The Big Data ParadoxIt’s never complete, and it’s always messy—and if it’s not, you can’t trust it.
The Most Sexist Video Game of All Time?It’s called Catherine, and it reveals a lot about misogynist gaming culture.
The Oldest Rivalry in ComputingForget Apple vs. Google. Emacs and Vi have been battling for text-editor supremacy among programmers for 40 years.
Unnatural DisasterRoger Pielke Jr.’s writing is an embarrassment to Nate Silver’s new venture.
The First Gay Space on the InternetIt was called soc.motss, and it anticipated how we use social networks today.
How Failure Breeds Success
Re-AnimatorHow Stewart Butterfield created Flickr and Slack out of the ashes of failed projects.
Yes, Your Internet Is Getting SlowerYour provider likes it that way. And the government doesn’t care.
The Death of ZyngaAnd the birth of all the other companies perfecting Zynga’s pay-to-win games model.
Trust Nothing, Verify EverythingA software engineer reads Piketty’s Capital in the Twenty-First Century.
Game Over and Over and OverThe extremely difficult Dark Souls II and the rise of “masocore” gaming.
Language BarriersStephen Wolfram claims he can make the world computable. Is he on to something?
Amen, Canada! The Canadian Supreme Court, unlike the United States’ Supreme Court, understands that sectarian prayer is sectarian.
Stop Vilifying Almonds Yes, they use up a lot of water in drought-afflicted California. But the story gets a lot more complicated from there.
What Happened at Slate This Week? Chad Lorenz talks about running the home page, writing headlines, and his favorite picks from the magazine this week.
Golden Status The Warriors are the best team since Jordan’s Bulls. Why aren’t they respected as such?