A leaked internal Microsoft video attacks Google's Chrome Everywhere campaign, drawing pointed attention to Google's program of monetizing personal information, extending Microsoft's "Scroogled" attack ads that characterize Google as a surveillance company.
It's a clever parody and Microsoft's point is actually a good one, but Microsoft doesn't have much moral high-ground here. The company's long history of dirty tricks against free and open source software, its role in patent trolling, and its eager cooperation with NSA surveillance and surveillance by the secret police in China -- see, for example, the creation of back-doors in Skype -- mean that Microsoft's positioning itself as a champion of digital ethics rings hollow.
Internal Microsoft Video Criticizing Google Chrome ‘Now Everywhere’
The Skunklock is a $109 crowdfunded gadget that contains pressurized vomit-inducing gas the creators call “Formula D_1,” and which is intended to induce immediate vomiting when inhaled, as well as difficulty breathing, “A lot of similar symptoms to pepper spray.”
The amazing Harry Potter Alliance (previously) — who harness fandom for social good — are raising funds for their Wizard Rock the Vote campaign, to get new voters into the polling booth this election.
JWZ documents his adventures in bringing a 1982/3 vintage Ann Arbor Ambassador 60 terminal (a rare portrait-orientation terminal) back into service — fitting it with a Raspberry Pi and a new power-supply and getting it to boot its beautiful green-screen.
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