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›  Lilly Singh Works The Hell Out Of The People's Choice Awards Red Carpet

Move aside, J.Lo ? Lilly Singh just stole the show on the People’s Choice Awards red carpet. 

The 28-year-old YouTube star, better known by her YouTube name “IISuperwomanII,” looked simply stunning in a slinky gold midi dress. But it wasn’t Singh’s ensemble that caught our eye ? it was her incredible array of red carpet poses.

Singh kicked off the night by winning the Favorite YouTube Star award in a stacked category against the likes of Miranda Sings and Tyler Oakley. It looks like 2017 is shaping up to be a big year for the online mogul, as she also has a book coming out in March called How to Be a Bawse.

Here’s just a smattering of Singh’s best red carpet action shots.

Four for you, Lilly Singh ? you go, Lilly Singh.

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›  BLM Uses Facebook's 'Safety Check' To Declare That We're In A State Of Crisis

Black Lives Matter launched a website that allows social media users to mark themselves unsafe for being black in America. Referred to as the “Unsafety Check,” Tuesday’s initiative is part of #Reclaim&Resist, the movement’s week of action which spans from Martin Luther King Jr. Day to Inauguration Day.

Facebook safety checks are typically used to ensure friends that you’re alive and well after a potentially dangerous nearby incident has occurred. But BLM created its own take on the check to symbolize the general sense of fear plaguing black Americans in the present political atmosphere. 

In a statement about the website, BLM co-founder Patrisse Cullors said, “From slavery to Jim Crow to prejudicial and deadly policing, America has never been a safe place for black people. We need to take action to continue to raise awareness about how racism impacts our families and communities.”

Facebook and Twitter users can log-in to their accounts through MarkYourselfUnsafe.com where they’re given the option to select “I’m unsafe” or “I’m not black, but I support black lives” to post to their accounts. 

“Being Black in America is a national emergency,” the website’s homepage states. “Black people are being attacked and murdered while doing day-to-day activities. This week, it’s important to let the world know how you feel, to come together, and resist. Log in to mark yourself unsafe or to show your support.”

So far, at least 1,365 people have marked themselves unsafe through the website. 

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›  This is How Far Web Development Has Come in Twenty Years
What are the major milestones in Web Development over the last two decades? originally appeared on Quora - the knowledge sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with unique insights.

Answer by Ken Mazaika, CTO and co-founder of The Firehose Project, on Quora.

It's worth noting that a lot has changed in web development over the past couple decades.

Twenty years ago:

  • We were getting spammed with AOL CDs in our physical mailboxes.

  • Mobile bag-phones filled up bulky backpacks.

  • You'd have to get off the Internet if someone in your house was expecting a call.

So a lot has changed. But here's my rundown of the things I think have had the biggest impact on web development since 1997.

1997: ECMAScript is standardized. ECMAScript, the organization, wrote the spec for the programming language JavaScript. Prior to this, "JavaScript" was a quirky programming language that was famously developed in ten days without a specification.

1999: Microsoft invents Ajax, and it's totally ignored. Microsoft invented Ajax, which was the idea of performing an HTTP request within a web browser using JavaScript. At this time, people would laugh at you if you said you only programmed in JavaScript. It made you appear to not know what you were doing.

Nobody knew what Ajax was. It would fly under the radar for a six full years before the world caught up.

2004: Google releases Gmail, which uses this super cool "XML thing" to be wicked responsive. By "XML thing," I'm obviously referring to Ajax. Programmers who had scoffed at Javascript began to realize that it had a ton of potential.

February 2005: YouTube launches. In 2005, online video was such a foreign concept. This video, a video of a guy at a zoo, was the first video uploaded to YouTube. This was an enormous step in video becoming a core part of the web.

December 2005: DHH Releases Ruby on Rails, a web framework with a bunch of crazy ideas. Ruby on Rails pushed people to use HTTP the way the spec was designed. But it wasn't just immediately accepted as a good idea.

August 2006: John Resig creates jQuery. John Resig is known today as one of the most influential developers in recent memory. But back in 2006, he was just a recent college graduate.

Today, 96.4% of websites that use a JavaScript library use JQuery.

June 2007: Apple launches the first generation iPhone. Mobile has had an enormous impact on the way developers need to think about the things they build.

July 2008: Apple releases the App Store. Third parties could now build native applications and submit them to the App Store.

December 2009: CoffeeScript launches. CoffeeScript launched as an alternative to JavaScript. CoffeeScript was one of the earliest examples of transpiling one programming language into the JavaScript language.

This transpiling idea has been used more recently with advancements of JavaScript ahead of web browser support.

October 2010: BackboneJS appears. BackboneJS is one of the earliest "JavaScript frameworks" to gain reasonable traction.

October 2014: HTML5. HTML5 and CSS3 make it possible to do the things that you've come to expect from modern web applications.

June 2015: ES6 is standardized. The ECMAScript community agrees on ES6, the next version of JavaScript. This sets forward the next language that the web will use.

I've probably missed quite a few things.

But the interesting common thread is this:

In the programming community, the ideas that seem wacky at first are typically the ideas that end up being the most useful.

My best bet about where this is all headed:

I touched on this in other answers, and I wrote a blog post about the technology I'm excited about in the upcoming years. But in short, I'm pretty bullish on:

  • ES6

  • ReactJS

  • WebSockets

  • Elixir and Erlang

If you're just starting to learn to program, don't be intimidated. I could easily be wrong.

Don't worry about the amount of hours you'll need to learn enough programming to land your first job.

And don't invest too much time and energy into learning the cutting edge stuff first. It's a much safer and wiser move to learn the fundamentals first.

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›  Nighthawk X10 AD7200 Smart WiFi Router Review, The World's Fastest WiFi Router?

Looks like we are on a world record kick this week. Yesterday we looked at the World's Smallest Drone and today we review the World's Fastest WiFi Router - the NETGEAR Nighthawk X10 AD7200 Smart WiFi Router.

Is The Nighthawk X10 really the world's fastest router? How fast can it go? Is it really worth spending $450 on router when you can get one for $50? These are the questions we set out to answer as we did a few weeks of real world testing with the Nighthawk X10 (a big thank you to NETGEAR for supplying the router in exchange for our honest review).

