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10 Dec 15:44

Study: Online teachers get higher ratings when students think they're male

by Xeni Jardin
Photo: North Carolina State University

Photo: North Carolina State University

Students who think they're being taught by women give lower evaluation scores for those teachers than students who think they are being taught by men -- no matter who was actually teaching them. Read the rest

06 Dec 05:01

Bad Behavior

by admin

Or maybe they’re just PLAYING dumb. …Probably not.

04 Dec 19:33

Justice Department: Cleveland police systematically uses excessive force

by Xeni Jardin
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder makes a statement about the grand jury decision not to seek an indictment in the Staten Island death of Eric Garner during an arrest in July, in Washington December 3, 2014. [Reuters]

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder makes a statement about the grand jury decision not to seek an indictment in the Staten Island death of Eric Garner during an arrest in July, in Washington December 3, 2014. [Reuters]

Results of a federal review of policing in Cleveland, Ohio were released today, and they underscore what many residents of that city undoubtedly know first-hand: the use of unreasonable force by police officers there is part of pattern of behavior that is in some cases endorsed by supervisors. Read the rest

27 Nov 16:34

How famous artists would plate their Thanksgiving meals

by Rob Beschizza
Jackson+Pollock+Thanksgiving As imagined by Hannah Rothstein. The vomitastic splatter above is, of course, Jackson Pollock. [h/t Heather]
07 Nov 12:16

WATCH: Clingy baby pandas adorably gang up on human, do not want medicine, nope

by Xeni Jardin

Two juvenile pandas joined forces to try and stop a breeder from feeding them medicine instead of the yummy bamboo they wanted, at a zoo in Chengdu, in Southwest China. The keeper in this video is using a syringe to inject liquid meds into the cubs' mouths. They resist by rolling around and climbing on top of him adorably. [BBC Video]


10 Nov 14:31

The Autobiography of Deanna Troi

by Boing Boing
Robin Higgins presents a series of excerpts from the life of one of science fiction's most beloved half-Betazoids. Read the rest
16 Nov 05:00

November 16, 2014

Have I mentioned that GULPO IS BACK?!
14 Nov 05:00

November 14, 2014

28 Oct 20:58

Packing tape art of Mark Khaisman

by Andrea James

Mark Khaisman creates remarkable images using common packing tape and light boards. Since his early portraits with basic white and brown tapes found in any office, he has expanded to other colors and themes, below. Read the rest

24 Oct 13:48

Hallelujah, it’s Sunday morning.

by Jessica Hagy


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24 Oct 21:07

unbeatablesquirrelgirl: The first two pages of UNBEATABLE...


The first two pages of UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL #1 are up at Comic Book Resources!  Take a sneak peek: the book comes out in January!

And if you need music to sing along to, I’ve got your back!




16 Oct 23:39

The lost cyber-crayolas of the mid-1990s

by Cory Doctorow

Circuit board green, cyber space orange, floppy yellow, graphic green,, infra red, megabyte blue, megahertz maroon, on-line orange, plug & play pink, point & click green, transistor yellow, ultra violet, web surfin' blue, world wide web yellow, www.purple. Read the rest

16 Oct 16:48

A Softer World: 1160


My five year plan is "Fuck bitches, get tenure" but that is probably not the version I'll tell to the Dean next week.

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13 Oct 06:05

Video: "Everybody who plays frisbee golf smokes weed," says silly cop

by David Pescovitz

To be fair, the cop's not exactly wrong

Watch this Ankeny, Iowa police officer try to trick a young man into incriminating himself. The police chief has since apologized for the officer's actions. (13

05 Oct 07:32

Chair that casts a monstrous shadow

by Cory Doctorow

At first glance, Yaara Derkel's 'Coppelius' chair appears to be a friendly "thonet" style wooden chair. Read the rest

02 Oct 17:43

WATCH: Horse regrets disturbing snapping turtles in flagrante delicto

by Mark Frauenfelder

This horse is basically what my cats are like everyone I try to have some "private human time"

Did General Southern Storm learn anything from this?

02 Oct 04:48

Larry "Wide Stance" Craig busted (again)

by Cory Doctorow


The former conservative GOP senator from Idaho illegally used his campaign funds to defend himself on charges of soliciting sex in a men's toilet in the Minneapolis airport. Read the rest

24 Sep 20:45

Bug in Bash shell creates big security hole on anything with *nix in it [Updated]

Mac OS X Mavericks is also a *nix, and also vulnerable to the Bash bug.
Sean Gallagher

UPDATE, 9/25: The Bash vulnerability, now dubbed by some as "Shellshock," has been reportedly found in use by an active exploit against Web servers. Additionally, the initial patch for the vulnerability was incomplete and still allows for attacks to succeed, according to a new CERT alert. See Ars' latest report for further details, our initial report is below.

A security vulnerability in the GNU Bourne Again Shell (Bash), the command-line shell used in many Linux and Unix operating systems, could leave systems running those operating systems open to exploitation by specially crafted attacks. “This issue is especially dangerous as there are many possible ways Bash can be called by an application,” a Red Hat security advisory warned.

