We’ve all been forced to do it: create a password with at least so many characters, so many numbers, so many special characters, and maybe an uppercase letter. Guess what? The guy who invented these standards nearly 15 years ago now admits that they’re basically useless. He is also very sorry.
When State Representative Ramon A. Perez says he didn’t mean to print a screenshot of a Wikipedia page with open porn tabs, we believe him. When he says that he didn’t realize the open porn tabs were visible when he handed out the page, we believe him. When he says that he didn’t personally take the screenshot, it’s a…
Working in demolition is tough. The pay sucks. You’re constantly hauling garbage around. Every job is dangerous. And sometimes—sometimes—you accidentally tear down the wrong building.
While seeking the 2012 Republican nomination, Governor Rick Perry famously proposed abolishing the Department of Energy before forgetting what it was called on live TV, naming it as “Oops” during the GOP debates. As luck would have it, however, Perry will be nominated as Secretary of Oops under President Donald Trump, …
On Tuesday, the Twitter account for Sid Miller, Texas’ Republican Agricultural Commissioner, sent out a message seriously misspelling Hillary Clinton’s name and shortening it by several letters, rendering it as a far more offensive word beginning with “C.” Fortunately, he has a perfectly reasonable explanation for…
Bing, Microsoft’s version of Google, just learned the hard way that fucking up your translation service is a bad way to win friends on the internet.
Email can be a slippery beast, and one thread of messages Gizmodo recently received—seemingly by mistake—has given us a window into how Microsoft prepares its employees for the apparently terrifying prospect of talking to the press.
Last night, Melania Trump, wife of The Donald, delivered a speech during the first night of the Republican National Convention. But soon after, some people began questioning whether Melania or her speechwriters had in fact copied part of Michelle Obama’s 2008 Democratic National Convention speech. CNN reported on the…
It’s a harsh lesson to learn, but internal chat messages like Slack are really not your friend. In fact, they can be your worst enemy. Teachers at the Blackstone Valley Prep High School in Rhode Island learned that lesson in the most embarrassing way possible.
Misaligned mirrors are being blamed for a fire that broke out yesterday at the world’s largest solar power plant, leaving the high-tech facility crippled for the time being. It sounds like the plant’s workers suffered through a real hellscape, too.
As our inevitable descent into digital anarchy looms large, there is some comfort to be taken in the fact that powerful, well-funded entities like the Department of Defense are there to provide protection and security. Psych!
Lindsay Diaz and Alan Cutter were the proud owners of two halves of a duplex in Rowlett, Texas. Sadly it had been damaged by tornadoes over Christmas, but it was ready to be repaired, so things were looking up. Then a demolition company tore it down by accident.
Blockbuster movies that cost millions of dollars with hundreds of talented people working on them still manage to screw up all the time. Whether the screw ups pop up because of editing or deleted scenes or just plain forgetfulness, the most embarrassing movie mistakes are often in the giant sized plot holes that the…
Cyrus Vance, Manhattan’s District Attorney, thinks that encryption is a murderer’s tool. He has testified before Congress about how encryption hurts law enforcement. At the same time, his office is running a biased survey for law enforcement agencies on encryption, a survey that uses obviously leading questions and…
Kanye has tried repeatedly and often to make artist-friendly streaming service Tidal happen. The premise is that Tidal is a “fair” way to stream music, an artist-friendly experience that gives back money to the creators. Which is great, but it appears Kanye can’t be bothered to pay $200 for music software.
Ice is not safe! Did we learn nothing from the photographer who watched $1500 in fancy equipment splash into freezing cold Icelandic waters? Evidently not.
Being famous for being famous isn’t easy. In tandem with the release of apps that let fans trade money for exclusive content, the Kardashian-Jenner sisters launched new websites this week. However, they left the personal data of some 891,340 users right out in the open. Oops.
Yesterday marked Day 1 of the DARPA Robotics Challenge Finals, in which elite robots from around the world faced off to compete for $3.5 million in prizes. We saw some of humanity’s finest bots drive vehicles, remove rubble, cut through walls and climb up stairs.
The best laid plans often go awry. The worst too; like diving down a real chimney as if you were Santa. It's almost definitely bound to go wrong. Don't believe me? Take the following stories as warning.