Please watch our video review of the Nighthawk X10 WiFi Router to see our test results -

The Nighthawk X10, Expensive Router or Cheap Computer?

Some people will look at the AD7200 Smart WiFi Router and say, impressive specs, but $450 is way too much to spend for a router. If the AD7200 was your "typical" router, that logic would make perfect sense.

The AD7200 is actually far from your typical router and in some ways more like a computer than a router. You have 1.7 Ghz Quad Core Processor. Not one, but two USB 3.0 jacks. The ability to run a Plex Media server direct from the router - no computer needed. In many ways, the $450 price looks much more reasonable if you consider the AD7200 not just the World's Fastest Router, but also a relatively cheap computer!

802.11ac and 802.11ad and 2.4Ghz, 5Ghz and 60Ghz - What Does It All Mean?

To put it kindly, WiFi standards are insanely confusing. You can vist the NETGEAR page to read more about all these standards, but here is the short version...

If you have PCs, tablets and phones that you purchased in the last couple of years, you mostly likely have equipment that can handle the 802.11ac WiFi standard. Using the 2.4Ghz or 5Ghz band that 802.11ac occupies, you can get decent spends and pretty good range.

As we write this in January 2017, there is very little hardware that can handle 802.11ad. This WiFi uses the 60Ghz band, gets incredible speeds (up to 7 Gbps) - but has a short range. As we move into mid 2017, there should be more and more hardware that takes advantage of 802.11ad.

The great thing about the Nighthawk X10 is that it can handle both 802.11ac and 802.11ad. This means if you buy this router today you will not have to replace it in 6 months or a year when 802.11ad is more popular. In a way, you are future-proofing by investing in the Nighthawk X10 today, even if you can't use it to its full speed potential right now.

Should You Buy The Nighthawk X10 AD7200 Smart WiFi Router?

Yes, No and Maybe. Let me explain...

If you are looking to get the fastest router on the market, with an incredible feature set, and not replace it within the next year - yes, you will want to get the Nighthawk X10.

If you only pay for 50 Mbps Internet speed and don't need a Plex Media server and all the bells and whistles, no need to shell out $450 for the Nighthawk X10.

Do you like the idea of advanced features, great WiFi range and squeezing every last bit of speed out of your WiFi, but have a limited budget? Then you might want to go with the NETGEAR Nighthawk X8 (AC5300) that sells for $350.

The AC5300 is plenty fast, but lacks the 802.11ad support and the Plex Media server. The good news, it is $100 cheaper than the AD7200 and still a feature packed router.

In the end, we are big believers that your whole system is only as strong as your weakest link. You should buy the best equipment that your budget allows. If your budgets allows for a $450 router, you will NOT be disappointed in the super fast and feature packed Nighthawk X10 AD7200.

More Information:
Visit NETGEAR to Learn More About the Nighthawk X10 (AD7200)
Watch Our Full Video Review of the NETGEAR Nighthawk X10 (AD7200) Smart WiFi Router.
Read Our Review of the NETGEAR Nighthawk X8 (AC5300).

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›  Crowdsourcing In 2017
By CSO Dr. Shay Hershkovitz & COO Elad Schaffer

The places where the Obama administration and the incoming Trump administration find agreement are few and far between. Yet one area in particular where the Trump administration should continue its predecessor's work is in the use of crowdsourcing by federal agencies. Indeed, both the White House and General Services Administration have advocated for the use of crowdsourcing after the presidential transition is over. With the new year -- and the new administration -- now is a great time to see what's next for the crowdsourcing industry in 2017.

Empowered Crowds
Most crowdsourcing leverages a crowd as-is: A group is assembled (usually on a virtual environment) and set of questions or challenges are posed. The crowd is asked to solve these problems using their own knowledge and skills.

But this is set to change. Importantly, we have learned that equipping the crowd with an analytic toolbox can be a force multiplier in terms of strategic analysis. In this way, empowered crowds yield super-empowered output.

One way to do this is to equip them with research and analysis tools -- i.e., software that is easy enough to learn, but powerful enough to yield value. Examples include big data analytics, sentiment analysis, and social media filtering and analytics. One could also grant access to unique information sets -- i.e., information which crowd members may not already know.

This can best be done via real-time dashboards and mobile access to those tools and analytics which allow any crowd member to track (on demand) the performance of their peers, which areas are being covered, and which aren't.

Our experience has taught us that the main motivation for participating in crowdsourcing communities is intellectual stimuli. Real-time access to new types and sources of information -- as well as the tools to analyze it -- provides exactly that.

Analyzing the Analysts -- and the Analysis
When crowdsourcing analysis and complex forecasts, the size of the crowd isn't everything. The product is inherently subjective and therefore requires second-order analysis. This means we should look at not just what the crowd says, but who in the crowd is saying it and why. The weight given to each contributor and their analysis must differ depending on the purpose of the exercise. For certain purposes, one may wish to compare and contrast opinions of different group types.
Given the above, we soon will witness the introduction of discourse analysis tools for crowdsourcing managers. Another layer of insights will thus be added to the results of a crowdsourced exercise. We call this "big knowledge" -- i.e., the aggregation and analysis of insights generated by a constellation of analysts.

Crowdsourced Support of the Full Analytic Suite
Most crowdsourced analysis is conducted on the strategic level. But in the world of innovation, crowdsourcing's focus is mostly on the technological and tactical levels -- e.g., creating a logo in 99designs or developing an app with Topcoder.

With this variation in mind, crowdsourcing companies will need to broaden the suite of their services to provide more holistic solutions. Clients often need answers across multiple layers of a problem -- from strategy through execution.

We will also see industry consolidation: "Narrow" crowdsourcing capabilities will merge into larger offerings by way of strategic cooperation and mergers and acquisition.

Crowdsourcing Departments: An Organizational Lynchpin
Crowdsourcing is becoming a critical function in elements of strategic planning, decision-making and execution. However, crowdsourcing platforms and companies often do not have intimate familiarity with their clients. This can result in crowdsourcing processes and initiatives that do not match clients' true needs.

How then do we bridge this gap? Some companies appoint someone to liaise with the crowdsourcing company and represent their interest. This is a step in the right direction, but it is not enough.

