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Neil Gaiman will read the Cheesecake Factory menu

posted: 26 May 2017

The campaign to raise $500K for the UN High Commission on Refugees started with author/comedian Sara Benincasa daring Neil Gaiman to do a dramatic reading of the Cheesecake Factory menu; Gaiman responded that if she raised the half-mil, he'd not only read the Cheesecake Factory's (notoriously florid) menu, he'd follow up with a reading of Dr Seuss's Fox in Socks if the funds hit $1m (I hasten to point out that this activity involves some risk to Gaiman, given the Seuss estate's penchant for bullying acts of copyfraud). (more…)

Trump Organization to Congress: Upholding the Cons

posted: 26 May 2017

Remember the Emoluments Clause of the Constitution, the one that says that presidents aren't supposed to get gifts or payments from foreign governments without Congressional approval? (more…)

Birmingham, I'll see you today on the Walkaway tou

posted: 26 May 2017

I could not have asked for a nicer crowd than the ones who turned up for last night's event at Liverpool One's Waterstones; now I'm looking forward to today's lunchtime signing at Birmingham Waterstones, on my way to tomorrow's Hay Festival event with Adam Rutherford. (more…)

Theory11 'Archangels' are the prettiest playing ca

posted: 25 May 2017

I still love these Archangels. 90% of the time, this is the deck of cards I have in my pocket.

I buy a lot of decks of cards, and this remains my go-to favorite. The beautiful black on white back design is mesmerizing to watch go by as I practice flourishes, and I think helps distract people from clumsy sleights. The Ace of Spades and Joker designs are some of the best I've seen, and the gold foil used on the face cards adds a touch of class.

No blank card or double backer is included. There is one Theory11 advertisement card that can be used for "write on this card" tricks and still preserve the decks 52 card integrity.

Bicycle Archangels Playing Cards via Amazon

Why are doughnut boxes usually pink?

posted: 25 May 2017

At the Los Angeles Times, David Pierson unties the story of why doughnut boxes are so frequently pink, particularly in southern California. It's a story of Cambodian refugees who emigrated to the US in the 1970s and built the donut market. But why pink? From the LA Times:

According to (Bakemark, formerly Westco) company lore, a Cambodian doughnut shop owner asked Westco some four decades ago if there were any cheaper boxes available other than the standard white cardboard. So Westco found leftover pink cardboard stock and formed a 9-by-9-by-4-inch container with four semicircle flaps to fold together. To this day, people in the business refer to the box as the “9-9-4.”

“It’s the perfect fit for a dozen doughnuts,” said Jim Parker, BakeMark’s president and chief executive.

More importantly to the thrifty refugees, it cost a few cents less than the standard white. That’s a big deal for shops that go through hundreds, if not thousands, of boxes a week. It didn’t hurt either that pink was a few shades short of red, a lucky color for the refugees, many of whom are ethnic Chinese. White, on the other hand, is the color of mourning.

Len Bell, president of Evergreen Packaging in La Mirada, first noticed the proliferation of pink boxes as a regional manager for Winchell’s in the early 1980s. Back in the Southland after a few years in Minnesota, Bell was amazed to see the doughnut business seemingly transformed overnight by Cambodian refugees, who proved quick studies and skillful businesspeople.

“Pink boxes have been around for a long time, don’t get me wrong,” he said. “But they really came into vogue in the late ’70s and early ’80s simply because it was a less expensive box to produce and buy.”

"Why are doughnut boxes pink? The answer could only come out of Southern California" (LA Times)

photo: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times

Hex key wrenches with ball ends are the best

posted: 25 May 2017

Excellent deal on Amazon right now on this 13-piece Tekton metric hex key wrench set for $7.62. The ball end means you can fit the key into a bolt at an angle. When there's an obstruction between you and the bolt, these come in handy.

A Manchester woman breaks out in "Don't Look Back

posted: 25 May 2017

People across England observed a minute of silence Thursday in remembrance of the 22 victims killed in the Manchester concert bombing. After the minute of silence in this Manchester city center, a woman suddenly starts singing "Don't Look Back in Anger" by Oasis, and the crowd joins in.

Arrest warrant issued for disgraced yoga tycoon Bi

posted: 25 May 2017

https://youtu.be/NZ4BF0WdY1s

Bikram Choudhury, the founder of Bikram yoga, is out of money, even though he claims in the video above that women are clamoring to pay him $1,000,000 for a single drop of his sperm. To make matters worse for Mr. Choudhury, who was ordered to pay millions for sexually harassing women, there's now a warrant for his arrest.

