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A cybersecurity style guide

Information security firm Bishop Fox‘s "Cybersecurity Style Guide" is 92 pages‘ worth of usage notes from the confusing world of technical jargon, a combination of glossary, pronunciation guide and style manual (in the manner of the jargon file), and includes the notation that "cyber-" is an ill-advised prefix. (more)

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US Customs and Border Protection made forging e-passports easier

One of the things that make every RFID implanted US Passport ‘safe‘ is each document‘s unique cryptographic identifier. Customs and Border Protection can use this key to verify the authenticity of each passport, if they‘d bother to install the software to do so. For 12 years they have not. Via Wired: Passports, like any physical ID, can be altered and forged. That‘s partly why for the last 11 years the United S

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GOP lawmakers attempt to define gay marriage as ‘parody‘

GOP bigots in South Carolina and Wyoming have decided to try and weasel around the U.S. Supreme Court decision that allowed "legal" marriage to everyone. I can not begin to understand the religious babble these ‘lawmakers‘ enter into, trying to describe how two people committing to share their lives is anything wrong. Jeff March, the president of South Carolina Pride, commented ‘Pure prejudice is what that is. Pure outright pr

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Amnesty International warns that Trump‘s hatemongering sets "a dangerous precedent for other governments to follow."

If you‘ve had the sneaking suspicion over the past year that the world is going to hell, you‘re not alone. Amnesty International‘s 2017-2018 State of the World‘s Human Rights Annual Report says that in many countries, the politics of hate and fear are quickly becoming the norm.The report, which covers the activities of 159 countries paints a troubling picture of the conditions that many people are forced to endure on an al

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Flowers look way more beautiful if you‘re a bug

The world looks a lot cooler if you‘re a bug, as Craig P. Burrows demonstrates in his striking series of flowers shot in ultraviolet-induced visible fluorescence. (more)

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Watch cute babies try winter Olympic sports

I give all of these babies a gold medal!

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There‘s a semi-secret Burning Man calendar that you can (shockingly) buy

While some can only think of the Burning Man as a party in the desert, diehard Burners, its citizens, will tell you that it‘s much more than it. They‘ll tell you that it‘s a year-round community whose leadership is, amongst other things, determined to protect their unique culture from commodification. People looking to exploit the culture with "commercial sponsorships, transactions, or advertising" will promptly be shutdown. Ama

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This tool helps your site beat the SEO scramble

The web is vast, and while there‘s room for everyone, competition is stiff when it comes to landing on that first page of a Google search. That‘s why developers aren‘t afraid to spend exorbitant amounts of time and money on search engine optimization (SEO) to ensure their sites rank higher than others. However, not all of us have these resources, especially when we‘re just starting out. That‘s whereSEOPop comes in. T

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A Fresh Voice for San Francisco

Editor‘s note: I‘ve known Shahid Buttar for years, in his capacity as an activist organizer, drawing on his background as a constitutional lawyer and his deep commitment to a just world to help start effective grassroots groups across America; now Shahid has taken leave from EFF to challenge Nancy Pelosi -- a consistent force for more surveillance and profits over people -- for the Democratic nomination to Congress in San Francisco&l

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Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School was surrounded by cowering "good guys with guns"

While a shooter rampaged through Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL, the school‘s armed cop (who was a Broward County Sheriff‘s Deputy) and three of his deputy colleagues were hiding behind a police car outside the school. (more)

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Trump and the weird attention economy of Facebook

When you try to buy online ads from Facebook‘s self-serve ad-auctioning platform, merely being the highest bidder isn‘t enough to guarantee that your ads will get through: Facebook multiplies your bid by a software-generated prediction about how responsive the audience will be to it, so the clickbaitier your ad is, the less it costs to place it. (more)

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Gothamist unionized and its evil Trumpist billionaire owner shut it down; now public radio is bringing it back

Last November, evil Trump-supporting billionaire Joe Ricketts shut down Gothamist (and its sister sites) to punish its staff for forming a union. (more)

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Paul Manafort‘s inability to save Word files as PDFs provided the evidence necessary to indict him for fraud

