Tobacco giant Philip Morris is quietly funding an “anti-smoking” foundation offering $1 billion in “grants” to public health leaders

Derek Yach, president of The Foundation for a Smoke-Free World, sent a letter to 344 public health researchers and groups inviting them to bid for grants from a $1b fund set up by tobacco giant -- the list was a roster of Yach's former colleagues from his stint at the World Health Organization. (more…) Source: Boing…

Even when a Chicago cop is convicted of wrongdoing, a secret appeals court usually overturns it

Chicago boasts one of the nation's most corrupt police forces: Chicago PD ran an off-the-books secret torture site; stole millions from innocents and used the funds to buy illegal surveillance gear; has more than 125,000 outstanding abuse complaints; conducted an illegal extortion racket and a coverup that went to the highest levels; is systemically racist…

Streaming porn might not be helping the environment

If the guilt of sneaking off into the basement bathroom to watch a few porn videos on your smartphone wasn’t enough, now avid smut viewers can carry the potential concern of harming the environment. Long gone are the days of high-grossing pornographic DVDs, and The Atlantic raises an interesting possibility that the energy required to…

Off-the-wall Harry Potter chapter created using predictive text

The Harry Potter series has an unusual new chapter and J.K. Rowling didn't write it, machines did. Botnick Studios, a "human-machine creative collective" which describes itself as "a community of writers, artists and developers collaborating with machines to create strange new things," created a predictive keyboard that later penned the unauthorized chapter. By "training" the…

Nativity cow in second bid for freedom

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Dw7ilzSAcE Stormy the cow was recaptured after again escaping the Philadelphia nativity scene in which she is imprisoned. The bovine's second bid for freedom ended after she was found about a block away from the Old City historical neighborhood. Her first saw her reach the I-95 highway, where police surrounded her with cars and summoned…

The Quantum Game: like Laser Maze, but built on real principles of quantum mechanics

Laser Maze is a super-fun electronic board game that challenges players to arrange angled mirrors to route a laser beam from an emitter to a sensor, avoiding obstacles; in The Quantum Game, you undertake the same fundamental task, but with a virtual laser that only emits one photon, and virtual beam-splitters, absorbtive polarizers, quarter-wave plates,…

Here’s everything that’s wrong with America’s insecure electronic voting machines, and what to do about it

The University of Pennsylvania's Matt Blaze (previously) is a legendary figure in cryptography and security circles; most recently he convened Defcon's Vote Hacking Village where security experts with no particular knowledge of voting machines repeatedly, fatally hacked surplus voting machines of the sort routinely used in US elections. (more…) Source: Boing Boing (published under a Creative Commons…

Circuit Maze Logic Game

When I was a child my favorite game was Mousetrap because the experience wasn't simply about rolling dice and moving around a board.  Rather, it was an invitation to construct environments with the reward of something special happening. I still enjoy games where you build but I especially love it when they offer clever, valuable…

Moebius’s photo reference

In an unsourced interview reposted at Ragged Claws, Jean "Moebius" Giraud discusses his use of photo reference (more) — a popular topic of late among amateur numpties who think it's "cheating." Update: Disney! https://twitter.com/sylvainsarrailh/status/941589595531153408 https://twitter.com/ronniedelcarmen/status/829613374690332672 Source: Boing Boing (published under a Creative Commons license)