Via SF Gate:

A California judge on Wednesday issued an arrest warrant for the founder of Bikram yoga, who's been ordered to hand over proceeds from his global fitness business to satisfy a $6.8 million judgment won by a former legal adviser.

Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Edward Moreton issued the warrant for Bikram Choudhury and set bail at $8 million.

No lawyers appeared for Choudhury, who claimed last year he was nearly bankrupt.

(Thanks, Matthew!)

New documentary in production about electronic mus

posted: 25 May 2017

Morton Subotnick is an 84-year-old avant-garde composer whose pioneering electronic music, and approach to musicmaking, influenced the likes of Daft Punk, Kraftwerk, Four Tet, and countless techno artists. Subotnick helped Don Buchla design what was likely the first analog music synthesizer and used it to create his seminal psychedelic masterpiece, Silver Apples of the Moon (1967), the first electronic music work commissioned by a major record company, Nonesuch/Elektra. (Fan-made video below.) Just a few years before, Subotnick co-founded the iconic San Francisco Tape Music Center that became a creative home for Terry Riley, Pauline Oliveros, Steve Reich, and so many more incredible composers. And he's still making sounds. Now, Toronto's Waveshaper Media, the production company behind “I Dream Of Wires" and the forthcoming “Electronic Voyager" film about Bob Moog are working on a documentary about Subotnick. Support it on Indiegogo.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B8DwthVf-Wg

Watch other NATO leaders grimace as Trump claims t

posted: 25 May 2017

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Cm8Su-bbmw

Trump has been demanding that NATO member states who have funded their militaries below agreed upon rates "pay up." The leaders of those nations almost unanimously look like they could care less about what Orange Julius has to say.

The world could use less military spending.

Designer Marc Newson makes a $12,000 hourglass

posted: 25 May 2017

I love hearing Marc Newson talk about why his hourglass is worth $12,000. Hurry, it's limited to 100 units!

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Sassy Donald of Arabia

posted: 25 May 2017

More Sassy.

UK juice company Crushed tweeted product pitch peg

posted: 25 May 2017

Bad taste. And I'm not just talking about the drink. Crushed has just deleted the Tweet.

(via Reddit)

The great Buckwheat hoax

posted: 25 May 2017

GordieLaChance says: "In 1990 a supermarket bagger named Bill English appeared on ABC's 20/20 claiming to be 'Buckwheat' from the classic 'Our Gang"/"Little Rascals' shorts. Problem? The actual Buckwheat had died 10 years prior. Watch as Bill's O'tay-ness is called into question."

A butts-on review of Boing Boing's favorite bargai

posted: 25 May 2017

Is a dirt cheap bidet really the way to go? Our publisher risks his nethers to find out!

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Teaser for Castlevania series on Netflix

posted: 25 May 2017

With the classic 1980s Nintendo Entertainment System continuing to rack up extra lives thanks to the retro videogame resurgence, the thirty year-old game Castlevania has been ported to Netflix with a new animated series. Warren Ellis wrote it, which almost guarantees that it will be the best TV program based on a videogame ever, and that includes Hanna-Barbera's Pac-Man.

Mexico markets Trump themed tp, proceeds help migr

posted: 25 May 2017

Orange Julius-themed toilet paper will hit the shelves this year, and 30% of the profits go towards helping migrants.

Via CNN affiliate Expansion:

Del enfado pasó a la creatividad. Antonio Battaglia, un abogado guanajuatense, pondrá a la venta la marca de papel higiénico 'Trump' a finales de año, y de paso dejará una parte de las ganancias para apoyar a migrantes y a sus compatriotas deportados.

El tono ofensivo que utilizó Donald Trump al referirse a los mexicanos durante sus días de campaña rumbo a la presidencia de Estados Unidos motivó a Battaglia, que buscó generar un mensaje para dejar claro que los mexicanos no son “Bad Hombres”, como les llamó el estadounidense.

"Me generó una molestia y empecé a buscar la manera de hacer algo que tuviera una repercusión, no en tono de burla o un mal desquite, sino de manera positiva”, dijo en entrevista a Expansión.

(h/t Pocho)

Britons unbowed by terrorists¬タヤor by the hysteric

posted: 25 May 2017

Here's a video of people in Manchester singing "Don't Look Back In Anger" after a moment's silence for the 22 people killed in this week's terror attack.

https://twitter.com/DanielHewittITV/status/867684217966276608

Puppies on swings

posted: 25 May 2017

Pups On Swings is the best subreddit, devoted exclusively to images and videos of dogs on swings. https://imgur.com/t/aww/OUBghqZ

Sassy Trump at the Coast Guard commencement

posted: 25 May 2017

Did he order the Coasties to let him speak?

