Last week, the Daily Dot taught you how to spot a Pinterest spammer. Now that same spammer has spotted us. After he read our article about his process of spamming Pinterest through thousands of bot accounts, Steve, who declined to give his last name, contacted us with an offer to clarify some of his methods. He proved his identity by providing a screenshot of his Amazon Affiliate account—the same final-fantas07 that we discussed in the aforementioned article. We were shocked by some of the facts Steve shared. For instance, he makes $1000 a day, and out of his thousands of spambots, Pinterest has only deleted one.Facebook Passwords: Many Employers Can Snoop Them, And Don't Need To Ask - [Boing Boing]
US senators are calling for action on employers' habit of demanding employees' Facebook passwords, but no one seems to notice that many companies configure their computers so that they can eavesdrop on your Facebook, bank, and webmail passwords, even when those passwords are "protected" by SSL. In my latest Guardian column, "Protecting your Facebook privacy at work isn't just about passwords," I talk about how our belief that property rights -- your employer's right to control the software load on the computer they bought for your use -- have come to trump privacy, human rights and basic decency.If You Sleep After You Study, You'll Remember More - [GOOD]
Even better, the researchers concluded that when you go to sleep after learning something, you slow down the rate of memory deterioration—the rate at which you forget things—after you wake up. This suggests that getting adequate sleep is a critical part of learning something new, and plays an important part in stabilizing new memories. There are sure to be follow-up studies, but sleeping instead of pulling an all-nighter seems a wise choice.DEA: Wannabe Cartel Hit Squad Included Former U.S. Soldiers - [Wired]
A DEA sting operation targeting a cell of would-be cartel assassins ended in a violent warehouse showdown over the weekend. Among their ranks: one active-duty Army soldier, and one former G.I. According to a criminal complaint released yesterday in federal court, the showdown occured around 12:30 p.m. Saturday as armed federal agents closed in on the group, who had just arrived at a warehouse in the border city of Laredo, Texas; traveling from Colorado Springs and the nearby Fort Carson military base. They believed they were meeting with members of the Zetas — in reality, undercover DEA agents. The assumed plan: Receive instructions before raiding a ranch holding 20 kilos of stolen cartel cocaine, and then killing the (phony) cocaine thief.A Hundred Years Of Shark Attacks (Infographic) - [National Post] Pic: Six-Year-Old's Can't Read, Right?