The fabulous illustrated history of the pocket calculator

In the 1970s, there was a boom in pocket calculators, driven by the plummeting costs of their electronic components, and an industry that had once prided itself on its high-end offerings for serious business users found itself rethinking the nature of the calculator, producing “ladies’ calculators,” calculators for kids (accompanied by bestselling books of […]

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A home for middle-aged men

“Alec is 42 this morning and therefore has nothing further to contribute to society,” begins this bit from the 2001 comedy series The Armando Iannucci Shows. Poor Alec is being transitioned into a home for middle-aged men, a place where past-their-primers are reminded, “Possibility is a private party to which you are no longer invited.” […]

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Spider Robinson’s joke

At Worldcon yesterday, as recounted by Steph Herman: What did one snowman say to the other snowman? “Do you smell carrots?” (Hey, Spider’s on Twitter now!) <!– Cory Doctorow I write books. My latest are: a YA graphic novel called In Real Life (with Jen Wang); a nonfiction book about the […]

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Trump is the Lorax who speaks for the Nazis

American’s Orange Menace has spoken! In response to most social media outlets shutting down Alex Jones, recently referred to as the gateway drug to white supremacy, the President of the United States has decided to defend free speech for people who hate. Via CNBC: President Donald Trump claimed that social media firms are incorrectly clamping […]

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FBI investigating cyber attack on CA Democratic congressional candidate’s campaign

The FBI is investigating a cyberattack on the congressional campaign of David Min, a Democratic candidate in California. From Reuters: The hackers successfully infiltrated the election campaign computer of David Min, a Democratic candidate for the House of Representatives who was later defeated in the June primary for California’s 45th Congressional district. The incident, which […]

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HUD accuses Facebook of Fair Housing Act violations

The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) filed a complaint [PDF] against Facebook on Friday. HUD accuses the social media company of violating the Fair Housing Act, which prohibits discrimination in print and online advertisements on the basis of race, religion, physical ability, gender, and other attributes. The HUD complaint [read it here, PDF] […]

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Trump “cancels” military parade

There’ll be no triumph for Trump: a day after its price tag was reported to be heading toward $100m and the Pentagon delayed the festivities, he has “cancelled” the forthcoming military parade that, all in all, could never have matched the totalitarian splendor of his imagination. President Donald Trump sought to cast blame Friday for […]

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