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by cory doctorow

Mark Marcino writes, "Boingers might be interested in this new free 3-week course I'm co-teaching with UnderAcademy College founder Talan Memmott: How to Write and Read Fake News: Journalism in the Age of Trump. It starts Jan. 20, of course." (more…)...
From: Boing Boing | By: Cory Doctorow | Tuesday, December 6, 2016
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Data journalists pulled 26,234 of Trump's 34,062 tweets (dating from Jun 1 2015 to Nov 17 2016) from the Twitter API and analyzed them for news-sources, producing a long, detailed analysis complemented by interactive graphics. (more…)...
From: Boing Boing | By: Cory Doctorow | Monday, December 5, 2016
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In SoundNet: Learning Sound Representations from Unlabeled Video, researchers from MIT's computer science department describe their success in using software image-recognition to automate sound recognition: once software can use video analysis to decide...
From: Boing Boing | By: Cory Doctorow | Monday, December 5, 2016
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Detectives from Scotland Yard's cybercrime unit decided the easiest way to get around their suspect's careful use of full-disk encryption and strong passphrases on his Iphone was to trail him until he made a call, then "mug" him by snatching his phone...
From: Boing Boing | By: Cory Doctorow | Monday, December 5, 2016
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Veronica Birkenstock is Practical Employee Solutions, a company that boasts of having brought "over 40,000" cheap H-2B workers from 80 countries to the USA to work in "hospitality, landscaping, welding, and construction" for companies like Marriott and...
From: Boing Boing | By: Cory Doctorow | Tuesday, December 6, 2016
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B7Q_jpINtqI dj BC writes, "My best Christmas mashups from the past decade are collected for this year's Santastic (previously) holiday music sampler. You can also dig on the site for the full albums from past years, our...
From: Boing Boing | By: Cory Doctorow | Tuesday, December 6, 2016
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The unprecedented denial-of-service attacks powered by the Mirai Internet of Things worm have harnessed crappy, no-name CCTVs, PVRs, and routers to launch unstoppable floods of internet noise, but it's not just faceless Chinese businesses that crank...
From: Boing Boing | By: Cory Doctorow | Tuesday, December 6, 2016
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"And I’m proud to say that when we get there, it will be as the Alt-Warmth. Just think: under the old name, we couldn’t even get anybody elected dogcatcher." (more…)...
From: Boing Boing | By: Cory Doctorow | Tuesday, December 6, 2016
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A mere $5,700 (as of current writing) gets you the 1974 first printing of the game that Tactical Studies Rules used to change the world(s). (more…)...
From: Boing Boing | By: Cory Doctorow | Tuesday, December 6, 2016
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It's been six years since I quite Facebook and not a day goes by that I don't realize that my life is better for it. (more…)...
From: Boing Boing | By: Cory Doctorow | Tuesday, December 6, 2016
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Soon-to-be-former Italian PM Matteo Renzi just lost a referendum he called on a set of reforms to Italy's constitution, promising to resign if he lost, which he did; many of Italy's far-right, trumpist and berlusconian elements latched onto the No side...
From: Boing Boing | By: Cory Doctorow | Tuesday, December 6, 2016
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Many "progressives" looked the other way while the Obama administration asserted unprecedented presidential powers, like the right to murder anyone the president feels like, anywhere in the world, using drones and other technologies; and the right to...
From: Boing Boing | By: Cory Doctorow | Tuesday, December 6, 2016
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From: Boing Boing | By: Cory Doctorow | Tuesday, December 6, 2016
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"Information Doesn't Want to Be Free" is my 2014 nonfiction book about copyright, the internet, and earning a living, and it features two smashing introductions -- one by Neil Gaiman and the other by Amanda Palmer. (more…)...
From: Boing Boing | By: Cory Doctorow | Monday, December 5, 2016
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The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) is an amazing, long-running open standards body that has been largely responsible for the web's growth and vibrancy, creating open standards that lets anyone make web technology and become part of the internet ecosystem....
From: Boing Boing | By: Cory Doctorow | Monday, December 5, 2016
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The University of Toronto's Citizen Lab (previously) is one of the world's leading research centers for cybersecurity analysis, and they are the first port of call for many civil society groups when they are targeted by governments and cyber-militias....
From: Boing Boing | By: Cory Doctorow | Monday, December 5, 2016
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Muckrock has been sending Freedom of Information requests to state police forces to find out how they're using "cell-site simulators" (AKA IMSI catchers/Stingrays), and they hit the motherlode with the Virginia State Police. (more…)...
From: Boing Boing | By: Cory Doctorow | Monday, December 5, 2016
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As things stand now, something nearly miraculous has happened: the protesters have won, indigenous people will not be forced at gunpoint to allow a danger to their drinking water that their settler neighbors had rejected, and the pipeline may die. Despite...
From: Boing Boing | By: Cory Doctorow | Monday, December 5, 2016
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EEzJTMf1ZF8&feature=youtu.be Robbo writes, "Peter Sellers recorded a series of performances, in a variety of voices, reciting the lyrics of popular Beatles songs. It is demented weirdness - and perfect in all its madness."...
