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Arnold Schwarzenegger to white supremacists: your

posted: 18 Aug 2017

Arnold Schwarzenegger delivers the speech Trump should have made in response to the Charlottesville violence. He also has a few choice things to say about white supremacists and neo-Nazis; in short they are a cancer and are losers.

Is progress inevitable?

posted: 17 Aug 2017

In his book on the history of human progress, Our Kind, anthropologist Marvin Harris asked in the final chapter, “Will nature’s experiment with mind and culture end in nuclear war?”

The book came out in 1989, in the final years of our Cold War nuclear paranoia, and his telling of how people developed from hunter gatherers all the way to McDonald’s franchise owners, he said, couldn’t honestly end with him gazing optimistically to the horizon because never had the fate of so many been under the control of so few.

“What alarms me most,” he wrote, “is the acquiescence of ordinary citizens and their elected officials to the idea that our kind has to learn to deal with the threat of mutual annihilation because it is the best way of reducing the danger that one nuclear power will attack another.”

In the final paragraph, Harris wrote that “we must recognize the degree to which we are not yet in control” of our own society. Progress was mostly chance and luck with human agency steering us away from the rocks when it could, but unless we gained some measure of control of where we were going as a species, he said, we’d be rolled over by our worst tendencies, magnified within institutions too complex for any one person to predict or direct.


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I know where this feeling came from because I grew up terrified of nuclear war. It seemed like every week there was a TV special assuring me I didn’t have much to look forward to, like The Day After, Countdown to Looking Glass, Testament, and Special Bulletin, and HBO movies like By Dawn’s Early Light as well as a handful of the rebooted The Twilight Zone episodes and remnants of the 1970s like Damnation Alley floating among the cable apocalyptic schlock – all devoted, it seemed, to scaring the shit out of us by revealing what horrors awaited if they ever pressed the button.

It was always with us, that fear, that uncertainty, that feeling that progress had brought us the Nintendo Entertainment System but also our doom, and then all at once Star Trek the Next Generation premiered, the Berlin Wall came down, and the Soviet Union collapsed. The Cold War ended, and the cast of Seinfeld appeared, worried about raisins and parking spaces and the smell of wet sand but not nuclear bombs or fallout zones. Soon we’d have the internet, and for a time, it was good.

I became enamored with science and progress, looking back through time and seeing nothing but so much ignorance and injustice and lack of freedom, things that are today unthinkable were then commonplace. And I got this sense that social change was a force of nature itself, that progress, however you define it, was inevitable, and that we were in control of that progress. We chose to go to the moon, and we would choose to go to the stars as well.

If you lean liberal on social issues, there was a palpable sense in the last decade, at least for me, that human social progress was definitely now on the Star Trek timeline, not the Mad Max one. Despite our folly with social media public shaming and weaponized outrage-flavored clickbait, we were sorting things out. Same-sex marriage was legal in Mississippi. Our technology wasn’t just making drones and bipedal robots and self-driving cars, but was exposing every kind of privilege, accelerating social change as much as it had technological change. Hashtags and body cameras, smart phones and protests, each was now, with the power of our modern communication tools, exposing where the work needed to be done, where injustice flourished. I had a sense that with this new pace of change we were hurtling toward a cure for baldness that no one would use because, as Gene Roddenberry famously said, “no one would care,” and then came Brexit and Trump.

I’m not saying we are back onto the Mad Max timeline. I’ll never believe that, just that we aren’t in as much control as I had assumed and that most social change is farther away than I imagined. Nuclear bombs are now back in play, and the people in charge of them seem as inept and hawkish as ever. Marvin Harris was right. The moment we believe the struggle is over and that we are fully choosing our destiny is usually the moment before we realize it isn’t and we aren’t. Personally, I believe we will continue to bend the arc of the moral universe, but now I am more aware than ever of how difficult that will be.

This episode of the You Are Not So Smart podcast is about progress, how we invented it as an idea and then went about pursuing it on-purpose. Our guest is University of Chicago historian Ada Palmer. I wanted to talk to Ada because she wrote this brilliant, fun, illuminating essay earlier this year titled On Progress and Historical Change which felt like had been written specifically to address my exact confusion.

Historians, she writes, are careful to avoid a teleological frame of mind they sometimes call “Whig history,” in which we look back at our ignorant pasts and compare it to our amazing present and then assume there is an ultimate goal to all of this activity, an end-state of perfection, a strange attractor pulling us toward the ultimate purpose of all human effort. The truth is that it is a lot more complicated than that.

In the essay, she reveals the problems with thinking in this way and asks, “Is progress inevitable? Is it natural? Is it fragile? Is it possible? Is it a problematic concept in the first place?”

In the episode, you’ll hear her address all these questions and more, and I promise it will leave you feeling optimistic, but also a bit more realistic.

