Category: Humor

Humor

More than 100,000 Europeans march against #Article13

Today marksed the largest street protests ever in the history of internet freedom struggles, with more than 100,000 Europeans participating in mass demonstrations across the region — more than 50 cities participated in Germany alone! From Netpolitik’s early summary (English robotranslation): “In Berlin, the demonstration was about half an hour, if you waited along the […]

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Talking Radicalized on CBC’s Day 6, with Tim Maughan, author of Infinite Detail

This morning, CBC’s flagship weekend programme Day Six aired its latest episode (MP3), a conversation between host Brent Bambury, me, and Tim Maughan, the author of an outstanding debut novel called Infinite Detail. (Image: Jason Vermes/CBC) It’s often said that sci-fi’s role is to project the future, but Doctorow is skeptical of that perspective. “What […]

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Robocopyright: Dan Bull’s rap anthem for the defeat of #Article13

[embedded content] Just in time for a continent-wide day of street demonstrations against Article 13 and the new Copyright Directive, British rapper Dan Bull (previously) has released a furious, amazing new song about the regulation: Robocopyright. More than a 100 MEPs have pledged to vote against the measure on Monday, and it’s not too late […]

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GoFundMe says anti-vaccine fundraising campaigns violate terms of service, will be taken down

“We are conducting a thorough review and will remove any campaigns currently on the platform.” — GoFundMe Online fundraising service GoFundMe says any campaigns created on the platform that promote misinformation about vaccines automatically violate its terms of service, and will be removed. Anti-vax grifters have reportedly raised over $170,000 for their bogus anti-science message […]

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Secret emails show Facebook knew about Cambridge Analytica earlier than they’ve said, DC AG claims

“The general public itself has little or no interest in this Document that could warrant exposing Facebook to the risks that would inevitably accompany disclosure.” — Facebook “Private emails could contradict Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s sworn testimony about when Facebook learned about the Cambridge Analytica data breach,” hacker-turned-reporter Kevin Poulsen writes at the Daily Beast, […]

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Cat does a danger dance

There is a monster in the bed. Wazzat?!? Wazzis?!? Imma GEDDIT! When there’s a monster in the bed, we do a danger dance. He Do A Danger Dance! <!– xeni jardin Boing Boing editor/partner and tech culture journalist Xeni Jardin hosts and produces Boing Boing’s in-flight TV channel on Virgin America airlines (#10 on the […]

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Philadelphia city council candidate says his secret AI has discovered disqualifying fraud in the nominations of 30 out of 33 candidates

Devon Cade — a former bureaucrat who now describes himself as a “philanthropist” — has asked a court to disqualify 30 out of the 33 other Democrats standing in the primary for the city’s council elections on the grounds that the signatures on their nominating petitions were forged. Cade claims that he detected the forgeries […]

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The General Assembly of European Youth adopts anti-#CopyrightDirective motion backed by socialists, conservatives, liberals and green youth organisations

Last spring, a coalition of young European political activists adopted this motion opposing the upload filters and link taxes in the new Copyright Directive, which the EU Parliament is about to vote on. With only days to go before that vote — it’ll probably happen on Tuesday the 26th at 12:30 PM, after a debate […]

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Deep Space 9 remastered with deep learning

[embedded content] Star Trek‘s original series and TNG were shot on film, allowing them to be rescanned for high-definition broadcast. Star Trek: Deep Space 9, however, was shot on video at standard definition: there’s no further detail to recover for HD broadcasts. Machine learning to the rescue! CaptRobau writes: I will go into greater detail […]

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Two Russia-backed hacker groups target Europe ahead of elections, FireEye reports

Security services firm FireEye says two hacker groups known to be sponsored by the Russian government of Vladimir Putin are waging cyber-attacks currently against European government systems. FireEye says these internet-based digital attacks are focused on the member states of NATO, the European security alliance that both Putin and Trump disparage. The two hacking groups […]

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Jared Kushner uses WhatsApp to talk with foreign leaders, claims Cummings

But her emails. House Oversight Chairman Elijah Cummings says Abbe Lowell has confirmed that President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and White House advisor Jared Kushner has been using the encryptable/disappear-able messaging WhatsApp to communicate with leaders of foreign nations. “Mr. Lowell could not answer whether Mr. Kushner’s communications included classified information.” Mr. Kushner’s attorney disputes the […]

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Two arrested for hiding cameras in motel rooms and charging for access to livestreams

Some 1,600 people were secretly livestreamed while staying in South Korean motel rooms where cameras had been hidden by criminals who operated a 4,000-user service for voyeurs, where a $45/month upcharge bought subscribers the right to access replays and other extra services. South Korea has been rocked by scandals and protests over men who hide […]

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Angelina’s boozing, Prince Charles’ divorce, and college entry cheat Lori Loughlin “tells all,” in this week’s dubious tabloids

Do tabloid editors even read what their reporters write? It’s hard to imagine, given the disconnect between headlines and the barely-detectable trace elements of facts contained in the stories beneath them. “Alex Trebek — Lung & Liver Surgery” reports the cover story of this week’s National Enquirer. But he’s had neither surgery according to the […]

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Easy-to-install bidet is a game changer

Having traveled to Europe and Japan many times, I’ve grown to appreciate bidets. It’s a shame they aren’t commonplace in the US. Here’s a cheap one on Amazon. It’s really easy to install. It doesn’t have warm water jet like a Japanese toilet, but you’ll get used to it. <!– mark frauenfelder Mark Frauenfelder is […]

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Health industry lobbyists are posing as “ordinary citizens who don’t want Medicare for All”

Here are some “ordinary citizens” who have recently been featured in the press as people who are completely OK with the state of American healthcare and totally opposed to Medicare for All or any other project to reform America’s worst-in-the-world health care system: “Mustafa Tameez, businessman, Texas” (Tameez is managing director at Texas-based Outreach Strategists, […]

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Ten year old son of the late, great drummer, Dennis Davis, interviews Tony Visconti about his father’s work with Bowie

This is so wonderful. Hikaru Davis is the son of the late session drummer, Dennis Davis, who died in 2016. Among many others, Davis played with Stevie Wonder, George Benson, Roy Ayers, and Iggy Pop. But he is most famously remembered as one of David Bowie’s drummers, playing on Bowie’s 70s records, from Young Americans […]

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