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Great Pyrenees are merely the 67th most popular dog breed says the AKC

Every dog is the best breed if you are the person who loves‘em. Perhaps it is their great size, their extremely loud bark, all the fur they shed, or the 2-tons of poop? My best buddy Nemo‘s breed strangely lands at 67th on the AKCs 2017 list of most popular breeds. Zuul, and her family of Cavalier King Charles, comes in 19th. Wonder what kind of standardized test they give the dogs? The full list is here.

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Hot mic senators: Trump is "crazy" and "I don‘t say that lightly"

Republican Susan Collins [ME] and Democrat Jack Reed [RI] accidentally broadcast themselves saying "I think -- I think he‘s crazy. I mean, I don‘t say that lightly and as a kind of a goofy guy" and "I‘m worried. Oof, you know, this thing -- if we don‘t get a budget deal, we‘re going to be paralyzed." (more)

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EU‘s highest court strikes down passenger data-sharing arrangement with Canada

The European Court of Justice has ruled that the 2014 EU-Canada passenger name record (PNR) agreement was "incompatible with the fundamental rights recognised by the EU," because the records ("names, travel dates, itineraries, ticket and contact details, travel agents and other information") were used for purposes "beyond what is strictly necessary for the prevention and detection of terrorist offences and serious transnational crime." (more)

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What is optimistic nihilism?

I always hate having to write "Kurzgesagt In a Nutshell," because it‘s such a wtf mouthful. But they make beautiful animated explainer videos, so I have to write "Kurzgesagt In a Nutshell" a lot. They are always great, but this 6-minute guide to thinking your way out of existential dread might be their best video yet. The graphics are stupendous.

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How Claude Shannon used information theory to cheat at Vegas roulette

Claude Shannon is one of the great, heroic titans of the computer science revolution, a brilliant scientist and Feynman-grade eccentric whose accomplishments fill several excellent books. (more)

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First known US example of a gas-pump skimmer that uses SMS to exfiltrate data

This credit-card skimmer was removed from a New York gas pump; it uses components scavenged from a cellular phone and a T-Mobile SIM to send the credit card details it harvests to its owners, who can retrieve them from anywhere in the world. (more)

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Audit shows that pharma companies are still cheating by suppressing trials

It‘s been years since the major pharma companies agreed to participate in the Registry of All Trials, meaning that they‘d end the practice of only reporting on trials whose outcomes they were pleased with, leaving about half of all trials unreported-on. (more)

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Australian police seek the right to install malware on home devices during "emergencies"

The Queensland Police have asked the Australian Parliament to give them the right to covertly install malicious software on your home devices in order to conduct mass surveillance during times of "national emergency" (more)

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Ethical hacking is still a valuable skill to learn

Between election hacks, ransomware, and Devil‘s Ivy, the cybersecurity space is booming as malware and hackers become more sophisticated. If you‘re interested in pursuing a career in ethical hacking, or just want to secure your own devices,The Super-Sized Ethical Hacking Bundleis a great resource.In this bundle, you‘ll learn the fundamental skills of ethical hacking, prepare for the CompTIA Security+ certification exam, and perf

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Maker Update #44: Head worn magnifying glasses

This week on Maker Update: converting XP to exercise points, losing WD Labs and Arduino 101, printing butterflies, and marking your tools. This week‘s Cool Tool is wearable magnifying glasses.

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How to make an inside-out grilled cheese sandwich

Inside-out grilled cheese sandwich. Yes, please. (more)

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Tabloids‘ stock-in-trade is celebrity body shaming

You can‘t win with the tabloids. You‘re either too fat, too thin, or hiding a deadly secret. This week‘s tabloids continue their obsession with the stars‘ weight, led by the ‘National Enquirer‘ and its team of reporters expertly trained by years working in ‘Guess Your Weight‘ booths at county fair midways. Its cover story on Angelina Jolie declares: ‘78 lb Angie Skin & Bones!‘ while sh

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Tabloids stock-in-trade is celebrity body shaming

