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Things That Can Be Hacked

May 14, 2016 voicemails a tree or log productivity the mainframe the gibson computers generally a loogie (or is that “hock”?) a trail through the jungle hair Pokémon drywall “it” growth the human body major motion picture studios the planet away at the problem your way around the problem Starbucks iced lattes meat...

How to Create a Supersecure Password You’ll Never Forget: Use Poetry

October 20, 2015 If you’re like most people, your passwords are terrible. You might have just one insecure password that you use for everything. A pair of computational linguists at the University of Southern California have a possible answer to your easy-to-hack habits. They set out (pdf) to automatically generate unique passwords that...

What’s in the Ashley Madison Database Hackers Released Online?

August 19, 2015 The hackers who claimed to have stolen every bit of data from Ashley Madison, a dating website intended for adulterers, have made good on their promise to release the full database if the site didn’t shut down. Identifying themselves as Impact Team, the hackers have made available a frighteningly vast...

The Chinese Military Is Afraid Wearables Will Reveal its Secrets

May 11, 2015 China’s military released an ominous warning on May 10, telling troops and the wider public that network-connected wearable devices pose a national security risk when used by military personnel. Published in the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Daily—a mouthpiece for the military—the warning outlines the risks (link in Chinese) of all...

China Warns Its Soldiers: Wearable Tech Could Leak Secrets

May 11, 2015 China’s military released an ominous warning on May 10, telling troops and the wider public that network-connected wearable devices pose a national security risk when used by military personnel. Published in the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Daily—a mouthpiece for the military—the warning outlines the risks (link in Chinese) of all...

Inside China’s Elaborate and Absurd Internet Propaganda Machine

December 18, 2014 “NOTICE: We request every internet commenter carry out the following task today,” begins an email from the supervisor. It’s just another day in the propaganda department of Zhanggong, a district in southeast China’s modestly sized city of Ganzhou. Employees and freelancers are paid to post pro-government messages on the internet,...

Still Think Robots Can’t Do Your Job? This Video May Change Your Mind

August 15, 2014 It’s hard to grasp the scale of the robot revolution that is slowly eating away at the human workforce. A new video by CGP Grey, a Youtube user who makes short explanatory videos, helps put things in perspective. The 15-minute video, “Humans Need Not Apply,” focuses on jobs once thought...

The Infrastructure Africa Really Needs Is Better Data Reporting

August 7, 2014 This week African leaders met with officials in Washington and agreed to billions of dollars of US investments and infrastructure deals. But the terrible state of statistical reporting in most of Africa means that it will be nearly impossible to gauge how effective these deals are at making Africans, or...

Microsoft Might Finally Be Committing to Open Source

July 23, 2014 Microsoft is known for keeping its programming secrets to itself. But under CEO Satya Nadella, the maker of proprietary behemoths like Windows and Microsoft Office is starting to show up in the world of open-source software, whose code is public for anyone to see, borrow from and tinker with. Late...

The AP’s Newest Business Reporter Is an Algorithm

July 1, 2014 Journalistic earnings stories can feel robotic, even when written by a news organization as prestigious as the Associated Press. Acknowledging this fact, the AP has decided that it will just have robots produce stories on companies’ earning reports. In an announcement on its blog, the AP announced that it will...