Toto, Japan's foremost toilet manufacturer, has made a motorized tricycle that runs on human crap. The saddle is a functional toilet, and if you can muster up enough colonic motility to keep up a steady stream, you could travel the world.
Toto makes some damned fine toilets, incidentally -- we went to rather a lot of trouble to get one of the Toto toilet-seat/bidet devices imported to the UK and converted to local voltage, and never regretted it.
Lisa at TokyoMango explains:
As the person drives, he can poop into the bowl, and that poop will be turned into fuel for the car. It's actually part of a campaign that Toto is running in an effort to reduce its CO2 emissions by 50% in the next 6 years. The motorcycle will be making its way from Kyushu to Tokyo over the next month (departing in six days). Very exciting! I'm not sure who's driving but I'm sure that, in addition to having a drivers license, they had to check his stool to make sure its healthy and fuel-worthy.
(via Tokyo Mango)
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“What constitutes due process in this case is a due process in war.” The Washington Post reports that a secret Justice Department memorandum authorized the killing of Anwar al-Awlaki.
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Ned Batchelder sums up a series of technique to keep spammers from attacking submission forms with automated bots (it won't work against humans, but even cheap humans are more expensive than bots). Some of these techniques look like they'll continue to work even if they're widely known, while others depend merely on exploiting vulnerabilities in spammer techniques that will be refined as soon as the exploits are widespread.
We get titanic amounts of spam to the anonymous Boing Boing submission form, and most of it gets stopped using variations on these techniques. One interesting thing about our submission spam is how indiscriminate it is: various scumbags have gone to some lengths to figure out how to send spam to a form whose output is emailed to four people, and who will never, ever accidentally post their submission to this blog -- indeed, I just bulk-delete the stuff that makes it through the filter without even opening it -- our spammers are indiscriminate enough to use spammy subject lines, which means, I suppose, that they think they're going to end up someone a human being won't see them but a search-engine might.
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The comment form has four key components: timestamp, spinner, field names, and honeypots.
The timestamp is simply the number of seconds since some fixed point in time. For example, the PHP function time() follows the Unix convention of returning seconds since 1/1/1970.
The spinner is a hidden field used for a few things: it hashes together a number of values that prevent tampering and replays, and is used to obscure field names.
[Photo by Jim Kiernan]
Michael Moore, holding a copy of the announcement that the New York City Transit Workers' Union has voted unanimously to support the #occupywallstreet movement. The Transit Union has 38,000 members. More photos from the protests and from last night's book signing with Michael Moore at the St. Mark's Bookshop (which needs your help to stay around) are in this photo set by Jim Kiernan. And Moore's new book is here: Here Comes Trouble: Stories from My Life
Hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons and my friend Glen E. Friedman, photographer and serial shit-stirrer, were in the house, too. So was this woman: one of the protesters who was pepper-sprayed.
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[Video Link] My friends at Crashspace are opening their doors to the public tonight for a fun event: its members are going to show me things they are working on and we are going to figure out the best way to present them in MAKE. There will be about eight 10-minute presentations. I can't wait to see what the projects are. Hope to see you there!
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This video, labelled as being recorded "moments after" NYPD DI Anthony Bologna's now-infamous unprovoked mace assault on four women at the Occupy Wall Street demonstration, shows the same office in another mace attack. How many before we can call it a rampage? How many before the NYPD admits that it's wrong and unacceptable?
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Reuters reports from the Internet Governance Forum in Nairobi
: "Google, Twitter and Facebook are increasingly co-opted for surveillance work as the information they gather proves irresistible to law enforcement agencies, Web experts said this week. Although such companies try to keep their users' information private, their business models depend on exploiting it to sell targeted advertising, and when governments demand they hand it over, they have little choice but to comply." Read the rest
The "Occupy Wall Street" protests in New York City are inspiring similar demonstrations in other US cities. Above, in San Francisco on Thursday, protesters scuffle with a Charles Schwab employee at the door during a rally against corruption and fraud by American banking institutions.
Are there demonstrations in your area, Boing Boing readers? We're hearing of similar rumblings in Detroit, and other areas. Let us know what's happening where you are, in the comments.
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Gawker's Adrian Chen is liveblogging the afternoon's events at the Occupy Wall Street protest in NYC. Sounds like some of the protest organizers (or an overenthusiastic supporter?) pranked the media about that "Radiohead concert," which is now revealed to have been a hoax—for the lulz? Or for more media attention? There are bigger crowds there now, at any rate. Along with the Wikileaks truck. Read the rest
Glenn Greenwald reports on the US assassination of Anwar al-Awlaki, a US citizen in Yemen, who had not been charged with (or convicted of) any crime. Al-Awlaki was "far from any battlefield," and no judge or jury considered any accusations that had been levelled against him, nor did he have the opportunity to face his accusers nor offer a defense. Whether or not al-Awlaki was a terrorist (something no court can determine now), this sets a new precedent: the US can assassinate its own citizens on presidential order without any due process or accountability.
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After several unsuccessful efforts to assassinate its own citizen, the U.S. succeeded today (and it was the U.S.). It almost certainly was able to find and kill Awlaki with the help of its long-time close friend President Saleh, who took a little time off from murdering his own citizens to help the U.S. murder its. The U.S. thus transformed someone who was, at best, a marginal figure into a martyr, and again showed its true face to the world. The government and media search for The Next bin Laden has undoubtedly already commenced.
What's most striking about this is not that the U.S. Government has seized and exercised exactly the power the Fifth Amendment was designed to bar ("No person shall be deprived of life without due process of law"), and did so in a way that almost certainly violates core First Amendment protections (questions that will now never be decided in a court of law). What's most amazing is that its citizens will not merely refrain from objecting, but will stand and cheer the U.S.
An advertisement from the good old days when illustrators were celebrities. See some examples of Jon Whitcomb's work. (Look at that big bowl of chicken broth, too!)
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Caturday arrived early. That's good, because you'll need extra time to handle all the cute. Madison has previously appeared on Boing Boing, teaching us all how to be sunflowers. (thanks, MaDonna Flowers) Read the rest
Creator unknown. (via Chase Turner, via Joe Sabia).
Update: Alert commenters tell me this was a viral campaign for Die Hard.
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Today's XKCD proposes a strangely optimal strategy for reviewing the hotels you love, provided you don't mind being a jerk. He calls it the "tragedy of you're a dick."
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Daniel Krause interviewed me
about my DIY short story collection, With a Little Help
, on the occasion of that book being listed in the Ingram catalog, which'll make it easy for libraries to get copies. Read the rest
You like what you see, don't you? She's on Twitter now. Previously ogled by Dean here on Boing Boing. Read the rest