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Cool satellite view of dozens of oxbow lakes formed when a river changed course

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When a river changes course on its flood plain, it can leave an entire bend of the river cut off from the new flow, forming an oxbow lake. Seen in bright blue in this shot of the Songhua River in northeast China, they are usually narrow crescents. (more…)
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mxm23
22 days ago
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This is the Boing Boing I like. Stop it with the click-bait articles and get back to more “wonderful things.”
San Rafael, CA
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How much are teachers paid in every US state?

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How much money are teachers in the US paid? The correct answer, of course, is "not enough." As nationwide teacher strikes continue, HowMuch created infographics showing the average annual teacher salary by state. Above is the elementary school infographic.

The coasts offer the highest salaries, led by liberal states like New York and California, where teachers can make tens of thousands of dollars more than the national average wage of about $49k. There are also a couple of states in the Upper Midwest where teachers can make between $60-70,000, including Illinois, Minnesota and Michigan. The combination of above-average incomes with great benefits like a pension make these places ideal for teachers.

See the middle school and high school data here: "The Best (and Worst) States for Teacher Compensation"

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mxm23
49 days ago
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Shouldn’t this be normalized by cost of living?
$80k in NYC isn’t much more than $60k in Michigan, right?
San Rafael, CA
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Is Facebook a Platform or a Publisher?

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From a profile of Irish attorney Paul Tweed for The New York Times, by David Kirkpatrick:

In a February debate over revenge porn televised on the Irish national broadcaster, Mr. Tweed squared off against Niamh Sweeney, Facebook’s policy chief for Ireland. Ms. Sweeney said that one way Facebook was trying to address the issue was by inviting individuals to preemptively submit naked or other embarrassing pictures of themselves so the company’s software could block efforts to post the images. (A pilot program is underway in Australia.)

What could possibly go wrong with this scheme?

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mxm23
56 days ago
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Send noods
San Rafael, CA
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Two Americans Were Detained by a Border Patrol Agent After He Heard Them Speaking Spanish

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Amy B. Wang, reporting for The Washington Post:

“We were just talking, and then I was going to pay,” Suda told The Washington Post. “I looked up [and saw the agent], and then after that, he just requested my ID. I looked at him like, ‘Are you serious?’ He’s like, ‘Yeah, very serious.’ ”

Suda said she felt uncomfortable and began recording the encounter with her cellphone after they had moved into the parking lot. In the video Suda recorded, she asks the agent why he is detaining them, and he says it is specifically because he heard them speaking Spanish.

“Ma’am, the reason I asked you for your ID is because I came in here, and I saw that you guys are speaking Spanish, which is very unheard of up here,” the agent can be heard saying in the video.

They were detained for nearly an hour for speaking Spanish. This guy should lose his job over this; I worry he’ll get a promotion.

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mxm23
56 days ago
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Soy milk.
San Rafael, CA
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500,000 home routers have been infected with VPNFilter, malware that steals data and bricks devices

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VPNFilter is a sophisticated, multi-stage malware package, part of the new breed of boot-persistent malware (software that can survive a reboot); it targets home routers and network-attached storage devices, then steals passwords and logins that traverse the network and exfiltrates it to the creators' servers. (more…)

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mxm23
56 days ago
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Okay Boing Boing. You fuckers need to lead with the routers affected so we can do something about this. Don’t bury the lede.
San Rafael, CA
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StopTheMadness

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From developer Jeff Johnson:

StopTheMadness is a Safari extension for Mac that stops web sites from making Safari harder to use. Some web sites disable Mac user interface features in Safari that you normally expect to work. For example:

  • password autocomplete
  • ⌘-click to open a link in a new tab
  • ⌘-key keyboard shortcuts
  • selecting, copying, cutting, and pasting of text
  • drag and drop
  • opening contextual menus

StopTheMadness ensures that those features continue to work in Safari. With StopTheMadness enabled, the annoying web sites that deliberately make your life harder suddenly become easy to use again!

This extension works great and fixes so many little things that annoy me about websites. I just ran into a site today that somehow ate my keyboard shortcut for switching between tabs. I realized I hadn’t yet installed StopTheMadness on this Mac (I’ve been running it on my MacBook Pro for a few weeks). I installed it, restarted Safari, and boom — that website no longer eats my keyboard shortcut. This is also a great way to work around those banking sites that try to keep you from autocompleting passwords.

$5 and worth every penny.

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mxm23
62 days ago
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I honestly don't understand the sites that make you type, not paste, your password. Isn't that encouraging shorter, easier-to-remember, and thus less-secure, passwords?
San Rafael, CA
MotherHydra
62 days ago
It fosters wrong behavior because it likely ticks a compliance checkbox (at least with the banks).
sirshannon
62 days ago
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Finally.
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