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Lisa Vaas
Works at the Purveyor of High-Quality Verbiage Co. Ltd.
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He’s got the keys to his own prison, the court says.
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No evidence of a crime, no crime. Imprisoned without charge? That's criminal.
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I love this guy. Theoretically.
Here’s the story of how to turn online dating into a factory whose output consists of churning out soulmates by the tens of thousands.
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Remember when we talked about modernizing government IT back in 2010? Fast-forward to President Obama's newly hatched plan to update it.
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Wait! We interrupt this post to alert you that your library books are overdue. Pay the fine NOW—Visa, MasterCard, Wire Service?—to avoid arrest and imprisonment by the librarian police.
They’re posing as courts or US Marshals, with call centers, call-back protocols, specific names and designated court hearing times.
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Is it free speech if it's not funny?
Funny or a public menace? The fake posts included an ad that offered sex offenders an opportunity to become “honorary” members of the force.
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More than a year after a GAO report found problems with its identity verification techniques, the IRS was still letting taxpayers answer 4 questions to get a PIN. Questions with easily found/guessed/purchased answers, such as "On which of the following streets have you lived?"
The US tax agency has pulled the plug on the 2FA system after sniffing out 800 fraudulent returns filed with the PINs.
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"Smombies." It would be funnier if it weren't for a 15-year-old Munich girl getting killed by a tram. She had earbuds in, listening to music. Please, be careful, everybody. 
“Smombies” (smartphone zombies): it’s an amusing portmanteau for a serious problem. Now Germany is trying to help improve road safety for those who don’t want to look up.
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It was love at 88th sight.
Here’s the story of how to turn online dating into a factory whose output consists of churning out soulmates by the tens of thousands.
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itty bitty payments for my itty bitty fragments of attention? Without malvertising, boggy page loading, or tracking? Hmmm. That's a definite maybe. The proof is in the pudding.
You’ll get micropayments in Bitcoin if you opt in to see ads that won’t bog down page loading, track you like a blood hound or mess with your privacy.
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Pas$w0rdMtR$rUNr3Libl3
So you think you’ve got a strong password and you want to test it. What could possibly go wrong?
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And then again, plenty of grownups would sell their work passwords.
Teens are aware of what their personal data is worth: about as much as a large pizza, according to a new study.
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Make it real. Make it FUN! Great tips from Rob Cheyne and Kevin Young re: fun demos and more.
Yes, you can convince employees that security is important. Here's how to have fun in the process of end-user training with real-world demos.
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    Chief Purveyor, 2008 - present
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  • Goddard College
    Creative Writing, 2009 - 2011
  • Emerson College
    Communications/Film, 1983 - 2011
  • Northeastern University
    Journalism, 1980 - 1983
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What a Mickey Mouse operation. I was told to call at 8:15 am to get a same-day appointment for my mother, who needs to be checked up on after having a UTI. I call at 8:15 and get a malfunction tone: one dial, quick busy signal. I try, again and again, no luck. I give up, call the overlord company's 844 number. The operator tells me they're not open until 8:30. I look at the center's site: it says it opens at 8. "Keep trying," I'm told, "there've been phone problems," as if there is absolutely no way on God's green earth to get through to anybody there. It's like the Walking Dead: no communication. You have to throw parcels of freeze-dried food over the chainlink fence. You have to physically go there and stab zombies in the eye to get them out of the way so you can reach your doctor. YOU managed to talk to them somehow, i pointed out. There must be more than one phone number for this place. It has employees. They have phones, with phone numbers. Who knows? maybe they keep passenger pigeons. Perhaps by some weird twist of fate they have this new technology I've heard of. I think they call it "email." How are YOU communicating with them? Why can't YOU get through to them and tell them to contact ME on some form of communication device? Nope, no dice. No other phone number exists. No such thing as email. The overlord company's call center operator got her info from a coworker, who told her to "Just tell her to keep calling." I hope their medical care is worth all this. My hopes of that being true are not high.
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