Score of 2TB of cloud storage plus organization for just $49

From OneDrive to Slack, there are numerous ways to store files online. Because many platforms offer a certain amount of free storage, it makes sense to mix and match. However, spreading your files across multiple apps can make things very confusing.

Rethink Files offers a simple solution. By connecting to all your other cloud storage accounts, this platform offers access to every file in one slick interface. Better still, every user gets 2TB of secure cloud storage.

Even if you know where to look for any given file, skipping between different apps is a colossal waste of time. Working through a central hub makes for a much smoother workflow. Rethink Files works with a huge list of apps, including Google Drive, Dropbox OnDrive, Amazon S3, Slack, Box, Zoho, and many more.

The interface is reminiscent of Google Drive, with a clean design and colorful icons. The built-in search bar lets you find files quickly, and you can view rich previews of over 100 file types. 

For anyone with data stored in the cloud, Rethink Files is an invaluable productivity tool. A 10-year subscription is worth $3,117.60, but you can order now for $49 with the 2TB of storage included. Read the rest

No US-France digital tax war for now, as Trump and Macron call a truce

French president Emmanuel Macron and impeached but not yet removed U.S. President Donald Trump declare a truce in digital tax dispute, and digital services firms get to breathe a sigh of relief. Read the rest

Facial recognition isn't just bad because it invades privacy: it's because privacy invasions fuel discrimination

Bruce Schneier writes in the New York Times that banning facial recognition (as cities like San Diego, San Francisco, Oakland, Brookline and Somerville have done) is not enough: there are plenty of other ways to automatically recognize people (gait detection, high-resolution photos of hands that reveal fingerprints, voiceprints, etc), and these will all be used for the same purpose that makes facial recognition bad for our world: to sort us into different categories and treat us different based on those categories. Read the rest

Elon Musk's Tesla denies claims of unintended acceleration in vehicles

Petition demands recall of 500,000+ cars over alleged defect

Electric car maker Tesla said on Monday there was no unintended acceleration in its vehicles, as petition signature-gatherers demanding a federal safety investigation have claimed. Read the rest

Bestiality was not socially acceptable in medieval Europe

Sweary historian Eleanor Janega writes on her Going Medieval blog (previously) that there was never a time in medieval Europe when bestiality was socially acceptable, and brings the receipts in the form of eyewatering details on the punishments for having sex with animals. Read the rest

China: Unsecured facial recognition database leaks, thousands of kids from 20 schools, half are majority Tibetan areas

An unsecured facial recognition database that contained info on thousands of children from 20 schools in China, half of which are located in historically ethnic Tibetan areas, has been found online. Read the rest

Frontier, a terrible company, is going bankrupt

Frontier is the bottom-rung of the top-tier of US ISPs, serving customers in 29 states. Despite enjoying monopoly control over its customers' online lives, and despite massive government handouts and a lackadaisical approach to maintenance, and despite out-and-out theft from customers, the company is filing for bankruptcy, having accumulated $16.3b in debt through mismanagement. Read the rest

Moose traps man in shed, home surveillance camera got it on video

An Alaska family's home surveillance camera recorded a most remarkable video of a moose trapping a man inside the family shed. Read the rest

Bee thief nabs 92 hives from California almond orchard

Bees are big business. Almonds are in big demand as a cash crop in California, ever the more so as the almond milk trend grows. Growers use bees to pollinate the trees. The bees are already challenged enough as it is -- now there are bee stealing criminals who drive around stealing them. One such theft happened in Northern California on Friday, the Oregon-based beekeeper whose bees were stolen says.

“It’s hard enough keeping the bees alive without someone stealing them. It’s frustrating,” Potts told KCRA-TV.

From KCRA-TV's video interview with the beekeeper, who says the theft represents about a third of the bees in his operation:

In his 15 years of business, this is the first time someone has swiped his hives. Potts estimates the theft will cost him about $44,000 in lost revenue.

“I would like to catch them, and I think a lot of the beekeepers out here, they’re looking for them too,” he said.

Potts said the theft impacts more than just him. “This affects the farmer, too, because there’s going to be a shortage of bees,” he said. “Luckily, I have enough to cover what I did, or what we lost. But it affects the farmer, and it affects the farmers all the way in Oregon and Washington because of the loss of the bees.”

