Friday, February 27, 2015
In 2013, Target had a massive data breach in which 70 million customers had their credit and debit card information stolen.
Today, the company has finally revealed the losses it took from the breach, a staggering $162 million.
In 2013, the company booked a $61 million gross loss and $191 million for 2014. Cyber attack insurance covered $90 million over the two years. Those figures could get larger in 2015 as the retailer faces a number of class action lawsuits.
In recent months, attacks on retailers and other companies have escalated, culminating with a breach by Anthem Health, one of the largest health insurance companies in the U.S.
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The crew over at Vsauce has set out to answer a very important and critical question: would car headlights work at the speed of light? Unsurprisingly, the answer is not simple, but in the process, you do learn a lot about general relativity and photons and other sciencey stuff.
As Vsauce explains, you could never have a car travelling at the speed of light — nothing with mass can travel at the speed of light. So your car would have to be massless; but it would also not experience time, or be able to turn headlights on, for starters.
As with most things involving relativity, it's a little difficult to understand. But if you can follow along for 12 minutes, you'll definitely have some serious knowledge ready for your next dinner party. Just don't invite the physics department. [YouTube]
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