After a spending a couple of years with it, the standard Windows desktop can get pretty boring. If you’re looking for something a little more exciting, Rainmeter is a tool that will help you get there. It’s been helping PC users customise, tweak, tailor and enhance their desktops for years. The cool thing is that it walks you through the process every step of the way.
Former statistician Bill McLennan has said that the 2016 Census is, “without doubt […] the most significant invasion of privacy ever perpetrated on Australians by the ABS”. There are number of concerning changes to the 2016 Census which have lead to talks of boycotts, lobby group Electronic Frontiers Australia (EFA) says. Here is a rundown of what the EFA has flagged as a potential problem, what your rights and obligations are, and what can happen if you make up answers or avoid the collector.
Only the truest The Next Generation fans likely know that Isolinear Chips are the 24th century’s equivalent of the USB flash drives we carry around today. On the show, they utilise futuristic optical storage techniques which haven’t been invented yet, so these non-functional replicas will best serve as drink coasters — as well as being a truly impressive signifier of your Trek fandom.
Video: I suppose for most normal people, seeing this collection of Stephen Colbert answering Lord of the Rings questions at the Late Show pre-taping is funny just because, ha ha, what a nerd, how did he ever function in society long enough to get a national late night talk show and so on. But we know better.
Image Cache: If someone told us that these stunning new photos had been taken on Earth, we wouldn’t have blinked an eye. But they weren’t. Instead, every one of these photographs comes from a planet millions of kilometres away from us.
Video: Here’s a compilation of crazy runs, jumps and parkour tricks from Oleg Cricket, a daredevil who was either born without fear or recently made into some sort of superhero. Hell, maybe even both. You can see him sprint and jump off the side of skyscrapers, flip and twirl over gaps between buildings onto the roof next door, and even jump down multiple stories from the balcony as if he were Spider-Man. Oleg is nuts (even when compared to other parkour guys) but he’s really, really good at what he does.
Black holes: Crushing vortexes of darkness that promise to shred each and every atom in your body to oblivion, right? Maybe not. New theoretical work by researchers at the Institute of Corpuscular Physics hints that it might be possible to escape the journey into a black hole with all of your cells intact. The bad news is, you’d probably still die… and you’d wind up in another universe.
Work diaries chronicling the daily activities of Hitler’s henchman Heinrich Himmler have surfaced in Russian military archives. The recovered texts speak volumes about a key figure behind the Holocaust — a man who could orchestrate mass killings at one moment and then casually switch to mundane family matters the next.
The theme of American Horror Story‘s sixth season has remained a closely-guarded secret, with only a few enigmatic promos to go on. If you read certain tabloid websites, you might have a few more clues. But even so. What is going on here?
Sponsored posts from celebrities — or worse yet, “influencers” — are bad when it’s not clear they’re actually ads. That’s why, according to a report from Bloomberg, the Federal Trade Commission wants to crack down on these fuzzily-labelled posts.
Video: The board game Operation is a great example of how negative feedback can also negatively affect your performance. But instead of playing in constant fear of that loud buzzing sound, when you touch the sides while playing this sadistic version of Operation, you get blasted with a paintball gun. Sounds like a lot of fun.
At some point while reading Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, it becomes abundantly clear that Scorpius Malfoy is the best-written character in the whole thing. He’s the most original part of the whole play.
Video: Can you really consider finding a source of power to charge your smartphone a survival skill? For some people, not having a working phone is more dire than not having clean drinking water. So if you find yourself in the great outdoors without an outlet, a little ingenuity can turn random junk into a working hydro-electric generator.