The loss of net neutrality this week was even bigger than expected.
This time of year is always the worst of times and best of times for internet freedom. Internet activist Aaron Swartz committed suicide on January 4 of last year. Two years ago today, millions took part in the successful 2012 SOPA/PIPA Blackout protest, followed last year by an event many of us celebrated for the first time as “Internet Freedom Day.” (You can read all about Internet Freedom Day here, but basically, we should have at least one special day designated for celebrating one of the most revolutionary technologies the world has ever known.)
And this week, on January 14, the FCC’s network neutrality rule was gutted. So now, the internet freedom issue we need to focus on is network neutrality.
What’s the most fun you’ve had with your web cam recently? If you don’t have an answer, it’s not your fault. There’s not a whole lot you can do with your computer’s camera outside of Skyping Grandma and taking pictures with birdies over your head in Photo Booth (that’s actually pretty fun, though). Anyway, thanks to creative coder Audun Mathias Øygard, we have an entirely new desktop diversion, equal parts eerie and entertaining. It’s a website that lets you wear celebs’ faces.
A Queensland man has taken a dangerous social media craze known as “neknominating” to a disgusting new low by chugging a toxic mix of alcohol out of a dirty work boot.
Could be worse:
Today it’s chugging a glass of cow’s urine as a cure-all for every disease known to humankind.
That’s the recommendation from a group of ultra-orthodox Hindus in India who consider fresh cow urine the number one medicine “for every disease” — so good that they plan to use it as the main ingredient in an array of health products.
A US pimp who was jailed for stomping on a man’s face with a pair of Nikes is suing the footwear giant for $100 million claiming the shoes should have been labelled as a “dangerous weapon”.
Just watch it. Fucking do it.
The British spy James Bond may routinely get himself out of dangerous situations with skill and charm, but his body may be suffering all the while because of his drinking habits. British researchers predict he could die from alcohol-related causes, such as liver damage, by age 56.
Scientists wanted to examine just how much alcohol the famous fictional secret agent consumes, and what effect that could have on his health. They published a study, led by Graham Johnson of the emergency department of Royal Derby Hospital, in the British Medical Journal’s Christmas edition, which features a variety of offbeat research papers.
More Useless Research.
A man had his hand fixed to his ankle for a month before doctors successfully reattached it to his arm.
Xiao Wei’s right hand was severed in an industrial accident at work.
‘I was just shocked and frozen at the spot, until co-workers unplugged the machine and retrieved my hand and took me to the hospital,’ he said of the accident, which took place last month in Changde, south-central China.
After being taken to a larger hospital in the region seven hours after the incident, doctors said they could re-attach the hand but not straightaway.
This would make wanking a challenge.
No need for much of a run-up to this story: George Takei—best known for his role as helmsman Hikaru Sulu on the original U.S.S. Enterprise—has, for the past eight months, been climbing the rankings of Amazon’s Top Customer Reviewers list.
As Jason Kottke pointed out, the former Star Trek actor is now ranked 580th Amazon’s Top 1,000 list. According to the site, these 1,000 reviewers have “helped millions of their fellow customers make informed purchase decisions on Amazon.com with their consistently helpful, high-quality reviews…They will inspire you.”
With as many problems as Microsoft’s new gaming console, the Xbox One, has encountered in its rocky road to the holiday market, the real surprise is that 4chan managed to wait til December before creating the ultimate prank for anyone still holding onto their dreams of an Xbox not “fraught with frustrations.”
Yesterday, 4chan’s infamous /b/ forum—which a few months ago convinced a bunch of people to dunk their new iPhones in water—unleashed an elaborate infographic that promises a “hack” to provide backwards compatibility for the Xbox One.
One of Indonesia’s most ardent rain forest protection activists is in what may seem an unlikely position: Spearheading a project to produce biofuel from trees.
But tropical forest scientist Willie Smits, after 30 years studying fragile ecosystems in these Southeast Asian islands, wants to draw world attention to a powerhouse of a tree—the Arenga sugar palm. Smits says it can be tapped for energy and safeguard the environment while enhancing local food security.
