Cory Doctorow

Shkrelifreude: while Martin Shkreli rots in prison, his price-gouging pharma company is hemorrhaging money

Smirking pharma-bro Martin Shkreli first came to public attention when he hiked the price of a drug used by people with HIV from $13.50/pill to …

Martin Shkreli

Trademark troll who claims to own "Dragon Slayer" now wants exclusive rights to book covers where someone is holding a weapon

Austin's Michael-Scott Earle, last seen around these parts when he filed a trademark on the phrase "Dragon Slayer" for use in fantasy novel …

Fantasy Fiction

Singapore healthcare provider breached, personal records of 1.5m people - including the Prime Minister 0 stolen

Singhealth, a Singaporean public health service, suffered the worst breach in Singaporean history, losing control of 1.5 million peoples' data; …

Cybersecurity

Scientology's $5,000 E-meters are surprisingly well-engineered

The E-meter is a quack device used by Scientologists in a religious ritual called "auditing" in which changes in skin potential are said to indicate …

Church of Scientology

Hackers on Planet Earth, Here We Come!

This weekend is HOPE XIII. The Hackers on Planet Earth conference is a biennial event held in New York City.<p>Dating all the way back to 1994, HOPE is …

New York City

Burberry torches £28.6m worth of unsold inventory to keep prices high

In 2017, luxury fashion company Burberry set fire to £28.6m worth of unsold gear, bringing the five-year immolation tally to more than £90m; the …

Luxury Lifestyle

Twitterbot mines Venmo's public-by-default transactions and tweets presumably sarcastic drug buys and sexual services

When Hang Do Thi Duc published her work on the privacy implications of payment processor Venmo's "public-by-default" directory of payments, she did …

Jokes

60 Congressional Democrats form a Medicare For All caucus

When Bernie Sanders made a bid for the Democratic presidential candidacy in 2016 with a pledge of "Medicare For All," the party establishment …

Health Care

The future will be feminist and pedal-powered: kickstarting a fifth "Bikes Not Rockets" sf anthology

Elly Blue (previously) writes, "Will toilet paper be a valuable commodity after society collapses? Who will help you with your reproductive rights in …

Feminism

Con 2018!

San Diego Comic-Con begins on July 18th, and it is bigger and better than ever this year! Tor Books and Tor.com Publishing are proud to announce a …

Marvel Comics

Podcast: Zuck's Empire of Oily Rags

Here's my reading (MP3) of Zuck's Empire of Oily Rags, a Locus Magazine column about the corruption implicit in surveillance capitalism, which …

Targeted Advertising

Record numbers of Americans believe climate change is real, and a majority understand that humans are to blame

Amidst a global heatwave, some good news from the National Surveys on Energy and the Environment: a record-setting 73% of Americans believe that …

Climate Change

To do in San Francisco on July 12: The Fifth Annual Cocktail Robotics Grand Challenge!

JWZ -- proprietor of San Francisco's DNA Lounge -- writes, "This is one of my favorite events that we do all year: it's time for the Fifth Annual …

San Francisco

Mark Zuckerberg and his empire of oily rags

Surveillance capitalism sucks: it improves the scattershot, low-performance success-rate of untargeted advertising (well below 1 percent) and doubles …

Mark Zuckerberg

McMansion Hell's tour through Texas's Most Terrible fake castles

On the first anniversary of its triumph over Zillow's censorious attempt at copyfraud, McMansion Hell is back and better than ever.<p>McMansion Hell is …

Castles

WD40's new straws are pretty amazing

WD40 has replaced its traditional taped-on, easy-to-lose nozzle straws (so important for getting the slippery stuff into the stuck places) with a …

DIY

Code For Canada fellowships: get paid to hack better public services

Ren from Code for Canada writes, "We launched last year and, among other things, fund "fellows'--i.e. tech-savvy, civic-minded professionals who get …

Cory Doctorow

Vintage British travel posters improved with added fantasy monsters

Chet Phillips (creator of the Monster Zen book, the Steampunk Monkey Coloring Book and the Steampunk Monkey Cigarette Cards) sends us his Fantasy …

Posters

Podcast: Let's get better at demanding better from tech

Here's my reading (MP3) of Let's get better at demanding better from tech, a Locus Magazine column about the need to enlist moral, ethical …

Cory Doctorow

Teaching a banjo workshop while undergoing an EEG

Patrick Costello (previously) writes, "I had to go through a 25 hr EEG, but I didn't let the wires glued to my head stop me from posting my weekly …

Banjos

Browser extension to fix the NYT's squeamishness about calling Trump a liar

The <i>New York Times</i> doesn't like to call Donald Trump (who is a compulsive liar) a liar; they deploy the squeamish euphemism "falsely claimed" in place …

Donald Trump

3D printed origami robots that crawl and grab when activated by magnets

A team at MIT’s Department of Mechanical Engineering and Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering have created a set of foldable, 3D printed …

Engineering

Remember when conservatives were terrified of Big Government violently interfering with families?

Remember when conservatives were into "family values" and defending their families from Big Government intrusions, like breaking up families over …

Culture

Mother American Night: John Perry Barlow's posthumous memoir

John Perry Barlow lived many lives: small-time Wyoming Republican operative (and regional campaign director for Dick Cheney!), junior lyricist for …

Culture

Architect of Charlottesville receives preliminary approval for a "white civil rights rally" in DC

Jason Kessler, organizer of last summer's violent, murderous "unite the right" rally in Charlottesville, has received preliminary National Parks …

Rights & Freedoms

As thousands of children are torn from their parents, Trump's popularity rating hits an all-time high

In case you thought that kidnapping babies would awaken the moral consciences of Trump supporters, be told: Trump's approval rating hit its all-time …

Kidnapping

Public Domain Hulk explains the EU's catastrophic copyright filtering proposal

"WHAT YOU THINKING EUROPE? WANT BORING STUPID INTERNET? WANT MUSIC INDUSTRY INTERNET? WANT COPYRIGHT INTERNET? HULK SMASH CENSORSHIP. HULK SMASH …

Public Domain

Shiny animal sculptures from Jud Turner

Sculptor Jud Turner (previously) writes, "Been playing with shiny chrome parts in the studio lately (motorcycle parts, mostly) to conjure up things …

Sculpture

Here are 15 privacy settings you should change from defaults, from Linkedin to cellphones to smart TVs

The Washington Post rounds up 15 privacy defaults that no one in their right mind would want to leave as-is, and provides direct links to change 'em …

Privacy

A musical salute to Father's Day, courtesy of Groucho Marx and Junior Bear

Behold, my two most favorite pieces of Father's Day media. I'm thousands of miles from my own family today, but I'm celebrating Father's Day in my …

Groucho Marx