The Baby and the Xbox 360 Controller April 17, 2010Posted by bitchwantstea in Bizarre, Tech / Science.
Tags: 360, baby, controller, freaking out, xbox
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Is it happy? Is it sad?
It LOOKS quite upset, but at the same time, it seems to be reaching out for it…?
Either way, that’s one freaked out baby. Maybe it’s more of a Playstation fan.
Tags: children, desensitised, education, grand theft auto, gta, itchy and scratchy, primary school, real life, violence, virtual
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18-rated videogame ‘Grand Theft Auto’ and gory cartoon ‘The Itchy And Scratchy Show’ are both being used to demonstrate the difference between real and virtual violence to primary school children in Merseyside.
Children are shown stills of scenes including a gun being fired through a car window and a man brandishing a sword, and then asked to categorise them as ‘good real life’, ‘bad real life’ and ‘not real.’
The idea behind it is to stop children becoming desensitized to violent behavior and teach them about its consequences in real life.
What do you think, BWT readers? Is this scheme a brilliant idea, or a waste of time and money?
Your Heart on Your Sleeve April 8, 2010Posted by bitchwantstea in Fashion / Beauty, Tech / Science.
Tags: farmville, no one cares about your stupid farm, no one reads your stupid tweets, t-shirts, twitter
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Waiting to Exhale April 7, 2010Posted by bitchwantstea in Fashion / Beauty, Tech / Science.
Tags: advertisement, disaster, i call bullshit, kimora lee simmons, model, photo trickery, photoshop
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Believe it or not, these photos depict the SAME woman.
Remember people – photoshop is a photo-editing software tool, and NOT a device to suck someone’s belief and perspective into a bucket, before kicking it down a hill.
Spotted on Jezebel.
How Passwords Get Hacked April 1, 2010Posted by bitchwantstea in Tech / Science.
Tags: advice, hackers, internet, password, safeguard, security
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Every day we seem to hear about some poor soul having their password cracked, be it on their email account, a social networking site, or an online shopping destination.
But how exactly do hackers manage to crack them? And what constitutes a ‘weak’ password?
Onemansblog.com goes into a helpful amount of detail, explaining broadly about how a hacker works their way in, and the multiple routes to go about it.
According to the site, here’s a Top 10 ‘easiest to crack’ list of passwords, covering 20% of the population:
- Your partner, child, or pet’s name, possibly followed by a 0 or 1 (because they’re always making you use a number, aren’t they?)
- The last 4 digits of your social security number.
- 123 or 1234 or 123456.
- Your city, or college, football team name.
- Date of birth – yours, your partner’s or your child’s.
So obvious stuff, like your partner’s name, your city, date of birth, etc, are bad choices. But what are GOOD password choices?
- Randomly substitute numbers for letters that look similar. The letter ‘o’ becomes the number ‘0′, or even better an ‘@’ or ‘*’. (i.e. – m0d3ltf0rd… like modelTford)
- Randomly throw in capital letters (i.e. – Mod3lTF0rd)
- Think of something you were attached to when you were younger, but DON’T CHOOSE A PERSON’S NAME! Every name plus every word in the dictionary will fail under a simple brute force attack.
- Maybe a place you loved, or a specific car, an attraction from a vacation, or a favorite restaurant?
- You really need to have different username / password combinations for everything. Remember, the technique is to break into anything you access just to figure out your standard password, then compromise everything else. This doesn’t work if you don’t use the same password everywhere.
- Since it can be difficult to remember a ton of passwords, I recommend using Roboform for Windows users. It will store all of your passwords in an encrypted format and allow you to use just one master password to access all of them. It will also automatically fill in forms on Web pages, and you can even get versions that allow you to take your password list with you on your PDA, phone or a USB key. If you’d like to download it without having to navigate their web site here is the direct download link.
- Mac users can use 1Password“>1Password. It is essentially the same thing as Roboform, except for Mac, and they even have an iPhone application so you can take them with you too.
- Once you’ve thought of a password, try Microsoft’s password strength tester to find out how secure it is.
It’s fascinating (but scary stuff) and well worth a read. Remember – prevention is better than cure.
Dyson Vacuum Cleaner Electric Shock Warning March 30, 2010Posted by bitchwantstea in Health, Tech / Science.
Tags: consumer safety, dc05, dyson, electric shock, fault, motorhead
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Do you own a Dyson DCO5 Motorhead vacuum cleaner? Best to check if there’s a crack in the handle, after the company warned that six people have suffered mild electric shocks from the fault.
In an official safety notice Dyson says: ‘In rare instances the clip on DCO5 Motorhead wand handles has been found to crack and this can cause the hose to become detached resulting in electrical connections being exposed.’ Users risk electrical shock or a burn ‘if these connections are touched while the machine is plugged in’.
Dyson is issuing anyone who owns this vacuum cleaner model a simple reinforcing cuff to protect and strengthen the handle.
… BWT doesn’t own the particular model stated above. But still! You can never be too careful. So we declare no house work for at least a week. Y’know – until we get over the trauma.