Author Archive for: ‘Jonathan Fisher’

Accelerated Degree Programs Are Gaining Popularity [Infographic]

One of the things I admire most about my mom is that she never gave up on getting a college education. She raised three of us through the ’80s and ’90s, a young stay-at-home mother, and in the chaos of tee-ball practice, band competitions, trying to keep the house tidy, and later a full-time job, she went more than a …

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China Has Hacked Every U.S. Major Company, Claims Richard Clarke

“There are two kinds of companies: those that have been hacked, and those that will be.” If you listen to people talk about cyber security long enough, you’ll hear a hundred subtle variations of that statement. Another version goes: “There are two kinds of companies: those that know they’ve been hacked, and those that don’t,” implying that every server and …

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The Rise of Hacktivism [Infographic]

Depending on who’s telling the story, propagators of today’s cyber attacks are usually labelled either cybercriminals or hacktivists. It’s easy to spot the difference in connotations here; the first is a nefarious, mysterious, generally bad term, while the second lends a more human, heroic, or at the very least admirably rebellious light to the attacks. A lot of hackers out …

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Trayvon Martin’s Tweets Are Now Available

Last month’s shooting death of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin has sparked a world of controversy in the public arena, especially over topics like racial profiling and “stand your ground” self-defense provisions. The case appears shrouded in mystery and confusion, with very conflicting reports from shooter George Zimmerman and his attorneys, who allege that Zimmerman was acting in self defense, and …

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Geek Dad Busts Teen Daughter’s Party Via Energy Monitoring App

“Your sin will find out out.” Numbers 23:23, New American Standard Bible. More posts need epigraphs. Privacy is dead. Period. I mean, we may be able to slip unnoticed through the cracks every once in a while, or even get lost in the noise of all the data around us, or turn off the lights, draw the blinds, and leave …

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Weird Things To Write Off On Your Taxes [Infographic]

I love covering pseudo-holidays. Earlier this month we had Pie Day, Steak and a BJ Day (same day, actually — great day, actually), and the Ides of March. And, of course, April Fools’ Day is just over them thar hills. But you know what other special day is coming up fast, right? You cheated. You read the headline. Yup, Tax …

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How Not To Suck At Meetings [Infographic, Video]

Meetings suck. They really do. What’s that old adage? “The camel was a horse designed by committee?” Or something like that. By the way, does anybody have a better idea of how to being this article? If so, please dress it up into a five-minute PowerPoint and be ready to present it next week. Greg, you’re up next with the …

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Services Like Identified Use Game Elements to Encourage User Participation

Fast-growing startup Identified, a Facebook-based professional networking platform, is reaching out to members of the “Facebook generation” through “gamification” — the process of applying game-like elements (badges, scores, level-ups, invincibility — well, maybe not that last one) to non-game platforms to encourage new-user signups, participation, and ongoing engagement with the platform. In a world where apps like OMGPOP’s “Draw Something” …

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Having A Big Brain Could Help You Keep Friends [Study]

A new study by researchers in the United Kingdom has found a link between the number of friends you have and the size of a particular region of your brain. If you have a relatively large orbital prefrontal cortex, you’re in [social] luck: you likely possess the necessary skills and processing power to maintain a larger social network (in the …

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Watch 130 Episodes of the Simpsons Simultaneously [Video]

Technology can be great. It’s purported to speed up and streamline the stuff we have to do, leaving us with more time to relax and watch our favorite shows. But it also brings us near-instant and almost universal access (if we’re lucky enough to be in a country that still fights censorship) to things we like to spend our free …

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The Solar System As Infographic (It’s Huge)

How big is our solar system? The short answer is it’s really, really big. The more technical answer is that it’s at least 50,000 Astronomical Units, or 7.4799 × 10^12 kilometers, or not quite a light-year to the Oort cloud on the fringes of the solar system. The more fun answer is our solar system is bigger than five standard …

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Microsoft Releases Video of Scranton Botnet Raid [Video]

WebProNews’s Drew Bowling reported earlier about a raid conducted by Microsoft’s Digital Crimes Unit (DCU) on a botnet operation in Scranton, PA. Microsoft’s DCU, with a court order and aid from U.S. Marshals, raided command and control centers and seized servers and other equipment used to run botnets based on Zeus trojan malware. Late last night the DCU posted a …

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