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Create An Ultra-Secure, Easy-To-Remember Passphrase Using Dice

So you replaced the letter “e” with “3” and capitalised a random letter, and now you think your password is secure? Nope. Hackers (and the NSA) know those tricks, too. That’s why you should use this crazy dice technique to create a practically unbreakable passphrase.


Almost All Of The World's Top Hotel Chains Use Easily Hackable Hardware

Hotel internet is so far from secure — it’s downright scary. You should know this by now. However, a new report from cyber security researchers suggests that issues with shitty security at hotels extend far beyond hackable Wi-Fi networks. Entire systems at some of the world’s top hotel chains are very, very vulnerable.


A Beginner's Guide To Setting Up Netgear's New Arlo Home Security Cameras

Security cameras are, for the most part, a hassle to install — lots of wires running through walls, fiddly networking procedures, expensive and bulky storage systems. The Netgear Arlo, though, is completely wire-free, which means you can have it up and running in a fraction of the time. Here’s what you get, and how to set it up.


How Did You Prepare For Y2K?

We live in a world obsessed with the threat of terrorism. But fifteen years ago, the media was in constant hysterics over Y2K, or “the Millennium bug”. A real coding error that required many a fix, Y2K also provoked outsize paranoia and survivalist tactics that anticipated the end of the world. What were you up to?


How Physically-Based Rendering Could Be Used To Create The Perfect Burger

During GTC 2015, we were shown a demo of Iray 2015 — Nvidia’s next-gen physically-based renderer (PBR) for design professionals. The platform’s main claim to fame is its ability to calculate how light and materials interact in real time. While chiefly aimed at industries that deal in plastics and metals, the same process could just as easily be applied to mass-produced foods. Could the world’s first perfectly designed burger soon be upon us? We asked Nvidia to expand on this salivating thought.


Throwing My Broken Laptop In The Oven Baked It Back To Life

Every couple months I pull out my old gaming laptop from university: a busted Dell m1210 that’s had its motherboard replaced four times under warranty because Nvidia couldn’t get its shit together. It never works right. I’ve had enough. I’m sticking this sucker in the oven.


This Web Page Uses Centuries-Old Physics To Let Anyone Scroll Hands-Free

The Doppler effect is a well-documented phenomenon in physics which causes a change in the frequency of a wave as the source moves closer to the observer. It’s the science behind satellites and speed cameras alike. And, in the hands of one computer science student, it can make a little magic happen on your computer.


10 Tips From The Security Experts On Setting Up Your Home Security Cameras

Setting up a security camera system for your home can be a great way of discouraging break-ins, but it’s equally good for monitoring a baby or keeping track of who’s raiding the kitchen after dark. There are some ground rules you should follow whenever you’re setting up a new camera system, so here’s a bit of light reading for you.


The Trick To Hacking Top-Secret Computers: Just Add Heat 

Security researchers just found a way to hack into specially secured computer systems by sending messages using blasts of air. This is another example of how even the most walled-off systems can still get hacked.