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December, 2016

Trump’s brilliant cybersecurity solution is to send messages 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.” Read more…

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Consider ethics when designing new technologies

Trinity was the code name of the first detonation of a nuclear weapon, conducted by the United States Army as part of the Manhattan Project. 16th July 1945. Device type: Plutonium implosion fission. Yield: 20 kilotons of TNT. The White Sands Proving Ground, where the test was conducted, was in the Jornada del Muerto desert about 35 miles (56 km) southeast of Socorro, New Mexico, on the Alamogordo Bombing and Gunnery Range. New Mexico, USA. (PHoto by Galerie Bilderwelt/Getty Images) In the weeks since the U.S. presidential election, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has been firefighting. Not literally, but figuratively. Widespread accusations assert that his social media company contributed to the election’s unexpected outcome by propagating fake news and “filter bubbles.” The case poses a thorny question: How do we ensure that technology works for society? Read More

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. 

Bought my dad a Christmas gift and surprised him. He’s had a hard life. This one felt good. My dad, Rocky Johnson is a minimalist. Always has been. Never asks me for much and over the years his needs are always the barest. Crazy story, my dad’s dad died when he was 13yrs old. That Christmas, my dad’s mom had her new boyfriend over for Christmas dinner. Her boyfriend got drunk and pissed on the turkey. My dad went outside, got a shovel, drew a line in the snow and said if you cross that line I’ll kill you. The drunk crossed it and my dad laid him out cold as a block of ice. Cops were called. They told my dad’s mom that when her boyfriend regains consciousness, he’s gonna kill your son so one of them has got to go. In front of the entire family, my dad’s mom looked at him and said get out. He was 13yrs old and now homeless. That f*cked up true story happened in Amherst, Nova Scotia, Canada in 1954. He needed the bare minimum then, just like does now. Over the years, I’ve moved him into a big home, got him trucks to drive – which he’ll literally drive into the ground until I get him something else. Hell, I’ll get him anything he wants, but the SOB just won’t ask;). Every Christmas, I always think about that story and my dad having every odd stacked against him at 13, but he fought thru it and still made something of himself. Makes me appreciate his struggle and hard work. Also, makes me appreciate the fun times he would beat my ass in the gym so bad when I was 13 and say “If you’re gonna throw up, go outside.. and if you’re gonna cry, then go home to your mother”. I hated it then, but I embrace it now. Made a man outta me. Without pissing on my turkey. 😂👍🏾. Just a small way of saying thank you dad and Merry Christmas! #DwantaClaus🎅🏾 Read more…

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