Goatse.cx was a webserver whose index page contained an incredibly disgusting, anatomically explicit image (if you've seen it, you know what I mean, if you haven't seen it, imagine the biggest squick you've ever had and then put it on a webserver). As a universally squicky image, goatse.cx enjoyed a certain pride of place as the mover behind various Internet sports and countermeasures. For example, large pieces of the slash, the code behind Slashdot, exists to keep pranksters from sending people to the goatse.cx page; every troll's first trick appears to be inlining a copy of the image on a targeted message-board (as Dan Gillmor found out a little while back); and now, one of the image-sharing communities I'm part of has a new fad: showing goatse.cx to people who've never seen it before and taking a picture of the reaction shot to post for general amusement.
A complaint to the .cx registrar has resulted in the goatse.cx DNS being yanked, which means that this page no longer works (of course, "tubgirl," the equally nuclearly repulsive image that you can find with Google if you really want to, is still online). Naturally, a petition has sprung up to bring it back.
It’s the end of an era, sort of: Fraunhofer IIS, the developers of the MP3 audio compression format, announced that they are ceasing their licensing program. In a blog post, spokesman Matthias Rose says that it’s had a good 20-year run and is obsolete. But it’s also true that the decoding patents expired last year, […]
Freddy deBoer writes that he’s been telling the same joke for years about Silicon Valley’s only product, which might be universalized as “At last, a way to verb with nouns on the internet!” But the social-media techopoly is stable, now, and so the venture capitalists have moved on to the three terrible trends that will […]
Alex Wood is an addict but won’t give up his smartphone. But he has five strategies for limiting its control over him: “I used to wake up tired. My body would ache and my head felt sore, like waking up with a hangover. Finally, I took control, like attending an AA class for addicts, I […]
The Ticwatch 2 Active Smartwatch is a simpler take on an active wearable that raised over $2m dollars on Kickstarter and is currently offered in the Boing Boing Store.Somewhere in between the single-day battery life and platform-specificity of the Apple Watch and Android Wear devices, there exists the Ticwatch. Instead of trying to shoehorn another […]
Loot Crate is a subscription service that delivers a box of curated pop culture goods to your doorstep. To sample their geeky wares, you can order a single mystery box exclusively from the Boing Boing Store.Each month Loot Crate sends you 6-7 unique items and apparel, including collectibles, books, and t-shirts. Pulling inspiration from all […]
Yes, yes there is. The ultraportable Twisty Glass Mini boasts all of the simplicity of its forebear, while fitting just a little bit better in your pocket.The Mini is perfect for casual smokers, and anyone who doesn’t have the patience or fine motor skill for rolling papers. This piece keeps the convenient design of its older […]