Crowdsourcing is a profession requiring a complex understanding of technology, analytic methodologies, incentives and community management. Each of a corporation's needs may require a different crowdsourced solution.

We believe that companies will need to build crowdsourcing departments that facilitate crowdsourced interactions across their organizations -- similar to today's research or strategy departments. Such departments will know the relevant platform, the best vendor and the adequate method to meet a particular crowdsourcing need. They will make sure crowdsourced initiatives are well-embedded in the planning, decision-making and execution of projects.

Final Remarks
Like any other industry, crowdsourcing must stay ahead of the curve in order to maintain its relevancy. Empowering the crowd with information-related tools, truly understanding the client's full suite of needs, and working effectively with these clients will shape the industry in 2017.

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›  Building a Satisfying Career in Data Science
What is the best advice for a satisfying career in data science or machine learning? originally appeared on Quora - the knowledge sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with unique insights.

Answer by Monica Rogati, Data Science advisor, formerly the VP of Data at Jawbone and LinkedIn, on Quora.

The definition of 'satisfying' varies greatly from person to person, so I would first encourage you to think about what it means to you.

Are you excited by constantly learning and stretching your boundaries? You'd like to have impact, but what does that mean? Is it a social mission, drug discovery, making a business run more efficiently? How important is quality of life? Are you excited by using or inventing new algorithms, or is it more important to see outsized results given your time investment, even if that means you're using a boring heuristic or an algorithm that's out of fashion? Do you like managing people and spending 50% of your time building and retaining the team? Do you thrive on external recognition or does the thought of giving a talk makes you ill? Does the thought of writing production code that you're responsible for debugging in the middle of the night make you feel alive and important, or hassled? How important is compensation, and how important is its predictability and what's the cash/equity ratio? Are you at peace with spending 100K in opportunity cost/lost salary to work at a nonprofit that matches your mission or a startup where you'll learn more than at a top university, or will you become resentful? How important is culture fit to you?

Be honest with yourself and try not to think about how you should feel. There's no shame in deciding you'll only consider a less than 30 min commute or that you don't want to be the first woman/ POC on a team; your mental energy and time are a limited resource and whether you think they "should" or not, these factors matter in evaluating how satisfying a particular job is, and ultimately your career.

Once you've thought about those questions, it's important to find an environment that matches your priorities, and a company and team that shares your values. Do a thorough job search, otherwise you won't make an informed decision. Data science and machine learning are in demand, so you're in a position where you will likely have many great offers. When you have a few of these offers on the table, it's time for the "puppy dog test".

The Puppy Dog Test for deciding your future:

OK, your phone is buzzing with offers and your future looks bright. Before making a decision about which company to join, imagine yourself at a cocktail party/game night, talking to your peers or other people whose opinion matters to you. If you can, don't imagine it, but actually do it -- invite a few people over.

Tell each of them about your top 2-3 choices in 2 sentences: 1) what the company does (if not a household name) and 2) what your role would be and what you'd do there.

"Initech builds wheelchairs you can control with your brain. I'd be their first data scientist and I'll work on route prediction for faster, smoother control."

Now, the standard advice is to ask for feedback and see what people think and what questions they ask. That's good advice. However, what's even more important is to pay attention how you feel when talking about it.

Do you feel like a puppy?

Is your brain wagging its imaginary tail? Are you so excited you could barely contain yourself, even if you're not usually "the type"? That's a good sign. Take that offer. Because it's very likely that's the most excited you're ever going to feel about the job. You might love it more as you learn more about it and as you grow, but that pure infatuation and enthusiasm unfettered by the day-to-day reality is probably at its peak.

This is even more important if you're joining as an executive, or as somebody who has a significant role in recruiting a team or talking to investors. That authentic enthusiasm is infectious, it's palpable, and people will join you so they can feel that way, too.

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›  Leica Announces the Leica M10
The Leica M10 is official. With a new smaller design, upgraded performance, and new sensor, we may have a new king of the mirrorless camera market. But this awesome camera isn't for everyone with no autofocus, no video mode, and slower 5fps max continuous shooting for starters. But for many enthusiasts, the M10 will be a glorious tribute to the past with many newer technologies such as GPS, WiFi, and Live view with a simple and yet functional design.

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Press Release
Leica M10. Slimmer in size, faster in performance, and offering the best image quality with smarter connectivity for intuitive usage - the Leica M10 sets the new standards for rangefinder photography and state-of-the-art imaging.

The Leica M10 builds on more than 60 years of rangefinder expertise, 11 years of digital M-Camera development and the invaluable feedback from dedicated M-Photographers to not only bring the slimmest digital M of all time, but the most refined and state-of-the-art digital rangefinder Leica has ever created.

ISO Setting Dial For Better Control
One of the most striking changes with the Leica M10 is the ISO setting dial on the top plate. For the first time in a digital M, the M10 allows all essential shooting parameters such as distance, aperture, exposure time and ISO values to be preselected without using the menu or switching on the camera. This allows for better control and more discreet photography.

Superior Imaging Performance
The key component of the Leica M10 is the new 24 MP full-frame CMOS sensor developed specifically for this camera. It features new technologies that lead to significant improvements in all parameters relevant to imaging performance - impressive dynamic range, excellent color rendition, exceptional sharpness and the finest resolution of details.

ISO Range Extended, now from 100-50,000
The new sensor of the M10 extends the ISO sensitivity range from a base of 100 to a maximum of 50,000 with much improved performance and less noise at higher ISO values. The Leica M10 opens up new avenues of photography and delivers exceptional imaging performance in difficult lighting conditions.

The New Maestro-II Processor
The latest generation Leica Maestro-II image processor of the Leica M10 reflects the state-of-the-art of advanced processor technology. In combination with the new 24 MP sensor, this ensures that all exposures fulfill the promise made by Leica cameras - pictures that captivate with exceptional quality and brilliance. The Leica M10 delivers images with low digital noise levels and true-to-life detail, even at ISO values as high as 50,000.

New Optical Rangefinder/Viewfinder

The new optical rangefinder/viewfinder in the M10 greatly improves the focusing and composing of subjects. The field of view has been enlarged by 30%. The magnification factor has been increased to 0.73 x. Also, with a 50% increase of the eye-relief distance, the viewfinder is much more convenient to use, especially for those who wear glasses.