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After On Podcast #3: EFF Executive Director Cindy

posted: 17 Aug 2017

Below you’ll find a wide-ranging interview with Cindy Cohn, who runs the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF).

It’s the third episode of my podcast, which launched here on Boing Boing two weeks back and which is co-hosted by Tom Merritt. The podcast series goes deep into the science, tech, and sociological issues explored in my present-day science fiction novel After On – but no familiarity with the novel is necessary to listen to it.

Issues of privacy and government hacking in are central to After On’s storyline. And no organization is more deeply concerned with these matters than EFF, which positions itself as “the leading nonprofit defending digital privacy, free speech, and innovation.”

Cindy has been working with EFF for most of its history, and running it since 2015. In our interview we discuss several chilling developments EFF is fighting. One is the legal campaign against Mike Masnick and his long-running blog TechDirt. This is widely viewed as a SLAPP, or strategic lawsuit against public participation.

Moneyed plaintiffs use SLAPP suits to arbitrarily silence opinions that displease them – a power none are granted in free societies, but which is readily accessible through cynical abuse of the legal system. Just last week, Masnick accepted $250,000 from donors ranging across the political spectrum to fight this odious practice, and just yesterday EFF named him a winner of its 2017 Pioneer Award, making this a timely conversation.

Cindy and I also discuss how Cisco helped China censor its Internet and oppress religious minorities; the controversy surrounding Facebook’s attempt to roll out a free but stripped-down Internet in India; the morality of tools that protect good people from evil governments but can also protect evil people from good governments; EFF’s own storied history, and much more.

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Earth faces comet catastrophe, in this week¬タルs ta

posted: 17 Aug 2017

J. Edgar Hoover killed President Kennedy, O.J. Simpson aims to murder Kardashian matriarch Kris Jenner, and JonBenet Ramsey’s babysitter tells all, in this week’s reality-divorced tabloids.

JonBenet’s babysitter Kristine Griffin tells the ‘Globe': “The parents didn’t do it - but I know who did.” But she refuses to identify the killer. So much for telling all.

O.J., weeks from going free on parole, is “hell-bent on revenge,” claims the ‘National Enquirer,’ which is a step back from recent tabloid stories that claimed Simpson plans to murder everyone who ever doubted his innocence. Incapable of inventing a motive for O.J.’s murderous rage, a dubiously unnamed source muses: “O.J. blames Kris for everything. Whether it’s right or wrong, it’s all her fault.”

Why would FBI director Hoover put a hit out on JFK? “He was being fired for blackmailing prez,” reports the ‘Globe,’ helpfully adding: “Lee Harvey Oswald was on his payroll!” How did they slip that conspiracy past the Warren Commission? Hoover blackmailed the Commissioners with dirt on every one of the investigators. It sounds obvious once it’s explained, doesn’t it?

You have to admire the ‘National Examiner’ for its story on actress Betty White explaining why, at 95, “I’ll never get plastic surgery.” Presumably it’s because the chance to look 20 years younger doesn’t sound that appealing. Why would she want to compete with a bunch of 75-year-old actors when she has the 95-year-old market locked up?

The ‘Examiner’ has come late to the tabloid realization that the British Royal family rarely sue, no matter how egregious the story, and this week devotes its cover to “William Catches Camilla Cheating!” Naturally, the Queen “has demanded Charles get an immediate divorce from his power-hungry wife - and banish her from the kingdom forever.” As if it’s an episode of 'Game of Thrones.’ It’s a shame that this same affair claim appeared in May, 2015, in the ‘Globe,’ which alleged that Charles and Camilla had an explosive fight over her fling with an unnamed British actor. Except the affair didn’t exist then, and it doesn’t exist now, much as the British Royal press pack would love it.

The ‘Enquirer’ stays with the Royals, revealing Prince William’s “Secret American Lover” - a woman who may or may not have been his girlfriend 13 years ago, before he met his bride, Kate Middleton. “Taylor Swift Child Abuse Shocker!” is a great headline, though the story has little to do with Tay Tay - her former “high school crush” supposedly admitted assaulting a child. Does everyone in her life only exist to provide inspiration for her songs? Look out for her next hit: ‘I Loved You Once, But Now You’re Choking Kids.'

For the first time in months the tabloids are Trump-free this week - perhaps because President Trump’s Tweets and public rants are more surreal than anything the tabloids can invent? The 'Enquirer,’ however, could not resist reporting on President Obama’s “Girls Gone Wild!” claiming that “sex-crazed Malia and Sasha get down and dirty.” No political motivation behind that report, I’m sure. In the celebrity magazines everything old is new again. ‘Us’ mag reaches back 20 years with Princess Diana to bring us “Her Untold Story.” Heard it all before. ‘People’ reaches back even further, to offer “The Secret Life of Aubrey Hepburn.” Not secret, and it doesn’t seem new; just long-forgotten.

