One out of every 142 passwords is '123456'

Found on ZD Net on Sunday, 05 July 2020
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The main discovery was that the 1,000,000,000+ credentials dataset included only 168,919,919 unique passwords, of which more than 7 million were the "123456" string.

In most cases, users chose simplistic passwords such as using only letters (29%) or numbers (13%). This meant that around 42% of all the passwords included in the 1 billion dataset were vulnerable to quick dictionary attacks that would allow threat actors to gain access to accounts without any effort or technical difficulty.

Some things never change.

Have we become too reliant on Big Tech firms?

Found on BBC News on Saturday, 20 June 2020
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It's not just Amazon that has been used more during the pandemic. Apple and Android smartphones and tablets, Facebook's apps and Microsoft tools have provided crucial links with friends, family and colleagues.

Before the pandemic, there had been scrutiny on Big Tech. The US House Judiciary antitrust subcommittee sent requests for information to Amazon, Apple, Google owner Alphabet and Facebook in September 2019, with the government concerned that only a small number of companies hold such a big share of the digital market.

People are too reliant on them for years already. Worse, people know that they are basically abused in exchange for services that work like drugs.

Coronavirus second waves emerge in several US states as they reopen

Found on New Scientist on Wednesday, 17 June 2020
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More than a dozen US states have seen a surge in covid-19 cases in recent weeks. Many of them, including Arizona, North Carolina, Oregon and Florida, are experiencing spikes in confirmed cases as they lift stay-at-home orders – so is reopening to blame? Yes, among other factors, say experts.

What a surprise! Not.

A Roman city’s splendours emerge while it’s still underground

Found on Nature on Saturday, 13 June 2020
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Instead of relying on excavation, Martin Millett at the University of Cambridge, UK, and his colleagues used ground-penetrating radar (GPR) to scan and map the buried city of Falerii Novi north of Rome.

When combined with other tools, the authors say, GPR has the potential to “revolutionise” urban archaeology.

That will be a big help for archaelogy as it shows where to dig.

Face masks don’t even have to work especially well to be effective

Found on Ars Technica on Friday, 12 June 2020
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The group's model indicates that face masks don't have to be especially effective to slow the spread of SARS-CoV-2—as long as they limit the spread of the virus from infected people, they can limit the pandemic even if they make mask wearers more susceptible to infection.

The researchers also considered a scenario where wearing masks makes people more susceptible to infection, as they touch their face more often because of the mask's presence. While mask wearers suffer in this scenario, the population overall still benefits under most conditions in which at least two-thirds of the population is wearing masks.

That of course implies that you wear the mask correctly and cover your nose too. Quite a few don't seem to know that.

$1m treasure in Rocky Mountains has been found, says Forrest Fenn

Found on The Guardian on Monday, 08 June 2020
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Hundreds of thousands have hunted in vain across remote corners of the US west for the bronze chest believed to be filled with gold coins, jewelry and other valuable items.

Many quit their jobs to dedicate themselves to the search and others depleted their life savings. At least four people are believed to have died searching for it.

Asked how he felt now, Fenn said: “I don’t know, I feel halfway kind of glad, halfway kind of sad because the chase is over.”

At least he gave a lot of people something to do.

Americans are drinking bleach and dunking food in it to prevent COVID-19

Found on Ars Technica on Friday, 05 June 2020
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The most common risky practice was washing fruits, vegetables, and other foods in bleach solutions. A total of 19 percent said they did this. From there, 18 percent said they used household cleaners—not hand soap—to wash their hands and/or other body parts. Ten percent said they misted themselves with household cleaners and disinfecting products.

Unsurprisingly, 25 percent of respondents also reported unpleasant health effects from exposures to cleaning products, such as dizziness, skin irritation, nausea, and breathing problems.

Showering with bleach has side-effects. Who would have thought?

Bird is scrapping thousands of electric scooters in the Middle East

Found on CNBC on Thursday, 04 June 2020
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There are between 8,000 and 10,000 Circ scooters across cities in Qatar, Bahrain and United Arab Emirates, according to one former employee and one company source who asked to be kept anonymous as they've signed a confidentiality agreement.

Bird said it has "temporarily paused operations" in the Middle East because of the hot weather, adding that it is using the break to "recycle" some vehicles.

They did not know that it's getting hot in Qatar, Bahrain and the UAE?

Uber destroys thousands of bikes and scooters

Found on BBC News on Saturday, 30 May 2020
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Uber said it had decided to destroy thousands of its older-model vehicles due to maintenance, liability and safety concerns.

Disappointed charities and organisations suggested the bikes could have been donated to community groups, or sold to individuals to boost the uptake of electric bikes.

"But given many significant issues - including maintenance, liability, safety concerns, and a lack of consumer-grade charging equipment - we decided the best approach was to responsibly recycle them."

"Responsibly recycle them". Given that they cannot recycle them irresponsibly, the statement basically says that they do not care and don't want any more competition to their own business model.

Chris Pratt accidentally deleted 51,000 emails

Found on BBC News on Saturday, 23 May 2020
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The Marvel star began sorting through his inbox after telling fans his son, Jack, had teased him for having 35,000 unread messages.

Unfortunately, Pratt pressed the wrong button and was forced to watch as 51,000 emails were erased.

"I'm one of those idiots who will do an IQ test and be like, 'Wanna take an IQ test? Give me your email'. And then I do, which proves my IQ is about seven, I just get junk from everyone and I just don't erase it."

That's one way to get rid of spam; and let the world know that you don't do backups.