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Sony's new robot dog doubles down on DRM

Sony's new robot dog doubles down on DRM

It's been 15 years since Sony used the DMCA to shut down the community that had sprung up to extend the functionality of its Aibo robot dogs, threatening people with lawsuits and jailtime for
Today's art thieves rob via email

Today's art thieves rob via email

London galleries -- and some US dealers -- have been hit by a rash of electronic thefts by crooks who take over the gallery's email accounts and interrupt the transmission of invoices at the close of
Reminder: Obamacare Open Enrollment begins today and runs to Dec 15

Reminder: Obamacare Open Enrollment begins today and runs to Dec 15

Get insured, folks: just because the Trump administration is doing everything it can to take away healthcare from millions of Americans (including refusing to tell anyone that enrollment is open!),
It looks like Jeff Sessions committed perjury

It looks like Jeff Sessions committed perjury

At attorney general appointee Jeff Sessions January confirmation hearing, Senator Al Franken asked him, “If there is any evidence that anyone affiliated with the Trump campaign communicated with the
Luke Skywalker's lightsaber for sale

Luke Skywalker's lightsaber for sale

Bonhams is auctioning off one of the lightsaber props used in Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983). This is one of three lightsabers used in my favorite scene from the film, when R2D2
Ten recommendations to make AI safe for humanity

Ten recommendations to make AI safe for humanity

A year ago, the AI Now Institute released its inaugural report on the near-future social and economic consequences of AI, drawing on input from a diverse expert panel representing a spectrum of
Judge sentences man to write 144 nice things about his ex-girlfriend

Judge sentences man to write 144 nice things about his ex-girlfriend

As part of Daren Young's sentencing for violating his ex-girlfriend's protection order, Wailuku, Hawaii, judge Rhonda Loo ordered the man to to write down 144 "nice things" about her to match the 144
Keith Wilder, singer of Heatwave, RIP

Keith Wilder, singer of Heatwave, RIP

Keith Wilder, singer for 70s funk powerhouse Heatwave, died on Sunday at age 65. "From Heatwave is your heart," Wilder once said. "If your music is where your heart is, and you put your whole heart
This one type of acid reflux drug is linked to doubled incidence of stomach cancer

This one type of acid reflux drug is linked to doubled incidence of stomach cancer

New research, published in the wonderfully-named journal "Gut," is enough to give you heartburn. Time to switch to Zantac.A link between PPIs and a higher stomach cancer risk has previously been
NASA playlist of the incredible "sounds of space"

NASA playlist of the incredible "sounds of space"

In the vacuum of space, there's no way for sound to travel. But that doesn't mean space is silent. Spacecraft capture radio emissions that can be converted into sound we can hear. Indeed, NASA
London taxi crash: Black car 'injures several people' in Covent Garden after mounting pavement. Not terrorism.

London taxi crash: Black car 'injures several people' in Covent Garden after mounting pavement. Not terrorism.

CNN and various UK media are reporting that a black taxi cab mounted the pavement in London, injuring multiple people. Police are on site, and roads are blocked to traffic and pedestrians. (more…)
Small 4-Port USB Hub great for travel

Small 4-Port USB Hub great for travel

This little Anker USB hub is great for travel. It turns one USB port into four, so you can connect phones, memory sticks, microphones, and USB headsets into it. (It's not externally powered, so you
How PowerPoint was created

How PowerPoint was created

In 1987, a company called Forethought, founded by two ex-Apple marketing managers, rolled out PowerPoint and business meetings have never been the same since. Over at IEEE Spectrum, David C. Brock
Trump 'didn't dismiss the idea' of Putin meeting during campaign, reports CNN

Trump 'didn't dismiss the idea' of Putin meeting during campaign, reports CNN

CNN reports that then-Candidate Donald Trump 'did not dismiss the idea of arranging a meeting with Russia's president when it was suggested in a meeting with his campaign foreign policy advisers last
Russia-linked political Facebook ads and Twitter accounts released by House Intel Committee

Russia-linked political Facebook ads and Twitter accounts released by House Intel Committee

House Democrats just released a trove of data, metadata, Facebook ads, and Twitter accounts run out of the Kremlin’s troll farm. A team of reporters at reports on how ads were created by people
Boing Boing's Andrea James interviewed about her favorite tools

Boing Boing's Andrea James interviewed about her favorite tools

It was a treat to have my friend and regular Boing Boing contributor Andrea James on the Cool Tools Show podcast. Andrea is a writer, director, producer, and activist. Her last film, Alec Mapa: Baby
Trump told coal miners he'd bring back coal, so they're refusing retraining

Trump told coal miners he'd bring back coal, so they're refusing retraining

The programs Obama established to retrain coal miners are going begging in Pennsylvania, undersubscribed because the out-of-work miners they were established to help are convinced that Donald Trump
The 'Ghostbusters' theme song played on floppy drives

The 'Ghostbusters' theme song played on floppy drives

Pawel Zadrożniak's Floppotron is back. This time his "computer hardware orchestra" is tackling the Ghostbusters' theme song. I think even Ray Parker Jr. would approve.(Sploid)Previously: The

Geode jigsaw puzzles

This stunning line of geologically-inspired jigsaw puzzles, named Geode, is the creation of Massachusetts-based generative design studio and retailer Nervous System. As described in their blog:Geode
Dad shares time-lapse of his daughter from birth to age 18

Dad shares time-lapse of his daughter from birth to age 18

A Dutch filmmaker made a touching time-lapse video that journeys through his daughter Lotte's entire childhood, from birth to age 18. Frans Hofmeester shared his "Portrait of Lotte, 0 to 18 years" on