Journalist believes his phone was hacked by spooks at HOPE X, will upload image for forensics

Douglas writes, "My rooted CyanogenMod phone got hacked at HOPE X. I'm planning to get it write-blocked and imaged to crowdsource forensics." Read the rest

Steampunk/singularity mashup: Sun of Suns is now a graphic novel

Karl Schroeder's 2006 novel (review) set a new bar for imaginative worldbuilding and exciting adventure sf. Read the rest

What's original? Cloning games versus making games

Raph "Theory of Fun" Koster has a wonderful, readable, theory-rich article that helps unpick the discussion about when a game is a clone of another game, when it's a skin, when it's a variant, and when it's a new game. Read the rest

Great video explainer: Vint Cerf on ICANN and NTIA

The "father of the Internet" explains why the Congressional posturing and global freakout about the US National Telecommunications and Information Administration stepping back from management of the Internet domain name system is misplaced. Read the rest

Kickstarting Coolest: a 21st century picnic cooler

It's raised more than $7M so far, with promises of a cooler that charges your USB devices, crushes ice, plays music through a waterproof Bluetooth speaker, and supplies a cutting board. Read the rest

Comixology adds DRM-free option! Excelsior!

Unlike some of its stablemates, the Amazon-owned comics platform is to allow authors and publishers to distribute their work without the shackles of proprietary rights-management, writes Cory Doctorow

Apollo 11's Michael Collins on the view from space

From a classic FAQ by Michael Collins, command module pilot for Apollo 11, which splashed down 45 years ago today after carrying the first human beings to the moon: Read the rest

What is public?

Anil Dash on the fragile reality of what is and is not public, and how within it a reasonable expectation of privacy may remain, in some contexts. Read the rest

EU wants Google to extend "right to be forgotten" to global users

Right now, Google blocks "forgotten" articles on EU versions of its site. Read the rest

Icons of animals in space

Wonderful illustrations of "Animal Space Travellers" by Budapest designer/artist Norbert Mayer. (via Ariel Waldman) Read the rest

Michigan sheriff issues inmates black-and-white striped uniforms

He's worried that "Orange is the New Black" has made orange prisoner uniforms too cool. Read the rest

Microscope photographs of alcohol drinks

Smithsonian writes about BevShots, a company that sells microscope photographs of the crystallized form of alcoholic beverages, like tequila, above, and white wine and scotch, seen below. Read the rest

Die Gstettensaga coming to LA

Johannes from Monochrom writes, "Award-winning post-apocalyptic hackploitation comedy 'Die Gstettensaga' is coming to a couple North American hacker conventions, film festivals and other cool locations." Read the rest

Dune author Franker Herbert on mushrooms

The Daily Grail delves into Frank Herbert's passion for mycology and how psilocybin mushrooms helped inspire Dune. Read the rest

Duran Duran suing its "fan club"

Duran Duran is suing its fan club -- not the fans mind you, but the company that runs its fan club, Worldwide Fan Clubs -- for not paying the band its cut of membership fees. Read the rest

Blogging History: Hacked, Internet-hating MP goes mad; Dead goat video-game; Digging into the 9/11 report

One year ago today Technologically illiterate MP who masterminded UK porn blocker gets hacked, threatens reporter for writing about it: Claire Perry is the UK Tory MP who architected David Cameron's idiotic national porno firewall plan. Her website was hacked and defaced with pornographic gross-out/shock images. When Guido Fawkes, a reporter and blogger, wrote about it on his website, Perry took to Twitter to accuse him of "sponsoring" the hack, and publicly announced that she would be speaking to his editor at the Sun (Fawkes has a column with the tabloid) to punish him for writing about her embarrassment.

Five years ago today Dead Goat Polo Arcade Game: Ulak-Tartysh, for those of you not familiar with carcass-based sports, is essentially polo played with the headless body of a dead goat. It's popular in Central Asia, and especially in Kyrgyzstan, which is where this fascinating game hails from. This one appears to have been built in 1983, at some state-run electronics factory in the city of Mailuu-Suu. The coin slots say "15 Kopeks," but I think at that time all the USSR satellite states used that denomination.

Ten years ago today 9/11 commission report: much of what we knew was wrong: The commission's report found that the hijackers had repeatedly broken the law in entering the United States, that Mr. bin Laden may have micromanaged the attacks but did not pay for them, that intelligence agencies had considered the threat of suicide hijackings, and that Mr. Bush received an August 2001 briefing on evidence of continuing domestic terrorist threats from Al Qaeda. Read the rest

Sign Painters: book and documentary

Sign Painters looks to be a fascinating book and documentary about the traditional art and craft of hand-drawn signage that is being lost to digital prints and die-cut vinyl. The film is playing at venues around the US right now, including this Sunday (7/27) at the Webb Gallery in Waxahachie, Texas! Read the rest

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