The bug, discovered by Stephane Schazelas, is related to how Bash processes environmental variables passed by the operating system or by a program calling a Bash-based script. If Bash has been configured as the default system shell, it can be used by network–based attackers against servers and other Unix and Linux devices via Web requests, secure shell, telnet sessions, or other programs that use Bash to execute scripts.

Because of its wide distribution, the vulnerability could be as wide-ranging as the Heartbleed bug, though it may not be nearly as dangerous. The vulnerability affects versions 1.14 through 4.3 of GNU Bash. Patches have been issued by many of the major Linux distribution vendors for affected versions, including:

  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux (versions 4 through 7) and the Fedora distribution
  • CentOS (versions 5 through 7)
  • Ubuntu 10.04 LTS, 12.04 LTS, and 14.04 LTS
  • Debian

A test on Mac OS X 10.9.4 ("Mavericks") by Ars showed that it also has a vulnerable version of Bash. Apple has not yet patched Bash, though it just issued an update to "command line tools."

While Bash is often thought of just as a local shell, it is also frequently used by Apache servers to execute CGI scripts for dynamic content (through mod_cgi and mod_cgid). A crafted web request targeting a vulnerable CGI application could launch code on the server. Similar attacks are possible via OpenSSH, which could allow even restricted secure shell sessions to bypass controls and execute code on the server. And a malicious DHCP server set up on a network or running as part of an “evil” wireless access point could execute code on some Linux systems using the Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol client (dhclient) when they connect.

There are other services that run on Linux and Unix systems, such as the CUPS printing system, that are similarly dependent on Bash that could be vulnerable.

There is an easy test to determine if a Linux or Unix system is vulnerable. To check your system, from a command line, type:

env x='() { :;}; echo vulnerable' bash -c "echo this is a test"

If the system is vulnerable, the output will be:

 this is a test

An unaffected (or patched) system will output:

 bash: warning: x: ignoring function definition attempt
 bash: error importing function definition for `x'
 this is a test

The fix is an update to a patched version of the Bash shell. To be safe, administrators should do a blanket update of their versions of Bash in any case.

18 Sep 16:50

Apple's Patriot-Act-detecting "warrant canary" dies

by Cory Doctorow

It's been less than a day since the company published its new, excellent privacy policy -- but Gigaom has noticed that the latest Apple transparency report, covering Jan 1-Jun 30 2014, has eliminated the line that says that the company has received no secret Patriot Act "section 215" requests, which come with gag orders prohibiting companies from discussing them. Read the rest

03 Sep 16:49

Texas Instruments' wildly successful, wildly overpriced calculator

by David Pescovitz

According to the Washington Post, Texas Instruments owns 93 percent of the US market for graphic calculators thanks to its ubiquitous TI-84 model, a ridiculously high profit margin product that hasn't been updated much for a decade.

02 Sep 04:00

September 02, 2014

01 Sep 23:30

Bitcoin For Kids

by drew


The “Bitcoin For Kids Trilogy” is a book series which claims to teach children how to run a business using Bitcoin. Considering that many of the top Bitcoin advocates have had their Bitcoins stolen through software attacks, this doesn’t seem like a particularly good idea. Coupled with the fact that the primary uses for Bitcoin continue to be gambling, illegal pornography, guns, and drugs, it seems like probably the worst thing you could encourage your child to do on the computer. But, hey, if you think your nine-year-old should be communicating with Russian gun-runners on the deep web, go for it.

01 Sep 04:00

September 01, 2014

Just a reminder, the Pluto shirt is available a little while longer.
20 Aug 22:31

Security researchers buy pornoscanner, demonstrate how to sneak in guns & bombs

by Cory Doctorow

My boyfriend's research on boing boing

Researchers from UCSD, the U Michigan, and Johns Hopkins will present their work on the Rapiscan Secure 1000 at Usenix Security tomorrow; the Secure 1000 isn't used in airports anymore, but it's still in courts, jails, and government security checkpoints (researchers can't yet get their hands on the millimeter machines used at airports). Read the rest
29 Aug 04:00

August 29, 2014


Can I just print this out and give it to all my advisees?

29 Aug 15:07



26 Aug 00:32

For years, NSA shared massive amounts of surveillance data with domestic law enforcement

by Xeni Jardin
"The National Security Agency is secretly providing data to nearly two dozen U.S. government agencies with a 'Google-like' search engine built to share more than 850 billion records about phone calls, emails, cellphone locations, and internet chats, according to classified documents obtained by The Intercept." Ryan Gallagher has more.
22 Aug 19:06

Giant rubber duck joins tall ships festival off Los Angeles coast

by Xeni Jardin

I went to this thing today. The duck was very large.

Giant inflatable rubber duck installation by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman floats past the Battleship Iowa through the Port of Los Angeles as part of the Tall Ships Festival, in San Pedro

Over a dozen tall ships and a 6-story-high Rubber Duck sailed into the Los Angeles harbor Wednesday, kicking off the Tall Ships Festival LA. Read the rest

26 Aug 19:00

gwnne: my partner tried to call me a sweetheart the other day...

by iamacollectionofmiscellanyandtea


my partner tried to call me a sweetheart the other day but he misspelled it and I read it as “sweetbeard” and then I decided that this is what dwarf couples call each other

so, naturally, here are two dwarves on a date

25 Aug 00:07