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Why the first Best Buy Geek Squad car was so coolMotoramic

So, the founder of Geek Squad is like the coolest person. They should've stuck with Simcas.

The French-built Simcas were rare when new in the United States — with odd styling, small size and relative lack of motivation making them less popular than other imports. When he launched Geek Squad, Stephens needed both a car to get around in and advertising, paying $2,200 for this Aronde sedan in 1994.


Outrageous Waste—America's Secret Strategy for Military DeterrenceMedium

It's no secret the U.S. has spent a lot on defense, but what if cost overruns were part of the strategy?

Five years later, I'm beginning to wonder if it wasn't a dream after all. What if American military strategy involves deliberately overspending for the sole purpose of placing weapons out of reach of the rest of the world?

What if we spend decades and billions on cancelled and troubled projects, creating the appearance of difficulty and incompetence, in order to deceive our enemies and dissuade them from building advanced jets, tanks and ships?

Explaining The Terrifying Bug That Just Exposed A Huge Portion Of The Internet's SecretsDigg

Oh, you're going to want to pay attention to this. And have some new passwords in mind.

The HeartBleed bug is unique and terrifying because it allows anyone to read the memory of systems protected by the now-vulnerable versions of OpenSSL software. Once someone with malicious intent reads this memory, they can grab the secret keys the service uses to encrypt the traffic, names and passwords of the users and then retrieve all sorts of private data.


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