Love Gordon Ramsay's Sick Kitchen Burns? Try His Insult-Loving Alexa App

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You can now invite Gordan Ramsay into your kitchen to evaluate your cooking. Or his voice, at least. Amazon Alexa’s new Gordon Ramsay skill features audio critiques from the notoriously foul-mouthed celebrity chef.

The interactive app was developed by the audio company Ground Control, which also produces podcasts like the former vice president’s news show, Biden’s Briefing, and various other Amazon Alexa skills.

For better or for worse, the Gordon Ramsay skill’s canned audio doesn’t actually require you to cook anything, as I found out when I decided to try it out on my own device at home. I was too busy (read: lazy) to actually whip up a dish, and decided to fool good ol’ Gordon instead.

“Alexa, ask Gordon Ramsay what he thinks of my lasagna,” I shout from my couch, take-out curry in my hands.

“The stench of your cooking violates the Clean Act,” he tells me. Rude! At one point, he calls me a doughnut. Somehow, this isn't a compliment. “I’ve seen better food in my dog’s food bowl,” he complains.

I try to take a different tack. “Alexa, ask Gordon Ramsay what I should cook for dinner.” Unfortunately, the chef has no suggestions—he only provides insults, not ideas. You have to ask something in the vein of “Critique my beef bourguignon,” or “Are my cookies bad?” (The answer is always yes, and probably will be bleeped.)

The virtual Ramsay will also get impatient if you don’t tell him to stop or ask him to judge another dish. “Wakey wakey,” he chides me when I don’t respond to his last sick burn. "Give me a f***ing question!" he yells at another point. If you want him to go away, you’ll have to speak up. “Stop!” I finally protest. Alexa asks me if I’d like to share my experience with my friends. No thank you!

“Try again tomorrow,” Ramsay signs off. “Hopefully by then, you’ll have learned how to cook.” Somehow, I doubt he'll like my lasagna any more than he does now.

How to Rig Your Android Phone to Play Old Floppy Disk Games

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Owning a smartphone means you have thousands of games at your fingertips, but capturing the nostalgia of playing a game saved on a floppy disk isn't as simple as downloading an app. Reviving floppy disk games for the smartphone era is a bit more complicated, and YouTube vintage video game reviewer LGR shows you just how to do it step by step.

In this video, spotted by Kotaku, LGR takes an old floppy disk, the same kind you used in your computer class at school, and uses it to play a classic video game on a smartphone. This is made possible with an Android phone, a USB connector, an Android USB adaptor, and a portable floppy disk drive that's about as big as the phone itself. (The hardware doesn't work for iPhones, but if you're an Apple user there are plenty of ways to play old PC games online).

Just inserting the disk into the drive when it's connected to your phone isn't enough to start playing: You need to download a special app that mimics Microsoft's old disk operating system, like Magic Dosbox, for example. Once you have that on your phone, you can use it to open whatever game is saved to your floppy disk.

Because old PC games weren't made for touchscreens, the smartphone gameplay can be a little be a little awkward—but if you're willing to hook a floppy disk drive up to your phone, convenience likely isn't your goal. You can watch LGR's full instructions in the video below.

[h/t Kotaku]

Can You Solve the Arithmetic Problem That's Stumping the Internet?

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How much do you remember about arithmetic? This math problem spotted by Pop Sugar will put your knowledge of high school-level math to the test.

According to YouTube channel MindYourDecisions, the problem (9 - 3 ÷ 1/3 + 1) went viral in Japan after a claim was made that only 60 percent of 20-year-olds could get the correct answer.

Inputting this problem into a calculator won’t work—it will interpret the division incorrectly—so you’ll have to solve it the old-fashioned way to get the right answer. The answer may seem obvious to those who remember to “Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally” (a mnemonic device for PEMDAS, the order of operations).

Since there are no parentheses, exponents, or multiplication signs in this equation, the first part you’d tackle is division (3 ÷ 1/3). You should end up with 9, which will bring you to 9-9+1. Next up in the order of operations are addition and subtraction, which are performed from left to right. That should bring you to 0+1, and finally, a grand total of 1.

Did you get it? Common mistakes may lead you to 3, 7, 9, or -1, but try it again with Aunt Sally in mind and you should get the right answer.

To see more math problems like these, check out MindYourDecisions’s YouTube channel.

[h/t Pop Sugar]

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