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IRS says free software projects can't be nonprofits

2 July, 2014 - 16:55

In a disturbing precedent, the Yorba Foundation, which makes apps for GNU/Linux, has had its nonprofit status application rejected by the IRS because some of projects may benefit for-profit entities. Read the rest

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Kickstarting a Lovecraftian game where the object is to stay sane and alive

2 July, 2014 - 16:44

Labratory's kickstarting a new game: "Shadows of Arkham," which is pure Lovecraftian Ameri-trash for people who know that you can't fight the Elder Gods, but you might be able to avoid mind-death if you're quick enough. Read the rest

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R-KADE-R: Handbuilt, wooden portable arcade console

2 July, 2014 - 16:42

Love Hulten's R-KAID-R is a €2500, hand-build portable wooden arcade console that emulates Neo Geo, Atari 2800, Nintendo, Sega Genesis, and PlayStation 1. Read the rest

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Comcast's lobbyists are pretty damned chummy with top antitrust feds

2 July, 2014 - 16:33


A month before Comcast's announcement of a $45B takeover of rival Time-Warner, Comcast's top lobbyist invited the US government's top antitrust regulators to share the company's VIP box at the Sochi Olympics. Read the rest

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Microsoft non-pologizes for misleading judge, seizing No-IP's DNS

2 July, 2014 - 16:22


Yesterday, Microsoft convinced a judge to let it take over No-IP's DNS service, shutting down name service for many websites, in order to stop a malware attack. Today, the company fake-pologized. Read the rest

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Seven things you should know about Tor

2 July, 2014 - 16:09

Tor (The Onion Router) is a military-grade, secure tool for increasing the privacy and anonymity of your communications; but it's been the subject of plenty of fear, uncertainty and doubt.

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Broadcaster claims that Star Trek, Rawhide and Wagon Train are "community affairs programming"

2 July, 2014 - 16:02


The FCC let KJWP move from Wyoming to Delaware on the condition that it broadcast "community affairs programming" for its new home in Wilmington. Read the rest

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Humble Dynamite Bundle: name your price for $258 worth of comics

2 July, 2014 - 15:51


The Humble Bundle Dynamite 10th Anniversary edition features $258 worth of comics on a name-your-price basis, and supports charities including the indispensable Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. Read the rest

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Inkssentials Craft Sheet

2 July, 2014 - 08:26

From online discussions and reviews, it seems that nearly everyone who buys one of these non-stick, heat-resistant worksheets has the same initial reaction: “I paid $14 for THIS?” Quickly, that skepticism turns to appreciation, if not outright tool evangelism.

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Rolf Harris convicted of indecent assault, but they're still talking about a "witch hunt"

2 July, 2014 - 07:15

Rolf Harris, a beloved Australian children's TV entertainer resident in Britain since the 1950s, was sent down yesterday on sexual assault charges stemming from encounters dating back decades.

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H.L. Mencken translates the Declaration of Independence into American English

2 July, 2014 - 04:56
In episode 16 of the Futility Closet podcast we'll hear H.L. Mencken's translation of the Declaration of Independence into American English, and learn why a merchant repeatedly auctioned the same 50-pound sack of flour, raising $250,000. Read the rest
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Video: turning plastic bottles into string

2 July, 2014 - 04:32

Demonstration of a DIY device to turn plastic bottles into plastic string/ribbon. (Thanks, Rick "Under The Weather" Pescovitz!)

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Man videotapes Salt Lake City police after officer shot his dog

2 July, 2014 - 04:29

"Sean Kendall shot this video of his interaction with Salt Lake City police after learning an officer had shot his dog in his backyard."

The officers on the scene explained that a police officer was looking for a lost child, went into Kendall's backyard, and shot the dog when it threatened the officer.

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Kentucky gay marriage ban struck down

2 July, 2014 - 04:16
A federal judge ruled Tuesday that same-sex couples have the constitutional right to wed in the state of Kentucky, and that it must also recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states. Read the rest
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The end of a company with a very dumb idea

2 July, 2014 - 04:11

Washboard, a subscription service that that sold US quarters for 37.5 cents, called it quits after being in business for two weeks.

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Lou Reed saved $30m despite no "breakout hit"

2 July, 2014 - 04:11

The Guardian notes careful money management, but I take exception to the final paragraph. Read the rest

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Hobby Lobby Boy

2 July, 2014 - 02:47
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Francis Galton: wrong about eugenics, wrong about cake

2 July, 2014 - 02:39

In 1906, the mathematician Francis Galton devised a way to keep cake fresh when serving only one piece a day.

Unfortunately, his method is an elaborate process requiring bizarrely-shaped slices and rubber bands, and is further dependent on the English horror-practice of coating cakes in fondant instead of actually-edible frosting. You don't have to do this, America, because you invented a way out of this problem decades ago:

How to keep cake fresh like a sane person

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Blackwater threatened to murder a chief State Dept. investigator in Iraq in 2007

2 July, 2014 - 02:36


Blackwater personnel escorting Paul Bremer, an American civil administrator, upon his arrival in Ramadi, Iraq, in March 2004. [Reuters]

Under the world's most boring headline, the New York Times published a bizarre scoop by reporter James Risen this weekend. Did you read it? Read the rest

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This is definitely the worst music demo compilation ever

2 July, 2014 - 02:24

No, really, it is. This is what's lovingly referred to as 'outsider music,' and it's fabulous.

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