Friday, April 17, 2015

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Hollywood Too Realistic For Law Enforcement

"Creators of The Wire were asked to remove details that could help criminals avoid wiretaps"

Messaging Services Proliferate

"Messaging services are rapidly growing beyond online chat":
As the number of users has grown, specialised versions of messaging apps have emerged. What made Snapchat popular was the ability to exchange pictures that vanish after a few seconds (and often contain nudity). Secret, Whisper and Yik Yak let users remain anonymous (including bullies, unfortunately). Telegram stands out because of its strong encryption (making intelligence services unhappy). And FireChat works without cellular service: users’ phones communicate directly, which was a popular feature during recent protests in Hong Kong.

How to Beat a Polygraph

NYT: "How to Beat a Polygraph Test"

Gene Therapy For Color Blindness?

"UW scientists, biotech firm may have cure for colorblindness". (Via H.R.)

Friday, April 10, 2015

Thursday, April 09, 2015

Artisanal Pencil Sharpening

"Demand the Best: Here's The $15 Artisanal Pencil Sharpening Experience".
That $15 ($2.50 more than he used to charge) buys you "a pencil so sharp you don't want to sleep in the same room with it," a labeled bag of the shavings that fell from the pencil, a plastic tube that protects the pencil's tip from breaking in transit, and a certificate of sharpening, which gives you a sharpness rating and details like whether the pencil was sharpened in natural or artificial light. According to Rees, each pencil takes about 20 minutes to complete. By our estimate, he has made around $10,000 from his pencil sharpening business.

What makes Rees's efforts different from Brooklyn's distressed clothing and $20 egg creams is that he is at once sincere about his craft but not delusional enough to miss its absurdity.
(Via A.S.)

Police Department Pays Bitcoin Ransom

Ars Technica: "A small town police department just outside of Boston finally agreed to pay a $500 ransom to regain access to a police server that it had been locked out of after being infected with CryptoLocker ransomware."

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Light Posting Notice

Admin note: Posting may be lighter than usual this week due to external obligations.

Interstellar Timeline

"What Year Does Interstellar Take Place?"

And there's the "Honest Trailer" for Interstellar (warning full of spoilers):

The Four McNuggets Shapes

"The Reason McDonald's Chicken McNuggets Come in Four Distinct Shapes"

Nanoneedles For Cells

"Nanoneedles deliver nucleic acids inside cells"