Reader's Corner for September 2013

September 30, 2013

I’m the only person in my fairly large extended circle who didn’t end up having a formal college education I started my…

September 29, 2013

DISGUISED as employees of a gas company, a team of policemen burst into a flat in Beijing on September 1st. Two suspects inside panicked and tossed a plastic bag...

September 25, 2013

Visitors to an island that emerged from the sea off Pakistan during an earthquake on Tuesday say it emits flammable gases.

"There were dead fish on the surface. And on one side we could hear the hissing sound of the escaping gas," Mr Baloch said.

Though they couldn't smell methane, they did put a match to the fissures from where the gas was oozing, and set it on fire.

"We put the fire out in the end, but it was quite a hassle. Not even the water could kill it, unless one poured buckets over it."

... Sure, there's a bunch of gas in an area known for gas deposits, let's light a match!

September 24, 2013

Some of the best computer-y comedy I've read in ages.

September 22, 2013

The biometrics hacking team of the Chaos Computer Club (CCC) has successfully bypassed the biometric security of Apple's TouchID using easy everyday means. A fingerprint of the phone user, photographed from a glass surface, was enough to create a fake finger that could unlock an iPhone 5s secured wi...

Apple: "Learn about Touch ID advanced technology and security benefits."

CCC: "Cool story, bro"

September 21, 2013

Swan Hill is an interactive story about brothers who have grown apart. It has multiple endings. You can play it here. Thanks to all my many playtesters, who helped me turn this project around over ...

This is cool.

'Grand Theft Auto V' is the number one entertainment launch in history, topping 'Call of Duty' and 'Avatar.'

"In other words, Grand Theft Auto V not only hit $1 billion in sales faster than the fastest-grossing video game, it beat the three biggest film launches of all time by 16 days."

September 19, 2013

Award-winning political cartoonist Matt Bors drew this comic strip after rage-reading too many millennial-bashing articles.

September 18, 2013

Air Miles are awesome, they can be used to score free flights, hotel stays and if you’re really lucky, the scorn and hatred of everyone you come in contact with who has to pay full price when they travel. The king of all virtually free travelers is one David Phillips, a civil engineer who teaches [&...

Can we be sure this guy isn't a memon?

On Bastoy prison island in Norway, the prisoners, some of whom are murderers and rapists, live in conditions that critics brand 'cushy' and 'luxurious'. Yet it has by far the lowest reoffending rate in Europe. Erwin James reports

Physicists have discovered a jewel-shaped geometric object that challenges the notion that space, time and particles are fundamental constituents of nature.

I ain't no physicist, but this be interestin'

September 14, 2013

The algorithm the secret agent uses tries to mimic the normal maze generation algorithm as much as possible, so it will be difficult. Try to use your best guess.

Fill this out. For science.

September 9, 2013

For the folks who liked the candy box game.

September 8, 2013

Too old, too tired and not enough money to fight. The District sold their small debts to investors, now their homes are gone for good.

This is scary.

September 4, 2013

Who knew the shortest path problem could lead to so much interesting complexity.

September 3, 2013

The new KitKat 4.4: Android edition.

Those who think they're unlucky should change their outlook and discover how to generate good fortune, says Richard Wiseman

This is interesting.

We're afraid of risk. It's a normal part of life, but we're increasingly unwilling to accept it at any level. So we turn to technology to protect us. The problem is that technological security measures aren't free. They cost money, of course, but they cost other things as well. They often don't prov...

Probabilities in the game Monopoly including land on frequencies, expected earnings, and payback times.