NBA Jam was rigged. Nothing is sacred.
Q: Did Scottie Pippen’s ratings in the game really drop when he played certain teams?
A: It’s true, but only when the Bulls played the Pistons. If there was a close game and anyone on the Bulls took a last second shot, we wrote special code in the game so that they would average out to be bricks. There was the big competition back in the day between the Pistons and the Bulls, and since I was always a big Pistons fan, that was my opportunity to level the playing field.
Documents unsealed this week show the fight between the owner of an encrypted email service called Lavabit and the FBI. The FBI wanted the keys that would unencrypt all of his users’ data. He gave it to them in 4 point font, so that it would be unusable.
The FBI shuts down the world’s most popular drug market and arrests the 29-year old they say ran it
California has passed an anti-revenge porn law that could actually work.
Here’s why conservatives are silly to crow about healthcare.gov’s opening day glitches. For perspective, when Apple released iOS 7 last month, there were bugs and delays. When Rockstar Games released Grand Theft Auto V, they had to delay its multiplayer component for two weeks because they couldn’t get up to server capacity in time. These are two tech companies who, every few years, drop an enormous thing into the internet that everyone wants at the same time. They can’t perfect that process. No one can. You just fix the problems as they arise and try to be transparent. It’s just too early to say if the administration has done that.
TIL: Facebook parody accounts AREN’T illegal.
Adam Matot is an Assistant Principal in Oregon. Last summer, he was arrested for allegedly leaving the scene of an accident while driving under the influence. Some of his students created a parody Facebook account mocking him, and he filed a lawsuit against them under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, arguing that they’d damaged his reputation by impersonating him online.
(Editor’s note: This, obviously, is a picture of Mr. Belding. Not Adam Matot. We all know that, and I’m belaboring a caption, right?)
3D printers can create toothbrushes custom-made for your teeth.They take 6 seconds to clean your mouth. And they will absolutely terrify you.
Any medium that allows someone to spend monastic amounts of time by him- or herself, wandering the gloaming of imagination and reality, is doomed to be adored by lost, lonely people.
"The experience is mostly positive - with cyberbullying thrown in."
The latest episode of the TLDR podcast! Christopher Hermelin has a project called “The Roving Typist,” where he writes stories for people in the park on his typewriter. One day last summer, he found his photo posted to Reddit, and suddenly his image was the butt of jokes all over the internet. We talked to him about what it feels like to become an image macro.
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Jacob Bakkila cried to me on the phone for months. When I found him out in July and texted him saying I knew he was behind Pronunciation Book, he called me almost immediately and begged me not to disclose that he and his partner Tom Bender were behind the channel.
Two weeks ago, we scheduled a meeting for him to reveal the company behind Pronunciation Book but he kept pushing it back. Finally, he called and seemed distraught. He told me the company behind Pro Book had pulled out just that morning because they weren’t seeing high enough view counts on the PB videos.