A Beginner's Guide To Doing Drugs In The Outdoors

Going outdoors is an intense reminder that we're part of something larger. In moderation, drugs can enhance that connection, help you enjoy the sights and sounds and feelings even more, and help you push reset on all the craziness involved in modern life. Want to try them sometime? Here's how to get started. » 2/18/15 5:05pm 2/18/15 5:05pm

How many gigabytes does it take to make a human?

How much information is stored inside a human? Not as much as you think. All you need is a mere 1.5 gigabytes to fit your entire genetic code. Veritasium did the math in his latest brain tapping video and cooked up that number using bits to understand the molecules that make up a person's genetic code. » 7/03/14 10:34pm 7/03/14 10:34pm

Why the Military Should Share Its Information

Often, secrecy is considered to be a form of power: if you and only you know stuff, you're at an advantage. But, as General Stanley McChrystal explains in this video, that isn't always the case. » 5/08/14 6:00am 5/08/14 6:00am

Federal Agency Still Uses Floppy Disks

The Federal Register, the daily journal of the United States government, still uses floppy disks to carry out important tasks, including the transfer of the text of executive orders, proposed rule changes, and presidential proclamations. Yes, floppy disks. » 12/07/13 12:25pm 12/07/13 12:25pm

Journalist Andrew Blum's deep spelunking tour through the geography of the internet—the crawlspaces and warehouses where the wires and cables really go, the actual, physical "tubes" of international data transfer—is on sale today at Amazon for only $1.99 (the Kindle edition). Consider whispersyncing a copy of your own… » 11/05/13 6:19pm 11/05/13 6:19pm

The Government Is (Kinda) Classifying Less Information Than Ever

Despite the fact that the government seems more enthusiastic than ever about gathering data, its taste for making it classified seems to be waning. This year’s Information Security Oversight Office report reveals that, in 2012, the total number of "original classification" decisions fell over 40 percent. » 7/05/13 3:49am 7/05/13 3:49am

Study: The Expert Editors of Wikipedia Make it Harder to Read

Despite carrying user-generated content, Wikipedia has often been criticised for being tough to edit - even by its co-founder Jimmy Wales. But researchers have found another way in which the Web 2.0 wonder might leave people gnashing their teeth: it's much harder to read than that old favourite of doorstep salesmen,… » 12/06/12 5:08am 12/06/12 5:08am

Google Wants to Give You Answers Before You Ask Questions

Google's working on building a new kind of mobile search tool, one which pre-guesses what you're likely to be looking for and pings you a little update before you ask. Sort of like a clairvoyant butler arriving with a bacon sandwich when you need it most. » 11/28/12 7:28am 11/28/12 7:28am

Wikipedia Is Running Out of Editors and Admins

Wikipedia is a wonderful resource, the kind of website that makes you marvel at what the internet can achieve. But it's only as good as its contributors and, while some are extremely committed, the sad truth is that the project is running out of editors and new admins. » 7/17/12 3:45am 7/17/12 3:45am

The World's Ideas, Visualized

Visualizing how the world's ideas fit together is no mean feat. But now you don't have to struggle, because Brendan Griffen has mined Wikipedia to create a map of how the world's greatest thinkers influenced each other. » 7/16/12 6:29am 7/16/12 6:29am

Scientists Create Wi-Fi That Can Transmit Seven Blu-ray Movies Per…

If you think your home Wi-Fi connection is fast, think again. Scientists have been working on a new way to transmit data wirelessly, and they can now transfer a scorching 2.5 terabits of information per second. » 6/25/12 12:20pm 6/25/12 12:20pm

The Faceless Organization That Knows Everything About You

When people discuss data privacy, they think about Google's grasp on their email, Apple's lack of iPhone address book security, or some other scenario which immediately affects them. But the New York Times reports that there is one organization few of us ever consider: » 6/19/12 6:10am 6/19/12 6:10am

Verizon Wireless To Mine Your Usage Data For Marketing And Ads

Verizon is reportedly changing its privacy policy in a way that'll let the carrier monitor your usage and mine that information for marketing reports and targeted ads. » 10/12/11 10:41pm 10/12/11 10:41pm

Hulu and MSN Caught Using Supercookies to Track User Data

The WSJ says that Hulu and MSN, among others, have been found using supercookies to monitor the info of those who visit their sites. Extremely difficult to detect and erase, supercookies can provide significantly more information than standard cookies. » 8/18/11 9:58am 8/18/11 9:58am

This Is What Happens When You Google "Telephone"

I'm so depressed. I google one of the most important technologies ever invented, and I get a video of 25-year-old wearing sunglasses made out of cigarettes. Two versions of it before Alexander Graham Bell is even mentioned. » 8/12/11 3:58pm 8/12/11 3:58pm

Microsoft Locks Down Their Location Tracking Database

After Microsoft's database of publicly-accessible Wi-Fi locations was exposed, they've heeded the criticisms and decided to make the information a bit less accessible. » 8/02/11 2:46pm 8/02/11 2:46pm

Anyone Can Access Microsoft's Massive Location Database and See Where…

Microsoft has been going around and building a database of publicly broadcast MAC addresses (along with their corresponding street address) for location services purposes. That might include those of your phones and laptops. Problem is, Microsoft didn't secure the database. » 7/29/11 4:52pm 7/29/11 4:52pm

Stanford Professor Thinks Analyzing Literary Data Might Be More…

At first thought, the idea that studying trends in books is more important than reading the books themselves seems absurd. But the more one considers the argument put forward by Stanford professor Franco Moretti, the more the concept starts gains some validity. » 6/27/11 11:00pm 6/27/11 11:00pm

The Wall Street Journal Now Has a WikiLeaks of Their Own

In case you haven't noticed, we live in the information era. Very few things can truly be kept secret. Wanting to hop on the WikiLeaks bandwagon, the Wall Street Journal just launched their new site SafeHouse. » 5/05/11 3:19pm 5/05/11 3:19pm

New Jersey Was About to Sell Confidential Data in an Auction and They…

New Jersey was prepared to auction off some old computers and laptops in a state-run auction to raise funds, a pretty common practice in our lean times. Idiotically though, the computers, which were used by the judiciary branch, the Department of Children and Families, the Department of Health and Senior Services, and… » 3/10/11 10:00am 3/10/11 10:00am