Leaner Operating Concept
With a slimmer profile and only three buttons on the back of the camera - Live-View, Playback and Menu, the Leica M10 is incredibly easy to handle and use.

Fast Continuous Shooting

With a 2.0 GB buffer memory and continuous shooting of up to 5 frames per second at full resolution, the Leica M10 ensurEs that a photographer will never miss decisive moments.

Weather Resistant for All Conditions
The Leica M10 is perfectly equipped to withstand light water sprays and dust. The camera's top and bottom plates are machined from solid blocks of brass, with a full-metal magnesium-alloy chassis and scratch-resistant Corning ® Gorilla® Glass covering the LCD. The build of the camera and its special rubber seals make it able to resist the adversities of everyday life, even in bad weather.

The "Favorites" Menu
The importance of particular settings varies according to personal preferences and photographic needs. To cater for these, the Leica M10 offers a programmable "Favorites" menu. In this menu, the photographer defines personal preferences for the relevant parameters and can later access them at the press of a button. The settings can be easily changed and adapted to meet the needs of specific photographic situations at any time.

Wireless Connectivity
The Leica M10 is the first M-Camera with an integrated Wi-Fi module. This allows pictures to be sent conveniently to iOS devices, via a wireless connection, and immediately shared online while on the go or in the field. It also enables remote control of the Leica M10 via Wi-Fi with a smartphone or tablet equipped with the Leica M-App. Important shooting parameters, such as shutter speed, or functions such as firing the shutter can also be controlled from the smart device. An equivalent app for Android devices will be made available at a later time.

Live-View Focusing with Focus Peaking
Live-View offers both focus peaking, the automatic marking of sharply focused edges as colored lines, as well as magnification to attain pin-point accurate focusing on the LCD monitor. In the Leica M10, the visibility of these contrasting peaking lines has been vastly improved from the previous generation, and now enables even more convenient focusing by allowing the magnified view to be moved anywhere on the Live-View image.

Sustainability Longevity
Leica has been making history for decades - with cameras that have always been ahead of their time. Throughout all these years, Leica has always kept a tight focus on sustainability. In the 1950s, Leica created a timeless and enduring standard - the Leica M-bayonet. Nearly all Leica M-Lenses produced ever since can be mounted and used on the Leica M10. Leica cameras and lenses are timeless and faithful companions with enduring reliability and an exceptionally long life.

Compatibility With Leica Visoflex EVF and R-Lenses
The combination of the Leica R-Adapter and the Leica Visoflex 2.4 MP electronic viewfinder makes it possible to use nearly all Leica R-Lenses ever made on the M10. Manually focusing R-Lenses is now easier than on prior M cameras with the combination of the Visoflex and the M10's improved Live-View functions. Additionally, the Visoflex's built-in GPS functionality embeds geotag data into every image the M10 captures while it is mounted.
Leica M10 Camera Features

Slimmest digital M ever made, for better handling
Full-frame digital rangefinder, concentrated on photography
Full-frame digital rangefinder, concentrated on photography
Simple and intuitive control via the new ISO dial and only three buttons: Live-View, Playback and Menu
Improved rangefinder/viewfinder provides better control of focus and composition with larger field of view, higher magnification and increased eye relief
First Leica M with integrated Wi-Fi and smart connectivity via iOS app (Android app launching later)
Programmable "Favorites" menu for quick access to desired options
Easier Live View focusing with improved Focus Peaking and adjustable/movable magnification
All new 24 megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor ensures exceptional image quality and improved performance
ISO 100 - 50,000 for better photos in both bright and very low light
Faster performance with a new Maestro II processor and 2 GB buffer capacity, enabling high speed frame rate of up to 5 fps with longer continuous shooting
Wide range of tailor-made accessories
Leica Visoflex compatibility for high resolution electronic viewfinder needs with GPS functionality
Compatibility with nearly every Leica M lens ever made, and additionally Leica R lenses via an adapter and Live-View
Body constructed from brass and magnesium-alloy with Corning Gorilla Glass LCD cover
Weather resistant to withstand light rain and dust

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›  The Most Common Passwords In 2016 Are Truly Terrible

Cybersecurity is on many people’s minds these days, and yet using “password” as a password is apparently still a thing.

On Friday, password management company Keeper Security released a list of the most common passwords of 2016 ? and it’s, well, shameful.

The most popular password, making up nearly 17 percent of the 10 million passwords the company analyzed, was “123456.” “Password” was also among the top 10 passwords, coming in as the eighth most common.

Keeper Security assembled the list using a collection of passwords that were leaked through data breaches in 2016. The company didn’t include leaked passwords if the breaches were announced that year but occurred prior to 2016, co-founder and CEO Darren Guccione noted in a blog post that revealed the findings.

Scroll down to see the full list of common passwords.

Keeper Security advised users to select a password that’s more than six characters long and contains a variety of characters — including numbers, uppercase and lowercase letters, and even special characters. The company also suggests avoiding full words, which it refers to as “dictionary terms.”

Two of the most common password-cracking techniques are dictionary cracks and brute force cracks, Keeper Security says.

Dictionary cracks try combinations of known passwords and personal information. This may include a user’s favorite sports team, children’s names, phone numbers or birthdays. Brute force cracks often use machines to compile potential passwords that wouldn’t be found in a dictionary.

“Machines that can be purchased for less than $1,000 are capable of testing billions of passwords per second,” Keeper Security warns on its website.

Though Guccione admonished internet users for not selecting more secure codes, he also said websites are responsible for protecting their users.

“What really perplexed us is that so many website operators are not enforcing password security best practices,” he wrote. “While it’s important for users to be aware of risks, a sizable minority are never going to take the time or effort to protect themselves. IT administrators and website operators must do the job for them.”


