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  1. eBay Listing For “VERY HAUNTED” 2007 Apple Macbook Is Stupidly, Beautifully Spoopy

    Our source for this is Business Insider. Business. Insider.

    There are few members of the Internet I'm more partial to than the weirdos who post allegedly possessed items for sale on Craigslist or eBay, and in the case of the "computer that works great and may also be haunted by a ghost or specter," I kind of don't care if the seller is sincere or not. I just want to believe.

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  2. How Well Does Your Computer Know You? Machines May Understand Us Better Than Our Friends or Family

    Time to embrace our robot overlords.

    According to Wu Youyou, lead author on a study published recently in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, "the human-computer interactions depicted in science fiction films such as Her seem to be within our reach." Yay?

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  3. Now Computers Can Guess Your Emotional State With 87% Accuracy

    Why does my computer keep asking me if everything's okay?

    A paper titled "Identifying emotion by keystroke dynamics and text pattern analysis" published in the journal Behavior & Information Technology outlines software designed by A.F.M. Nazmul Haque Nahin and colleagues that can recognize the emotional state of a human user with up to 87% accuracy.

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  4. Computer Officially Passes Turing Test for the First Time Ever by Pretending to Be a 13-Year-Old Boy

    Proving that the best way to convince someone of your humanity is to annoy the crap out of them.

    For the first time since the inception of the Turing Test in 1950, a computer has been able to pass by convincing humans that it is a 13-year-old boy named Eugene Goostman. Smart strategy—everybody knows that prepubescent teenagers are as irrational as buggy computer programs.

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  5. [Updated] How Siri Got Her Voice [VIDEO]

    The Human Machine

    Here's an interesting feature on "machine language," put together by The Verge. They touch on a lot of interesting things (and there's a small clip of Ricardo Montalban) but if you'd like to jump straight to Siri, aka Allison Dufty, go to 3:34 in the video. Update: We heard from Dufty, who clarified that she is not the voice of Siri, rather an actress used by the video to illustrate how Siri's voice was created. Apologies for the error. (via The FW) Are you following The Mary Sue on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, & Google +?

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  6. Possible Computer Glitch Causes All Doors in Florida Prison to Open

    I hate to be a luddite but whatever happened to old fashioned bars and locks?

    Say what you want about the Florida justice and penal systems, but... well, yeah, say what you want, because they're both awful. Especially at the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center in Miami, where all the cell doors opened for no reason. In other news, this absolutely happened in a Dave Barry novel once. I'm pretty sure it was Big Trouble.

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  7. Whoops! Florida May Have Accidentally Banned All Computers And Smartphones

    Oh, Florida -- how are we supposed to keep up with your hilarious antics if you can't access Twitter anymore?

    Well, this is embarrassing. A new bill passed by the Florida legislature and signed into law by Governor Rick Scott may have the unintentional consequence of outlawing all computers and smartphones throughout the state. While it seems like this could just be a hassle for folks in Florida, it's actually a national tragedy -- after all, with Florida gone from the Internet, how are the rest of us supposed to laugh at the cockroach-eating, firefighter-assaulting antics of the Sunshine State? We'll have to find a whole new state we can all agree to make fun of! Actually, that shouldn't be too hard. Lace up your cleats, Oregon -- you're going in!

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  8. This Software Looks At Your Face, Knows Your Name

    My brother John just has that John look about him. He's just got that...you know, weird John look. Could you tell looking at him? I don't know, probably not. (And I wouldn't recommend it.) But you know what probably could? New software, created at Cornell University, can take a look at your face and take an educated guess on what your name is. That's right, it's profiling you. Because it's not enough to empower robots with cloud intelligence or crime prediction -- now we're letting them collect our faces. What can go wrong?

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  9. Survey Says: American TV Watchers Can’t Handle Only One Screen at a Time

    You might think you're happy just watching TV, but if you're American, you might also suddenly feel the need to figure out where else you've seen that actor -- you know, What's-His-Face -- while you're watching. Best to look him up on IMDb with your smartphone, maybe even see if Netflix has it. Also, you might want to check if anyone commented on your Facebook status before the show's over. See, a new survey conducted by NPD says that TV-watching Americans are increasingly unsatisfied with just one screen at a time. 87% of viewers with a second-screen device will use it while watching the first one.

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  10. A Chocolate Circuit Board, For When She’s Already Got Enough RAM

    om nom nom

    Japanese manufacterer I-O Data has been making computer parts for more than thirty years now, and to mark the occasion, this year they're giving away some pretty convincing-looking chocolate RAM to a few lucky folks chosen from those who shop from their website. So, this could either be for when your significan other already has more than enough RAM, or for when the price of premium RAM actually drops below the price of premium chocolate and therefore becomes an unimpressive gift. Previously in Food

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