Fortunately we have the crack investigative team at ‘Us’ mag to inform us that Jessie James Decker wore it best (or at least, she showed the most cleavage), that Spice Girl Emma Bunton “can tap and say the alphabet backward,” that fashion designer Olivia Palmero carries four phone chargers, a spare cashmere sweater and bobby pins in her Meli Melo bucket bag, and that the stars are just like us: they ride bikes, haul groceries and pay for parking (at least, when their chauffeurs aren’t driving them around, feeding their meters, and taking their personal assistants to shop for them.)

Once again, we rely on the ‘Examiner’ to bring us back to reality with its report that ‘Earth Faces Comet Catastrophe!” Evidently a “vast number of giant rogue bodies could wipe out humanity.” Apparently that’s not a reference to Donald Trump and Steve Bannon in Speedos, but to NASA research showing there are "seven times as many large comets ripping through the outer edge of the solar system than previously believed.” Yet again, this story is mostly accurately reported - though the comets in question aren’t exactly heading Earthwards any time soon. What is becoming of this tawdry tabloid? If it keeps reporting true stories, I’m going to have to stop buying it.

Onwards and downwards . . .

Image: Wikipedia/Ben Crowder

This is a really neat aluminum spiral video

posted: 17 Aug 2017

“This is what you get when you iron a Slinky,” said one commenter.

So soothing and gorgeous.


The alt-right loves Nietzsche, but Nietzsche would

posted: 17 Aug 2017

No expression of far-right idiocy is complete without a macho misreading of Nietzsche. So frequently miscast as the godfather of everything from the Master Race to Mens' Rights, his name alone is something of a shibboleth. Which is sad, because he wouldn't have thought much of them, writes Sean Illing.

“Nietzsche's argument was that you had to move forward, not fall back onto ethnocentrism,” Hugo Drochon, author of Nietzsche’s Great Politics, told me. “So in many ways Spencer is stuck in the 'Shadows of God' — claiming Christianity is over but trying to find something that will replace it so that we can go on living as if it still existed, rather than trying something new.” ...

Nietzsche was a lot of things — iconoclast, recluse, misanthrope — but he wasn’t a racist or a fascist. He would have shunned the white identity politics of the Nazis and the alt-right. That he’s been hijacked by racists and fascists is partly his fault, though. His writings are riddled with contradictions and puzzles. And his fixation on the future of humankind is easily confused with a kind of social Darwinism.

Nintendo Switch is in Amazon store

posted: 17 Aug 2017

It probably won't last long, but the Nintendo Switch with gray Joy-Con is in the Amazon store right now for $299. We got one a few weeks ago and haven't touched our Wii-U since.

Transcripts from Martin Shkreli's jury-selection p

posted: 17 Aug 2017

Before being convicted of felony securities fraud, smirking cartoon villain pharma-douche-bro Martin Shkreli had to be tried in front of a jury and this presented a unique problem because everyone hates Martin Shkreli, and thus more than 100 jurors were dismissed from the pool during pre-trial questioning. Here are some of the statements that led to those dismissals. (more…)

Chewbacca beat up a ski resort worker with his sno

posted: 17 Aug 2017

A staffer as the Thredbo ski resort in New South Wales, Australia reported that Chewbacca beat him with a snowboard after insisting the Wookie remove his "costume."

“He lost consciousness and some teeth,” Chewbacca wrote on social media, according to the Daily Telegraph. "Been ordered not to have any contact with Thredbo staff (even if i know them) about what happened and must stay 15km away from Thredbo.”

Chewie was charged with "using an offensive weapon to commit an indictable act."

As Greg commented at the Daily Grail, "Dude was lucky he didn't get his arms torn off their sockets."

(Evening Standard)

Watch a new World Yo-Yo Champion in action

posted: 17 Aug 2017

Shu Takada, 20, is the 2017 2A (Two Handed Looping style) World Yo-Yo Champion. He took the title last week at the global tournament in Reykjavic, Iceland.

The "crying white supremacist" was a parking meter

posted: 17 Aug 2017

Before Chris Cantwell became infamous as the angry white supremacist in Vice's Charlottesville: Race and Terror and soon after as the weeping, frightened white supremacist in a viral video, he was an armed harasser of parking meter officers. In fact, in 2014 The Colbert Report profiled Cantwell and two other equally nutty members of his group. They harassed an Iraq veteran who was a meter officer so much that he quit his job. "Very fine" people indeed.

Here's the video:

From Heavy:

The 36-year-old Cantwell, who runs a podcast called Radical Agenda, is heard sharing his anti-Semitic and racist views in the Vice film, even telling reporter Elle Reve that he doesn’t think President Donald Trump is racist enough because he allowed his daughter Ivanka Trump to marry the Jewish Jared Kushner. “I don’t think that you can feel about race the way I do and watch that Kushner bastard walk around with the beautiful girl,” Cantwell said.

