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Unicode pioneer Michael Suignard has submitted a “Revised draft for the encoding of an extended Egyptian Hieroglyphs repertoire” in Unicode, trying to replicate the expressivity of the 7,000 hieroglyphs used in Greco/Roman times. His taxonomy includes over 2,000 awesome, well-sorted glyphs, including the all-important “phallus” and “liquid issuing…

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Stanford neuroscientist David Eagleman invented the Versatile Extra-Sensory Transducer (VEST), a wearable tactile display that translates myriad kinds of information, from speech to sounds to digital data, into patterns of vibrations on the skin. The device was inspired by Eagleman’s study of synesthesia, the fascinating neurological phenomenon whereby stimulation…

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ToS;dr is a crowdsourced database of website terms of service; install the associate plugin and your browser will display a letter grade (from A to F) for every site you visit, with subcategories for things like data-retention and the rights the site asserts to your contributions. It emerged…

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Trump’s longtime strongman got benefits we’re just beginning to learn about. Wonder why he needed legal representation? Ken Dilanian at NBC News reports that Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign paid more than $66,000 to the law firm that represents Keith Schiller, his former bodyguard, according to newly filed campaign records….

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Companies House, the UK registry of companies, is widely known to be filled with fraudulent registration information about directors, addresses and ownership, and it’s this willingness to tolerate fraud that has made the UK one of the first ports of call for criminals and looters looking to launder their…

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Wolf Richter’s dental insurer sent his family a free “smart” toothbrush that records how often and how well you brush, using a set of proprietary consumables to clean your teeth. Richter discovered that not only did his toothbrush rat on him, his insurer was paying attention: when he…

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Madeline Cameron’s Tube is a minimalist YouTube search engine: no recommendations, no nonsense, just a search bar, a list of results with thumbnails, and clean chromeless full-screen video embeds. [via] Wired published an article about txt.fyi, the minimalist publishing “platform” I made: “Write something, hit Publish, and voilà: your deathless…

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