Our Generation Ships Will Sink

As noted in Cory’s review, Kim Stanley Robinson’s Aurora makes an undeniable case for ecological stewardship through a rigorous, gripping technological speculation about climate science… | Continue reading


@boingboing.net | 10 months ago

Kim Stanley Robinson's “Aurora”: space is bigger than you think / Boing Boing

Kim Stanley Robinson’s Aurora is the best book I read in 2015, and by “best” I mean, “most poetic” and “most thought provoking” and “most scientific,… | Continue reading


@boingboing.net | 10 months ago

Map of state-level coronavirus coordination efforts look like apocalyptic sci-fi

Alfred Twu is maintaining a public-domain map of the various efforts underway between states to coordinate their pandemic response. It’s a detailed at-a-glance guide to who is doing what with… | Continue reading


@boingboing.net | 10 months ago

A fun activity to do at home: “Narrate A Piece of Quotidian Footage”

In Rob Walker’s fantastic newsletter, The Art of Noticing, he recommends an activity called “Narrate A Piece of Quotidian Footage” which is from his book: Basically, find or make … | Continue reading


@boingboing.net | 10 months ago

What are these mysterious objects filmed flying close to the moon? / Boing Boing

This footage appears to be a telescopic shot of the moon in daylight. The camera zooms in on the sharply-lit crescent horizon. This reveals several objects apparently flying close to its surface, c… | Continue reading


@boingboing.net | 10 months ago

The codebreaking game Mastermind is 50 years old

Mastermind, a codebreaking game invented by an Israeli telephone technician in 1970, is a tabletop game for two people. You probably already know how to play it, since tens of millions have been so… | Continue reading


@boingboing.net | 11 months ago

The Times of London reporting Russian agents probing Ireland internet cables

“Russia has sent intelligence agents to Ireland to map the precise location of the fibre-optic, ocean-bed cables that connect Europe to America,” Ireland’s security agency suspects, according… | Continue reading


@boingboing.net | 11 months ago

Drinking Online with Friends Is the New Dive Bar

Supposedly driven by the virus crisis, On-nomi (オン飲み, “Drinking on[line]”) is the practice of getting together with friends on the internet and having a drink together. It’s the t… | Continue reading


@boingboing.net | 11 months ago

As Coronavirus infections near 100K worldwide, fear of mass deaths for the poor

The number of people around the world who are infected with the new coronavirus is close to 100,000 as of Friday, according to global health officials. In the United States, the number of confirmed… | Continue reading


@boingboing.net | 11 months ago

When NASA crash-landed a jetliner full of fuel

When a plane is in trouble, the pilots dump all its its fuel before making an emergency landing. This is controversial; though fuel usually dissipates before reaching ground, it’s a dangerous… | Continue reading


@boingboing.net | 11 months ago

Katherine Johnson, Pioneering African American NASA Mathematician RIP

The great Katherine Johnson, one of the legendary African-American mathematicians who were essential to the Apollo 11 moon landing, has died at age 101. You’ll recall that Johnson, who worked… | Continue reading


@boingboing.net | 1 year ago

Man hacks his prosthetic arm to control music synthesizer with his thoughts

Bertolt Meyer wears a myoelectric prosthetic arm and hand controlled by electrodes attached to his residual limb that pick up impulses generated when he consciously contracts that muscle. Those imp… | Continue reading


@boingboing.net | 1 year ago

Adam Savage builds a steampunk rickshaw to be pulled by a Boston Dynamics robot

The fine folks at Boston Dynamics, busy building our future robotic overlords, have loaned Adam Savage a Spot robot for the Tested team to play with. For his first project, Adam built a gorgeous st… | Continue reading


@boingboing.net | 1 year ago

Facebook quitters report more life satisfaction, less depression and anxiety

Facebook is designed to make you anxious, depressed and dissatisfied, three states of mind that make you more vulnerable to advertising and other forms of behavioral manipulation. Small wonder, the… | Continue reading


@boingboing.net | 1 year ago

CIA secretly owned world's top encryption supplier, read enemy and ally messages for decades

For more than half a century, governments all over the world trusted a single company to keep the communications of their spies, soldiers and diplomats secret. That company was secretly run by the … | Continue reading


@boingboing.net | 1 year ago

Tesla remotely disables autopilot: “not a feature that you had paid for”

