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Online piracy has been around for quite some time, and nearly everyone has a position on whether it is moral, legal, fun, horrible, and how to deal with it.  Piracy is an important issue, and for good reason, there is no direct compensation to artists who have worked so hard to create the content. Some may argue that the exposure, and freedom to preview an album leads to long term gains with paying customers, and that may very well be true, but hasn’t been proven conclusively.

 

What most people do agree on is that streaming services such as Rdio and Spotify which are paid, legal and licensed ways to access music libraries are fair. Recently this system has been challenged most notably by artist Taylor Swift claiming that the profit margins made from streaming companies don't fairly compensate the value of the work. Specially she made reference to the ad support tier of spotify stating it made her music look cheap.

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Bronie: A name typically given to the male viewers/fans (whether they are straight, gay, bisexual.ect.) of the My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic show or franchise. They typically do not give in to the hype that males are not allowed to enjoy things that may be intended for females.

For many people programming seems like something "nerds" might do, or something really advanced, and probably something they don't have time for. But programming isn't as difficult as one might think, and also has some unexpected beneficial consequences. Today I want to talk about the 10 reasons people should learn to code.

As a security conscious person two factor authentication has always been an attractive solution to me.  It provides a quick and easy way for me to add an extra level of security to my online accounts without having to remember yet more passwords.  But what is two factor authentication?  Well two factor authentication is the idea of accessing your accounting something you know, such as your password and then uses something you have which can be anything from a mobile phone, to an authenticator gadget or app.  In my case, many of the websites I use two factor authentication on use my phone and a text message.

Not long ago I discovered that I could enable such a mechanism on Facebook.  Traditionally Facebook uses their own app to generate security codes in order to get into your account, however they do provide the option to hook your phone up to your account. Armed with this I went about having the code to verify my phone sent via text, completed setting up my account. Simple right?

Today we celebrate earth day, a day where we as a community look for ways to help reduce our footprint and make the planet a better place for future generations. We all know and have heard countless ways to protect our planet, but many of us neglect a growing industry and problem that we face for years to come; The technology we use and love through energy, and electronic waste contributes heavily to our global footprint.