Measles, one of the most communicable of all infectious diseases, is spiking in the United States, with three times as many cases as usual this year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday. The spike is due to both foreign importations — infected travelers coming from places where measles is not under control — and local vulnerability: unvaccinated children and adults in the United States.
In a press briefing, the CDC’s director Dr. Thomas Frieden said that from January to November, there were 175 known cases of measles in the US, with 20 of those people having to be hospitalized. The agency would expect to see about 60 cases, he said. Those cases came from 52 separate travelers. Most of the time, the imported virus found only a few people to infect — but nine times, the imports caused large outbreaks, always in people who had not received the vaccine.
“It is not a failure of the vaccine,” Frieden said. “It’s a failure to vaccinate. Around 90 percent of the people who have had measles in this country were not vaccinated either because they refused, or were not vaccinated on time.”
This is a video of Danish archer Lars Anderson demonstrating the ancient archery techniques he’s been practicing. The key to a lot of them is holding spare arrows in your hand instead of a quiver. Doing so, Lhars can shoot 10 arrows in 4.9 seconds, shoot 11 arrows before the first hits the ground, shoot through chainmail, shoot three arrows in less than a second while falling, and shoot three disks while running backwards in 1.12 seconds. I wish I was better at archery. I think the bow might actually be my favorite weapon if you don’t count laser blasters or psychological warfare.
Nvidia’s Scott Herkelman said on Friday that with the upcoming release of GeForce Experience 1.7, the company will also introduce ShadowPlay, a capture tool that lets GeForce-based players capture and stream their gameplay with little performance hit to frame rates.
For Nvidia users anyway, and unlike FRAPS it’s free
Nvidia’s Tom Peterson has updated the company’s blog with news of a new technology aimed to fix the problems related to V-SYNC. With it off, many games have fast frame rates but suffer annoying, visual tearing, whereas when V-SYNC is turned on, many games stutter and lag. This has been a problem since the early ’90s; the GPU company has embarked on a way to figure out a way around stuttering problems related to monitor refresh rates.
Will Ferrell’s been making headlines in Australia with his periodic, made-for-Australia Anchorman 2 videos, but it looks like his next big project will co-star his Step Brothers/Talladega Nights compadre John C Reilly.
Written by Andrew Mogel and directed by Jarrad Paul of the surprisingly good Jim Carrey vehicle Yes Man, the new film, Devil’s Night, refers to October 30th, the night before Halloween – a night when American kids traditionally engage in harmless neighbourhood vandalism. It dates back to the 1940s, but apparently in the mid-80s it got really real in Detroit and kids started committing mass arson. In 1984, more than 800 fires were set. So, apparently they take their holidays pretty seriously in Detroit.
9 Heinous Things Players Have Done in GTA V
There’s a moment that every player of the Grand Theft Auto series has experienced. You’ve done the missions, you’ve driven inside the lines, but you’ve gotten bored. You stop and think to yourself: “Just how crazy can I get in this thing?”
GTA V is now nearly a month old, and its online mode has been accessible since the beginning of October. That means that millions of players have now had ample time to get a little creative with their exploits in Los Santos.
Turn all of your sugars and carbs into Alcomahol…
A 61-year-old man has taken the term “beer belly” a little too literally after being diagnosed with an infection that mimics the signs of intoxication.
It all began when the man checked himself into a Texas emergency room complaining of dizziness, reports NPR.
A breath test soon revealed he was almost five times over the legal limit, yet the man claimed he hadn’t taken a sip of (alcohol) that day.
Apple’s recently introduced TouchID biometric fingerprint sensor on the new iPhone 5s device can be easily bypassed with simple, everyday household items, a German group of hackers say.
“a technology designed for oppression and control”
Suits a Apple down to a T
~vjay~ edit: In other news, Pirate loves Apple so much he wants Apple on the front page every day.