Court orders venture capital billionaire to restore access to public beach

Sun Microsystems co-founder Vinod Khosla must open access to a public beach that he'd closed for private use, says a California court.

From The Guardian:

Khosla’s refusal to restore access has made him something of a symbol of the immense wealth in the tech industry and rising income inequality in the region.

Last year, his attorneys claimed that he would open the gate to the beach only if the government paid him $30m, an amount that state officials said was unreasonably high. In October, Khosla also sued two state agencies, accusing the government of using “coercion and harassment” to infringe on his private property rights.

The California coastal commission, established by voters in 1972 to protect public use of the coast, has reported that beachgoers have increasingly complained about private security guards telling them they are trespassing on private property and forcing them to leave the public beaches.

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Jewellry store robbers can't hammer through display glass

A gang of robbers with hammers was no match for the polycarbonate-laminated glass at this jewellery store in Malaysia Read the rest

English man spends 11 hours trying to make cup of tea with Wi-Fi kettle

The iKettle is advertised as “the world’s first Wi-Fi kettle.” Mark Rittman got one and said it took 11-hours to make a cup of tea.

From The Guardian:

A key problem seemed to be that Rittman’s kettle didn’t come with software that would easily allow integration with other devices in his home, including Amazon Echo, which, like Apple’s Siri, allows users to tell connected smart devices what to do. So Rittman was trying to build the integration functionality himself.

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Herp Derp

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How a pissing wolf can help your memory

Our friend Joshua Foer, memory champion and author of the fantastic book "Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything," shows how he stores incredible amounts of useful (and useless) information in the memory palace in his head.

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Adorable robotic cube jumps to the top of a pile

Robots have a hard time making their way across uneven, unstable terrain. Read the rest

The worst traffic jam you will hopefully never experience

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.

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The Garbage Pail Kids, 30 Years Later

If you're an '80s or '90s kid, you will remember the originals. Read the rest

Choppers overhead in LA Feb 21 2015

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Ancient speed-shooting archery technique revived by amazing LARPer whose videos will blow your mind

Watching live-action roleplayer Lars Andersen practice this unusual method of archery is utterly amazing.

Video: how raindrops release that fresh rain smell

MIT researchers used high-speed cameras to reveal raindrops' aerosol effect that releases petrichor, the earthy fresh smell of rain. Read the rest

NYPD ordered to disclose records of secret X-ray vans

After three years' worth of court battles, Propublica has won a court order forcing the NYPD to release details of its X-ray surveillance vans, whose radiation risk has never been independently studied or verified (much like the notorious pornoscanners, which were supposedly harmless, but which turned out to be sources of dangerous radiation). Read the rest

Make your own geometrical papercraft mask

Wintercroft's Etsy storefront is full of beautiful, downloadable plans for making geometrical animal- and horror-masks from recycled cardboard boxes. It's a great, simple way to make the perfect Hallowe'en costume. Read the rest

An arcade belt buckle that lights up

A quarter per play. “Made with genuine arcade parts.” Read the rest

Photos: A motherlode of vintage Halloween masks

This photo collection of vintage Halloween masks by Flickrer Brecht Bug is pretty overwhelming.

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CIA admits it improperly accessed Senate computers

"[S]ome CIA employees acted in a manner inconsistent with the common understanding reached between SSCI (Senate Select Committee on Intelligence) and the CIA in 2009," said CIA spokesman Dean Boyd. In other words, yes, the CIA did break into Sen. Feinstein's computers that her staff had been using to write a report of the CIA's torture program in secret overseas prisons.

Since it is highly unlikely that anyone in a position of power at the CIA will be held accountable, the incident will serve as a green light for the CIA to do this again and again with impunity.

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Gecko sex satellite "out of control"

The Russian space agency has lost control of a satellite containing geckos involved in sex orgy porn. Read the rest

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