For the second time, hackers attacked the website AdultFriendFinder, “one of the world’s largest sex hook-up” sites, known mostly for those ads you assume no one signs up for. Well, they do, so quit judging, dude. In fact, more than 400 million accounts were stolen in the breach, including user information from adultfriendfinder.com, stripshow.com, cam.com and penthouse.com.This is more than half of 700 million people that Friend Finder Networks claims uses at least one of their sites.
“The top three most used passwords? ‘123456,’ ‘12345′ and ‘123456789.’”
“LeakedSource also selected some of the longest real passwords it managed to find. Random sample: ‘schrodingersfavouritecat,’ ‘ilovemanchesterunited’ and ‘carlosfromcancun.’”
Look, it’s really simple, if you’re going to use a site like AdultFriendFinder, it’s smart to use a secure password, like something with letters, numerals, and symbols. But also, everything we do is futile because even if you use a secure password, a hacker can just get in there, steal 400 million accounts, and then a bunch of websites can make fun of your password. So maybe just make “¯_(ツ)_/¯” your password and call it day. Just kidding, use strong passwords, people.
What does it take to get you to vote? Is it civic duty? A profound belief in a candidate? Fear of another candidate?
For almost half the American population, none of these things matter because they don’t vote. In fact, only about 56 percent of Americans voted in 2008. There are no numbers on this, but it’s entirely reasonable to think that maybe more people say “Thanks, Obama” than voted for him.
So what does it take? Money? Would you like money out of a candidate’s pocket? Well, that’s not gonna happen, buddy! This is America! We don’t pay for votes here, so take it some place else.
But what about those celebrity videos? Can Stanley Tucci get you to vote?
Sorry, Tucc. No. Celebrity videos where they guilt you into voting don’t work because they depend on the old theory of “rational self-interest,” i.e. the idea that people will vote based on heavily-reinforced social norms. People don’t operate based on “rational self interest,” do they? People say that they’re going to vote but, in many cases, don’t actually do it.
Over on YouTube, The Nerdwriter found something that just might work: shame. That’s right, if shamed into it, people will vote. He offers some different methods for implementing the age-old practice of shame, like a thing on Facebook that says “I Voted” or, the Scarlett Letter of the digital age, “I Didn’t Vote.”