  1. 123456

  2. 123456789

  3. qwerty

  4. 12345678

  5. 111111

  6. 1234567890

  7. 1234567

  8. password

  9. 123123

  10. 987654321

  11. qwertyuiop

  12. mynoob

  13. 123321

  14. 666666

  15. 18atcskd2w

  16. 7777777

  17. 1q2w3e4r

  18. 654321

  19. 555555

  20. 3rjs1la7qe

  21. google

  22. 1q2w3e4r5t

  23. 123qwe

  24. zxcvbnm

  25. 1q2w3e

Did your password make the list of shame? If so, it may be time to do some serious updating, or risk kissing your internet security goodbye.

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›  8 Chrome Extensions to Help You Keep Your Resolutions
By now, we've all set our resolutions for the New Year. We're going to be healthier, live more productive and efficient lives, get organized and finally learn a new skill. But by the beginning of February, about 80 percent of us will have already given up on the resolutions we set just weeks ago. This is partially because many of us have resolutions that can't be done as part of our regular daily routine. So how can we beat the odds this year? The 8 Chrome extensions below can help you stick to your resolutions by making it easy to integrate them into your daily lives.

Live A Healthier Life

One popular resolution year-after-year is to live a healthier life. Yet many of us spend the majority of our days at work slouched in front of a computer screen. Though our jobs may require us to sit in front of a computer for eight or more hours of the day, there are tools that can help us be healthier while we do that.

Healthy Browsing
It's common knowledge that we spend far too much time sitting down staring at screens. According to one Nielsen report, the average American adult spends 11 hours a day on electronic devices, and much of that time is spent staring at computer screens. The longer we sit staring at our computer screens, the worse our posture gets and the less we blink our eyes -- which can contribute to things like dry eyes. And we often forget to do healthy things like drinking water or getting up to stretch. The Healthy Browsing Chrome extension allows users to set up timed pop-up reminders to get up and stretch, fix your posture, drink water and blink or take a few seconds to look away from your screen.

Dark Reader
While Healthy Browsing sets pop-up alerts to remind us to get up and stretch or grab a glass of water, the Dark Reader extension helps reduce strain on our eyes by enabling users to set webpages to "dark mode." Dark mode inverts traditional white pages with black text to black pages with white text, which can be much easier on the eyes. The extension also enables users to adjust brightness and increase or decrease contrast, sepia tones, grayscale and even change fonts.

Learn Something New

Each year, many of us promise ourselves we will pick up a new skill or learn a new language. But when it comes down to it, we don't always have the extra hours each day needed to learn something new. The extensions below, however, can help you learn a new language and how to code at your own pace.

Kypsis Language Immersion
The Kypsis Language Immersion extension is an easy way to learn one of more than 60 languages. The extension allows you to choose what percentage of words or sentences of a webpage you want translated and what language you want it translated into. The extension also enables you to hover over the translated text to quickly find the meaning in your native language. People new to a foreign language can choose settings to only translate a few words, while those who are more advanced can choose settings to translate up to 30 percent of words or sentences on a given page.

Coding with Chrome

Coding with Chrome is a great tool for those who have long wanted to learn how to code. The web app, which works both on-and-offline, enables users to learn how to create programs using Blockly, Coffeescript, HTML and JavaScript by visually showing what the code is building. Users can also connect their programs to robotic toys like Sphero and mBot.

Get Organized

Whether it's cleaning out your inbox or setting up processes to more efficiently get your list of to-dos done, getting organized is a common resolution - and the two extensions below can help.

Wunderlist is a great tool to help you track and share to-dos. The Chrome extension, which is also available as an app, enables you to create and save to-do lists -- anything from work projects to things you need to pick up from the grocery store to articles you want to read during your train ride home -- and lets you share lists with various collaborators. You can quickly save to-dos across devices, and once you've completed a task, it's easy to mark it as complete.

The average person has 27 different online logins, according to Intel Security. That means that in addition to remembering things in our everyday personal and professional lives, we also have to remember 27 distinct passwords. And with an increase in online hacking and security issues, many of us have complicated and distinct passwords for each account that can be hard to remember. Which means that oftentimes we forget our passwords and spend time resetting passwords to new passwords (that we probably won't remember). LastPass is a password manager that allows you to save all of your usernames and passwords in one place, and all of this information is available with one login and password. The Chrome extension also enables autologin functionality across multiple sites.

Be More Productive

Many of us regularly look for ways to increase our productivity, and the easiest way to do that is to gain efficiencies in our routine, day-to-day activities. For the majority of us, that means finding more productive ways to do everything from checking email to creating and sharing documents and presentations. It's also important to know how and where you're spending your time throughout the day, so you're aware of how much time you're spending doing various tasks. The Chrome extensions below can help you understand where you can save time and also help you save time doing common tasks.

Be Limitless
For those of us to sometimes catch ourselves on Facebook or Twitter for too long, or at 5 pm realize we've spent the majority of the day responding to emails rather than crossing off our list of to-dos, Be Limitless can help. The extension allows users to input to-dos, track how much time is spent doing various tasks like reading news, checking email or spending time on social media and makes it easy to identify where you spend too much, or too little, time. The extension also shows your weekly or monthly productivity reports and gives suggestions on how to be more productive.

Shortcuts for Google
We spend countless hours a day on Google doing everything from searching for information to checking directions on Google Maps to collaborating on Google Apps. With Shortcuts for Google, users can get two-click access to more than 250 Google products and services from Gmail to Search to Drive straight from the Chrome browser.

As January comes to a close, many of us will give up on our resolutions because they're too lofty of goals or they require large changes in our daily lives. But by integrating some of the simple tools above into our daily routines, we can live healthier, more productive lives.

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›  Afrofuturist Artists Craft A Virtual World For Women Of Color

It was the summer of 2016 and molecular and cellular biologist/multidisciplinary artist Ashley Baccus-Clark was gifting herself a day of self-care. The police shootings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile had left her, like so many black Americans, anguished and weary. She tried to ease her heartache by visiting Storm King, the 500-acre sculpture park in upstate New York where hulking man-made forms dwell among rolling green fields. 

Because it was summer, Baccus-Clark packed some sunscreen for the journey. But after applying the milky substance to her face, she was left with a purple residue caked atop her flesh, a subtle reminder that, even with something as mundane as sun protection, people of color are too often disregarded.

“Women of color have to modify products to fit who they are as people,” Baccus-Clark explained in an interview with The Huffington Post at New Inc, an incubator attached to and led by the New Museum. “Why should I have to spend my time and energy worrying about something like sunscreen? There is so much technology designed by POC [people of color] that isn’t made without POC in mind.” 

