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US Copyright Office recommends sweeping, welcome changes to America‘s DRM laws

A new report from the US Copyright Office on Section 1201 of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act -- a controversial law that bans breaking DRM, even for legitimate purposes -- calls for sweeping, welcome changes to the DMCA. (more)

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ACLU releases video of brutal beating of motorist by enraged cop

In dashcam video posted by the ACLU, Worthington, Minnesota police officer Joe Joswiak pulls over Anthony Promvongsa, driving a dark SUV. Joswiak immediately approaches the vehicle screaming "get out of the car motherfucker!", with his gun drawn and posed sideways. Then he starts pounding and kicking at Promvongsa through the open car door - before Promvongsa seems to have a chance to do anything. The inexplicably violent attack occurred on J

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For the first time, Jeremy Corbyn overtakes Theresa May in UK polls

Nearly two weeks after the Tories lost their majority in an own-goal election lost despite the use of allegedly unassailable media-manipulation techniques, Prime Minister Theresa May has been edged out in the polls by Jeremy Corbyn, who is now the person the largest proportion of Britons would like to see in Number 10. (more)

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Find out what makes things cool

Think you know how to make something cool? Mid-century industrial designer Raymond Leowry sure did. He‘s behind some of the most iconic pieces of American culture, including the Coke bottle and the Shell logo. In this video, Derek Thompson of The Atlantic shares Leowry‘s effective MAYA (Most Advanced. Yet Acceptable) principle. The trick is this, Thompson says: To sell something surprising, make it familiar. To sell something fam

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Road rage nightmare crash footage

A motorist was left with a "gash to the head" after crashing on a California highway, reports the BBC. In the video, posted courtesy of Chris Traber, a motorcyclist veers close to a car and kicks it. The car then swerves, though it‘s not clear if the drive was retaliating or panicking from the outset. Then it strikes the center divide and all hell breaks loose.

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A ‘Roomba‘ for weeds

The inventor of the Roomba robot vacuum, Joe Jones, has come up with something new: a solar-powered weeding robot called the Tertill. It will patrol your home garden daily looking for weeds to cut down. How does it know what‘s a weed and what‘s a plant? Tertill has a very simple method: weeds are short, plants are tall. A plant tall enough to touch the front of Tertill‘s shell activates a sensor that makes the robot turn away.

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Track your BLT (and its carbon footprint) from farm to table

The YouTube channel Skunk Bear breaks down the rather large carbon footprint of a simple BLT.

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An incredibly soothing pottery-centric Instagram account

If you need a break from the stress of the world, just sit back and watch these relaxing pottery videos from Chris Casey Art. You can learn more and purchase Casey‘s pottery on his website. https://www.instagram.com/p/BVFoqM0hP4D/ https://www.instagram.com/p/BVIiYtJB5WS/ https://www.instagram.com/p/BVU4xyfBg5D/ https://www.instagram.com/p/BU92h5sBj9s/ https://www.instagram.com/p/BUzRxe8BJtD/ https://www.instagram.com/p/BVkOyB0nziG/

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‘Weird Box‘ is a cool interactive film starring your Instagram photos

This. is. awesome. Go to Noah Levenson‘s Weird Box site and enter your Instagram handle. Then sit back and enjoy the ride. Mr. Levenson, respect. (The World‘s Best Ever)

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Lovely tour of Jack White‘s Detroit vinyl record plant

Kevin Dupzyk got a behind-the-scenes tour of Third Man Records‘ new vinyl pressing plant in Detroit, where the art and craftsmanship of vinyl recordmaking is making a major resurgence. [via Popular Mechanics] (more)

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Stormchaser films a new cloud type during spectacular sunset

Earlier this month, stormchasing photographer Mike Olbinski witnessed stunning and rare undulatus asperatus clouds roiling above the setting sun. 4K and headphones highly recommended. (more)

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Time for a new wallet? Check out this slim, RFID-blocking one

Even though credit cards now feature an EMV chip for securing transactions, they still have to include the magnetic strip for compatibility with older point of sale systems. Because of this, there‘s no way for the chip‘s new security capabilities to protect against card skimmers in the wild.How do you protect yourself from legacy-technology-induced fraud? Keep your cards hidden in an RFID-blocking Wallet, like this one from Ideka. The

