Behold, the patent for a caffeinated toothbrush.
A Hack-Proof Internet Exists, Thanks to Quantum Physics -
The key is effectively transported by photons of light along a dedicated fiber optic line. Per Heisenberg’s famous uncertainty principle, hack attempts would have clear effects on those particles. As MIT Technology Review puts it, “any attempt to eavesdrop on a quantum message cannot fail to leave telltale signs of snooping that the receiver can detect.”
So while the rest of us are still prey to the spying eyes of the Chinese army, larcenous Eastern European fraudsters, or the FBI, a select research team in New Mexico can engage in snoop-proof online communication—a massive breakthrough for the security of our personal data, as well as for nationwide endeavors such as online banking and voting.
Public Policy Polling: 26 percent surveyed think 'hipsters should be subjected to a special tax for being annoying'
Painting with several inscriptions and simbols [sic] with heavy orange (background), black and blue as predominant colors. On left superior corner, some sort of three-pointed crown in black with yellow and blue outlines; on right superior corner, a yellow star with black outlines; in the right inferior corner a shape that reminds a skull with blue, magenta, black and yellow outlines and lines. — Interpol seized Jean-Michel Basquiat’s Hannibal in a money-laundering sting. Here’s the agency’s description of the art.
Most Creative People 2013: 1. Nate Silver
Not working for the Heritage Foundation is my Mother’s Day gift.
JPMorgan “flooded California’s courts with collection lawsuits against defaulted credit card borrowers based on patently insufficient evidence,” according to the lawsuit, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court.
The company “bet that borrowers would lack the resources or legal sophistication to call its bluff,” the lawsuit said. — Reuters: JPMorgan sued by California over ‘illegal’ debt collections
What Five Real Economists Think About Bitcoin -
(via Kashmir Hill.)
The debt ceiling is becoming all-purpose leverage. — Ezra Klein: This is a dangerous approach to the debt ceiling
Heat May Have M.V.P., but Bulls Have Series Lead -
The Heat, meantime, were fully rested and raring to go since sweeping the Milwaukee Bucks more than a week ago. The latest homage to James took shape in the hours before the game. The front facade of the arena suddenly featured a huge black-and-white mural of his profile, along with the headline “2013 MVP.” In a pregame ceremony, Commissioner David Stern presented James with his fourth M.V.P. trophy.
The Bulls took all this in and promptly made James’s life as miserable as possible.
In Chicago, that’s just how we roll.