Someone sent Brian Krebs an envelope filled with $100 and $50 bills. Unfortunately, they were fake. Fortunately, this is exactly why Krebs wanted to get his hands on them, to see how good these fakes were on his blog KrebsOnSecurity.

This latest “donation” to Krebs On Security arrived via USPS Priority Mail, just days after I’d written about counterfeit cash sold online by a shadowy figure known only as “MrMouse.” These counterfeits had previously been offered on “dark web” — sites only accessible using special software such as Tor — but I wrote about MrMouse’s funny money because he’d started selling it openly on Reddit, as well as on a half-dozen hacker forums that are quite reachable on the regular Internet.

Sure enough, the package contained the minimum order that MrMouse allows: $500, split up into four fake $100s and two phony $50 bills — all with different serial numbers. I have no idea who sent the bogus bills; perhaps it was MrMouse himself, hoping I’d write a review of his offering. After all, since my story about his service was picked up by multiple media outlets, he’s changed his sales thread on several crime forums to read, “As seen on KrebsOnSecurity, Business Insider and Ars Technica…”

How would you rate these fake bills?

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Reddit is one of the most popular websites in the world but up until now the site didn’t have it’s own official app for iPhone or Android. Reddit’s stance was that the third-party apps out there pretty much get it right so why waste resources reinventing the wheel. Alien Blue is the default goto app for anyone on an iOS device while Android has a few popular choices.

Reddit’s first official app focuses strictly on the AMA (Ask Me Anything) subreddit. The AMA subreddit is one of reddit’s most popular and, if you’re not familiar with it, is a Q&A with everyone from NASA scientists, phone sex operators, A-List celebrities even the President of the United States.

The app, Ask Me Anything — official reddit AMA app, is available on iOS now and will be released on Android later this week.

Discover “Ask Me Anything” interviews with everyone from movie stars to astronauts to artists in the official AMA app from reddit.

  • Keep up to date with all the latest AMA interviews
  • Ask a question when someone is marked as ACTIVE
  • Get notified when popular AMAs are trending
  • See every answered question in an easy-to-read format perfect for mobile
  • Vote questions and answers up and down to help prioritize the best content
  • Explore diverse topics like Entertainment, Science and Politics

“We want to make it easier for new users to join Reddit and experience all the awesome content,” said Ellen Pao, senior VP at Reddit who oversees the company’s mobile efforts. “That’s part of the overall goal of becoming a more mature company.”

Over the last three decades, CEO compensation grew far faster than that of other highly paid workers, those earning more than 99.9 percent of other wage earners. CEO compensation in 2012 was 4.75 times greater than that of the top 0.1 percent of wage earners, a ratio 1.5 higher than the 3.25 ratio that prevailed over the 1947–1979 period (this wage gain is equivalent to the wages of 1.5 high wage earners).[EPI]

Over the years I have covered income inequality on this site more than I care to remember. The sad fact is that the statistics show that it just keeps getting worse and worse. Nothing is getting easier for the common man and it seems as if everyone earning the top 1% of the income seems to think that this is somehow a sustainable model. In 2013 Congress had a chance to alleviate some of the pressure but instead chose to secretly repeal an act that would have kept executive pay in check.

Back in 2013 I wrote about how 75% of all Americans are living paycheck to paycheck. Being forced to choose between putting food on their table and fixing their car that just broke down, or paying for that emergency medical procedure that just came up.

These numbers aren’t pulled out of thin air, they’re based on facts that take years to collect. It’s a proven fact that the average American has little to no effect on policy decision in United States.

A startling new political science study concludes that corporate interests and mega wealthy individuals control U.S. policy to such a degree that “the preferences of the average American appear to have only a minuscule, near-zero, statistically non-significant impact upon public policy.”

Sadly so many of these facts seem like things that most people are resigned to. They’re not a surprise to anyone nor are they issues that haven’t been brought up before. The problem is that no one seems to know what the answer is or how to resolve any of these issues. The one thing we know for is that the people making all of the money, the people that keep getting richer at the expense of the rest of the country are never going to voluntarily decide to give up their wealth, to suddenly realize that they are the direct cause of the inequality and suffering that is taking place in this country.

