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 2017-09-21 18:20 

Fark

Not going to work during a hurricane? That's a legal firing in a right-to-work state [Florida]... +

[12 comments]...

 2017-09-21 18:07 

Boing Boing

First ever "Sand Hostel" pops up on Australia's Gold Coast... +

Low-budget as well as adventurous travelers just got to spend a few sandy nights at the world’s first sand hostel on Australia’s Gold Coast. The three-day event featured a hostel designed by Mad Max: Fury Road production designer Jon Dowding, according ...

 2017-09-21 18:07 

Fark

Death Wish Coffee recalled because the product might actually be true to its name [Scary]... +

[23 comments]...

 2017-09-21 18:05 

Slashdot

Judge Kills FTC Lawsuit Against D-Link for Flimsy Security... +

Earlier this year, the Federal Trade Commission filed a complaint against network equipment vendor D-Link saying inadequate security in the company's wireless routers and internet cameras left consumers open to hackers and privacy violations. The FTC, in ...

 2017-09-21 18:01 

reddit

For the first time, the Marine Corps expects to have a female infantry officer among its ranks... +
 2017-09-21 17:54 

reddit

Prosecutors say Texas lawmaker spent $51K on online psychic... +
 2017-09-21 17:47 

Boing Boing

Timelapse of Lego's largest kit construction... +

Lego's new Star Wars Millennium Falcon set is the largest model kit the company has ever sold. It contains 7,500 pieces and retails from Lego.com for $800. It's sold out for now though, but you can get one from a scalper on Amazon for $1,800. Or you can w...

 2017-09-21 17:37 

Fark

Five things Virginia schools taught about slavery and the Civil War during the Confederate monuments boom. Yes, it's pretty much what you expect [Murica]... +

[43 comments]...

 2017-09-21 17:31 

Boing Boing

North Korea racks up $156,000 in unpaid NYC parking tickets... +

Even North Korea has trouble with parking in New York City. Diplomatic representatives of the DPRK have accumulated around 1,300 unpaid city parking tickets since the 1990s, according to a WNBC investigation. A North Korean diplomat denies the $156,000 ...

 2017-09-21 17:30 

Boing Boing

Boring, complex and important: the deadly mix that blew up the open web... +

On Monday, the World Wide Web Consortium published EME, a standard for locking up video on the web with DRM, allowing large corporate members to proceed without taking any steps to protect accessibility work, security research, archiving or innovation. (...

 2017-09-21 17:25 

Slashdot

Bitcoin Futures-Based ETF Likely To Be Approved in the US... +

The race is on: who will be the first to launch a Bitcoin exchange-traded fund in the United States? From a report, shared by a reader: In Europe, there is already a Bitcoin exchange traded note (ETN) available to investors. In the U.S., it is widely anti...

 2017-09-21 17:22 

reddit

Two Muskogee women get 20 years in severe beating of 5-year-old boy... +
 2017-09-21 17:17 

Boing Boing

There's a Black Mirror book coming, and I'm gonna help write it... +

This morning, Black Mirror creator Charlie Brooker and Random Penguin announced that he's editing a series of anthologies of Black Mirror novellas; I'm writing one of the three stories for the first volume, along with Claire North, and Sylvain Neuvel. I'm...

 2017-09-21 17:14 

Boing Boing

South Dakota state rep fired from job after posting "All Lives Splatter" meme... +

South Dakota Rep. Lynne DiSanto, the GOP's majority whip in the state house, is baffled as to why anyone would think her Facebook post of a meme showing a car running over protesters with the banner "All Lives Splatter" meant that she condoned running ove...

 2017-09-21 17:08 

Boing Boing

Watch this absolutely wonderful skateboarder marriage proposal... +

Pro skateboarders Amelia Brodka and Alec Beck first met at the Vans Combi Bowl skatepark in Orange, California. Beck's recent marriage proposal to Brodka at that same skatepark is absolutely wonderful. Their joy is infectious. (via r/MadeMeSmile)...

 2017-09-21 17:07 

Fark

Lake Placid student brings loaded gun and knife to school. Placid, my ass [Dumbass]... +

[24 comments]...