She decided, then, to make some sheer sunscreen herself. And that simple, low-tech solution led to the monumental, virtual reality project “Neurospeculative Afrofeminism,” which will premiere this Friday in the New Frontier section of the Sundance Film Festival.

Baccus-Clark is one member of Hyphen-Labs, a team of international women who combine art and technology to represent, protect and honor women of color. The team, who have worked together since 2014, also includes Carmen Aguilar y Wedge, a Mexican engineer and artist born in Cuba; Ece Tankal, an architect, moving image maker and multidisciplinary designer from Turkey; and Nitzan Bartov, an architect, game designer and artist from Israel.

With one foot grounded in contemporary reality and another in an imagined future, Hyphen-Labs renders both physical products and virtual reality narratives that specifically cater to black women. For the physical aspect of “Neurospeculative Afrofeminism,” Hyphen-Labs engineered a variety of speculative beauty products and accessories designed for women of color, manifesting the belief that self-care is more than just a luxury but a means of survival. A sunscreen safe for dark skin was object one. 

Along with the sunscreen, the artists pioneered the prototype for a visor with a dichroic reflective surface that allows its wearers to see but not be seen. The incandescent head gear, made with cooperation from AB Screenwear, is meant for scenarios where people of color enter a predominately white space. Instead of code-switching ? or shifting their self-presentation in order to blend in ? the visor reflects any antagonistic gazes back at the watcher. The accessory symbolizes, as the artists explain, “that what we fear most is often a reflection of ourselves.” 

For their third product, Hyphen-Labs designed a pair of earrings that function as cameras and recording devices, meant to document both micro- and macro-aggressions in a safe and discrete manner. The jewelry, a collaboration with Michelle Cortese, responds to the failure of dashboard cameras and bodycams to accurately capture the ambiguous encounters through which black lives are lost without satisfactory explanation. While phones are often confiscated when they would be most useful, the earrings offer an inconspicuous and, in fact, really cute way to chronicle what POC endure on a daily basis.  

While some of the Hyphen-Labs products help users survey their environment, others are meant to protect them from what the lab has identified as systematic surveillance employed by government officials. Collaborating with privacy artist Adam Harvey, the team created a silk headscarf whose pattern triggers facial recognition software to the point of overwhelming it. If at a protest, for example, hundreds of people wore the scarf, the cameras would be so triggered by the textiles they would shut down.

The idea for the headscarf emerged when Hyphen-Labs’ Ece Tankal, wearing a necklace with an eye pendant, was playing with Snapchat filters, and the app’s facial recognition software mistook Tankal’s necklace for a human eye. She wrapped herself in their carefully designed headscarf during our interview while Carmen tried to Snapchat a picture. The phone bugged out, as little puppy dog filter faces quickly popped up and disappeared all over the scarf’s fabric on the iPhone screen. 

The artists’ final product is called “The Octavia.” Its technology riffs off high-definition transcranial direct current stimulation (HD-tDCS), a non-invasive brain stimulation technique which uses electrical currents to stimulate regions of the brain. The procedure is currently used to alleviate depression and anxiety in patients, as well as to optimize a user’s mind by augmenting memory to increase creativity and work flow. In Hyphen-Labs’ take, the electrodes are combined with self-cleaning natural hair extensions in order to be weaved into textured or natural hair. 

It is this final product that is at the core of the second aspect of “Neurospeculative Afrofeminism,” a virtual reality experience premiering at Sundance’s New Frontier Art festival on Jan. 20. The immersive film takes place at a “Neurocosmetology” lab ? think futuristic hair salon ? owned by a woman named Brooks. The setting alludes to the long history of salons as safe spaces for women of color and fertile ground for political and philosophical discussion.

As the viewer, after putting on your Oculus Rift helmet, you’re plunked into a chair in Brooks’ salon, ready to receive your Octavia electrodes ? aimed to increase your neuroplasticity. Your first view is of yourself in the mirror, as a black woman with long pigtail braids. This, in itself, is a powerful gesture, allowing people of all races and genders to physically see themselves as a woman of color, virtually stepping into the skin of another. 

The products from Hyphen-Labs’ line are strewn about the virtual salon setting, confusing the space between real and imagined futures. While Brooks prepares you for your extensions, she chats with Naima, the salon matriarch, their conversation smoothly teetering between topics of ancient tradition and futuristic fantasy.

Before Brooks inserts the Octavia, she warns there may be some intense visuals when the electrodes hit. Moments later, you are floating in a 3D hallucinatory dreamscape with mountains made of water and a giant eye hovering in the sky. It’s the kind of fully transportive experience that can only occur in VR, a technology that allows you to float through a dreamed-up world. 

Although the viewer doesn’t actually receive Octavia electrode implants during the VR experience, the effect of the 10-minute art piece is intense. Even the simulation of receiving the extensions is palpable. The Hyphen-Labs team intends to examine just how palpable, with plans to eventually conduct anthropological and neuroscientific research on whether or not experiencing the VR piece changes how viewers engage with the world. 

“We are afraid of what we don’t know,” Aguilar y Wedge explained to The Huffington Post. “By simulating engagement [with women of color], we are trying to lower fear and prejudice.” Eventually, the women hope to conduct mobile functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) scans on viewers while they encounter the artwork to determine if VR has a measurable effect on the brain. 

Hyphen-Labs also hopes to use the work to introduce communities to VR who might not otherwise have access to the emergent technology. The artists hope that by seeing familiar characters represented in the work, young women of color will be inspired to pursue science and tech themselves. “Where are all the black women in neuroscience?” Baccus-Clark asked. “As Marian Wright Edelman said, ‘It’s hard to be what you can’t see.’” 

The necessity of black representation in film and art have made their way into the public consciousness, belatedly, in the past few years. In both arenas, it’s equally valuable to see people of color both on view and behind the scenes, as actor or image and artist, director, producer, etc. In the realm of VR, there are additional opportunities to identify and empathize with people of color. 

