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Microsoft buys Corp.com, domain that receives constant stream of data sent by mistake

The domain Corp.com is exceedingly similar to an internal address used by Windows servers, and as a result whoever controls it gain access to a stream of private and proprietary data constantly fired at it by mistake. Its longtime owner decided to sell the domain, raising fears that nefarious agents might buy it and cause trouble. Microsoft stepped in and paid 1.7m for it. O‘Connor told me he was selling the domain after doing basically no

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Punk legend Henry Rollins has a new long-form streaming radio show

Henry Rollins, the hardest working punk in show business, has launched a new long-form streaming radio show via KCRW in Los Angeles! The four-hour first episode of The Cool Quarantine features tunes from Rollins‘s massive vinyl and cassette collection punctuated with personal stories about the artists. And as we all know, Rollins really knows how to spin a yarn. From Rolling Stone: The debut episode, which runs four hours, features a st

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Dr Drew invoked copyright laws to scare people from sharing video of his coronavirus comments

Dr. Drew is a snake oil salesman. Really terrible stuff here. What a disgrace. pic.twitter.com/Eh35Ky8yVO Yashar Ali (@yashar) April 4, 2020 Someone with the handle @DroopsDr posted a supercut of celebrity doctor Drew Pinsky downplaying the severity of the coronavirus epidemic ("way less serious than influenza") and then later claiming that he had always taken it seriously ("We predicted from the beginning that this was going to be worse tha

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Jock straps to the rescue with this simple DIY face mask tutorial

While using a bandanna is one excellent way to craft a face mask, this jock strap hack takes only three easy steps and doesn‘t require anything extra. I made a Jockstrap Mask Tutorial, because I‘m ridiculous. pic.twitter.com/JiYhV3K8uh Emerson Collins (@ActuallyEmerson) April 3, 2020 Read the rest

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When ‘The Benny Hill Show‘ meets a Eugene, Oregon gasoline thief

A U-Haul parking lot burst into flame after a man threw a lit firework at his girlfriend, unknowingly disturbing a gasoline thief. All sorts of antics are captured on camera. Read the rest

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If anything worthwhile ever came out of a FOX affiliate...

This would be that thing. Todays installment of the hottest thing on local TV: What Day Is It? by @fox8news in Cleveland pic.twitter.com/YfOxbxn9q5 Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) April 7, 2020 Read the rest

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The oldest written record of "fuck" has been discovered - and it comes from a plague quarantine

The new BBC documentary Scotland - Contains Strong Languageexplores the Bannatyne Manuscript from 1568. Written by Edinburgh Merchant George Bannatyne while he was quarantined during - appropriately enough - a plague, the collection includes a poem titled "The Flyting of Dunbar and Kennedy," an account of a duel between two poets said to have been conducted before the court of King James IV. As Ars Technica explains: Flyting is a poetic genre in

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Before Peloton, there was the Nintendo/Life Fitness Exertainment bike

In 1994, exercise equipment maker Life Fitness partnered with Nintendo on the Life Fitness Exertainment System with games designed for the Exertainment bike. Above is a promotional video for this short-lived product. The footage shows how the system works and also alludes to Tetris and Pac-Man being made for the system as footage was even shown, but the only games to come out for the system were Mountain Bike Rally and Mountain Bike Rally/Spee

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Boris Johnson Coronavirus UPDATE: UK PM ‘remains in intensive care for close monitoring‘

No change in hospitalized UK PM Boris Johnson‘s condition, say government officials. An update on the coronavirus patient Boris Johnson from No. 10: ‘The Prime Minister‘s condition is stable and he remains in intensive care for close monitoring. He is in good spirits.‘ No further update from Downing Street expected today. No10 update: No change in Boris Johnsons condition ‘The Prime Minister‘s condition is s

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Music: Ramsey Lewis‘ ‘Dancing in the Street‘

Ironically, Ramsey Lewis‘ ‘Dancing in the Street‘ has been the song most at play during the few short trips I‘ve had to make around Venice and Santa Monica. Very little dancing on the streets of Los Angeles. Read the rest

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Here‘s a delightful ska medley of the Super Mario Otherworld music

Jeremy Hunter A.K.A. Ska Tune Network is on a mission to make ska covers of everything. No exceptions. Like the Borg, ska will assimilate all. The latest - victim? Beneficiary? - of their quest is SUPER MARIO: OTHERWORLD, a popular ROM hack of the original Super Mario World for Super Nintendo. And this time, they has steel drums to help them. None of us safe from the groovy smiles they‘ll inflict upon us. Just remember: All games depict

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Tiny Paper Shopping Bags, Nested Adorably

Oh yes. ‘I woke up this morning with an inexplicable and powerful need to make a tiny paper bag,‘ says IMGURian @thejeshire. More: I did not question this Quest From The Beyond, I merely performed the task which I was assigned, with much enthusiasm. Behold: T I N Y B A G I‘m pleased as punch y‘all appreciate tiny things as much as I do T I N Y B A G Read the rest

