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25 Jul 13:06

On Google campus, a dinosaur is forever in battle with hordes of flamingos

by Xeni Jardin


Making the rounds online this week, but without identifying information: these two photos of a T-Rex dinosaur beset upon by flamingos. Read the rest

24 Jul 07:00

Back pain: Acetaminophen no better than placebos

by Cory Doctorow


A large-scale, rigorous study published in the Lancet found that the go-to, front-line treatment for back pain was no better than a placebo. Read the rest

24 Jul 07:32

Leaked manual shows how US agencies put millions on "suspected terrorist" list

by Cory Doctorow

The 166 page "March 2013 Watchlisting Guidance" was jointly authored by 19 agencies, and has been released in full on The Intercept. Read the rest

23 Jul 00:00


22 Jul 07:21

EFF unveils secure, sharing-friendly, privacy-minded router OS

by Cory Doctorow

Extreme-Alpha so not ready for actual use. Shows promise, though.

As promised, the Open Wireless Movement's new sharing-friendly, privacy-minded router operating system was unveiled at HOPE X in New York last weekend. Read the rest

22 Jul 18:41

Mellow electronica video shows what happens in your computer when you go right ahead and just spill juice all over it

by Rob Beschizza
24 Jul 13:24

The Hoverbike Moves to Kickstarter - The new quadrotor version is available as a scaled down prototype

by Paul Crowe

Original article from: -

Original article from: - Do you remember Chris Malloy and his Hoverbike? It was just over three years ago when we wrote about his attempts to build a twin rotor, BMW powered flying motorcycle of sorts. The conversation following that article was quite entertaining, and I think you'll be happy to know, Chris is […]
20 Jul 07:48

US "suspected terrorist" database had 1.5M names added to it in past 5 years

by Cory Doctorow

The scale of the secret blacklist was revealed in a civil suit over the Terrorist Screening Database, and it shocked the judge. Read the rest

20 Jul 06:02


by Jennie Breeden
19 Jul 12:28

Baby blood samples stored for research without parent permission

by Maggie Koerth-Baker

If you had a baby in Indiana after 1991, chances are your child's blood and DNA samples are being stored by the state. Originally meant for research, no samples have been used because consent of parents was never obtained.

14 Jul 14:10

Watch This Bridge Get Imploded And Demolished In Seconds

by Raphael Orlove

Watch This Bridge Get Imploded And Demolished In Seconds

The fine people of Cleveland erected the 5,078-foot-long Innerbelt bridge back in 1959. And on Saturday they blew it up.


16 Jul 17:23

FCC Net Neutrality deadline extended to Friday

by Cory Doctorow
The FCC's site has been so hammered by comments from people angry about its plans to enact Cable Company Fuckery that many haven't been able to get through. Read the rest
10 Jul 18:18

​Honda Just Announced The Best First Motorcycle Ever

by Wes Siler on IndefinitelyWild, shared by Damon Lavrinc to Jalopnik

​Honda Just Announced The Best First Motorcycle Ever

Shopping for your very first motorcycle? Start here. The 2015 Honda CB300F promises to be fun to ride, affordable and incredibly cheap to run. It's the perfect learning tool for new riders.


15 Jul 10:59

Makerbot now on sale at Home Depot stores

by Cory Doctorow

Home Depot stores in California, New York and Illinois are now stocking Makerbot 3D printers in their aisles, with staff on-hand to demo 3D printing for a wide audience.

15 Jul 21:03

Comcast promises quick action against scapegoat

by Mark Frauenfelder

After this audio recording of an infuriatingly aggressive Comcast representative arguing with a customer went mega-viral, Comcast, which instructs its employees not to take no for an answer, is now throwing its representative under the bus because he refused to take no for an answer.

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14 Jul 13:24

Tesla's "car-as-service" versus your right to see your data

by Cory Doctorow

If you can't open it, it's not yours.

Espen got a parking ticket for his Tesla, and he's pretty sure he can exonerate himself, if only the company would give him access to his car's data, but they won't. Read the rest

10 Jul 13:59

Secret proposed UK snooping law published - DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT

by Cory Doctorow

The secret, emergency snooping law that the UK Tories plan on ramming through Parliament this week without debate has been published. It's bad, and the leadership of Labour and the Libdems are complicit in the plan to make it law. Read the rest

09 Jul 14:44

A Softer World

07 Jul 19:40

'Comedians In Cars Getting Cocaine' Is What Hollywood Is Really Like

by Patrick George

I feel like this is probably a more accurate representation of celebrity life in Los Angeles than Jerry Seinfeld's Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee is.


09 Jul 05:01

NSA and FBI spied on prominent Muslim American leaders

by Cory Doctorow

A newly disclosed Snowden leak reveals that the NSA targeted at least five prominent Muslim American leaders, including a former Republican Congressional nominee who served in GW Bush's Department of Homeland Security. Read the rest

08 Jul 19:13

Blade Runner production drawings

by David Pescovitz

The long out-of-print Blade Runner Sketchbook (1982) of beautiful production drawings is available for purchase for around $300 or free viewing here. Read the rest

02 Jul 19:18

Is My Car Recalled? Our Massive Chart Shows Every GM Recall This Year

by Jason Torchinsky

Is My Car Recalled? Our Massive Chart Shows Every GM Recall This Year

As we've been reporting on all these GM recalls , we realized that how difficult it is to really picture the sheer volume of what's going on. So far, there hasn't really been one good comprehensive place to see all the recalls at once, to get a feel of just how massive this whole thing is and explain what is recalled and why. Here it is.


07 Jul 20:59

Every campfire, ever.

by Matthew Inman
07 Jul 12:19

Google Maps' enduring security holes put businesses at risk

by Cory Doctorow

So true. GMaps is full of bad data.

It's been more than a year since a series of high-profile articles demonstrated that Google Maps' crowdsourcing function can be used create new listings, alter existing business listings, and even create fake Secret Service offices that real-life cops end up calling. Read the rest

04 Jul 13:31

Own your crypto-extremism with the Torrorist tee

by Cory Doctorow

Celebrate yesterday's news that the NSA classes all Tor users as "extremists" and targets them for indefinite, deep surveillance...with fashion! (more…)

03 Jul 01:24

Chinese factory 3D prints 10 houses' worth of slabs in one day

by Cory Doctorow

A Chinese R&D shop has 3D printed 10 buildings' worth of prefab slabs using enormous fused deposition modelling printers that extrude concrete. Read the rest

03 Jul 14:00

If you read Boing Boing, the NSA considers you a target for deep surveillance

by Cory Doctorow
The NSA says it only banks the communications of "targeted" individuals. Guess what? If you read Boing Boing, you've been targeted. Cory Doctorow digs into Xkeyscore and the NSA's deep packet inspection rules. Read the rest
27 Jun 06:07

​Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Motorcycle Safety Gear

by Wes Siler on IndefinitelyWild, shared by Travis Okulski to Jalopnik

​Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Motorcycle Safety Gear

Capable of keeping you dry when it's wet, cool when it's hot, warm when it's cold and alive in a crash, motorcycle safety gear is the most advanced apparel this side of a space suit.


02 Jul 07:03

People’s Court

by jon


If corporations are people, then so are dogs, staplers, packaged foods and the color red. Why not? Haven’t trees earned the vote?

Buy something from the SFAM store, won’t you? You won’t regret it much.


01 Jul 13:37

Georgia 'Slow Poke' Law Goes Into Effect

by Beth Lawton

GTFO of my lane

Georgia's HB 459 may help decrease traffic jams. (Patch file photo)
The law is meant to reduce road rage and tailgating while improving traffic flow.