Here's the first part of my reading (MP3) of Petard, a story from MIT Tech Review's Twelve Tomorrows, edited by Bruce Sterling; a story inspired by, and dedicated to, Aaron Swartz — about elves, Net Neutrality, dorms and the collective action problem.
The Independent found an interesting clause in the fine print of SpaceX's satellite internet service: its hypothetical Martian colony won't recognize any national or international law on Earth. "For services provided on Mars, or in transit to Mars via Starship or other colonisation spacecraft, the parties recognise Mars as a free planet and that no… READ THE REST
Sir Sean Connery, who starred in Zardoz and various other roles in his seventy-year film career, is dead at 90. Sir Sean died overnight in his sleep, while in the Bahamas. It is understood he had been unwell for some time. His acting career spanned decades and his many awards included an Oscar, two Bafta… READ THE REST
As The New York Times explains: On Oct. 31 — that's Halloween to you — humans in all time zones will be treated to a blue hunter's moon. A blue moon occurs on the rare occasion when there is more than one full moon during a month. (It doesn't actually look blue.) A hunter's moon… READ THE REST
If you're already stressing about holiday shopping, we get it. While we wouldn't normally advocate starting the holiday spending talk this early, there are too many big considerations happening right now to leave the finances and logistics of the season to the last minute this year. Since a drone is probably near the top of… READ THE REST
Headphone quality often comes down to that old axiom of consumerism — you get what you pay for. When you try to cheap out and get a $20 pair of over-ear headphones while premium brands sell for $150 to $200…well, there's a better than decent chance that your cut-rate tech won't have great sound, won't… READ THE REST
From Europe to the islands of the Caribbean, it's gone by many names over the years. Some say when English Crusaders brought it back to their home country from Jerusalem in the 12th century, it was called Ring the Bull. When the game was introduced to Jamaica, possibly by author Ernest Hemingway in the 1940's,… READ THE REST