A fellow identified as Alec in this Verge story bought a Tesla at an auction, which was advertised as having “Enhanced Autopilot” and “Full Self Driving Mode.” Soon after Alec started driving the c… | Continue reading


@boingboing.net | 1 year ago

Maryland introduces legislation that bans disclosing bugs ransomware exploits

Last spring, a Baltimore underwent a grinding, long-term government shutdown after the city’s systems were hijacked by ransomware. This was exacerbated by massive administrative incompetence:… | Continue reading


@boingboing.net | 1 year ago

Ring doorbell app packed with third-party trackers

[My EFF colleague Bill Budington has a fantastic report on all the ways that Ring surveils its own customers. Caveat emptor, indeed. -Cory] Ring isn’t just a product that allows users to surv… | Continue reading


@boingboing.net | 1 year ago

I won’t buy an iPad: ten years later

Ten years ago, Apple released the Ipad. I was in a hotel room in Seattle, jetlagged and awake at 4AM while my wife and daughter slept. | Continue reading


@boingboing.net | 1 year ago

Silver back gorillas meeting a robot gorilla in the wild

From BBC Earth’s “Spy in the Wild” series. Take your stinking paws off me you damn dirty robot! | Continue reading


@boingboing.net | 1 year ago

Mixtape of the Lost Decade (2011)

Of those who remember, some reveal our secret history through unusual media such as fashionable tumblogs and private filesharing forums. By sharing elements of an intricate and rigorous symbology d… | Continue reading


@boingboing.net | 1 year ago

Google ads look like search

Latest update blurs ads vs. search results line | Continue reading


@boingboing.net | 1 year ago

GE fridges refuse to work unless water filter is 'official', via RFID chip

@ShaneMorris: “My fridge has an RFID chip in the water filter, which means the generic water filter I ordered for $19 doesn’t work. My fridge will literally not dispense ice, or water. … | Continue reading


@boingboing.net | 1 year ago

Instagram for Windows 95

Petrick Studio’s Instagram for Windows 95 imagines a world where nothing has changed, but for one app alone. Click through for the GIFs. | Continue reading


@boingboing.net | 1 year ago

Passengers with mobile WiFi network named “Remote Detonator” removed from plane

At Detroit Metropolitan Airport, police removed two passengers from a GoJet/Delta Connection flight because they apparently wouldn’t turn off a mobile phone that reportedly had a WiFi network… | Continue reading


@boingboing.net | 1 year ago

BoingBoing.net turns 20

Today is the twentieth anniversary of Boing Boing in its current incarnation. It looked like this in 2000. Here’s a brief history of Boing Boing, which actually goes back 33 years. Carla and … | Continue reading


@boingboing.net | 1 year ago

20 Years of Blogging at Boing Boing

Twenty years ago today, Boing Boing became a blog. Mark Frauenfelder’s first post linked to Street Tech, a now-dormant gadget blog. Now there are 160,000 more posts just like it and the impos… | Continue reading


@boingboing.net | 1 year ago

The Typewriter, by Leroy Anderson

You may think you haven’t heard The Typewriter, but I bet you have! Wikipedia: The typewriter was modified so that only two keys work to prevent the keys from jamming. According to the compos… | Continue reading


@boingboing.net | 1 year ago

Imagining a “smart city” that treats you as a sensor, not a thing to be sensed

The editors of Guardian Cities (previously) saw my Toronto Life blurb about how a “smart city” could be focused on enabling its residents, rather than tracking and manipulating them, an… | Continue reading


@boingboing.net | 1 year ago

Information security and warfare metaphors: a toxic mix made in hell

I once found myself staying in a small hotel with a “State Department” family whose members clearly all worked for some kind of three letter agency (the family patriarch had been with U… | Continue reading


@boingboing.net | 1 year ago

The Parallel Computing Bubble

Yesterday’s column by John Naughton in the Observer revisited Nathan Myhrvold’s 1997 prediction that when Moore’s Law runs out — that is, when processors stop doubling in sp… | Continue reading


@boingboing.net | 1 year ago

JetBrains Mono is a free, open-source monospace font

JetBrains Mono is a new font designed especially for coders and developers. The lowercase characters are taller than the ones in other monospace fonts, improving readability. Consider this in contr… | Continue reading


