker who gave us an official document asking for a futuristic laser weapon that could set insurgents’ clothes on fire from nine miles away. It’s an odd investigation, because the energy weapon doesn’t exist; the unclassified document describing it reads almost like a spoof of the laser system out of Real Genius; and this is 2012 — nearly five years after the leak in question.
North Korean paratroopers descend on an American small town. U.S. military resistance collapses. Korean armored vehicles roll down the streets unopposed except for a band of heavily armed bros in hoodies hiding under a … plywood trap door? No, these are not images from some teenage gamer’s fever dream. They’re scenes from the remake of the 1984 cult classic movie Red Dawn.
In 490 B.C., the Greek plain of Marathon consisted of sandy beaches and marshes, rising southwest toward olive groves, farmland and Athens. It is where the Persians are said to have landed to prepare an assault on the Greek capital. The Athenian army, wildly outnumbered, decided not to wait for its Spartan reinforcements before attacking …
Normally fan fiction about U.K. boy-band One Direction is not anything new on the internet. But when that fanfic is a video created by the lead animator of raunchy spy cartoon Archer, features an evil leader named Lord Faptaguise and a secret weapon called the “pussy magnet” (not what you think), and has gotten nearly a million views in less than two days, it’s worth noting.
Android phones are meant to open, but unfortunately the best Android phone on the market is locked down, thanks to AT&T. It’s time Google started to change that, by walking its talk on Android openness.
What is it about the Pebble smartwatch that made it such a breakout Kickstarter success? And what, exactly, hides inside this insanely popular piece of hardware? We took a trip to Pebble’s Palo Alto office to find out.