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by cory doctorow

Paolo Bacigalupi's new short story "Mika Model" is a detective tale about a murdering sexbot. (more…)...
From: Boing Boing | By: Cory Doctorow | Tuesday, May 3, 2016
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Copyright protects creative expression, but not utilitarian forms: that's why the silkscreened art on your t-shirt is copyrightable, but the t-shirt's design itself is not. (more…)...
From: Boing Boing | By: Cory Doctorow | Tuesday, May 3, 2016
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It's the International Day Against DRM, and in honor of the day, the Electronic Frontier Foundation's Parker Higgins has written an excellent post explaining why we can't live with DRM, even on media that you "rent" rather than buying (streaming services...
From: Boing Boing | By: Cory Doctorow | Tuesday, May 3, 2016
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The World Wide Web Consortium -- an influential standards body devoted to the open web -- used to make standards that would let anyone make a browser that could view the whole Web; now they're making standards that let the giant browser companies and...
From: Boing Boing | By: Cory Doctorow | Tuesday, May 3, 2016
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Rogue archivist Carl Malamud writes, "In 1993, I started a radio station on the Internet, engaging in activities that later became known as podcasting and webcasting. I'm pleased to say that I've finished uploaded the archive of Internet Talk Radio to...
From: Boing Boing | By: Cory Doctorow | Tuesday, May 3, 2016
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In 2010, after years of bitter fighting, the French National Assembly passed "Hadopi," the worst copyright law in history, which provided for disconnecting whole families from the Internet if their network connection was implicated in an accusation of...
From: Boing Boing | By: Cory Doctorow | Tuesday, May 3, 2016
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In 2014, Allie Brosh's outstanding, hilarious, and gut-wrenching webcomic Hyperbole and a Half made the jump to print with an incredible book (review); now Simon and Schuster have announced a followup, Solutions and Other Problems, to be published next...
From: Boing Boing | By: Cory Doctorow | Tuesday, May 3, 2016
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Ferguson's cops aren't just notorious for being an invading domestic military force: long before that, they were notorious for "failure to comply" arrests, where (mostly brown) people who were minding their own businesses were arrested for refusing to...
From: Boing Boing | By: Cory Doctorow | Tuesday, May 3, 2016
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Greenpeace has handed newspapers 240 pages of current negotiating documents from the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), a secretly conducted trade deal between the USA and the EU, which has run in parallel with the notorious Trans...
From: Boing Boing | By: Cory Doctorow | Tuesday, May 3, 2016
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The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) is a secret court that hears warrant requests from America's spy agencies when they want to wiretap people in the USA. (more…)...
From: Boing Boing | By: Cory Doctorow | Tuesday, May 3, 2016
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Further Future is a desert festival created by wealthy Burning Man attendees who want to get rid of the conference's DIY/participatory ethic and replace it with a pampered weekend where poor people wait on them while they strut around the desert, "networking."...
From: Boing Boing | By: Cory Doctorow | Tuesday, May 3, 2016
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"Technoheritage" is the movement to preserve vulnerable history through digitization: making detailed scans of precious places, objects and works from which they can be recovered if they are destroyed by war, climate, or other disaster. (more…)...
From: Boing Boing | By: Cory Doctorow | Tuesday, May 3, 2016
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Shiv Integer is a bot created by artists Matthew Plummer-Fernandez and Julien Deswaef; it downloads Creative Commons-licensed models from Thingiverse, mashes them up into weird and often amazing new shapes, adds machine-generated titles and descriptions...
From: Boing Boing | By: Cory Doctorow | Tuesday, May 3, 2016
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Last month, I wrote about Paramount's lawsuit against Axanar, a crowdfunded Star Trek fan-film. (more…)...
From: Boing Boing | By: Cory Doctorow | Tuesday, May 3, 2016
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Brett Bobley writes, "'Hypertext: an Educational Experiment in English and Computer Science at Brown University' is an amazing documentary film from 1976 made by Brown University computer scientist Andries 'Andy' van Dam." (more…)...
From: Boing Boing | By: Cory Doctorow | Tuesday, May 3, 2016
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When Norway -- historically one of the poorest countries in Europe -- struck oil in the North Sea, the country put the proceeds into a "sovereign wealth" fund that invested it in other industries and used the returns to pay for an extensive welfare state...
