Snowden: Dropbox is an NSA surveillance target, use Spideroak instead

A remarkable moment from last night's remarkable Snowden video from the Guardian. Read the rest

Newspapers' unmatched credulity about their own future

American Society of News Editors president David Boardman rails against the happy-talk optimism of the newspaper industry, who insist that the decline isn't that bad and will shortly turn around. Read the rest

Ukrainian science fiction subgenre predicted current conflict

For years, Ukrainian science fiction writers have been producing novels about a Russian takeover of Ukraine. Read the rest

World-beatingly giant fossil poo for auction

It may be the longest coprolite ever found, a truly magnificent turd, virtually a relief casting of a horribly constipated dinosaur's ancient animal's colon.

This truly spectacular specimen is possibly the longest example of coprolite - fossilized dinosaur feces - ever to be offered at auction. It boasts a wonderfully even, pale brown-yellow coloring and terrifically detailed texture to the heavily botryoidal surface across the whole of its immense length. The passer of this remarkable object is unknown, but it is nonetheless a highly evocative specimen of unprecedented size, presented in four sections, each with a heavy black marble custom base, an eye-watering 40 inches in length overall.

Full Details for Lot 340

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UK government "dries out" its "water damaged" CIA torture files

The Foreign Office said it couldn't provide its files on secret CIA rendition of terrorism suspects for torture, because those files (and only those files) were "water-damaged." Read the rest

Video proof of Verizon throttling Netflix

In this infuriating video, Colin Nederkoorn records his computer streaming Netflix's test video over his Verizon FiOS connection. Then, via a VPN on the same home network, he receives a nearly ten-times faster stream.

Get out of town. Forcing your internet traffic through a VPN should slow your connection, not speed it up. But here, something (presumably Verizon) is preventing Colin from getting normal speeds without hiding his traffic usage from his provider. So much so that he's installing a router to run all his traffic at home through the VPN.

Read Colin's full post on his test, then go swear vengeance on something. [Video Link, via Waxy] Read the rest

Maker Camp: an online summer camp for maker kids

Make and Google have teamed up to offer six weeks' worth of online workshops and programs to help kids 13-18 find and realize their inner makers. Read the rest

Tomorrow in SF: Robot Film Festival at Bot & Dolly!

Hold onto your bots: tomorrow is the fourth annual Robot Film Festival in San Francisco! Join the crowd of robotics researchers and enthusiasts in an all-day marathon of robot-related films, followed by the Botskers award ceremony hosted by Veronica Belmont.

Above, Moonbot In the Hood, my personal favorite film from last year's Robot Film Festival and winner of the "Most Uncanny" award. "Malt liquor!"

Robot Film Festival on July 19th in San Francisco Read the rest

TSA employee to security theater skeptics: "You don't have shit for rights"

A person who "works for the TSA" accidentally posted a public comment to Facebook excoriating Rebecca Hains for expressing skepticism about the TSA's efficacy. Read the rest

Haunted Mansion animated special with Gris Grimly

The existence of this special is now public, and based on the development team, I'm very confident that it is going to rock. Read the rest

Photos of writers at work

Ernst writes, "For over three years, I've been collecting photos of writers at work, including Hemingway, Faulkner, Didion, but also modern day authors like Safran Foer and... Cory Doctorow. My collection consists over 400 photos now." Although watching people type is canonically dull, there's a lot of motion and potential in these portraits (above: Pearl Buck) Read the rest

Tonight! Boing Boing and Noise Pop event in Oakland

Tonight, please join Boing Boing and Noise Pop at the Oakland Museum of California with Death Cab for Cutie bassist Nick Harmer, Wilco designer Lawrence Azerrad, and Dead Kennedys / Alternative Tentacles artist Winston Smith to explore the art and allure of vinyl records! Read the rest

Documentary on the making of the Homeland audiobook with Wil Wheaton

Skyboat Media produced this great little documentary about Wil Wheaton's recording sessions for the audiobook of my novel Homeland, in which he had to read out Pi for four minutes straight, read out dialog in which the narrator had a fanboy moment about meeting Wil Wheaton, and many other fun moments. Read the rest

First 'locally acquired' case of chikungunya reported in U.S.

"It's only a matter of time before the chikungunya virus spreads in the U.S." Earlier this week, Boing Boing published a feature by Maggie Koerth-Baker with this very title. And now, word that "the first locally acquired case of the tropical disease chikungunya was reported in the U.S.." Read the rest

Death Star rug

Thinkgeek's fully operational, 52" Death Star rug is just the thing for your Star Wars play room. Read the rest

A visit to the basement where Dungeons & Dragons was born

Ethan Gilsdorf celebrates the origins of D&D and presents Jon Peterson's exclusive video tour of the place where E. Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson set out on their first adventures

Ontario police's Big Data assigns secret guilt to people looking for jobs, crossing borders

There are no effective legal limits on when and to whom police can disclose unproven charges against you, 911 calls involving mental health incidents, and similar sensitive and prejudicial information; people have been denied employment, been turned back at the US border and suffered many other harms because Ontario cops send this stuff far and wide. Read the rest

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