Ben Carson thinks poverty is a state of mind

posted: 25 May 2017

Ladies and gentlemen, the US Secretary of Housing and Urban Development says you're poor largely because you have the wrong mindset.

The retired neurosurgeon oversees a department that manages housing for the country's low-income population.

His comments quickly drew sharp criticism on social media.

"I think poverty to a large extent is also a state of mind," he said in an interview that aired on Wednesday.

"You take somebody that has the right mindset, you can take everything from them and put them on the street, and I guarantee in a little while they'll be right back up there.

"And you take somebody with the wrong mindset, you can give them everything in the world, they'll work their way right back down to the bottom."

Never attribute to malice or stupidity that which is explained by both.

Pope Francis doesn't want to hold Donald Trump's h

posted: 25 May 2017

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Killer bug threatens life on Earth, why Comey had

posted: 25 May 2017

It's another week of weighty issues in the tabloids, with heavy politics and underweight celebrities hogging the headlines.

"Bag of bones Angelina Jolie" is an anorexic 91 pounds and must "rehab or die!" proclaims the 'Globe,' only three weeks after stablemate the 'National Enquirer' reported that the actress "looks healthier than she has in months" and had "regained an estimated 53 pounds."

The 'Globe' squad of fun-fair midway-trained "Guess Your Weight" experts also report "99-lb Lisa Marie Presley Dying!" as "friends fear she's killing herself with drugs." Because in Hollywood friends live in constant fear for their celebrity pals.

Singer Tony Bennett "has 5 weeks to live . . . friends fear," reports the 'Globe.' Evidently he's too weak to snap his fingers as he sings, which "pals fear" means the end is near. Or maybe at 90 the crooner simply has a touch of arthritis?

Another singer, Jessica Simpson, has gained a little weight, and her modest stomach paunch prompts the 'Enquirer' to report that she is "pregnant to save marriage!" Or maybe she's just eaten too many Burger King Double Whoppers? The magazine even found a New York doctor to say that based on a couple of photos "she certainly looks at least three months along" - a time at which most women are barely showing.

Heavyweight politics dominates the 'Enquirer,' which devotes two pages to former FBI director James Comey: "A Victim - Or A Villain?" Former White House advisor Dick Morris answers that question for the 'Enquirer,' in his column: "Why Prez Had to Fire FBI Boss." The reason? Comey allegedly sealed his own fate when he passed to Obama the spy dossier containing allegations of Trump's link to golden showers with Russian hookers. "He even had the gall to brief Trump on what was in it," says Morris, scorning Comey's professional courtesy. Sure, kill the messenger.

'Us' magazine devotes endless pages to Hollywood's "Best Bodies" and how to get them, with workout and diet tips from Julianne Hough, Kate Hudson, et al, in a traditional display of unattainable genetically-blessed improbably honed and toned bodies.

'People' mag brings us its own real-life "weight loss triumphs" with four graduates of the reality TV series 'My 600-lb Life' revealing how they each lost hundreds of pounds. Then the magazine helpfully offers a recipe for "orange-glazed baby back ribs" which look perfect for gaining all that weight back.

Of course there's plenty of lightweight celebrity news too, much of it fed a virtually fact-free diet.

Paris Jackson "adopts her baby brother" claims the 'Enquirer,' of Michael Jackson's youngest son Blanket, though of course she has not adopted him, and at 19 is highly unlikely to adopt her 15-year-old sibling while he is under the supervision of a court and trustees, in the care of their grandmother, aided by three housekeepers and a chef. Incidentally, 'People' reports that Blanket was so unhappy with his name and the bullying it attracted, that he changed his monicker in 2015 to something less provocative . . . Bigi. I kid you not.

I hate to come to the defense of beleaguered alleged sex fiend Bill Cosby, but the 'Enquirer' claims that he is "faking blindness," enlisting "a nationally recognized forensic expert" to conclude that photos of him getting into a car clearly show him looking at the door. I can't imagine why the 'Enquirer' didn't employ its customary team of psychics, fearful friends and doctors who have never seen the patient to diagnose Cosby, but they seem to ignore the fact that he is "legally blind," which can mean that he is unable to read or drive, yet may still have limited peripheral vision giving him a blurry view of the world. Even if Cosby is lying, it's hard to imagine making a forensic diagnosis of that based on a few photographs.

Princess Diana's former lover James Hewitt, clinging to life following a major heart attack and stroke, is taking his "secrets . . . to the grave," reports the 'Globe.' Or you could believe the 'National Examiner' report that Hewitt, despite fighting for his life, "is poised to spill shocking secrets of their lengthy affair from his deathbed" in a "tell-all book." Perhaps banking on Hewitt not surviving his ordeal, the 'Examiner' gleefully reveals secrets from this as-yet-unwritten memoir, claiming: "Charles Paid Hewitt to be Diana's Lover!" Courtesy of their squad of psychic book reviewers, no doubt.

