Trans Pacific Partnership meeting switched from Vancouver to Ottawa, ducking critics

What could make the secretive Trans Pacific Partnership process even less legit?

Moving it at the last minute, under cover of darkness, from Vancouver to Ottawa, in order to avoid critics of the treaty and how it is being negotiated. The TPP is a secretive treaty that allows corporations to sue governments that enact environmental, health and governmental regulations that interfere with their profits. It also calls for vastly expanded Internet spying and censorship in the name of protecting copyright.

Only trade negotiators and corporate lobbyists are allowed to see the drafts of the agreement (though plenty of these drafts have leaked) -- often times, members of Congress and Parliament are denied access to them, even though the agreement will set out legal obligations that these elected officials will be expected to meet. Read the rest

Goldman Sachs demands that Google "unsend" a fatfingered email to avoid "reputational damage"

Someone at Goldman Sachs fatfingered an email and sent confidential data out to the wrong person. Read the rest

R-KADE-R: Handbuilt, wooden portable arcade console

Love Hulten's R-KAID-R is a €2500, hand-build portable wooden arcade console that emulates Neo Geo, Atari 2800, Nintendo, Sega Genesis, and PlayStation 1. Read the rest

Colorado's booming legal weed economy

It's not just the $10M in taxes the state's earned in four months -- it's also the $12-40M in law enforcement savings from not busting and imprisoning pot smokers. Read the rest

Comcast's lobbyists are pretty damned chummy with top antitrust feds

A month before Comcast's announcement of a $45B takeover of rival Time-Warner, Comcast's top lobbyist invited the US government's top antitrust regulators to share the company's VIP box at the Sochi Olympics. Read the rest

ISPs sue UK spies over hack-attacks

ISPs in US, UK, Netherlands and South Korea are suing the UK spy agency GCHQ over its illegal attacks on their networks in the course of conducting surveillance. Read the rest

Chinese factory 3D prints 10 houses' worth of slabs in one day

A Chinese R&D shop has 3D printed 10 buildings' worth of prefab slabs using enormous fused deposition modelling printers that extrude concrete. Read the rest

Here's that relaxation video you were looking for (nightmare fuel)

Jordan Wolfson's "Female Figure" (2014): a dancing animatronic that wants to help. Read the rest

JC Penney wins Supreme Court victory, may sacrifice employees to Cthulhu.

You knew this was coming, right? Read the rest

Microsoft non-pologizes for misleading judge, seizing No-IP's DNS

Yesterday, Microsoft convinced a judge to let it take over No-IP's DNS service, shutting down name service for many websites, in order to stop a malware attack. Today, the company fake-pologized. Read the rest

Map: Which states' governors are climate deniers?

Thinking of moving and wondering whether your new state's chief executive is a climate-denier? Read the rest

How to shoot a target 500 yards away using Android goggles wirelessly connected to a rifle

Would you like to shoot a plastic soda bottle, filled with explosives, from a distance of 500 yards without looking at the bottle? These guys have you covered. Read the rest

Mitch O'Connell and Dr. Monkey’s Retro Scans

In his vast photo collection are old Chicago movie theaters, delightfully dirty old Times Square, and his backyard tower of impaled baby dolls. Brought to you by Random House Audio (click here for free downloads!) and by Stamps.com (click here for a special $110 offer!)

Seven things you should know about Tor

Tor (The Onion Router) is a military-grade, secure tool for increasing the privacy and anonymity of your communications; but it's been the subject of plenty of fear, uncertainty and doubt.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation's 7 Things You Should Know About Tor debunks some of the most common myths about the service (which even the NSA can't break) and raises some important points about Tor's limitations.

7 Things You Should Know About Tor [Cooper Quintin/EFF] Read the rest

International gaming tournament won't let women compete

The International e-Sports Federation apparently thinks gaming can only become a "legitimate" sport by separating men from women.

Spooky stereoscopic GIFs: 'Monsters, Villains, Heroes and Victims'

A gorgeously retro-spooky series of stereoscopic GIFs from The Saline Project: "Monsters, Villains, Heroes, and Victims (MVHV)." Read the rest

Trendwatch: fat camp for obese pets

"Growing rates of obesity in pets have led to the emergence of fat farms offering 'pawlates,' 'doga' and 'Barko Polo,' doggie versions of Pilates, yoga and Marco Polo to help slim down man’s best friend." Read the rest

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