On Internet vitriol, and its proper place.
Oh, fun. A group of online criminals has spent the last few years using botnets to find any random website vulnerable to SQL injection and then slurping up all the data they could, including BILLIONS of login/password credentials. No word yet on which sites were hit, but chances are pretty good that one of your passwords is in there.
“The State Water Resources Control Board is now authorizing fines of up to $500 for excessive water use, like washing down sidewalks or too much lawn watering.”
Apparently all the last-minute comments crashed the website, so they're extending the deadline.
It's always nice to see restaurants that not only recognize the reality and severity of food allergies (unlike those who dismiss allergies as lies made up by attention-seekers who want to feel special), but are willing to help the rising number of people who have allergies have a nice meal out.
The ads related to this conspiracy theory/scaremonger scam have been really annoying me lately. As Snopes puts it, “no credible source that isn't an investment firm trying to scare potential customers into forking over money for a newsletter subscription is seriously maintaining that a law passed four years ago will, within the next few months, collapse the entire U.S. economic system, destroy the American way of life, and lead to the imposition of martial law.”
A look at how pop culture tropes reinforce a twisted sense of entitlement, even among those of us who think of ourselves as social underdogs.
The summary text is actually a hypothetical scenario, but it's one that would be allowed.
This cosplay goes to 11.
Because the world needs a Sharknado Pop! toy.
The next time someone tries to scare you away from something because it has chemicals in it, remember: EVERYTHING is made up of chemicals, including you and every natural substance in existence. And just because something can be used for one purpose (ex: cleaning) doesn't make it unsuitable for others (ex: keeping your cells from dissolving).
Fuel cells for transportation are finally moving from “soon” to “really soon.”
Ironic, considering that everyone's concerned about the privacy implications of Google Glass toward people *around* the wearer.
The Great Lakes are freezing over to an extent not seen since 1994. Ironically, other parts of the world are dealing with record heat, and worldwide the January of the Wandering Polar Vortex is the fourth-warmest on record.
Phil Plait analyzes the footage of that falling camera video, and explains the weirdness of the double-vision that starts up partway through. It has to do with refresh rates and spin.
In surveys, as in arguments, defining your terms is critical. (By which I mean it's important, not that it guarantees a hit in D&D or represents sufficient mass to undergo a self-sustaining nuclear chain reaction.)
The cool stuff we can expect to learn as a result of the New Horizons mission on its way to Pluto. Things like the early formation of our solar system.
Looking through my email this morning, I had the following messages regarding today's online protests against mass surveillance.
One of these things is not like the others…