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Australia outlaws warrant canaries - Boing Boing
Australia passed a law allowing the government to spy on journalists and prohibiting anyone from saying whether or not they are being spied on (even if they aren't).
law  surveillance  privacy  security  via:HackerNews  boingboing 
march 2015 by mcherm
A law firm that sent baseless cease and desist threats got FIRED for doing so! I posted to reddit/law.
law  ip-law  boingboing  via:boingboing 
january 2011 by mcherm
Odds of cancer from TSA scanners about the same as terrorist blowing up your plane - Boing Boing
The danger from the TSA scanners are miniscule. In fact, they're about as small (or large, depending on how you look at it) as the danger from terrorists.
TSA  securitystupidity  securitytheater  security  via:reddit  boingboing 
december 2010 by mcherm
School used student laptop webcams to spy on them at school and home Boing Boing
The Lower Merion school district gave out laptops with webcams. The school administrators had (though they never said so) the ability to remotely (and secretly) activate the webcams to see what was happening near the laptops. They used this to do things like spying on students at home.
privacy  rights  kidsrights  boingboing  via:boingboing  local  lowermerionspying 
february 2010 by mcherm
The Boing Boing Guide to the 2010 Indie Games Student Showcase Boing Boing
Some student-made games that won an independent game contest. Really quite impressive!
videogames  boingboing  via:boingboing  gaming  gamedev 
january 2010 by mcherm
The criticism that Ralph Lauren doesn't want you to see! - Boing Boing
Ralph Lauren sends stupid takedown notice. BoingBoing chooses to mock them.
law  DMCA  copyrightabuse  ip-law  boingboing  personal_net 
october 2009 by mcherm
Record company embraces use of its music in YouTube wedding video, makes money - Boing Boing
Instead of suing for using a song in a YouTube video, they asked for a purchase link. And made a ton of money.
copyright  marketing  youtube  via:boingboing  boingboing  music  riaa 
august 2009 by mcherm
How NOT to raise an ape in your family - Boing Boing
In the 1930s (or late 1920s) a researcher raised a chimpanzee and as a twin of his infant son. He discontinued the experiment at age 2, partly because his son started imitating the chimp. Both chimp and son and even the researcher appear to have been a bit scarred from the experience.
via:boingboing  animals  brain  kids  boingboing 
july 2009 by mcherm
Pigeons trained to recognize bad art - Boing Boing
Yes, apparently you can train pigeons to distinguish "good" and "bad" children's art. (They avoid the controversial question of what IS good or bad by only using pieces where a panel of humans was unanimous about the rating to use.)
animals  art  science  via:boingboing  boingboing 
june 2009 by mcherm
What Poison Ivy Has Been Up To While You Weren't Paying Attention - Boing Boing
Poison Ivy grows faster and has more of its active ingredient when CO2 levels rise.
via:boingboing  nature  environment  boingboing 
april 2009 by mcherm
Game-design lessons from Disneyland -- UPDATED - Boing Boing
Notes from a talk on inspiration that game designers can take from the design of Disney theme parks. Surprisingly, there are lots of useful lessons.
via:boingboing  boingboing  gamedesign  disney 
april 2009 by mcherm
Parent of gamer asks his son to honor the Geneva Conventions - Boing Boing
Dad says a shoot-em-up game is OK _IF_ his son researches the Geneva conventions and agrees to abide by them. Interesting approach to parenting!
boingboing  via:boingboing  gaming  ethics  parenting  videogames 
february 2009 by mcherm
Authors' Guild: "text-to-speech" software violates copyright -- Boing Boing Gadgets - Boing Boing
Someone is claiming (with decent, though not incontrovertible, legal basis) that text-to-speech tools are illegal as they violate copyright (creating a derivative work).
copyright  ip-law  via:boingboing  boingboing 
february 2009 by mcherm
Saturn's Children: Stross's robopervy tribute to the late late Heinlein - Boing Boing
Makes the claim that Heinlein had a brain tumor which led to the long over-sexed books of his later work. But the comments successfully debunk this.
via:boingboing  boingboing  scifi  RobertHeinlein  brain 
february 2009 by mcherm

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