Spend a morning or two with "Sesame Street" and you should have all the skills you need to crack the passwords of hundreds of thousands, if not millions of online accounts worldwide. This according to a new list of the worst passwords of 2013 from security-focused developer SplashData that lists "123456" as the most common and new worst password on the Internet, unseating "password," which topped the previous year's list. … Read more
It's often hard to remember many things about being a kid in Denver in the late 1980s and 1990s that don't involve the Denver Broncos, John Elway, or football. Sundays were for watching the games, leaving six full days a week to talk about them at school and with strangers on Prodigy or AOL. The off-season brought the NFL draft and time to trade collectible cards of the players (Prodigy and AOL were good for this too) and play Tecmo Bowl.
The struggles of a scrappy team and its Hall of Fame quarterback to finally win the coveted Vince Lombardi trophy during those years often seemed to parallel my own travails as an awkward tween, adolescent, and pretty terrible high school tight end/strong safety in my own right. During the same era that girlfriends, good grades, and my own big wins on the field escaped me, the Broncos made eight playoff and three Super Bowl appearances -- all of which ended in disappointing and sometimes embarrassing losses.… Read more
Net neutrality took a punch to the gut this past week when a federal appeals court in Washington struck down the Federal Communication Commission's rules related to how broadband providers manage network traffic. The rules notably prevented providers from discriminating against certain types of traffic. For example, the rules would keep a provider from throttling Netflix speeds in order to promote its own competing streaming video service.
This could potentially create a bit of a Wild West feel on the Internet, with providers charging access fees or priority fees to insure companies like Netflix or Amazon can reach their customers seamlessly. There are a lot of "ifs" here, but mostly we'll have to wait and see what the broadband providers choose to do with their new-found power.… Read more
If you want your Kickstarter to succeed, it appears there are some definite do's and don'ts when it comes to phrasing. According to a new study by Tanushree Mitra and Eric Gilbert of Georgia Tech's School of Interactive Computing, the language you use can be pretty indicative of whether or not you'll get your funding.
The pair analyzed more than 45,000 Kickstarter campaigns launched since June 2012, 51.53 percent of which were successful. Controlling for categories (some of which are more successful than others; you're more likely to have a successful campaign in design than fashion, for example); the presence of video; funding goals; social media; and pledge levels, they were able to compile a dictionary of more than 100 phrases that they say can more or less accurately predict success or failure. … Read more
Riddle me this, Batman. If you wanted to excite fans about your box set release of your hit TV show from the 1960s, who would you ask to break the news? Oh right, Conan O'Brien!
The late night talk show host and comedian tweeted on January 15 to his 9.7 million followers the geekatstic news along with an impressive photo of himself posing with the classic Batmobile… Read more
Actress Gillian Anderson, best known for her role as FBI Agent Dana Scully -- Agent Fox Mulder's skeptical partner -- in the hit sci-fi series "The X-Files," is now writing a sci-fi book series called "EarthEnd Saga" with co-writer Jeff Rovin, who is best known for "Tom Clancy's Op-Center" book series.
The first book in the saga, "A Vision of Fire," tells the story of a child psychiatrist, Caitlin O'Hara, who treats children who have suffered trauma due to war and natural disasters. O'Hara's world changes forever when she begins to help one troubled young girl. … Read more
The Crawley clan of the Earl and Countess of Grantham, Dowager Countess of Grantham, Lady Mary, Lady Edith, and Lady Sybil, as well as the servants Carson the butler, Thomas the first footman, Bates the valet, and Branson the chauffeur are all represented in custom-Lego form. … Read more
Misplacing keys, forgetting the name of a new co-worker you were just introduced to, or trouble finding the right words during conversation. We've all been there. But when do such occurrences indicate early signs of Alzheimer's disease? Taking a quick test can help doctors decide if you need further medical attention, or if you're just naturally forgetful.
In a study conducted by Ohio State University's Wexner Medical Center, more than 1,000 volunteers -- all age 50 or older -- took the Self-Administered Gerocognitive Examination (SAGE) to detect early signs of memory and cognitive thinking impairments. … Read more
So we've got Santa handling hundreds of millions of gift requests a year, and a tooth fairy who thinks discarded chompers are some sort of biological bitcoin-like currency worth hoarding, but what if Google was also just some overburdened individual handling billions of search?
The comic masterminds at College Humor imagine the horror show that would be Google-the-guy's day at the office in this short, not-really-safe-for-work video.
I think you'll recognize several figures from your life in the cast of characters who deliver their search queries to Google face-to-face, like the old guy searching for "gmail.com" or the writer obsessively searching for his name alongside various flattering adjectives.… Read more
Many prospective parents troll the Internet looking for potential baby names. Reddit user digitalgecko (real name Stephen McLaughlin) just took it to the natural next step and is asking the Internet at large to handle the naming duties for his unborn daughter. Yes, his wife knows and (apparently) agreed to the project.
McLaughlin built out a site at NameMyDaughter.com where visitors can submit names and vote on their favorites. The baby is due April 2. Two top contenders at the moment are "Amelia All-Spark McLaughlin," which certainly has a nice ring to it, and "Cthulhu All-Spark McLaughlin."
Apparently All-Spark for a middle name is a hands-down favorite.… Read more