Why Leatherman's Multitool Bracelet Is Beautiful But Useless

A multitool you can wear on your wrist? Neat! But, will it actually be useful as, you know, a tool? I don't think so. This is manly wrist fashion, not a genuinely useful wearable.
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You're Wrong About Voicemail

My mother is untrainable. At least, as far as voicemail is concerned. We'd repeat the same song and dance over and over. Me: Stop leaving me voicemails. Her: I don't understand. This went on for years, until I figured out she was right all along. » 1/07/15 10:20am 1/07/15 10:20am

Red Bull Racing Is The NASA Of Cheating

Mercedes-Benz is the official victor of the Formula One Constructor's championship, but for me, it doesn't matter who won officially. The way I see it, Red Bull Racing keeps winning everything. Because they keep cheating in the cleverest of ways, which is what F1 is all about. » 11/26/14 4:15pm 11/26/14 4:15pm

Coconut Water Is Great, Shut Up

Coconut water is a delicious and healthy beverage, and it is good for you. If you drink it after going to yoga class or before a jog, you will be hydrated and receive nutritional benefits. » 10/24/14 4:47pm 10/24/14 4:47pm

Facebook Needs a Real Mute Button

Sick of seeing all the ice bucket challenge videos on Facebook? Too bad, my friend, you're stuck with them until the end of time. That is, until Facebook creates the one option it needs most: A real mute button. » 8/26/14 3:11pm 8/26/14 3:11pm

We Need to Ban In-Flight Phone Calls Before It's Too Late

News recently broke that the Department of Transportation is revving up to try to officially ban in-flight phone calls. That's right; the singular, obscene act of yelling into your hand while careening through the air in a metal tube full of strangers could soon be verboten. Good. It should. It's time to kill the… » 8/05/14 12:38pm 8/05/14 12:38pm

Why The US Navy Should Build Smaller Aircraft Carriers

The aircraft carrier inventory question has always been up for debate, but it has largely centered on the number of hulls and not the physical size of each carrier. In an age of shrinking defense budgets, smaller wars, and the Pacific Pivot, the U.S. should ditch its supercarrier-only policy and build smaller, less… » 7/09/14 1:20pm 7/09/14 1:20pm

The Insane Plan to Build the World's Tallest Towers in a Lake in China

These days, ambitious new skyscrapers are blanketed in a cloud of "green" buzzwords. Wind turbines! Hydrogen fuel cells! Insect farms! (Yes, insect farms.) Then there's Phoenix Towers, which has all of the above and more and looks like this. Let's call it what it is: a greenwashed dick-measuring contest. » 6/17/14 6:00pm 6/17/14 6:00pm

When Apple Damns Your Texts to iMessage Purgatory

I recently switched from an iPhone to Android, and discovered shortly thereafter that my phone number was still associated with iMessage, meaning that any time someone with an iPhone tried texting me, I'd receive nothing, and they'd get a "Delivered" receipt in their Messages app as though everything were working as… » 5/13/14 6:00pm 5/13/14 6:00pm

Please Stop Calling Everything a "Hack"

We have a problem. Be you blogger, journalist, tech writer, or commenter (both racist and otherwise), it's time to stop with the gratuitous overuse of "hacking." Existence itself is not a hack. » 5/13/14 3:00pm 5/13/14 3:00pm

There's No Excuse for Not Backing Up Your Computer. Do It Now.

At least once a month, some friend or family member asks me how to recover data from a failed hard drive. I help them as best I can, but in my head, my answer is always the same: “go back in time and back up your computer like you know you should’ve.” » 3/20/14 5:00pm 3/20/14 5:00pm

Hey Spotify, Just Show Me the Album I Want to Listen To

I pretty much never ever want to hear the edited version of any album. But for some reason, that 's exactly what Spotify wants me to hear. Or it least that's the way it seems. In most cases, the cleaned up version is what Spotify shows you by default, and you have to do extra work to find the real deal. C'mon,… » 6/04/13 1:20pm 6/04/13 1:20pm

Please Stop Making More Pinterests

Pinterest! It is the hottest social media whatever the hell it is out there. Is there a Pinterest button on this site yet? (No? Jeremy, please get on that!) Because Pinterest should be everywhere, and everything should be Pinterest. » 2/23/12 6:41pm 2/23/12 6:41pm

The Best Rants of the Year

We really hated hated hated these things. Like, almost as much as we hate Nazis. That's a lot of HATE. So we ranted about them. You should read these because... well, because these aggressions shall not stand, man. » 12/28/11 9:00am 12/28/11 9:00am

Yes, Kickstarter Is Terrible. It's Also Everything Great About…

Kickstarter is full of awful, ill conceived, downright dumb ideas. So is the internet. So is the universe. But it's also festooned with crazy-good thinking, ingenuity, and imagination. It's fun and unfettered. It's the opposite of the tech industry. » 11/10/11 5:01pm 11/10/11 5:01pm

It's Time For NPR to Get Off the Government Payroll

NPR gets about 2% of its direct funding from the U.S. government, through the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. For NPR's member stations, CPB funding is about 10% of their total, with other federal, state, and local government sources kicking in another 6%. » 3/09/11 12:45pm 3/09/11 12:45pm

Shooting on Film Is One of the Most Frustrating Experiences, Yet I…

I got three rolls of film processed today, and have been sobbing ever since. Why? Because only 17% of the shots came out. You might say it's my own fault for using film in a digital world, but you're wrong. » 12/31/10 1:00pm 12/31/10 1:00pm

Bill Murray's Great Big Anti-Tech Rant

My-oh-my! Bill Murray has quite a few issues with technology, trends, and innovation. Just listen to him go on and on in this little rant from a TV promo filmed in the 1980s! [BoingBoing] » 12/30/10 11:20pm 12/30/10 11:20pm

TSA Full-Body Scanners: Protecting Passengers or Padding Pockets?

Pilots hate them. Passengers who avoid them get a groping. They're the TSA full body scanners presently deployed at airports near you. Their effectiveness is unclear. What is clear is that lobbying for them makes you a ton of money. » 11/14/10 6:00pm 11/14/10 6:00pm

Has Apple Forgotten About Its Remote App?

One of my favorite and most-used iPhone apps is Apple's Remote app. It lets me remotely control iTunes, which is streaming to my living room stereo via an Airport Express. But why hasn't it been updated in over 8 months? » 7/29/10 4:00pm 7/29/10 4:00pm