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by cory doctorow

Wisconsin Governor and balanced-budget hawk Scott Walker's failed bid for the GOP presidential candidacy left him with $1.2 million in debt. (more…)...
From: Boing Boing | By: Cory Doctorow | Friday, May 27, 2016
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Colombia wants to produce Novartis's leukemia drug imatinib under a compulsory license, something it is allowed to do under its trade agreement with the USA, to bring the price down from $15,161/year (double the annual average income) to prices like...
From: Boing Boing | By: Cory Doctorow | Friday, May 27, 2016
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Thinkgeek's launched a trinity of Star Trek: TNG swimwear for the summer: $60 one-piece suits (sciences blue; ops gold, command red); $40 cover-up rompers; and $50 "Deanna Troi" rashies/swim shirts (more…)...
From: Boing Boing | By: Cory Doctorow | Friday, May 27, 2016
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Demonia's Women's Stomp 314 Boots are goth as fuck, knee-high, made of shiny polyurethane and ringed with ammo for that je ne sais quoi. (via The Everyday Goth)...
From: Boing Boing | By: Cory Doctorow | Friday, May 27, 2016
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Chinese engineer Song Youzhou has been trying to get traction for his straddling bus, a huge elevated bus that goes over, rather than through, traffic, since 2010. (more…)...
From: Boing Boing | By: Cory Doctorow | Friday, May 27, 2016
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Every year, the Senate passes a secret bill (that is, a bill whose text is a secret during its debate) that re-authorizes intelligence agencies' surveillance powers; this year, someone (possibly chairman Richard Burr, R-NC and/or Tom Cotton, R-AR) has...
From: Boing Boing | By: Cory Doctorow | Friday, May 27, 2016
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In Millionaire Migration and the Taxation of the Elite: Evidence from Administrative Data, Stanford sociologist Cristobal Young builds on his substantial research on "millionaire migration," to show that only a small minority of millionaires move when...
From: Boing Boing | By: Cory Doctorow | Friday, May 27, 2016
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Inequality in Children’s Contexts, USC Sociologist Ann Owens's paper in American Sociological Review (Scihub mirror), investigates the factors that contribute most to the unequal lives of wealthy and poor American children, and concludes that the single...
From: Boing Boing | By: Cory Doctorow | Friday, May 27, 2016
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Justin Shafer was roused from his bed this week by thunderous knocking at his North Richland Hills, Texas home, and when he opened the door, found himself staring down the barrel of a 'big green' assault weapon, wielded by one of the 12-15 armed FBI...
From: Boing Boing | By: Cory Doctorow | Friday, May 27, 2016
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Many years ago, EFF co-founder John Gilmore and I were discussing the prevalence of botnets, which are commonly used to launch distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks that overwhelm websites with floods of traffic; John said that if the botnets...
From: Boing Boing | By: Cory Doctorow | Friday, May 27, 2016
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Wells Fargo has been widely criticized for its predatory, deceptive practice of targeting black mortgage borrowers with subprime mortgages (whose teaser rates ballooned into unsustainable long-term rates after a few years), rather than offering those...
From: Boing Boing | By: Cory Doctorow | Friday, May 27, 2016
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Anonymous Analytics describes itself as "a faction of Anonymous" that uses its "unique skills to expose fraud and corruption among public companies." (more…)...
From: Boing Boing | By: Cory Doctorow | Friday, May 27, 2016
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But Jacky Chen, who manages the Jinhua Partytime Latex Art and Crafts Factory, believes that Trump will win and his mask will sell out. (more…)...
From: Boing Boing | By: Cory Doctorow | Friday, May 27, 2016
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Earlier this week, I wrote about the legal threats from Landis and Gyr against the Freedom of Information service Muckrock, which had received documents from the City of Seattle detailing the workings of Landis and Gyr's smart-meter system, which Seattle...