“It’s about world building,” Aguilar y Wedge added. “This world is built for black women, but all are welcome.” The technology physically positions viewers in situations they may not otherwise encounter, not only engaging with people of color but feeling like one themselves. Many believe VR has more potential than any other medium to dispel racial bias. 

However, the strong emotions VR is known for inducing are not necessarily positive. Many have written about experiencing the “empathy machine” gone haywire, with some narratives provoking anger or hatred in the viewer instead of compassion, yielding the opposite of the intended effect. VR artists like Nonny de la Peña are known for dropping the viewer into gut-wrenching and difficult scenarios, such as domestic assault. But Hyphen-Labs seems less concerned with heated narratives and more with the simple gesture of making visible what often is not, letting the viewer come to her own conclusions. 

There are plenty of other prejudices the women of Hyphen-Labs are also out to eliminate. The belief, for example, that beauty products are of lesser import than high science. “They are both things that we value,” Baccus-Clark said. Or that advancements in the physical world are more legitimate than those built in the realm of art or fantasy. 

“Neurospeculative Afrofeminism” premieres this weekend at Sundance, overlapping with the presidential inauguration. The artists believe their work offers a potent antidote to the small-minded world approach of the president-elect, although the issues and inequalities Hyphen-Labs addresses plagued American culture long before Donald Trump was in the picture.

For the artists, the inauguration offers a moment to reflect on many of the longstanding prejudices that America has tried to sweep out of sight. Now is the perfect moment to confront the wounds of our country, and finally, truly, begin to heal. In the face of ignorance, bigotry and ego, Hyphen-Labs serves up radical optimism, self-care, education, awareness and acceptance, through objects as mundane as sunscreen and as otherworldly as a hand-crafted alternate reality. 

“We want to subvert victimization,” Aguilar y Wedge said. “The only limit is our imagination.”

“Neurospeculative Afrofeminism” will run Friday, Jan. 20, through Friday, Jan. 27, 2017, from 1 to 8 p.m. and Saturday, Jan.28, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Claim Jumper in Park City, as part of Sundance’s New Frontier Art. 

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›  5 Years Later, SOPA And PIPA Serve As A Warning To The Trump Administration

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As Washington readies for a leadership transition, its resident politicians are more bitterly divided than ever.

Nearly 60 Democratic lawmakers have announced their plans to boycott Donald Trump's inauguration in the wake of his attacks on civil rights leader Rep. John Lewis. Meanwhile, congressional Republicans are ignoring the ethics rulebook to rush approval of Trump's cabinet picks. The sooner his team is seated, the sooner they can start trying to dismantle President Obama's legacy.

Some still talk about bipartisanship?--?or finding common cause with political foes?--?as the mark of good statesmanship. But that spirit is practically extinct in Washington. The incoming administration is behaving as though it can attend to the people's business without actually consulting with people, or considering any opposing view.

There's a lesson in the recent past that serves as a reminder for the ways in which people can transcend these politics of division.

Five years ago today, millions of people came together to shock Washington into action on behalf of the public. Jan. 18, 2012 was a day of mass protests against legislation that would have undermined the free and open exchange of information online.

The lobbyist-fueled SOPA and PIPA bills were designed to shut down massive tracts of internet content without due process or accountability. The Washington consensus was that this legislation's passage was a foregone conclusion. But on Jan. 18, we stopped the inevitable. Fifty thousand websites?--?including Google, Wikipedia and Reddit?--?symbolically "blacked out" their webpages to protest the legislation. Nearly 10 million people took action online or by phone, urging Congress to ditch the bill.

By the end of the day, dozens of senators had come forward to oppose PIPA. The House version, SOPA, had already been put on hold after then-Speaker Nancy Pelosi bent to public pressure and tweeted that they "need[ed] to find a better solution." A Senate staffer at the time told me that "phones were melting" across Capitol Hill.

By the end of that week, both bills were dead. The tide had turned in Washington.

The coalition that defeated SOPA and PIPA included groups and individuals from across the political spectrum. But in many ways the protest transcended all of that.
Much of the campaign can be attributed to the late Aaron Swartz, the open culture and internet freedom activist who took his own life nearly a year later. While progressive in orientation, Swartz disdained political labels, and party ideology never constrained his smart, radical way of thinking. He also knew that the left-right paradigm didn't hold together well around issues of civil rights and internet freedom.

As early as 2010, Swartz emailed Patrick Ruffini, a veteran of online organizing for right-leaning causes, to ask whether he was interested in working together to fight an early iteration of the legislation, the "Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeit Act," which powerful Hollywood lobbyists and their allies on both sides of the aisle were then pushing through the Senate.

"Working on this right now actually," Ruffini emailed back. "What we're hoping to do is provide a friendly spot for people on the right to engage on this issue."

Both Ruffini and Swartz had come to appreciate the internet's potential for diverse and decentralized activism. They understood that advocacy on internet-freedom issues provided an opportunity to get beyond partisan politics and disrupt Washington's status quo.

Joining right with left was "essential to building a broad, bipartisan, populist coalition," Ruffini wrote in Hacking Politics, which features essays from activists, gamers, artists, tech luminaries and others who came together to defeat SOPA and PIPA.

Beyond this one campaign, the movement to protect everyone's rights to connect and communicate online has always attracted strange political bedfellows. These alliances defy easy categorization, driven by the common desire to protect the internet's inclusive, freewheeling and open nature.

Internet users themselves form a diverse and powerful constituency who have worked together for more than a decade to safeguard principles of free speech, inclusion, equality, privacy and openness.

The 2012 SOPA and PIPA protests are part of this continuum of organizing and activism. So are the protests millions participated in in support of Net Neutrality, online privacy and universal access.

Social and racial justice movements are as much a part of this fight as the tech community, becoming even more powerful voices for privacy protections following Edward Snowden's revelations about widespread online surveillance.

"I don't know if there's really a name for those moments where left and right ideologues can team up on an issue," David Segal, a colleague of Swartz's and the co-founder of Demand Progress, told me in a 2013 interview. "And, importantly, we do so without compromise, because on many of these issues, we actually agree with each other's policy postures."

