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04 Feb 17:20

Why Are So Many Newborns Still Being Denied Pain Relief?

by George Dvorsky on Gizmodo, shared by Mario Aguilar to io9

In 1985, a premature baby was born in Maryland who needed surgery to tie off a dangerous blood vessel near his heart. The newborn, Jeffrey, died weeks after the procedure. His family learned afterwards that none of the procedures had been performed with analgesics; the only drug administered was a muscle relaxant.


26 Jan 19:05

A Dancer Transforms Into a 3D-Printed Version of Herself in the New Chemical Brothers Video

by George Dvorsky

“Wide Open” is the latest music video from the British electronic duo The Chemical Brothers. In this Dom & Nic-directed video, dancer Sonoya Mizuno (who many of you will remember from Ex Machina) slowly morphs into a synthetic version of herself.


05 Feb 18:22

There's a secret "black site" in New York where terrorism suspects are tortured for years at a time

by Cory Doctorow


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…)

04 Feb 17:08

How to prepare to join the Internet of the dead

by Cory Doctorow


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…)

10 Feb 16:38

Georgia 'Pastafarian' Can Wear His Colander in Nevada

by Doug Gross
Christopher Avino, formerly of Snellville, had fought for the right to wear the cookware on his head in his driver's license photo.
08 Feb 18:03

Happy Chinese new year! / Kung hei fat choy! / Gong xi fa cai!

by Joey deVilla

happy chinese new year 2016

Click to see the image at full size.

Hope you’re starting your new year like a boss!

For more New Year’s graphic merriment, see this accidentally dirty poster.

07 Feb 16:03

Swincar Electric AWD Pendulum Suspension ATV

by Paul Crowe
You have to see the Swincar in action to appreciate what we're dealing with here, it's sort of a spider suspension ATV, ... sort of. It has pendulum suspension, which means the main body swings within the wheels. Traveling across a slope the body remains vertical while the wheels adapt to the hill. Turning rapidly, […]
04 Feb 03:14

Lawfare thinks it can redefine π, and backdoors

by (Robert Graham)
There is gulf between how people believe law to work (from watching TV shows like Law and Order) and how law actually works. You lawyer people know what I'm talking about. It's laughable.

The same is true of cyber: there's a gulf between how people think it works and how it actually works.

This Lawfare blogpost thinks it's come up with a clever method to get their way in the crypto-backdoor debate, by making carriers like AT&T responsible only for the what ("deliver interpretable signal in response to lawful wiretap order") without defining the how (crypto backdoors, etc.). This pressure would come in the form of removing current liability protections they now enjoy for not being responsible for what customers transmit across their network. Or as the post paraphrases the proposal:
Don’t expect us to protect you from liability for third-party conduct if you actively design your systems to frustrate government efforts to monitor that third-party conduct.
The post is proud of its own smarts, as if they've figured out how to outwit mathematicians and redefine pi (π). But their solution is nonsense, based on a hopelessly naive understanding of how the Internet works. It appears all they know about the Internet is what they learned from watching CSI:Cyber.

The Internet is end-to-end. End-to-end is the technology shift that made the Internet happen, as compared to alternative directions cyberspace might have taken.

What that means is AT&T doesn't encrypt traffic. Apple's iPhone don't encrypt traffic. Instead, it's the app installed on the phone that does the encryption. Neither AT&T nor Apple can stop encryption from happening.

You think that because most people use iMessage or Snapchat, that all you have to do is turn the screws on them in order to force them to comply with backdoors. That won't work, because the bad guys will stop using those apps and install different encrypted apps, like Signal. You imagine that it's just a game of wack-a-mole, and eventually you'll pressure all apps into compliance. But Signal is open-source. If it disappeared tomorrow, I'd still have a copy of the source, which I can compile into my own app I'll call Xignal. I'll continue making encrypted phone calls with my own app. Even if no source existed today, I could write my own source within a couple months to do this. Indeed, writing an encrypted chat app is typical homework assignment colleges might assign computer science students. (You people still haven't come to grips with the fact that in cyberspace, we are living with the equivalent of physicists able to whip up a-bombs in their basements).

