Archive | December 2016

Trump’s brilliant cybersecurity solution: Send things by courier

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President-elect Donald Trump has a brilliant solution to our country’s cybersecurity problems.

No, it’s not to condemn Russia for hacking the Democratic National Committee. It’s turning back the clock to a simpler time, before these newfangled computers messed everything up.

Speaking to reporters on Saturday while in Florida to celebrate New Year’s Eve, the president-elect, per the press pool report, said:

“It’s very important, if you have something really important, write it out and have it delivered by courier, the old fashioned way because I’ll tell you what, no computer is safe. I don’t care what they say, no computer is safe. I have a boy who’s ten years old, he can do anything with a computer. You want something to really go without detection, write it out and have it sent by courier.” …

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This entry was posted on December 31, 2016, in Mashable.

The heartbreaking story behind Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson’s gift to his dad

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Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson won us over this year by dancing in a Pikachu costume and just generally being awesome.

This Christmas, he outdid himself by buying a car for his dad, Canadian wrestler Rocky Johnson. But it’s not the generosity alone that had people all choked up. It’s the story Dwayne shared about his father.

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This entry was posted on December 31, 2016, in Mashable.

Watch the ball drop in Times Square with this New Year’s Eve livestream

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It doesn’t matter if you’re stuck at work, at home sick, or simply don’t have the means to join the global party, there’s no reason for you to miss the New Year’s Eve celebration in New York’s Time Square.

Yes, there will be a few New Year’s Eve shows broadcasting the festivities from New York City, but if you want the official livestream delivering real-time action, the official Time Square site has what you need.

Beginning at 6 p.m. ET, …

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This entry was posted on December 31, 2016, in Mashable.

5 VR safety tips to stop you from destroying your home

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The new year may be upon us, but many of you are probably still playing with your holiday gifts, one of the most popular of which appears to be VR headsets.

But if you take a look around social media, you’ll notice a surprisingly common story popping up: People are getting so into virtual reality, they’re destroying their real-world homes.

Whether it’s playing shooter titles like Superhot or athletic titles like The Climb, stories of people smashing their hands into their expensive televisions or computer monitors are becoming the new normal. …

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This entry was posted on December 31, 2016, in Mashable.

No, the power grid in Vermont was not infiltrated by Russian hackers

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You may have read or seen on social media a Washington Post story published Friday which claimed that Russian hackers had hacked the U.S. power system via an electrical grid in Vermont.

That’s not what happened and the incident is not necessarily connected to the alleged Russian hack of the Democratic National Committee.

The Washington Post has since amended its story:

What actually happened is that a single laptop belonging to the Burlington Electric utility was found to be infected with malware—software intended to damage or disable computer systems— that originated in Russia. …

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This entry was posted on December 31, 2016, in Mashable.

Rare nationwide cold snap to ring in the New Year across U.S.

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January 2017 will start off unusually cold across the entire lower 48 states, in an unusually expansive and intense cold snap. The frigid weather, with possibly as many as 15 states seeing below-zero Fahrenheit temperatures at times, will start in the Pacific Northwest, northern Plains and Upper Midwest, and then creep eastward like a slow motion weather train wreck.

Temperatures will be 10 to 30 degrees Fahrenheit below average for this time of year starting around Jan. 5, with the hardest hit states — North Dakota, Minnesota and Montana — possibly seeing temperatures staying below zero for multiple days next weekend. …

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This entry was posted on December 31, 2016, in Mashable.