Amazon ads for mystery junk defy explanation

posted: 17 Aug 2017

William Turton took note of the bizarre ads for inexplicable items — mysterious geometric forms, molded plastic thingies, confusing wooden components — and investigated. Thankfully, his investigation goes no-where, leaving us in the speculative realm of data-driven and maybe AI-curated advertising.

I would have bet the item above was one of those marbled salt slabs you cook food on instead of a baking tray, but it turns out to be a foam mattress topper.

P.S. I'm quite sure that the "bare image" aesthetic is part of the Amazon Interesting Finds thing, a frequently-updated grid of tchotchkes and oddities such as this $4 USB drive in the shape of a chocolate bar and these soup ladles in the shape of the Lock Ness Monster.

Maker Update: the best DIY projects of the week

posted: 17 Aug 2017

In Donald Bell's latest Maker Update video, he looks at acoustic levitation, an Arduino made by Sony, a new kit by Anouk Wipprecht, self-centering drill bits, and a turning old monitors into a video wall. See show notes here.

ABC News in 1979 looks forward to 2017's solar ecl

posted: 17 Aug 2017

"May the shadow of the moon fall on a world at peace."

Frank Reynolds anchored from New York, with live reports from former science correspondence Jules Bergman and reporter Bob Miller. Live images from Portland, Oregon, Washington state's Goldendale Observatory and Helena, Montana.

It might seem strange, and certainly cold comfort to those who suffered and still suffer, but his wish has been mostly granted. The world has a lot to lose.

Map of local embroidery techniques in Pakistan

posted: 17 Aug 2017

As posted to twitter by Saima Mir, and likely sourced from Generation; but who's the artist?

How to hand letter like an architect

posted: 17 Aug 2017

I'm the son of a physician and inherited his poor penmanship. I wish I had the invaluable but dying life skill demonstrated in this video. (via Uncrate)

Woman loses engagement ring, finds it 13 years lat

posted: 17 Aug 2017

A woman from Alberta lost her diamond engagement ring while gardening 13 years ago, but her grandaughter found it in the middle of a carrot growing on the family farm.

When days of searching proved fruitless, she decided not to tell her husband. “I didn’t tell him, even, because I thought for sure he’d give me heck or something,” she said. “Then I finally went to the jeweller and bought a cheap ring. I only told my son, I didn’t tell nobody else.”

Her husband – who died five years ago, shortly after the couple’s 60th wedding anniversary – never noticed the swap, said Grams.

The missing ring remained a secret until earlier this week, when her granddaughter brought over a freshly-picked carrot that had an ornate ring encircling it. “I recognised it right away,” said Grams. “They found it yesterday when my daughter-in-law was digging carrots for supper.”

Colleen Daley said she hadn’t noticed the ring around the carrot when she picked it. She had briefly contemplated feeding the malformed carrot to her dog, but decided against it, only to later notice the ring as she was washing the carrot. “It was pretty weird-looking,” she said. “I’ve never seen anything like that.”

Trump's Jewish team-members won't go public on his

posted: 17 Aug 2017

Gary D Cohn is director of Trump's National Economic Council; Steven Mnuchin is Secretary of the Treasury; Jared Kushner is Trump's son-in-law and Ivanka Trump is Trump's daughter, who converted to Judiasm: not one of them has said anything in public about Trump's bizarre rant in which he said that not all the Nazi marchers in Charlottesville were bad and some were "very fine people." (more…)

Steve Bannon calls left-wing reporter out of the b

posted: 17 Aug 2017

Robert Kuttner is a veteran left-wing reporter who writes for the left-leaning American Prospect; while he was on vacation, Steve Bannon's assistant tracked him down and asked him if he'd talk to Bannon. (more…)

Why tech predictors are so terrible at the job

posted: 17 Aug 2017

Enjoy Michael Mullany's review of the Gartner Hype Cycle, with all the things tech predictors got right and all the things they got wrong: "we're terrible at making predictions."

Lesson 6: Some technologies keep receding into the future

There are some notable technologies that recur on the Hype Cycle and every time they appear they seem equally scifi. Although at some point, I'm sure they will not. The most notable are:

Quantum Computing: as early as 2000, quantum computing was considered more than a decade away (and likely still is).

Brain/Computer Interfaces: (also aliased under Human Augmentation) despite notable progress on neural control of prosthetics, thought controlled computing is still a work in progress with general availability lurking at least a decade away.

When I was covering the tech beat, I'd often get annoyed because we'd use these guys as expert sources, but it was plainly obvious that many of them are just retired journos who had gone into investment consulting, with a little insight into the supply chain and none at all into the science.

