F.A.T.'s new "Google Alarm" browser addon alerts you with sound and visual notification whenever your personal information is being sent to Google servers. Gmail and YouTube gather some user data, but so do "tracking bugs": Google Analytics, Google AdSense, YouTube embeds, API calls. Currently available for Firefox and Google Chrome.
All the way back to 6200 BC, and probably before that, humans made mirrors. In Turkey, they polished obsidian; in Egypt, copper. Over at Smithsonian, beloved Boing Boing contributor Clive Thompson explores the technological and cultural history of the mirror. From Smithsonian: During the medieval period in Europe, paintings of vice would include women gazing… READ THE REST
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SpaceX is delaying its planned second astronaut flight by a day because of high wind and weather conditions that threaten recovery and recycling of the rocket booster. The launch has been pushed to Sunday night. The news of a launch scrub came late Friday after SpaceX CEO Elon Musk tweeted he received mixed test results… READ THE REST
Saving money has always been important. However, you could make the case that every instance of saving a dollar these days has never been more important. Meanwhile, we're all trying to limit our exposure to the outside world as well. So, if you can hit a big warehouse store, load up on every household essential,… READ THE REST
Who doesn't want fun things to play with on their desk? The problem is that too many fun toys make it look like you're not doing any work. So, the trick is to find functional, seemingly innocent-looking items that can satisfy all your fidgety idle hand needs. If you need more useful, yet fun entertainment… READ THE REST
If you want to engage in some joy this holiday season, we have the perfect gift for your fun-loving family member, or even for yourself…you can now effectively turn paper airplanes into drones. For those who have spent countless hours meticulously folding aerodynamically pure paper planes that can slice through the air like a real… READ THE REST