Monthly Archives: April 2014

Student’s April Fools prank on professor may be the best ever

nicely done

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A student’s prank on her professor could be one of the best April Fools pranks ever.

The video starts with a message:

“Our professor has a policy that if your phone rings in class, you must answer it on speakerphone. We arranged to have a friend call on April Fools’ Day.”

We won’t spoil the fun. Watch and enjoy the awkwardness.

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E-Learning Platform Lynda.com Buys Compilr To Add In-Browser Coding Tools, Price Around $20M

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Lynda.com , the online education platform that raised its first and only round of $103 million about a year ago, is today announcing an acquisition that will further Lynda.com’s reach with developers and expand the kinds of services it can offer to users. It’s acquiring Compilr , a Halifax, Canada startup that runs a cloud-based platform for people to learn, write and test code from within a browser. The companies are not commenting on the terms of the deal but we have heard that it is for around $20 million.

Compilr will now become part of the Lynda.com platform.

It looks like Compilr, co-founded and run by Patrick Hankinson and Tim Speed, was bootstrapped before today. That’s something that aligns well with the culture and ethos at Lynda.com, which was also self-funded until it took its mammoth round from Accel and Spectrum Equity last year. But that lack of outside…

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Crazy Oculus Game Has One Player Defuse A Bomb While Everyone Else Shouts Instructions

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Aaaand in this weekend’s edition of “Crazy Games Made Possible By Virtual Reality”: here’s Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes.

The premise: you and everyone in the room are part of a bomb disposal team. You’ve found a bomb that is already ticking down, and you’re preparing to defuse it… but you need help.

One player, wearing an Oculus Rift, is responsible for interacting with the bomb. By bringing a Razer Hydra controller into the mix, the Oculus-wearing player is able to bring their hands into the game to emulate things like cutting wires, pushing buttons, and manipulating the bomb.

The catch? There’s no one way to defuse every bomb. The series of steps you need to follow (Cut the blue wire! Punch in “1987” on the keypad!) changes with each playthrough — and that’s where everyone else comes in.

Everyone not wearing a headset is responsible for tearing through…

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Mother’s Day 2014: How poor grammar ruins special days for us pedants

Indeed

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Mother’s Day should be a time for joy and love. It should be a time to celebrate our mothers and all they’ve done for us, through the medium of tacky cards, flowers and meals out they could afford themselves a hundred times over. Lovely.

But for those of us who feel physical pain when we see or hear grammatical wrong-doings, this day – and many others – is a veritable minefield. An embarrassment of cringe-inducing errors.

And it’s not just Mother’s Day – here’s a rage-worthy rundown of every single calendar-related grammar mistake.

1. The Mother’s’ Day apostrophe

Mistake: Happy Mothers’ Day!

It’s the question a lot of us will ask ourselves – and anyone else present – this weekend as we write out the card to our mums. Where the hell does the apostrophe go? (If you’re asking the question ‘Is there an apostrophe?’, go back to school, stat.)

Both placements…

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Ant and Dec fall out; Dec reinvents self as ‘Dec’

Ha ha! another nice one.

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Ant and Dec are no more (Picture: ITV) Ant and Dec are no more (Picture: ITV)

National treasures Ant and Dec have confirmed their split after falling out in a north London branch of IKEA.

The presenting duo, whose friendship stretches back 25 years, are reportedly no longer on speaking terms as Dec prepares to launch a solo career with the pair’s old management team.

‘Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly have gone their separate ways after a long and successful entertainment career as a double act,’ their spokesperson Flora Lopis confirmed.

‘Dec will now be known simply as Dec and is excited to get back to work as soon as possible. He is already looking into future projects and has signed up for a new series of Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway.’

Anthony McPartlin and Declan Donnelly watch a video before they are presented with the Landmark Award during the 2014 National Television Awards at the O2 Arena, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday January 22, 2014. See PA story SHOWBIZ Awards. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire The duo have won plenty of awards as a pair (Picture: Ian West/PA Wire)

The Geordie twosome, both 38, are alleged to have argued loudly in the Wembley…

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