Such unity is even more crucial now as Trump's incoming administration is threatening to roll back the hard-won Net Neutrality and online privacy protections activists secured in 2015 and 2016. There are also early signs that Hollywood lobbyists are pressuring Trump to support a renewed push for legislation styled after SOPA and PIPA. His earlier comments opposing encryption make it clear that he plans to perpetuate the online surveillance state. The list of concerns goes on.

However important the SOPA/PIPA victory was in 2012, its lasting significance depends on how well the internet-freedom coalition holds together in the fights that lie ahead.

Whatever form these new threats take, millions of people must remain united and ready to act.

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›  Revolutionize the FDA using Software Methods

Drug discovery is like the worst imaginable, old-style software development process, guaranteed to take forever, cost endless amounts of money, and far under-achieve its potential. There are methods that the most advanced software people use to build effective software that works in the real world, quickly and inexpensively. These small groups invent all the new things in software, and then get bought by the big companies.

Can these fast, agile, effective methods be applied to invent and test new, life-saving drugs and get them to the patients who are dying without them? Yes. The obstacles are the usual ones: the giant regulatory bureaucracies and the incumbents who would be disrupted. Yes, the very people who claim to keep you healthy and cure your ills are the very ones standing between us and speedy drug discovery.

Drug Discovery and Software

While I'm not an expert in drug discovery, I've learned more than I wish to know about the regulations through the software providers to the industry. And like many other people, I've learned from being a patient with a disease that could be addressed by drugs that I am not allowed to take, because they are deep in the labyrinth of the years-long approval process.

I've explained elsewhere how a revolution in medical device innovation could be enabled by transforming the applicable regulations from complex, old-style software prescriptions to simple, goal-oriented ones.

A similar concept can be applied to the process of drug discovery itself.

Old-style Software is Like the FDA's New Drug Regulations

The classic software development process is a long, expensive agony. It's an agony that sometimes ends in failure, and sometimes ends in disaster. It most resembles carefully constructing Frankenstein's monster. It starts with requirements and goes on to various levels of design, planning and estimation. Finally the build takes place. But wait -- we can't "release" the software until we know that its quality is top-notch. And that it meets all the requirements. It's gotta work! So let's make absolutely sure that it's up to snuff before inflicting it on the innocent users. Here are details.

Yes, those innocent users -- who are, by the way, chomping at the bit to get at the long-awaited new software whose requirements they signed off on years ago, and that they actually need to get their jobs done.

So is software development like drug discovery? Let's see.

  • Development that's a long, expensive agony. Check.

  • Don't release it until its adequacy is PROVEN. Check.

  • People who are just dying to use it. Check.

But here's the difference: for software, usually one company both builds it and decides whether and when to release it. That means the business leaders of the company can balance the tension between adequacy and getting it out there. In the case of drugs, it is adversarial: the FDA declares how each step of drug discovery and testing has to be done, and has armies of people to impose its will on the companies that do the work.

The FDA Nightmare

The FDA nightmare has two main parts.

The first nightmare assures that development and testing is performed in what is claimed to be the "safest" way possible -- it's all about protecting patient health! In fact, this means incredibly slow and incredibly expensive. The overhead is far more burdensome than the work itself, which really tells you something. There is a multi-billion company, Documentum, that got started with and still is the leading provider of software to the pharmaceutical industry for handling the documents required by the FDA. Right away, this expense and overhead burden assures that no group of brilliant people will create a start-up and create a new cure for a disease.

The second nightmare is that the process is incredibly high risk. The FDA can kill your new drug at any time, including near the end, after all the time and money is gone. This again reduces the number of groups performing new drug development to a tiny number of rich, giant, risk-averse corporations.

This is like big-corporate software development -- only far worse.

Wartime Methods for Drug Discovery

I've written a lot about wartime software development. A good way to understand it is to look at bridges in peace and war. In wartime, we build effective bridges while under fire in a tiny fraction of the time needed in peace. And the bridges work.

The methods translate well to software. They are practical. They work. They are in regular use by groups that are driven to innovate and get stuff done. There are details in my book on the subject, with lots of examples and supporting material in my other books.

It's very clear that the methods also apply to the FDA's regulation of software. Here is an example. There is no reason other than the usual obstacles to innovation that the principles couldn't be applied to drug discovery in general.

Wartime Drug Development

What we should try is Wartime Software Development morphed into Wartime Drug Development. Here are the principles:

  • Grow the baby.

Instead of going through a whole long process and supposedly coming out with perfection at the end, you start with something that sort of works, try it (on volunteers), see how it goes, make changes and iterate.

  • Principles of e-commerce and social media

When you think of buying a product, do you just walk into a store and trust the salesperson? If so, you're probably in your 100's and hope to get a computer someday. Everyone else goes on-line, checks reviews, and above all checks comments from real users. The sheer number of comments tells you how popular something is. Of course, you don't blindly believe everyone, and of course you translate what people say to your own situation. There could be awful risks and side effects, but if it sometimes works and your alternative is misery shortly followed by death, you might decide it's worth the risk.

It's a decision that should be in your hands, informed by full sharing and disclosure, not decided on your behalf by a bunch of bureaucrats sitting in offices.

  • Open source and full disclosure.

Of the top million servers on the internet, over 95% run linux, an open source operating system. Linux was created by an interesting nerd, and developed by an evolving band of distributed volunteers. It is superior to any commercial operating system. And operating systems are complex; linux contains more than 12 million lines of code! Why shouldn't we make drug discovery open to a similar process? With open source, everything about a drug and its results so far would be open and available for anyone, including patients, to see. Patients and researchers would all be active participants in the open discussions.

  • Continuous release

The most advanced sites first bring up their software in extremely limited, volunteer-only releases. Everything is tracked. If things go well, more people can be invited in. Incredible tracking, lots of feedback, explicit and implicit. As software goes into wider release, a new version of it may be made available to a combination of new and existing users. Its use may be expanded, or it may be withdrawn. The process is continuous and iterative. It's called continuous improvement. We use it in lots of domains, ever since its use was formalized by W Edwards Deming in car manufacturing. It's not exactly weird or marginal. We simply refuse to apply its proven principles to drug discovery.


The FDA says its mission is to keep us safe. The gigantic bureaucratic monolith in practice assures that new drug development is performed by a tiny number of elite corporations at great expense, and rarely. Let's at least try a better way of doing things!

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