The New DMCA Rules Don't Go Far Enough

Decrypting copyrighted materials is, according to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, an illegal act. Yesterday, the Library of Congress issued a set of exemptions to the DMCA’s decryption ban, which many outlets, including Gizmodo, hailed as “victories” and “big wins.” They’re not. At best, the new rules allow… »10/28/15 8:44pm10/28/15 8:44pm


Why The Hell Would Anyone Watch A 24-Hour Car Race? An Explainer

It was at about 5:00 AM when even my cat, supposedly crepuscular, gave up and went to sleep. I could see his little cat brain trying to reason out what could cause me to stare at my laptop watching seemingly nothing happen for hours. It was a look of pity. If only I could explain to him what he was missing. »6/12/15 3:18pm6/12/15 3:18pm

How The New Cold War Is Improving Your Navigation

Ever contemplated going to war with America, but been thwarted when the Great Satan switched off your access to its navigation satellites? That’s potentially a real problem for China and Russia, but the real victor in this navigational arms race might be you; it’s improving the quality of location data on your phone… »4/29/15 7:12pm4/29/15 7:12pm

The Real Story Behind the 1914 Christmas Truce in World War I

It was 100 years ago this very night that something miraculous happened along the Western Front. After months of bitter fighting, soldiers on both sides gathered in no-man's-land in a spontaneous show of peace and goodwill. Here's what happened on that historic day — and why it marked the end of an era. »12/24/14 9:21pm12/24/14 9:21pm

The Right Way to Merge Lanes to Avoid Traffic-Induced Road Rage

The world can be divided into two kinds of drivers: Those that get over into a lane to exit or merge early (lineuppers) and those that zoom by until the last moment (sidezoomers), cutting the line in a sense. The war between lineuppers and sidezoomers is part of what makes driving hell sometimes. It turns out, we're… »1/14/14 9:13pm1/14/14 9:13pm

Everything You Need To Know About The Terrifying SUV Vs Biker Attack

Two arrests have been made, one biker is wanted by the police, and one man is in a coma after Sunday's nightmarish incident between one Range Rover driver and several hundred motorcyclists on a mass ride. Here's a complete guide to understanding what happened, why it happened, and what you should do if you're in the… »10/02/13 3:25pm10/02/13 3:25pm