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03 May 17:49

There's a new Hyperbole and a Half book coming!

by Cory Doctorow


In 2014, Allie Brosh's outstanding, hilarious, and gut-wrenching webcomic Hyperbole and a Half made the jump to print with an incredible book (review); now Simon and Schuster have announced a followup, Solutions and Other Problems, to be published next October -- I just pre-ordered my copy! (via Wil Wheaton) (more…)

03 May 14:39

TSA lines grow to 3 hours, snake outside the terminals, with no end in sight

by Cory Doctorow

TSA: still not useful


The TSA gambled on millions of wealthy Americans opting out of its pornoscanner-and-shoe-removal process and signing up for its Precheck policy, which allows travellers to pay for the "privilege" of walking through a metal-detector with their shoes on, while their laptops stay in their bags. (more…)

27 Apr 17:53

FBI admits to giving flawed testimony for decades

by Mark Frauenfelder


An "elite FBI forensic unit" admitted that for two decades, nearly every examiner "gave flawed testimony" (aka lied) about hair sample evidence in criminal trials. And geepers, they sure feel bad about all those people who were executed in prison because of it.

Washington Post:

Of 28 examiners with the FBI Laboratory’s microscopic hair comparison unit, 26 overstated forensic matches in ways that favored prosecutors in more than 95 percent of the 268 trials reviewed so far, according to the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) and the Innocence Project, which are assisting the government with the country’s largest post-conviction review of questioned forensic evidence.

The cases include those of 32 defendants sentenced to death. Of those, 14 have been executed or died in prison, the groups said under an agreement with the government to release results after the review of the first 200 convictions.

University of Virginia law professor Brandon L. Garrett said the results reveal a “mass disaster” inside the criminal justice system.

Remember this the next time the FBI asks for an encryption backdoor and promises not to abuse it.

Katherine Welles /

27 Apr 02:03

Lawsuit: Off-Duty Cop Working Wal-Mart Security Accuses Man of Stealing Tomato, Beats Him, Breaks His Leg

by Xeni Jardin

Keep it classy, Atlanta.


An innocent man was minding his own business one day in 2014, walking out of an Atlanta Wal-Mart with a tomato he'd just bought. An off-duty Atlanta police officer who moonlit doing security at Wal-Mart on the side accused the man of stealing the tomato on his way out of the store, and beats the man so severely that he breaks his leg and severs his artery. More than $75,000 in medical expenses later, the victim now walks with a titanium rod in his leg, with a limp.


02 May 17:17

The Best-Ever Real World Batmobile Comes From An Ex-Koenigsegg Engineer

by Jason Torchinsky

Caresto is a Swedish company that specializes in automotive design, development, and building prototype cars. If you could do all those things, and you told me you wouldn’t at least want to try building a Batmobile , I’d have trouble believing you, especially now that Caresto has built what may be the most amazing actual, drive-able Batmobile ever.


28 Apr 15:40

Mad Scientist Builds Fully Functional Hoverbike

by Andrew Liszewski on Gizmodo, shared by Michael Ballaban to Jalopnik


Because a thermite-blasting cannon isn’t crazy enough, Colin Furze used a pair of motors and propellers designed for parasailing to build himself a fully functional flying hoverbike. It’s easily one of the mad scientist’s most dangerous builds to date, but seeing how maneuverable it is almost makes us want to build one too.


27 Apr 16:54

Here's How To Land A Helicopter Without Using The Engine

by David Tracy

QUICK! You’re flying shotgun in a helicopter, and the engine goes out. Also, the pilot you hired for the day is dead, for some reason. Don’t worry about why. Doesn’t matter. You need to land the helicopter, now. Stop praying and watch this video.


26 Apr 21:41

The Rotary Engine Sucks

by Freddy "Tavarish" Hernandez on The Garage, shared by Patrick George to Jalopnik

Every time a new Mazda model is announced, a certain number of unwashed yokels always seem to mention that the car would be hella better if only they used the Wankel rotary. News flash: the rotary is a garbage engine.


