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Weekend Watch: 8 Months To Build a Gorgeous Cedar Canoe

Watch him build a canoe, then watch him completely destroy one Read more on MAKE The post Weekend Watch: 8 Months To Build a Gorgeous Cedar Canoe appeared first on Make: DIY Projects and Ideas for Makers. Powered by WPeMatico

Smart meters can overbill by 582%

A team from the University of Twente and the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences have published a paper demonstrating gross overbillings by smart energy meters, ranging from -32% to +582% of actual power consumption. (more…) Powered by WPeMatico

Privately run immigration detention is so violent that prisoners beg to be kept in solitary

With Obama’s federal government reducing the role of private prisons in the incarceration of Americans, companies like Corrections Corporation of America (now known as Corecivic) and GAO aggressively moved into providing detention facilities for people awaiting deportation, like the 2,000,000+…..

This durable smartphone tripod is the thinking person’s selfie stick

It may be too late to stop the selfie stick craze entirely, but the ARMOR-X Mini-Flexible Phone Tripod is valiantly attempting to anyway. This lightweight, ultra flexible tripod has infinite greater flexibility and functionality than a selfie stick, and actually looks like something…..

Uber-driving lawyer explains to cop why he doesn't have to stop video recording him

Jesse Bright is a lawyer who also drives Uber; when Wilmington, North Carolina police Sgt. Kenneth Becker stopped him and insisted that he stop recording the stop because of a “new law,” Bright kept on recording and kept on insisting…..

Home Cooking is Killing Restaurants and other delightful tees

The perfect complement for your Techdirt I Invented E-Mail tee: a Home Cooking Is Killing Restaurants tee from Techdirt, $20 and up. Powered by WPeMatico

Do not burn old flashlight batteries

Popular Science once recommended throwing old batteries in the fire because “the burning zinc may help prevent soot formation, and the metals and chemicals make colorful flames.” The November 1951 tip was bad advice, writes Snopes, but not so bad…..

Your old CD-ROMs are probably rotting

In 2009, the Library of Congress commissioned a research report into the degradation ofCD-ROMs in storage as a way of assessing the integrity of the media in its collection: the news isn’t pretty. (more…) Powered by WPeMatico

A compassionate way to entertain claims of paranormal activity

Carrie Poppy is one half of the Oh No Ross and Carrie podcast (previously), a skeptical look at fringe science and paranormal claims whose hosts distinguish themselves by their compassionate, open-minded approach to their subjects, fuelled in part by their…..

Orange County's Seal Beach jail offers posh, $100/day accommodations to rich crooks

If you’re convicted of a crime in Orange County, you can shell out thousands of dollars to be housed in Seal Beach’s fancy “pay to stay” jail, which made $365,000 in the last fiscal year by aggressively marketing its “work…..