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The Secret History of the Racy Module That Almost Ruined D&D

An epic Dungeons & Dragons campaign, any player will tell you, can take many hours. It’s not just a few rolls of the dice. Yet there is one D&D quest that’s more difficult than even the most fiendish homebrew game run by the most sadistic dungeon master: Finding an original copy of the module known as "Palace of the Silver Princess." "Palace" wasn’t your typical pre-packed, ready-to-play D&D module. It had dragons, sure, but it also featured an illustration of a woman tied up by her own […]

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Start printing your breakfast with this pancake bot

Stacks of burgers > stacks of pancakesImage: Getty Images IHOP has mastered the art of flipping everyone’s world upside down and we’re here to offer some comfort. On Monday, the breakfast chain announced that after 60 years of identifying as the International House of Pancakes (IHOP) it’s re-branding to IHOb. And while no one knows for sure what the lowercase b stand for, after journeying down a dark internet hole we’ve got a pretty good idea. Burgers, baby. 🍔🍔🍔🍔🍔🍔🍔 SEE ALSO: This attempt at making a giant […]

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How The Good Wife transformed TV

With its melding of genres, excellent acting, complex characters and refusal to be obvious, Alicia Florrick changed not just network TV, but the whole medium There is something about watching an episode of The Good Wife that brings me immense joy, like eating a delicious Italian dinner, the seamless conversation when catching up with old friends, or the giddy aura after an amazing first date. Thats how I felt every Sunday for seven years tuning into what Ive long considered to be the best show on television. […]

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Your next car will be hacked. Will autonomous vehicles be worth it?

Self-driving cars could cut road deaths by 80%, but without better security they put us at risk of car hacking and even ransoms, experts at SXSW say Youre about to drive to work. You turn on the ignition and a message on the dash lights up. Weve hacked your car! Pay 10 bitcoin to get it back. Hacking into software and then demanding a ransom to release it whats known as ransomware is not new. Finnish security expert Mikko Hypponen fully expects it to become a reality […]

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New Wave of Ransom Threats Seen in Unprecedented Attack

An unrivaled global cyber-attack is poised to continue claiming victims Monday as people return to work and turn on their desktop computers, even as hospitals and other facilities gained the upper hand against the first wave. More than 200,000 computers in at least 150 countries have so far been infected, according to Europol, the European Union’s law enforcement agency. The U.K.’s National Cyber Security Centre said new cases of so-called ransomware are possible “at a significant scale.” “We’ve seen the rise of ransomware becoming the principal threat, […]

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Banksy, Daft Punk, Elena Ferrante: The New Cult of the Anonymous Artist

From Banksy to Daft Punk, innovators in the new millennium are increasingly hiding their identities behind aliases, masks, and avatars.”> Im a devoted fan of novelist Elena Ferrante, but I cant match my wifewho is currently reading her sixth Ferrante novel and is game for more. Of course, we are hardly alone in our enthusiasm: Ferrante is ultra-trendy right now, and has emerged as Italys leading candidate for a Nobel Prize in Literature. Except theres a tiny problemshe probably wont show up to accept a Nobel Prize. […]

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Where have all the art punks gone?

Every generation of artists has defined itself by rebellion. So where are the Generation Y revolutionaries? Our writer enters a world of corporate hijacks, Instagram breakdowns and fake frat parties For more than 100 years, art has been defined by rebellion. From the surrealists rejection of the rational to the political paintings of Picasso, from the rage of the punks to the sly irony of the YBAs, the work that adorns the walls of our art institutions is overwhelmingly countercultural. So what happened with millennials? Where is […]

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