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 2018-01-19 20:12 

reddit

A hotel has banned YouTubers and Instagram stars - after a 22-year-old YouTuber asked for a five-night free stay and broke down in tears when she was bluntly refused...
 2018-01-19 20:09 

Boing Boing

A page of architectural screw-ups...

Stairs that lead nowhere. Toilets that get in the way of doors. Balconies you can't stand on. Pfusch am bau is a Pinterest page with delightful examples of building boo-boos....

 2018-01-19 20:06 

reddit

With No Debate, US Senate Extends Warrantless Surveillance To 2023...
 2018-01-19 20:04 

Boing Boing

Becoming a mother in a Rohingya refugee camp...

This was her third baby. She was accustomed to the harsh realities of motherhood in a life in poverty. But I wasn't. I'm a midwife. I was volunteering at one of the camp clinics when I was called to visit Rojinessa on the morning after her baby wa...

 2018-01-19 19:51 

reddit

California 'raw' water fans pay $9 a gallon for Oregon tap water...
 2018-01-19 19:50 

Fark

Ocean's 14: Macau [Interesting]...

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 2018-01-19 19:50 

Slashdot

Tim Cook: 'I Don't Want My Nephew on a Social Network'...

Tim Cook, speaking at Harlow college in Essex, shared his views on the limits on technology and social media he feels should be imposed on kids. He said: "I don't believe in overuse [of technology]. I'm not a person that says we've achieve...

 2018-01-19 19:43 

reddit

British 15-year-old gained access to intelligence operations in Afghanistan and Iran by pretending to be head of CIA...
 2018-01-19 19:40 

Boing Boing

Plane lands safely...

Even by the standards of "storm-buffeted planes landing without incident", this is astounding: a small jet all but spinning in circles as it comes in, only to plop perfectly onto its wheels at the last moment. According to the video, there were 11...

 2018-01-19 19:35 

Fark

Consumer reports conducts a taste-test of store bought frozen pizza and concludes that, for the tenth year running, the winner is: The boxes they all came in [Obvious]...

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 2018-01-19 19:29 

Boing Boing

Lightweight packable backpack...

Just a few minutes left to get this super lightweight backpack that folds into a small pouch. I just bought one for our upcoming trip to Japan. It's $16 on sale....

 2018-01-19 19:20 

Fark

Speeding with 245 bags of heroin and a lot of cash makes it easy to bust you, Mr. clean-cut all-American drug runner [Dumbass]...

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 2018-01-19 19:16 

Boing Boing

It won't be as easy as it used to be to bring comfort animals on a Delta flight...

Delta passengers who wish to bring emotional-support animals with them on flights now face tighter restrictions. Beginning March 1, passengers must provide a letter signed by a doctor or licensed mental-health professional attesting to the passenger's...

 2018-01-19 19:12 

reddit

Texas judge interrupts jury, says God told him defendant is not guilty...
 2018-01-19 19:10 

Slashdot

Buying Headphones in 2018 is Going To Be a Fragmented Mess...

Vlad Savov, writing for The Verge: At CES this year, I saw the future of headphones, and it was messy. Where we once had the solid reliability of a 3.5mm analog connector working with any jack shaped to receive it, there's now a divergence of digital ...

 2018-01-19 19:05 

Fark

Turkey, a NATO ally, starts bombing U.S. backed Kurds in Syria. This will surely end well [News]...

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 2018-01-19 19:02 

Boing Boing

How a safe lock works...

Master woodworker Matthias Wandel made this demonstration safe lock. He sells the plans for $7 here....

 2018-01-19 18:54 

Boing Boing

Trump's "consumer protection bureau" will let the $50B payday lending industry gouge the poorest Americans with triple-digit interest rates...

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, founded by Elizabeth Warren prior to her career as a senator, was once the gem of the US political system, a consistently effective force for punishing finance industry wrongdoing , until Trump let Wall Street rob...

 2018-01-19 18:50 

Fark

I'm not sure that AP guidelines cover having \_()_/ in an actual headline, CNN, much less in coverage of a government shutdown [Fail]...

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 2018-01-19 18:43 

reddit

3 get prison time for jumping on pregnant teen's belly to force abortion after raping her...
 2018-01-19 18:39 

reddit

Las Vegas shooter Paddock had child porn on computer, FBI investigating person of interest: sheriff...
 2018-01-19 18:35 

Fark

N.S. Sherlock Institute shows that cuts in school funding has led to the Tide Pod-eating generation [Obvious]...

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 2018-01-19 18:32 

Boing Boing

The Republican candidate for Pennsylvania's 18th District is a torture advocate who worked at Abu Ghraib...

When Rep Tim Murphy resigned in shame after he was outed for pressuring his mistress to get an abortion while serving on the "House Pro-Life Caucus," it triggered a special election in Pennsylvania's 18th, a rustbelt district in the southwest ...

 2018-01-19 18:31 

Slashdot

A Cheap and Easy Blood Test Could Catch Cancer Early...

A simple-to-take test that tells if you have a tumor lurking, and even where it is in your body, is a lot closer to reality -- and may cost only $500. From a report: The new test, developed at Johns Hopkins University, looks for signs of eight common type...

 2018-01-19 18:30 

Boing Boing

Watch this new robot move so fast it becomes a blur...

This new origami-inspired robot, "milliDelta,"; created by Harvard researchers , moves so quickly all you can see is a blur. In fact, moving at 70 motions a second, it's the "smallest, fastest, and most precise of its kind," according t...

 2018-01-19 18:28 

Boing Boing

Babies are born 'in the 9th month. It is wrong. It has to change,' says Donald Trump...

Donald Trump, President of the United States, is apparently rewriting the laws of human biology and procreation now. Yep, he really said this. (more...)...

