Meet 2 real-life guys behind Donald Trump's "400 pound hacker" stereotype


At the first presidential debate this week, GOP nominee Donald Trump fat-shamed a fictional IT character he made up. Speaking about a series of hacks on Democratic National Committee organizations, Trump said, “I mean, it could be Russia, but it could also be China. It could also be lots of other people. It also could be somebody sitting on their bed that weighs 400 pounds, OK? You don’t know who broke in to DNC.”

Trump's mean trope of a hacker “sitting on their bed that weighs 400 pounds” is nothing new to “XXL and greater” sized information security professionals.

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El Cajon police say unarmed black man pointed vape at officer before he was shot to death

Agnes Hasam, a family friend of the late Alfred Olango, speaks to protesters at El Cajon Police HQ to protest the killing of an unarmed man Tuesday by officers. September 28, 2016.  REUTERS
Alfred Okwera Olango, who was black, was fatally shot by police in El Cajon, California on Tuesday. Police in the San Diego suburb city say the 38 year old Ugandan immigrant pointed a vape pen or e-cigarette device at them, before police shot the man to death.

Officers were responding to a call of a man behaving erratically, and walking in traffic. Olango's friends and supporters say court records show that he suffered from mental illness, and may have been experiencing a seizure before his death. An El Cajon police officer is believed to have shot Olango within as little as one or two minutes after arriving at the scene.

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Serena Williams on police killings of black Americans: "I won’t be silent"


The world's greatest living tennis player wrote something on Facebook today about police killings of unarmed black Americans.

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Shooting at South Carolina's Townville Elementary school injures 1 teacher, 2 kids. Teen suspect arrested.


Two students and a teacher were injured in a shooting today at Townville Elementary School in Anderson County, South Carolina. A teenager identified as the shooting suspect is now in police custody.

“A bad man came to our school today,” 4-year-old Townville student Amber Jolly told a television news reporter.

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Teen boy in Saudi Arabia arrested for “unethical behaviour" after flirty chat with YouTube teen girl star


A teen boy has been arrested in Saudi Arabia for “unethical behaviour,” after he did a cute internet video chat with an American YouTube starlet.

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The Hillary Shimmy Song, by Jonathan "Song a Day Man" Mann


From our prolific internet songwriter friend Jonathan "Song a Day Man" Mann, a wonderfully catchy little ditty for this shitshow of an election season. The Hillary Shimmy Song.

This dude is coming at me I just smile and let him be The dude brought your own rope He put the bullet in the gun so I’m just gonna shimmy

Shimmy Shimmy Shimmy Shimmy HRC Shimmy Shimmy Shimmy Shimmy Hillary

He just keeps on shouting, “Wrong!” So I’ll get my Jim Halpert on He is a flightless bird I think I’ll never say another word I’ll just be singing this song

Jonathan Mann writes a song every single day, and he has been doing that for the last 7+ years.

Through sick days, tired days, days with no inspiration, the death of my grandma, the breakup of a 5 year long relationship, the marriage to my wife and the birth of our son - I've never missed a day. This is my life's work. You can see my most current song, as well as songs from year's past over at If you want to support me in my Song A Day quest, there are several ways!. I have many albums for sale on Bandcamp.

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Ultimate wiggle GIF, now with 100% more Hillary


Wiggle wiggle.

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Smartphones Replaced With Butter


“We’ve secretly replaced the fine smartphones they usually serve with sticks of butter. Let’s see if anyone can tell the difference!”

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Realistic Donald Trump 3D t-shirt with "hair in the wind" effect


You, too, can now have Donald Trump's hair. On a t-shirt. IMGURian Jakob Brask is crowdsourcing these Donald Trump 3D t-shirt with "natural windblown hair" effect.

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Sassy Trump Has Himself a Hissy Fit at the Debate


As with each and every episode of his genius 'Sassy Trump' voicedub series, actor-director-comedienne Peter Serafinowicz is using 100% actual Donald Trump's own words here. He's just voicing them differently. More authentically, perhaps.

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Shimon Peres, former Israeli PM who worked for peace, has died at 93 after a stroke

Shimon Peres, 2014 REUTERS

One of the great political leaders of Israel, Nobel peace prize laureate Shimon Peres, has died. He was 93 years old. He suffered a stroke two weeks ago.

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Hand-Crafted Poké Ball May Be Peak Pokémon, But Is Still Totally Awesome


The artisan behind this Pokémon "Poké Ball" (aka Monster Ball) masterpiece is Jasper Hams.

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NASA’s Hubble Spots Possible Water Plumes Erupting on Jupiter's Moon Europa

NASA/ESA/W. Sparks (STScI)/USGS Astrogeology Science Center

Astronomers working with the NASA Hubble Space Telescope have captured images of what might be water vapor plumes erupting from the surface of Jupiter's moon Europa. “This finding bolsters other Hubble observations suggesting the icy moon erupts with high altitude water vapor plumes,” reports NASA. “ The observation increases the possibility that missions to Europa may be able to sample Europa’s ocean without having to drill through miles of ice.”

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Twitter is in takeover talks with Google,, and other potential buyers

Jack Dorsey, chairman of Twitter and CEO of Square REUTERS/Rebecca Cook and Google are two of the technology giants who have expressed interest in a possible buyout of the struggling social media firm Twitter, according to various reports.

Reuters describes today's news leak as “the start of what is likely to be a slow-rolling auction of the high-profile but money-losing social media company.”

CNBC reported the Twitter sale talks rumors, citing anonymous sources. Twitter is in talks with companies including Google/Alphabet, and may receive a formal bid from them soon. Citing an anonymous source, Reuters says is also pursuing Twitter.


Twitter and Alphabet Inc, Google's parent company did not respond to a request for comment. Salesforce declined to comment. Verizon, another company mentioned in media reports on Friday as a possible suitor, said it did not comment on M&A rumors but that it had not submitted a bid for the company.

From Mike Isaac et al, at the New York Times:

Twitter, based in San Francisco, is talking with, Google and others about a possible takeover of the company, people briefed on the discussions said on Friday. The talks are in the early stages, these people said, with no guarantee that a deal will be reached. In particular, Jack Dorsey, Twitter’s chief executive, is resistant to selling to some of the potential acquirers, they said.

Twitter is also weighing a possible revamping that could involve divestitures and layoffs, the people said. Two divisions that Twitter is considering divesting itself of are Vine, the mobile six-second video service, and MoPub, a mobile advertising business, they said.

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Compare Trump and Clinton's debate strengths with this one weird "South Park" trick


This wonderful little video by Randy Olson lays out one argument for why as a public political speaker, Donald Trump is perceived to be such a crowd-pleaser, and Hillary Clinton gets weaker scores. It's all about narrative design. Read the rest

The time it takes to be a woman

A team working with our video director genius friend Joe Sabia created this video for Glamour, that calculates the difference in total time that men and women spend, on average, on a variety of everyday activities.

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