Paul Manafort, one-time Trump campaign manager, has been indicted for cooking his books in order to qualify for a loan; prosecutors secured the evidence of his fraud by searching his email, which contained attachments that clearly showed him doctoring his financial statements and then emailing them to his co-conspirator Richard Gates so Gates could convert them to PDFs, which literally just involves selecting "Save As..." and choosing "PDF." (

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Taking one cent, ever, from the NRA should disqualify you from ever running for office as a Democrat

New Jersey State Senator Jeff Van Drew wants to run for Congress as a Democrat; he visited 17-year-old Emily McGrath‘s school, Egg Harbor Township High, where McGrath questioned him about whether he‘d taken money from the NRA; Van Drew said he hadn‘t, and he was lying. (more)

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You know who hates Net Neutrality? The NRA.

It‘s CPAC! The annual far-right hootenanny for preppers, false-flaggers, climate deniers, truthers, and the sort of person who closes their eyes and thinks of The Fountainhead, featuring Marion Marchal-Le Pen of France, Nigel Farage, Sean Hannity, and mass-murder enthusiast Wayne LaPierre. (more)

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Prince Charles‘ love child, Jack Ruby‘s faked murder, and Jennifer Aniston‘s shattered world, in this week‘s tabloids

If you think that Tinkerbell won‘t die if you believe hard enough in fairies, then you‘ll have no problem believing this week‘s tabloid stories, which rely heavily on wishful thinking. Princess-to-be Meghan Markle and disgraced NBC morning anchor Matt Lauer‘s ‘dressing room hook-up‘ dominates the ‘National Enquirer‘ cover, which reports that their ‘sleazy‘ rendezvous has left the &lsquo

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Candles for book lovers

Candles that smell like a bookstore, old books, or a musty old cellar? Pal, you sure like books! My home is filled with books, and pets. Guess which one lends more to the olfactory nature of my domicile? Frequently, especially after running the carpet deep-cleaner, I‘ll want to light a candle... or burn a sage Great Pyrenees in effigy. Candle store candles, or simply walking into one of those mall candle-shops, makes me sick-to-my-stomac

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The existential horror of Logan Paul

Rightfully disdained for his callous behavior but still adored by millions of fans, YouTuber Logan Paul clearly inspires some very intense emotions in those who watch his channel. In this thoughtful 19-minute video, video essayist Big Joel takes an objective look at why that is by examining Paul‘s evolving YouTube persona and the troubling, damaging path it‘s taken. https://youtu.be/T11cQXL5dJw For another smart critical take on Log

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Black Panther director Ryan Coogler pens a touching thank you to fans

Following the unprecedented success of his film Black Panther, director Ryan Coogler shared this sweet thank-you letter via the Marvel Studios Twitter account: https://twitter.com/marvelstudios/status/966115769388998656?s=11 The letter reads: I am struggling to find the words to express my gratitude at this moment, but I will try. Filmmaking is a team sport. And our team was made up [of] amazing people from all over the world who believed in t

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US Customs and Border Patrol made forging e-passports easier

One of the things that make every RFID implanted US Passport ‘safe‘ is each document‘s unique cryptographic identifier. Customs and Border Patrol can use this key to verify the authenticity of each passport, if they‘d bother to install the software to do so. For 12 years they have not. Via Wired: Passports, like any physical ID, can be altered and forged. That‘s partly why for the last 11 years the United State

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Incredible overview of making mirrors for the world‘s largest telescope

The Giant Magellan Telescope is a marvel of engineering, and Dr. Patrick McCarthy explains the years-long process to make an optic mirror that costs over 20 million. (more)

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SPLC finally adds male supremacists to hate groups list

Male supremacy has gotten a strong foothold online through men‘s rights activism (MRA), pickup artist movement (PUA), and the "tradwife" movement. Now SPLC has started naming the leaders on their hate watchlist. (more)

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Watch how to make a tin can with actual tin from scratch

Cody from Cody‘s lab had some elemental tin and a new rolling press, so he decided to craft a tin can from actual tin. (more)

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10 things winter Olympians are tired of hearing

If you ever meet a winter Olympian, be sure not to open with one of these lines. But do check out how winter athletes train for the Olympics: https://youtu.be/NsIPP5RVm1c

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