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In "time for sushi", Daniel Lewandowski‘s flexible freak becomes an army

L.A.-based filmmaker David Lewandowski is back with a new (and much anticipated) video titled, "time for sushi." I‘m not going to pretend I get it but if it touches you as much as it did me, head over to goingtothe.store. That‘s where you‘ll find memorabilia inspired by his YouTube channel, including a 90,000 chessboard made with carved "ethically sourced arctic mammoth ivory and rare meteorite alloy." He explains: The futu

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Why it took so long to get a Wonder Woman movie

Fandor points out that despite the fact that the comic book characters were created around the same time, we got seven Superman movies and nine Batman ones before Wonder Woman was finally allowed to make her big screen debut.

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The top 5 best drugstore foundations (out of 100 tests)

Personally, I‘m a Bare Minerals powder foundation gal, but if you‘re looking for a new drugstore foundation, here are some options to try out.

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Queer Kid Stuff teaches kids all about Pride Month

I‘ve written before about my friend Lindsay Amer, whose web series Queer Kid Stuff makes LGBTQ issues easily accessible for kids. Now in honor of Pride Month, Amer is uploading a new Pride-themed video every week during June. In the above video, she shares a Pride Month song for kids. In her second video, she explains the Stonewall riots and the history of gay activism in simple terms that even very young kiddos can understand: https://

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A quick and handy guide to audio file formats

The fine folks at Techquickie put together a quick overview that takes the mystery out of the dizzying array of audio file formats, including when to use what and brief histories of the most common types. (more)

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Trump meets with military drone makers and VCs

President Donald Trump today ‘offered support for emerging technologies including unmanned aerial vehicles and next-generation wireless networks in a meeting on Thursday with the chiefs of AT&T Inc and General Electric Co and other business leaders,‘ reports Reuters. At the White House today, Trump met with venture capitalists, and with telcom and drone executives, and they talked about how the federal government can speed technolo

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Yellowstone Grizzly Bear to be taken off Endangered Species list. Thanks, Trump.

They‘ve been on the Endangered Species list for 42 years. Today, Trump removed the Yellowstone grizzly bear‘s federal protections under the Endangered Species Act. The reason? A reported population rebound. The U.S. Department of Interior announced their plan to strip the grizzly‘s protections and return species oversight to the states. (more)

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Deleted Wikipedia articles with freaky titles

Deleted Wikipedia articles with freaky titles is the best article on Wikipedia. From "" to Zombucks, with many oddities along the way (such as ""), all that remains are the tantalizing names given to what were surely excellent, well-researched and not at all fannishly promotional entries for geeky obsessions. Here is the section for articles that began with "R". Radioactive Pedophile on the Loose! Random boner syndrome Raptor jesus Rat sma

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Artist transforms mass-produced dolls into very realistic figurines

Check out the work of artist Noel Cruz. He takes mass-produced dolls and repaints them to look like the actors they are based on. https://youtu.be/Qy1oFl8Tc7o [via Bored Panda]

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The 6 Ikea milk frother is terrific

I have a nice espresso machine (a Rancilio Silvia) but I hate using the frother to make foamed milk for my cappuccino drinking guests. On our last trip to Ikea I bought this battery-powered milk frother. Wow, is it great. It whips up milk to a voluminous foam in a matter of seconds. It also makes matcha, cocoa, and butter-coffee with ease. Just stick the business end into the mug and turn on the switch. It‘s better, quieter and cheaper than

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Watch Trump saying he doesn‘t want a poor person working in his cabinet

During his rally in Cedar Rapids, Iowa yesterday, Trump says he doesn‘t want a poor person working in his cabinet. "I love all people rich or poor -- but in those particular positions, I just don‘t want a poor person. Does that make sense? If you insist, I‘ll do it but I like it better this way." I guess this explains why he has the richest cabinet in American history.

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Burglar who trashes house found sleeping in bed

When Jeff Hollbrook came home from work at 3:45am last Sunday, he found his house in complete disarray. So after calling the police, he began to record the damages broken stained glass windows, furniture tossed around, a slept-in couch with a container of Kool-Aid next to it... he then goes upstairs and discovers the burglar in his bed. Thankfully the cops arrive shortly after and arrest the guy. When Hollbrook discovers the burglar it‘

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