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Donald Trump performs Mahna Mahna

Donald Trump performs Mahna Mahna / Boing Boing The Elfman score highlights the triggering, abuser body-language and pro-wrestler grimaces but Mahna Mahna deploys Jacob Two Two‘s law: “Monsters can’t abide the laughter of children.” Genius editing, too. report this ad The developers behind the hotly anticipated Shadow Warrior 2 have gone on record explaining why they didn’t add DRM to their new …

Game developers say no to DRM: "hurts our customers"

The developers behind the hotly anticipated Shadow Warrior 2 have gone on record explaining why they didn’t add DRM to their new title: they themselves hate DRM, and understand that DRM disproportionately inconveniences legit customers, not pirates who play cracked versions without DRM. A frequent battle-cry of the copyright maximalist is that “you can’t compete with free.” It’s true that enticing people to …

HP blinked! Let's keep the pressure on! [PLEASE SHARE!]

Only three days after EFF’s open letter to HP over the company’s deployment of a stealth “security update” that caused its printers to reject third-party cartridges, the company issued an apology promising to let customers optionally install another update to unbreak their printers. That’s good for starters, but it’s a long way from making up for one of the most egregious abuses of …

Google: if you support Amazon's Echo, you're cut off from Google Home and Chromecast

A closed-door unveiling of the forthcoming Google Home smart speaker platform included the nakedly anticompetitive news that vendors whose products support Amazon’s Echo will be blocked from integrating with Google’s own, rival platform. These platforms are typically designed to allow their vendors to invoke Section 1201 of the DMCA, which makes it a felony to change their configurations in unauthorized ways, meaning …

EFF to court: don't let US government prosecute professor over his book about securing computers

In July, the Electronic Frontier Foundation filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of Dr Matthew Green, a Johns Hopkins Information Security Institute Assistant Professor of Computer Science; now the US government has asked a court to dismiss Dr Green’s claims. A brief from EFF explains what’s at stake here: the right of security experts to tell us which computers are vulnerable to attack, and …

Gibsonian cyberspace deck built on rebooted Commodore 64 and Raspberry Pi

Gibsonian cyberspace deck built on rebooted Commodore 64 and Raspberry Pi / Boing Boing D10D3 built this “cyberdeck” on a C64c (a modern recreation of the Commmodore 64) with a Raspberry Pi CPU, VGA port, and all the I/O you could ask for (USB/Bluetooth/wifi/Ethernet). But that’s just the hardware specs: what makes this great is the physical design — ooh, especially those stickers, …

HTML standardization group calls on W3C to protect security researchers from DRM

The World Wide Web Consortium has embarked upon an ill-advised project to standardize Digital Rights Management (DRM) for video at the behest of companies like Netflix; in so doing, they are, for the first time, making a standard whose implementations will be covered under anti-circumvention laws like Section 1201 of the DMCA, which makes it a potential felony to reveal defects in products without the …

The Bad Advisor has a new home, and is dispensing scorching wisdom

The Bad Advisor (previously), who has delighted us for years with amazing, frank, scathing alternative answers to real advice-column questions, has a new home on The Establishment, where bad advice is given at longer length than usual — and with extra column-inches, the Bad Avisor finds new heights of hilarity. “Should stepchildren and their offspring be recorded in your family Bible?”  …

Help wanted: Director of Technology Policy for Consumer Reports

This is a pretty amazing vacancy: “You will lead Consumer Reports in our effort to realize a market where consumer safety is protected through strong encryption; consumers’ rights to test, repair, and modify their devices are supported by copyright, security, and consumer protection laws; and consumers are empowered to make informed choices about IoT products while being protected by privacy policies regulating the collection, …

Kill Rock Stars president explains why the radio plays the same songs over and over

Gus the hacker puppeteer writes, “Many of us hoped the Internet would disrupt the music industry along with all other media industries, giving more power — and more pay — to musicians and songwriters. And yet, somehow the amount musicians get paid each time their songs stream is a tiny fraction of a cent.” “The anti-corporate messages of punk and hip-hop feel …