The glorious Ed Felten, Princeton professor and RIAA taunter extraordinaire–"Your DRM smells of elderberries, ha!"–has been appointed the Federal Trade Commission's first Chief Technologist. He will advise the agency on emerging tech issues and policy. Felten currently directs Princeton's Center for Information Technology Policy, and has educated decades' worth of students about how to examine off-limit topics in security for the benefit of us all, such as electronic voting booths and DMCA-protected encryption systems. Felten champions the Happy Mutant notion that devices you own are yours to explore. At the FTC, I hope he will reveal colleagues' poorly-chosen passwords on a projector as guests enter the building.
On Thursday May 26, Red Nose Day will return for the second year. It's all about giving to children to fight hunger, sickness, and homelessness. In the video above, the most famous magician in the world, David Copperfield, has his own magical way of asking you to get involved. There's going to be a two-hour TV show on… READ THE REST
Facebook gets a bad rap, but where I live, it has brought neighbors together, and it started because of the things I didn't want to share. READ THE REST
When the Congressional Science committee wants to talk about the cold weather, and when NASA has to defend their budget by explaining why NASA is important, it can make people who believe in facts… a bit tense. READ THE REST
For what it's worth, the past year and a half have given you a lot of opportunities to buy some really cool stuff for your desk setup. Maybe it came up in your targeted ads while you spent hours of the day scrolling, or maybe it was an anxiety purchase. Whatever the case may be,… READ THE REST
Owning a dog can be one of the most rewarding experiences. However, if you're someone who has owned one, you've undoubtedly figured out just how challenging taking care of your four-legged friend can be – despite the happiness it can share. A wealth of information on how to best raise and train your dog is… READ THE REST
Before COVID, we used minimal social media to post about cats and our kids. Now, social is a hotspot for viral dances, serious political discussions, and goofy Karen videos the world licks their chops in anticipation for. If you're going to record yourself or someone else being a complete goon, you better have the right… READ THE REST