"A caller reported she received an automated phone call telling her that her computer and IP address had been noted as having visited the Wikileaks site, and that there were grave consequences for this, including a $250,000 or $25,000 fine, perhaps imprisonment. It left an option for leaving a message as to how she was going to handle this and the fine payment."—A Better Business Bureau advisory on a new telephone scam making the rounds.
Big Clive bought a lamp tester on eBay and found it to be scarily dangerous. "It makes me wonder how many innocent Chinese factory workers have passed pant-filling amounts of electrical current," he says, "or simply had the probes explode on contact with either faulty equipment or random metalwork in the vicinity. Not helped by… READ THE REST
Our Boing Boing partner Cory Doctorow—activist and author of Chokepoint Capitalism, Attack Surface, and, of course, Little Brother, among other books—is interviewed in The New Yorker! The freewheeling and informative conversation with Christopher Byrd spans the "mediocre monopolists" of Big Tech, the salience of cyberpunk, the danger of pseudonymity, and his experience of Fingerspitzengefühl for… READ THE REST
I enjoyed this recent article in the New York Times about the weird experience of being in an anechoic chamber—a special room that absorbs absolutely all the sound around you. Caity Weaver: Legends tell of an echoless chamber in an old Minneapolis recording studio that drives visitors insane. I figured I'd give it a whirl.… READ THE REST
We thank our sponsor for making this content possible; it is not written by the editorial staff nor does it necessarily reflect its views. 'Tis the season for festive activities like curling up by the fire to watch our favorite Christmas movies and attending plenty of holiday parties with our nearest and dearest. One thing many of… READ THE REST
We thank our sponsor for making this content possible; it is not written by the editorial staff nor does it necessarily reflect its views. In a world where everything seems to be going up (we're looking at you, inflation), we're happy to say that we've dropped the price of this refurbished Lenovo 2-in-1 Chromebook to just $99.99! So… READ THE REST
We thank our sponsor for making this content possible; it is not written by the editorial staff nor does it necessarily reflect its views. Commuting is kind of the pits. There's no good way to sit in traffic or on an unsafe bus (and helicopters are out of the option, even if you're filthy rich.) If only there… READ THE REST