Jan 122019

Bird Scooter tried to censor a Boing Boing post. So that’s going well:Last month, I published a post discussing the mountains of abandoned Bird Scooters piling up in city impound lots, and the rise of $30 Chinese conversion kits that let you buy a scooter at auction, swap out the motherboard, and turn it into a personal scooter, untethered from the Bird company.In response, Bird sent us a legal threat of such absurdity that we…

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Jan 112019

The new Flexbox Inspector, created by Firefox DevTools, helps developers understand the sizing, positioning, and nesting of Flexbox elements. You can try it out now in Firefox DevEdition or join us for its official launch in Firefox 65 on January 29th. The UX challenges of this tool have been both frustrating and a lot of fun for our team. Built on the basic concepts of the CSS Grid Inspector, we sought to expand on the…

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Jan 112019

The last time he was attorney general, Barr proclaimed that only prisons reduce crime, and that we need a lot more of them. In 1992, a little less than a year into his new job, Attorney General William P. Barr added to the zeitgeist of “tough-on-crime” policies when he issued the Bush administration’s “24 Recommendations to Strengthen Criminal Justice.” Barr’s harsh approach, which included expanding capacity for pretrial detention and offsetting the cost of such…

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Jan 112019

The “smart home” of the 21st century isn’t just supposed to be a monument to convenience, we’re told, but also to protection, a Tony Stark-like bubble of vigilant algorithms and internet-connected sensors working ceaselessly to watch over us. But for some who’ve welcomed in Amazon’s Ring security cameras, there have been more than just algorithms watching through the lens, according to sources alarmed by Ring’s dismal privacy practices. Ring has a history of lax, sloppy…

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Jan 112019

Back in October, we wrote about how Google had declared — with no details — that an earlier post we had done was “dangerous or derogatory” and that it would no longer allow AdSense ads on that page. The real irony? The original post (which contains nothing dangerous or derogatory) was about the “impossible choices” platforms have to make when moderating speech on their platforms. So, what better example than “moderating” an article about how…

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Jan 112019

Editor’s note: This story was originally published by The Guardian. It appears here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Global warming has heated the oceans by the equivalent of one atomic bomb explosion per second for the past 150 years, according to analysis of new research. More than 90% of the heat trapped by humanity’s greenhouse gas emissions has been absorbed by the seas, with just a few per cent heating the air, land and ice…

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Jan 102019

Early American socialists like Eugene Debs fought for free speech rights as a bulwark against state tyranny and employer despotism. We should take up their radical struggle for civil liberties today. Eugene V. Debs leaving the Federal Penitentiary in Atlanta, Georgia, on Christmas Day 1921 after being imprisoned in 1918 under the Sedition Act. Library of Congress On June 16, 1918, Eugene Debs stood up before an audience in Canton, Ohio. Debs, the famed tribune…

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Jan 092019

We crossed the boundary 42 minutes ago. Sorry I’m late. perl -e ‘use Date::Parse; print localtime((0x80000000 + / 2) . “\n”;’ Wed Jan 9 17:37:04 2019 Previously, previously, previously, previously, previously, previously, previously.

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Jan 092019

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, right. and Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer pose for photographs after delivering a televised response to President Donald Trump’s national address about border security at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 8, 2019. Photo: Chip Somodevilla, Pool/AP Last night was yet another example of the Democratic Party’s glistening ineptitude. President Donald Trump’s border wall speech, once he’d backed off the “national emergency” idea, was anticipated to be little more than…

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Jan 092019

Oldies should stick to handing out Werther’s Originals, not headlines, study suggests Senior Americans aged 65 and older shared more fake news on Facebook during the 2016 US Presidential election than any other age group, according to a study published on Wednesday.…

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Jan 082019

The Senate wants to provide legal cover to the many states violating the First Amendment by punishing people for their views on Israel. In the middle of a government shutdown, the Senate leadership’s first order of business in the 116th Congress is not legislation to reopen the government. Instead, and incredibly, the Senate is again trying to slip a measure intended to suppress protected political expression past public scrutiny. The bill is the “Combatting BDS…

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Jan 082019

The heated debate around Amazon’s recently announced Long Island City “HQ2” is showing no signs of cooling down. On Monday morning, the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU) hosted a briefing in which labor officials, economic development analysts, Amazon employees and elected New York State and City representatives further underlined concerns around the HQ2 process, the awarded incentives, and the potential impacts Amazon’s presence would have on city workers and residents. While many of…

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Jan 072019

Going back more than five years, we’ve been warning about the dangers of moving copyright enforcement down the stack, away from the actual hosting companies deeper and deeper into infrastructure. This was, of course, part of the goal of SOPA — to make infrastructure companies liable for infringement, and to force them to shut down entire sites. But that’s exactly a key part of our concern. Infrastructure players have only a single remedy: shut down…

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Jan 062019

Chafa (github) started out as a small piece of supporting code for an obscure personal project I may announce at some indefinite point in the future. Then I decided to release it as a tongue-in-cheek thing for the VT100 anniversary last year, and, well… it gathered a bit of steam. Chafa 1.0 Since I’m not one to leave well enough alone, I packaged it up over the holidays for the 1.0 release. It brings a…

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Jan 062019

This week’s Los Angeles teachers strike starkly poses the question: will the public or privatizers control public education? Aerial photo of Los Angeles, California, Feburary 2011. Joe Mabel / Wikimedia The January 10 strike date announced by the United Teachers of Los Angeles (UTLA) has heightened tensions in an already contentious dispute with Los Angeles Superintendent Austin Beutner, who represents the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) in negotiations. However, far more is at stake…

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Jan 052019

A system that uses a technique called constructive solid geometry (CSG) is allowing MIT researchers to deconstruct objects and turn them into 3D models, thereby allowing them to reverse-engineer complex things. The system appeared in a paper entitled “InverseCSG: Automatic Conversion of 3D Models to CSG Trees” by Tao Du, Jeevana Priya Inala, Yewen Pu, Andrew Spielberg, Adriana Schulz, Daniela Rus, Armando Solar-Lezama, and Wojciech Matusik. “At a high level, the problem is reverse engineering…

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Jan 042019

Tesla CEO Elon Musk is looking to keep his ex-girlfriend Grimes and alleged acquaintance Azealia Banks out of the official record of a lawsuit concerning his “420” “joke” that brought the SEC down on him. An attempt to subpoena both Grimes and Banks was met with stiff opposition by Musk’s lawyer, who accused the plaintiffs of attempting to sensationalize the case. As you may remember — though it seems so long ago now — Musk…

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Jan 042019

This story originally appeared on High Country News and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration.My mother texts me four photos of a dead moose the week I leave Alaska. It is freshly hit. The pebbled pink brains fanning across the pavement have not yet grayed in the brisk autumn air. The animal will not go to waste. For the past 50 years, Alaska has been the only state where virtually every…

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Jan 022019

Enlarge / Ian Read, chairman and CEO of Pfizer Inc. spoke with President Trump last July about pausing drug price hikes. Pfizer now plans to increase prices of 41 of its drugs later this month. (credit: Getty | Bloomberg) More than three dozen drug companies welcomed the new year with sweeping price hikes on hundreds of medicines, according to a new analysis from Rx Savings Solutions, which was first reported by The Wall Street Journal.…

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