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Fun with AOL data

› annalee@techsploitation.com TECHSPLOITATION Last week AOL did another stupid thing, but at least it was in the name of science. The giant Web portal released a data chunk containing three months’ worth of queries to...

Blog menace

› annalee@techsploitation.com TECHSPLOITATION Last week at the infamous computer security conference Black Hat in Las Vegas, Bob Auger announced what should have already been obvious: reading blogs isn't safe. A security engineer with SPI Labs,...

The nice rats

› gpr54@techsploitation.com TECHSPLOITATION OK, here's my plan: genetically engineered, super-tame, super-skinny, super-long-lived, nonbreeding rats. Or humans. Science says we can do it! I have this problem where I read two or three articles about so-called recent...

Monstrous politics

› monster@techsploitation.com TECHSPLOITATION I didn't want to see it, and then I did. When Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest came out, I was beyond underwhelmed. But then the box office numbers started rolling...

Microconspiracies

› H/Hrpwned@techsploitation.com TECHSPLOITATION In the Internet age, conspiracies are niche phenomena. All the classic conspiracies of yesteryear — the Kennedy assassination, ZOG, and Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon — had mass appeal. And...

Verizon’s tubes

› tubes@techsploitation.com TECHSPLOITATION If you think I'm done making fun of Sen. Ted Stevens from Alaska, then you are sorely mistaken. I have only just begun to mock. In a rousing speech about why he would...

Is Updike obsolete?

› publicwriter@techsploitation.com TECHSPLOITATION In a recent New York Times Book Review screed, the proverbial old-white-male author John Updike offers a reader's digest version of the argument against online publishing. For those of us who are...

Never mind Brookers . . .

› numa@techsploitation.com TECHSPLOITATION In the world of weird cultural appropriation that is the Web, nothing can compare to the strange tale of a Moldavian pop song called "Dragostea din Tei." It began in 2003 as...

Personal surveillance etiquette

> trace@techsploitation.com TECHSPLOITATION In an alternate universe, the National Security Agency's database of every telephone call made over the past five years in the United States is being used in couples counseling sessions to prove...

Feminists prefer genetic engineering

› procloning@techsploitation.com TECHSPLOITATION I've been sorely disappointed by feminists' responses to genetic engineering. Like many life sciences, genetic engineering has its dark side — but that's no excuse for groups like Gene Watch...

Crisis on infinite Earths

› omegamutant@techsploitation.com TECHSPLOITATION This is really embarrassing. Last week I started crying while I was reading a comic book on the StairMaster at the gym. I got into this unenviable, geektastic situation because...

The NSA’s political fiction

› unsealtheevidence@techsploitation.com TECHSPLOITATION Here's what disturbs me: In light of recent revelations that the National Security Agency has been illegally collecting vast databases of information about every single phone call made in the...

Porn 2.0

› pornomovies@techsploitation.com TECHSPLOITATION In downtown San Francisco, if you wander off Fifth Street down a small, twisting alley nestled among the sky-high monuments to money, you'll find a freshly installed steel door, the...

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Let's get neutral › openist@techsploitation.com TECHSPLOITATION There's been a lot of hysteria on the Internet lately over something called "network neutrality," and you can blame it partly on...

Going low-tech

› naturesucks@techsploitation.com TECHSPLOITATION I had the urge to be low-tech, so I spent a day walking across Manhattan. If you believe that culture is the new nature, my trek was roughly equivalent to...

The great e-mail debate

› bitchenmail@techsploitation.comTECHSPLOITATION Geeks turn social events into intellectual debates, so it should be no surprise that intellectual debates are often an excuse for geeky socializing. This was certainly the case at a recent benefit...

Sleep-deprived video game maniacs

› testme@techsploitation.com TECHSPLOITATION A bunch of Belgian neuroscientists finally figured out a way to turn spring break into an article for Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. In the current issue,...

Arbitrary anachronism

TECHSPLOITATION We listened to 1930s music in the car, pretending we were on a country jaunt in our new automobile. But when we finally made it out to the country — or at least...

Feeling everybody up

One of the things I love about that place known fondly as "the Interwebs" is the way it allows researchers to graph things that should never be graphed. For example, have you ever wondered...

Spy on yourself

"Wow," my hacker friend Mason breathed as he looked at my computer monitor. "That's really horrendously fucking evil." He was responding to the sight of my account with Root Vaults (root.net), a Web service with...

Glamorous disease

 DO YOU LIKE  to celebrate Christmas? Do television commercials fill you with desire for the products advertised? Do you wear gender-appropriate clothing and hairstyles? Do you think everyone should have a job, get married,...

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APPARENTLY IT'S BIG news that the human brain is still evolving. A couple of US researchers announced recently that they'd isolated two genes connected with brain size that appeared to have evolved only...