 2018-01-19 18:25 

Boing Boing

Unpopular ex-governor Chris Christie no longer warrants VIP treatment by TSA...

Chris Christie, the much-reviled former New Jersey governor, learned that he will no longer be treated like the important person he pretends to be. Yesterday at Newark Liberty International Airport Christie headed straight to the special VIP entrance with...

 2018-01-19 18:24 

reddit

Las Vegas Shooting - 1 October Preliminary Report...
 2018-01-19 18:23 

reddit

U.S. health agency revokes Obama-era Planned Parenthood protection...
 2018-01-19 18:21 

reddit

US government lurching towards shutdown...
 2018-01-19 18:20 

Fark

Cops falls off horse, says 'Oh, sh*t,' looks up to see the Pope helping him back to his feet. Oh, sh*t [Video]...

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 2018-01-19 18:09 

Fark

SHAKING NEWS 6.3-magnitude earthquake strikes in Gulf of California. Scary tag trumps California tag [Scary]...

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 2018-01-19 18:05 

Fark

Thieves in Rhode Island stole an $80,000 camera used to catch speeding drivers. Which is too bad because it would have paid for itself on the first day [Fail]...

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 2018-01-19 17:56 

Boing Boing

Listen to a ragtime piano medley of Super Mario Bros. music...

https://youtu.be/SdqKEHqt94g Pianist Scott Bradlee gives the old ragtime treatment to Super Mario Bros. It's as if the music was always meant to be played that way. Here's the obligatory death metal version from the Bowser Castle music:https://you...

 2018-01-19 17:52 

Slashdot

Pedestrian Attacks Self-driving Car in the Mission...

An anonymous reader shares a report: Cruise AV, a self-driving car company owned by General Motors, reports that earlier this month an unidentified man in the Mission flung himself onto one of the company's autonomous vehicles while it was conducting ...

 2018-01-19 17:50 

Fark

After an 84% spike in 'issues', flying with comfort turkeys, gliding possums, snakes, spiders and other animals will require a bit more documentation than "I needs him" [Spiffy]...

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 2018-01-19 17:35 

Boing Boing

Learn Scottish slang with Gerard Butler...

"Steamin -- one of our hundred thousand words for being drunk." Actor Gerard Butler teaches us many colorful examples of Scottish slang....

 2018-01-19 17:35 

Boing Boing

A comprehensive guide to corporate online surveillance in everyday life...

Cracked Labs' massive report on online surveillance by corporations dissects all the different ways in which our digital lives are tracked, from the ad-beacons that follow us around the web to the apps that track our physical locations as we move arou...

 2018-01-19 17:35 

Fark

Deer carcasses used to lure, shoot eagles in Klickitat County. You'd think an eagle would be smart enough to avoid Klickitat bait [Fail]...

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 2018-01-19 17:33 

reddit

An obese 12-year-old girl could be taken from her mother's care after a doctor raised concerns about her health....
 2018-01-19 17:25 

Boing Boing

Sicko parents who tortured their children renew their vows in this creepy 2015 video...

David and Louise Turpin, the monsters who starved and tortured their 13 children , had a cheesy renewal wedding in 2015, which featured a bad Elvis imitator as their poor children, all dressed in matching church fashion, are forced to watch and then dance...

 2018-01-19 17:18 

Boing Boing

VR chat participant appears to have a photosensitive seizure...

https://youtu.be/2bIZ0kWpiD4 Participants in a VRChat room watched as the avatar of one of the participants appeared to go into a grand mal seizure, accompanied by distressed sounds audible through the voice-chat. (more...)...

 2018-01-19 17:13 

Slashdot

BMW's Apple CarPlay Annual Fee is Next-level Gouging...

BMW announced this week that the company plans to shift Apple CarPlay infotainment support from a one-time fee to a subscription service. Tim Stevens, writing about the implications of the move for CNET: While GM and other manufacturers happily include Ap...

 2018-01-19 16:49 

Fark

Sad update to Otto's Jacket's thread from November 17, 2017. He had just been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. He passed away a week later [Scary]...

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 2018-01-19 16:48 

reddit

Michael Phelps: 'I am extremely thankful that I did not take my life'...
 2018-01-19 16:39 

Boing Boing

Siri embarrasses a woman by sending a text to her crush...

Looking for relationship advice? If so, stay away from Siri. A woman who goes by CeciMula on Twitter asked Siri if a guy named Grant would send her a text. Siri, either out of stupidity or pure wickedness, created a text from Ceci addressed to Grant askin...

 2018-01-19 16:39 

Slashdot

CHina's Smartphone Maker OnePlus Says Up To 40,000 Customers Were Affected by Credit Card Security Breach...

sqorbit writes: OnePlus, a manufacturer of an inexpensive smartphone meant to compete with the iPhone, states that data from 40,000 customers credit card information was stolen while purchasing phones from its website. Even as the company has just confirm...

 2018-01-19 16:37 

Boing Boing

The rOtring 600: a classic mechanical pencil now made in Japan...

The legendary German rOtring 600 mechanical penicl is now made in Japan. I had to have one. I once spent a day of wandering around London because my girlfriend had forgotten her .3mm architects pencil that she just neeeeeeded for whatever reason. She stay...

 2018-01-19 16:36 

Boing Boing

Science paper's abstract has one word...

Do Large (Magnitude 8) Global Earthquakes Occur on Preferred Days of the Calender Year of Lunar Cycle? " No. " This wasn't the first time an earthquake-related research question was answered with a single word. Another paper from 1974 posed a ...

 2018-01-19 16:34 

reddit

Manhattan DA executes search warrant at Newsweek Media Group...

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