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US Police Can Search Licence Plate Scans To Find Your Favourite Bar

The licence plate reader (LPR) cameras installed in most US cities allow police to track cars and their drivers who are potentially engaged in criminal activities. But depending on the way police store the data, it Ars Technica found out, anyone might be able to access this information.


How Big Data Busted Abe Lincoln

It’s easy to think of data journalism as a modern invention. With all the hype, a casual reader might assume that it was invented sometime during the 2012 presidential campaign.


Over 100 Years Of Popular Girls Names In One Bubbling Visualisation

Why do people give their kids certain names at certain points in history? It’s not always clear — but at least we can amuse ourselves with data about it. Abacaba created this strangely captivating bubble chart that contracts and swells with the popularity of US girls names for every year since 1880.


This Handy Infographic Tracks Sterling Archer's Sexual Encounters

Can’t remember when Sterling Archer hooked up with that Brazilian au pair, or if he made accidental penis contact with Conway Stern? Even for a devoted Archer fan, it can be difficult keeping up with Sterling’s sordid affairs. Now there’s a handy infographic to help sort it all out.


Wi-Fi Signals Look Incredibly Uneven When They're Visualised

You probably don’t think about Wi-Fi signal much, except when you’re at the the wrong end of your apartment and swearing profusely. But rather than being some steady, even projection of data, Wi-Fi actually looks completely random when you map it out in 3D.


Here Are All The Aussie ISPs That Will Stream Netflix Quota-Free

Want the latest TVs shows and movies without chewing through your bandwidth? A select few Aussie ISPs will now allow you to stream all the Netflix you can handle, without adding it to your bill.


Australia's Internet And Mobile Plans Are Slowly Getting Cheaper

Good news for all Aussies — our internet and mobile phone lines are getting cheaper, all around the country. Not overnight, and not by a huge amount, but it’s happening.


Virgin Is Letting You Roll Your Mobile Data Over Into The Next Month

If you’re a Virgin Mobile customer on a postpaid (contract) plan, we have some good news. Virgin’s already generous included data caps are about to get even moreso; any unused data allowance at the end of the month on these plans will be rolled over into your next billing period.


The Most Common Numbers In 10 Million Passwords

The primary purpose of a password is to serve as an unique verification identifier for a given user. Ideally, the password for a given website or service should be both random and unique; if the letters and/or numbers in the password follow any patterns, then they might be easier to guess by an intruder. For example, someone may put their birth year such as “1987” or “1988” in their password, which makes the passwords easier to remember, but consequently easier to break.


Great, Drones Are Spying On Mobile Phone Signals Now

Right now, at least one ad company is using drones to spy on unsuspecting citizens. And it’s having a “ton of fun” doing it.


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