First! A Real, Actual History of the Dumbest Commenting Vice Ever

More than anything else, the internet commenting First! is a declaration of ownership, the unfurled flag of a Mountain Dew fueled conquistador claiming a particular post his, by virtue of getting there first, and saying it. Noted chronological-commenting historian Patton Oswalt has an excellent new documentary about… » 5/21/12 8:00pm 5/21/12 8:00pm

FIRST Robot Competition Finals Streaming Live RIGHT NOW

Though the championship match isn't slated for a few more hours—we'll be back with full coverage when it does—the division finals for the student-built robotics extravaganza are now streaming live from the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. These are the elimination matches, so there are sure to be some robot tears shed. Tune… » 4/17/10 2:50pm 4/17/10 2:50pm

First Recording of Computer Music Found. Verdict: Catchy, But You Can't…

A recent dig around in the BBC's archives has resulted in an unexpected find: recordings made in 1951 of a Ferranti Mark 1 computer playing tunes. Predating what was thought previously to be the first (on a Bell Labs IBM mainframe in 1957) the tapes were made during a recording of Children's Hour in Manchester… » 6/18/08 6:21am 6/18/08 6:21am

FIRST Robotics Competition: Like Battlebots with Fewer Saws

This weekend was the FIRST robotics competition at the Javits Center here in NYC, an event where groups of students compete to see who built the best robot in the six-week competition window. How it works: » 3/19/07 2:15pm 3/19/07 2:15pm

Our intrepid videographer braved the far west side to get the scoop. Above, check out a video of the…