Cory Doctorow

I write books. My latest is a YA science fiction novel called Homeland (it's the sequel to Little Brother). More books: Rapture of the Nerds (a novel, with Charlie Stross); With a Little Help (short stories); and The Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow (novella and nonfic). I speak all over the place and I tweet and tumble, too.

Summer reading list: nonfiction

Being a compendium of some of my most popular nonfiction reviews from the past year, from Capital in the 21st Century to The Divide

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Happy Sysadmin Day, Ken!


It's Sysadmin Appreciation Day, and that means it's time, once again, to give our dear, tireless, essential administrator Ken Snider a sliver of the thanks that are his due.

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Summer reading list: novels

Being a compendium of some of my most popular novel reviews from the past year, from My Real Children to Raising Steam

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Spock-hand business-card holder


Thinkgeek's Bronze Spock Business Card Holder ($35) is a 1.3lb lump of high-grade, nerdy polystone desk-decor. The Starfleet uniform cuff is a nice touch! Also works for Klingons/Romulans who can explain that it's a grisly, amputated war-trophy.

Journalist believes his phone was hacked by spooks at HOPE X, will upload image for forensics


Douglas writes, "My rooted CyanogenMod phone got hacked at HOPE X. I'm planning to get it write-blocked and imaged to crowdsource forensics."

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Steampunk/singularity mashup: Sun of Suns is now a graphic novel


Karl Schroeder's 2006 novel (review) set a new bar for imaginative worldbuilding and exciting adventure sf.

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What's original? Cloning games versus making games


Raph "Theory of Fun" Koster has a wonderful, readable, theory-rich article that helps unpick the discussion about when a game is a clone of another game, when it's a skin, when it's a variant, and when it's a new game.

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Great video explainer: Vint Cerf on ICANN and NTIA

The "father of the Internet" explains why the Congressional posturing and global freakout about the US National Telecommunications and Information Administration stepping back from management of the Internet domain name system is misplaced.

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Kickstarting Coolest: a 21st century picnic cooler


It's raised more than $7M so far, with promises of a cooler that charges your USB devices, crushes ice, plays music through a waterproof Bluetooth speaker, and supplies a cutting board.

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Comixology adds DRM-free option! Excelsior!

Unlike some of its stablemates, the Amazon-owned comics platform is to allow authors and publishers to distribute their work without the shackles of proprietary rights-management, writes Cory Doctorow

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EU wants Google to extend "right to be forgotten" to global users


Right now, Google blocks "forgotten" articles on EU versions of its site.

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Michigan sheriff issues inmates black-and-white striped uniforms


He's worried that "Orange is the New Black" has made orange prisoner uniforms too cool.

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Die Gstettensaga coming to LA

Johannes from Monochrom writes, "Award-winning post-apocalyptic hackploitation comedy 'Die Gstettensaga' is coming to a couple North American hacker conventions, film festivals and other cool locations."

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Blogging History: Hacked, Internet-hating MP goes mad; Dead goat video-game; Digging into the 9/11 report

One year ago today
Technologically illiterate MP who masterminded UK porn blocker gets hacked, threatens reporter for writing about it: Claire Perry is the UK Tory MP who architected David Cameron's idiotic national porno firewall plan. Her website was hacked and defaced with pornographic gross-out/shock images. When Guido Fawkes, a reporter and blogger, wrote about it on his website, Perry took to Twitter to accuse him of "sponsoring" the hack, and publicly announced that she would be speaking to his editor at the Sun (Fawkes has a column with the tabloid) to punish him for writing about her embarrassment.

Five years ago today
Dead Goat Polo Arcade Game: Ulak-Tartysh, for those of you not familiar with carcass-based sports, is essentially polo played with the headless body of a dead goat. It's popular in Central Asia, and especially in Kyrgyzstan, which is where this fascinating game hails from. This one appears to have been built in 1983, at some state-run electronics factory in the city of Mailuu-Suu. The coin slots say "15 Kopeks," but I think at that time all the USSR satellite states used that denomination.

Ten years ago today
9/11 commission report: much of what we knew was wrong: The commission's report found that the hijackers had repeatedly broken the law in entering the United States, that Mr. bin Laden may have micromanaged the attacks but did not pay for them, that intelligence agencies had considered the threat of suicide hijackings, and that Mr. Bush received an August 2001 briefing on evidence of continuing domestic terrorist threats from Al Qaeda.

Back pain: Acetaminophen no better than placebos


A large-scale, rigorous study published in the Lancet found that the go-to, front-line treatment for back pain was no better than a placebo.

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