Tor Project says accusations against Jake Appelbaum are accurate

Jacob Appelbaum

The Tor Project announced Wednesday that an investigation had confirmed sexual misconduct allegations against Jake Appelbaum, describing them as accurate and him as having humiliated, intimidated and bullied others inside and outside the project. Appelbaum left Tor in May, after public accusations forced the organization to act; The New York Times reports that the circumstances raised questions about the management of the project.

Shari Steele, the executive director of the Tor Project, said in a statement that the investigation found that “many people inside and outside the Tor Project have reported incidents of being humiliated, intimidated, bullied and frightened by Jacob, and several experienced unwanted sexually aggressive behavior from him.”

The investigation was conducted by a private investigator hired by the nonprofit group. Ms. Steele added that new allegations were made over the course of its investigation, and that two members of the larger Tor community had also been involved in the incidents. The two individuals were not named and Ms. Steele said they were no longer part of the Tor community.

Appelbaum (who contributed an article to Boing Boing in 2011) denied the allegations and, the NYT's Nicole Perlroth adds, is planning to respond to the investigator's report. Read the rest

10 strange inventions from the future


Brain implants that allow people to read each other's minds. Pills that let you change genders temporarily. Reputation Statements that list any good deeds you do. These are a few of the things from the future I discussed with Chris Weller of Tech Insider. These things were created by Institute for the Future (where I'm on staff) to provoke people to think about current trends and innovations and how they might play out in the future. Read the rest

Bill O'Reilly: Slaves who built White House were "well-fed and had decent lodgings provided by the government"


In response to Michelle Obama's speech on the opening night of the Democratic National Convention, former history teacher Bill O'Reilly told his viewers that the slaves who built the White House were well-fed and had decent lodgings. He didn't mention the other not-so-great parts about being a slave, which include being the property of another person.

O'Reilly said:

Slaves that worked there were well-fed and had decent lodgings provided by the government, which stopped hiring slave labor in 1802. However, the feds did not forbid subcontractors from using slave labor. So, Michelle Obama is essentially correct in citing slaves as builders of the White House, but there were others working as well. Got it all? There will be a quiz.

From Think Progress:

Liam Hogan, a historian whose work focuses on slavery, noted on Twitter that O’Reilly’s comments are reminiscent of “how chattel slavery was defended by slave owners and pro-slavery interests.” To cite just one example, a U.S. history primer put together by the Independence Hall Association notes that “defenders of slavery argued that by comparison with the poor of Europe and the workers in the Northern states, that slaves were better cared for. They said that their owners would protect and assist them when they were sick and aged, unlike those who, once fired from their work, were left to fend helplessly for themselves.” The reality, Hogan added, is that slavery were “treated like livestock.”

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Censorship company drops bogus lawsuit against researchers who outed them


Netsweeper sells "internet filtering technology" -- a tool that spies on users' internet traffic and censors some of what they see -- that is used by governments to control their populations, including the government of Yemen, which uses it to block its citizens' access to material critical of its policies. Read the rest

Roundup of newspapers that illustrated Hillary Clinton's nomination with pictures of her husband


The excuses for this come prepackaged: it's what was on the photo wires, his was the great speech of the night, it illustrates a moment of transition in politics, etc. Read the rest

Photographer sues Getty Images for $1B because they're charging for pix she donated to LoC


Jamie writes, "A photographer filed on Monday a $1 billion copyright infringement suit in New York against Getty Images' American arm, alleging that the company is sending out letters demanding licensing fees for her photos that were donated to the Library of Congress." Read the rest

Minipresso is the Aeropress of portable espresso makers


Harkening back to my days as a boy scout, camping gear is some of my favorite stuff. This Minipresso portable espresso maker is has me pretty jazzed!

Using boiling water and a small hand pump Wacaco's Minipresso makes a near perfect shot of espresso with a nice layer of crema. For consistency and ease of use it beats some home counter-top espresso machines I've had.

Minipresso is small, about the size of at the average cycling water bottle. Great for camping, this incredible device is not only easy to pack, but easy to use and clean. Fill the basket with 1 scoop of grounds and attach it. Fill the water reservoir with boiling hot water and attach. Squeeze the pump and expresso will squirt out the bottom into your glass.

The hand pump gives my CTS/RSI ridden hands a nice stretch after a long motorcycle ride.

Clean up is simple. Rinse it out and off. Over time I'm sure you'll need to scrub a bit, or use some vinegar, etc to remove coffee crud deposits. It also feels well made, and like it'll last. I think of this as a high pressure, gasket sealing version of the Aeropress, for espresso instead of coffee.

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Olympics to companies: mentioning "Olympics" in social media is a trademark violation


The US Olympics Committee has sent a letter to companies that sponsor athletes but don't sponsor the games, warning them that mentioning the Olympics in social media is a trademark violation. Read the rest

The Ultimate 'Netflix and Chill' Bundle


It's one thing to enjoy dinner at home and a nice glass of Cabernet Sauvignon with your best friend, Netflix, but it's another thing entirely to make that meal from scratch and get that wine delivered right to your doorstep.

