Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check - Mar 25, 2016
March 25, 2016
Bid'ness is Bid'ness:
What price, loyalty? A survey by cloud identity access management firm SailPoint Technologies finds 27-percent of office workers in large companies in the U.S. would sell their work password to someone outside the firm. And that outpaces the global average of 20-percent. Nice.
Just over half (56-percent) of those willing to sell their password would do so for over a thousand dollars, while some said they'd trade it for as little as $100. SailPoint's CMO JULIETTE RIZKALLAH tells BizReport last year's minimum was $150.
The report highlights more so-called "poor password hygiene," such as using a weak password multiple places, sharing it among co-workers, and being able to easily access corporate data even after leaving the company. The bottom line: employee AND customer data could be easily compromised. (Kaye)
Those @$#%* ISIS terrorists:
The two brothers who blew themselves up in Brussels earlier this week may have been into other, more frightening terror plots.
An expert told NBC News yesterday that the pair had been spying and secretly videotaping a top nuclear researcher and were hoping they might be able to build a so-called "dirty bomb." The more than 10 hours of film showing the senior researcher at a Belgian nuclear center and his family was seized during a Belgian raid in November.
Auto World /Gas Guzzlin' Update:
Got one of those Dyson vacuum cleaners? The London Guardian says the company is now working on an electric car.
Dyson, which is based in the UK, is reportedly getting $246-million dollars "to support research and development for battery technology" which could obviously be used to power that kind of car.
Editor's note: Although you gotta wonder whether they'll want to brand it differently because the obvious marketing line becomes "Dyson's vacuum cleaner car sucks."
Stupid people, stupid places:
Warning: note content.
It's rarely a good idea to light yourself on fire --especially your private parts! A serious booty-shaker named FIRE GYAL FLEXI learned this the hard way when her lady business went up in flames during a Dancehall contest. TMZ.com reports she intended to torch her crotch during a competition and quickly put it out, but applied way too much alcohol and wound up with first-degree burns and lost several layers of skin.
On the bright side, she won $500-bucks, a trophy and continues on to the international round in Jamaica. (Lee)
A brand new dating website matches people based on their body odor.
A New York matchmaking service called 'Smell Dating' asks clients to wear a shirt for three days without bathing. The shirt is then cut into pieces and samples are mailed out to potential mates. If two participants like each other's odor --that's a match. The service is currently in a trial phase with a limited client base of 100 participants. The service was created by artist TEGA BRAIN, a teacher at New York's School for Poetic Computation and SAM LAVIGNE, a researcher at New York University. (Still)
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