Fortunately we have the investigative team at 'Us' magazine to tell us that Jennifer Lopez wore it best, actress Katey Sagal wishes that she could paint, Melissa Rycroft keeps Animal Crackers, baby wipes and hair scrunchies in her Louis Vuitton bag, and that the stars are just like us: they bicycle, eat, drink, and shop. And paparazzi are there to chronicle every magical moment.

'Us' and 'People' both bring us more photographs than we could possibly want of the semi-Royal wedding of the year, when the Duchess of Cambridge's sister Pippa Middleton tied the knot with a slew of British royalty in attendance. The vacuity of celebrity coverage at its best.

The 'Examiner' yet again brings us the biggest news of the week: "Killer Bug Threatens to Wipe Out the World!" but understandably relegates this earth-shattering revelation to page 40, because readers will certainly be more concerned with a "Dog & Duck's Quacky Friendship!" and "how Goldie & Kurt keep the passion alive!"

Onwards and downwards . . .

Math puzzle: Filling a bath tub with increasingly

posted: 25 May 2017

We are trying to fill a bath tub! How long does it take if we make our containers smaller and smaller following a certain pattern? Finding an upper and lower bound means finding a range of possible answer: we can know that it will take more than a certain amount of pours and less than a certain amount of pours, which will at least give us an idea. Who can come up with the most precise range? Grappling this problem will introduce you to ideas within Calculus. The situation is super counter intuitive. Good luck!

90,000 young Britons register to vote in one day

posted: 25 May 2017

...and they're likely to vote for the "unelectable" Jeremy Corbyn, a guy significantly to the left of, say, Bernie Sanders, who has survived multiple attempts by the finance-capital wing of his own party to unseat him, and who is riding on a national wave of disillusionment with Thatherism, Neo-Thatcherism, and May-Thatcherism. (more…)

Toothstars has a galaxy of tooth whitening informa

posted: 25 May 2017

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Summer's almost here, time to pick up an outdoor-r

posted: 25 May 2017

Boasting an IPX6 waterproof rating, the Trakk Bullet Ultra Compact Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker resists dust and heavy rainfall. It’s currently available in the Boing Boing Store.

The Trakk Bullet offers the same wireless convenience as other portable speakers, but few are built as tough as this one. Its utilitarian construction is designed to be a totally low-maintenance outdoor companion. Whether you’re hiking through a downpour or relaxing on the beach, the Trakk Bullet will keep playing anywhere for up to 20 hours on a single charge. And if you ever need to take it inside, just hose it down—it can easily withstand a high-pressure water stream.

For crystal-clear audio in a durable package, pick up the Trakk Bullet Ultra Compact Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker. You can get it here for $39.99, 42% off the usual price.

Republican candidate Greg Gianforte attacks report

posted: 25 May 2017

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fhoH4v8xYlU

Greg Gianforte, the Republican candidate in Montana's congressional election, attacked a reporter from UK newspaper The Guardian, body-slamming him and breaking his glasses.

In audio recorded by Ben Jacobs, who covers the U.S. political beat, you can hear Gianforte getting shirty, then, when pressed, the muffled sounds of what Jacobs said was "the strangest thing that has ever happened to him in politics."

“I’m sick and tired of you guys,” Gianforte said. “The last guy who came here did the same thing. Get the hell out of here. Get the hell out of here. The last guy did the same thing. Are you with the Guardian?”

“Yes! You just broke my glasses,” Jacobs replied.

“The last guy did the same damn thing,” Gianforte said.

“You just body slammed me and broke my glasses,” Jacob said.

“Get the hell out of here,” Gianforte yelled.

Jacobs was taken to hospital but is fine—except for his specs. A TV crew and a Buzzfeed reporter were nearby at the time, each apparently getting a partial look at the altercation. The Gallatin County sheriff, Brian Gootkin, says he's investigating.

One interesting aspect to Gianforte: he's a tech entrepreneur, which would account both for his emotional inability to cope with conflict and his evidently slobbish and untutored combat technique.

UPDATE: Gianforte's campaign released a statement suggesting that Jacobs got physical, not Gianforte. I'm not sure if it was released before or after The Guardian published its audio of the incident, but one doubts they were aware of it.

UPDATE II: The Fox affiliate news crew in the room with them released a statement, and it's completely damning for Gianforte.