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Kicking my cellphone out of bed has improved my sleep

After I brush my teeth I am now putting my iPhone on a charger in another room and going to bed. I find I have stopped waking up at 4am and sleep much better. Sleep is really important. The more sleep I lose, the harder everything else becomes and the easier it becomes to realize I‘m fucking up. I have long known that I sleep better if I leave the cellphone out of my bed and just read a book... so of course I‘ve spent the last few w

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Mike Tyson: I once offered a zookeeper 10,000 to fight a gorilla

‘10,000 to open the cage and let me smash that silverback‘s snot box‘

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COVID-19 may be attacking the hearts of some infected individuals

Given that I came into the COVID-19 crisis with heart issues, I‘ve been extra paranoid and extra cautious about catching the coronavirus: I‘m a member of what they‘re calling a ‘high-risk group‘. However, it looks like I, and a whole helluva lot of other people have much more to worry about, should the virus get a stranglehold on us. Based on observations from medical personnel from around the world, one in five pati

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Ruth Asawa postage stamps are coming soon: U.S. Postal Service

It brings me, and my future sheltered-in-place mail art projects, a lot of joy that Ruth Asawa postage stamps have been announced. Sadly, USPS hasn‘t revealed the release date just yet. So, instead, I‘ll just be over here clicking "refresh." Showcasing Asawa‘s wire sculptures, the pane includes 20 stamps, with two each of 10 designs, featuring photographs by Dan Bradica and Laurence Cuneo. The selvage features a photograph of A

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A toilet with facial recognition for your butthole

From Nature.com (emphasis added): Here, we describe easily deployable hardware and software for the long-term analysis of a user‘s excreta through data collection and models of human health. The ‘smart‘ toilet, which is self-contained and operates autonomously by leveraging pressure and motion sensors, analyses the user‘s urine using a standard-of-care colorimetric assay that traces redgreenblue values from images of urina

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Someone made a robot to play Google Chrome‘s No Internet Dinosaur Game

They did. The crazy bastard actually did it! pic.twitter.com/pQipsamklq kattemonster (@null4bl3) April 6, 2020 If you use Chrome, it‘s likely you‘ve seen the 2-bit dinosaur that appears when your computer is not connected to the internet. It‘s an infinite runner game. The object is to jump over oncoming cacti and duck under pterodactyls. To play it while you are connected to the internet, copy and paste chrome://dino/ into th

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In a 1917 dogfight, German flying ace Werner Voss took on seven of the best pilots in the Royal Flying Corps

In 1917, German pilot Werner Voss had set out for a patrol over the Western Front when he encountered two flights of British fighters, including seven of the best pilots in the Royal Flying Corps. In this week‘s episode of the Futility Closet podcast we‘ll describe the drama that followed, which has been called "one of the most extraordinary aerial combats of the Great War." We‘ll also honk at red lights in Mumbai and puzzle ov

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Cool collection of public domain movies in an attractive user interface

Voleflix is like a free Netflix, but it has a nice selection of public domain movies. I was happy to see The Killer Shrews in the line-up. I liked that movie so much as a kid that I bought a super-8 abridged version of the movie that was silent and ran for about 4 minutes. Read the rest

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Mysterious drone flies over New York park warning people to "maintain a social distance"

New Yorkers spending time at a park on Saturday were told to "maintain a social distance" by a mysterious drone flying overhead. ‘This is the Anti-COVID-19 volunteer drone task force. Please maintain a social distance of at least six feet. Again, please maintain social distancing," said the drone. "Please help stop the spread of this virus. Reduce the death toll and save lives. For your own safety and your family‘s safety, please main

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Artist Jeff Koons explains his massive and wonderful Play-Doh sculpture

Jeff Koons‘s "Play-Doh" is a wondrous, 11-foot-tall sculpture. Inspired by a Play-Doh pile given to the artist by his young son, the sculpture actually consists of two dozen aluminum shapes that were cast in a plaster mold and lock together. After working on it for 20 years, Koons debuted the work at the Whitney Museum in 2014. Play-Doh is the largest piece in his Celebration series that also includes the iconic Balloon Dog and Tulips. One

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What are these mysterious objects filmed flying close to the moon?

This footage appears to be a telescopic shot of the moon in daylight. The camera zooms in on the sharply-lit crescent horizon. This reveales several objects apparently flying close to its surface, casting convincing shadows as they move from sunlight into darkness. The objects are clearly miles long, given the scale involved and the shadows cast. It‘s the only video on the channel, named Jean-Michel Tenac. Possibilities: 1) Fake. Too lucky

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Mysterious drone flies over New York park warning people to stand apart

New Yorkers spending time at a park on Saturday were told to "maintain a social distance" by a mysterious drone flying overhead. ‘This is the Anti-COVID-19 volunteer drone task force. Please maintain a social distance of at least six feet. Again, please maintain social distancing," said the drone. "Please help stop the spread of this virus. Reduce the death toll and save lives. For your own safety and your family‘s safety, please main

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