A movie-goer's concept of prison economy is likely that it's a cigarette-fueled barter system. That may be part of it, but it only scratches the surface. The truth is a violent world of sex, drugs and... postage stamps?
True -- this feature, from our bigger brothers on Gizmodo US, is about an American prison, and not at all relevant to our law-abiding British readers here on Gizmodo UK. But we think it's a fascinating look at the very prison Johnny Cash once recorded a live album in: San Quentin. - Kat.
Amateur science is a wonderful thing, but it's got to be kept in check, people. Building your own space balloon or cataloging the local wildlife? Great! Taking to turn a turd into gold by heating it until it catches fire? Um.
Journalist Rowenna Davis has written an article for The Guardian illustrating the frustration she felt at the hands of an email hacker who locked her out of her Gmail account, requesting money from the friends s/he emailed, while posing as her. It's a riveting read, with the pages of comments also showing there are a lot of angry Gmail users out there.
It's not quite Minority Report but Santa Cruz police are field testing a new crime prediction program that'll help stop crime before they even happen. It doesn't predict exactly who will commit the crime but will try and predict where crimes will happen.
I feel for drug dealers, I really do. They have to juggle countless phone numbers, make sure strangers aren't cops and always stay on guard. I'm surprised more people don't slip up! Like this woman, she was trying to set up a drug deal but accidentally texted the wrong number—that number ended up belonging to a cop.
Hacking someone's bank account isn't easy, even if they have a shitty password taped to the dashboard of their car or something. But the payoff's totally worth it: With the loot, you can afford things like extravagant fetish porn that costs a penny.
According to NBC, the United States Federal Government issued a secret court order to Google and ISP provider Sonic.net to handover account data from Jacob Applebaum, a Wikileaks volunteer who they believe was involved in the leaking of classified docs.
For £2,560, a Japanese company called Real-f will make a photorealistic mask of your face they call a three-dimensional photo form. Sure, you can tell it's fake if you look close enough. But what if you weren't looking so closely?
Brave young David Knott took to the London streets to steal himself a new TV back during London's summer of discontent, despite being in a wheelchair with a broken leg. That's some impressive dedication to social unrest.
Kick-starting Monday at 1am, Apple's biggest central London store, Covent Garden, has been robbed by a gang of 14 helmeted-men making off with a collection of Apple's latest kit. The Rozzers have arrested two so far. [BBC, Rob Shoesmith]
Police in North Beaver Township, Pennsylvania are scratching their heads right now. Why? A 15-metre long, 6-metre wide steel bridge just disappeared. How? Apparently, some very bold criminals just up and stole it.