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Barrett Brown’s sentence is unjust, but it may become the norm for journalists

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Jailed, in part, because he shared a link to a stolen document that he did not steal, and despite the fact that this is not a crime.

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This week's best gadgets

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This week Mark and Jason compare tea makers and Xeni talks about her Hario Japanese coffee products.

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Ninjas vs. Pirates

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Angel City’s streets explode when ninjas and pirates clash!

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Journalist Barrett Brown sentenced to 63 months in federal prison

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He’s already served more than two years in prison on charges related to sources within the Anonymous hacktivist entity.

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Bobcat Goldthwait does the impossible in his latest film — again

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“Call Me Lucky” is a bold and moving documentary about volatile comedian and abuse survivor Barry Crimmins

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Gweek audio experience: How to 3D print your family

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Our guest this week is Maggie Tokuda Hall. She writes books for children and stories for adults.

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Album covers of imaginary soul superstar "Mingering Mike" to be exhibited

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Were it not for dedicated crate-digger and vinyl hoarder, Dori Hadar, his brilliant work might never have been seen.

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Self-Dissection: a conversation with satirical English author Will Self

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Will Self suffers from “everythingitis.” Why aren’t we surprised?

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The God-Man Fan Club vs. … Clod-Man!

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Tom the Dancing Bug, IN WHICH the God-Man Fan Club must avenge the grave insult of… “Clod-Man!”

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President Obama's tech-centered State of the Union: full text, and digital rights concerns

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Here’s a good rule of thumb: Any time a president says new tech laws are to protect “our kids,” you know something bad is on the way.

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Why animals eat psychoactive plants

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Johann Hari, author of Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs, learns about drunk elephants, the stoned water buffalo, and the grieving mongoose.

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Egyptian Lover: West Coast Hip Hop Pioneer

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Taking things to Los Angeles during the early 1980’s in this week’s Hip Hop Family Tree by Ed Piskor

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Eradicate DRM within a decade!

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The Electronic Frontier Foundation’s Apollo 1201 will target it with code, law, norms and markets.

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I Think You'll Find It's a Bit More Complicated Than That

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Over the past decade, pharma-fighting Dr Ben Goldacre has written more than 500,000 words of fearlessly combative science journalism.

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The invasion boards that set out to ruin lives

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Internet harassment doesn’t just stay on the internet any more. Banned from 4chan, the ‘net’s worst trolls are making life hell for “social justice warriors.”

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The ceiling that birthed a naked man

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What happened when a naked man literally appeared out of thin air inside a couple’s apartment while they were getting ready for work?

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Invasion Angel City!

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Cortez and his band of time-traveling pirates/Conquistadors hit the mean streets of Angel City!

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All Quiet on the Martian Front

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It’s not easy designing a fair and playable game of asymmetrical warfare. But that’s what we have here as lumbering tripods armed with devastating heat rays take on puny human forces.

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Pacific Edge, the most uplifting novel in my library

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This utopian story, about a world where people live together without the need for extreme haves and have-nots, is available as a DRM-free audiobook

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The curious case of the sweaty nipples

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Duncan is unkempt, his hair greasy. His voice is monotone, with minimal facial expression, also called a flat affect. On top of our scratch paper, I write: “depressed?” But that’s not why his parents brought him in.

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Are you smarter than a rat?

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Meet the scientist who runs rats and people through mazes to find out how intelligent they are.

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Gadgets 022: RGB LED Lightbulb, KontrolFreek joystick extender, Photive 5 Port Multi-USB Charger

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This week Mark, Xeni and Jason recap their holidays and current favorite gadgets — a remote controlled color changing light bulb, Xbox joystick extender, and a multi-USB charger.

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How crowdfunding helps haters profit from harassment

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Meet the professional victimizer.

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KRS ONE meets his future DJ and doesn't know it.

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Introducing Boogie Down Productions DJ Scott La Rock into the fold in this week’s Hip Hop Family Tree by Ed Piskor.

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How to honor Aaron Swartz’s life

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Today is two years and a day after the suicide of Aaron Swartz.

Aaron was one of my closest friends. That night was the worst of my life.

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Jo Walton's "The Just City"

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Time-travelling godess Athena assembles on a volcanic island every man and woman in history who has ever prayed to her to live in Plato’s Republic, and sets in motion a social experiment that shows just how heartrending, exciting, and satisfying philosophical inquiry can be.

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How you can hack credit cards for cheaper travel

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Travel credit cards are crucial to reducing your travel costs and making life easier. These credit cards can get you free stuff and cheap flights, help you save on exchange rates, avoid fees, and make you money.

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What David Cameron just proposed would endanger every Briton and destroy the IT industry

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David Cameron says there should be no “means of communication” which “we cannot read” — and no doubt many in his party will agree with him, politically. But if they understood the technology, they would be shocked to their boots.

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Charlie Hebdo - Love Is Stronger than Hate

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Tom the Dancing Bug, IN WHICH je suis Charlie

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The best books for nerds from 2014

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Some 600,000 volumes were published in English last year. Here’s a few of the best.

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