Though he's not one of those types, my favorite was Gene Munster, who seemed to spend at least a decade regularly predicting the imminent arrival of an Apple TV set. He appears to have quit this year, which doubtless means they will announce one soon.

Charlottesville white supremacist strips off unifo

posted: 17 Aug 2017

CJ Hunt was at the neo-Nazi rally in Charlottesville when he spotted this young man in white supremacist uniform (white polo and khakis) running away from counterdemonstrators, then turning abruptly and stripping off while insisting that he was not really a Nazi and had just shown up for fun. (more…)

Texas Republicans will now require women to carry

posted: 17 Aug 2017

HB 214 signed into law by Texas Governor Greg Abbott [R], bans abortion coverage from all public and private health insurance plans, and mandates that abortion insurance be sold as a separate product to women who are concerned that they'll need an abortion in future due to risks to their lives, unplanned pregnancies, unviable pregnancies, or rape-related pregnancies. (more…)

Homeopathic infant teething products contain dange

posted: 17 Aug 2017

Homeolab USA is a Canadian company that makes "homeopathic" remedies for kids; in a warning letter sent to the company earlier this month, the US FTC warned the company that it had discovered dangerous levels of belladonna (AKA deadly nightshade) in its infant teething products, and advised the company that its manufacturing process was putting its customers' safety at risk. (more…)

Bonnie Tyler is going to sing 'Total Eclipse of th

posted: 17 Aug 2017

Singer Bonnie Tyler will perform her 1983 hit "Total Eclipse of the Heart" on Royal Caribbean's Total Eclipse Cruise, a cruise ship that will be in the path of the total solar eclipse come Monday. Tyler will take time off her world tour to belt out the power ballad -- just as the moon crosses the sun -- on the ship, Oasis of the Seas.

Tyler told TIME, ""The eclipse of the sun lasts 2 minutes and 40 minutes, I’m told. Unlike my song. It had to be chopped about, because it was so long."

Bonnie Tyler Will Sing ‘Total Eclipse of the Heart’ During the Actual Eclipse [TIME]

Listen: Voice recordings of actual black slaves on

posted: 17 Aug 2017

This video of the January 12, 1999 broadcast of Nightline is really quite remarkable. It shares clips of voice recordings made in the mid-twentieth century of black people born into U.S. slavery.

That's right, it features the voices of real (former) slaves.

To get these interviews, folklorists traveled the South in the 1930s and 1940s carrying around 200 lb. "portable" 78 RPM disc recorders.

The technology to clean up and digitize the scratchy memory-filled discs only became available in the 1990s.

Now the vivid real-life stories of these men and women who lived as slaves are available online through the Library of Congress' American Folklife Center. They truly give a sobering look at life in the United States before abolition:

The almost seven hours of recorded interviews presented here took place between 1932 and 1975 in nine Southern states. Twenty-three interviewees, born between 1823 and the early 1860s, discuss how they felt about slavery, slaveholders, coercion of slaves, their families, and freedom. Several individuals sing songs, many of which were learned during the time of their enslavement. It is important to note that all of the interviewees spoke sixty or more years after the end of their enslavement, and it is their full lives that are reflected in these recordings. The individuals documented in this presentation have much to say about living as African Americans from the 1870s to the 1930s, and beyond. All known recordings of former slaves in the American Folklife Center are included in this presentation. Some are being made publicly available for the first time and several others already available now include complete transcriptions.

One of the interviews highlighted in the Nightline broadcast is with an elderly Baltimore gentleman by the name of Fountain Hughes. The former slave shares, quite plainly, that his grandfather was owned by Thomas Jefferson. He also recollects many details about his own life as a slave.

He also shares this:

If I thought, had any idea, that I'd ever be a slave again, I'd take a gun and just end it all right away. Because you're nothing but a dog. You're not a thing but a dog.

Listen to the full interview (or read the transcript), recorded on June 11, 1949, with Mr. Hughes (and others) at the Library of Congress.

A side note: While I was researching this post, I learned that the last ex-slave, Sylvester Magee, passed away in 1971. 1971!


Watch how Willie Nelson's half-century-old guitar

posted: 17 Aug 2017

Master luthier Mark Erlewine takes us through the fascinating process of repairing Trigger, the same guitar Willie Nelson has played for nearly 50 years. (more…)

Driving before, during, and after rush hour: city

posted: 17 Aug 2017

Location platform Here Technologies calculated how far one hour of driving can take drivers out of major American cities starting on Friday at 4, 7, and 10 pm. (more…)

Preview what Monday's eclipse will look like in yo

posted: 17 Aug 2017

As eclipse mania grips the nation, Vox has created a nifty interactive eclipse map of what to expect in every American ZIP Code. (more…)

Nina Paley's haunting, mesmerizing, and life-affir

posted: 17 Aug 2017

Nina Paley, the ridiculously-talented artist, cartoonist, and animator, has just posted her latest video, God-Mother, and it's another jaw-dropper. Nina is known for intense, highly arresting animations, like This Land is Mine, my vote for one of the greatest visual indictments of war, cycles of violence, and the horrors of human conquest. She's also done the feature-length trip through the Ramayana, Sita Sings the Blues, Death of the First Born Egyptians, and Copying is not Theft. Nina is also a free culture activist.

