The Gamergate Decision Shows Exactly What's Broken About Wikipedia

This week, Wikipedia's highest governing body finalized its decision regarding the Gamergate encyclopedia page—the subject of a fight nearly as intense and long-running as Gamergate itself. Despite the organization's repeated insistence that it is not taking sides in the conflict, it ruled to punish five editors who… » 1/30/15 3:23pm Today 3:23pm

The Silk Road Trial Is Treating Emoji as Evidence

The trial of Ross Ulbricht—the man the federal government says was behind The Silk Road—has been a kind of legal coming-out party for the darker corners of the internet. Jurors have had to acquaint themselves with things like the anonymizing browser Tor, and Ulbricht's surprise defense involved the disgraced founder… » 1/29/15 1:36pm Yesterday 1:36pm

Scientology Warns Kids Against "Moon Gas" and Other Street Drugs

The Foundation for a Drug-Free World, a program founded in 2006 by the Church of Scientology, gave lectures on drug abuse to students at 30 New York City public schools last year, DNAinfo reports today. That news alone should be alarming enough to anyone who's familiar with the church—but wait until you hear the… » 1/28/15 4:09pm Wednesday 4:09pm

Aphex Twin Is Apparently Flooding Soundcloud With Unreleased Old Music

Four months after the release of his comeback LP Syro and days after a revelatory new EP appeared online, it looks like Aphex Twin is again releasing unheard music. On an anonymous Soundcloud account, there are over 70 tracks of music that sounds uncannily like Richard D. James' early, clubby and ambient work—and… » 1/28/15 12:20pm Wednesday 12:20pm

Fake Furniture Store Hid $2 Million Worth of Weed in Back Room, Cops Say

Imagine that the main drag in your town had a furniture store that was full of love seats, side tables, and faux floral displays, but never, ever opened its doors. How many failed shopping trips would it take before you realized something was up, and how much weed would you guess it was hiding in back? » 1/27/15 6:12pm Tuesday 6:12pm

This 2009 Pokémon Message Board Thread Is the Greatest Drama of Our Time

It was June 2009. The Glee cast's rendition of "Don't Stop Believing" was the most popular single in America. Swine flu was raging worldwide. The tax day protests that launched the Tea Party began popping up across the U.S. months before. Unbeknownst to all but a handful of devoted Pokémon fans, against that backdrop… » 1/27/15 1:45pm Tuesday 1:45pm

Rihanna and Kanye's New Song Has Spawned an Army of YouTube Impostors

Perhaps you heard over the weekend that Rihanna released a new song in collaboration with Kanye West and Paul McCartney, and if you're like me, you navigated to YouTube this morning hoping to hear it. What you likely found wasn't "FourFiveSeconds," the acoustic duet they actually released, but the G-funk instrumental… » 1/26/15 3:36pm Monday 3:36pm

Should Wikipedia Depict Muhammad? How Editors Responded to Charlie Hebdo

Wikipedia's entry on Muhammad was first published on November 8, 2001. It was eleven sentences long. Over the next few years, several thousand new words were added and edited, but it wasn't until 2005 that an image of Muhammad was attached: A 16th-century painting depicting the Islamic prophet. Two hours later, the… » 1/26/15 1:13pm Monday 1:13pm

Double Down Dog Is KFC's Latest Depraved Assault on Your Digestive Tract

Close your eyes and imagine: chicken entrails blended and stuffed into a fleshy, pill-shaped sac, then infused with a savory cheese-inspired paste. Wrap that nuclear taste missile in a slab of breaded poultry, top it with a drizzle of deli mustard, and launch it careening toward your own gaping maw. Do you like it?… » 1/26/15 11:47am Monday 11:47am

Wikipedia Purged a Group of Feminist Editors Because of Gamergate

For nearly as long as the antifeminist culture war known as Gamergate has raged across the internet, a microcosm of the battle has taken place on Wikipedia. Should Gamergate defined as a push for ethics in gaming journalism, or a paranoid campaign against women in gaming? This week, Wikipedia's highest court made a… » 1/23/15 5:49pm 1/23/15 5:49pm

NYPD Denies This Bootleg Mister Softee Truck Is Surveillance Vehicle

Does the NYPD have an undercover ice cream truck to go with its secret spy taxi cab? The Mister Softee-lookalike above was spotted double-parked in front of the department's 114th precinct in Astoria, Queens, with an NYPD baseball cap on its dashboard and all of its Softee branding conspicuously removed. » 1/23/15 2:21pm 1/23/15 2:21pm

Rikers Guards Who Brutalized Inmate Over Sandwich Fired 33 Months Later

Budnarine Behari, a Rikers Island captain who oversaw the April 2012 hogtying and beating of a mentally ill inmate who had complained about not receiving a baloney sandwich, was fired this week along with five other officers at the prison. Great. But before he was dismissed, Behari had the opportunity to administer… » 1/22/15 1:40pm 1/22/15 1:40pm

Swiss Authorities Arrest Bot for Buying Drugs and Fake Passport

A bot created by a group of artists spent the last few months selecting items at random from a Silk Road-style darknet marketplace, buying them with Bitcoin, and having them shipped to a gallery in Switzerland. After the it bought some ecstasy pills and a counterfeit passport, we asked: How will authorities deal with… » 1/22/15 10:03am 1/22/15 10:03am

The Startlingly Serene Paintings of an 11-Year Guantanamo Prisoner

Djamel Ameziane was imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay from 2002 to 2013. Like the rest of the detainees there, he was never charged with a crime or given a trial, and according to the Center for Constitutional Rights, his time at Gitmo included "torture, abuse, and other human rights violations." Above is a bucolic seaside… » 1/21/15 5:11pm 1/21/15 5:11pm

Pope Flashes Cool as Hell Satanic Gang Sign on Philippines Tour

Cool Pope Francis has been edgy ever since he was named god's representative on Earth, but with a stylishly rebellious hand sign he flashed last week in the Philippines, he broke new ground. What devilish gesture is Francis displaying alongside Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle in the photo above? A gang sign? Satanic heavy… » 1/21/15 3:16pm 1/21/15 3:16pm

A Porn Site Invaded Reddit's Anti-Masturbation Community and Got Banned

Like several other adult sites, Pornhub employs a young woman who acts as the friendly public face of the company. She goes by Pornhub Katie, and she posts hardcore JPEGs and spunky commentary to the company's Twitter account, gives secret santa gifts to random internet users, and occasionally gets in trouble for… » 1/21/15 1:00pm 1/21/15 1:00pm