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

  1. Kids, Curiosity Rover Wants You to Do Your Homework So You Can Join It on Mars

    It's just lonely up there, OK?

    Did you do your homework today? Well Curiosity loves you for it, you wonderful nerd, because it could use some company. Have fun laughing at all those slackers from Mars.

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  2. Microsoft Unveils Windows 10 as Free Upgrade for Windows 7 & 8.1, Desktop Cortana Voice Control

    So many Windows!

    "Forget 9! Ten is where it's at! Just look at Apple! Now we both have OS X!" [Citation needed.]

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  3. New SpaceShipTwo Almost Completed After the Crash of Virgin Galactic’s First One

    So... SpaceShipTwoTwo?

    Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo suborbital spaceplane crashed during its fourth powered flight test last year, but they're still in the space tourism game, and a second SpaceShipTwo is nearing completion.

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  4. Those “Worst Password” Lists Could Be Felonies Under Department of Justice Proposal

    As opposed to just criminally stupid.

    A proposed alteration to the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) from the Department of Justice would turn the dissemination of any information or passwords that could be used to compromise a protected computer into a crime—including those horrendous "worst password" lists. This may sound like a stupid move for cyber security, but on the bright side, at least something would finally be stupider than those passwords.

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  5. We Could Listen to Benedict Cumberbatch Introduce Himself With Random Names All Day and So Can You

    A Cumberbatch by any other name would still sound as sweet.

    So he's just practicing for all his future roles as literally every character and person, right?

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  6. Smash Bros. Community Boots Harassing Host of Their Largest Tournament

    Over the past day or so, the Smash Bros. community has come together in a big way to denounce years of harassment by the host of the largest Smash Bros. tournament around: Apex. With Apex 2015 rapidly approaching the last weekend of January, Jonathan "Alex Strife" Lugo has been forced to step down from his position at the tournament in a huge win for safety in the fighting game community.

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  7. A.I. Mario Figures out How to Destroy His Enemies; Now You’re Playing God With Power

    "If I talk to the humans, they certainly learn to trust me."

    Researchers at the University of Tübingen in Germany have given Mario the ultimate power up: he can learn about his environment and enemies. They gave him rudimentary "feelings," too, but apparently forgot empathy, because he sure is obsessed with how to kill things. So, par for the course for artificial intelligence.

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  8. See What a Dwarf Planet Looks Like Spinning Through the Asteroid Belt in a NASA Dawn Mission GIF

    So a lot like Pluto, right? Shots fired!

    The dwarf planet Ceres is the largest object in our solar system's asteroid belt—in between Mars and Jupiter—at about 2,850,000 square kilometers of surface area. NASA's Dawn mission is approaching Ceres for a rendezvous in the coming months, and it's now close enough to give us a close up look at the object.

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  9. We Are All Dumber Because of the 25 Worst Passwords of 2014; May God Have Mercy on Our Souls

    For the last time, the "Password:" prompt is not a captcha asking you to retype "password."

    Please, for the love of whatever you hold dear, stop using these passwords.

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  10. Study Says Kids Have Unhealthy Pizza Habits; We Blame Those Blasted Turtles

    Pizza! I need it!

    You just said the magic word!

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