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 2017-01-23 18:43 

Slashdot

China Cracks Down On International VPN Usage... +

An anonymous reader writes: China's government has announced a 14-month crackdown on the use of unauthorised Virtual Private Networks (VPNs), commonly used by visitors and native activists, amongst others, to communicate with the world beyond the Grea...

 2017-01-23 18:30 

Fark

Fark NotNewsletter: The week that spawned a thousand memes [FarkBlog]... +

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 2017-01-23 18:20 

Fark

Japanese airplane will be stuck on the tarmac for another two years, narrowly missing the record set by American Airlines [Awkward]... +

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 2017-01-23 18:12 

Slashdot

When Their Shifts End, Uber Drivers Set Up Camp in Parking Lots Across the US... +

A feature report on Bloomberg today illustrates the lives of several Uber drivers, who find shelter in car parking at nights when it's too pricey and tiring to go home. An excerpt from the story: In Chicago, Walter Laquian Howard sleeps most nights at...

 2017-01-23 17:50 

Boing Boing

Hail Eris... +

A young Discordian makes her point at the Women's March....

 2017-01-23 17:50 

Fark

Hong Kong's top politician leaves government to live as a civilian, drives back to her former residence in the middle of the night because her new place didn't come with toilet paper and she didn't kn... +

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 2017-01-23 17:39 

reddit

Aetna’s $37 Billion Humana Takeover Blocked by Judge... +
 2017-01-23 17:32 

Boing Boing

Western Union fined $586 million for colluding with organized crime... +

Image: David Weekly/Flickr Western Union admitted it behaved criminally through its "willful failure to maintain an effective anti-money laundering program and aiding and abetting wire fraud," reports Forbes. They've agreed to pay a $586 million fine. ...

 2017-01-23 17:25 

Slashdot

Oracle Lays Off More Than 1,000 Employees... +

An anonymous reader writes: According to the Mercury News, Oracle is laying off approximately 450 employees in its Santa Clara hardware systems division. Reports at The Layoff, a discussion board for technology business firings, claim about 1,800 employee...

 2017-01-23 17:20 

Fark

What scientists discovered underneath this Mexican pyramid. Spoiler: ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn [Interesting]... +

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 2017-01-23 17:19 

Boing Boing

Creepy and odd, you'll love Vladimir Sorokin's 'The Blizzard'... +

A Russian district doctor must deliver the anti-zombie vaccine to a rural town, or it's inhabitants will suffer. A short ride and simple mission become an existential nightmare as The Blizzard blocks his path. (more…)...

 2017-01-23 17:08 

Boing Boing

Journalists should stop interviewing Kellyanne Conway... +

I love this idea - the media should stop interviewing Trump spokesperson Kellyanne Conway. Almost nothing she says is true or useful. It's entertaining on some level, but it's easier to find better entertainment elsewhere. “The logic is, this is a repres...

 2017-01-23 17:00 

reddit

Trump sued over foreign government payments to his firms... +
 2017-01-23 16:55 

reddit

Trump executive order pulls out of TPP trade deal... +
 2017-01-23 16:53 

Slashdot

Android Device's Pattern Lock Can Be Cracked Within Five Attempts, Researchers Show... +

The popular Pattern Lock system used to secure millions of Android phones can be cracked within just five attempts -- and more complicated patterns are the easiest to crack, security experts reveal. From a research paper: Pattern Lock is a security measur...

 2017-01-23 16:53 

reddit

Three men arrested in Sweden after Facebook Live 'gang-rape'... +
 2017-01-23 16:50 

Fark

If you really want to make someone happy today you can pay it forward, give someone an alarm clock, or start a flash mob at a hospital [Unlikely]... +

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 2017-01-23 16:35 

Fark

Title of Star Wars Episode VIII revealed. But which is it, the master, or the apprentice? [Spiffy]... +

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 2017-01-23 16:20 

Fark

It's an elephant fighting a tortoise. And who wins might just suprise yo ... nope, no surprises there [Fail]... +

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 2017-01-23 16:05 

Slashdot

More People Than Ever Are Using DuckDuckGo; Site Says It Observed 14M Searches in One Day This Month... +

An anonymous reader shares a BetaNews article: A lot of people are more privacy aware than they have been in the past, and are wary of entrusting everything they search for to Google. That's where privacy-focused sites like DuckDuckGo come in. Its gro...

 2017-01-23 16:03 

reddit

Robber shoots Good Samaritan, so man with concealed carry license shoots robber... +
 2017-01-23 15:50 

Fark

Apparently according to science, you're probably showering far, far too much and need to have more pong [Weird]... +

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 2017-01-23 15:35 

Boing Boing

The bizarre story of Trump’s plagiarized inauguration cake... +

It all started when baker Duff Goldman of Ace Of Cakes fame tweeted out this photo: https://twitter.com/Duff_Goldman/status/822675780341641216 As Goldman points out, Donald Trump's inauguration cake looks suspiciously like the one he made for Barack Oba...

 2017-01-23 15:34 

Slashdot

Every Upcoming Chromebook Will Run Android Apps... +

Google announced last year that it will be bringing Android apps to Chromebooks. The company has now announced that moving forward all the new Chromebooks will have access to the Google Play Store, the marquee store for Android apps. From a report: The ne...

 2017-01-23 15:24 

reddit

Indiana state senator deletes 'fat women' meme about Women's March... +
 2017-01-23 15:20 

Fark

And the moral of the story is: never believe a fortune teller, especially when they tell you to become a prostitute [Dumbass]... +

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 2017-01-23 15:10 

Boing Boing

Help this half-onion in a plastic bag beat Trump's Twitter-follower count... +

@Halfanonioninabag has one goal in life: to exceed Trump's follower-count, proving that such numbers are a plebiscite on precisely nothing. (more…)...

