Password Security Must-Read • Biggest Data • Amazon Glacier Archive Storage • 10 Best Y Combinator Startups • Most Hated Co. in Tech • Nikon Android Camera • Real Life Hover “Bike”
What Every Computer User Should Know About Passwords
Advances in technology and public access to long lists of compromised passwords are making password cracking easier than ever. By analyzing millions of exposed passwords, crackers can create programs that exploit typical password construction patterns. People who reuse the same password on multiple sites are particularly at risk. This well-written and fascinating article goes beyond describing the threats and provides a good primer on some basics of password security and cracking such as complexity, entropy, salting and more—it’s a must-read for any serious technical computer user.
Biggest Data: Facebook Handles 2.5B pieces of content and 500+TB per Day
The sheer scale of Facebook data is amazing—statistics like “scans 105TB of data each half hour” and “100 petabytes of data stored in a single Hadoop cluster” are almost casually mentioned in this article.
Amazon’s Glacier Service Outsources Archival Data Storage
Given that acceptable security and reliability can be assured, Amazon’s new Glacier archival data storage could be a winner.
TechCrunch Picks the 10 Best YCombinator Startups
YCombinator is one of the top startup accelerators, having nurtured now well-known companies such as Scribd, reddit, Airbnb,and Dropbox. 75 startups strutted their stuff at YCombinator’s most recent demo day this week. TechCrunch reports on the 10 best. The one I think will make the most impact, especially in domains like travel, is Zapier, which makes it easy to interconnect different web apps and services.
The Most Hated Company in Tech
CNET travels to our fair city of Bellevue to visit Intellectual Ventures, disdained by the majority of the tech community as the world’s biggest patent troll. The reality is perhaps more complicated. The article presents anecdotal evidence that the company is helping at least some small inventors. However it also describes how Intellectual Ventures makes money off patents without actually shipping any products. I doubt it will change any critics’ minds
New Nikon Camera runs Android
Nikon has announced the first Android-powered camera. By leveraging the Google operating system, the phone’s designers were able to easily include ad hoc wireless networking and support for 3rd party apps such as image editors, auto-panoramas and network photo sharing.
Just One More: Real-life Star Wars Hover Bike
California company Aerofex has demonstrated a twin rotor hover vehicle that resembles the hover bikes from Star Wars. The craft features a simple innovative mechanical control system. Knee bars govern the attitude of the craft as the pilot naturally leans to maintain equilibrium. Read more about it here:
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