Running arbitrary software is a loose end that will defeat every solution you can come up with. It's math. The only way forward to fix the "going dark" problem is to ban software code. But that you can't do without destroying the economy and converting the country into a dystopic, Orwellian police state.

You think that those of us who oppose crypto backdoors are hippies with a knee-jerk rejection of any government technological mandate. That's not true. The populists at the EFF love technological mandates in their favor, such as NetNeutrality mandates, or bans on exporting viruses to evil regimes (though they've recently walked back on that one).

Instead, we reject this specific technological mandate, because we know cyber. We know it won't work. We can see that you'll never solve your "going dark" problem, but in trying to, you'll cause a constant erosion of both the economic utility of the Internet and our own civil liberties.

I apologize for the tone of this piece, saying you are stupid about cyber, but that's what it always comes down to. The author of that piece has impressive Washington D.C. think-tanky credentials, but misfires on the basic end-to-end problem. And all think-tanky pieces on this debate are going to happen the same way, because as soon as they bring technologists in to consult on the problem, their desired op-eds become stillborn before anybody sees them.

Note: I get the π analogy from a tweet by @quinnorton, I don't know who came up with analogy originally.
02 Feb 05:00


I searched my .bash_history for the line with the highest ratio of special characters to regular alphanumeric characters, and the winner was: cat out.txt | grep -o "[[(].*[])][^)]]*$" ... I have no memory of this and no idea what I was trying to do, but I sure hope it worked.
22 Jan 17:37

Fox Didn't Want to Pay Gillian Anderson the Same as Her Male Co-Star and That's Bullshit

by Katharine Trendacosta

Gillian Anderson has been pretty public about her fight to get paid the same amount as David Duchovny for her work on The X-Files. She’s clearly a badass. To Fox, though, I have to say: Are you fucking kidding me?


27 Jan 19:43

Man gasps dying words into officer's bodycam: "They're killing me right now... I can't breathe."

by Cory Doctorow


In 2013, Ana Biocini called the Oakland police because she'd heard a noise and thought there might be an intruder in the house. When the police arrived, they handcuffed her brother, Hernan Jaramillo, "without any lawful reason or justification," dragged him 20 feet down the sidewalk, threw him facedown into the ground, and three officers knelt on him while he begged for breath. The 51 year old man died at the scene.


27 Jan 17:20

Metachaos: stunning, grotesque short about "the most tragic aspects of the human nature"

by Cory Doctorow
animation (1)

Filmmaker Alessandro Bavari's 2010 short "METACHAOS" is a gorgeous and surreal film about "the most tragic aspects of the human nature and of its motion, such as war, madness, social change and hate." (more…)

26 Jan 22:28

Teller explains how performance and discomfort make education come alive

by Mark Frauenfelder


The trend of making schools "safe places" to protect students from feeling uncomfortable is a bad idea, says Teller, the silent member of the magic comedy duo Penn and Teller, and a former schoolteacher. Here's a snip from an essay in The Atlantic:

And if Shakespeare (or Catullus or Vergil) makes students uncomfortable? That’s a good thing, Teller said. Learning, like magic, should make people uncomfortable, because neither are passive acts. Elaborating on the analogy, he continued, “Magic doesn’t wash over you like a gentle, reassuring lullaby. In magic, what you see comes into conflict with what you know, and that discomfort creates a kind of energy and a spark that is extremely exciting. That level of participation that magic brings from you by making you uncomfortable is a very good thing.”

As we were on the subject of discomfort I asked Teller what he thinks of schools’ efforts to protect students from discomfort as they learn through censoring teachers’ content and requirements for trigger warnings. For the first time in our conversation, Teller illustrated the power of his trademark silence, and the line went quiet.

