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Four short links: 28 May 2013

Schwab account, high school friends, cryptographic hash function, relevant education

Coinbase Leads Charge In Bitcoins Consumerization | TechCrunch -- As a Bitcoin wallet, an exchange and a merchant payment-processing system, Coinbase is one of the most, if not the most, legit, user-friendly Bitcoin startups out there, a position it solidified by raising $5 million from Twitter investor Fred Wilson among others the largest investment to date in a Bitcoin startup. Bitcoin has zero transaction costs, which is a huge advantage over our existing credit card, pay-on-line paradigm that incurs fees of 2-5 percent on every transaction.

Dear WordPress, | Matt Mullenweg -- Thanks for everything WordPress! Thanks to WordPress a single mom can make a living, have fun, and start a business : ) Whats funny is that 10 years ago I graduated from high school, wish I would have found WordPress then, I would be a pro by now!

Anatomy of a hack: How crackers ransack passwords like qeadzcwrsfxv1331 | Ars Te ... -- While Anderson's 47-percent success rate is impressive, it's miniscule when compared to what real crackers can do, as Anderson himself made clear. The most thorough of the three cracks was carried out by Jeremi Gosney , a password expert with Stricture Consulting Group . Using a commodity computer with a single AMD Radeon 7970 graphics card , it took him 20 hours to crack 14,734 of the hashes, a 90-percent success rate. (oclHashcat-plus is the freely available password-cracking software both Anderson and all crackers in this article used.) Steube unscrambled 13,486 hashes (82 percent) in a little more than one hour, using a slightly more powerful machine that contained two AMD Radeon 6990 graphics cards .

How to hire good people instead of nice people Quartz -- You might think you are a good person, but you are fallible, so if you want to avoid inadvertently doing something evil you must surround yourself with good people, not nice people. Or if you say you only hire the goodhearted, you will attract those people. This also means that I will end up with a surplus of people I care about but cannot hire, so if I hire you, youll need to help me find jobs for the others. People should help each other learn things, and Ill help too. Then it hit me that I cannot do that to anyone because Im about to be a mom and I have to think about what kind of role model I want to be for my child. Deborah and her husband have become friends with my wife and me because, although nice people are a dime-a-dozen, good people like them are hard to find. I said, But that is my dream too, so we agreed I would hire him to help me work on articles like this one in which I teach you how to hire better.

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