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Police Deploy Creepy Computer Cop Spy Program in America… Here’s How to Get Rid of It

Thanks to the Electronic Frontier Foundation for bringing my attention this evening to Computer Cop, a computer program designed to log keystrokes and send them, unencrypted, over the internet:

Malware filters and anti-virus software won’t stop Computer Cop, because in our police-friendly culture the software hasn’t been classified as malware, even though its intent [...]

Apple Forces OS Mavericks Out Of Sync With iOS 8 Update

The release of iOS 8 and the release of OS Yosemite are a month out of sync with each other. Apparently, no one at Apple, the company that is supposed to specialize in elegant design, considered the implications of this gap for the user experience. [...]

Middle School Kids: Stuck in a Home School Rut? Try a bit of Code.Org

Every day, it seems more and more kids in the crucial middle school years are in the middle of a home schooling situation. Are you one of those kids? Maybe it’s because your parents are so zealous that they don’t want you to hear about ideas outside the family religion. Maybe it’s because you left [...]

Emaze: The Animated Gif of the 2010s

If you are old enough to remember Bob Dole, you’re old enough to remember the 1990s, when the latest thing to have for any website was an animated GIF:

Until their recent resurgence as a form of ironic retro behavior in an era of high bandwidth, animated GIF graphics were a laughingstock, derided for [...]

New Park in Rockland, Maine Celebrates Google Maps

“The brilliance of Google,” writes Owl Eyes Creative, “is that the company has grown to understand its users.”

Part of understanding Google’s users is an understanding of where Google users live. Google has become an unrivaled expert at using the power of well-designed data mining to create a deeper level of understanding for users about [...]

Do As The Predictive Analytics Innovation Summit Says, Not As It Does

If the people at the Predictive Analytics Innovation Summit are so good at predictive analytics, how come they have to ask me if I would like to attend? [...]

Big Data, Doctor Who, And Bob’s Burgers

This, the latest installment of How Big Data Is Going To Make Human Insight Obsolete, comes to us courtesy of Netflix, which assures me that, because I watched Doctor Who, I will want to watch Bob’s Burgers…

(“This animated series centers on Bob Belcher and his ragtag clan of burger-flippers, who are desperate to get [...]

Meet The Scientific Ignorance Caucus In The US House Of Representatives

First, the good news. Yesterday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 5029, the International Science and Technology Cooperation Act. In terms of spending, it was a modest bill. If it is signed into law, it will barely result in any increase in federal government spending at all.

Still, the impact of H.R. 5029 could [...]

I Can’t Wait To Roll Up My Television, Because…

LG has invented TV screens that can be rolled up, which is awesome because… [...]

Cubity Showcase Showcases Problems

Has 3-D printing gone mainstream?

Not if this display at my local tech store is any indication. You, too, can print a model as an actual 3-D plastic object that… um, is brittle and breaks.

But, but, wait! Look at the glasses it prints out:

Those glasses are just great, except for the [...]

Has Social Media Really Killed Off Traditional Media?

“Every day fewer and fewer people get breaking news from a newspaper or even TV.” — Social Media Today, “Is News Dead?”

A tallyboard for historical ship replicas touring the Atlantic Coast of the U.S. provided one indication this week to the contrary:

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