27 Apr 14:05

Koenigsegg's Exotic Engine Technology Might End Up In Chinese Family Cars

by Máté Petrány

I would like to understand camless engine tech

Qoros, the maker of cheap sedans and cheap SUVs Europeans can’t really buy just yet , likes Christian von Koenigsegg’s camless engine technology so much that they put it in one of their concepts. It’s supposed improve fuel economy, lower emissions, and save weight, all at the same time. In other words, it’s supposed to change the car world.


02 May 05:15

Monday, May 02, 2016


Airlines, take note.

Pearls Before Swine by Stephan Pastis for May 02, 2016
02 May 04:00


by Jennie Breeden
29 Apr 04:00


(1) That shopping cart is full of AirHeads, and (2) I died at 41 from what the AirHeads company spokesperson called 'probably natural causes.'
29 Apr 18:30

dictionnaire-infernal: Memento Mori watch owned by Mary, Queen...


Memento Mori watch owned by Mary, Queen of Scots. 16th century. Engraved along the base of the skull is a verse from Horace: “Pale death visits with impartial foot the cottages of the poor and the castles of the rich.“ 

24 Apr 07:00

Little Owl Uses Mushroom as Umbrella

by John Farrier

This is Poldi, a pet owl. He's just one and a half years old.

Poldi lives with Tanya Brandt, a photographer. Recently, when Poldi and Brandt went out together, it started to train. Poldi sought shelter under a mushroom. The resulting photo is like something out of a fantasy movie!

You can see more photos of Poldi at play at Bored Panda.

-via My Modern Met

22 Apr 17:00

Compassionate Judge Sentences Veteran to 24 Hours in Jail, Then Joins Him behind Bars

by John Farrier

(Photos: Fayetteville Observer)

Sgt. Joseph Serna of the US Army Special Forces served 3 combat tours in Afghanistan. He had a very rough time there, experiencing the full horrors of war.

When Serna got out of the Army, he took those horrors with him.

Serna was arrested and charged with driving under the influence in Fayetteville, North Carolina. He got probation and entered a treatment program. He had to regularly report to the court on his treatment. During one of those court appearances, he confessed to Judge Lou Olivera that he had lied about a recent urine test.

Judge Olivera was himself a veteran, having served during the Gulf War. He understood that though Serna had broken the law, he was not a criminal by nature.

But he had to do his duty, so Judge Olivera sentenced Serna to spent 24 hours in jail. Then he took off his robe and joined Serna in his cell for the full 24 hours. The Fayetteville Observer reports:

"Where are we going, judge?" Serna asked.

"We're going to turn ourselves in," Olivera said.

"He said he was going to stay with me," Serna said. "I couldn't process a judge being my cellmate.

"They take me to the cell, and I'm sitting on my bunk. And, then, in walks the judge.

And then the two veterans talked:

Mostly, from five in the afternoon on April 13 until 6:30 a.m. the next day, the judge and the veteran talked about their respective military service, Serna's post-traumatic stress disorder from three tours of duty in Afghanistan and how the inmate could turn around his downward spiral that had resulted in a driving-while-impaired charge and other serious traffic offenses. […]

"We talked for hours about our families and our military service," Olivera says. "Our dreams for us and our families, and the road to take us there."

The judge wanted to help Serna climb out of the hole:

"I thought about a story that I once read," Olivera says. "It talked about a soldier with PTSD in a hole," he says. "A family member, a therapist and a friend all throw down a rope to help the veteran suffering. Finally, a fellow veteran climbs into the hole with him.

"The soldier suffering with PTSD asks, 'Why are you down here?' The fellow veteran replied, 'I am here to climb out with you.'

-via Glenn Reynolds

22 Apr 16:30

Here's How To Turn A Boring-Ass Mazda Miata Into A Supercar Killer

by Freddy "Tavarish" Hernandez on The Garage, shared by Stef Schrader to Jalopnik

Exocet Sport frame (shown) is $8300

The term “fast car” is extremely subjective. While it can mean anything that chirps second gear to anyone with VTEC stickers on their fenders, it usually means face-melting acceleration and neck-snapping G-forces on unassuming off ramps. Simply put, a fast car is whatever can kick your ass without a second thought. Here’s how to make a fun-spec Miata into a bona fide ass-kicking machine.


