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Why Donald Trump is the tabloid president

Why Donald Trump is the tabloid president

It’s hard to believe that President Donald Trump didn’t personally edit the supermarket tabloids this week.They ignore facts, present opinions as reality, leap to improbable conclusions, and claim to
Court rules that Trump can't block people on Twitter

Court rules that Trump can't block people on Twitter

A New York federal judge has ruled that Donald Trump can't block people he doesn't like on Twitter, because he uses Twitter to communicate his edicts and policies as President of the United States,
Depression: the psychedelic cure

Depression: the psychedelic cure

George Goldsmith and Katya Malievskaia are a married couple whose startup – Compass Pathways – will soon launch the largest triple-blind clinical trial ever of a psychedelic drug. The drug is
500,000 home routers have been infected with VPNFilter, malware that steals data and bricks devices

500,000 home routers have been infected with VPNFilter, malware that steals data and bricks devices

VPNFilter is a sophisticated, multi-stage malware package, part of the new breed of boot-persistent malware (software that can survive a reboot); it targets home routers and network-attached storage
The FBI's mountain of uncrackable crimephones was nearly entirely imaginary

The FBI's mountain of uncrackable crimephones was nearly entirely imaginary

The FBI has been trying to ban working cryptography since the Clinton years, a losing battle whose stakes go up with each passing day as the number of devices that depend on working crypto to secure
A free internet is a configurable internet

A free internet is a configurable internet

I appeared on the O'Reilly podcast this week to discuss my upcoming keynote at the O'Reilly Fluent Conference. (more…)
Federal judge: Trump violates the Constitution when blocking Twitter users

Federal judge: Trump violates the Constitution when blocking Twitter users

New York federal judge Naomi Reice Buchwald ruled that president Donald Trump is violating the Constitution when he blocks people on Twitter. "We hold that portions of the @realDonaldTrump account
NASA photographer's camera cooked by last week's SpaceX rocket launch

NASA photographer's camera cooked by last week's SpaceX rocket launch

Senior NASA photographer Bill Ingalls apparently set up his Canon EOS 5DS at an unlucky spot near yesterday's SpaceX rocket launch. The camera was outside the pad perimeter and the launch sparked a
The Democratic candidate for the Georgia governorship is a Black woman running on an "unapologetic progressive" platform

The Democratic candidate for the Georgia governorship is a Black woman running on an "unapologetic progressive" platform

Stacey Abrams has won a bitterly contested primary for the Democratic candidate in Georgia's upcoming gubernatorial race; Abrams aims to be the first Black, woman governor in US history, and she plans
Neuron necklace

Neuron necklace

For €105, the delightful and enchanting silver Neuron Necklace is yours. Its just one of a number of clever items offered by science-inspired jewelry, which include brains, fetuses, spines and thyroid

Pomera heads to English-speaking world with new e-ink folding pocket typewriter

The first Pomera designed for English use looks like the e-ink typewriter I've always wanted, and even has a cleverly-folding full-size keyboard so the whole thing fits in a pocket. Two AA batteries
A hard look at the wastefulness of "proof of work," the idea at the core of the blockchain

A hard look at the wastefulness of "proof of work," the idea at the core of the blockchain

David Gerard is a technically minded, sharp-witted, scathing critic of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies; his criticism is long, comprehensive and multipartite, but of particular interest is is
Charlie Stross on the "soft genocide" of eugenics-tainted, alt-right climate dystopia

Charlie Stross on the "soft genocide" of eugenics-tainted, alt-right climate dystopia

Right now, the eugenics-happy alt-right are also climate deniers; but climate denial has a short half-life -- its undeniability will only grow, as the world gets hotter, more dangerous, drier, wetter,

Epic Bill Gates e-mail rant from 2003

In 2003 Bill Gates tried to download Microsoft Movie Maker from Microsoft.com. His confusing, frustrating, futile experience prompted him to write a terrifically scorching email to the managers in
How do pinball machine solenoids work?

How do pinball machine solenoids work?

Solenoids are common electromechanical devices. They're used in pinball machines to make the ball shoot away when they hit a bumper. If you've ever have the opportunity to touch an energized pinball

Beloved Kura Toga mechanical pencil on sale for $4.90

Available as an add-on item on Amazon, this Kuru Toga pencil has a cool feature that rotates the lead incrementally every time you press it down on paper. That way, the tip stays nicely rounded.
Toronto cops eat drugs, freak out, and charged with Attempting to Obstruct Justice

Toronto cops eat drugs, freak out, and charged with Attempting to Obstruct Justice

If you’re a cop who calls for backup to save you from drug-induced hallucinations, you’re going to have a bad year.This past January, Toronto Police Service Constable Vittorio Dominelli and his
Can you solve the wizard standoff riddle?

Can you solve the wizard standoff riddle?

Math 4 Love founder Dan Finkel writes: You’ve been chosen as a champion to represent your wizarding house in a deadly duel against two rival magic schools. Your opponents are a powerful sorcerer who
US consulate worker in China injured by mysterious sonic attack

US consulate worker in China injured by mysterious sonic attack

Remember when 15 US government workers in Cuba got sick from some kind of unknown "sonic attack" a couple of years ago? Well, today it was reported that a US consulate staffer in China was the victim
A robot found the "holy grail of shipwrecks" containing billions of dollars in cargo

A robot found the "holy grail of shipwrecks" containing billions of dollars in cargo

In 1708, British ships sunk a Spanish galleon called the San José that contained a cargo of gold, silver, and emeralds believed to be now valued at billions of dollars. Now it's been revealed that in