But what if we told you there's a way to make this possible? To keep your social life, stay caught up on your favorite shows, and enjoy a delicious home-cooked meal paired with that equally delicious glass of wine? 

It’s as easy as grabbing one (or any) of these deals from Blue ApronWinc Wine Delivery, and Getflix.

Blue Apron delivers gourmet recipes—and the farm-fresh ingredients to make them—directly to you. New customers can get three 2-person Blue Apron meals for $27 (54% off the usual $59.94). That's just $4.50 per serving.

Winc Wine Delivery does the same with wine. Just answer a few questions about your taste preferences, and you’ll receive deliveries that are tailored to your palate. New customers will get three bottles from Winc for $26 (42% off the usual $45).

And to cap off your lovely homemade meal and glass of wine, add Getflix to complete your dream evening. Getflix unblocks more than 100 streaming channels for only $39 (95% off the usual price) so around the world you can watch movies, TV, and sports wherever life may take you.

If you really want to make a splash at your next 'Netflix and Chill' night, give these deals a try. But act fast, because they're certain to sell out shortly. Read the rest

First-ever Michelin star for street food awarded to Singaporean hawker stalls


Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice and Noodle and Hill Street Tai Hwa Pork Noodle sell lunch dishes for less than USD2.00, but that's not a predictor of the food's quality, as both restaurants have been awarded Michelin stars for their cuisine. Read the rest

Highest-paid CEOs generate lowest shareholder returns


In Are CEOs paid for performance? Evaluating the Effectiveness of Equity Incentives, a new study from MSCI, researchers compared the salaries of 800 US CEOs of large and medium-sized companies to the returns to their shareholders during their tenure. Read the rest

Pro-tar-sands activists say dirty Canadian oil is better because "lesbians are hot"


The "In Canada lesbians are considered hot!" campaign is the brainchild of Robbie Picard, a tar-sands booster from Fort McMurray, Alberta. Read the rest

MIT Media Lab announces $250,000 "Rewarding Disobedience" prize

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Linkedin founder Reid Hoffman has bankrolled an experimental, one-time prize of $250,000 that the Media Lab will award for research that harnesses "responsible, ethical disobedience aimed at challenging the norms, rules, or laws that sustain society’s injustices?" Read the rest

Young man reiterates need for "Trump in America" after in-game defeat


In this homophobic NSFW rant, a young gentleman who had lost a game of NBA 2K16 explains to his team-mates why the outcome demonstrates the need for Trump in America.

Illustration: Veciits

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In 1995 Walmart pulled a "Someday A Woman Will Be President" t-shirt because it was offensive (Updated)


Nick Kapur spotted this gem in an old newspaper: "A Wal-Mart store pulled a popular T-shirt proclaiming “Someday a woman will be president” off its shelves, saying it was offensive to some shoppers."

“It was determined the T-shirt was offensive to some people and so the decision was made to pull it from the sales floor,” Jane Bockholt said. She refused to reveal the nature of the customer’s complaint.

Ann Moliver Ruben, the 70-year-old psychologist who designed the shirt and sold them to the store, said the retailer’s response means “that promoting females as leaders is still a very threatening concept in this country.

A buyer at the company reportedly said that the shirt "goes against Wal-Mart's family values," but it didn't respond to press inquiries other than to confirm a customer complaint about the shirt and their removal from the store in which they were being sold. At the time, the United Kingdom, Israel and Pakistan were among countries to have elected women leaders.

After the story hit the papers, though, the company admitted its mistake.

"We made a mistake," Jay Allen, a Wal-Mart spokesman, told the Associated Press. "In this case, we overreacted."

The shirt appears to pop up on Ebay and Etsy often.

Correction: 1995, not 1985.

Update: Walmart Director of Corporate Communications Danit Marquardt spotted this doing the rounds and sent an email: “Wow, it still pains us that we made this mistake 20 years ago. We’re proud of the fact that our country – and our company – has made so much progress in advancing women in the workplace, and in society.” Read the rest

TSA approves having a mummified head as your carry-on luggage, with reservations


As long as it is "properly packaged, labeled and declared," one may take Victorian philosopher Jeremy Bentham's mummified head onto your flight. The TSA added that travelers may simply snap a picture and tweet it to @AskTSA if they are in any doubt about the flight-legality of any desiccated human remains with which they wish to fly. Read the rest

North Korea recommends Americans elect "wise politician" Donald Trump


North Korea is on Team Trump, reports Reuters, describing the millionaire mogul as a "wise" choice and his rival as "thick-headed Hillary."

Run by a brutal and notoriously reclusive authoritarian clique, North Korea is under U.N. sanctions and regularly threatens the U.S. and the south with nuclear annihilation. Trump has indicated he will take a softer line with the regime.

"It turns out that Trump is not the rough-talking, screwy, ignorant candidate they say he is, but is actually a wise politician and a prescient presidential candidate," said the [DPRK Today] column, written by a China-based Korean scholar identified as Han Yong Muk.

DPRK Today is among a handful of news sites run by the isolated North, although its content is not always handled by the main state-run media.

It said promising to resolve issues on the Korean peninsula through "negotiations and not war" was the best option for America, which it said is "living every minute and second on pins and needles in fear of a nuclear strike" by North Korea.

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