As much as people make fun of the internet for being a place to put your most boring thoughts, there's actually such tough competition for attention that if you want any reaction, you have to be super interesting. Even the famous subreddit /r/mildlyinteresting is full of fascinating stuff such as a panicked vending machine, surprise twinsies and a nine-fingered pianist. Your boring-arse story doesn't register. Unless you go to /r/benignexistence.
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Predicting the future is near impossible -- but that doesn‘t stop us all from having a red hot go. Human beings have been predicting the future since the beginning of history and the results range from the hilarious to the downright uncanny.
One thing all future predictions have in common: they‘re rooted in our current understanding of how the world works. It‘s difficult to escape that mindset. We have no idea how technology will evolve, so our ideas are connected to the technology of today.
Parents today are stressed. They have lost old friends. They miss their old hobbies. They're too tired for sex. They feel judged. A few years ago, one study reported that the drop in happiness after having a first kid was larger than when experiencing unemployment, divorce or the death of a partner. Yes, unemployment, divorce or the death of a partner. A lot of factors play into the struggle - economics, social media, the dissolution of the parenting village - but a big one has got to be this: We care a whole lot about fulfilling the wishes of our kids.
Reddit, that bastion of human kindness and human depravity, is the perfect source for Evil Week. With anonymous handles and endless discussions taking place, people are more than happy to reveal some of their most devious behaviours. One particular thread of note highlighted some of the most 'unethical' and possibly illegal life hacks that you really shouldn't feel good about performing. Here are the best bits.
For as much as everyone wants to fall in love (and get laid), first dates have a pretty bad rap. Probably because they're such a high-risk, high-reward proposition; they have the potential to either fill your life with magic or make you regret ever leaving the house. There's no way to guarantee chemistry (or even basic human courtesy) between you and your first date, but you can at least plan a good location to find out if you hate each other.
Hotel living is sweet, especially if you leave room in your luggage for all the mini-shampoos and towels that come with it. Too bad that taking a break from your apartment for a night is so expensive you'd be better off just buying expensive shampoos and towels. That is, unless you can learn to scam your way into a free home away from home in a way that's totally legal.
In 2005, two recent university graduates launched a website with a simple idea: They would let the online community decide what was newsworthy and what wasn't by letting them post their own links and information. They'd then allow the site's users to vote on those posts, with the idea that the very best would rise to the top.
You ordered something online, but it looks completely different when it arrives. For one thing, you didn't notice the weird shape of the collar or that it said "Mondays Suck" in small print on the back.
Over the past three weeks, the /r/ProgrammerHumor subreddit has reinvented the on-screen volume controller hundreds of times over. Starting with one user's sideways slider, users have created funny volume controls based on laptop screen angle, fidget spinners, battery power, latitude and longitude, and the digits of pi. I've gathered some highlights here. For maximum appreciation, imagine how each one sounds.
IT support teams often get inundated with requests from end-users to fix inane issues. These end-users often provide unhelpful or nonsensical information about the problems. Sometimes they get angry. At least these folks that do IT support can see the funny side. Here are a few stories from the Sysadmin subreddit that gave us a laugh this week.
In a lengthy post in the official hub for site announcements, the CEO of Reddit, Steve Huffman, has apologised for comprising users' trust in the site by "attempting to troll the trolls" and added that the site will be "taking a more aggressive stance against toxic users and poorly behaving communities". If you're a Reddit user, here's what you need to know.
Earlier this week, we came across a thread on the Sysadmin subreddit that queried IT administrators about the oldest piece of equipment that they supported in their companies. We've pulled out a few choice responses and we'd love for any administrators lurking around on Lifehacker Australia to give us their answer to the question: What's the oldest legacy system you're supporting now?
Popular web content aggregation website and meme breeding ground Reddit went down for emergency maintenance this morning. It's back up now but it left a lot users with Reddit withdrawals for some time. If Reddit ever goes down again and you're worried you won't get your context fix, here are five alternatives websites to check out.