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Thursday
Feb092017

This Teen Hacked 150,000 Printers to Show How the Internet of Things Is Shit - Motherboard

[Link] : On Saturday, February 4, 2017, a self-described "pissed off high school student" in the United Kingdom sat in front of his computer, listening to Bones and Yung Lean, coding a rootkit, a set of software tools that allows an unauthorized user to control a computer system. He got to thinking about …
Thursday
Feb092017

Newly Discovered Gecko Escapes Danger Naked and Alive

[NyTimes] : "The fish-scale gecko has a freaky way of eluding danger. When snatched by an attacker, it rips off its scales and skin so it can slip away unscathed. Basically, it streaks to survive.<p>“It looks like a fish until you grab it, and then it looks like a naked chicken breast,” said Mark D. Scherz, a …"

Thursday
Feb092017

Intel Will Invest $7 Billion in Chip Factory in Arizona

[NyTimes] : "SAN FRANCISCO — Intel, the world's largest computer chip manufacturer, will invest $7 billion to build a new factory in Arizona, the company's chief executive said on Wednesday after meeting with President Trump in the White House.<p>The factory, which will complement two other factories that Intel …"

Wednesday
Feb082017

T.J. Maxx Backs Away From Ivanka Trump as President Assails Nordstrom

[NyTimes] : "Last week, employees at T.J. Maxx and Marshalls got very clear instructions about where to put signs for Ivanka Trump products: in the garbage.<p>The TJX Companies, the retailers' parent company, told employees not to display Ivanka Trump merchandise separately and to throw away Ivanka Trump signs, …"

Wednesday
Feb082017

A City Is Not a Computer

[Link] : “What should a city optimize for?” Even in the age of peak Silicon Valley, that’s a hard question to take seriously. (Hecklers on Twitter had a few …
Wednesday
Feb082017

How the Grammy Awards Are Made: 4 Craftsmen and ‘Grammium’

[NyTimes] : "Adele and Beyoncé, should you happen to read this, consider including the following name in your acceptance speeches on Grammy night: John Billings. He's not an engineer, producer or video director. But he has had a hand in every Grammy — literally — for the past four decades.<p>Known as “the Grammy …"

Tuesday
Feb072017

What Vizio was doing behind the TV screen | Federal Trade Commission

[Link] : Consumers have bought more than 11 million internet-connected Vizio televisions since 2010. But according to a complaint filed by the FTC and the New …
Monday
Feb062017

Hearing ‘America First,’ European Nations Jockey to Be Second

[NyTimes] : "PARIS — First it was the Netherlands. After President Trump vowed to put “American first,” a Dutch television show made a satirical case for why the president should consider its country second.<p>Now, the race for runner-up has spread. Belgium, Germany, Denmark, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Portugal and …"

Monday
Feb062017

A Hard Look at Times Editing in the Digital Era

[NyTimes] : "THE NEW YORK TIMES has a reputation for impeccable editing. Not just because it can turn one particular story into a showpiece, but because it achieves a high level of consistency and polish across its entire report. It's part of what readers pay for, and what they've come to expect.<p>Its editing …"

Monday
Feb062017

The Ending of 84 Lumber’s Super Bowl Ad Is a Beautiful and Provocative Take on Immigration

[Link] : Maggie Hardy Magerko, owner and president of 84 Lumber, a little-known Pennsylvania-based building material supplier, has been called crazy for …
Sunday
Feb052017

America’s Most Expensive House ... Times Two

[NyTimes] : "Standing in front of his 85-foot glass-tile infinity pool overlooking Los Angeles, Bruce Makowsky unveils the centerpiece of the most expensive new home for sale in America.<p>“You ready for the best view?” he asks. A staff member touches an iPad, and a 20-foot 4K-resolution television mounted on a …"

Saturday
Feb042017

Wild Child Takes Charge

[NyTimes] : "WASHINGTON — So now we're getting the crazy straight up.<p>The Doomsday Clock is ticking faster, the resistance is growing, and teetotaler Donald Trump already seems drunk with power.<p>He's got the role of his life and he's casting his show: Steve Bannon is his Roy Cohn, the combative hammer and …"

Saturday
Feb042017

His Doctors Were Stumped. Then He Took Over.

[NyTimes] : "They called him the Beast.<p>David Fajgenbaum was the fittest of his friends at the University of Pennsylvania's medical school, a 6-foot-3 gym addict and former quarterback at Georgetown. His mammoth hands seemed more suited to spiraling footballs than the fine fingerwork a doctor-in-training might …"

Saturday
Feb042017

Trump Attacks Judge Who Blocked Visa Ban

[NyTimes] : "WASHINGTON — President Trump on Saturday attacked a federal judge who temporarily blocked his immigration order, calling him a “so-called judge” whose “ridiculous” ruling would be overturned.<p>In an early-morning Twitter message from his waterfront Florida resort, where he is spending the weekend, …"

Friday
Feb032017

Epson wants to put a paper recycling machine in your office

[Link] : If Seiko Epson has its way, your office paper recycling bin could soon become obsolete. The company's PaperLab, an 8.5-foot-wide device that turns used paper into clean white sheets, is set to go on sale next year. The machine strips paper into fibers before using additives to bind fibers back …
Thursday
Feb022017

Tesla’s Battery Revolution Just Reached Critical Mass - Bloomberg

[Link] : Tesla Motors Inc. is making a huge bet that millions of small batteries can be strung together to help kick fossil fuels off the grid. The idea is a …
Thursday
Feb022017

“Becoming Warren Buffett,” the Man, Not the Investor

[Link] : Over the end credits of the new HBO documentary “Becoming Warren Buffett,” we hear the incongruous sound of Buffett singing “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” in a cracking voice. It’s a nod to a moment, earlier in the film, when Buffett’s daughter, Susie, says that she has a sweet spot for the song …
Thursday
Feb022017

10 Ways to Take on Trump

[Link] : The days since Trump’s inauguration have seen a stream of cabinet appointments and executive orders that have sparked outrage across the country. A …
Thursday
Feb022017

A Concerned Citizen’s Plea to America’s Business Leaders

[NyTimes] : "Dear America's Business Leaders:<p>I am writing you today because it will soon become clear that you're going to need to do a job that you've never thought of doing before: saving the country from a leader with a truly distorted view of how the world works and the role America should play in it.<p>There …"

Wednesday
Feb012017

Reddit bans 'alt-right' community over harassment

[Link] : Reddit isn't done cracking down on harmful communities. The social site has banned its r/altright subreddit for violating policies against "the proliferation of personal and confidential information." Members were doxxing people to harass or threaten them, in other words. Reddit didn't tell us …