God-Mother is Nina's ode to Mother Earth and goddess religions. Her haunting, mesmerizing animation is perfectly paired with the Bulgarian State Radio and Television Female Vocal Choir, singing the Bulgarian folk song, Godmother Denkou. The life-affirming spirit of the video ends with a sad and snarky grace note that is pure Paley. God-Mother is part of Seder-Masochism, an eventual animated feature for which Nina has been amassing content.

10 products that take the annoying parts out of co

posted: 17 Aug 2017

While it’s possible to cook a brilliant dish out in the woods with nothing more than some sharpened sticks and a roaring fire, most of us aren’t quite at that level of mastery yet. For some extra assistance in your food prep take a look at the following kitchen conveniences: 

Salad to Go Container - $11.99

Bringing your own salad for lunch is usually a compromise in the name of frugality and healthiness, but it doesn’t have to be with this to go container. It keeps your ingredients separated and comes packed with its own silverware set, so you don’t have to suffer through another dressing-soaked mess with leftover takeout utensils. Get one here for just $11.99.

Star Wars Ice Trays (Set of 8) - $16.99

Whether you are throwing a cantina-themed house party and need the perfect finishing touch for your signature cocktail, or just like to feel the force with every cold drink, these Star Wars Ice Trays make a great addition to any geek’s freezer. And they’re microwave- and oven-safe for making galactic sweets. This set of eight molds is available for $16.99.

Avocado Joy Slicer- $9.99

Avocados are easily one of the most delicious savory fruits around, and the Avocado Joy Slicer makes it even easier to extract from their leathery skin. This multitool features a serrated knife, a pitter, and a row of blades to quickly cut uniform slices, all for just $9.99.

Stovetop Popcorn Popper - $29

Although mastering the timing of microwave popcorn is its own art, making it on the stove is always going to yield tastier and healthier results. The Stovetop Popcorn Popper won’t leave any unpopped kernels behind, and its stirring mechanism makes a full batch in just a few minutes. You can grab one of these movie-night companions here for $29

Blue Apron Plans - $25

If you want to expand your cooking skills beyond instant ramen and scrambled eggs, Blue Apron’s meal planning and delivery service will have you taking over chef duties at your house in no time. Included in the box are all the ingredients needed to make three delicious home-cooked meals for two people. This curated one-week trial is just $25.

Chefman Egg Cooker - $19.99


Boiled eggs make a great to-go breakfast, but making them on the stove requires extra attention, and a lot of ice-bath preparation to keep the shells from sticking. For a perfect batch every time in just 15 minutes, take a look at the Chefman Egg Cooker. Pick one up for just $19.99.

Stainless Steel Herb Scissors - $11.99

Scissors are a surprisingly handy kitchen device, as they are the absolute quickest way to add freshly chopped herbs to your dishes. To multiply your usual chopping speed by at least five, get these Stainless Steel Herb Scissors for just $11.99. They’re totally dishwasher safe, and provide a strong grip with their silicon handles.

7” Ceramic Non-Stick Frypan - $12.74

A good skillet is probably the most important tool in any kitchen. This GreenPan offers a durable, non-stick ceramic cooking surface that’s easy to clean and won’t eventually flake tiny bits of teflon into your food. The 7” GreenPan Rio Frypan is just $12.74 when you order it here.

Corn Stripper- $9.99

Corn on the cob is great, but not every meal calls for a butter-smothered barbecue staple. The Corn Stripper makes it painless to cut off loose corn kernels, and the attached container catches them before they go flying. Say goodbye to bags of frozen corn with this clever gadget for only $9.99

Original SNAP’N STRAIN Clip-On Strainer - $12.99

Dropping noodles in the sink is dinnertime tragedy, but you’ll never lose a single one again with the SNAP’N STRAIN Clip-On Strainer. It clamps on the side of your saucepan or skillets to easily drain water and excess oil, and features a helpful barrier to keep solids in place. Get one here for $12.99.


