mykepredko writes "Internet security firm SplashData trolled through millions of stolen passwords posted in online hacker forums, according to CEO Morgan Slain, and compiled a list of the 25 most-stolen ciphers. As noted in the Globe and Mail article a reader's informal survey revealed that the most common password seems to be "********""Link to Original Source
mykepredko writes "Back in 2006, Apple was riding high on the success of its iPod. The gadget accounted for more than 50% of Apple's first-quarter revenue that year as a digital music revolution was in full swing. Now the iconic iPod is an afterthought, bringing in a mere 8% of Apple revenue – and falling fast as other gadgets take over the digital jukebox role on top of many other functions.
The article implies that the iPod is a dying part of the business — I would have liked to see revenues for the iPod from 2006 to today to see if it really is a "dying" line but the question is valid — should Apple drop the iPod and concentrate on the Mac, iPad and iPhone lines?"Link to Original Source
mykepredko writes "While an organ transplant might now sound important, the CBC is reporting on Linda De Croock who has a working windpipe after surgeons implanted the trachea from a dead man into her arm, where it grew new blood vessels before being transplanted into her throat. For about eight months, she took drugs to stop her immune system from rejecting the new organ. Though some of the tissue from the windpipe's male donor remains, enough of De Croock's own tissue now lines the organ that she no longer needs anti-rejection medicines."
mykepredko writes "According to the The Globe & Mail, James Cameron's big-grossing, 3-D spectacle has earned lukewarm reviews by both the Vatican newspaper and its radio station, which say the movie is simplistic in its plot is superficial in its eco-message, despite groundbreaking visual effects. â½Â½Â½ÂÂ½ÂÂ½ÂsÂï½â½ÃïoeSo much stupefying, enchanting technology, but few genuine emotions,â½Â½Â½ÂÂ½ÂÂ½ÂsÂï½â½Â said Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano, which devoted three articles to Avatar in its Sunday editions."Link to Original Source
mykepredko writes "Rolling Stone has the story of Matthew Weigman — a fat, lonely blind kid that could play telephone networks like John Brunner's "Shockwave Rider". Weigman discovered at an early age that his acute hearing gave him superpowers on the telephone. He could impersonate any voice, memorize phone numbers by the sound of the buttons and decipher the inner workings of a phone system by the frequencies and clicks on a call, which he refers to as "songs." The knowledge enabled him to hack into cellphones, order phone lines disconnected and even tap home phones. In the end, these gifts became his downfall with Weigman now serving an 11 year term for two felony counts of conspiracy to commit fraud and intimidate a federal witness. I never would have imagined it was possible to do on the phone what Weigman was able to do — very scary."Link to Original Source
mykepredko writes "Acccording to CNN, the same blue food dye found in M&Ms and Gatorade could be used to reduce damage caused by spine injuries. Researchers at the University of Rochester Medical Center found that when they injected the compound Brilliant Blue G (BBG) into rats suffering spinal cord injuries, the rodents were able to walk again, albeit with a limp. The only side effect was that the treated mice temporarily turned blue."