From: Boing Boing | By: Cory Doctorow | Friday, May 27, 2016
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In Evaluating the privacy properties of telephone metadata, a paper by researchers from Stanford's departments of Law and Computer Science published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the authors analyzed metadata from six months' worth...
From: Boing Boing | By: Cory Doctorow | Friday, May 27, 2016
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When Oracle bought Sun Microsystems, they acquired Java, Sun's popular programming language, pitched from its inception as an open standard for the networked computer. (more…)...
From: Boing Boing | By: Cory Doctorow | Thursday, May 26, 2016
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In 1979, the Duke of Lancaster -- a cruise liner turned car ferry -- was retired from service and moored at Llanerch-y-Mor, North Wales, where it was made over as a "Fun Ship," whose car-deck was refitted as a coin-op arcade. (more…)...
From: Boing Boing | By: Cory Doctorow | Thursday, May 26, 2016
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https://vimeo.com/157414762 Jongha Choi's Master's thesis for Design Academy Eindhoven involved the creation of "De-dimension" furniture, which collapses into a flat, easily stored form when it's not in use -- but when it's in its flat form, it looks...
From: Boing Boing | By: Cory Doctorow | Thursday, May 26, 2016
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If you think that your phone may have been hacked so that your adversaries can watch you through the cameras and listen through the mics, one way to solve the problem is to remove the cameras and microphones, and only use the phone with a headset that...
From: Boing Boing | By: Cory Doctorow | Thursday, May 26, 2016
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When Purdue Pharma's patent on the MS Contin was close to expiry, the Sackler family who owned the company spent millions trying to find a product that could replace the profits they'd lose from generic competition on MS Contin: the result was Oxycontin,...
From: Boing Boing | By: Cory Doctorow | Thursday, May 26, 2016
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For more than four years, we've been writing about Prenda Law, a prolific copyright troll (that is, a company that sends dire legal threats and demands for money to people they accuse of copyright infringement, based on the flimsiest of evidence), whose...
From: Boing Boing | By: Cory Doctorow | Thursday, May 26, 2016
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In A2: Analog Malicious Hardware, a paper given at the 2016 IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy, a group of researchers from the University of Michigan detail a novel, frightening attack on the integrity of microprocessors that uses nearly undetectable...
From: Boing Boing | By: Cory Doctorow | Thursday, May 26, 2016
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The Federal Election Commission has deadlocked on a complaint about an employer who coerced his salaried employees into donating to a PAC he had started; the three Democratic commissioners voted to take action, the three GOP commissioners voted against,...
From: Boing Boing | By: Cory Doctorow | Thursday, May 26, 2016
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Ewan McGee writes, "Creators of the YouTube channel H3H3 productions are being sued by the creator of the YouTube channel MattHossZone for showing/talking about one of his 'pick up' videos. YouTuber Philip DeFranco talks about the story in his YouTube...
From: Boing Boing | By: Cory Doctorow | Thursday, May 26, 2016
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This week, Marvel Comics published the first issue of Captain America: Steve Rogers in which it's revealed that since his earliest days, Captain America has been a double agent for Hydra, the thinly veiled allegory for the Nazis; in an epic Twitter rant,...
From: Boing Boing | By: Cory Doctorow | Thursday, May 26, 2016
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Random number generators are the foundation of cryptography -- that's why the NSA secretly sabotaged the RNG standard that the National Institute for Standards and Technology developed. (more…)...
From: Boing Boing | By: Cory Doctorow | Thursday, May 26, 2016
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Next April, Tor Books will publish Walkaway, the first novel I've written specifically for adults since 2009; it's scheduled to be their lead title for the season and they've hired the brilliant designer Will Staehle (Yiddish Policeman's Union, Darker...
From: Boing Boing | By: Cory Doctorow | Thursday, May 26, 2016
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Michael from Muckrock found a reference to "Untangling the Web," an internal NSA guide to the Internet, on Google Books, so he requisitioned a copy from the NSA under the Freedom of Information Act. (more…)...
From: Boing Boing | By: Cory Doctorow | Saturday, May 28, 2016
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