Tickets for the UK ORGCon on sale now!

Ruth from the Open Rights Group says, "We are really proud of the amazing people Open Rights Group are bringing you as speakers at this year's national digital rights conference." Read the rest

Walmart heirs' net worth exceeds that of population of a city the size of Phoenix

It's grown 6,700% since 1983, to $144.7B in 2013 -- greater than the net worth of 1,782,020 average Americans. Read the rest

Jacket inspired by 3D printer files

Betabrand's Think Tank project solicited clothing designs from tech notables, putting them up for the community to vote on in a charity drive; I'm very fond of the STL Jacket by Makerbot's Bre Pettis, "inspired by the tessellated patterns of 3D mapped images and the name is an ode to the .STL file format." Read the rest

Intel apologizes for "inadvertently" taking sides in Gamergate

"We apologize and we are deeply sorry if we offended anyone," says Intel, though it carefully avoids admitting having anything to apologize for--and has no intention of restoring the ads it pulled from a site that was sharply critical of sexism in game culture, a significant market for the chipmaker.

We take feedback from customers seriously. For the time being, Intel has decided not to continue with our current ad campaign on the gaming site Gamasutra. However, we recognize that our action inadvertently created a perception that we are somehow taking sides in an increasingly bitter debate in the gaming community. That was not our intent, and that is not the case. When it comes to our support of equality and women, we want to be very clear: Intel believes men and women should be treated the same. And, diversity is an integral part of our corporate strategy and vision with commitments to improve the diversity of our workforce. And while we respect the right of individuals to have their personal beliefs and values, Intel does not support any organization or movement that discriminates against women. We apologize and we are deeply sorry if we offended anyone.

A press release issued at 5:30 p.m. on a Friday, too. Heh. Read the rest

Sourcecode for "unpatchable" USB exploit now on Github

Last summer's Black Hat presentation on "Badusb" by Karsten Nohl alerted the world to the possibility that malware could be spread undetectably by exploiting the reprogrammable firmware in USB devices -- now, a second set of researchers have released the code to let anyone try it out for themselves. Read the rest

Hacker School grants for women, people of color, other people under-represented in tech

Nicholas writes, "Hacker School is a three-month, free-for-everyone programming retreat for experienced and new programmers alike, now offering need-based living expense grants to women, black people, Latino/as, and people from many other groups traditionally underrepresented in programming. Read the rest

Why today's court decision ordering release of Guantanamo force-feeding videos matters

“Why is this so important? Because, as the saying goes, if the slaughterhouses of the world were made of glass, we'd all be vegetarians.”

Dandelion and flower petal portraits

Collaborations between “flower artist” Duy Anh Nhan Duc and photographer Isabelle Chapuis.

iPhone photo GIF tutorial: How to animate Hipstamatic shots with Giffer

Making use of some lesser-known new settings in the popular mobile photography app to create wickedly cool ani-GIFs.

Le Premier Bonheur du Jour by Françoise Hardy

It's Friday afternoon. Time to listen to Françoise Hardy sing "Le Premier Bonheur du Jour." Read the rest

HOWTO make a packing tape ghost

Make rounds up a bunch of great tutorials for making humaniform ghosts out of packing tape, in both adult (dress form-molded) and child (baby doll-molded) sizes, perfect for your haunt this year (show here, Cynthia Abernathy's glowing ghost).

How-To: Packing Tape Ghost Sculptures [Agnes Niewiadomski/Make] Read the rest

Dogs of the world, illustrated and grouped by geography

Los Angeles-based artist Lili Chin's "Dogs of the World" posters have been getting so much attention online in recent weeks, her Etsy shop is nearly sold out. Read the rest

Classic 1977 Ad: Van Show World (Van-a-rama)

Source unknown. [via] Read the rest

Treasure Island Music Festival haiku contest finalists!

The New Pornographers (video above) is just one of two dozen acts the winner of our haiku contest will see at San Francisco's Treasure Island Music Festival taking place October 18 and 19. Also performing are Massive Attack, Outkast, Alt-J, TV On The Radio, Janelle Monáe, Chet Fake, The Growlers and many more. Our friends at Noise Pop, co-promoters of the event, gifted us a pair of VIP 2-Day Tickets (a $590 value) to share with a lucky Boing Boing reader, and now we reveal the finalists! Last week, we launched our annual Treasure Island Music Festival Haiku contest. The three finalists below all win Boing Boing t-shirts. We'll announce the winner of the VIP passes on Tuesday, October 7. Congratulations to the Haiku masters below! Read the rest

Methods for Dealing With Grief: webcomic by Dustin Harbin

I know them feels. Link to the full piece. [via] Read the rest

Signed copy of Beatles' Please Please Me sells for $36,655

A copy of the Beatles' 1963 album Please Please Me, signed by all four Moptops sold for $36,655 on eBay.

When it comes to memorabilia, you can't do much better than early Beatles items. They're an iconic group with millions of loyal fans worldwide. Even fifty-years-later their music continues to have a demand. When you consider their huge fan base and small amount of early memorabilia available. Finding a fully-signed record in mint condition (fifty-years later) is exceptionally rare.

This actually seems like a bargain. I'll bet this album will sell for 10 times as much in a decade.

Bonus fact: The album's title song, "Please Please Me," is probably the most famous song about a blowjob ever recorded. Read the rest

Consumer groups tell DoJ to block Comcast/Time Warner merger

If it goes through, Comcast will control an unimaginable swath of American Internet access -- that's a hell of a lot of power to give the Worst Company in America. Read the rest

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