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Saturday December 15, 2018. 09:33 PM
Tim May was one of the founders of the cypherpunk movement, whose seminal Crypto Anarchist Manifesto is still startling relevant today, a quarter century after it was written. May's work was critical to the fight to legalize civilian access to strong cryptography, and to...
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Cheap Old Houses is one of my favorite Instagram accounts. The folks behind it scour real estate listings around the U.S. to find and showcase cool old homes being sold at ridiculously inexpensive prices, i.e. real estate pR0n. Sure, most of the houses are in places I'd...
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When I was in Berlin last month, I stopped into the offices of Netzpolitik (previously), the outstanding German digital rights activist group, where I recorded an interview for their podcast (MP3), talking about science fiction, utopianism, dystopianism, how we can change...
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Jimmy Kimmel can be kind of a dick. You may remember that he's had parents lie to their kids, saying that they stole and ate all their Halloween candy -- all caught on camera, of course. That gag's been running for a few years now. Well, he's got a new prank. This time he's...
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Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke (previously) is leaving the cabinet at the end of the month. Zinke was one of Trump's most deplorable swamp-monsters: a man so loathed that even Scott Priutt couldn't stand him, and for good reason: this is the guy who handed a $300m...
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Mick Mulvaney (previously) is a terrible human being -- as Trump's head for the financial watchdog, he's gutted the agency and allowed crooked lenders and dirty banks to get away with ripping off Americans -- so he knows one when he sees one. Back when Mulvaney was running ...
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What the hell were they thinking? Luxury brand Prada is accused of selling $550 'blackface' figurines. They have charms in their Pradamalia line that are monkeys with dark faces and big red lips, i.e. blackface. The merchandise has now been removed for purchase, though the...
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'From Morlocks to warlocks, nerds are passionate about a lot of things, but there's one thing they love above all else and that is correcting people*.' So begins each intro to the CollegeHumor game show, 'Um, Actually.' Nimbly hosted by Mike Trapp, the rules for Um, Actually ...
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Polish educator Janusz Korczak set out to remake the world just as it was falling apart. In the 1930s his Warsaw orphanage was an enlightened society run by the children themselves, but he struggled to keep that ideal alive as Europe descended into darkness. In this week's...
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Prior to 1976, the FDA did not regulate medical implants, and so shoddy and even deadly devices proliferated, inserted into Americans' body. When the FDA finally decided to regulate implants, they were reluctant to subject the devices already in the field to regulation --...
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Digital or analog, there's a path of least resistance for any project. Finding that path is what the Agile methodology is all about, which is why proficiency in it is a must for any project management position - and the paycheck that comes with it. And the quickest path to...
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Topping the Electronic Frontier Foundation's don't-buy for Christmas list: Facebook's Portal in-home spycams, followed closely by Alexa/Google Home and other 'home hubs'; Verizon's 'AppFlash' spyware-equipped phones; and even the Elf on the Shelf gets a look in (normalizes...
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Friday December 14, 2018. 11:31 PM
A Lamborghini here, a Lamborghini there, sooner or later it starts to add up. A former pastor at the megachurch founded by “prosperity gospel”  superstar Joel Osteen is having a hard time defending his purchase of a $200,000 Lamborghini for his wife Aventer Gray, to...
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This is my new favorite holiday video, forever. The wonderful series of “Starrkeisha” videos you'll find on Random Structure TV are the creations of YouTuber and incredibly talented performer Cameron J Henderson. If you dig that, here's SANTA'S STOMP TEAM, as a VR180...
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Rully Shabara and Wukir Suryadi are Jogjakarta, Indonesia-based musicians melding the ancient, traditional sounds of their region with a very contemporary mode of heavy experimentalism. The duo, known as Senyawa, have just released a new album, Sujud, on the...
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Firefighters rescued a 29-year-old California gentleman who was stuck for two days in the grease vent of a shuttered Chinese restaurant. Fortunately, the owner of a nearby business heard him yelling. According to the Alameda County Sheriff's Office, the fellow has been 'less ...
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K-Swiss and esports organization Immortals is releasing sneakers designed for playing videogames. Bloomberg reports that the 'performance' version of the sneaker, called the Grandmaster, 'will include the ability to quickly kick the shoes off hands-free. That should help...
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No one bothered to tell this honey badger that the garbage can it's digging was designed to be baboon-proof. Not that it would matter: A honey badger isn't a baboon. In just a few minutes, it manages to yoink out a brag-worthy late night feast.
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Michael Nielsen was a Fulbright Scholar who got his Ph.D. in Physics at 24. He was already tenured when he decided just three years later to shift his attention to helping democratize Science. He’s published three books, most recently Reinventing Discovery: The New Era of...
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Facebook has notified 6.8 million users that, due to a bug, the company allowed its third-party developers to access all the users' photos, including those marked as private. Facebook says that the bug was active for two weeks in September, but it is only notifying users...
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