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We need to save .ORG from arbitrary censorship by halting the private equity buy-out

We need to save .ORG from arbitrary censorship by halting the private equity buy-out

[The sale of the .ORG top-level domain to a private equity fund run by a bunch of Republican billionaires is a corrupt, revolting perversion. Here, my EFF colleague Mitch Stoltz does an excellent job
Listen to the sound of one screw falling into a turbine engine

Listen to the sound of one screw falling into a turbine engine

This is super neat. It was originally uploaded in 2010, but became newly viral again this week and the source is so much better than the crapped-out clip that went meme. Enjoy, unmute, turn up the
Uber says 3,045 sexual assaults involving drivers and passengers reported in U.S. rides last year

Uber says 3,045 sexual assaults involving drivers and passengers reported in U.S. rides last year

Women and girls, Uber at your own risk. In its first safety report released tonight, Uber disclosed the number of sexual assaults, murders and fatal crashes that happened through its ride-sharing
Radicalized is one of the CBC's best books of 2019!

Radicalized is one of the CBC's best books of 2019!

Well this is pretty great! Radicalized, my book of four novellas, is one of the CBC's picks for best Canadian fiction of 2019. It's in pretty outstanding company, too, including Margaret Atwood's The
Every tech brand should be using a .tech domain

Every tech brand should be using a .tech domain

In the early days of the web, everyone wanted a .com domain for their site. As a result, all the good ones got snapped up. But .com no longer has the cachet it once did. In fact, many new businesses
German researchers with ties to for-profit "neuromarketing" company want to use AI to guess peoples' "intelligence" from their writing

German researchers with ties to for-profit "neuromarketing" company want to use AI to guess peoples' "intelligence" from their writing

The annual Germeval natural language processing event solicits German-language "shared tasks"; one of this year's proposed tasks from the University of Hamburg is Prediction of Intellectual Ability
UK's oldest ISP blames DoS attack on attempt to suppress human rights report about West Papua (read it now!)

UK's oldest ISP blames DoS attack on attempt to suppress human rights report about West Papua (read it now!)

Greennet (previously) is the oldest ISP in the UK, tracing its origins back to Fidonet, where it was a hub for radical progressive political movements, which has attracted retaliations (in the form of
Cattle guard doesn't work

Cattle guard doesn't work

Cattle guards are designed to keep cows from crossing them. They don't work if the cow is as smart as this one. When it's not your first cattle guard Image: Imgur
"Dr. Penis" explains different types of penis enlargement procedures

"Dr. Penis" explains different types of penis enlargement procedures

In this Vice video, board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Norman Rowe (aka "Dr. Penis") talks about the different ways people unsatisfied with the size of their penis can make them bigger. Photo by
McKinsey bills the US government $3m a year for anodyne advice from 23-year-old college grads

McKinsey bills the US government $3m a year for anodyne advice from 23-year-old college grads

McKinsey made more than $20m helping ICE design its gulags, advising them to skimp on medical care, food and supervision in a cost-savings measure. But if Uncle Sugar really wants to save some money,
Kickstarting a new edition of Steve Jackson Games's Car Wars

Kickstarting a new edition of Steve Jackson Games's Car Wars

I grew up on RPGs, not tabletop strategy games, but the one exception was Car Wars, a dystopian science fiction game where you kit out vehicles with weapons and then fight them in giant duelling pits
Good deal on Kindle Unlimited

Good deal on Kindle Unlimited

The Kindle Unlimited program is $10 a month, and it gives you access to over a million books and comics on Amazon. Amazon is currently offering a deal: 3 months for 99 cents a month. The program
Mint: late-stage adversarial interoperability demonstrates what we had (and what we lost)

Mint: late-stage adversarial interoperability demonstrates what we had (and what we lost)

In 2006, Aaron Patzer founded Mint. Patzer had grown up in the city of Evansville, Indiana—a place he described as "small, without much economic opportunity"—but had created a successful business
Feline scientist investigates refraction

Feline scientist investigates refraction

Cue "Thus Spoke Zarathustra." We've found Moonwatcher of the feline world. Cat Scientist from r/likeus
Buy the cheap orange foundation Trump uses

Buy the cheap orange foundation Trump uses

Xeni just posted a link to the Washington Post's story about Trump's undocumented personal servants, who spilled the beans on his personal oddities. It revealed the brand of makeup he uses as Bronx
Owners of Tron: Evolution game can't play it because of DRM fuckery

Owners of Tron: Evolution game can't play it because of DRM fuckery

Tron: Evolution is a Disney video-game that comes with the notorious Securerom DRM (previously). Thanks to unspecified DRM issues, anyone who bought the game but didn't activate it can no longer do
Perhaps folks are getting a bit over invested in Baby Yoda

Perhaps folks are getting a bit over invested in Baby Yoda

I am a big fan of seeing what happens when a super-powerful force user is raised by a mass murderer.
Apple's extension of "Activation Locks" to laptops will turn refurbishable electronics into e-waste

Apple's extension of "Activation Locks" to laptops will turn refurbishable electronics into e-waste

"Activation Lock" is a tool that uses Apple's trusted computing hardware to render systems inoperable if you don't have a login/password; nominally, this is used for theft-deterrence, but when Apple
Norway gifts Britain amusingly sparse Christmas tree

Norway gifts Britain amusingly sparse Christmas tree

Every year, Norway sends Britain an enormous Christmas tree in thanks for kicking out the Nazis, but this year they sent a hilariously sparse, shabby one. "Britain's most famous Christmas tree" has
Six-year-old brought a loaded gun to school for show-and-tell

Six-year-old brought a loaded gun to school for show-and-tell

In Roswell, New Mexico, a six-year-old elementary school student carried a loaded revolver to class. According to police, the student had "no malicious intent" but rather brought in the gun for