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Dirty Diesel: VW’s Unclean Hack

Volkswagen’s stupendously wicked, self-inflicted mortal wound reveals an overlooked fact. Hackers delivered this global harm; hackers who likely worked for Volkswagen; hackers who cranked out this nasty code based on the absurd rationale that they thought they were clever and…

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Skyrunning: The Art of the Possible

Mix running, alpine climbing, and mental grit, and what do you get? Skyrunning: the quirky adventure sport in which you run up and hurtle down mountains for kicks. This isn’t a quick, smooth road race or a slow, steady assault…

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Dean Potter’s Gift

Celebrated climber Dean Potter’s death from a tragically failed wingsuit BASE jump this past May hit me harder than I expected, and maybe understandably, since I had met the legendary man himself at a Reel Rock movie screening (a movie…

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Startup to ShutDown: What’s Next?

Sarah M. was not the typical candidate for a startup. Until a few months ago, she’d worked extensively in property management, specializing in relocating professional athletes. But then she read about Campus Coliving, a new-fangled housing startup for Millennials (think…

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