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Make: "Mad scientist test-tube rack"

Make: “Mad scientist test-tube rack” / Boing Boing John Park, the maker’s maker, explains in detail how to make this glowing mad scientist test-tube rack that you can use as a Hallowe’en decoration and/or household mood light. The project uses a Feather microcontroller to shine UV LEDs into test-tubes filled with water doped with elements that fluoresce under UV.  …

Apply for a Shuttleworth Fellowship!

I’m the “Honourary Steward” for this year’s Shuttleworth Fellowship, this being a valuable and prestigious prize given to people who are undertaking to make the world a better, more open place (“social innovators who are helping to change the world for the better and could benefit from a social investment model with a difference”). Being Honourary Steward means that I help choose the …

Listen: Hacker Anthropologist Biella Coleman on the free software movement and big business

Gabriella Coleman, the anthropologist whose first book, Coding Freedom, explained hacking culture better than any book before or since; and whose second book, Hacker, Hoaxer, Whistleblower, Spy, told the inside story of Anonymous with technical and social brilliance, appeared on the Theory of Everything podcast (MP3) to discuss the ways that free software hackers and the more business-friendly open source world have fought, reconciled …

Generate artistic, animated, color QR codes that scan

Generate artistic, animated, color QR codes that scan / Boing Boing Qrcode is a github-hosted, Chinese Python project for GNU/Linux and Windows that takes sentences and URLs and creates “artistic” colored and animated QR codes that actually scan. qrcode (via 4 Short Links) report this ad Fancy a regular cut of the best things at Boing Boing—and …

How the New York Public Library made ebooks open, and thus one trillion times better

Leonard Richardson isn’t just the author of Constellation Games, one of the best debut novels I ever read and certainly one of the best books I read in 2013; he’s also an extremely talented free/open source server-software developer who has been working for the New York Public Library on a software project that liberates every part of the electronic book lending system from any …

The Equation Group's sourcecode is totally fugly

With the leak of exploits developed by The Equation Group, the long-secret, NSA-adjacent super-elite hacking squad — published by The Shadow Brokers, who have some extremely heterodox theories about auction design — it’s now possible to audit the source code of some of the NSA’s crown-jewel cyberweapons. Enter Stephen Checkoway from the Computer Science department at the University of Illinois at Chicago (previously, …

48 hours later, Adblock Plus beats Facebook's adblocker-blocker

On August 9, Facebook announced that it had defeated adblockers; on August 11, Adblock Plus announced that it had defeated Facebook. ABP’s Ben Williams explained that the countermeasure originated with the Adblock Plus community, one of whom wrote a filter extension that would disable Facebook ads without a hitch (“facebook.com##DIV ._5jmm”). The question is, will Facebook really dedicate engineers to inserting features …

A free/open computer on a card that you swap in and out of a 3D printed laptop

Lou Cabron writes, “Finally, after five years of work, Rhombus Tech has gone from a free/libre/open source “spec” to their first actual modular devices! The video is amazing. ” You can literally plug in a new CPU — or swap your CPU into a variety of devices. (Laptops, phones, tablets — all powered by the same motherboard!) 3D print a new …