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Submission + - 25 worst passwords of 2013 ( 1

ddelmonte writes: The Washington Post (Neal Augenstein), is reporting on the wort passwords used in 2013 according to SplashData. There is also a link in the article to the top 100 passwords used in the Adobe heist. Mr. Augenstein concludes that people are more concerned about remembering their passwords than having them as difficult for "crooks to infiltrate" .

Submission + - New IBM Mainframe looks like the Batmobile... Helps fight crime. (

millennialmainframer writes: "Did you know that WayneCorp and IBM collaborated on the new zEC12 mainframe? It's the first mainframe to not require a raised floor, so it's perfect for any batcave. Plus, with the world's fastest processor, flash memory, and z-Aware, the Dark Knight expects to increase the patient population of Arkham Asylum by 50% over the next twelve months."

Submission + - Intel hires will-i-am from the Black Eyed Peas (

An anonymous reader writes: Multi-platinum music artist, producer, front man for The Black Eyed Peas, and seven-time Grammy winner has been hired by Intel as "director of creative innovation." The company signed for a multi-year, hands-on creative and technology collaboration, but wouldn't give any specifics beyond the fact that this was a "marrying of two worlds — entertainment and technology."

Intel will collaborate with on many creative and technology endeavors that may include laptops, smart phones, and tablets. He is also already working on music expressly for Intel. In short, it's a huge PR initiative, which is surely costing the company millions of dollars.


Submission + - Who Will Fill Sam Ramji's Role as Microsoft's Open (

LinuxScribe writes: Now that Sam Ramji, Microsoft Corp.'s point man on open source software, is leaving the company at the end of the month, who will possibly fill his shoes and continue to lead Microsoft further into the world of open source collaboration? Obviously, Microsoft likely is already working on internal lists of desired candidates to take Ramji's position, but at least one name has already popped up online inside the open source community.
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Submission + - Does professional gaming have a future? (

mr_sifter writes: "Three years ago, celebrity gamers such as Fatal1ty were bagging millions in prizes and TV channels were queuing up to broadcast games on TV. Professional gaming looked set for the big time. It never happened, and in the current economic crisis, sponsors and media organisations are cutting costs, resulting in the closure of many pro gaming competitions and a downscaling in prize money. This feature looks at whether pro gaming can bounce back, and whether it will always be a PC sport, or if console pro gaming is the future."

Submission + - All Koreans can't upload to youtube. Really! (

An anonymous reader writes: Youtube refuses to South Korean government's real name system. So Koreans cannot upload/comment on youtube from yesterday. If he/she changes his nationality to the countries other than Korea, he can upload/comment as usual. Funny things is, Korean President is uploading his weekly messages to youtube every Monday. Since all Koreans are banned to upload, how can he upload his messages to youtube from now on? Changing his nationality? Watch him next Monday.

Microsoft Asks Fed For Bailout 346

snydeq writes "Microsoft requested on Tuesday some $20 billion in bailout funds from the federal government, claiming that as the company controls an overwhelming share of the OS market, it is too big to fail. Low adoption rates for Vista, the ensuing ad campaign trying to convince people that they really do like Vista, and the increased need for development resources to rush Windows 7 to market to make people forget about Vista have necessitated the bailout, the company said. 'We want to make it absolutely clear that this is not a crisis of mismanagement,' said Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer in a prepared statement. 'This is simply a crisis of dollars — a crisis of not having enough dollars coming our way.'"

Blizzard Shows Off Diablo III Archivist Class, WoW Dance-Off 119

It's been a busy day for the folks at Blizzard, who have released major announcements for several different games. The next Diablo III class has arrived: the Archivist. Despite their frail appearance and hunched, labored movement, they are quite deft at launching Quest Bolts at nearby foes, or conjuring a whirling Lore-nado of spinning books. Loud monsters can be silenced with a devastating Shush attack. Blizzard also put Starcraft II's latest unit on display, the Terra-Tron, which is a giant, robot uber-weapon assembled from the buildings in your base. Finally, for World of Warcraft they announced two features that have been requested by players for years: a battle of dances, where you can show off your avatar's hippest moves, and the ability to 'p1mp' your mounts. (Not sure exactly what that means, since I don't speak elvish, but there's a Nightsaber with a cannon — holy crap!)

Opera Launches Facial Gesture Capability 199

cstrep writes "Eight years ago, Opera introduced Mouse Gestures as a way to speed up your interaction with the browser, and focus on what's important: Content. In 2005, Voice Navigation was introduced, and more recently we've worked with Nintendo to create a browser that takes full advantage of the 'Wiimote' and later, the touchscreen in the DSi. Today Opera introduces Face Gestures, a revolutionary technology designed to make interacting with Opera easier on computers with cameras. Face Gestures lets you perform frequent browsing operations with natural and easy to make face gestures. By using an internal technology dubbed 'Face Observation Opera Language,' we are able to recognize pre-determined facial expressions and match them to commands on the Opera browser."

Tai Chi Scooter Promises Fun and Falls 30

In a bold move for natural selection, a mechanical engineer at Purdue University has created a new take on the Segway. Removing pesky confusing handlebars, the new "Tai Chi Scooter" has an optical encoder that monitors the angular displacement of the electric motor, requiring you to manipulate your center of balance to drive the scooter. Unfortunately you will not be able to purchase this and begin breaking your own limbs anytime soon as the creator says he has no plans to market the scooter. Someone buy the rights to this and mass produce it quickly so we can thin the herd.

Science Unlocks The Mystery Of Belly Button Lint Screenshot-sm 161

After three years of research, including examining 503 pieces of fluff from his own belly button, Georg Steinhauser has discovered a type of body hair that traps stray pieces of lint and draws them into the navel. Dr Steinhauser's observations showed that "small pieces of fluff first form in the hair and then end up in the navel at the end of the day." Chemical analysis revealed the pieces of fluff were not just made up of cotton from clothing. Wrapped up in the lint were also flecks of dead skin, fat, sweat and dust. Unfortunately, further study has failed to yield a hair or fiber that would give Dr. Steinhauser the last three years of his life back.

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