From: Boing Boing | By: Cory Doctorow | Tuesday, May 3, 2016
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The first McDonald's in Quetta, Pakistan has opened in Millennium Mall, in the militarized Police Lines neighborhood, prompting an official position from the Taliban. (more…)...
From: Boing Boing | By: Cory Doctorow | Tuesday, May 3, 2016
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After Daniel Ellsberg's astonishingly courageous release of the Pentagon Papers to the New York Times, he waited 40 years to meet someone like Edward Snowden or Chelsea Manning, someone else inside who risked everything to expose the wrongdoing they...
From: Boing Boing | By: Cory Doctorow | Tuesday, May 3, 2016
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The TSA gambled on millions of wealthy Americans opting out of its pornoscanner-and-shoe-removal process and signing up for its Precheck policy, which allows travellers to pay for the "privilege" of walking through a metal-detector with their shoes on,...
From: Boing Boing | By: Cory Doctorow | Tuesday, May 3, 2016
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Chloe from Portland's Reading Frenzy writes, "Six of our favorite Social Justice Kittens are back in postcard form! Next up: MRA Puppies! Postcards by Sean Tejaratchi/LiarTownUSA (previously) published by Show & Tell Press!" (more…)...
From: Boing Boing | By: Cory Doctorow | Thursday, May 5, 2016
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W3qkdB5bzLY Pocket CHIP is a tiny, $50, ARM-based pocket games console with a full keyboard and a Bluetooth interface. (more…)...
From: Boing Boing | By: Cory Doctorow | Wednesday, May 4, 2016
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You'll know Ben Hatke as author of Boing Boing-beloved illustrated kids' books like Little Robot and Zita the Space Girl, but as this Children's Book Week video shows, Hatke is a literal fire-breathing, acrobatic, sword-fighting superhero! (more…)...
From: Boing Boing | By: Cory Doctorow | Wednesday, May 4, 2016
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Judy Belushi and Dan Ackroyd are developing a kid-oriented Blues Brothers animated series with Bento Box, the studio behind Bob's Burgers. (more…)...
From: Boing Boing | By: Cory Doctorow | Wednesday, May 4, 2016
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Journalist Paul Daling, creator of the 1001 Chicago Afternoons blog, has created a walking tour of the most corrupt sites in Chicago's fantastically corrupt history, and it's selling out. (more…)...
From: Boing Boing | By: Cory Doctorow | Wednesday, May 4, 2016
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Rick Friday has been the editorial cartoonist for Farm News for 21 years, with a weekly slot in every Friday's paper. (more…)...
From: Boing Boing | By: Cory Doctorow | Wednesday, May 4, 2016
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Phytophthora ramorum is a mold, related to the Irish Potato Famine pathogen, that causes some oak and tanoak trees to split open and bleed out all their sap, something called "sudden oak death." (more…)...
From: Boing Boing | By: Cory Doctorow | Wednesday, May 4, 2016
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Jenise writes, "Dreaming Robot Press is a teensy little publisher in New Mexico trying to fill a much-needed niche: they publish science fiction for children. In particular, they publish the Young Explorer's Adventure Guide, an annual anthology of SF...
From: Boing Boing | By: Cory Doctorow | Wednesday, May 4, 2016
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With Trump headed to an uncontested convention, high-paid conservative columnists like George Will have penned columns defending party bosses who might be planning to overrule the popular votes and hand-pick a more acceptable candidate for the GOP to...
From: Boing Boing | By: Cory Doctorow | Wednesday, May 4, 2016
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China's Internet censors are capricious and impossible to predict -- but this isn't because China's censors are incompetent, rather, they're tapping into one of the most powerful forms of conditioning, the uncertainty born of intermittent reinforcement....
From: Boing Boing | By: Cory Doctorow | Wednesday, May 4, 2016
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The Supreme Court -- at the behest of the US government -- has announced changes to "Rule 41," a crucial procedure of the US court system, which will give law enforcement sweeping powers to hack into computers anywhere in the world, including victims'...
From: Boing Boing | By: Cory Doctorow | Wednesday, May 4, 2016
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