Gianforte grabbed Jacobs by the neck with both hands and slammed him into the ground behind him. Faith, Keith and I watched in disbelief as Gianforte then began punching the man, as he moved on top the reporter and began yelling something to the effect of "I'm sick and tired of this!"

Jacobs scrambled to his knees and said something about his glasses being broken. He asked Faith, Keith and myself for our names. In shock, we did not answer. He then said he wanted the police called and went to leave. Gianforte looked at the three of us and repeatedly apologized. At that point, I told him and Scanlon, who was now present, that we needed a moment. The men then left.

To be clear, at no point did any of us who witnessed this assault see Jacobs show any form of physical aggression toward Gianforte, who left the area after giving statements to local sheriff's deputies.

UPDATE III, 5 a.m. Thursday: He's been charged with assault and the big local newspapers supporting him have publicly repudiated their endorsements. The interesting wrinkle is that it all happened so late in the race—the election is today!—that it seems unlikely to cut Gianforte's substantial polling lead. When you consider mail-in votes, they may already have all-but elected this lying handsy thug.

The world¬タルs heaviest weight

posted: 25 May 2017

The YouTube channel Veritasium visits the world’s heaviest weight at the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Washington, D.C. With a maximum force of 1 million pounds, it's used to measure the force of planes, jets, and rockets.

Meet Unko Sensei, the poop teacher making kanji fu

posted: 25 May 2017

Unko Sensei (literally Poop Teacher), is a charming mustachioed turd helping Japanese grade-schoolers learn over 1000 kanji characters required by the end of 6th grade. (more…)

Taste-testing weird, internet-famous pizzas

posted: 25 May 2017

First We Feast’s Sean Evans teams up with The Pizza Show’s Frank Pinello to taste test internet-famous pizzas like The Taco Taco Taco Pizza, The Pizza Box Pizza, and a 24 Karat Gold Pizza that costs $2,000 per pie.

Watch this artist assemble her gorgeous papercraft

posted: 25 May 2017

Yulia Brodskaya (previously) creates beautiful textured portraits by tightly folding and quilling colorful paper and affixing it upright on a flat surface. Here's a timelapse of her piece Girl with peacock earrings. (more…)

Friendly woodpecker gets a guided tour of Chicago

posted: 25 May 2017

“Welcome to Chicago!”

Watch how maple syrup harvesting has gone high-tec

posted: 25 May 2017

Buckets hanging on maple trees may have worked great 200 years ago, but modern producers use a system like the internet: a series of tubes! (more…)

An awesome Beatles-scored tap dance routine

posted: 25 May 2017

Dancer/choreographer Nick Young uses The Beatles’ “Come Together” as inspiration for this gorgeously shot tap dance number.

A great look back at Soviet futurism

posted: 25 May 2017

This summer, the Barbican is mounting Into the Unknown: A Journey through Science Fiction. As part of that, they will be displaying some rare Soviet-era sci-fi collectibles from the seminal Tekhikia – Molodezhi magazine, according to a great overview by It's Nice That. (more…)

Op-ed recommendation: ¬タワWhy Straight Men Kill The

posted: 25 May 2017

In this new op-ed, L.A.-based writer, actor, and trans activist Jen Richards explores the tragic phenomenon of straight men who murder the trans women they love. As she puts it, “Bigotry is rarely as simple as we’d like to believe.” Richards starts by detailing a romantic encounter she once had with a man named Mark, who suddenly became agitated. She writes:

I know what the story would be if my lifeless body were later found, and if Mark were arrested. He would say that I didn’t tell him I was trans. That I came to his hotel room and it was only when we were in bed that he discovered I was “really a man.” That he panicked and the next thing he knew I was no longer breathing. If the case went to court, his lawyers would argue “trans panic,” an admissible defense in 49 states. And the only person who could contradict his statement, me, would be unable to. I would be further proof of a stubbornly pervasive narrative: the man who dresses up as a woman to trick a man. We as a society have decided that such deception justifies murder. He might go to jail for involuntary manslaughter—maybe—but there’d undoubtedly be sympathy for him, too. How awful to think you’re with a woman and have it turn out to be a man. (The unspoken subtext being “the faggot had it coming.”)

No one would know that Mark sought me out in a forum specifically for men looking for trans women. That he was one of many straight men who watch trans pornography, hire trans escorts, troll Craigslist for “discreet” hookups, go to clubs trans women are known to frequent, or look for trans sex workers on the “stroll” that every city has. No one would know I don’t trick men, that I don’t need to.

I made it out unharmed that night, but many women like me don’t.

