The video game industry’s best-of-class DRM is routinely cracked in less than 24 hours

The video game industry’s best-of-class DRM is routinely cracked in less than 24 hours

Denuvo is billed as the video game industry’s “best in class” DRM, charging games publishers a premium to prevent people from playing their games without paying for them. In years gone by, Denuvo DRM would remain intact for as long as a month before cracks were widely disseminated. (more…)Read full story

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In 1911, three men struggled for five weeks through the Antarctic winter to collect penguin eggs

In 1911, three men struggled for five weeks through the Antarctic winter to collect penguin eggs

In 1911, three British explorers made a perilous 70-mile journey in the dead of the Antarctic winter to gather eggs from a penguin rookery in McMurdo Sound. In this week’s episode of the Futility Closet podcast we’ll follow the three through perpetual darkness and bone-shattering cold on what one man called “the worst journey in the world.” We’ll also dazzle some computers and puzzle over some patriotic highways. Show notes Please support us on Patreon!Read full story

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A working modem using HTML5 sound

A working modem using HTML5 sound

Martin Kirkholt Melhus’s workplace bans connecting his development computer to the internet, so he hacked together a modem using HTML5: by plugging over-the-ear headphones into his laptop’s 3.5mm audio jack and then placing the headphones over a network-connected built-in mic, he is able to tunnel a network connection outside the firewall (or that’s the theory; as he notes, “This was only ever intended as a gimmick and a proof of concept – not something that I would actually use at work.”) (more…)Read full story

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$15 lightweight, stackable backpacking cookware

$15 lightweight, stackable backpacking cookware

This is the lowest price I’ve seen for this super popular, cheap 10 piece camping cook set. The pot and pan, with lids, neatly stack. Netly stack into a size that is just right to fit into my VW Vanagon’s sink, with some dishtowels and a cutting board, for storage as I drive around. It also comes with a sponge, stainless steel spork, a spoon and some bowls. Handles on the pot and pan are not terrible to use, which inspired my purchase. Most camp cook set pots and pans…

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Trump’s “free market” FCC loves monopolies, especially when they rip off prisoners’ families

Trump’s “free market” FCC loves monopolies, especially when they rip off prisoners’ families

The American prison system is home to one of the greatest market-failures in the history of telephony (which is saying something): a monopolistic system in which sole-supplier, hedge-fund owned telcoms operators charge as much as $14/minute for prisoners to talk with their lawyers, families and loved ones. (more…)Read full story

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BlankPage is a writing app that minimizes distraction

BlankPage is a writing app that minimizes distraction

  As any author will tell you, the way to become a better writer is to do it every single day. To help promote your daily writing habit, BlankPage provides a clean environment that tracks your progress over time. This app is currently being offered in the Boing Boing Store for $24.99. Since writing well demands focus, it can be tough to stay on task when your interface is cluttered with unnecessary formatting options. BlankPage keeps it minimal: only the title, content, and the current word count are on display…

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Ceasing to honor Jefferson Davis, Mississippi public school renamed for Obama

Ceasing to honor Jefferson Davis, Mississippi public school renamed for Obama

Students at an elementary school in Jackson, Mississippi have elected to rename their institution in honor of the legitimately elected 44th President of the United States, Barack Obama. Via the Root: According to NBC News, the Davis Magnet International Baccalaureate Elementary School in Jackson, Miss., will now be called the Barack Obama Magnet International Baccalaureate Elementary starting the beginning of the next school year, the school’s PTA president, Janelle Jefferson, announced at a Jackson Public Schools Board of Trustees meeting Tuesday night. Jefferson said that the name change came up…

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