@boingboing.net | 1 year ago

Schneier: “It's too late to secure 5G networks”

Bruce Schneier’s Foreign Policy essay in 5G security argues that we’re unduly focused on the possibility of Chinese manufacturers inserting backdoors or killswitches in 5G equipment, an… | Continue reading


@boingboing.net | 1 year ago

Expensive underground “sleeping pods” proposed to house San Franciscans

A housing development project hopes to put people underground in the cavernous depths of San Francisco’s Mission neighborhood. SFGate reports: Developer Chris Elsey of Elsey Partners in Manha… | Continue reading


@boingboing.net | 1 year ago

Boing Boing Was Hacked

Dear Boing Boing readers — Around 11:30 EST on January 10th, An unknown party logged into Boing Boing’s CMS using the credentials of a member of the Boing Boing team. | Continue reading


@boingboing.net | 1 year ago

RAWing in the Rain

It was raining hard and I came into work soaking wet. My Dr. Martens had that darker sheen around the toes where the water had sunk into the petrol-resistant exterior. The smell of damp and of dust… | Continue reading


@boingboing.net | 1 year ago

Communications Workers of America seeking to unionize tech, video game workers

This week, the Communications Workers of America — one of the largest industrial unions in the country — launched the Campaign to Organize Digital Employees (CODE), which seeks to union… | Continue reading


@boingboing.net | 1 year ago

Landing on some runways causes the Boeing 737's control screens to go black

The Boeing 737 Next Generation has a gnarly bug: on instrument approach to seven specific runways, the six cockpit display units used to guide the pilots to their landing go suddenly black and they… | Continue reading


@boingboing.net | 1 year ago

W3C approved DRM standard makes it impossible to make a functional indie browser

Back in 2017, the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) approved the most controversial standard in its long history: Encrypted Media Extensions, or EME, which enabled Netflix and other big media compani… | Continue reading


@boingboing.net | 1 year ago

New demand for old farm tractors because they're low tech

Farmers are increasingly sick of high-tech tractors that are expensive to buy and usually impossible to fix yourself due to their integrated digital technology. According to the Minnesota Star Trib… | Continue reading


@boingboing.net | 1 year ago

Iraq: Chevron evacuates staff from Kurdistan oil site, will Russia's Rosneft benefit?

Chevron said Monday it has evacuated all expatriate oil workers from Iraq, following last week’s Trump airstrike in Baghdad that killed Iranian general Qasem Soleimani. | Continue reading


@boingboing.net | 1 year ago

Cyberpunk games are dangerous (2015)

How roleplaying games and fantasy fiction confounded the FBI, confronted the law, and led to a more open web | Continue reading


@boingboing.net | 1 year ago

Legendary sci-fi artist Syd Mead reported dead at 86

The futurist and artist Syd Mead died today, according to auto industry veteran John McElroy and other associates of his, but there’s no confirmation from official sources even as the legenda… | Continue reading


@boingboing.net | 1 year ago

Sleuthing from public sources to figure out how the Hateful 8 leaker was caught

In 2014, Quentin Tarantino sued Gawker for publishing a link to a leaked pre-release screener of his movie “The Hateful Eight.” The ensuing court-case revealed that the screeners Tarant… | Continue reading


@boingboing.net | 1 year ago

“Harbinger households”: neighborhoods that consistently buy products that fail

In The Surprising Breadth of Harbingers of Failure (Sci-Hub mirror), a trio of economists and business-school profs build on a 2015 Journal of Marketing Research paper that claimed that some househ… | Continue reading


@boingboing.net | 1 year ago

H

Here’s what’s happened: first, ICANN (the legendarily opaque US corporation that runs the internet’s Domain Name System) approved a change in pricing for .ORG domains, run by the … | Continue reading


@boingboing.net | 1 year ago

Search-warrant demands that Google turn over account info, Android info etc.

Scott Budnick (producer of the “Hangover” movies) is embroiled in a complicated feud with an LA homicide cop named Sgt. Richard Biddle; Biddle has pursued his investigation against Budn… | Continue reading


@boingboing.net | 1 year ago

Kathryn Spiers: 'I was fired last week by Google for organizing.'

Google denies claim of illegal and retaliatory firing | Continue reading


@boingboing.net | 1 year ago