Richards goes on to tell the story of 17-year-old Mercedes Williamson, a trans girl killed by her boyfriend. She ties both stories into broader issues of toxic masculinity, which can be fueled by things even as seemingly innocuous as a crude joke made by a Bachelorette contestant. The full article is well worth a read and is available on Logo’s New Now Next website.

Vintage isochrone maps show 19th-century travel ti

posted: 25 May 2017

In the late 19th century, travel times became a thing of fascination as modes of transportation improved by leaps and bounds (e.g., Around the World in 80 Days, published in 1873). Great thinkers of the day like Francis Galton even devised isochrone maps, which showed how long it would take to get from a central point to other points of interest. (more…)

Cars parked on the mean streets of mid-1970s New Y

posted: 25 May 2017

Cars: New York City, 1974–1976 collects over 100 of Langdon Clay's creepy shots of cars parked overnight on the streets of New York at its lowest ebb. The scenes evoke Taxi Driver, The Warriors, even a little Snake Plisken. (more…)

A prisoner in solitary confinement was the only su

posted: 25 May 2017

Mount Pelée, on the Caribbean island of Martinique, erupted in 1902, killing 30,000 people in the scenic town of Saint-Pierre. But rescuers found one man alive -- a 27-year-old laborer in a dungeon-like jail cell. In this week's episode of the Futility Closet podcast we'll meet Ludger Sylbaris, who P.T. Barnum called "The Only Living Object That Survived in the Silent City of Death."

We'll also address some Indian uncles and puzzle over a gruesome hike.

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Ryan Reynolds helps Honest Trailers take on Logan

posted: 25 May 2017

With a movie as good as Logan, Honest Trailers had to enlist Deadpool himself to help them make fun of it.

Would-be Montana GOP Congressjerk with ties to san

posted: 25 May 2017

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQwu4wff7lI

Greg Gianforte is a short-tempered, hyper-conservative Montana political hopeful who is standing for the GOP in a special election for a Congressional seat; he is also invested in Russian firms that are under US sanction. (more…)

Colombian biologist won't go to jail for 8 years f

posted: 25 May 2017

Timothy writes, "Diego Gómez is a Colombian conservation biologist. When he was a college student, he shared a single research paper online so that others could read and learn from it, just as he did. Diego was criminally prosecuted for copyright infringement, and faced up to 8 years in prison." (more…)

Remembering the original, Harold Pinter screen ada

posted: 25 May 2017

Zachary Smith writes, "Almost 30 years before Hulu's take on Margaret Atwood's feminist classic, a less-successful adaptation was filmed in Durham, NC. Here's a well-researched look at the making of that film, and its strange parallels to the community." (more…)

Liverpool, I'll see you tonight on the Walkaway to

posted: 25 May 2017

Thanks to everyone who came out for last night's final London event on the UK Walkaway tour, at Pages of Hackney with Olivia Sudjic; today I'm heading to Waterstones Liverpool One for an event with Dr Chris Pak, followed by a stop tomorrow at Waterstones in Birmingham and then wrapping up in the UK with an event with Adam Rutherford at the Hay Festival. (more…)

The Registry

Windows 10 love to see PC market grow again. Futur

posted: 26 May 2017

Analyst firm IDC just made one of these three improbable predictions for the year 2019

Analyst outfit IDC thinks the PC market will grow again, although things are going to get worse before they get better. And the growth will come because people like Windows 10.…

Battery-hungry cars roll over Lenovo's FY 16/17 bo

posted: 26 May 2017

Data centre unit 'still under transformation' and losing money, as is mobile business

Lenovo has returned to growth, posting a pleasing set of fourth quarter numbers but still has plenty of work to do in the mobile and data centre markets.…

IBM asks contractors to take a pay cut

posted: 25 May 2017

Big Blue is 'shifting service delivery model to dedicated employee workforce' but clients aren't happy

EXCLUSIVE  IBM is not just banning the hire of new contractors and telling existing contractors they won't get new gigs: now it is telling some current contractors they will have to take a pay cut.…

Init freedom declared as systemd-free

posted: 25 May 2017

Devuan 'Jessie' is done and will get long term support beyond the life of Debian Jessie

POLL  The self-described “Veteran Unix Admin collective” that in 2014 promised to give the world a cut of Debian without systemd has delivered: Devuan 1.0.0 LTS hit the web today.…

T-Mobile goes Apple/Google route by separating pho

posted: 25 May 2017

'Digits' marks a shift for the phone industry

T-Mobile is taking a leaf out of the tech industry book and separating phones from their numbers.…

Juno's first data causing boffins to rewrite the t

posted: 25 May 2017

Sadly no black monolith found

Scientists were expecting a lot of new data from the Juno space probe orbiting Jupiter, and they haven't been disappointed. The most massive planet in the Solar System is turning out to have a lot of surprises.…

