What David Cameron thinks he’s saying is, “We will command all the software creators we can reach to introduce back-doors into their tools for us.” There are enormous problems with this: there’s no back door that only lets good guys go through it.
The pizza cake started off as a thought-experiment, entered into a competition — but now it is a reality that you can prepare at home (but probably shouldn’t). (via Neatorama)
I counted 70+ SWAT officers. Guns trained on crowds. Insanity. pic.twitter.com/stev2G6v4b – Ryan J. Reilly (@ryanjreilly) August 13, 2014 Demonstrators in Ferguson, Missouri held protests today in the St. Louis suburb where a police officer recently shot an unarmed young black man, killing him and sparking outrage in this mostly black community.
Copyright scholars have long been pretty certain that “Happy Birthday to You” is in the public domain, despite the fact that Warner/Chappell claims copyright on it and charges impressive licensing fees to use it in public performances. Those fees, however, are much lower than a copyright lawsuit would be, so everyone shrugs and pays them.
In a disturbing precedent, the Yorba Foundation, which makes apps for GNU/Linux, has had its nonprofit status application rejected by the IRS because some of projects may benefit for-profit entities. The decision comes after the IRS was told to start examining 501(c)3 applications more closely, in the wake of a scandal over alleged discrimination against conservative groups seeking nonprofit status.
By Mario Wienerroither. Brilliant and sublime. [via Sploid]
I was sitting in the bathtub in 2008 when I thought of a simple way Johannes Vermeer ( Girl with a Pearl Earring) might have painted his photorealistic pictures 350 years ago, long before the invention of photography.
The Congressmen who sent letters to the FCC condemning Net Neutrality received 2.3 times more campaign contributions from the cable industry than average. The analysis, conducted with Maplight’s Congressional transparency tools, shows that Dems are cheaper to bribe than Republicans (GOP members received 5x the Congressional average from Big Cable; Dems only 1.2x) and shows what a chairmanship of a powerful committee is worth: Rep.