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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


21 Aug 18:10

sttngfashion: Reader Claire sent us this awesome photo of “24th...


Reader Claire sent us this awesome photo of “24th Century Casualwear” that is basically 100% perfect. As she explains it: “I met all the basic requirements: asymmetrical hemlines; color blocking; secondary colors; inappropriate fabrics (the top is made of wool felt); and weird straps that don’t serve an obvious purpose.” This color story of dried-blood brown, deep mustard, and Eddie Bauer 1997 Hunter Green is absolutely something we’d see on one of the Enterprise’s non-uniformed denizens.

I also LOVE the little “purse” she made to go with it! Claire says: “I designed the labels on my computer and had them printed on bumper sticker stock; the black lines are Chartpak tape, which is what they used to do all those lines on props and sets on the show.”

A+ COSPLAY, CLAIRE. You are ready for a casual coffee date at Ten Forward.

I love the idea of making casual wear based on the cues of Starfleet uniforms.  Super rad!

21 Aug 04:00

August 21, 2014

19 Aug 21:56

Sunil Dutta Tells It Like It Is About American Policing

by Ken White

Sunil Dutta, a "professor of homeland security" at Colorado Tech University, was an LAPD cop for 17 years. Today, the Washington Post ran his column explaining how citizens should interact with the police.

First, Dutta talks about the challenges cops face from rude civilians:

Working the street, I can’t even count how many times I withstood curses, screaming tantrums, aggressive and menacing encroachments on my safety zone, and outright challenges to my authority. In the vast majority of such encounters, I was able to peacefully resolve the situation without using force. Cops deploy their training and their intuition creatively, and I wielded every trick in my arsenal, including verbal judo, humor, warnings and ostentatious displays of the lethal (and nonlethal) hardware resting in my duty belt. One time, for instance, my partner and I faced a belligerent man who had doused his car with gallons of gas and was about to create a firebomb at a busy mall filled with holiday shoppers. The potential for serious harm to the bystanders would have justified deadly force. Instead, I distracted him with a hook about his family and loved ones, and he disengaged without hurting anyone. Every day cops show similar restraint and resolve incidents that could easily end up in serious injuries or worse.

Note how Dutta unsubtly conflates genuinely dangerous things — like threatening to set off a gas bomb — with curses, "tantrums," and "outright challenges to my authority." This sleight-of-hand miscategorization is how cops convince us they need the power to order us to refrain from gathering in one place to protest or put away that menacing cell phone or stop being developmentally disabled around them. See, cops know what is dangerous, and if you say they shouldn't be able to tell you not to do whatever they say is dangerous, you're really saying you should be allowed to set off gasoline bombs at the mall.

We are still learning what transpired between Officer Darren Wilson and Brown, but in most cases it’s less ambiguous — and officers are rarely at fault. When they use force, they are defending their, or the public’s, safety.

"Rarely" is an empirical term; Dutta does not cite evidence. Certainly cops are very rarely deemed responsible by the justice system for use of force. But a rather rather large number of people are killed by police every year; we don't know exactly how many, and we have no reliable resource to test law enforcement asserts that the killings are justified. Never mind lesser violence, like tasing and pepper spraying people, or things not classified as uses of force, like forcible torture and rape of suspects under the guise of "investigation," or situations where police got innocent people killed through idiocy.

But this is Dutta's main point:

Even though it might sound harsh and impolitic, here is the bottom line: if you don’t want to get shot, tased, pepper-sprayed, struck with a baton or thrown to the ground, just do what I tell you. Don’t argue with me, don’t call me names, don’t tell me that I can’t stop you, don’t say I’m a racist pig, don’t threaten that you’ll sue me and take away my badge. Don’t scream at me that you pay my salary, and don’t even think of aggressively walking towards me. Most field stops are complete in minutes. How difficult is it to cooperate for that long?

Note now nicely this dovetails with Dutta's first point. First, Dutta gets to decide what is dangerous and what he can order you to cease doing. Because gas bombs! Second, if you keep doing it, that's a tasing. Or a beating. Or a shooting.

Dutta's message is this: a cop can always tell you what to do, and you have to take it, or else. (The "else" is violence.)

We have a justice system in which you are presumed innocent; if a cop can do his or her job unmolested, that system can run its course. Later, you can ask for a supervisor, lodge a complaint or contact civil rights organizations if you believe your rights were violated. Feel free to sue the police! Just don’t challenge a cop during a stop.

This is either blissfully naive or breathtakingly dishonest. Do we have a justice system? By name, yes. Is it effective in deterring cops from abusing citizens or punishing them when they do? No. If you go and ask that supervisor to lodge a complaint, better have a lawyer's phone number, because you may get threatened and harassed. If you hope the cop will be charged criminally for misbehavior, you're going to be waiting a very long time for no result. When it comes to breaking the law, the system treats you one way and cops another.

But Dutta's rationales are mere window dressing. His core message is this:

Even though it might sound harsh and impolitic, here is the bottom line: if you don’t want to get shot, tased, pepper-sprayed, struck with a baton or thrown to the ground, just do what I tell you.

The outrageous thing is not that he says it. The outrageous thing is that we accept it.

Would we accept "if you don't want to get shot, just do what the EPA regulator tells you"? Would we yield to "if you don't want your kid tased, do what the Deputy Superintendent of Education tells you"? Would we accept "if you don't want to get tear gassed, just do what your Congressman tells you?" No. Our culture of individualism and liberty would not permit it. Yet somehow, through generations of law-and-order rhetoric and near-deification of law enforcement, we have convinced ourselves that cops are different, and that it is perfectly acceptable for them to be able to order us about, at their discretion, on pain of violence.

It's not acceptable. It is servile and grotesque.

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17 Aug 07:24

Norwegian atheist's velicoraptor trike

by Cory Doctorow

This guy is probably an asshole but man I want a dino bike.

Norwegian artist Markus Moestue pedalled it around the countryside to protest "the dogmatic religious education of children."

Crossing the Bible Belt [Markus Moestue]

(via JWZ)