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Oregon's weed sales are 420% higher than state average along the Idaho border

If you were in Idaho and wondering where to score some weed the answer is Oregon.


It's no hidden secret that Oregon is seeing higher marijuana sales in counties along their borders with Idaho, but a new report from the Oregon Office of Economic Analysis found exactly how much more those counties are selling compared to the statewide average.

Oregon counties along the Idaho border have a sales per adult that are 420% above the statewide average, which the report said was something "you cannot make up."

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Public Enemy's 'By The Time I Get To Arizona'

Show'em what you got. Read the rest

Watch 'The Wild Tchoupitoulas' live

Never out of my rotation, I love The Wild Tchoupitoulas.

This video also serves as a fantastic guide to fashion. Read the rest

Dentist who pulled tooth while on hoverboard convicted of 46 crimes

On Friday, Anchorage Superior Court Judge Michael Wolverton convicted dentist Seth Lookhart of 46 felonies and misdemeanors. You may recall that Lookhart infamously "performed a dental extraction procedure on a sedated patient while riding a hoverboard" and sent the video to his pals. In 2017, the state filed a suit charging Lookhart with "unlawful dental acts." His sentencing is in April. From CNN:

In at least one conversation, Lookhart joked that performing oral surgery on a hoverboard was a "new standard of care," the lawsuit said, citing phone records.

Lookhart was also charged with medical assistance fraud for billing Medicaid for procedures that were either unnecessary or not properly justified and theft of $25,000 or more by diverting funds from Alaska Dental Arts, among dozens of others.

The evidence indicated Lookhart "believed that he could get away with his fraud indefinitely, and that he believed his scheme was foolproof," Judge Wolverton said, according to the Department of Law's news release. That evidence "was often supported, and often in excruciating detail, by Lookhart's own texts, photos and videos."

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Wild elephant found gingerly walking through Sri Lankan hotel exploring things with its trunk

Bull in a China shop? How about an elephant in a South Asian hotel?

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Bickmore Gard-More takes wonderful care of my hats

Bickmore Gard-More is a spray-on waterproofing and stain-resistant treatment for hats, leather and suede.

I am bald and wear a lot of hats. Hats are even better than glasses for instantly transforming one's look. I have stacks of flat caps, newsboys, and fedoras. Wool, cotton, linen, and suede are all current materials in the line-up. Bickmore Gard-More is the protectant I use on them all.

I recently found a beautiful rust-colored suede newsboy at a Goorin Bros sale. I knew that a cap like this could, over the years, become amazing if treated right. The suede protector of choice, in my household, is Bickmore Gard-More. It sprays on very evenly and dries very fast. I have used it on a suede jacket for almost 10 years.

Above image shows the suede immediately after drying.

After treating the hat I let it dry, and then put it on. You can not smell or see any trace of the Gard-More, however, having been caught in some light rainstorms in the suede jacket, I have no fear this hat will be just fine.

I have also used the Gard-More on wool hats, and my leather carry-on duffle bag. Gard-More doesn't change the color of the item, once dried, and simply adds a layer of water and stain resistance.


Bickmore Gard-More Water & Stain Repellent 5.5oz- Leather Protector and Suede Protector Waterproofing Spray Guard for Boots, Shoes, Clothing, Hats, Jackets & More via Amazon Read the rest

Self-portrait of van Gogh during psychotic episode, thought to have been a fake, deemed real

Researchers have determined that the above self-portrait of Vincent van Gogh, long thought to have been a fake, was indeed painted by the artist in 1889 while he was suffering from psychosis in a French mental institution. Read the rest

Good deal on Blokus Duo strategy game

Blokus Duo is a fun strategy game for two people. Players take turns placing their tiles on a grid, making sure the tile touches another of the same color on a corner only. When no more tiles can be placed, the player with the fewest remaining pieces wins. Amazon has the game on sale now for [amazon_link asins='B079K6V5WR' template='PriceLink' store='boingboing' marketplace='US' link_id='b372a01f-5ea7-406e-bf00-d57ac8344f93'] Read the rest

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