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by cory doctorow

Texas State University's Body Farm (AKA Forensic Anthropology Center at Texas State University or FACTS) is a 45-year-old facility where the corpses of medical body donors are left to decompose so that researchers can observe the rate at which human...
From: Boing Boing | By: Cory Doctorow | Tuesday, March 28, 2017
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In 2011, the Canadian Conservative government rammed through Bill C-11, Canada's answer to the US Digital Millennium Copyright Act, in which the property rights of Canadians were gutted in order to ensure that corporations could use DRM to control how...
From: Boing Boing | By: Cory Doctorow | Tuesday, March 28, 2017
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Ten years ago, a group of engineers and media executives sat down to decide what was, and was not, a real family. The results were predictably terrible. (more…)...
From: Boing Boing | By: Cory Doctorow | Tuesday, March 28, 2017
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Any well-designed self-driving car will be at pains to avoid killing people, if only to prevent paperwork delays when they mow someone down. (more…)...
From: Boing Boing | By: Cory Doctorow | Tuesday, March 28, 2017
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For a generation, Americas anti-trust enforcers have walked away from their duties, gripped by an ideology that says that bigger companies mean more profits (which benefit the rich) and lower prices (which benefit everyone else). (more…)...
From: Boing Boing | By: Cory Doctorow | Tuesday, March 28, 2017
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Connecticut, home to the richest hedge-fund managers in America, is going broke, cutting services and gutting pension plans to try and fill its $1.8B budget hole -- a hole it plans on filling by taking away $1.5B from the state's workers. (more…)...
From: Boing Boing | By: Cory Doctorow | Tuesday, March 28, 2017
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Software can be thought of as a system for encapsulating the expertise of skilled practitioners; translate the hard-won expertise of a machinist or a dental technician or a bookkeeper into code, and people with little expertise in those fields can recreate...
From: Boing Boing | By: Cory Doctorow | Tuesday, March 28, 2017
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From: Boing Boing | By: Cory Doctorow | Tuesday, March 28, 2017
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The Miele PG 8528 is a "washer-disinfector" intended for hospitals and other locations with potentially dangerous pathogens on their dirty dishes; it's networked and smart. And dumb. (more…)...
From: Boing Boing | By: Cory Doctorow | Monday, March 27, 2017
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Rudy Rucker writes, "Isabel Rucker and friends are promoting a GoFundMe project to give an Ms. subscription to each of the elected officials in Wyoming. Why? To raise awareness of women's issues. Wyoming has the largest gender pay gap in the country,...
From: Boing Boing | By: Cory Doctorow | Monday, March 27, 2017
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Amir Taaki is a well-known anarchist bitcoin hacker whose project, Dark Wallet, is meant to create strong anonymity for cryptocurrency transactions; when he discovered that anarchists around the world had gone to Rojava, a district in Kurdish Syria on...
From: Boing Boing | By: Cory Doctorow | Wednesday, March 29, 2017
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Wells Fargo got caught ripping off millions of customers by setting up fake accounts in their names, then billing them for "services" related to those accounts, sometimes tanking their credit-ratings, costing them jobs, even their houses -- but the company...
From: Boing Boing | By: Cory Doctorow | Wednesday, March 29, 2017
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The exciting field of "battlefield acupuncture" involves training soldiers and medics to perform what amounts to a "theatrical placebo" involving jamming glorified thumbtacks into fellow soldiers' ears and leaving them there until they fall out. (more…)...
From: Boing Boing | By: Cory Doctorow | Wednesday, March 29, 2017
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East Germany's secret police, the Stasi, were the most aggressive surveillance force of their day -- at the Stasi's peak, one in 60 East Germans was snitching for the agency. (more…)...
From: Boing Boing | By: Cory Doctorow | Wednesday, March 29, 2017
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The Do-It-Yourself Monster Make-Up Handbook is a 1965 classic: Famous Monsters of Filmland founder Forrest Ackerman tapped movie makeup legend Dick Smith to create guides for turning yourself into any of three Martians, two kinds of werewolf, a "weird-oh,"...
From: Boing Boing | By: Cory Doctorow | Wednesday, March 29, 2017
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In a newly revised paper in Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition, a group of French and Swiss computer science researchers show that "a very small perturbation vector that causes natural images to be misclassified with high probability" -- that is,...
From: Boing Boing | By: Cory Doctorow | Wednesday, March 29, 2017
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Yesterday, Congress voted to bar the FCC from ever making a rule that limits how your ISP can spy on you and sell your data, without your permission. (more…)...
From: Boing Boing | By: Cory Doctorow | Wednesday, March 29, 2017
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These Japanese robots' performance of "Robot's Delight" -- an extended, braggadocios riff on the state of AI learning-through-imitation research, with break-dancing -- won Best Video at the 2017 ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human Robot Interaction....
From: Boing Boing | By: Cory Doctorow | Wednesday, March 29, 2017
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You might think that when companies impose crappy, abusive terms of service on their customers that the market could sort it out, by creating competition to see who could offer the best terms and thus win the business of people fed up with bad actors....
From: Boing Boing | By: Cory Doctorow | Wednesday, March 29, 2017
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Police who rely on vulnerabilities in crooks' devices are terminally compromised; the best way to protect crime-victims is to publicize and repair defects in systems, but every time a hole is patched, the cops lose a tool they rely on the attack their...
From: Boing Boing | By: Cory Doctorow | Wednesday, March 29, 2017
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One of the music industry's dumbest, most pernicious talking-points is the "value gap" (AKA the "value recognition right") which is code for, "Online platforms should employ an army of copyright lawyers to assess everything that users share for copyright...
From: Boing Boing | By: Cory Doctorow | Wednesday, March 29, 2017
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