Worst Passwords List Is Same Old $h1T

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The annual list of the “worst passwords” has again failed to tell us anything useful about security, thought perhaps provided a little (predictable) detail about popular culture. As always happens this time of year, a publicity-seeking company behind a password manager application has put together a list of the 25 worst passwords by simply counting […]

The Science of Internet Trolls [Video]

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Who are Internet Trolls and what do they look like scientifically? Find out in ASAP Science’s new video. [ASAPScience]

Stargate Universe Fans Petition Netflix: Over 100,000 Signatures so Far!

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Both fans and cast members of Stargate Universe are calling on Netflix to pick up the show. More than 100,000 people have signed a petition arguing that it’s a perfect fit for a streaming service. The show only ran for two seasons before being dropped by Syfy in 2010. Plans to conclude the story — […]

Netflix Claims VPN/Proxy Crackdown

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Netflix says it will crack down on customers using proxy servers and VPNs to access content restricted to specific countries. But not everyone is convinced the move can or will succeed. Customers use tools to bypass Netflix’s georestrictions for a variety of reasons, including: not having the service available at all in their country (though […]

Employer Snooping On Staff Emails May Be Legal

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Employers in 47 European countries may have the right to read personal messages sent by staff using a work computer. That’s the result of a court ruling concluding a case that ran for nine years. The case involved a Romanian who was fired in 2007. His employer had told him to set up a Yahoo […]

RIP David Bowie: Internet Pioneer

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While millions around the world are quite rightly celebrating the musical career of the late David Bowie, the tech community is remembering some of his pioneering work with the Internet. Bowie of course had numerous connections to technology and science fiction, including starring as an extraterrestrial in The Man Who Fell To Earth, portraying Nikolas […]

Court: Monkey Can’t Copyright Selfie

A macaque monkey is not legally able to claim copyright on a series of self-portrait photographs according to a US court. It’s the latest ruling in a series of lawsuits about who, if anyone, should profit. The image shown above was taken in 2011 in Indonesia during a photoshoot by professional photographer David Slater. However, […]

The Year in News: What Happened Next (Stories From September-October 2015)

We continue our look back at 2015’s news and subsequent developments with September and October. Insider reports revealed Amazon was working on a low-spec tablet computer which would cost just $50.┬áThat proved correct, though that price was only if you took up the “Special Offers” option, meaning advertisements appear on the lock screen. Reviews suggested […]

The Year in News: What Happened Next (Stories From July-August 2015)

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We continue our look back at 2015’s news and subsequent developments with July and August. Numerous subreddits were hidden from public view by administrators as a protest against both the firing of employee Victoria ‘chooter’ Taylor and the failure to fill her role as organizer and administrator of Reddit’s ‘Ask Me Anything’ sessions. The protests […]

The Year in News: What Happened Next (Stories From May-June 2015)

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We continue our look back at 2015’s news and subsequent developments with┬áMay. The makers of Oculus Rift said the virtual reality device — already available in a primitive developer form — would be on public sale in 2016. It later confirmed a first quarter public release with a price confirmed only as being more than […]

The Year in News: What Happened Next (Stories From March-April 2015)

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We continue our look back at 2015’s news and subsequent developments with March when Sony revealed that its virtual reality helmet codenamed Project Morpheus would be released in the first half of 2016. Sadly there’s little more in the way of firm details to report, other than that the finished product will be known simple […]

Kim Dotcom Likely Coming To America

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The man behind the controversial Megaupload site has come one step closer to an American courtroom. A judge in New Zealand has ruled that Kim Dotcom (originally known as Kim Schmitz) should be extradited to the US to stand trial on numerous charges relating to copyright infringement. Dotcom was originally arrested by New Zealand police […]