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Keeping Your Car's Computer Safe From Viruses
2012-08-21 08:50:56

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online A virus on a computer can be bad enough, possibly leading to hacked accounts and even broken hardware. A virus on your car´s computer however, could be downright dangerous. As our world progresses, so too does our desire to computerize everything, and our cars have become quite advanced. Staying one step ahead, the McAfee team at Intel Corp has been working away in a very unusual office for computer programmers and...

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2012-07-11 15:31:49

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online In an ongoing attempt to protect our country from cyberthreats, the U.S. government has adopted the old adage, “If you can´t beat them, join them,” as they look to recruit hackers to carry out attacks on their enemies. According to a report in the Guardian, the U.S. could be responsible for hiring hackers to carry out attacks against islamist terrorist organizations in the future. Likening this choice to hiring...

Pastebin Cracking Down On Hackers
2012-04-03 13:41:55

After years of use and abuse by hackers, Pastebin is taking a stand by vowing to purge improper use from its servers. The site was originally created in 2002 to host small amounts of text and was intended for programmers looking to store bits of code and configuration information. More recently, the site has been attracting activity from hacker collectives like Anonymous and LulzSec. These hackers have used Pastebin for more dubious and often illegal purposes, including the dumping of...

US Chamber Of Commerce Quietly Shut Down Chinese Hackers
2011-12-21 09:47:31

It is believed that hackers, based in China, gained access to America´s top business-lobbying group, the US Chamber of Commerce. It is not known when the initial break-in occurred but security officials from the Chamber quietly shut the breech down in May of 2010, Nicholas Wadhams of Bloomberg reports. The hackers gained access to everything stored on its systems, including information about its three million members, and was one of the boldest known infiltrations in what has become a...

Civil War Took Bigger Toll Than Previously Estimated
2011-09-22 03:34:17

  The Civil War – already considered the deadliest conflict in American history – in fact took a toll far more severe than previously estimated. That's what a new analysis of census data by Binghamton University historian J. David Hacker reveals. Hacker says the war's dead numbered about 750,000, an estimate that's 20 percent higher than the commonly cited figure of 620,000. His findings will be published in December in the journal Civil War History. "The traditional...


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humgruffin
  • A terrible or repulsive person.
Regarding the etymology of 'humgruffin,' the OED says (rather unhelpfully) that it's a 'made-up word.' We might guess that 'hum' comes from 'humbug' or possibly 'hum' meaning 'a disagreeable smell,' while 'gruffin' could be a combination of 'gruff' and 'griffin.'