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    Dan is a video game modding hobbyist and secret ninja who lives in New Jersey.

  1. Above Average’s Idiot’s Guide to Smart People Explains College

    The most college you can get without a pile of debt.

    The Idiot's Guide to Smart People is back with an another anthropological look at the habits of smart people—this time in their natural habitat: college. Just remember, idiots: These videos are more about us smart people being able to laugh at ourselves, but feel free to laugh along with us. Hit the jump to watch a trailer for the rest of the video series' upcoming season 2 episodes.

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  2. Mars Opportunity Rover Will Have Its Memory Wiped

    I'm so sorry.

    The Mars Opportunity rover has been doing science on the red planet for over a decade, but it's been experiencing a lot of problems lately that have slowed it down, and it looks like the only solution is a memory wipe. When reached for comment, the rover responded, "You know, you could fix my glitches if you just try hot-wiring the fragment links and superseding the binary binary binary binary binary binary binary binary."

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  3. Nintendo Tweets 2014/15 Release Timeframe List With Wii U Zelda and Star Fox

    Get N or get out.

    Nintendo is getting aggressive about its release timetable to try to turn things around for the Wii U, and this newly-tweeted schedule for 2014 and 2015 says we'll have both a new Zelda and Star Fox by the end of the year—not to mention the huge list of Wii U games for the first half of 2015 on top of both Smash Bros. games coming out this year. That's certainly one way to turn around the idea that there's no reason to buy your company's console.

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  4. Hundreds of Game Developers Sign an Open Letter to End Hate in the Gaming Community

    Be excellent to each other.

    It hasn't exactly been a great time to be a gamer lately—except for huge, gross gaming trolls, who seem to be having a blast taunting people, making threats, and generally being the worst. But those trolls are now the target of an open letter from the gaming community's creators to its fans, asking them to end intolerance for the good of everyone.

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  5. How Do They Get the Caffeine out of Decaf Coffee Beans? Your Coffee Questions Answered

    Still leaving the most important question: why?

    While the rest of you were taking the day off, Mental Floss debuted a new video series today called The Big Question. In its first episode, Craig Benzine explains how decaf coffee is made despite the difficulty inherent with the caffeine being part of coffee beans. Sadly, he never answers the bigger question of why anyone would ever drink decaf.

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  6. Study Says Social Media Is Making Us Unhappy and Distrustful

    I bet they just want the publicity, though.

    The written word has a lot of drawbacks in missing out on tone and intention, which makes it soooo easy to pick up on stuff like sarcasm, you guys. On the Internet, it also has the drawback of trolling, and it turns out these problems seem to be causing social media to make people miserable.

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  7. Don’t Miss a Single PAX Prime Gaming Convention Live Stream This Weekend

    It's dangerous to stream alone. Take this.

    The PAX Prime gaming convention runs from today, August 29, 2014 to September 1, 2014 in Seattle, Washington. But you can still get in on all the fun thanks to a whole bunch of streams on Twitch. We've collected some of the biggest ones and their stream schedules for you here to simplify your life.

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  8. Will Hollywood Follow GOG.com Into DRM-Free Movie Downloads?

    Thus leaving us agog.

    Music services like iTunes brought digital distribution into the spotlight long ago, but in the years since, concern over the ease of copying files have led to Digital Rights Management (DRM) issues and a slew of different solutions. Launched back in 2008 under the name Good Old Games, GOG.com has made a name for itself in DRM-free video games, and they just launched an initiative to bring the same freedom to movies and TV. But will Hollywood go along for the ride?

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  9. This Is Your Brain on Coffee: How Coffee Affects Your Brain and Body

    I like my brain like I like my coffee: full of caffeine.

    You know how coffee makes you feel. Depending on your necessary intake level, that's anywhere from "awake and alert" to "like a functioning adult human being." But what does the caffeine physically do to your brain and body to generate that feeling? This video from AsapSCIENCE will explain the science behind your brain fuel.

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  10. Nintendo Announces New 3DS, Confirms Leaked Smash Bros. Character in Nintendo Direct [UPDATED: Character Spoiler Spotted in Video]

    Looks like we don't have a choice!

    Last night, Nintendo held a Japan-only Nintendo direct, where they announced several things including new 3DS models which have a second circle pad built in among several new features and a brand new Smash Bros. character. The new models will reportedly even have a faster processor and exclusive games which the current 3DS won't be able to play.

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