Looking Back at a Year (Almost) Without English

By Scott Young

A few days ago I came back to Vancouver, marking the end of this project Vat and I started over a year ago. Together we lived in Spain, Brazil, China and Korea, all while trying to speak as little English as possible.

In this post, I’m going to recap the successes and stumbles of the project, along with what I think it means for travel and language learning.

Side note: I haven’t forgotten about the final update for Korea. I was hoping on releasing that article first, but we hit some delays editing the interviews, so I’m switching the order and putting this one first.

Was the Project a Success?

There were three dimensions of success I was interested in throughout the project. The first, was simply how well we avoided speaking English—the namesake and primary constraint of the project. Second, what level did we reach in each language? Finally, what was the overall experience of travel, did not speaking English improve the journey?

Did We Go a Year Without English?

No. I would have liked to report that we went an entire year without speaking any English. The idea was that I could come back to Canada, having removed myself from having conversations in …read more

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Category: Personal Development

Namecheap says accounts compromised in hacking incident

By Jeremy Kirk, IDG News Service

Hosting provider Namecheap said Monday hackers compromised some of its users’ accounts, likely using a recently disclosed list of 1.2 billion usernames and passwords compiled by Russian hackers.

The “vast majority” of login attempts have failed, wrote Matt Russell, vice president of hosting, on a company blog.

The attackers are trying brute-force attempts to gain control of accounts, which involves repeatedly trying different usernames and passwords until the right combination grants access.

“As a precaution, we are aggressively blocking the IP addresses that appear to be logging in with the stolen password data… as well as making this data available to law enforcement,” Russell wrote.

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Via: PCWorld

Category: Business, Apple, GoPro

Why hackers may be stealing your credit card numbers for years

By Jeremy Kirk, IDG News Service

While conducting a penetration test of a major Canadian retailer, Rob VandenBrink bought something from the store. He later found his own credit card number buried in its systems, a major worry.

The retailer, which has hundreds of stores across Canada, otherwise had rock-solid security and was compliant with the security guidelines known as the Payment Card Industry’s Data Security Standards (PCI-DSS), said VandenBrink, a consultant with the IT services company Metafore.

But a simple configuration error allowed him to gain remote access. From there, he found the retailer was vulnerable to the same problem that burned Target, Neiman Marcus, Michaels, UPS Store and others: card data stored in memory that is vulnerable to harvesting by malicious software.

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Category: Business, Apple, GoPro

Man dumps liquid nitrogen on his head in most dangerous Ice Bucket Challenge video yet

By Brad Reed

The band members of Spinal Tap always talked about “the fine line between stupid and clever,” and that’s about all we can think of while watching this latest Ice Bucket Challenge video produced by chemist Muhammad Qureshi, who decided to one-up everyone else who has taken the challenge so far by pouring liquid nitrogen all over his head.

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Category: Science, Ice Bucket Challenge

Customize your PS4 and PS Vita with themes in the next major updates

By Jacob Siegal

The success of the PlayStation 4 in the international market has been well-documented, but that doesn’t mean Sony’s latest home console is without its own unique flaws. In our review last fall, we noted that the app stream on the dashboard was going to become problematic as the PS4′s library began to expand, yet Sony still hasn’t found a way to address the issue in any of its recent updates. In the meantime, the company plans to distract us with dashboard themes.

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Category: Gaming, PlayStation 4, PS Vita, sony

Don’t worry, GTA V is still coming to PS4, Xbox One and PC this fall

By Jacob Siegal

One of the most anticipated next-gen titles of the holiday season is already out… but just not on the platforms we want it. Rockstar Games announced at E3 2014 that Grand Theft Auto V would be making the transition to the PS4, Xbox One and PC this fall, but three months later, we haven’t heard or seen any new signs of the highly anticipated port. Rumors began to spread that GTA V might be delayed, but Rockstar wants to ensure fans that the game is still on track.

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Category: Gaming, grand theft auto v, PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One

Why Beats headphones are so ridiculously overpriced

By Brad Reed

Beats headphones aren’t exactly beloved in the audiophile community and yet Dr. Dre’s company still gets away with charging an obscene $300 per pair for its Beats Studio Headphones. Why? A new MKBHD video that went viral over the weekend does a nice job of breaking things down: Basically, Beats can get away with charging so much more for its headphones thanks to the magic of branding.

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Category: Audio, beats

4 hilariously awful Kickstarters that you will not believe are real

By Brad Reed

Kickstarter has become a wonderful way to watch hilariously deluded people fail to achieve their completely ridiculous dreams. Thanks to the dedicated crew at Reddit’s /r/shittykickstarters community, we’ve found for more incredible anti-gems for you to check out that will hopefully never find enough suckers to get successfully funded.

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Category: Humor, Kickstarter