 2017-01-23 15:06 

Boing Boing

Facebook CSO Alex Stamos is a human warrant-canary for the Trump era... +

Even before he took the job of Chief Security Officer of Yahoo, Alex Stamos had a reputation for being a badass: a thoughtful security ethicist who served as an expert witness in defense of Aaron Swartz, Stamos cemented his reputation by publicly humiliat...

 2017-01-23 14:50 

Boing Boing

Why connecting to wifi is such a pain in the phone... +

A group of computer scientists from Tsinghua University, Tencent and Tsinghua National Laboratory for Information Science and Technology have posted a first-of-its-kind paper to Arxiv, analyzing the problems that make connecting to wifi networks so aching...

 2017-01-23 14:50 

Fark

It has been zero days since the last kangaroo attack. It is always zero days since the last kangaroo attack [Scary]... +

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 2017-01-23 14:47 

Slashdot

Sprint Purchases 33 Percent Stake in Tidal For $200 Million... +

Sprint has acquired a 33 percent stake in Jay Z's music streaming service Tidal, the two companies announced today. From a report: A source familiar with the matter tells Billboard that the purchase was for $200 million and that Jay and each of the co...

 2017-01-23 14:44 

Boing Boing

Last chance to get this award-winning software for writers... +

You know as well as I that writing complex, long-long form text requires significant organization. You're probably also well aware that Word just isn’t up to the task. That's why I'm a huge fan of Scrivener, the software suite used by best-selling authors...

 2017-01-23 14:38 

Boing Boing

Robot-proof your kids by teaching them to perform "unpredictable" jobs... +

Flipboard asserts that after studying 30 professions, they've concluded that the occupations that are most resistant to roboticization are those that are "unpredictable" -- CEOs, school psychologists, economists, allergists, immunologists, and environment...

 2017-01-23 14:29 

reddit

Authorities are investigating how a woman with phony medical credentials ended up giving physicals last year at a Philadelphia public high school.... +
 2017-01-23 14:28 

reddit

Flint emergency manager told Congress he never met or talked to Gov. Snyder... +
 2017-01-23 14:23 

reddit

The ex-wife of a Pittsburgh homeowner fatally shot by police responding to a burglary call says officers "shot the wrong guy."... +
 2017-01-23 14:20 

Boing Boing

Graffiti grammar cops prowl the night, spraypainting corrections... +

Agent X and Agent Full Stop are a pair of graffiti activists who call themselves Acción Ortográfica Quito: they sneak around the streets of Quito, Ecuador with cans of red spray-paint, correcting the punctuation, grammar and spelling of the city's prolifi...

 2017-01-23 14:20 

Fark

Lawmaker bills Alaska $20,000 to ship a washer and a dryer, a piano, four air compressors, building supplies, enlarger parts, a band saw, a basketball backboard, lawn chairs, four weight benches, thre... +

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 2017-01-23 14:18 

reddit

Teenager stole cats from animal sanctuary to use as 'live bait' for his dogs to hunt and kill... +
 2017-01-23 14:15 

reddit

New jail records show how rape victim was treated while behind bars... +
 2017-01-23 14:15 

Slashdot

Samsung Answers Burning Note 7 Questions, Vows Better Batteries... +

From a report on CNET: During a press conference Sunday, Samsung said two separate battery defects caused both the original batch of Galaxy Note 7 phones and the replacement units to overheat. The first battery, it said, suffered from a design flaw. The b...

 2017-01-23 14:14 

Boing Boing

Three states considering "right to repair" laws that would decriminalize fixing your stuff... +

Section 1201 of the 1998 Digital Millennium Copyright Act makes it both a crime and a civil offense to tamper with software locks that control access to copyrighted works -- more commonly known as "Digital Rights Management" or DRM. As the number of produ...

 2017-01-23 14:06 

Boing Boing

How to roll dice in space... +

The microgravity of space would really put a damper on your dice games. You roll them and they don't land. The 3D Printing Professor has a fun solution. Space Dice (via Adafruit)...

 2017-01-23 14:03 

Boing Boing

Stephen Wolfram teched the tech for Arrival... +

Mathematician Stephen Wolfram and his company do a lot of consulting for Hollywood. But he doesn't often do it on an urgent basis because a movie is about to shoot and they neglected to "tech the tech." When I first started looking at the script for [Ar...

 2017-01-23 14:00 

Fark

Photoshop this low muff [Photoshop]... +

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 2017-01-23 13:56 

Boing Boing

Mousetrap vs. hot dog... +

If you ever doubted the ability of a simple mousetrap to rid your household of pesky hot dogs... (via Cliff Pickover)...

 2017-01-23 13:53 

Slashdot

cnet.com... +

The company opens up about the source of one of history's worst tech product recalls....

 2017-01-23 13:50 

Fark

Cops shoot dead homeowner while investigating a break-in, presumably to make sure the corpse didn't come back as a zombie [Interesting]... +

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 2017-01-23 13:45 

Boing Boing

1000-year old windmills still in use... +

Nashtifan, Iran, is home to some of the oldest windmills in the world. Ali Muhammad Etebari, the last custodian of the mills, laments that he cannot find an apprentice. (more…)...

 2017-01-23 13:35 

Boing Boing

Supergirl actress Melissa Benoist brought the best sign to Saturday’s Women’s March... +

Opening up Instagram to this photo while arriving at the Women’s March on Chicago was easily one of the best parts of my weekend. Melissa Benoist plays Kara Zor-El a.k.a. Supergirl on The CW series, and it’s really cool to see her modeling the show’s fema...

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