The formula that helped the nerds in HBO's 'Silicon Valley' get rich is being used in the real world

HBO's satirical show Silicon Valley begins with a programmer who accidentally develops a radically efficient new algorithm for compressing data. We know the algorithm is great because we are told it achieved a "Weissman score" of 2.89, the highest yet recorded. The thing is, the Weissman score didn't exist until Silicon Valley's production team willed it into being. While the show was being...

Tesla CEO Elon Musk will appear on 'The Simpsons'

Elon Musk seems to end up wildly successful in pretty much any venture that he's undertaking, and it appears that success extends into fictional worlds as well. According to EW, Musk will cameo on The Simpsons in a future episode, where he'll turn up in Springfield and somehow manage to bankrupt Mr. Burns. This won't be the first time that Musk, the CEO of Tesla Motors, has been referenced in the show — an earlier episode used his name as a body spray scent — but this will be the first time that he shows up in person.

Musk will bankrupt Mr. Burns

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'Mike Tyson Mysteries' looks like Scooby-Doo on hallucinogens

Evil is about to be punched in the face. Adult Swim recently revealed a sneak peek of Mike Tyson Mysteries, an upcoming animated series that will star the tattooed boxer, a ghost, a teenage girl, and an acerbic, alcoholic pigeon with a taste for human women. The two-minute clip is rife with bizarre situations and questionably written dialogue, including a brief glimpse of Tyson riding a purple pterodactyl with a rocket launcher in hand. Mike Tyson Mysteries is slated to begin airing later in...


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Read an excerpt from Haruki Murakami's new novel

Haruki Murakami has time and again proven himself as one of today's fiction greats, effortlessly jumping between the subtle and real and the strange and surreal over the course of novels and even chapters. His latest novel comes out in English on...

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The Verge Playlist: Banana in your tailpipe

I inherited a lot from the 1980s: early development motor skills, a profound appreciation of naps, and absolutely amazing taste in music. There's no nonsense in this playlist. No Katy Perry. No Phil Collins. Just pure, essential, mostly synth-infused, 80s movie soundtrack musical genius.

I mean, it was Eddie Murphy's best decade. What else is there to say?

SDCC 2014

From Ursula to Jon Snow: our favorite cosplay of Comic-Con 2014

Tens of thousands of people descend on San Diego for Comic-Con each year, making it the perfect place for cosplayers to show off some of their best outfits. It’s hard not to be almost-constantly wowed by the costume work while walking around the convention floor, but some outfits stood well above the rest in terms of accuracy, attention to detail, or just sheer awesomeness.

Want to know our favorite cosplayers of this year’s con? We asked a...

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