Feds say court-ordered wiretaps are harder because more now use chat, IM



"Federal law enforcement and intelligence authorities say they are increasingly struggling to conduct court-ordered wiretaps on suspects because of a surge in chat services, instant messaging and other online communications that lack the technical means to be intercepted," Ellen Nakashima at the Washington Post reports.

Read the rest

Unbored – A zillion ways for kids to keep busy and engage with life

I’m always amazed when one of my daughter’s friends comes to me and says she’s bored. As if I’m supposed to put on a pair of tap shoes and dance a jig for her. My daughter knows better than to say the B-word, but I can always tell when she’s at a loss for something to do by the way she lies limply across the arm of the couch, her head dangling towards the floor, her voice depleted of emotion. Next time this happens I will suggest Unbored (which, when she picked it up for the first time yesterday, didn’t put it down for almost an hour).

A collection of inspiring activities, projects, and articles on freeing up your creativity (by the authors as well as many other DIY experts, including an introduction by my husband Mark), Unbored offers a zillion ways to keep busy, stay engaged, and connect with the outside world. Start a band, make a zine, teach “your grown-ups” how to geocache, trick your friends into saving the planet, tell your politicians what you think, build a backyard fort, make a pet robot controller… The book is fun, instructional, edgy (create different colors of fire, take an adventurous gap year between high school and college, spray paint your bedroom walls, read banned books), and has insightful lessons on how to engage with life rather than allowing life to pass by like a boring television commercial. And as a parent, it’s nice to be reminded not to fall into the trap of smothering helicopter parenting, passive parenting (screens!), over-scheduled parenting, and all the other pitfalls of modern life that turn our kids into lethargic, helpless, unthinking slugs. Unbored belongs in every kid’s – and parent’s – library.

Read the rest

When she finished her pitch, the investor said he didn’t invest in women

"I don’t like the way women think. They haven’t mastered linear thinking."

Morgan Freeman narrates a Juggalo documentary [NSFW]

Here's what happens when you add Morgan Freeman's narration for March of the Penguins to American Juggalo.

Gamers enraged by $7 Portal mod

How dare they not give it away for free!

Reddit plans its crack at advertising

Reddit has billions of page views, but scant revenues to show for it. The New York Times' Mike Isaac explains why it is about to change.

Read the rest

Video camera attached to car wheel

It's exactly what you expect. Wait an hour or so if you've just eaten!

Read the rest

Why golfers buy hole-in-one insurance

The chance of getting a hole-in-one is roughly 1 in 12,500 for an amateur golfer. In many countries, anyone making a hole in one is bound by tradition to buy drinks for everyone in the clubhouse. To protect themselves from this potential financial hardship, some golfers buy hole-in-one insurance. Golfers in Japan can buy a premium for $3.

After spending $650 buying the entire clubhouse champagne at England’s South Winchester Golf Club following a hole in one, Paul Neilson told Bloomberg, “I couldn't afford to go through all that again. I used to have a policy but never got around to renewing it.” Among the stories from Japan, the same article quotes Eiji Yoneda, who was one of 200 people invited on a dinner cruise by someone celebrating a hole in one.


Soldiers swindled

The Atlantic's Rebecca J. Rosen writes about predatory lenders, such as USA Discounters, who extend expensive credit to soldiers, sue them in courts they cannot appear in, then garnish their wages.

I am in love with my Kindle Paperwhite


I am absolutely thrilled with the Kindle Paperwhite. This e-reader seems perfect in just about every way.

Read the rest

J. Dilla's Moog in the Smithsonian

Yancey 12 jpg 800x450 q85 crop upscale

The mother of pioneering hip hop producer J. Dilla, who died in 2006 at 32, donated her son's Moog synthesizer and trusty Akai MPC drum machine to the Smithsonian.

Sex toy in woman's vagina for 10 years

Physicians examining a Scottish woman were surprised (as was she) to discover that a five-inch sex toy had been inside her vagina for a decade.

Read the rest

Carpenter, Cronenberg, and Landis on horror (1982)

Horror maestros John Carpenter, David Cronenberg, and John Landis discuss "Fear On Film" in 1982. (via Laughing Squid)

Wonderful photos of Tibetan wildlife, from the Boing Boing Flickr pool

14736176096_bd69b2e9c1_k (1)

From the Boing Boing Flickr Pool, "Glover's Pika (Ochotona gloveri)," a lovely photo shared by Paul Jones, who was traveling in the Tibetan plateau when he spotted the little guy.

Read the rest