Nah-nah-nah-nah-nah-nah-nah-nah Bat-VAN!

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Inside Secure threatens security researcher who demonstrated product flaws

Martin Holst Swende maintains a free/open tool for testing software that uses the (notoriously flawed) Iclass Software, which is used by Inside Secure for its RFID-based access systems. Read the rest

NSFW: sex and ASMR

Autonomous sensory meridian response is a weird superpower/idiosyncrasy that makes you really (really!) enjoy soft noises and other gentle stimulus; in a guest cartoon on the awesomely dirty Oh Joy Sex Toy, Grace Allison offers some practical tips for exploring the erotic side of ASMR. Read the rest

31 communities vow to create local gigabit broadband

Across the US, 31 communities have joined forces to make the dream of fast, affordable, and reliable gigabit-speed broadband a local reality. The Next Century Cities program, launched this week, hopes to defeat the forces holding broadband back. The 31 inaugural signatories are: Read the rest

The Oak Island Money Pit

Nova Scotia’s Oak Island hides a famously booby-trapped treasure cache — or so goes the legend. In this episode of the Futility Closet podcast, we review the many attempts to recover the treasure and wonder who could have engineered such a site, what might be hidden there — and whether, indeed, it contains anything at all. We also puzzle over what a woman’s errands can tell us about how her husband died. Read the rest

Your daily kitten photos: Skittles, who is adoptable in Brooklyn

Some great photos by reader A. Cromwell, shared in the Boing Boing Flickr Pool. Read the rest

Fairies in real life riding on an elephant's back, no big deal

A photo by reader Fred Facker, shared in the Boing Boing Flickr Pool. Read the rest

VIDEO: You can't hammer a nail over the internet (yet)

Economist Alan Blinder famously quipped, "You can't hammer a nail over the internet." YouTuber TheGoodRobot created this tongue-in-cheek attempt to prove Blinder right. Read the rest

Sweden hunts for mystery undersea intruder, could be Russia or possibly Nessie

Sweden's military is working on two new observations that could be evidence of suspected "foreign underwater activity" near the country's capital, said a senior naval officer today. Read the rest

Watch: Pibot, a robotic pilot to fly planes that were designed to be operated by humans

In South Korea, researchers are developing a robotic pilot that could one day replace humans in the cockpit. Read the rest

WATCH: Glowy Zoey's 2014 LED costume is Minnie Mouse

Royce Hutain of GlowyZoey.com returns after last year's hit costume for daughter Zoey. This year's rainbow LED and Velcro homage to Minnie Mouse includes instructions on making your own. Read the rest

Infosec Taylor Swift's cyber-philosophical musings

Do you like your cyberphilosophy delivered via the dulcet voice of America's country music treasure Taylor Swift? Head over to Twitter and follow @SwiftOnSecurity. Below are a few of her most incisive critiques of techno-utopianism. Read the rest

White rhino subspecies is down to one breeding male

Sad news from Kenya: the northern white rhino subspecies is down to one breeding male with the death of Suni this month. Only six remain. Read the rest

WATCH: 8-Bit Silence of the Lambs

Daniel writes, "As Halloween draws closer, CineFix presents The Silence of The Lambs retold via old-school 8-bit (and a little 16 bit) game tech." (Thanks, Daniel!) Read the rest

WATCH: Well-trained protection dog

The dog is a great listener, but I still wouldn't want to be the guy with the padded arm. [via] Read the rest

American businesses devour themselves to enrich the 1%

A Goldman Sachs report on stock buybacks shows a suspicious clustering in the fourth quarter, just when management bonuses are being calculated. Read the rest

Database of military surplus equipment sold to US police forces

Kyle writes, "The US Department of Defense has a specific program to provide: "surplus DoD military equipment to state and local civilian law enforcement agencies for use in counter-narcotics and counter-terrorism operations, and to enhance officer safety" (Excess Property Program, or 1033 Program). This equipment can account for things like planes and helicopters, grenade launchers and assault rifles. Read the rest

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