communications

Distant DM

How to Build Your Own Time Capsule

With a little data-driven forethought—potentially also some light biohacking—your ark might just transcend time.
Brian Anderson
4.19.18
why not

How to Make a DIY Mini Cell Phone Tower Using Parts You Can Order Online

But to get it to work long range might be pricy.
Kaleigh Rogers
9.28.17
Martian Skynet

Astronauts in Orbit Around Alien Planets Should Explore Surfaces With Robots and VR

“The historical presumption is that exploration means ‘boots on the ground.’ But we’ve gone way beyond that.”
Becky Ferreira
6.21.17
uk

The UK Just Legalized Mass Surveillance

On Tuesday, the UK passed its controversial new surveillance law, the Investigatory Powers Act, according to the Home Office.
Joseph Cox
11.29.16
Internet

5G Survives a Critical Test: The Backcountry

Engineers take millimeter-wave wireless into the wilds of southern Virginia.
Michael Byrne
11.11.16
videos

Where Emoji Came From, and Why They're Everywhere Now

Now basically ubiquitous, emoji started off in 1999. But the roots of the pictographic communications system go back much further...
Samantha Cole
10.28.16
Food

Farmers Use Slack and Share Memes At Work, Too

Some things are the same whether you work in an office in Brooklyn or a dairy farm in Pennsylvania.
Kaleigh Rogers
9.5.16
nsa

This Is What the World's Spies Used Instead of MSN Messenger

InfoWorkSpace was pretty advanced for 2003, but damn is it painful to look at today.
Joseph Cox
8.11.16
privacy

​Comcast’s Defense of ‘Pay-For-Privacy’ Alarms Consumer Advocates

The cable giant is exploring how to gain greater access to user data.
Sam Gustin
8.4.16
house

Everything You Need to Know About Congress' New Email Privacy Bill

The House just voted 419-0 to eliminate a legal loophole allowing warrantless email searches.
Janus Kopfstein
4.27.16
Why Is This Still a Thing?

Why Is Voicemail Still a Thing?

I'm looking at you, Mom.
Kaleigh Rogers
2.12.16
videos

We Talked About Refrigerators with Vint Cerf, Father of the Internet

On encryption, digital divide, the internet of shit and more.
Matthew Braga
12.22.15
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