Tinfoil Hats: The Next Generation

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As governments become ever-more cavalier about basic privacy rights, human ingenuity will continue to be applied to thwarting their ability to scan our digital tools. With luck, it won’t all look as ridiculous as this: The CHBL Jammer Coat is a piece of clothing that enables its user to disappear: Google cannot find you anymore. [Read More...]

Ambassador Sworn in on a Kindle

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Suzi LeVine, incoming US ambassador to Switzerland, was sworn in using  a Kindle displaying a page of the 19th Amendment (which gave women the vote). It’s jarring, of course, in that way new things are, and we have to wonder if a president’s iPad will one day have the same mystique as Lincoln’s Bible. H/T: [Read More...]

Progress

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Reinventing the Bike, and Making it Worse

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This thing is called the Fliz, and it’s all kinds of wrong. It’s a sorta-bike, but not really. Rather than pedaling, you kind of scoot along. And instead of sitting on it, you sort of hang from it, with part of the frame encircling your neck (!), and straps under your groin (!!). Because whenever [Read More...]

Giant Jenga!

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Kids React to a Walkman

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I was asked to show a section of a movie to some students last week. When I got there it was on VHS. Finding the exact spot was a reminder of all the things I don’t miss. Keep an eye on little 8-year-old Samirah here. She’s a smart one. [Read more...]

Sound Cannons to Be Fired at Drivers

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LRAD stands for Long Range Acoustic Device, and it’s a kind of sonic weapon created for breaking up large protests and hailing people at extreme distances. And now it’s going to be fired at motorists driving at high speeds through construction zones. Missouri’s Department of Transportation is going to give the device to road workers [Read More...]

The Unabomber’s Delusional Offspring

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Anarchist/anti-tech protesters have targeted the home and neighborhood of tech entrepreneur Kevin Rose, founder of Digg and partner in Google Ventures. After a late night of howling at the moon, these feral lunatics dug into their bag of Soviet-era propaganda, leafleted his neighborhood, and unfurled banners outside of Rose’s San Francisco home declaring him a [Read More...]


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