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Bruce Schneier's Data and Goliath: The Hidden Battles to Collect Your Data and Control Your World

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No one explains security, privacy, crypto and safety better than Bruce Schneier, and while he’s been talking about this subject for decades, it’s never been more relevant, as his new guide to the post-Snowden world Data and Goliath demonstrates.

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The secret life of a public library security guard

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In between the rare maps and historical stacks, fishing out fornicators and nixing narcotics transactions are all in a day’s work for one of Portland’s finest. Illustrations by Alex Nallis

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Ad-hoc museums of a failing utopia

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Photographer David Hlynsky took more than 8,000 street photos in the Eastern Bloc, documenting the last days of ideological anti-consumer shopping before the end of the USSR

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Soccer Sharks [Street Angel 016]

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After a devastating fall, things goes from bad to worse for our diminutive heroine. A local parish scrapes Jesse Sanchez’s injured body off the street. Unfortunately, a local Satanic cult has declared war on this particular parish. Talk about out of the frying pan and into the fire! Also — soccer sharks!?!

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Comic: The Life of Sitting Bull, as told by a 10-year-old

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The story of the Hunkpapa Lakota holy man who united the Lakota tribes against betrayals by the US government

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World War 3 Illustrated: prescient outrage from the dawn of the Piketty apocalypse

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The Reagan era kicked off a project to dismantle social mobility and equitable justice began. This trenchant, angry, gorgeous graphic zine launched in response.

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40 of the world's weirdest flowers

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Seed pods that look like skulls. Chrysanthemums that resemble spiders. Orchids with the appearance of monkey vampires. Enjoy these freaky flowers.

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The First Scientist

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Tom the Dancing Bug, IN WHICH the very first scientist very quickly is introduced to the second scientist.

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I have journeyed to the soul of chocolate and I bring you good tidings

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Cold brewed coffee is a revelation of complex, bittersweet, intense flavor. Cold-brewed chocolate? Even better. (Holy. Crap.)

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Think you have the right to demand police identify themselves? Look closer.

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Police officers are required to display and provide their identification on request—except when they aren’t. There is no federal mandate, nor much punishment, for officers who stay anonymous.

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Maker Mayhem: Low Moments in How-To History, Part #14

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Pill Bottle Gifts: Rainy day projects for a crafting addict.

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“Better Call Saul” shows Jimmy can wear many masks in "Hero"

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Episode four of the Breaking Bad spinoff, recapped.

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The Hip Hop Radio Station KDAY and Dr. Dre

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The first 24/7 Hip Hop radio station, KDAY in LA plus Dr. Dre’s involvement in this week’s Hip Hop Family Tree by Ed Piskor

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"Stranger Danger" to children vastly overstated

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Oft-cited stats about child abduction puts kidnappers behind every bush. But the numbers are old and frequently mangled, distorting our understanding of genuine risks to children.

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The time a hacker remotely bricked cars in Texas

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When all things are hackable, all things will be hacked

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Less time, more packaging: Amazon Prime Now tested

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Even though Amazon Prime Now has been reminding me to “order now and get it by 3 pm” since I first opened the app, the checkout interface tells me I have to pay an extra $7.99 to get it within an hour.

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John C. Reilly, the Boing Boing interview: Steve Brule's long-lost sitcom, “Bag Boy”

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Brule is back. Everyone’s favorite dingus stars in a new sitcom set in the universe of Meyer’s Superfoods, starring a familiar cast of weirdos that “Tim and Eric: Awesome Show, Great Job” fans know and love.

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What bees taught me about Cambodia

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I come from a family of beekeepers, so I had to check out a tour of traditional techniques. But I got more than I expected, and learned a lot about life in rural Cambodia.

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How remote controls program us

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Just as we program media devices with our remotes, remotes program us to interact with the media in specific ways.

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Going Street to Hell [Street Angel 015]

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Street Angel crashes through a window —plummeting to her death!?! Is this the beginning of an exciting new adventure, or the end of the line?

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John Dee was the 16th century's real-life Gandalf

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Queen Elizabeth I’s court advisor was the foremost scientific genius of the 16th century, laying the foundation of modern science. Then teamed up with a disreputable, criminal psychic and things really got rolling.

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TOM THE DANCING BUG: To Kill a Watchman

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Tom the Dancing Bug, IN WHICH the sequel to “To Kill a Mockingbird” is a dark 1980s graphic novel meditation on vigilantism and Cold War anxieties

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Johnny Mnemonic and the perfect cyberpunk movie it wasn't

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Before The Matrix, there was this, starring Beat Takeshi and Keanu Reeves. Cyberpunk’s truest vision lurks not in gnostic fantasy but in the cheap mediocrity of corporate power.

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Caffeine can really mess with your head

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Panic attacks, psychosis, and violent impulses. Free with your pumpkin spice latte!

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Afrika Bambaataa Collaborates with James Brown and Johnny Rotten

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This week’s Hip Hop Family Strip is of David Bowie/Bing Crosby proportions. By Ed Piskor

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Eat the Rude: Hannibal Lecter meets the 99%

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The good doctor’s tastes illustrate our insecurities about class. Here’s what’s really on the menu in Bryan Fuller’s Hannibal

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Better Call Saul explores survival instinct in "Nacho"

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Jimmy and Mike find common ground in “Nacho”, episode 3 of the Breaking Bad spinoff.

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The brilliant ideas and radiant visions of reclusive SF author Greg Egan

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There are no pictures of Greg Egan online, and his website has a disclaimer that while some of his more dedicated fans claimed to have tracked down a picture of the author, it’s not him.

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The best moments from the two-night premiere of Better Call Saul

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The task set before Better Call Saul is impossibly daunting. Can it join Breaking Bad in the pantheon of great TV?

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Frank Drake thinks it’s silly to send messages to ET

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The author of a legendary equation illustrating the probability of alien civilization, Drake suggests that we should listen more.

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