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Ad networks let you easily and quickly make a botnet

The coder and artist Brannon Dorsey (previously) wondered about the potential of "browser based botnets" -- running Javascript on tons of machines, stitched together into one massively parallel computer. As he notes, this is already happening; among other things, there‘s cryptocurrency malware that hijacks your browser to do mining. But that Javascript generally only hits you if you visit the site hosting it. Dorsey wondered if there was

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The Star Wars ‘Cantina Band‘ as played on a Rubik‘s Cube

Last week we witnessed the Star Wars "Cantina Band" theme song being played with a pencil as a math formula. Now, YouTuber TheCubician has made of a video of him playing the song simply by manipulating a Rubik‘s Cube. It now seems like a challenge to come up with new, crazy ways to play the song. What‘s the logical progression of this? The spoons? Bong hits? What you got, internet?

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Donald Trump to sweep his own Dishonesty and Corruption in the Media Awards

FOLLOW @RubenBolling on the Twitters and a Face Book.JOIN the team at Tom the Dancing Bug‘s INNER HIVE, and get exclusive early access to comics, extra comics, extra commentary, and much more. GET Ruben Bolling‘s new hit book series for kids, The EMU Club Adventures. (‘Filled with wild twists and funny dialogue‘ -Publishers Weekly) Book One here. Book Two here. More Tom the Dancing Bug comics on Boing Boing! (more)

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Li Ziqi making paper by hand

This calm and relaxing video depicts Li Ziqi making paper by slicing and drying tree bark, soaking it in water, slow-boiling it with ash under burlap, fastidiously cleaning it, crushing it, chopping it up, muddling it with a gigantic mortar and pestle, then smoothing the resulting cellulose slime on a floating mesh rack. Paper! There‘s even a funny twist ending. Li Ziqi‘s channel has many other beautifully-shot videos of things --

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Lawsuit filed by 21 state attorneys general says FCC‘s repeal of #NetNeutrality broke U.S. law

A legal battle against the recent repeal of Net Neutrality regulations by Trump‘s Federal Communications Commission has begun. (more)

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White House doc claims Trump weighs only 239 pounds and liberals demand to see his girth cerficate

President Trump weighs 239 pounds (One pound less than would count him as "obese" under the most popular measure for his height) and is mentally and physically fit to govern. One reporter asked how Trump could eat so much fast food and drink so much Diet Coke and still receive a good bill of health. ‘It‘s called genetics, I don‘t know. Some people have good genes,‘ Jackson said. The president is taking several other

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Lindsey Graham on possible government shutdown: "We should all be kicked out if that happens"

Sen. Lindsey Graham had some interesting things to say to reporters outside a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing today. "How does it end?" he asks, referring to the current immigration fight in Congress and possible government shutdown this Friday. "Does it end with the government shutting down? We should all be kicked out if that happens." The Republican Senator from South Carolina went on to say, "We can not do this with people in charge of

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Frankenstein 200: America‘s science museums celebrate the bicentennial of Mary Shelley‘s Frankestein with a free, amazing transmedia experience

https://vimeo.com/233573799 Joey Eschrich from ASU‘s Center for Science and Imagination writes, "To celebrate the official 200th anniversary of the publication of Mary Shelley‘s Frankenstein (previously) on January 1, 2018, we‘ve launched Frankenstein200, a free, interactive, multiplatform experience for kids. Developed in partnership with the award-winning transmedia studio No Mimes Media (cofounded by the hyper-talented Ma

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"Evil clown" sought in robbery

The Advocate reports that three suspects are being sought after a robbery in Baton Rouge, one of them dressed in a clown hood: "Ernie Ballard III, a spokesman for the university, said three men robbed a student of an iPhone outside of the dorm building before fleeing the area.He said no one was injured."

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Japanese broadcaster sends false alarm saying North Korea launched missile

Just days after Hawaii issued a false alarm about an incoming ballistic missile from North Korea, a Japanese broadcaster made a similar mistake today. NHK television, or Japan Broadcasting Corporation, reported online and on Twitter that North Korea had fired a missile at Japan and that residents should take shelter. North Korea did not actually fire any missiles, and minutes later NHK deleted its tweets and "apologized several times on air," ac

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A 10 USB Multimeter for testing cellphones and powerbanks

This PowerJive USB Multimeter measures amps, volts and mAh on all my portable devices. I wanted to know if my 3 year old 10,000 mAh USB powerbank was still holding anything close to 10,000 mAh. This USB multimeter does exactly what I am looking for. The meter sits in-line between your charging source and whatever device you seek to charge. Simply plugging the dongle in turns it on. The device immediately displays volts and charging amps. To te

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Foreign governments, prison contractors, US lawmakers spend big bucks with Trump to curry favor

‘One year of Trump. One year of unprecedented conflicts of interest.‘ In 2017, at least 4 foreign governments, 16 special interest groups and 35 Republican congressional campaign committees all spent money at Trump properties, data compiled by government watchdog group Public Citizen reveals. (more)

