The Anti-SOPA Dream Team is Considering A Reunion Against the FCC's Proposed Net Neutrality Rules

Thursday, May 01, 2014

Just over two years ago, the Internet (that's big 'I' Internet) launched a coordinated campaign against Congressman Lamar Smith's Stop Online Piracy Act. The bill, it was feared, would kill the open, free Internet as we know it and stifle innovative new technologies and businesses by forcing ISPs to block domains that hosted potentially copyright infringing material. On January 18th, 2012, Wikipedia, Google, Mozilla, Craigslist, and thousands more, blacked out their homepages in protest of SOPA, a move that eventually spurred lawmakers to abandon the change. According to the Wall St. Journal, these heavyweights are considering a reunion tour.

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Newt Gingrich Will Answer Your Question

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Newt Gingrich is a panelist on CNN's political debate show Crossfire. Also, he has a funny Twitter tic that New York's Stefan Becket noticed. 

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A Vigilante Solution to Texting and Driving

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

A Florida man has been accused of putting a mobile cell phone jammer in his car to stop nearby drivers from distracted driving.

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How Can You Parody Buzzfeed?

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Yesterday, the Onion told the New York Business Journal that it would be producing a parody of sites like Buzzfeed and Upworthy called "Clickhole." Sure, those sites are ripe for a takedown, but how do you parody sites that are already basically self-parody? Here are 20 ways that will astound you.

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Art Gallery Does the Impossible, Makes Gifs Boring

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

According to Wired, London's Saatchi gallery has created a gif competition that awards prizes in what it now calls "motion photography." Wired sees this as legitimizing gifs as an artform, but in the process of legitimizing, it completely misunderstands the point of gifs.

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Band Makes the World's Most Difficult To Access Album, But It's Still Pretty Cool

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Getting attention for your music in the internet age requires a lot of flair, a bit of ingenuity, and maybe some performance art.

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Code Babes, The Worst Thing On The Internet This Week

Friday, April 25, 2014

A website that teaches you how to do basic coding via instructional videos led by half-naked, double-entendre spewing women. Blech.

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Turning Fruit Into Musical Instruments

Friday, April 25, 2014

There is a strong tradition in contemporary composition of making music from non-musical objects. Musique Concrète, playing the jug, Eugene Chadbourne playing an electric rake. But for some reason, there is a critical mass of "making music by playing weird shit" Kickstarters at the moment. Some much cooler than others.

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#23 - A Bitcoin Story for People Who Don't Care About Bitcoin

Thursday, April 24, 2014

When Wired reporter Andy Greenberg read Newsweek's cover story claiming to have found mysterious Bitcoin creator Satoshi Nakamoto, he was disappointed. Not so much that the mystery had been solved, but that the answer to the search was not all that interesting. But then, as the Newsweek started getting picked apart, he got a tip about another possible Bitcoin creator: a very ill, very brilliant cryptographer named Hal Finney. 

Andy Greenberg is the author of This Machine Kills Secrets: How WikiLeakers, Cypherpunks, and Hacktivists Aim to Free the World's Information.

Donate to Hal Finney's care here

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Andy Warhol, Computer Artist

Thursday, April 24, 2014

A bunch of old Andy Warhol computer art was found on old diskettes.

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The Oatmeal and the State of Web Comics

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

I’d like to talk about The Oatmeal. Let’s forget about the the Buzzfeed article for just a minute and discuss The Oatmeal on its own merit.

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The New York Police Department Is Having A Rough Day on Twitter

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

This afternoon, whoever runs social media for the NYPD asked people to tweet out photos of themselves with police officers. It's not going so well.

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Spotify Asks Vulfpeck To Remove "Sleepify"

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

A few weeks ago, we did a TLDR episode about the band Vulfpeck, which had come up with a novel way to fund their tour. They uploaded an album of silence to Spotify called "Sleepify," and asked their fans to stream it while they slept. The royalties from the plays of those songs would allow the band to tour for free.

An hour ago, the band announced on its Facebook page that Spotify has requested that they remove "Sleepify" from Spotify.

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Good Work Getting Kicked In the Head There, Pal

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

This is how the internet handles celebrity, unless of course you're a cat.

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The CAPTCHA is Dead! (Eventually, maybe, sort of.)

Monday, April 21, 2014

No one particularly loves CAPTCHA's, those tiny boxes that make you type in hard to read pieces of text to prove that you're a human being. 

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You Can Be Critical Of Art On the Internet Without Being A Misogynist Jerk

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Edit: I embarrassingly misspelled Eugenia Williamson "Eugenia Williams" initially. I have now fixed. I regret the error.

Last week, PJ and I wrote an article in response to a failed interview between Boston Magazine writer Eugenia Williamson and former child star-turned Velvet Underground parodist Macaulay Culkin. I read the article as fairly mean spirited, viciously personal, and not particularly illuminating of its subject. But in writing the article about it, I strove to keep my critique measured and specific. The larger internet picked up on the story, and didn't make a similar effort.

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#22 - What Happens When You Tell The Whole Internet Your Password

Friday, April 18, 2014

Not really.

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A Study Suggests Online Activism Doesn’t Work, But The Truth is Probably More Complicated

Friday, April 18, 2014

A recent study seems to confirm what most of us already suspect - that Facebook activism isn’t likely, on its own, to lead to real world consequences. Researchers looked at the “Save Darfur” Facebook group and found that despite having 1.2 million members, the group only raised $100,000. That works out to a donation rate of 0.24 percent.

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