Adrian Lamo: 'The way it played out seems like something that could only happen in a movie.' Photograph: Jennifer S Altman/Washington Post/Getty Images

Lamo, Manning and Doing Right


Adrian Lamo is dead. The death is confirmed, although the circumstances aren’t yet released. Lamo was just 37 years old; it wasn’t old age. Lamo was a hacker of some skill. In 2001-2003, he broke into a lot of digital places, including the New York Times, Microsoft and Yahoo.1 He was eventually arrested and plead to…

Getting Geeky: Building a Better Magnet


You don’t think of Toyota as a company likely to be in the business of inventing new kinds of magnets, but permanent magnets are an important element of hybrid and electric cars. And there’s been an interesting development. Right now, the best magnets follow are the standard iron, boron, neodymium (NdFeB) magnet. NdFeB magnets are able to…

Painting of Blaise Pascal made by François II Quesnel for Gérard Edelinck in 1691.

Geek Humor


Albert Einstein, Isaac Newton, and Blaise Pascal are playing Hide ‘n’ Seek. It’s Einstein’s turn to count, so he covers his eyes and counts to ten. Pascal runs to hide, but Newton draws a one meter by one meter square on the ground, then stands in the middle of it. Einstein reaches ten and uncovers…