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Who wants multiple virtual workstations on a GPU i

posted: 18 Aug 2017

NVIDIA reckons engineering types do, so it's cut a new GPU and software to carve it up

NVIDIA's cranked up the virtual workstation caper by giving the world a new GPU that slots into blade servers, plus software to let it run multiple workstation-grade VMs.…

Lenovo expects data centre profits in two years, i

posted: 18 Aug 2017

For now the company is just happy with growth for the first time since buying IBM's servers

Lenovo has reported flat quarter-on-quarter revenue, but is content to have achieved that as it reflects stabilisation in its data centre and mobile businesses.…

Where there's smoke there's a Galaxy Note: refurbi

posted: 17 Aug 2017

Phablets sent to AT&T customers with batteries from FedEx are at risk

Samsung's got another combustible phablets SNAFU on its hands, after the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission recalled the batteries used in its Galaxy Note 4.…

New NIST draft embeds privacy into US govt securit

posted: 17 Aug 2017

Federal agency addresses the new world of Alexa, smart cameras and IoT

A draft of new IT security measures by the US National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has for the first time pulled privacy into its core text as well as expanded its scope to include the internet of things and smart home technology.…

Australian money cops gain powers to regulate cryp

posted: 17 Aug 2017

Money laundering and terror finance laws will stretch to cover digi-dollars

Australia has decided digital currencies need the same level of regulation enjoyed by other currencies.…

Don't panic, Chicago, but an AWS S3 config blunder

posted: 17 Aug 2017

Personal info spills from another poorly secured Amazon service

A voting machine supplier for dozens of US states left records on 1.8 million Americans in public view for anyone to download – after misconfiguring its AWS-hosted storage.…

US cops point at cell towers and say: Give us ever

posted: 17 Aug 2017

Verizon says basestation dumps increasingly popular

US telecoms giant Verizon says police are increasingly asking it to cough up massive dumps of cellphone data rather than individual records.…

Don't panic, Chicago, but 1.8 million of your vote

posted: 17 Aug 2017

Personal info spills from another poorly secured Amazon service

A voting machine supplier for dozens of US states left records on 1.8 million Americans in public view for anyone to download – after misconfiguring its AWS-hosted storage.…

Tomorrow, DreamHost will square up to US DoJ to av

posted: 17 Aug 2017

Data demand 'breaks First and Fourth Amendments'

Efforts by US prosecutors to identify up to 1.3 million people who accessed an anti-Trump protest website is unconstitutional, a court will hear on Friday.…

What code is running on Apple's Secure Enclave sec

posted: 17 Aug 2017

Ladies and gentlemen, start your ARM disassemblers

Apple's Secure Enclave, an ARM-based coprocessor used to enhance iOS security, became a bit less secure on Thursday with the publication of a firmware decryption key.…

Don't panic, Chicago, but 1.8 million of your vote

posted: 17 Aug 2017

Personal info spills from another poorly secured Amazon service

A voting machine supplier for dozens of US states left records on 1.8 million Americans unsecured, in public view for anyone to download, in a misconfigured AWS storage system.…

FYI: Web ad fraud looks really bad. Like, really,

posted: 17 Aug 2017

Except at quality titles like El Reg, of course, cough

John Wanamaker, an American department store merchant who died almost a century ago, is noted for saying: "Half the money I spend on advertising is wasted; the trouble is I don't know which half."…

Judge yanks plug out of AT&T's latest attack o

posted: 17 Aug 2017

Judge throws out lawsuit seeking to prevent rollout of broadband cables

AT&T's legal battle to stop Google rolling out broadband internet in Louisville, Kentucky, has been halted in its tracks.…

I say, BING DONG! Microsoft's search engine litera

posted: 17 Aug 2017

Johnson, get a load of this

SFW  Some of the dozens of users of Bing today spotted a lewd sand carving semi-hidden in the Microsoft search engine's front page splash photo.…

London cops urged to scrap use of 'biased' facial

posted: 17 Aug 2017

Year-on-year deployment isn’t really a trial, say privacy groups

London's Metropolitan Police have been urged to back down on plans to once again use facial recognition software at next weekend's Notting Hill Carnival.…

Russia's answer to Buckminster Fuller has a buttlo

posted: 17 Aug 2017

Gyroscopic trams, bunkerbeds! Enter the 'dope' world of Dahir Semenov

Earlier this week, Mashable, a clickbait site for millennials, showcased a novel urban transport system. It got very excited, calling it "dope" and the "future of transportation".…

Virtual assistant backlash imminent so buy them an

posted: 17 Aug 2017

Say what now, Gartner?

