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by cory doctorow

Writing in Slate, Cathy "Weapons of Math Destruction" O'Neill, a skeptical data-scientist, describes the ways that Big Data intersects with ethical considerations. (more…)...
From: Boing Boing | By: Cory Doctorow | Friday, February 5, 2016
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Iphone 6s that have been repaired by independent service centers are bricking themselves, seemingly permanently, with a cryptic message about "Error 53." (more…)...
From: Boing Boing | By: Cory Doctorow | Friday, February 5, 2016
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Roger Anderson, a telephony expert, developed the Jolly Roger Telephone Company to block and madden robocallers. (more…)...
From: Boing Boing | By: Cory Doctorow | Friday, February 5, 2016
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Dead on Paper makes many beautiful, strange things, but I'm most taken by two of its custom coins. (more…)...
From: Boing Boing | By: Cory Doctorow | Friday, February 5, 2016
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Fresh Comfy is a Thai scarf-seller whose gauzy chiffon scarves come screened with motifs from literary classics, in a variety of finishes (grey, black, off-white, full color): Anne of Green Gables cover; Harry Potter Marauders' Map; Map of Middle Earth;...
From: Boing Boing | By: Cory Doctorow | Friday, February 5, 2016
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Manhattan's Metropolitan Correctional Center has a special wing, 10-South, in which terrorism suspects who have been kidnapped from foreign territories are imprisoned and tortured in secret, before being given secret trials and lengthy sentences. (more…)...
From: Boing Boing | By: Cory Doctorow | Friday, February 5, 2016
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Maryland attorney general Brian E Frosh has filed a brief appealing a decision in the case of Kerron Andrews, who was tracked by a Stingray cell-phone surveillance device. (more…)...
From: Boing Boing | By: Cory Doctorow | Friday, February 5, 2016
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After years of fumbling, deference and mismanagement, Canada's telcoms regulator, the CRTC, laid down a landmark net neutrality rule and demanded that Bell, the nationally founded telcoms giant, would have to share its infrastructure with new entrants...
From: Boing Boing | By: Cory Doctorow | Friday, February 5, 2016
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Chelsea Manning appears in the current episode of Amnesty International's "In Their Own Words" podcast, voiced by actor Michelle Hendley. Chelsea tells us, "The awesome thing about this podcast is that Michelle Hendley speaks in my own voice, telling...
From: Boing Boing | By: Cory Doctorow | Friday, February 5, 2016
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Many people have noticed that the female lead character Rey is notably underrepresented in the tsunami of Star Wars: The Force Awakens toys. (more…)...
From: Boing Boing | By: Cory Doctorow | Friday, February 5, 2016
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They started as "Millennials for Jeb" and now they're called "Millennials Rising," but since the beginning, the dark-money-spouting Super PAC has been 95% funded by rich white guys over the age of 60. (more…)...
From: Boing Boing | By: Cory Doctorow | Thursday, February 4, 2016
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Another amazing Shmoocon talk is "Users Are People Too: How to Make Your Tools Not Suck for Humans," presented by two key people from Simply Secure, a nonprofit devoted to improving security tool usability (I am a volunteer advisor to Simply Secure)....
From: Boing Boing | By: Cory Doctorow | Thursday, February 4, 2016
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The Trans Pacific Partnership is a secretly negotiated agreement between 12 countries, including the US, Canada and Japan, which establishes punishing regimes for censoring and controlling the Internet, as well as allowing corporations to nullify safety,...
From: Boing Boing | By: Cory Doctorow | Thursday, February 4, 2016
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Podcasters have largely mastered the art of setting up a great home recording setup, something that's gotten steadily easier over the years, but then they interview someone over Skype and suddenly they sound like Doctor Who conversing with a Dalek at...
From: Boing Boing | By: Cory Doctorow | Thursday, February 4, 2016
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In January 2015, security researcher and beloved, prolific geek Michael "Hackerjoe" Hamelin died in a head-on collision that also hospitalized his widow, Beth Hamelin. (more…)...
From: Boing Boing | By: Cory Doctorow | Thursday, February 4, 2016
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Laura Poitras is the Macarthur-winning, Oscar-winning documentarian who made Citizenfour. Her life has been dogged by government surveillance and harassment, and she has had to become a paranoid OPSEC ninja just to survive. (more…)...
From: Boing Boing | By: Cory Doctorow | Thursday, February 4, 2016
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When a UN panel from the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention upheld Julian Assange's claim that he was being unlawfully detained in London's Ecuadorean embassy, they also stopped Assange from turning himself in to the London police. (more…)...
From: Boing Boing | By: Cory Doctorow | Thursday, February 4, 2016
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The design idea of "counter-constraint" is to create things in such a way as to get around some constraint -- for example, open source hardware works without patents or copyrights. (more…)...
From: Boing Boing | By: Cory Doctorow | Thursday, February 4, 2016
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Shmoocon is a security conference that ranks with other top-tier events like Defcon, CCC, HOPE, Black Hat, etc: this year's talks are all on the Internet Archive for streaming or download. (more…)...
From: Boing Boing | By: Cory Doctorow | Thursday, February 4, 2016
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On McSweeney's, Susan Harlan rounds up some less-objectionable alternatives we can use to describe so-called "Resting Bitch Face," such as "Yes I Really Do Just Want to Sit Here and Read My Book Unmolested Face." (more…)...
From: Boing Boing | By: Cory Doctorow | Thursday, February 4, 2016
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Securedrop is a robust, secure, anonymous system for whistleblowers to convey documents to news organizations, created by Aaron Swartz and taken up by the Freedom of the Press Foundation after his death. (more…)...
From: Boing Boing | By: Cory Doctorow | Thursday, February 4, 2016
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I'm a hardcore traveler and Google Flights is my tool of choice for figuring out my weird, complex, ever-changing plans. (more…)...
From: Boing Boing | By: Cory Doctorow | Thursday, February 4, 2016
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Fatboy's $250 "picnic lounge" is a 9'x 7', weather-resistant, picnic/beach blanket with a built-in pocket (inside the Fatboy logo-tag). (via Geekologie) (more…)...
From: Boing Boing | By: Cory Doctorow | Wednesday, February 3, 2016
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(Thanks, Dimitrios!)...
From: Boing Boing | By: Cory Doctorow | Wednesday, February 3, 2016
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No one will look twice at your tiny knife hidden in a JFK 50-cent piece, assuming your deep cover identity is as a harmless numismatist. (via Red Ferret)...
From: Boing Boing | By: Cory Doctorow | Wednesday, February 3, 2016
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Solid Oak Sketches has filed copyright registrations in the tattoo designs that decorate the bodies of some of basketball's biggest stars (LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Kenyon Martin, DeAndre Jordan, Eric Bledsoe, etc), and has sued Take-Two Software, maker...
From: Boing Boing | By: Cory Doctorow | Wednesday, February 3, 2016
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kNoxKxphYBE Knights and Bikes is a fictionalised recreation of co-creator Rex Crowle's boyhood in Cornwall, riding around on his bike and pretending to be a medieval knight; Crowle and his partner Moo Yu are a powerhouse...
From: Boing Boing | By: Cory Doctorow | Wednesday, February 3, 2016
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An exceptionally broad proposal before the Council of the EU lumps the traffickers who cram refugees into unsafe boats with the volunteers and NGOs who rescue drowning refugees when those boats sink. (more…)...
From: Boing Boing | By: Cory Doctorow | Wednesday, February 3, 2016
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