You can‘t win with the tabloids. You‘re either too fat, too thin, or hiding a deadly secret. This week‘s tabloids continue their obsession with the stars‘ weight, led by the ‘National Enquirer‘ and its team of reporters expertly trained by years working in ‘Guess Your Weight‘ booths at county fair midways. Its cover story on Angelina Jolie declares: ‘78 lb Angie Skin & Bones!‘ while sh

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Facebook pitches in 500K to launch Harvard effort to fight election hacking and propaganda attacks

Joe Menn at Reuters reports that Facebook is pitching in an initial 500,000 in seed funding to launch a nonprofit that will work to protect American political parties, voting systems and information providers from malicious attacks by hackers and foreign nation-states. (more)

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MAD magazine looks at what‘s on Vladimir Putin‘s desk

The usual gang of idiots at MAD is giving Boing Boing readers this exclusive sneak peek at an interior page from its upcoming #547 issue. "What‘s on Vladimir Putin‘s Desk?" displays clutter on the Russian dictator‘s desk such as large drum of polonium, a gift from Mike Flynn, a Wikileaks report, and a Pussy Riot CD. It was written by Mike Morse and illustrated by Ward Sutton. The upcoming issue will be available on digital this

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Senate rejects GOP effort to repeal Obamacare without a replacement

The U.S. Senate has voted to reject a proposal to repeal major portions of the Affordable Care Act (aka ACA, aka Obamacare) without providing a replacement. (more)

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A big chunk of Leonardo da Vinci‘s notebooks have been digitized and can be viewed online

The British Library has digitized 570 loose pages of notes written and drawn by Leonard da Vinci to compile a notebook which is called, The Codex Arundel. You can view the document online for free, although it‘s written in Italian and uses his "characteristic left-handed mirror-writing (reading from right to left)." The Guardian suggests enjoying the work of the self-taught Renaissance man as it is, without translation: The digitised Brit

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Dog enjoys standing and walking on hind legs in pool

Doggosaurus Rex: Origins. (more)

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Chunk is the coolest kid ever

The Goonies‘ Chunk, performed by Jeff Cohen, is so wonderful. I can not stop laughing when he spills his guts! My 10-year-old and I enjoyed The Goonies last night, it really holds up. Corey Feldmans‘ Mouth is also a delight. His Spanish translations are a masterpiece. https://youtu.be/CXzglCYkqVI

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Travel back in time to the 1987 CES by watching these videos

These four videos were shot --on a giant VHS camcorder, no less-- at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in the summer of 1987 for a cable TV show called Nightlife. They are as marvelously outdated as you‘d hope. You‘ll see just how much technology has changed in 30 years. Personally, I‘ve got my eye on that sweet, sweet Vidphone. I mean, it "actually sends live video through the telephone line." Other things that happene

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This VW camper van drives sideways

Nope, this circa 1976 VW camper van hasn‘t just been tipped over. It was built this way. This is the Trippy Tippy Hippy Van and it‘s the latest crazy race car creation by Maryland police officer and mechanic Jeff Bloch AKA Speedycop. To make it, the van was mounted on top of another vehicle, a 1998 VW Rabbit. He and his team spent over 1000 hours, in just five weeks, to get the sideways van ready for the racetrack. Amazingly, it d

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The Ultraman themed Toyota M78x86

I would have thought the guys in the SSSP would want something a little more utilitarian, but this Toyota is for Ultraman. https://youtu.be/UTsJEqUni9U?t=1m5s Not very inspiring, this Toyota looks like a Toyota. They‘ve added some mildly reminiscent of Ultraman touches -- like the name "M78" referring to Ultraman‘s home planet. Also, watch out! When the big light in the middle of the dashboard stops flashing and sounds a chime the

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A compilation of expensive fails

Here‘s something to make you feel better: a supercut of people accidentally losing or destroying property. In one case a bull destroys a parked motorcycle.

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Scuba diver has been visiting the same fish nearly every day for 30 years

https://youtu.be/pfwdm5W2lWs Hiroyuki Arakawa is a scuba diver in Japan. Yoriko is a fish. They have been friends for 30 years, seeing each other almost every day. From Twisted Sifter: One day, Arakawa found her looking exhausted and carrying an injury. So he did what any friend would do: he took care of Yoriko, feeding her crabs and nursing her back to health. Their decades-long friendship is proof there‘s no greater bond than the one b

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