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This Brilliant Generator Matches Simpsons Quotes With Stills

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The Simpsons might be the most quotable show of all time. The long-running sitcom is jam-packed with one-liners and witticisms that are all too ripe for meme-making, and that process just got a little easier with Frinkiac—an incredibly helpful search engine that finds stills to match given Simpsons quotes. The extensive generator has over three million screenshots from the first 15 seasons, so no matter how insignificant the line, it can be paired with the corresponding image. 

The ingenious website was created by Sean Schulte, Paul Kehrer, and Allie Young. “We had the idea several years ago when we were quoting The Simpsons at each other all day long, and it was surprisingly difficult to find an image of the scenes we were quoting on Google,” Schulte told WIRED. The actual execution of the project didn't start until about six months ago, but once it began, the process was quick. Schulte continued: "The majority of the code was written in about a week, to parse the video files and upload them to the server and index them and search them.” Young then spent a few weeks fixing up the user interface. 

The way Frinkiac works is fairly simple. As Kehrer explains, the process involves separating each scene into 100 parts and then examining the color scheme of each part. If there's enough difference between the next image and the last image saved, then a new image is created. Frinkiac also parses subtitles that are in line with the visual to match the quotes with the images. Only Season 11 is slightly off, so be warned: those quotes might not be as accurate as others. 

On the whole, Frinkiac works incredibly well. Just type in "can't talk, eating" or "go banana!" and the search engine provides you with stills in real time as you type. Once you find the perfect image, you can click on it and it'll provide the full quote. Next you can edit the text and it will appear right on the image. There's no save option, but you can take a screenshot of the finished product. You can also take a look at the whole episode broken down scene by scene with chopped up lines of dialogue. 

Here is just a small sample of the fun you can have with the interface:

[h/t: WIRED]

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How to Spot the Convincing New Phishing Scam Targeting Netflix Users
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Netflix may send customers the occasional email, but these messages will never ask you to provide them with personal or payment info. You'll want to keep this in mind if you encounter a new phishing scam that The Daily Dot reports is targeting the video streaming service's subscribers in Australia and the UK.

MailGuard, an Australian email security company, was the first to take notice of the fraudulent emails. While similar scams have targeted Netflix users in the past, this current iteration appears to be more convincing than most. At first (and perhaps even second) glance, the messages appear to be legitimate messages from Netflix, with an authentic-looking sender email and the company’s signature red-and-white branding. The fake emails don’t contain telltale signs of a phishing attempt like misspelled words, irregular spacing, or urgent phrasing.

The subject line of the email informs recipients that their credit card info has been declined, and the body requests that customers click on a link to update their card's expiration date and CVV. Clicking leads to a portal where, in addition to the aforementioned details, individuals are prompted to provide their email address and full credit card number. After submitting this valuable info, they’re redirected to Netflix’s homepage.

So far, it’s unclear whether this phishing scheme has widely affected Netflix customers in the U.S., but thousands of people in both Australia and the U.K. have reportedly fallen prey to the effort.

To stay safe from phishing scams—Netflix-related or otherwise—remember to never, ever click on an email link unless you’re 100 percent sure it’s valid. And if you do end up getting duped, use this checklist as a guide to safeguard your compromised data.

[h/t The Daily Dot]

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Monthly Internet Costs in Every Country

Thanks to the internet, people around the world can conduct global research, trade tips, and find faraway friends without ever leaving their couch. Not everyone pays the same price for these digital privileges, though, according to new data visualizations spotted by Thrillist.

To compare internet user prices in each country, cost information site HowMuch.net created a series of maps. The data comes courtesy of English market research consultancy BDRC and Cable.co.uk, which teamed up to analyze 3351 broadband packages in 196 nations between August 18, 2017 and October 12, 2017.

In the U.S., for example, the average cost for internet service is $66 per month. That’s substantially more than what browsers pay in neighboring Mexico ($27) and Canada ($55). Still, we don’t have it bad compared to either Namibia or Burkina Faso, where users shell out a staggering $464 and $924, respectively, for monthly broadband access. In fact, internet in the U.S. is far cheaper than what residents in 113 countries pay, including those in Saudi Arabia ($84), Indonesia ($72), and Greenland ($84).

On average, internet costs in Asia and Russia tend to be among the lowest, while access is prohibitively expensive in sub-Saharan Africa and in certain parts of Oceania. As for the world’s cheapest internet, you’ll find it in Ukraine and Iran.

Check out the maps below for more broadband insights, or view HowMuch.net’s full findings here.

Map of Internet costs in each country created by information site HowMuch.net.
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Map of Internet costs in each country created by information site HowMuch.net.
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Map of Internet costs in each country created by information site HowMuch.net.
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Map of Internet costs in each country created by information site HowMuch.net.
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Map of Internet costs in each country created by information site HowMuch.net.
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