25 Apr 18:12

EFF to FDA: the DMCA turns medical implants into time-bombs

by Cory Doctorow


The Electronic Frontier Foundation just filed comments with the FDA in its embedded device cybersecurity docket, warning the agency that manufacturers have abused the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, threatening security researchers with lawsuits if they came forward with embarrassing news about defects in the manufacturers' products. (more…)

25 Apr 05:40

Monday, April 25, 2016

Pearls Before Swine by Stephan Pastis for April 25, 2016
25 Apr 04:47


by Jennie Breeden

We buy our white overalls and speed suits at a store called the Internet.

I don’t know if that Double Clicks Dinosaure shirt actually exhists. But they have Cats.

25 Apr 04:00

Women on 20s

I get that there are security reasons for the schedule, but this is like the ONE problem we have where the right answer is both easy and straightforward. If we can't figure it out, maybe we should just give up and just replace all the portraits on the bills with that weird pyramid eye thing.
21 Apr 01:50

Turn Any Normal Jeep Into A Truly Unstoppable Off-Roader In 15 Minutes

by Andrew P Collins on Truck Yeah, shared by Justin Westbrook to Jalopnik


Don’t waste your time ruining your SUV’s on-road dynamics by perverting the air suspension into some kind of lift. Heck why even bother with knobby tires when you can just drive right on to a set of treads?


21 Apr 12:15

Why is Congress so clueless about tech? Because they fired all their experts 20 years ago

by Cory Doctorow



It's been 21 years since the Republican Congress zeroed out the $20M budget of the Office of Technology Assessment, a casualty of Newt Gingrich's "Contract With America" that deprived Congress of its principal source of technological expertise. (more…)

19 Apr 19:28

Powerful photographic portraits of Veterans For Bernie Sanders

by Xeni Jardin


My photographer friend Clayton Cubitt, whom I met here in the Boing Boing comments a decade ago, did an amazing project to support the campaign of U.S. presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.


18 Apr 18:19

Vintage hairdryer in the form of a handgun

by David Pescovitz


In the 1980s, Jerdon sold this, er, clever 357 Magnum Hair Dryer complete with holster. They can be had on eBay for around $100 to $300. YouTuber Rachell Tan gleefully demonstrates in the video below.



(Thanks, Michael-Anne Rauback!)

18 Apr 13:40

It's time to stop the Powerpuff Girls

by Rob Beschizza

Johnny Scuz combined two awful things: the new PowerPuff Girls cartoon and the "it's time to stop" meme. If you want a picture of the future, Winston, imagine beloved things being drowned in irony, lame topicality and imitation of things young people don't even do anymore, forever.

18 Apr 00:37

A look back at the D&D moral panic

by Cory Doctorow

animation (1)

Retro Report did a short feature on the moral panics about D&D in the 1980s. It's a fun, 13 minute look back at the moment when D&D totally changed a bunch of kids' lives, only to be vilified and literally demonized by opportunistic members of the religious right. (more…)

15 Apr 14:15

Trees Are Even More Amazing Than We Realized

by Maddie Stone on Gizmodo, shared by Adam Clark Estes to io9

Trees, is there anything they can’t do? Doubtful. Let’s see: producing half the world’s oxygen, providing habitat for millions of species, creating the soil and timber resources we depend on. Not bad. But all that’s just scratching the surface. As new research shows, there’s a lot more going on beneath the forest floor than we realized.


15 Apr 12:54

Upgrade Six Light Fixtures to LED For Just $18, Courtesy of Amazon

by Shep McAllister on Deals, shared by Shep McAllister to Jalopnik

If you’re ready to take the plunge into LED lighting, this 6-pack of higly-rated TCP daylight bulbs is down to just $18 on Amazon right now, one of the best per-bulb prices we’ve ever seen. They aren’t dimmable, so you won’t want to put them in certain fixtures, but it’s a great bulk pack for filling out ceiling lights and lamps throughout your house.


15 Apr 05:00

Comic for 2016.04.15

New Cyanide and Happiness Comic
14 Apr 15:54

Pizza box unfolds into a weed pipe

by Mark Frauenfelder


This pizza box is cleverly designed to let you make a weed pipe before you eat the pizza. The little "pizza saver" that keeps the box top from smushing onto the pizza is made from ceramic, and serves as the pipe's bowl.