Category: Humor

Humor

Netherlands court strikes down Dutch grifter’s patent claim over Ethiopia’s ancient staple grain teff

Teff is one of the oldest grains to have been cultivated, a staple for so long that its original cultivation date is lost to history and can only be estimated at between 1000 and 4000 BCE; it is best known as the main ingredient in injera, the soft pancakes that are served with Ethiopian […]

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Southern grocer tells shoppers “Hell has open borders”

There are 17 Mac’s Fresh Markets throughout Arkansas, Mississippi, and Louisiana and this week, shoppers got a message about immigration in their sales flyer along with ads for discounted pork chops. You know, because nothing goes better with pork chops than a steaming side dish of xenophobic bullshit. Reggie McDaniel owns the Mac’s chain and […]

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Dan Mallory, bullshit artist

Dan Mallory is the latest in a long line of people — otherwise middling in talent, white of skin and surburban of origin — to make it big in publishing by fabricating their life’s travails and tragedies. “Want to sell a book?” writes Jessa Crispin. “Start lying.” But there is another story these fakes are […]

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VP Mike Pence to visit Auschwitz death camp on Europe trip

“The vice president will essentially call out Iran for their actions. He will give a message to those groups that are there, that, you know, if you stand with us, we’ll stand with you,” a White House official said. Conservative Christian and expressionless piece of furniture man Mike Pence, who is currently the Vice President […]

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New York City’s new rideshare regs put Big Brother in backseat, give GPS tracking a whole new meaning

Whether you love them or hate them, rideshares like Uber and Lyft have become a daily part of life for millions of New Yorkers. These app-based services make it easy to pay for your ride, but while the privacy cost isn’t always as clear, it’s about to get a lot larger. These apps have […]

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Watch a low flyover of Jupiter’s moon Europa

Kevin Gill, a NASA software engineer who deals in data visualization and analysis, created this new, director’s cut of his low flyover movie of Jupiter’s moon Europa. Cut from recently processed images transmitted back from the Galileo orbiter launched in 1989, Gill explains, the video “uses high resolution grayscale and low resolution color images […]

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Vast majority of Americans and Europeans believe ad-targeting and feed customization are immoral

An RSA survey of 6,000 US and EU adults found that only a minority (48%) believes there is any ethical way to use personal data (that figure rises to 60% when considering US respondents alone); 57% believe that data-breaches are the fault of companies for gathering and retaining data, not the hackers who release […]

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Trump’s properties routinely employed (and abused) undocumented Latinx workers, including dozens from a single Costa Rican town

The Washington Post tracked down workers from Santa Teresa de Cajon in Costa Rica, who say that they and their neighbors were part of a “pipeline” from Central America to Trump properties in New Jersey and elsewhere, where they worked doing construction, groundskeeping, and cleaning, with the full knowledge of their supervisors and Trump […]

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Oakland’s tech startups are reportedly being gentrified out of their spaces by deep-pocketed marijuana growers

Former Wired editor-in-chief and drone entrepreneur Chris Anderson tweets: “Hearing from tech startups getting priced out of Oakland warehouse space because of soaring demand for indoor hydroponic pot farms. Yes, because it’s 2019 and everything is nuts *techies are being gentrified out of neighborhoods by drug dealers.*” LA’s Coop replies, “Same thing […]

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is preparing for New York’s establishment Dems to eliminate her district

After the 2020 census, the nation’s electoral districts will be redrawn and it’s a widely accepted fact that New York City will lose a seat, despite its growth since the 2010 census. Ocasio-Cortez’s district is a thoroughly gerrymandered Democratic safe seat, which is why her primary challenge was effectively an early election: whomever […]

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Jason Voorhees, unmasked

Jason Voorhees, the handsome hockey-masked villain of slasher series Friday the 13th, gets plenty of unmasking scenes—and new look each time. <!– Rob Beschizza Follow Rob @beschizza on Twitter. –> Black Panther, on the heels of its SAG win and seven Oscar nominations including Best Picture, will play for free at 250 movie theaters for […]

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Watch Lucille Ball demo a 1939 ancestor of the “talk box” famously used by Peter Frampton

In this 1939 newsreel, the great Lucille Ball demonstrates the Sonovox, a device that brings amplified sound effects from vinyl records into the throat where the tongue and lips modulate it. Here’s the patent for the Sonovox, invented by Gilbert Wright and used in TV advertisements, the movie Dumbo (1941) for Casey Junior the […]

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HP’s ink DRM instructs your printer to ignore the ink in your cartridge when you cancel your subscription

Inkjet printer manufacturers continue to pioneer imaginative ways to create real-world, desktop dystopias that make Black Mirror look optimistic by comparison: one such nightmare is HP’s “subscription” printers where a small amount of money buys you ink cartridges that continuously communicate with HP’s servers to validate that you’re still paying for your subscription, and […]

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Amy Klobuchar legendarily abusive to staff

Amy Klobuchar, touted as yet another Democrat 2020 presidential hopeful, sounds like the Gordon Ramsay of politics: notoriously short and abusive with congressional staff, sending allcaps emails in the dead of night and generally heaping wrath upon them. That anger regularly left employees in tears, four former staffers said. She yelled, threw papers, and sometimes […]

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Your locked phone could verify it’s you by listening to your lips move

LipPass is a user verification system for mobile devices that verifies your identity by the unique way that you move your lips. Developed by researchers at Shanghai Jiao Tong University, the system doesn’t validate based on the sound of your voice but rather the movement of your mouth. From IEEE Spectrum: The researchers realized […]

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