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John Henry the samurai racing a tireless killer robot

Yaskawa celebrated its 100th birthday by pitting one of its Motoman-MH24s against a samurai in a sword-swinging contest, proving once and for all that if you need to chop bamboo into small pieces without having to walk around, you need a robot, not a human.

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Ferris Bueller is 30

John Hughes made his classic movie for a mere $5M, a kind of side project to recover from his runaway successes w with The Breakfast Club and Sixteen Candles -- it had everything, even Ben Stein speaking words without revealing the fact that he is a colossal asshole.

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Utah cop executes unarmed man who was listening to headphones, gets away with it

WARNING: The video above graphically depicts a murder, including scenes of a man bleeding to death after being shot by a police officer.

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Open garage-doors in less than a minute with a hacked kid's toy

Applied Hacking's Samy Kamkar (previously) has released Opensesame, an app for hacked IM-ME texting toys that can open millions of fixed-code garage doors in less than a minute.

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Man plays Beatles song "Yesterday" on guitar while undergoing surgery for brain cancer

Translated roughly from Portuguese report in Diario do Sul: Neurosurgeon Dr. Mark Ghizoni last week performed surgery to extract a brain tumor extract in which the patient was kept awake.

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Everything Tarantino is a remix

In the vein of Everything is a Remix, this short film catalogs a non-exhaustive list of Tarantino's easter eggs/film-nerd love-notes/homages in his films.

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On Allen Ginsberg's 89th birthday, read his FBI file


Mike from Muckrock sez, "'My name is Allen Ginsberg and I sleep with whoever I want.' So noted the FBI, in its 89 pages tracking the life, lovers, and political activism of the American poet, who was born this day in 1926."

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Tokyo Roar: 3:47 compressed summary that tells its tale

Some cities are just high-resolution in ways that defy rational description: possessed of a level of detail and complexity that defines them as that city and that city only, not one of those unroofed shopping-mall no-places that seem to be a metastasized airport terminal.

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Steve Albini declares copyright dead

The legendary music producer follows up on his classic 20 year old rant about the music industry's awfulness with a modern, streaming-era wholesale dismissal of copyright and its business-models.

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Save copyright reform in the EU!

Alex writes, "Copyright in Europe is broken. Your rights often end at national borders and the laws are not up to date with the Internet and our current habits."

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How metadata compromises you

"It's only metadata," is the catch-all excuse for mass surveillance -- after all, if spies aren't capturing what your message says why should you care if they're getting who sent it, what its subject line is, where you and the sender are, and everything you do before and after receiving the message?

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Poverty is a tax on cognition

In an outstanding lecture at the London School of Economics, Macarthur "genius award" recipient Sendhil Mullainathan explains his research on the psychology of scarcity, a subject that he's also written an excellent book about.

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If you want a picture of the future, imagine a Roomba leaking pix of your home, forever

The game-plan for future Roombas may fit them with cameras that send images of your home to a remote service that identifies obstacles and lets the little robots clean around them -- what could possibly go wrong?

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Remixing Taylor Swift to talk about women in tech

Sumana writes, " As Julie Pagano put it: 'So many 'diversity in tech' efforts are about getting young women into the pipeline; ignore the fact that there's a meat grinder at the end.'"

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A tiki-bar for hamsters (and hedgehogs)

From the tiny pu-pu platter to the miniature cocktail umbrella, Tiny Hamster and his hedgehog pal are living the good life.

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Lessig & Williamson in Seattle for June 4 premiere of "Killswitch"


Brian writes, "Campaign finance reformer and technology law professor Lawrence Lessig, and bestselling author Marianne Williamson, will be at the July 4th Seattle premiere of 'Killswitch: The battle to control the Internet'."

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Fan de-mixes the original Star Wars movies


The Despecialized Editions of the original Star Wars movies are a de-mix of the DVD releases, restoring them to the color, edits and pacing of the original cinematic releases.

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