Fake, phone-attacking cell-towers are all across America

The towers attack the baseband radio in your phone and use it to hack the OS; they're only visible if you're using one of the customized, paranoid-Android, post-Snowden secure phones, and they're all around US military bases. Read the rest

Comprehensively addressing the stupid, intellectually dishonest critique of Anita Sarkeesian

Whenever the feminist games-critic and survivor of countless outraged misogynist stalkers Anita Sarkeesian's name is invoked, there follows a flood of men who want to explain that she brought it on herself, that she isn't a gamer, that she isn't a good critic, and assorted related rubbish. Read the rest

Leather boxing glove chair

Lithuanian maker Ornald created this Boxing Glove leather chair, and he's selling it for $808. It ships unfilled, so you'll have to top it up with polystyrene beads on arrival. (via Neatorama) Read the rest

Florida mayor follows prayer for freedom with civil rights violation

Completely missing that our Armed Services serve to prevent this type of civil rights violation, a Florida mayor likely gets himself sued. "Rees said he considered the man's refusal to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance to be disrespectful to American military troops who are serving overseas and others who have given their lives in defense of freedom." (Via) Read the rest

Google would prefer you not use that old browser

BBC: "Google has started showing old versions of its search page to people using out-of-date versions of some web browsers." Read the rest

Counterfeit money up close

Someone sent Brian Krebs an envelope of counterfeit $100 and $50 bills, apparently manufactured by Mrmouse, the counterfeiter whom Krebs outed for selling his notes openly on Reddit. Read the rest

Disruptive Pattern Material: definitive work of all things camouflage

Disruptive Pattern Material: in plain words: camouflage. This massive tome features 5,000 images of all things camouflaged, from silly camouflage fashion (bikinis and handbags), to camouflage in contemporary ads, movies, and art, to natural camouflage among wild animals, to its historical uses in wars past, to the most recent scientific research in disruptive pattern materials. Throughout this masterpiece, thousands of different camouflage patterns are examined, displayed, and recorded. This is one of those books which opens up a world that is far larger, deeper, weirder, and more interesting than you would have ever imagined. Who knew WWII ships were painted in angular op-art “dazzle” patterns? Every page leads down another untraveled path. And there are 700 of these pages in this huge folio. Few other books on the subject exists; this one is, and will be, the definitive work of all matters related to camouflage. It speaks to artist, designers, inventors, biologists, historians, cultural theorists, and anyone who thinks visually.

Disruptive Pattern Material: An Encyclopedia of Camouflage, by Hardy Blechman

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HOAX: 15 year old gamer sentenced to 25 years for terrorism for "swatting" rival

Sorry, this story turned out to be a hoax. Read the rest

Podcast: Petard from Tech Review's Twelve Tomorrows

Here's a reading (MP3) of the first part of my story "Petard: A Tale of Just Desserts" from the new MIT Tech Review anthology Twelve Tomorrows, edited by Bruce Sterling. The anthology also features fiction by William Gibson, Lauren Beukes, Chris Brown, Pat Cadigan, Warren Ellis, Joel Garreau, and Paul Graham Raven. The 2013 summer anthology was a huge hit -- Gardner Dozois called it "one of the year’s best SF anthologies to date, perhaps the best."

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How to respond to a bad review

Stephan J Harper, author of a self-published ebook concerning crime-fighting teddy bears, makes a spectacular appearance in the comment section of Michael E. Cohen's review. [via] Read the rest

Mid Century rocking chair project

Oliver Frantelle, from Paris, built this Mid Century rocking chair from the instructions in my book, Maker Dad. He says: "We had so much fun that I wanted to report. First, it looks real cool. Second, it’s comfortable and cozy. Third, it makes my neighbors jealous!" Im jealous, too, Oliver -- yours looks a lot better than the ones I built! Read the rest

Take Five, the Dave Brubeck Quartet

As fantastic to watch as it is to listen to. Read the rest

Stonehenge was a circle

Stonehenge's remains suggest a circle, but archaeologists have finally proven it after a drought revealed what lay beneath the grass. Read the rest

Is moth wing pattern a sign from God or Satan?

When Yvonne Esquilin of Georgetown, Texas found a moth in her house, she interpreted its wing pattern as a sign from God.

"At first it looked like Jesus and I still think it looks like Jesus," she told KXAN news.

After her family shared photos of the moth on social media networks, some people said the image resembles Satan.

“People also saw an image of the Devil which is kind of creepy but after staring at it for so long it almost looks like it,” said Esquilin.

Who is right???

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The worst-paying jobs in America

"According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than 22 percent of Americans hold one of the lowest paying jobs that the agency categorizes... 1. Fast Food Cooks." Read the rest

Hello Kitty Avengers

The amazing Hello Kitty Avengers meme started back in (at least) May, but has only picked up steam since then, growing to encompass many other Supers. (via Wil Wheaton) Read the rest

Going distraction-free without losing the smartphone

Jake Knapp didn't want to get rid of his iPhone, but needed to get its endless attention-demands under control. He started by removing everything except Phone and Messages. Read the rest

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