Just as I’d begun to think we’d been disconnected, he replied,

“When I go outside at night and look up at the stars, the feeling that I get is not comfort. The feeling that I get is a kind of delicious discomfort at knowing that there is so much out there that I do not understand and the joy in recognizing that there is enormous mystery, which is not a comfortable thing. This, I think, is the principal gift of education.”

26 Jan 22:27

Ben and Jerry's Bernie Yearning flavor exists -- sorta

by Cory Doctorow


Earlier this month, Ben "and Jerry's" Cohen spitballed with an MSNBC reporter about his idea for a Bernie Sanders ice-cream flavor: "Bernie's Yearning," a pint of mint with a disk of solid chocolate on the top, representing the fortunes of the 1%. Before you eat it, you use a spoon to smash the wealth and distribute it evenly through the pint. (more…)

26 Jan 20:32

To do in LA: '30/90,' photo essays by Star Foreman, Jan. 29

by Jason Weisberger


One of our favorite photographers, Star Foreman, recently engaged on a mission to conduct 30 photo essay in 90 days. With that many different shoots to imagine and arrange, Star never ran out of ideas. Amazing portraits of some familiar faces, and fantasy scenes from a life clearly spent in and around Hollywood, Star's work is visually, and painstakingly, beautiful.


Star worked in partnership with the Ricardo Montalbán Foundation and had the opportunity to show me around the amazing Montalbán theater, where her gallery show will be held. Star also had full use of the space as her studio, and many of her essays are fantastic explorations of costume, set and light. She has mermaids in urban settings, princesses in sports cars, and marionettes!


The 30/90 is a passion project, financed through crowd sharing, where Star Foreman in partnership with the Ricardo Montalbán Foundation, completed 30 photo essays in 90 days. There are mermaids, princesses, ballerinas, bellydancers and so much more in vibrant, campy tableaux. With 30 photo essays, 400 people, 30,000 images and only 90 days to complete shooting, The 30/90 gallery show and possible book will take people into the mind of Star Foreman who created a series of images unmatched in scope and time.

Star Foreman

Organizer of 30/90 Gallery Show

Named one of the top 200 photographers by Luerzer's Archive, Star Foreman is a fine art, editorial and fashion photographer in Los Angeles.

A contributing photographer for the LA and OC Weekly, Star's work has also graced the cover of the Village Voice, Pasadena Magazine, The Dallas Observer, and Tease and Cake magazine. Her work has been featured in The LA Times Sunday Edition, Frame Magazine, Los Angeles magazine, Backstage Magazine, LA Confidential, Adobe Masterclass, SF Weekly, Latino Leaders, and INStyle Australia.

Star received an honorable mention from the IPA awards (a division of the Lucies) in 2012 for her photo series of Dita Von Teese and was nominated in 2011 for a Los Angeles Press Club Award for her images of Flying Lotus. Two of her pieces are part of the permanent collection at the Riverside Art Museum.

Star holds a BA in photography from the Art Center College of Design.

The Gallery Show, hosted by The Montalban in Hollywood, CA will feature images from each photo essay, as well as wood prints, banners, and a no host bar!

Friday, January 29, 2016 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM (PST)

1615 Vine St - 1615 Vine Street Los Angeles, CA 90028


I'm looking forward to the opportunity to see these prints in person!

Tickets and more information here.





29 Jan 21:22

Breaking The Cross-Country Motorcycle Record Is Nuts, But Here's How This Guy Did It

by Sean MacDonald on Lanesplitter, shared by Patrick George to Jalopnik

Transcontinental speed runs mean glory for some, but I think they’re terrible ideas. They’re dangerous and expensive, and that’s before factoring in possible trouble with the law. That’s when they’re done with four wheels—to do one on two is ludicrous. But Carl Reese, no stranger to transcontinental records in his Tesla, just did that on a bike. Here’s how.


25 Jan 19:26

What is the difference between USA and USB?

by David Pescovitz


What is the difference between USA and USB?

