The Internet's Best Responses to Computer Engineer Barbie

Yesterday, the internet got wind of one of the more recent installments in the Barbie literary canon, I Can Be a Computer Engineer. As it turns out, Barbie's idea of being a computer engineer consists mostly of freaking out and asking Steven and Brian to fix her bad dumb girl code. Fortunately, the awesome backlash … » 11/19/14 1:08pm 11/19/14 1:08pm

Ex-Sony Engineer Left His Name Inside Every PS4

Kazuya Sakakihara spent ten years working at Sony as a senior software engineer, helping bring both the PS3 and PS4 to the world. He's no longer at the company (parting ways in early 2013), but before he left he made sure his name quite literally lives on inside the code of pretty much every PlayStation 4. » 11/11/14 10:00am 11/11/14 10:00am

BASIC, the 50-Year-Old Computer Programming Language for Regular People

Computer coding ability has gotten especially hip recently. People who can't code revere it as 21st century sorcery, while those who do it professionally are often driven to fits by it. And it was 50 years ago today, two Dartmouth professors debuted a coding language designed to be easy enough for anyone to use. The… » 5/01/14 2:20pm 5/01/14 2:20pm

How Heartbleed Works: The Code Behind the Internet's Security Nightmare

By now you've surely heard of Heartbleed, the hole in the internet's security that exposed countless encrypted transactions to any attacker who knew how to abuse it. But how did it actually work? Once you break it down, it's actually incredibly simple. And a little hilarious. But mostly terrifying. » 4/09/14 2:59pm 4/09/14 2:59pm

NASA's About To Release a Mother Lode of Free Software

If you've been thinking about getting started on the rocket project that's been on your mind for ages, now is a good time to get serious. Next week, NASA will release a massive software catalog with over 1,000 projects. It's not the first time the space agency's released code, but it is the first time they've made it… » 4/04/14 6:40pm 4/04/14 6:40pm

These GIFs Hide Secret Codes Revealed By A Lenticular Sheet

For all the time we've spent staring blankly at GIFs, it's crazy to think that those looping animations could have been hiding coded messages all along. Prosthetic Knowledge put together this "Lenticular Encryption" project to show how illicit info can be snuck into everyone's favorite image format. » 2/24/14 12:20pm 2/24/14 12:20pm

What all the fancy code in movie computer sequences actually mean

Hey look, it's an actor looking at some computer code in a movie. He must be really smart! He must be a computer hacker! He must be able to take over the world with just his keyboard! Not quite. The code used in movies is usually nothing but some mumbo jumbo on Wordpress or Wikipedia. No, seriously. That image above… » 1/03/14 11:30pm 1/03/14 11:30pm

Create Your Own Broken Masterpieces with This Glitch Art Generator

Glitch art is sort of like the internet's code-heavy version of graffiti. While graffiti writers climb walls to get their tag in impossible spots, glitch artists dig deep into code to create chaotic results. It used to require programming skills, but thanks to this new DIY site, just a few mouse clicks will do. » 9/13/13 7:00pm 9/13/13 7:00pm