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If your password winds up in a mega-breach such as the ones at Yahoo, Dropbox or Tumblr, it can be easy for a hacker to take over your account - especially if you reuse the same password across multiple services. But it isn't always easy to tell if your password has been stolen, and companies can sometimes take years to notify users of a breach.

Predicting the future is near impossible -- but that doesn‘t stop us all from having a red hot go. Human beings have been predicting the future since the beginning of history and the results range from the hilarious to the downright uncanny.

One thing all future predictions have in common: they‘re rooted in our current understanding of how the world works. It‘s difficult to escape that mindset. We have no idea how technology will evolve, so our ideas are connected to the technology of today.

Last week, open-source software developer FreeBSD Project updated its code of conduct to address non-consensual "simulated physical contact" as a form of harassment. That means that sending someone descriptions of physical contact like a "hug" or a "backrub" without their consent, or after they have asked you to stop, are violations of the guidelines governing the company's community spaces.

If all goes as the USbFCC's Republican commissioners planned, December 14 will be known as the day that net neutrality died in the US. But thanks to the mercifully slow gears of the federal bureaucracy, big changes don't happen immediately. On Thursday, the US Federal Communications Commission's repeal of net neutrality protections is scheduled to hit the federal register. Sixty days later, it will be official. But there's a lot happening in the meantime.

"I was only 10 when it happened," says Lane Murdock, a 15-year-old Year 10 student from Ridgefield, Connecticut. Her high school - suddenly ground zero for a national youth movement combating school gun violence - lies only 20 minutes south of Sandy Hook Elementary School. It was there, less than six years ago, that 20 children were gunned down, none more than seven years old.

Last August, James Damore circulated a memo internally at Google in which he argued women were biologically less inclined to succeed in engineering roles at the company and that Google's diversity efforts were misguided. In doing so, he set off heated debate among his co-workers - debate that, according to current and former employees who spoke to Gizmodo, led Google to ramp up its moderation of internal conversations and crack down on employees who speak up about diversity.

Earlier today, a video appearing in YouTube's trending videos feed, meant to surface the most popular content to the platform's estimated one billion users, featured content suggesting a survivor of the Parkland shooting was a "crisis actor". The term is used in conspiracy circles to describe someone paid to pretend they'd been involved in a life-threatening situation for ideological reasons, such as anti-gun lobbying. It's unclear how long it remained available before YouTube took the video down.