From: Boing Boing | By: Cory Doctorow | Monday, December 5, 2016
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Neil Gaiman writes: "A little over a year ago I released my rarest, earliest, and hardest to find work -- books and comics -- through Humble Bundle to fund charities that do good work. People were all so generous and enthusiastic that we broke records....
From: Boing Boing | By: Cory Doctorow | Wednesday, December 7, 2016
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lAOj0H5c6Yc Last year's Hello Barbie chatbot toy sent all your kid's speech to cloud servers operated by Mattel and its tech partner, but only when your kid held down Barbie's listen button -- new chatbot toys like My...
From: Boing Boing | By: Cory Doctorow | Wednesday, December 7, 2016
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James Cawley is a 50 year old Elvis impersonator from Ticonderoga, NY; his friend William Ware Theiss was costume-designer for the original Star Trek series, and left Cawley the blueprints for the original Star Trek Enterprise sets in his will -- so...
From: Boing Boing | By: Cory Doctorow | Wednesday, December 7, 2016
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On Common Dreams, Paul Buchheit rounds up a ton of scholarly/economic papers on the ways that automation is coming to employment niches occupied by well-educated middle-class professionals, who face the same dilemma their "low-skilled" industrial colleagues...
From: Boing Boing | By: Cory Doctorow | Wednesday, December 7, 2016
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When you sign up for a Wells Fargo account, you're required to sign an arbitration "agreement" giving up your right to sue the company, and requiring you to have your case heard by an arbitrator paid for by -- and dependent on -- Wells Fargo instead....
From: Boing Boing | By: Cory Doctorow | Wednesday, December 7, 2016
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Environmental lawyer-turned-Portland City Commissioner Steve Novick has a cool use for the new SEC rules requiring companies to disclose executive pay starting in 2017: he's going to impose special taxes on businesses where the ratio of CEO pay to median...
From: Boing Boing | By: Cory Doctorow | Wednesday, December 7, 2016
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In much of the world, copyright ends 50 years after the creator's death, in some of the rest of the world, it ends 70 years after the creator's death; in the USA, things have stopped going into the public domain until 2019 (unless America decides to...
From: Boing Boing | By: Cory Doctorow | Wednesday, December 7, 2016
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For the past week, Naked Capitalism has run a series of articles by transportation industry expert Hubert Horan on the economic shenanigans of Uber, which cooks the numbers it shows investors, drivers and the press to make it seem like something other...
From: Boing Boing | By: Cory Doctorow | Wednesday, December 7, 2016
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q85iELbijAk&feature=youtu.be Diguo's Luxury Royal Family Balance Syphon Coffee Maker is an amazingly elaborate coffee siphon, a brewing method dating to the 1830s which is said to produce "a delicate, tea-like cup...
From: Boing Boing | By: Cory Doctorow | Wednesday, December 7, 2016
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Eset's report on Stegano, a newly discovered exploit kit, reveals an insanely clever, paranoid, and devastatingly effective technique used by criminals to infect their victims' computers by hiding malicious code in plain sight on websites that accepted...
From: Boing Boing | By: Cory Doctorow | Wednesday, December 7, 2016
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If you're one of the 60% of Pebble employees who didn't get a job offer from Fitbit, the company's new owner, you're probably not having a great Christmas season -- but that trepedation is shared by 100% of Pebble customers, who've just learned (via...
From: Boing Boing | By: Cory Doctorow | Wednesday, December 7, 2016
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Gabriella Coleman is the "hacker anthropologist" whose book on the anthropology of Anonymous is among the best books on hacking I've ever read; her new paper in Current Anthropology, From Internet Farming to Weapons of the Geek, poses a fascinating question:...
From: Boing Boing | By: Cory Doctorow | Wednesday, December 7, 2016
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The Intercept continues its work analyzing SID Today, the NSA's internal employee newsletter, with a fresh release of 262 articles -- these are in addition to the 166 articles published last spring. (more…)...
From: Boing Boing | By: Cory Doctorow | Wednesday, December 7, 2016
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Mary (AKA @sapphicgeek) works in an Indiana comic shop, and Saturday, she met a customer, a distraught teen girl, looking for Supergirl. (more…)...
From: Boing Boing | By: Cory Doctorow | Wednesday, December 7, 2016
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Mr Robot is the most successful example of a small but fast-growing genre of "techno-realist" media, where the focus is on realistic portrayals of hackers, information security, surveillance and privacy, and it represents a huge reversal on the usual...
From: Boing Boing | By: Cory Doctorow | Wednesday, December 7, 2016
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The first formal modern anger room was Donna Alexander's 2008 experiment on Chicago's south side, where customers paid $5 to smash things she'd found set out on neighborhood curbs on garbage days -- now Alexander runs a 1,000 square foot business called...
From: Boing Boing | By: Cory Doctorow | Wednesday, December 7, 2016
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