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Bitcoin

ICOs: What You Need to Know

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An ICO is similar to an IPO (initial public offering) in that it offers a certain amount of ownership in a company to the public. In an IPO, a share of stock represents fractional ownership of a corporation. In an ICO, a crypto coin represents a percentage of ownership in pretty much any business endeavor offered by pretty much anyone. This lack of regulation and oversight allows for quick growth, pivots, and innovation but it also comes with a brand-new risk profile – which is both exciting and terrifying!

Chipping Humans

Chipping People: Are You Ready?

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Proponents of the technology tout its convenience and the idea that you never have to remember your wallet or a password, ever again. While they are technically correct, chipping people invokes a train of thought that quickly descends to the darkest of places.

Samsung Galaxy Note8

Samsung Galaxy Note 8: The Facts

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At its Unpacked event in New York City this morning, Samsung unveiled the all-singing, all-dancing Galaxy Note8, complete with all the bells and whistles to make it the best smartphone the world has ever seen… until the next big smartphone release, of course.

Outraged? Make a Difference

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As morally reprehensible as President Trump’s populist politics may be, his inability to take a firm, unambiguous stance against racism, fascism, and white nationalism is unforgivable. I categorically reject arguments from those who suggest subtle nuanced explanations for what I heard with my own ears and saw with my own eyes: President Trump tacitly endorsing white supremacists, neo-Nazis, extremists, and bigots. Here's what you can do about it.

Passwords: What if Everything You Know Is Wrong?

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Until a few years ago, everyone (including me) based their password advice on a 2003 paper from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), with the catchy title "NIST Special Publication 800-63." The paper recommended that passwords be cryptic, contain special characters, and be as close to nonsense as possible. But they made a big mistake.

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