Cyber Attacks – A Live View

This is a fascinating and frankly quite sobering real-time view of all the cyber attacks targeting the US from Norse, the ‘live-threat’ intelligence company.

“Every second, Norse collects and analyzes live threat intelligence from darknets in hundreds of locations in over 40 countries. The attacks shown are based on a small subset of live flows against the Norse honeypot infrastructure, representing actual worldwide cyber attacks by bad actors. At a glance, one can see which countries are aggressors or targets at the moment, using which type of attacks (services-ports).”

In the light of the Sony / North Korea episode you really see what the US are up against in terms of threat prevention.

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Longreads Best of 2014: Business Writing

Originally posted on Longreads Blog:

We asked a few writers and editors to choose some of their favorite stories of the year in specific categories. Here, the best in business writing.

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Max Chafkin
Writer focusing on business and technology.

Schooled (Dale Russakoff, New Yorker)

This piece explores the failed attempt by Mark Zuckerberg and Corey Booker, among others, to fix Newark’s schools—and in doing so makes clear just how hard education reform is. Most shockingly, it exposes the huge sums of money spent by the city and its supporters on education consultants who managed to extract huge fees without, apparently, doing a whole lot. It’s pretty hard to make a dense story about education reform read well, but Russakoff amazingly manages it, while managing to be fair and incisive.

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The Case for Slow Programming

Originally posted on Nature...Brain...Language...Technology...Design:

My dad used to say, “Slow down, son. You’ll get the job done faster.”

I’ve worked in many high-tech startup companies in the San Francisco Bay area. I am now 52, and I program slowly and thoughtfully. I’m kind of like a designer who writes code; this may become apparent as you read on :)

Programming slowly was a problem for me when I recently worked on a project with some young coders who believe in making really fast, small iterative changes to the code. At the job, we were encouraged to work in the same codebase, as if it were a big cauldron of soup, and if we all just kept stirring it continuously and vigorously, a fully-formed thing of wonder would emerge.

It didn’t.

Many of these coders believed in thefallacy that all engineers are fungible, and that no one should be responsible for any particular…

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Your electric vehicle might not be as green as you think it is

Originally posted on Grist:

Driving an electric car feels good: You’re not burning gasoline, and you’re avoiding its attendant ills, like poisoning your community and contributing to climate change. But, when you take into account where the electricity that powers your car comes from, it turns out that those warm fuzzies might be baseless.

A new study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences shows that if you live in a coal-dependent state, driving an electric vehicle might make your net effect on the environment and public health worse than if you had just stuck with a gas-powered vehicle. A team from the University of Minnesota compared cars powered by 10 different gasoline alternatives. The AP’s Seth Borenstein reports:

The study finds all-electric vehicles cause 86 percent more deaths from air pollution than do cars powered by regular gasoline. Coal produces 39 percent of the country’s electricity, according to the Department of…

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Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – December 17, 2014

Originally posted on Bill Mullins' Weblog - Tech Thoughts:

How to avoid getting hacked when shopping online;  The very best tech you can buy for $200 or less;  Google Reveals 2014’s Top Searches;  Google Maps 9.2 adds navigation voice controls;  50 Best Free iPhone Apps for 2014;  Sway, Microsoft’s new Office app, opens up to everyone;  Facebook Starts Auto-Enhancing Photos;  Instagram Adds Five New Filters;  Skype Translator preview goes live starting today;  Hands On: Preview of HP’s new $200 laptop;  Turn a text message into a video message with Crumbles;  Gmail Now Protects Your Inbox From Malevolent Extensions;  Feds used Adobe Flash to identify Tor users;  Don’t let thieves steal your child’s identity;  Keycharge portable battery fits on a keychain;  Hearthstone finally comes to Android;  You Asked: How Does the Internet Work?

How to avoid getting hacked when shopping online – The hectic shopping season isn’t just about finding perfect gifts…

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Weekly Round Up – 02/11/14

Here’s a quick round up of some of the articles I’ve found interesting this week:

1) Microsoft’s Silicon Valley Envy – Vauhini Vara

An run through of Microsoft’s current outlook and its change from ‘devices and services’ to one that ‘facilitates experiences’.

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2) Audi to Retain WPP’s AKQA for Digital – Alexandra Bruell

Quick analysis of Audi USA’s digital agency roster, including the news that they’re continuing a search for a social media agency.

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3) Facebook Offers Life Raft, but Publishers Are Wary – David Carr

The ongoing debate around whether Facebook becoming a content host is good or bad for publishers – accessibility and audience access versus data handcuffs?

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4) Uber: The Next Logistics Framework – Lindsay Rego

The how, why and what of Uber’s model and growth with reference to Malcolm Gladwell’s Tipping Point.

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5) Touchtronic III – Advanced Technology Advancing – Pete Norwood

A look at how we created a unique web experience to launch and explore our latest 15MY Vanquish and Rapide S transmission.

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