The US Library of Congress has created an exemption to copyright law to make it legal to preserve abandoned video games, including online server code required to play them. Read the rest
Here's a 2009 clip from Dish Network informing anyone watching a special channel that they are a "satellite pirate." It's not too harsh, actually, and Dish quickly goes from scolding "pirates" to pitching them with special offers. Read the rest
On Tuesday evening, Disney released the latest trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Read the rest
The present status of this quixotic and strangely persistent quest: 16 ducks carefully compressed into a square compartment with a quick-release cable, suspended vertically from the ceiling. It meets its intended purpose quite well, but one is inexorable drawn to the prospect of further optimization.
I propose each duck be attached by the mouth to a canister of compressed air, cabled to begin inflating as soon as the container is released, thereby increasing the pitch and volume of their cries.
(To be clear to any passing animal lovers, judgmental aliens, members of future civilizations, etc, this does not concern real ducks)
Beijing, China. If this fascinates you, so long as you are not sitting in it, I highly recommend Tom Vanderbilt's fantastic book "Traffic: Why We Drive the Way We Do (and What It Says About Us)."
Below, Tom's presentation at our Boing Boing: Ingenuity 2013 conference.
It's not easy living in the big city, especially when you're a lost dog. Read the rest
26 pounds of pot were found in the wreckage after a doghouse in Nogales, close to the US-Mexico border, was pulverized in the night by a package that fell from the sky. Read the rest
UPDATE: Ooops, these photos were released in 2014.
Last year, the Seattle Police Department released several dozen newly-developed photos from the scene of Kurt Cobain's 1994 suicide. The police processed the film as part of a recent reinvestigation into Cobain's death. According to detective Mike Ciesynski, there is still no basis in conspiracy theories that Cobain was murdered.
Ciesynzki says that they will not release any graphic images of Cobain's body.
"What are people going to gain from seeing pictures of Kurt Cobain laying on the ground with his hair blown back, with blood coming out of his nose and trauma to his eyes from a penetrating shotgun wound," he told KIRO-TV. "How's that going to benefit anybody?"
Wayland appears to be a bit of a wet blanket when it comes to having fun.
Afloat on the seas of fate (and on the actual sea) for a century, a message in a bottle released from Plymouth, England, has finally washed up in Amrum, an island off the coast of Germany.
A retired German post office worker has found a message in a bottle that was launched into the sea at the start of the 20th Century.
The man who dropped the bottle in the sea over a century ago was marine biologist, George Parker Bidder who released over 1,020 such bottles between 1904 and 1906. Parker Bidder, who worked at the Marine Biological Association (MBA) in Plymouth, was using the bottles to test deep sea currents. These bottles were specially designed to float just above the sea bed.
Once officially confirmed, this will apparently be the oldest verified message-in-a-bottle, at 108 years.
Motherboard reports on hilariously insistent efforts made by mystery correspondents to trick people into thinking they are news reporters.
The campaign uses sophisticated techniques to get around the extra protection provided by Gmail’s two-factor authentication, which requires a password and a token to log in, as detailed in a new report published on Thursday by Citizen Lab, a research group at the University of Toronto's Munk School of Global Affairs. While the report doesn’t conclusively point fingers, victims and experts alike think the campaign was likely led by hackers with direct links to the Iranian government or the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC).
The sheer persistence of the "hacker" raised a red flag for one recipient, who got a phone call asking them if they'd received an email: “That's when I started to get suspicious—no journalist is THAT demanding,” she said.
This behavior actually makes me think it was a PR person!
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The “journalist” then sent the same email, but this time using a Gmail account. The first email was made to look like it was from a Reuters account. There were still no questions in the body, and, once again, it included the phishing link.
“And that's when I knew something weird was going on,” York said, adding that she started “trolling him” by saying she wasn’t going to be able to open the attachment because that’s bad security practice.
At that point, the alleged journalist “got angry” and frustrated, even demanding, “This is from my personal address! Just open it!”
“It was sort of pathetic at that point,” York said, and she stopped answering the phone.