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Why So Many People Make Their Password ‘Dragon’

Each year since 2011, the security firm SplashData has released a list of the most commonly used passwords, based on caches of leaked account credentials. The annual list, intended as a reminder of humanity’s poor password practices, always includes predictable entries like “abc123,” “123456,” and “letmein.” But one entry, finishing in the top 20 every year, has stood out since the beginning: "dragon." But why? Is it because of the popularity of the television adaption of Game of Thrones, which first premiered the same year as the popular passwords list?…

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Facebook to exclude North American users from some privacy enhancements

There’s no way to sugarcoat this message: Facebook’s founder Mark Zuckerberg believes North America users of his platform deserve a lower data protection standard than people everywhere else in the world. In a phone interview with Reuters yesterday Mark Zuckerberg declined to commit to universally implementing changes to the platform that are necessary to comply with the European Union’s incoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Rather, he said the company was working on a version of the law that would bring some European privacy guarantees worldwide — declining to specify to…

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These New Yorkers have had it with plastic. So they’re getting very creative.

What happens when you combine politics and activism with bodega owners and artists? An environmental movement to stop plastic bag use. Vote With Your Tote was launched by a pro bono team of creatives and environmental experts in New York City. Their goal is to combat the city’s growing toxic waste problem by reducing the use of plastic bags. Each year, NYC residents use and discard approximately 10 billion single-use plastic grocery bags, a whopping $12.5 million disposal cost. “Plastic bags are just a terrible form of waste … it…

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Duchess of Cambridge goes into labour

There will also be the traditional custom of placing a framed paper proclamation on an ornate gold stand behind the iron railings of Buckingham Palace. As with her first two children, Kate is hoping for a natural birth and does not know whether she is having a boy or a girl. Royal baby and extreme morning sickness Severe sickness can be ‘traumatic’ Royal Family tree and line of succession Image copyright Reuters To become King or Queen as the third-born royal child is rare – and has yet to happen…

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Waffle House shooting leaves 4 dead, several injured; gunman sought

A man believed to be Travis Reinking was last seen in a wood line near Discovery at Mountain View Apts. on Mountain Springs Dr. near the Waffle House. The man was seen wearing black pants and no shirt. — Metro Nashville PD (@MNPDNashville) April 22, 2018 Don Aaron, spokesman of the Metro Nashville Police Department, initially told WTVF: “If you see a nude guy walking around this morning call the police department.” Reinking, who was last spotted with black pants and no shirt on after fleeing the scene naked, pulled up…

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Stealing The Show: Channing Tatum Is Really Hitting It Off With This Make-A-Wish Kids Much More Charming Friend

Channing Tatum’s Make-A-Wish visit to 11-year-old Brad Taylor’s hospital room was supposed to be an unforgettable experience, but unfortunately it appears to have hit a minor snag: Channing Tatum is really hitting it off with Brad’s much more charming friend, Alex. Oof. You’ve got to feel bad for Brad. His best friend’s amazing personality is completely magnetic, and it looks like Channing Tatum just couldn’t resist spending the entire day with him, even though he’s completely healthy. It’s hard to blame Channing for becoming such fast friends with Alex, who’s…

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Four presidents come together to pay tribute to Barbara Bush

Washington DC (CNN)A touching photograph of several generations of presidents paying tribute to the late Barbara Bush is being warmly and widely circulated on social media. The decision was not uncommon for a sitting president. Neither Obama nor the younger Bush attended the funerals of first ladies during their respective terms. Clinton did attend a graveside service for Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis in 1994. Many were quick to praise the photo, with some commenting on the character of the former leaders — and possibly making veiled digs at the present commander-in-chief.…

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18 Hilarious Moments From The Mind Of Mitch Hedberg

In the history of stand-up comedy, Mitch Hedberg stands out as one of the quirkiest, most unique minds around. His unconventional brand of humor was something nobody has been able to replicate, and it’s likely no one ever will. Here are a few of his most popular jokes to get you chuckling.  1 Pin It Via smirkingwhoreofchicago 2 Pin It Via smirkingwhoreofchicago 3 Pin It Via smirkingwhoreofchicago 4 Pin It Via smirkingwhoreofchicago 5 Pin It Via smirkingwhoreofchicago 6 Pin It Via smirkingwhoreofchicago 7 Pin It Via smirkingwhoreofchicago 8 Pin It…

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