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Lorrie Faith Cranor: What’s Wrong With Your Pa$$w0rd?

“Lorrie Faith Cranor studied thousands of real passwords to figure out the surprising, very common mistakes that users — and secured sites — make to compromise security. And how, you may ask, did she study thousands of real passwords without … Continue reading

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How Not To Be Ignorant About The World

“How much do you know about the world? Hans Rosling, with his famous charts of global population, health and income data (and an extra-extra-long pointer), demonstrates that you have a high statistical chance of being quite wrong about what you … Continue reading

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Kathryn Schulz: On Being Wrong

“Most of us will do anything to avoid being wrong. But what if we’re wrong about that? “Wrongologist” Kathryn Schulz makes a compelling case for not just admitting but embracing our fallibility.” (YouTube) Interesting TED talk on being wrong, by … Continue reading

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Genie, You’re Free

I woke up this morning to some very sad news. The legendary stand-up comedian and actor Robin Williams has passed away, aged 63. He was found dead in his home from apparent suicide (The Guardian, BBC). Tributes have been pouring … Continue reading

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What Makes Tattoos Permanent?

“The earliest recorded tattoo was found on a Peruvian mummy in 6,000 BC. That’s some old ink! And considering humans lose roughly 40,000 skin cells per hour, how do these markings last? Claudia Aguirre details the different methods, machines and … Continue reading

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Comics That Ask “What If?”

“Web cartoonist Randall Munroe answers simple what-if questions (“what if you hit a baseball moving at the speed of light?”) using math, physics, logic and deadpan humor. In this charming talk, a reader’s question about Google’s data warehouse leads Munroe … Continue reading

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David Kwong – Magic Crosswords (TED)

In this TED talk, David Kwong talks about the intersection between crosswords and illusions. The trick he pulls off at the end is rather neat, and the build up seems obvious once you know it, but first time watching, it’s very … Continue reading

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