Don't rely on fitness trackers to track number of

posted: 25 May 2017

Study shows energy readings off over 90%

Your fitness tracker might measure a heart rate accurately, but not the amount of calories burned, according to a study published in the Journal of Personalised Medicine.…

Apple has finally found someone to support HomeKit

posted: 25 May 2017

But Belkin's new bridge only reinforces the problem of a locked-down ecosystem

It's been a year since Apple officially launched its internet-of-things smart-home service – an event that we noted at the time was somewhat undermined by the fact that there were virtually no products that worked with it.…

Congresscritters float benefits for gig workers

posted: 25 May 2017

Bill would let contractors get unemployment and paid leave

Two US legislators are drafting bills to provide "gig" contract workers many of the same benefits afforded to those who work full time.…

US citizens complain their names were used for FCC

posted: 25 May 2017

Allegedly astroturfed Americans speak out over net neutrality filings

Fourteen Americans (with the help of an advocacy group) are complaining to the FCC that their names were used without permission to file fake comments on the proposed net neutrality overhaul.…

Three Nigerians sentenced to 235 years in prison f

posted: 25 May 2017

Don't expect princely borrowing emails to stop any time soon

A court in Mississippi has sentenced three Nigerian men to 235 years in prison for running online scams that duped people out of tens of millions of dollars.…

Microsoft court victory prompts call for data-grab

posted: 25 May 2017

Legislators mull over modernizing legal process for seizing cloud data

The Senate Judiciary Committee Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism on Wednesday held a hearing to explore the government's inability to have its cake and eat it too.…

Astroboffins spot a new type of galaxy bursting wi

posted: 25 May 2017

Star formation rate is a hundred times faster than our Milky Way

A team of astronomers has stumbled across a new kind of galaxy that may be the missing piece of the puzzle regarding how ancient galaxies grew to such massive sizes.…

Cloudflare doubles down on its troll-hunting crusa

posted: 25 May 2017

Bounty for invalidating Blackbird Tech patents increases

Cloudflare has today stepped up its efforts to run patent litigator Blackbird Technologies into the ground.…

Venezuela increases internet censorship and survei

posted: 25 May 2017

Latin American country going the China route

Venezuela is increasingly censoring its internet and expanding online surveillance of citizens.…

Domains tainted by RoughTed malvertising reap half

posted: 25 May 2017

Some of which comes from Alexa top 500 websites

A strain of adblocker-aware malvertising is responsible for a range of scams, exploits and general skulduggery.…

Capita payments service Pay360 goes TITSUP

posted: 25 May 2017

'Major incident' in data centre

Capita Pay360 service, which allows small businesses and councils to accept online transactions such as paying parking fines, has gone down in the UK and Ireland due to a "major incident" in its data centre.…

HP Inc CEO reports 'breakthrough' quarter as PC sa

posted: 25 May 2017

Look at me go, Mum!

For the first time in more than half a decade HP Inc has managed to report quarterly growth in both its PC and printer businesses, a point CEO Dion Weisler described as a watershed moment in the company's recent history.…

Pure's punchy first fiscal 2017 quarter opens door

posted: 25 May 2017

Moving into co-processing with the big 3 public cloud players

All-flasher Pure Storage has a feeling this could be its first billion-dollar year and is moving into tightly coupled co-processing between Pure and big 3 public cloud players.…

Walkers' Crisps pulls backfiring Tweet campaign th

posted: 25 May 2017

Pranksters game promo to feature sex crims, murderers, terrorists....

Walkers' Crisps is desperately scrabbling to clean up a Twitter promo campaign after miscreants gamed it to broadcast videos of Gary Lineker holding up photos of paedophiles, murderers, terrorists and other such scum of the earth.…

Auntie sh!tcans BBC Store after 18 months

posted: 25 May 2017

Customers offered Amazon vouchers or a full refund

The Beeb is to shut its online paid-for streaming service BBC Store from November, just 18 months after it launched.…

Captain Kurian steers good ship NetApp back on cou

posted: 25 May 2017

Final quarter is third in a row to show revenue and profit growth

No drama, no worries, just the slick sounds of a well-oiled machine doing its stuff. That's NetApp with its latest quarterly results.…

EU pegs quota for 'homegrown' content on Netflix a

posted: 25 May 2017

Streaming service argues it'll result in lower quality work

The European Parliament has set content quotas for OTT video services like Netflix and Amazon Prime even higher than the Commission originally wanted. 30 per cent of the services' catalog must be European works, Parliament has decreed.…