Yes, we all love our kids and wouldn’t trade the memories of all of those summer vacations with them for anything in the world. Still, by the time late August rolls around and “back to school” starts to seem more like a reality rather than just a marketing crutch to sell pencils, backpacks and 3 ring binders, there’s a magical sort of endorphin rush that parents are often overcome by.

The 2014 season finale of Mythbusters aired earlier tonight. At the end of the episode co-hosts Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage announced that Kari Byron, Grant Imahara and Tory Belleci wouldn’t be returning for the 2015 season and that they, Savage and Hyneman, would be the sole hosts again. After the episode the official Mythbusters Twitter account posted this tweet:

Fan reaction was swift and disgruntled

It wasn’t all bad though:

There hasn’t been any official mention as to why the three staples are leaving the show but rumor has it that Adam and Jamie are going to be focusing more on their builds and the process they use to ultimately support their conclusions.

This is more in touch with the original concept of the show.

Congresswoman Eshoo’s Reddit contest to rebrand ‘net neutrality’

Rep_Anna_EshooToday I launched a contest on Reddit to rebrand ‘net neutrality’ — the term used to describe the principle of all Internet traffic being created equal and that it should be treated as such.

In May, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) proposed new Internet traffic rules under the guise of net neutrality. But if approved, the proposed plan could split the flow of online traffic into tiers by allowing priority treatment to big online corporations that pay higher fees to broadband providers. This would mean a fast lane for those who can afford it and a slow lane for everyone else, hindering small businesses, innovators and Internet users.

Internet users know what they want and expect from the Internet, but these days all the jargon about net neutrality rules is making it difficult to know what box to check that advances their best interest. So I’m hosting this contest to rebrand net neutrality and bring some clarity to an otherwise muddy legal debate before the FCC finalizes its proposed open Internet rules. If Internet users care about their right to uninhibited access to the Internet, this is their opportunity to have an impact on the process, to help put the advantage back in the hands of the Internet user, and to ensure that the free and open Internet prevails.

The contest is free to enter and the rules are simple. The most popular entry on this Reddit post will be declared the winner on September 8, 2014. Participants are reminded to refrain from using vulgar or otherwise inappropriate language.

I hope you will participate and I thank you for it.

RepAnnaEshoo

If you had the chance to change the name of ‘net neutrality’ to something more clear and easy to understand, or just to be more creative, what would you call it?

There’s a reason animals never gave up in the millions of years it took to evolve legs and start making their way on land. That reason? Because the ocean is a scary fucking place!

Let the shark be a cautionary tale. There are worse things than being tricked into biting fake bait on a fishing line. And, one of those things is ending up as real bait to a big ass grouper.

In this modern, fast paced world that we live in things change rapidly. New breakthroughs in technology, science and medicine make our lives better, allows us to live longer and gives us insights into the Universe that were unimaginable a generation ago.

Fortunately these amazing innovations and advancements aren’t limited to high tech gadgets and scientific discoveries. In fact, one of the most astounding discoveries of the past 200 years has nothing at all to do with technology and has everything to do with bananas.

I’ve lived on this planet for 40 years and up until a few weeks ago I considered myself at least moderately intelligent. I like to eat bananas. I mean, I wouldn’t exactly call myself a banana connoisseur but at the very least I thought I knew how to eat them. I was wrong.

The popular notion in banana eating circles is that the stem on top of the banana is like a pull tab to get the peeling process started. Wrong! That stem is the banana’s handle! Or, as I like to call it, the Banandle™.

Check out the gallery below for a step-by-step guide to the proper way to eat a banana.

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Not only does this method give you a sweet ass handle to eat your banana it also makes the banana more structurally sound. No more having the top half of your banana break off and splat on the floor. And possibly the best part of the “upside down” banana peeling method is it doesn’t create any of those creepy banana strings that come off the banana when you’re peeling it the old-fashioned way.