I love a story like this: full of good old American ingenuity filling a technological void from the bottom-up. Damn The Man! The guys didn’t need “Ma Bell” to bring the network to them–they just had to learn to tap it themselves! While on the subject, I remember building makeshift linesman’s phones when I was a kid, and making calls by manually actuating the pulses across the line (back when we still had pulse dialing). It may have been decades ago, but there’s still a lot of hacking (Phreaking? I guess it depends on the context) you can do with the old copper wires if you’re creative.
“Across much of the west,” C.F. Eckhardt explains, “…there was already a network of wire covering most of the country, in the form of barbed-wire fences….”
Source: Fence Phone – BLDGBLOG
Folks, the security community has been screaming about this for 15 years now. We may ought to see ourselves running back to “dimpled chads” before things start to get even more stupid.
With Russia already meddling in 2016, a ragtag group of obsessive tech experts is warning that stealing the ultimate prize—victory on Nov. 8—would be child’s play.
Source: How to Hack an Election in 7 Minutes – POLITICO Magazine
Since we’ve declared war on every esoteric concept, it seems there’s no option but to use brute force to solve them.
When my mother came for lunch at the Pentagon, I shepherded her through the visitor’s entrance, maneuvered her onto the escalator, and had just ushered…
Source: How the Pentagon Became Walmart | Foreign Policy
OK, y’all, I’ve got this: How about “vintnerrorism”? “Bitter Grapes” NOOOOO….I’ve got it!
“The Grapes of Wrath”
Sure, we associate wine with elegance. But there’s a conflict roiling beneath the surface, and a group of French winemakers are resorting to violence.
Source: Unmasking France’s Violent Wine Extremists | VinePair
And why not? We’ve declared war on everything else in this country.
We’re under attack by a powerful enemy—and our only hope is to mobilize like we did in WWII.
Source: We Need to Literally Declare War on Climate Change | New Republic
Like everything else, it’s not exactly a cut-and-dry answer. It’s an interesting look at all the percentages going into the price at the pump.
Californians pay billions more at the pump. The odd thing is that nobody knows exactly why.
Source: The Mystery of California’s High Gas Prices
Pop quiz time: How many of these films can you identify? Post your answers in the comments!
Here’s some more geeky T-Shirt goodness from Chop Shop, doing something a little different with their “iconic” tee range. Previously, they’ve taken a theme— Robots, Aliens, Vehicles etc. — and created tees with silhouettes of all the classic ones they could think of and arranged them carefully on your chest.
Source: Cool ’80s Movies T-Shirt and Pop Quiz in One | WIRED