NHS Digital stopped short of advising against payi

posted: 25 May 2017

Trusts may have had corrupted backups... or none at all

NHS Digital stopped short of advising health organisations not to cough up for the WannaCrypt ransom attack because it couldn't be certain that all hospitals had backed up patient records.…

Nokia's retro revival 3310 goes on sale and disapp

posted: 25 May 2017

People must really love Snake

If you blinked, you missed it.…

Drones over London caused aviation chaos, pilots'

posted: 25 May 2017

Heathrow flights were diverted to avoid errant UAVs

A pair of errant drones over East London caused so much airspace disruption that flights to Heathrow had to be diverted for fear of collision, it has emerged.…

Lenovo UK boss pulls the chain, flushes himself ou

posted: 25 May 2017

Wang gets the call to arms, stands to attention

Exclusive  Lenovo UK boss John Harber has quit just 15 months after taking the hot seat, El Reg can confirm.…

Info commish: One year to go and businesses still

posted: 25 May 2017

Thought £400k TalkTalk fine was big? Try €20m

Companies are unprepared for the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) coming into force a year today, and some small businesses "might not even know" a new regime is looming, the UK Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham has warned.…

'Cloak and dagger' vuln rolls critical hit against

posted: 25 May 2017

Malicious combination of legitimate permissions

A distinct class of Android vulnerability has been unearthed by computer scientists at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta.…

The joy and the pain of buying IT

posted: 25 May 2017

Those bloody procurement guys did what?

Study  You, dear readers, continually tell us in surveys how hard it is to get the investment needed to help you do your jobs effectively. Regardless of the topic – core infrastructure, middleware, management tools, etc – it’s common to hear stories of execs not "getting it", while expecting IT to muddle through as more pressure is piled onto already stretched teams.…

Industrial Light & Magic: 40 years of Lucas's

posted: 25 May 2017

The roots of multithreaded rendering software

Star Wars New Hope @ 40  In the 40 years since the release of the original Star Wars, special effects have changed beyond recognition.…

Distro watch for Ubuntu lovers: What's ahead in Li

posted: 25 May 2017

Elementary OS, my dear penguin?

With the death of Unity, Canonical will focus more attention on Ubuntu servers, Ubuntu in the cloud and Ubuntu in the so-called Internet of Things.…

RightNow founder turned politician gets assault ch

posted: 25 May 2017

Greg Gianforte loses it on election eve

Until Wednesday, Greg Gianforte's life had followed a lovely script: he twice sold software companies for millions, the second time for US$1.5bn when Oracle acquired CRM company RightNow Technologies.…

Your roadmap to the Google vs Oracle Java wars

posted: 25 May 2017

'It is happening again'

Analysis  The final lap nears in Oracle's epic seven year battle with Google over Java. It's reached the Federal Appeals Circuit, where Oracle is confident that three appeals judges with a strong track record of upholding IP will decide in its favour.…

UK ministers to push anti-encryption laws after el

posted: 25 May 2017

Anger over Manchester attack may play a part

The UK government will push through orders next month to force all communications companies including Google and Facebook to break data encryption.…

DARPA orders spaceplane capable of ten launches in

posted: 25 May 2017

Boeing to build 'Phantom Express' on heir to Space Shuttle's main engine

The United States Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency has commissioned Boeing to build a spaceplane capable of ten launches in ten days.…

Veerle's Blog

Ebola Crisis

posted: 26 May 2017

A warm atmosphere in this illustration. Great patterns on the dresses and brilliant colors that suit the mood.

via Owen Davey

Hearts in Atlantis

posted: 26 May 2017

Inspired by the film of Stephen King’s best seller with the same name. Nice detail that the hat is found on the heart.

via YEL.LOW / VADYM SOLOVYOV

Horse Vespa

posted: 26 May 2017

Love this subtly absurd and boldly colored illustration.

via John

I See You

posted: 26 May 2017

The little details that make this shine are the eyes that see in the binocular.

via Matt Blease

Stanford Medical Wellness

posted: 26 May 2017

Beautiful Pallet! Great textures too.

via Chris Silas Neal

Playa Game

posted: 26 May 2017

All the plants are so nicely executed. Also loving the female running and how the waves are drawn.

via xoana herrera

Banking poster

posted: 26 May 2017

So much greatness in this.

via Jones & Co

Testing Crew

posted: 26 May 2017

Nice editorial image. The line drawings in the back are clever.

via Jones & Co

Summer Night

posted: 26 May 2017

Great job on the lighting with using white as light source of the moon I assume.

via Nutsa Avaliani

Taco Friday

posted: 26 May 2017

Great for studying the texture and patterns usage.

via Scotty Reifsnyder