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If You Aspire to Be a Great Leader, Be Present

Some years ago, we worked with a director of a multinational pharma company who’d been receiving poor grades for engagement and leadership effectiveness. Although he tried to change, nothing seemed to work. As his frustration grew, he started tracking the time he spent with each of his direct …

Leadership

Fibonacci Hashing: The Optimization that the World Forgot (or: a Better Alternative to Integer Modulo)

I recently posted a blog post about a new hash table, and whenever I do something like that, I learn at least one new thing from my comments. In my …

Mathematics

Most Men Don’t Realize They’re Depressed. Here’s How to Recognize the Signs and Seek Help.

Real talk: Some 30% of men will suffer a bout of depression at some point in their lifetime. So chances are at least a few of your friends—and …

Depression

Insiders Swear By This Google Hack Every Time They Travel

Traveling to a new city can be exhilarating, but coordinating the logistics can be a pain if you're not prepared. Bustling airports, unfamiliar …

Google Maps

25 Things You Need to Do When You Move Into Your New Home

Take care of these vital tasks right away to avoid headaches later.<p>The minute you walk in to your new home, your mind will be racing with to-dos. …

Home Improvement

These Gravity-Defying Hills Are One of The Strangest Natural Phenomena We've Seen

Where cars drift uphill.<p>Scattered across the world are a number of bewildering 'mystery spots' that appear to defy gravity - places where cars seem …

Physics

6 Types of Knots Every Outdoorsman Should Know

Whether you’re tying your tent’s rainfly down in a nasty storm, lashing your kayak to a well-used roof rack, or making some on-the-trail gear …

Handy

Russian Router Malware Just Got Much Worse: What to Do

Remember that Russian router malware warning from last week? The situation is even worse than we originally thought, and a whole lot more router …

Wi-Fi

This $40 box instantly adds gigabit Ethernet anywhere in your home

If you thought having wired gigabit internet in your home was just a dream, think again. You don’t need to pay some company $1,000 to run Cat6 …

Wi-Fi

Jira bug exposed private server keys at major companies, researcher finds

A major TV network, a UK cell giant, and one US government agency are among the companies affected.<p>Several tech giants and major companies are …

Information Security

Don’t Acquire a Company Before You’ve Asked These Questions

Large companies in industries ranging from retail, to aerospace, to financial services are buying talent and technology to develop new digital capabilities and reinvent themselves quickly. But they will need to adopt the more hard-headed way that Silicon Valley companies evaluate acquisitions for …

Innovation

You Are Probably Using the Wrong HDMI Cord

It’s not your fault, but it is very likely that you’re using the wrong HDMI cord to plug that 4K Apple TV or PS4 Pro into your new TV. While you …

Set-Top Boxes

Imagining a Cyber Surprise: How Might China Use Stolen OPM Records to Target Trust?

Editor’s Note: This is the fourth installment in “Off Guard,” a series on surprise in war inspired by a new CSIS study. Read the rest of the series …

Cybersecurity

Don't Scale an Unprofitable Business: Why Unit Economics (Still) Matter

With venture funding having grown more than 120% in the US in the last five years, startup founders and investors alike have grown increasingly …

Small Business

Confused about parentheses and brackets? Here’s help

Parentheses and brackets set off portions of text from the whole for various purposes.Parentheses, appearing almost exclusively in pairs, are usually …

Language

Voice assistants could be fooled by commands you can't even hear

Many people already consider voice assistants to be too invasive to let them listen in on conversations in their homes — but that’s not the only thing they should worry about. Researchers from the University of California, Berkeley, want you to know that they might be also be vulnerable to attacks …

Critical PGP and S/MIME bugs can reveal encrypted emails—uninstall now [Updated]

The flaws can expose emails sent in the past and "pose an immediate threat."<p><i>The research for this post is now public. See this post for details. A</i> …

Report: Insecure Contractor Emails Leave Government Vulnerable

Federal IT contractors aren’t using an email security tool that’s now mandated for agencies.<p><b>Out of 50 top government information technology</b> …

Cybersecurity

Microsoft Secures IoT from the Microcontroller Up

Frustrated by the glut of unsecured IoT devices? So are Microsoft. And they’re using custom Linux and hardware to do something about it.Microsoft …

Jeff Bezos Banned PowerPoint in Meetings. His Replacement Is Brilliant

Narrative memos have replaced PowerPoint presentations at Amazon. Here are three reasons why.<p>In his 2018 annual letter, Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos repeated his rule that PowerPoint is banned in executive meetings. What Bezos replaces it with provides even more valuable insight for …

Public Speaking

Organizational Values: The Most Underutilized Corporate Asset

After over 30 years of working with organizations globally, I can confidently state that most companies don’t fully understand and embrace organizational values. Further, those that do have a competitive edge.<p>You only have to read the headlines to see abuses of power and corporate malfeasance: …

Employee Engagement

One machine to rule them all: A ‘Master Algorithm’ may emerge sooner than you think

It’s excusable if you didn’t notice it when a scientist named Daniel J. Buehrer, a retired professor from the National Chung Cheng University in Taiwan, published a white paper earlier this month proposing a new class of math that could lead to the birth of machine consciousness. Keeping up with …

Intel, Microsoft to use GPU to scan memory for malware

The company is also using its processors’ performance monitoring to detect malicious code.<p>Since the news of the Meltdown and Spectre attacks earlier …

Information Security

How to use Excel's Data Model to turn related data into meaningful information

Excel's Data Model feature allows you to build relationships between data sets for easier reporting. Here's how to use it to make data analysis …

Databases

The Marine Corps Is Taking Cyber Warfare to the Front Lines

More reasons that no one wants to mess with America's "911'" force.Hacking isn’t a job for programmers at their desks anymore. The U.S. Marine Corps …

Local Farmers Will Replace Oil And Electric Companies, If A Purdue Prof Gets His Way

A Purdue University professor is developing a way for farmers to capture solar energy without blocking the sunlight their crops need.<p>The solar collectors being developed by Chemical Engineering Professor Rakesh Agrawal and his colleagues would capture infrared radiation for energy production while …

Clean Energy

A snooper's dream? This "camera" is just a millimetre wide, is powered by light and will never run out of power

By harvesting light for power, this tiny camera could be hidden anywhere and never run out of power<p>A new, millimetre-wide, light-powered camera could …

What is the math behind elliptic curve cryptography?

Introduction<p>When someone sends bitcoin to you, they send the bitcoin to your address. If you want to spend any of the bitcoin that is sent to your …

The simple secret to making the perfect gin and tonic

The gin and tonic is just one of <i>those</i> cocktails.<p>Lore has it that the concoction was created by British colonists in the 1800s when they mixed antimalarial quinine tonic with gin and sugar. Over the centuries, it's become a default cocktail of summer: cool and refreshing.<p>Gin is essentially vodka …

Bathroom hand-dryers suck in poo-particles and aerosolize them all over you and everything else

A new study in <i>Applied and Environmental Microbiology</i> (Sci-Hub mirror) conducted microbial surveys of the bathrooms at the University of Connecticut …