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"We should all be kicked out if that happens," Lindsey Graham, referring to possible government shutdown

Sen. Lindsey Graham had some interesting things to say to reporters outside a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing today. "How does it end?" he asks, referring to the current immigration fight in Congress and possible government shutdown this Friday. "Does it end with the government shutting down? We should all be kicked out if that happens." The Republican Senator from South Carolina went on to say, "We can not do this with people in charge of

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Lindsey Graham: "We should all be kicked out if that happens," referring to possible government shutdown

Sen. Lindsey Graham had some interesting things to say to reporters outside a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing today. "How does it end?" he asks, referring to the current immigration fight in Congress and possible government shutdown this Friday. "Does it end with the government shutting down? We should all be kicked out if that happens." The Republican Senator from South Carolina went on to say, "We can not do this with people in charge of

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Breaking News: Justice Department wants a direct Supreme Court review of DACA

The U.S. Justice Department under President Donald Trump has just announced that it will seek a direct Supreme Court review of the DACA order. (more)

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Japan blasts food recall over loudspeakers after people buy potentially lethal fugu fish

Japan has the reputation of being highly efficient, and here is another example of why. When a supermarket in the city of Gamagori realized on Monday that one out of five sold packages of fugu (or pufferfish) was contaminated, city officials didn‘t mess around. They immediately shouted a recall over a loudspeaker system normally used for catastrophic emergencies such as earthquakes, blasting the product warning to residents in the city loud

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If one only more GOP senator flips, the FCC‘s Net Neutrality order will be up for grabs

After Trump‘s FCC Chairman Ajit Pai rammed through an order killing Net Neutrality -- citing easily disproved lies, ignoring millions of public comments -- activists started pinning their hopes on something called the Congressional Review Act, which gives Congress and the Senate the power to overrule the decisions of regulators from the administrative agencies like the FCC. (more)

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Senators Tom Cotton and David Perdue caught lying about Trump‘s ‘shithole countries‘ remark

GOP senators Tom Cotton and David Perdue, who were in the room when Trump disparaged African countries, told everyone who would listen that Trump didn‘t say "shithole." Cotton also made a point to shame Sen. Richard J. Durbin (D-Ill.) for claiming that Trump said the word. Now we learn that Cotton and Perdue were using the slimiest of loopholes. They heard Trump say "shithouse," which allowed them to call everyone else in the room a liar f

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Watch David Bowie and Marianne Faithful (dressed as a nun) perform "I Got You Babe" in 1973

In October 1973, David Bowie appeared for the last time as Ziggy Stardust at the "1980 Floor Show" (Get it? 19-Eighty-Floor? 1984?), a surreal cabaret he curated at London‘s famed The Marquee Club. Some of the extravaganza was later broadcast on NBC TV‘s "The Midnight Special." Above, Bowie and Marianne Faithful performing the delightful Sonny & Cher number "I Got You Babe." Bowie later said: There were a lot of clubs to go to i

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Google‘s forgetting the early web

XML pioneer and early blogger Tim Bray went looking through Google for some posts he knew about from 2006 and 2008 and found that Google couldn‘t retrieve either of them, not even if he searched for lengthy strings that were exact matches for text from the articles; he concluded that "from a business point of view, it‘s hard to make a case for Google indexing everything, no matter how old and how obscure," and so we could not longer

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Car launches into the air and embeds itself into building‘s second floor, everyone ok!

On Sunday night, Orange County Fire Authority tweeted images of a car that hit a center divider and flew into the air before embedding itself in the second floor of a building. Amazingly, both people in the car only suffered "minor injuries." OCFA in Santa Ana with a vehicle that crashed into the second floor of a small Office building. The vehicle hit the center divider and went airborne and landed into the building. One person self extricate

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People who think Martin Luther King Jr. is alive and arguing with Trump on Twitter

https://youtu.be/0DK8emqwntU Jimmy Kimmel sent a man onto Hollywood Boulevard to ask people about the current Twitter war between Trump and the late MLK. Interviewer: Was it wrong of Martin Luther King to skip the president‘s inauguration last year Interviewee: I don‘t think that wrong is the right word but I think that Martin Luther King has a right to not go.

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Bad design: This is the menu where a wrong click triggered the Hawaii missile alert Saturday

Honolulu Civil Beat tweeted this image of the menu page where an Emergency Management Agency employee accidentally clicked the wrong item and triggered a public emergency missile alert. According to Honolulu Civil Beat, "The operator clicked the PACOM (CDW) State Only link. The drill link is the one that was supposed to be clicked... The BMD False Alarm link is the (newly) added feature to prevent further mistakes."

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Huckabee: Trump can‘t be racist because he was on TV

Sarah Huckabee Sanders showed off her impeccable skills as a logician today when she proved, in one sentence, that Trump couldn‘t be a racist: ‘Frankly I think if the critics of the president were who he said he was, why did NBC give him a show for a decade on TV?‘ From New York Magazine: The belief that television networks would never employ a racist is oddly nave, especially for a figure as steeped in criticism of Hollywood

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