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When It Comes To Tech Dystopia, Portlandia Is Better Than Black Mirror

UK series Black Mirror is being lauded as the first show that really tells the truth about our dystopian tech destiny. But the best critique of technology in today’s culture is not this science fiction import. For the most scathing commentary on the high-tech world we’ve designed for ourselves, you have to watch Portlandia.


If You Try The HTML5 Drum Machine, It's All You'll Do For The Next Hour

This dead simple drum machine that runs in your browser is so much fun.


CISA Bill Promises Safety, But Actually Expands US Government Surveillance

Remember when everyone freaked about CISPA, the US cybersecurity bill with scary privacy implications? CISA, a similarly-named cybersecurity bill, is here to take its place. Even after adding fifteen amendments, the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act is a dangerous piece of US legislation.


Someone Wrote Erotic Fiction About Microsoft's Clippy

It was only a matter of time before someone sexualised a paperclip… wait, what?


Relive The Internet Of The 1990s In 6 Gifs

Thirty years ago, on 15 March, 1985, the first .com domain name — symbolics.com — was registered by the technology company Symbolics, marking the birth of the commercial internet. But things started heating up in the 1990s. Click back to those days with these nostalgic gifs.


Is IBM Building Its Own Digital Currency?

Bitcoin may still be the fringe coinage of technophiles, but the idea behind the crypto-currency is rapidly marching towards mainstream.


US State Department Has Shut Off Part Of Its Email System Due To Hackers

The fallout from Hillary Clinton’s homebrew email dust up is getting weird. The Department of State just shut down part of its unclassified email system in an attempt to eradicate malware they just found from Russian hackers. But State’s spokespeople say everything is OK. Probably.


The Silk Road Mastermind Just Applied For A Retrial

Last month, it took a jury of peers just four hours to convict Ross Ulbricht on seven counts related to his running of The Silk Road. But Ulbricht isn’t giving up that easy — his lawyer has applied for a do-over.


Windows 93: The Most Fun You'll Ever Have With An Operating System

A few months ago, a pair of French hackers teased a new project called Windows 93. It was a wonderfully weird web-based operating system, some sort of spoof on Windows 95, packed to the gills with insider internet jokes. And late last night, the digital artists released the full version. It’s still wonderfully weird, thank God.


CEO Of Aussie Bitcoin Business Independent Reserve Killed In Thailand

Victorian Adam Tepper, CEO of Bitcoin trading platform Independent Reserve, was killed in a motorcycle accident last week while in Phuket.