Of LED art, suspicion, and a girl named Star

September 24th, 2007

Star Simpson, the 19-year-old arrested at Logan airport for having a "hoax device", is just another living, breathing, hoping, dreaming human, like you. Essentially, she was arrested for being an idealist, for not understanding that the people with the guns and the power see "different" as "dangerous".

The following was written by a friend of mine, who wishes to remain anonymous, but gave permission to share it.

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When torrents bite back

September 19th, 2007

Four days ago, a group calling itself the "MediaDefender-Defenders" released a torrent pointing to 700 megabytes of corporate emails from MediaDefender, a company providing "BitTorrent protection services" to record labels and movie studios. The emails expose company strategy, confidential contracts, passwords and login information, lists of servers and IP addresses, and reactions to mentions of the company in the news [read them here]. This post is a summary of recent events, along with a heaping of speculation as to what happened behind the scenes.

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Chernobyl ‘shrooms eat radiation?

May 23rd, 2007

In a potentially revolutionary study, researchers at Yeshiva University have announced that three species of fungi taken from the Chernobyl Power Plant in the Ukraine can feed off of radiation in their environment. (via National Geographic News)

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