Gartner has predicted a backlash against virtual assistants like Siri – but recommends that businesses deploy them anyway.…

Making money is so DRAM easy for some memory-fling

posted: 17 Aug 2017

Another record revenue quarter ... even as drought eases

While we are recovering from the global DRAM shortage, there's still enough of a drought for chip-slingers to rake in record revenues.…

London council 'failed to test' parking ticket app

posted: 17 Aug 2017

Authority fined £70k after missing URL manipulation

A London council has been fined £70,000 after design faults in its TicketViewer app allowed unauthorised access to 119 documents containing sensitive personal information.…

HPE sales chief Peter Ryan abandons ship amid down

posted: 17 Aug 2017

CSO said to have quit to spend more time with family in UK

HPE global sales chieftan Peter Ryan has quit the company after just over a year of relentless travel away from his family in the UK.…

Celeb-backed music gambit rebrands as 'Roxi', pray

posted: 17 Aug 2017

Electric Jukebox has a dildo and wants £100m

The company behind what was dubbed the "most ridiculous digital music launch in history" is rebranding its product and hoping to raise $100m by selling shares to the public.…

Apple bag-search class action sueball moves to Cal

posted: 17 Aug 2017

Anti-shrinkage policy could add millions to firm's wage bill

Apple may have to pay its employees extra for time it spends rifling through their personal belongings at work, if it loses a long-running lawsuit that is now in front of the Californian Supreme Court.…

Nine months and a lot more b*llocks to go before n

posted: 17 Aug 2017

Info commish hits back at fake GDPR news

The UK’s information commissioner, Elizabeth Denham, has apparently become so infuriated with inaccurate claims about incoming data protection rules that she is penning a series of blogposts to “bust the myths”.…

Singapore court awards $2.9m over bad job referenc

posted: 17 Aug 2017

Damages calculated on potential earnings

Singapore's High Court has awarded S$4m* dollars ($2.9m) to a former insurance agent after a letter of reference lost him a potential new job.…

NetApp, you went all-flash, never go all-fla... He

posted: 17 Aug 2017

Slight biz uptick, steady results should keep CEO smiling

NetApp has managed to go back to what it used to do do reliably: churn out revenue and profit increases as its customer base lapped up new kit.…

Defra recruiting 1,400 policy wonks to pick up the

posted: 17 Aug 2017

Prising IT systems from decades of EU lawmaking

The Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) is hiring 1,400 "business policy" folk to work out how the department will untangle itself from Europe after Brexit, according to multiple insiders.…

Rowhammer RAM attack adapted to hit flash storage

posted: 17 Aug 2017

Project Zero's two-year-old dog learns a new trick

It's Rowhammer, Jim, but not as we know it: IBM boffins have taken the DRAM-bit-flipping-as-attack-vector trick found by Google and applied it to MLC NAND Flash.…

Ten spacecraft ¬タモ from Venus Express to Voyager 2

posted: 17 Aug 2017

We hardly noticed at first, but records revealed plenty about how star-stuff sails solar winds

On October 14th, 2014, the Sun decided it was time for a coronal mass ejection, the irregular hiccups that see it belch out astounding quantities of magnetised plasma. And after careful analysis, we've now fingerprinted the plasma's passing using no fewer than ten spacecraft.…

Ads regulator raps PC repair biz for massaging mal

posted: 17 Aug 2017

Stop running that or we'll say stop again, so help me god

An online PC repair shop was today given a small ticking off by gummy watchdog the Advertising Standards Agency over claims used in promos that one in three PCs are blighted by malware on a daily basis.…

Cisco security sales disappoint, DRAM drought dent

posted: 17 Aug 2017

It's okay, though, we've got an iPhone app coming soon says CEO Chuck

For a couple of years now, Cisco has said its future lies in selling more software, but it's not quite working out as planned.…

UK govt steams ahead with ᅡᆪ5m facial recog system

posted: 17 Aug 2017

Contract ignores lack of strategy, growing criticism

The UK Home Office has put out to tender a £4.6m ($5.9m) contract for facial recognition software – despite the fact its biometrics strategy and retention systems remain embroiled in controversy.…

Smyte might brighten fraud plight: How machine-lea

posted: 17 Aug 2017

Security works better when you write your own rules

Analysis  Carousell, a mobile-friendly classified ads market, has to deal with fraud.…

Scrutiny? We've heard of it. Dot-UK supremo Nomine

posted: 17 Aug 2017

Even limited board reports now scrapped in favor of worthless 'updates'

The operator of the .uk top-level domain, Nominet, has become the latest internet registry to vote itself into greater secrecy.…

12 spacecraft - from Venus Express to Voyager 2 -

posted: 17 Aug 2017

We hardly noticed at first, but records revealed plenty about how star-stuff sails solar winds

On October 14th, 2014, the Sun decided it was time for a coronal mass ejection, the irregular hiccups that see it belch out astounding quantities of magnetised plasma. And after careful analysis, we've now fingerprinted the plasma's passing using no fewer than ten spacecraft.…

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Incredible shot captured in Keyes, Oklahoma by storm chaser @VanessaNeufeld.

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Cafe Racer

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Inventing the Future of Space

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Dig the retro-futuristic-exciting style.

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