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Password cracking and arbitrary requirements

How do password requirements help against hackers?

We humans are terrible with passwords. For that reason alone, developers make remembering and typing passwords a living hell. They want us to expand the character set by adding capital letters, numbers and special characters. And they want us to change our password at certain intervals. After decades of password use, what are the results so far? Do our passwords keep up with the exponential increases in computing power? Let’s find out.

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Captivate your audience by telling a better story

What I learned on a storytelling training

A good storyteller takes their audience on a journey. The story leaves them inspired and motivated. But telling a compelling story is hard. I recently went on a storytelling training and got introduced to eight common story structures. With the aid of these structures, it becomes easier to tell a gripping tale. It’s a great tool to tell your audience the story you want them to experience.

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4 ways the brain and food influence each other

A story of mad scientists and crazy experiments

Our brain tricks our body with food. Almost everything we eat affects our brain, but our brain also influences what we eat and how we perceive it. Food research is an interesting field, where our beliefs of the relation between our brain and food are being challenged every day. There has been some great food research with crazy experiments. After one piqued my interest, I went on a search and listed the most interesting effects the brain has on your food perception.

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Starting intelligent conversation

Cut past the small talk with these tips

The best way to have fun at parties isn’t the small talk. It’s having a deeper, more meaningful conversations in smaller rather than larger groups. The problem is that you often meet people you only see every so often. The rest are strangers. So how do you spark some intelligent, meaningful conversation and cut past the small talk? In this article I will share some of the successful methods I have been using to do just that.

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On critical thinking

Separating right from wrong

Newspapers and magazines often show you headlines of the greatest scientific discoveries ever made. But what of that is true? In a recent conversation with a doctor, he told me how they review certain articles from popular medical journals on mistakes made in the process. They then compare them to the headlines, which often lead to astounding insights in wrong methodology or overly optimistic conclusions. Oftentimes the conclusions shown in media headlines are taking the most positive outcome possible and displaying just that to the world.

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