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Check out the best-selling tech deals of 2017

The new year is nearly upon us, but before we say goodbye to 2017, we‘re giving you the opportunity to close it out on a positive note by scoring some of the year‘s best deals at even lower prices.1. Universal Waterproof Solar ChargerMSRP: 49.99 | Sale Price: 13.99 (72% off)There are no power outlets in the wilderness, but there is the sun, which is basically a giant power outlet if you‘re toting a solar panel. These universal s

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The best cardboard cat scratcher is the cheapest cardboard cat scratcher

My cat absolutely loves these cardboard cat scratchers. They go straight into the recycling bin, so why spend a penny more than necessary? I tried one of the 25 lounger-style cardboard cat scratchers and my picky cat wouldn‘t go near it. I put out a simple, flat and cheap one? Scratch city. My furniture and carpets are mercifully left alone while these get torn up every 4-6 weeks. Last night, as I was rubbing the catnip into a new scratc

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Terror in Paradise: ‘I Got the Hawaii Missile Message and Prepared to Die‘

‘WTF!‘ My friend Jon Letman in Hawaii tells us about the terrifying false alarm he and his wife and son just received that their island, Kauai, was being bombed. (more)

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Robert Boyle‘s 17th century wishlist for future scientific breakthroughs

In 2010, The Royal Society featured the "Desiderata" (previously) of Robert "Boyle‘s Law" Boyle, a list of dozens of scientific discoverie and breakthroughs that Boyle hoped would be discovered by scientists. * The Prolongation of Life.* The Recovery of Youth, or at least some of the Marks of it, as new Teeth, new Hair colour‘d as in youth.* The Art of Flying.* The Art of Continuing long under water, and exercising functions fre

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Intel‘s Management Engine, a secure-computer-within-your-computer, is really, really insecure

Back in 2016, we published a good technological explainer about Intel‘s Management Engine, an evolution of the decade-plus old idea of "Trusted Computing," in which a separate, isolated system-on-a-chip lives alongside of your computer, performing cryptographic work and overseeing the functions of your computer. (more)

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The history of the Internet‘s first viral video

Wired has done a fun job of documenting the history of ‘badday.mpg" -- which became a passaround hit in 1997, making it probably the first viral video of the Internet. Mind you, as the author Joe Veix notes, they didn‘t call it a "viral video" back then, because the very concept of "virality", as applied to culture, wasn‘t yet mainstream. Given how slow most people‘s Internet connections were back then -- and, frankly, wh

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Logic gates made purely of joints and levers

Here‘s a paper outlining a way to make logic gates out of nothing but links and rotary joints. It‘s quite ingenious -- binary states are indicated by the lean of the mechanisms, so you do calculations via entirely mechanical means, with the links shifting back and forth on the joints. They‘ve worked out how you‘d build everything from AND gates to NAND, NOR, NOT, OR, XNOR and XOR. The picture above is a model that illust

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Study finds municipal broadband is up to 50% cheaper than telcos

Telcos despise community-owned broadband, and fight like mad whenever a city announces it‘s going to build its own network. Why? Because when communities provide their own broadband, it costs users way less than broadband from telcos. That‘s what the Berkman Klein Center at Harvard found in a terrific new study. They collected data on 27 community-owned broadband networks that offer at least 25/3 Mbps service, and compared it to the

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Photographer botches family portraits in the funniest way possible

When the Zaring family had their family portraits done, they had no idea they‘d end up looking like cartoon characters in the photographer‘s final edits. They write: Ok. This is NOT a joke. We paid a photographer, who claimed to be a professional, 250 for a family photo shoot. Please see these FOR REAL photos she delivered to us....She said the shadows were really bad on the beautiful, clear, sunny day and that her professor never

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4 courses to kickstart a freelance copywriting career

Knowing how to write isn‘t just handy for keeping embarrassing typos out of your emails. The truth is that companies are in dire need of talented copywriters who can tell the story of their brands, and they‘re willing to pay top-dollar. You can join the ranks of other copywriters who make their living creating fun and accessible content both in-house and remotely with theCopywriting Mastery Bundle, available in the Boing Boing Store f

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Incredible! Face of Christ in a spiral

Claude Mellan‘s copper engraving "Face of Christ" (1649) consists of a single line starting at the tip of the nose and spiraling out with varying thickness to create the image. The copper plate is approximately 17" x 12.5". From ArtGallery.nsw: Starting with the tip of his burin in the centre of the plate, Mellan pushed the tool forward while simultaneously rotating the copper plate with his free hand in an anti- clockwise direction to

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