One connects to all of your devices and accesses the data, the other is a hardware standard.

(via r/funny)

25 Jan 16:17

UK film censors forced to watch a 2-day long movie of paint drying

by Rob Beschizza


To protest the UK's antiquated film censorship regime, Charlie Lyne crowdfunded a movie of paint drying. Having raised £5963, Charlie was able to submit a 607 minute film, which the censors now have to sit through. Charlie's just done an "ask me anything" interview at Reddit, with some illuminating answers.

About a year ago, I went to a filmmaker open day held by the BBFC at their offices in Soho. I'd expected to see quite a lot of conflict between the BBFC examiners and the visiting filmmakers whose work was at the mercy of the board, but there was nothing like that. Most of the filmmakers — even those who'd had trouble with the BBFC in the past — seemed totally resigned to the censorship imposed by the board, even supportive of it. I think that shocked me into action.

Previously: Watching paint dry: epic crowfunded troll of the UK film censorship board

20 Jan 21:12

Tiny NanoDrone gets a camera

by Mark Frauenfelder

Our friends at TRNDlabs, who sponsored our Weekend of Wonder, have announced the new SKEYE Nano Drone with Camera.


28 Jan 17:47

Hipster Shaggy from the updated Scooby-Doo comic is PERFECT

by Joey deVilla

Take a gander at the updated-for-the-21st-century incarnation of the Scooby-Doo character “Shaggy”, pictured below on the left, and a real-life hipster, pictured below on the right:

shaggy vs hipster

He looks just like the guy I buy my artisanal fair trade cold-brew coffee from!

This is part of DC Comics’ revival of a number of classic Hanna-Barbera cartoons, which includes Scooby-Doo. Here’s a pic of the rebooted Scooby Gang in action:

dc scooby-doo

I’m sure a lot of Gen Xers will be crying foul at this development. I, however, don’t mind. There’s nothing wrong with updating a kids’ property like Scooby-Doo to make it relevant to today’s kids (who never knew a world without broadband internet and smartphones), as long as the underlying premise of Scooby-Doo remains intact:

scooby lesson

15 Jan 18:06

Does anyone at AT&T netops read Boing Boing?

by Cory Doctorow


If so, please contact me. You have been blocking my mail server for years, and have not responded to dozens of requests through this form. Thanks in advance.

22 Jan 06:00

Comic for 2016.01.22

New Cyanide and Happiness Comic
12 Jan 20:00

Goodwood Will Wake Up The Dead With Fire Breathing Edwardian Aero Race Cars 

by Máté Petrány

The 74th Goodwood Members’ Meeting starts in two month, and people like Mike Vardy will be racing there, driving a 1905 Fiat Isotta Fraschini with a WW1 airship engine producing 3,000 lb ft of torque for a top speed of 127mph.


11 Jan 20:48

Gold skull armchair

by Rob Beschizza


Not sure about Pesco's new throne. [HAROW via CBR]


08 Jan 14:28

Happy Birthday, Roy Batty

by Rob Beschizza


In this case, the cake was certainly a lie. [via]
13 Jan 19:27

“Vlad the inhaler” turns your asthma into BADASS-thma

by Joey deVilla

Inhaler done up to look like Vlad the Impaler.

“Piggy” from Lord of the Flies could’ve used one of these.

13 Jan 05:00


I make tools for managing job-hunting sites for people who make tools for managing job-hunting sites for people who make tools for ...
14 Jan 14:00

Watch People Try Heroin for the First Time!

Submitted by: (via Nuclear Family)

Tagged: heroin , drugs , parody , Video
11 Jan 17:47

Search Netflix using secret category codes

by David Pescovitz


Netflix Secret Categories enables you to search by code for categories like "Spy Action & Adventure," "Campy Movies," "Teen Dramas," "Satanic Stories," and "Alien Sci-Fi."

(via /r/InternetIsBeautiful)


11 Jan 08:43


by Jennie Breeden