 2017-09-21 17:04 

Boing Boing

If you freeze your credit, Experian will let crooks unfreeze it by ticking a box... +

Say you're worried that Equifax has just destroyed your life with its callous disregard for the dossier it compiled on you and your finance; maybe you'll contact an Equifax competitor like Experian and ask them to "freeze" your credit so no one can use th...

 2017-09-21 16:58 

Boing Boing

Republicans who support tuition-free state college outnumber opponents... +

A Morning Consult poll found that 47% of Republicans support making public four-year colleges and universities tuition free, a proposal made by Bernie Sanders during his 2016 campaign for the Democratic party nomination (45% of Republicans oppose the idea...

 2017-09-21 16:57 

Boing Boing

Crockpot cookbook recalled because recipe could cause explosion... +

In 1978, Random House recalled the Woman's Day Crockery Cuisine cookbook because one of the recipes could apparently "cause a serious explosion." According to a statement from Random House, "If the recipe (for Silky Caramel Slices) is followed, the conden...

 2017-09-21 16:55 

reddit

Family caught carrying 'bag of mosquitoes' into Pakistan hospital... +
 2017-09-21 16:52 

Boing Boing

Harry Belafonte sings 'Hine Ma Tov'... +

The King of Calypso and civil rights champion Harry Belafonte sings "Hine Ma Tov." Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!...

 2017-09-21 16:45 

Slashdot

PC Gaming Is Back in Focus at Tokyo Game Show... +

After taking a back seat to consoles for the past few years, personal computers are enjoying a resurgence in gaming, thanks to the popularity of e-sports, customizable machines and faster software releases. From a report: This week's Tokyo Game Show will ...

 2017-09-21 16:43 

Boing Boing

Calvin and Hobbes Piescraper... +

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nZ-6kOxHklk&feature=youtu.be Pie-hacking baker Jessica Leigh Clark-Bojin (AKA @thePieous) (previously), author of Pies Are Awesome Vol 1 "Pie-Modding": How to Epic-Up Store Bought Pies and Be the Hero of the Party, has bee...

 2017-09-21 16:40 

reddit

China's central bank tells banks to stop doing business with North Korea: sources | Reuters... +
 2017-09-21 16:38 

Fark

How to survive the upcoming planetary collision this Saturday. Knowing there won't be a collision strangely absent [Amusing]... +

[50 comments]...

 2017-09-21 16:35 

Boing Boing

Probation officer sentenced to 1 year in jail for sexually assaulting girl inmates on a "weekly basis"... +

A judge really threw the book at Los Angeles County probation officer Oscar Calderon Jr. He has to go to jail for a year for sexually assaulting girls in Camp Scudder in Santa Clarita on a regular basis since 2014. The girls told the court that their comp...

 2017-09-21 16:32 

Boing Boing

Watch the Addams Family dance to The Ramones... +

(Gabriel Magallon via Laughing Squid)...

 2017-09-21 16:24 

Boing Boing

Former female employees sue Google for paying them less than men... +

Three former employees of advertising giant, and free maps, enterprise Google have filed suit against the giant for gender inequality and discrimination. Via itpro.co.uk: Former employees at Google recently filed a lawsuit against the company on the bas...

 2017-09-21 16:19 

Boing Boing

Twitter has a laugh fest over Trump thinking there's a country called Nambia... +

When Trump spoke to African leaders at a UN lunch on Wednesday, he referred to the African country of Nambia twice. It was a head-scratcher. Did he mean Zambia? Gambia? Namibia? Narnia? Oh wait... It made for a busy round of yucks on Twitter. Here is a s...

 2017-09-21 16:16 

Boing Boing

Be a dapper zapper with the ZapCane... +

The ZapCane comes complete with a flashlight, and a 1MM volt stun gun. It also supports you, as you walk. I was looking at canes, like you do when you have a bad back, and thinking "Maybe it is finally time for a sword cane?" or something along those lin...

 2017-09-21 16:14 

reddit

Study: Flint water killed unborn babies; many moms who drank it couldn't get pregnant... +
 2017-09-21 16:13 

Boing Boing

Apple makes it harder to track you online, ad industry has an aneurysm... +

Safari has blocked third-party cookies (used to track your behavior across multiple websites) since 2010, but the ad-tech industry has fired back with a bunch of covert tracking tools that watch you even if you've adopted privacy countermeasures; the late...

