Burglar betrayed by his own poo

If you're going to burgle a home, be careful what leaves your behind. Read the rest

Unarmed man flags down LAPD seeking help. They shoot him in the head.

Video of this incident is making the rounds online, and is extremely graphic.

A brief visit to Cuba

As the illegality of visiting the island slips into history, I thought I'd enjoy it before everything changes

Eating that placenta isn't going to do you any good

Despite celebrity endorsements from such luminaries as Kourtney Kardashian and Holly Madison, a new review of 10 studies (4 human, 6 animal) shows no evidence for any benefit from the practice. Many believe it can provide pain relief, promote lactation, and even help prevent postpartum depression.

'Our sense is that women choosing placentophagy, who may otherwise be very careful about what they are putting into their bodies during pregnancy and nursing, are willing to ingest something without evidence of its benefits and, more importantly, of its potential risks to themselves and their nursing infants,' said lead author Cynthia Coyle, a Feinberg faculty member and a psychologist.

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Eva Braun's underwear reportedly alive and well in Ohio

Monogrammed underwear supposedly belonging to Eva Braun can be yours. Read the rest

US Army homepage hacked by the Syrian Electronic Army

The US Army took down its homepage on Monday following an attack by the Syrian Electronic Army. Other government sites, including US Strategic Command, were also down. Posted messages included "Your commanders admit they are training the people they have sent you to die fighting" and "Hacked by the Syrian Electronic Army" (according to the SEA Twitter feed).

At Ars Technica, Sean Gallagher reports that the internet defacement appeared to be accomplished through a third-party vendor's systems.

Based on screenshots published in the Syrian Electronic Army's Twitter account, it appears the attack gained access to the webpage through the Limelight Networks content delivery network. A screenshot shows a Limelight control panel for the account belonging to the US Army Office of Public Affairs. [Update: A spokesperson from Limelight contacted by Ars said, "We take security concerns extremely seriously and, in an abundance of caution, we are conducting a full investigation. At this point we have no reason to believe any customer data has been compromised."]

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Why do we give away personal data on the internet? Because we've given up.

The companies that collect all our personal data, hold them forever, and shamelessly use them for their own profit want us to believe that we get something in return. Why else would we just hand them over?

A new Penn study of 1500 Americans concludes that we give online companies our personal info because we are resigned to them eventually getting it all anyway:

"...people feel they cannot do anything to seriously manage their personal information the way they want.  Moreover, they feel they would face significant social and economic penalties if they were to opt out of all the services of a modern economy that rely on an exchange of content for data. So they have slid into resignation.”

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