Crowdfunding a USB-stick-sized, GNU/Linux-ready computer

A reader writes, "The USB Armory is full-blown computer (800MHz ARM® processor, 512MB RAM) in a tiny form factor (65mm x 19mm x 6mm USB stick) designed from the ground up with information security applications in mind." Read the rest

Tor Project declares solidarity with harassed colleague

Roger Dingledine from the Tor Project writes, "One of our colleagues has been the target of a sustained campaign of harassment for the past several months. We have decided to publish this statement to publicly declare our support for her, for every member of our organization, and for every member of our community who experiences this harassment. Read the rest

Teachers describe the terrible state of American education

Teachers from across America (including a Philly elementary school with a $160 annual budget for 400 students!) wrote to Gawker to explain what the No Child Left Behind, charter movement, and the overall war on teachers and education has turned America's classes into. Read the rest

In New York, “whistleblower” demonstrations at police stations

Demonstrators are staging mass "whistle-blowing" rallies at NYPD police stations throughout New York tonight, kicking off a second weekend of protests against the killing of Eric Garner. Read the rest

Geminid meteor showers peak this weekend. Here's how to view, in the skies and online.

The 2014 Geminids peak over the next few days, and it's likely to be a particularly beautiful display. Can't get to a city-light-free spot? Watch 'em online!

IBM's banking security software demands the right to spy on you

IBM's Trusteer Rapport is a security package that many banks recommend to their customers -- but its latest license agreement includes this gem: Read the rest

Undercover cop who pointed gun at Oakland protesters just doin' his job, says CHP

Just another day in America, guys.

Senate torture report confirms CIA had ‘black site’ at Guantánamo, lied to Congress. Are they still operating it?

A new Miami Herald piece contains graphic details of torture which sane people should find revolting.

U.S. agency infiltrated Cuba's hip-hop scene, U.S. taxpayers paid millions for “stupid” covert op

USAID's sneaky infiltration of Cuba's hip-hop subculture to spark a youth movement against the Cuban government cost a lot of money, and accomplished nothing but new ill will toward the USA.

Two bros faked spoiled spuds in $2 million federal insurance swindle

In Fargo, North Dakota, two brothers were convicted this week of destroying potatoes so they could collect crop insurance payments. Read the rest

Median white household in U.S. has 13 times more wealth than median black household, 10 times more than median Latino

The inequality gap between white families and black and Latino households is the highest it's been since the late 1980s.

Festus Rotgut: Zombie Cowboy -- 6-pack comic book

Presented for your entertainment: a complete zombie comic story, told on beer bottle labels. By Jason Aaron and Walking Dead co-creator Tony Moore.

Autopsy report declares police shooting of Tamir Rice, 12, to be homicide

The report issued today by the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner found that the sixth-grader died of one shot to the abdomen.

The photography of Clayton Cubitt, now available in $20 “MiniPrints”

Sexy, ethereal, gorgeous images. Just in time for last-minute holiday shopping.

What's good to eat near NYC's Fulton Street? The Food Warriors know.

The Fulton St. subway stop serves the Financial District of lower Manhattan. It used to clear out after work, but more people are living there. So, where to get a good bite to eat?

“All About That Space,“ a NASA parody of “All About That Bass”

A video created by the Pathways Interns of NASA's Johnson Space Cente to raise interest and excitement for Orion's first flight.

Star Wars Tree Sweater

This is how they yarn-bomb in Iowa City. (via Ellen Kushner) Read the rest

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