 2017-09-21 16:05 

Fark

Suddenly, deer [Scary]... +

[34 comments]...

 2017-09-21 16:05 

Slashdot

John McAfee Said Top Executives From the Major Bitcoin Exchanges Weren't Allowed To Leave China... +

An anonymous reader shares a report: China's widening crackdown on bitcoin trading resulted in a travel ban of sorts for two executives from the country's largest commercial bitcoin exchanges, which regulators are closing down. From a report: On Thursday,...

 2017-09-21 16:02 

Boing Boing

Stranded in Japan, an unforgettable act of kindness... +

Writer Matthew Treadwell recounts the time he and his wife were in rural Japan and missed the last bus to Haneda Airport. They were in danger of missing their plane. They flagged down a taxi but the driver said it was too far. To make matters worse, it st...

 2017-09-21 16:00 

Boing Boing

The making of first hand-drawn VR cartoon... +

Even after a 25-year animation career, I can still remember the exact moment that I decided to become a professional animator: It was at an all-night movie marathon of Ralph Bakshi films. While watching Bakshi’s Heavy Traffic (his 2nd feature release, but...

 2017-09-21 16:00 

Boing Boing

Blips smartphone lenses are like adding a microscope to your phone... +

If your photographic aesthetic lends itself more towards intimate detail over sweeping, dramatic landscapes, a Blips Smartphone Lens Kit gives your device a semi-permanent macro camera attachment. It’s being offered in the Boing Boing Store now for $24.9...

 2017-09-21 15:49 

Boing Boing

Is it possible that we are not real and don't even know it?... +

"Is it possible that we are not real and don't even know it?" That's the question explored in the latest animated explainer video from Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell. It present five untestable assumptions, which if all true, would mean we are living in a sim...

 2017-09-21 15:44 

Fark

The staggering numbers behind Oktoberfest. Your move, St. Patrick's Day [Spiffy]... +

[23 comments]...

 2017-09-21 15:20 

Fark

France may soon surrender to wolf-whistling ban [Interesting]... +

[11 comments]...

 2017-09-21 15:20 

Slashdot

NVIDIA Drops the Basic Shield TV's Price To $180... +

An anonymous reader shares a report: NVIDIA's Shield TV promised to be an Android set-top box for gamers, and in that sense, it delivered. The company first released it in 2015, but its updated version cut down on price by bundling the $50 remote in to ma...

 2017-09-21 15:17 

Boing Boing

Trump to impose new sanctions on North Korea over missile and nuclear threats... +

President Donald Trump says the United States will apply new, additional sanctions on North Korea. (more…)...

 2017-09-21 15:14 

Boing Boing

Google buys $1.1bn piece of HTC... +

Rumored for some time, Google's purchase of a significant chunk of handset-maker HTC was announced today. The WSJ: Google said an HTC team that helped develop Google’s flagship Pixel smartphone will join the company. The Mountain View, Calif., company wi...

 2017-09-21 15:10 

reddit

Police shoot deaf man 'ignoring commands'... +
 2017-09-21 15:07 

reddit

Teacher hailed as hero for taking down gunman at Illinois high school... +
 2017-09-21 15:04 

reddit

$1.8M stolen in minutes after couriers leave keys in van outside bank... +
 2017-09-21 15:02 

reddit

Despite Pleas, Oklahoma City Officer Fatally Shoots Deaf Man... +
 2017-09-21 14:59 

reddit

4-Year-Old Girl Fatally Shoots Herself While Grabbing Candy in Grandma's Purse... +
 2017-09-21 14:54 

Boing Boing

Sean Spicer threatens reporter who emailed a question... +

Sean Spicer, newly ennobled by Hollywood as a well-meaning funnyman briefly forced to play the buffoonish Goebbels to President Trump, is already having trouble staying in character. About an hour after Spicer's texts, he replied to a polite email I ha...

 2017-09-21 14:53 

Boing Boing

Hackers may have traded using stolen insider information, SEC admits... +

The head of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission said this week that hackers accessed the SEC's corporate disclosure database and likely profited by trading on that stolen insider information. (more…)...

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