When the incoming emails stopped arriving, it seemed innocuous at first. But it would eventually become clear that this was no routine technical problem. Inside a row of gray office buildings in Brussels, a major hacking attack was in progress. And the perpetrators were British government spies.
The long read: One of the Islamic State’s senior commanders reveals exclusive details of the terror group’s origins inside an Iraqi prison – right under the noses of their American jailers. Report by Martin Chulov
On the last stretch of flatlands north of Beijing, just before the Mongolian foothills, lies the satellite city of Tiantongyuan. This rootless suburb is home to Remembrance, an underground journal that deals with one of China’s most sensitive issues: its history.
Sambunaris has been traveling the country for 15 consecutive summers, living, sleeping and working out of her car. Her images are full of endless horizons and breathtaking skies. Though there are no people in her photos, we see humanity's mark in the mining, railways, and highways that plow through the wilderness.
In mid November the British prime minister, David Cameron, warned that the world economy was heading for another major economic crisis. The British economy has not even escaped from the crisis that erupted in 2007. What is notable about the advanced capitalist states and their central banks is that so little has been done by their leaders since the emergence of the world economic crisis to prevent its recurrence. The main ‘solution' to the crisis has been quantitative easing, which consists (...)
“Mom, look,” I said, holding up nine sheets of construction paper that I had Scotch-taped together. On each page, I had drawn a made-up planet and listed its salient characteristics: tree-shaped algae, oceans of melted Play-Doh, quicksand surrounded by ice floes. A friendly alien inhabitant waved from the surface of...
For self-driving cars to work safely, we need better maps—much better maps. These maps will not only need to know where the roads are. They'll need to show real-time details as general as traffic patterns and as specific the number of inches to the curb. They'll also need to cover millions of miles worth of road.
It’s never been such a good time to be a crook. In what other country of laws does one enjoy so much freedom to defraud one’s government and fellow citizens without having to worry about cops showing at the door?
Virtual Boy creates an immersive 3-D gaming universe so advanced, the voice says, “it can’t be viewed on conventional TV.” The voice is talking from a conventional TV, so that’s a particularly tantalizing pitch. And the ad is tricked out with some ultra cool animated-polyhedron graphics. And the Virtual Boy itself looks even cooler. It…
Samizdat publications like the online journal Remembrance are setting off long-overdue discussions about how China should deal with its violent past, especially when many of the victims are dead. Is it best to forget, which the country has largely done, or is there merit in digging up the past? And is it possible to have a cathartic confrontation with the past in a country with no real public sphere?
pizza-party: “mikedawwwson: “ Rules for Dating My Daughter I had some thoughts on the popular Feminist Father t-shirt that we’ve all seen floating around online https://twitter.com/mike_daws ” I’m not...
Imagine you're in the middle of the Pacific ocean. Behind you is China, below you are thousands of tons of consumer goods destined for faraway ports, then stores, then maybe a spot beneath a Christmas tree. You are part of a vast economy that supplies the things we buy--a galaxy of cities, systems, and people that is largely unacknowledged and rarely seen. Unless you know where to look.