Cyberattack On German Steel Factory Causes ‘Massive Damage’

3.) “Why was this allowed?”

Because your typically ERP System SAP Oracle to name the big to be frail twins does exactly this. It interconnects production, accounting, document maangement, it can control your whole material workflow.
All on the same system.
Yes, this is a weakness

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Cuba Says the Internet Now a Priority

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26 Foot Long Boat 3D Printed In 100,000 Different Pieces

“Human beings are unable to return to the unspoiled living environment of the past, and have become victims of their own endeavors. In the biblical time, Noah’s Ark is the last resort for humans to escape from the termination of the world. However, if Noah’s Ark sinks, where is the hope of the human race? If Noah’s Ark, a symbol of mankind salvation, becomes just as a shipwreck, human and nonhuman were placed in an equal position. Human subject is losing his predominance as the supreme center of the world.”…
“It is certain that, no matter what circumstance will turn out, there will certainly be a disaster beforehand,” explains Peng. “Destruction and construction always grow and demise together. We will once again encounter the problem of moral degeneration.”

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The Magic of Pallets

HughPickens.com writes Jacob Hodes writes in Cabinet Magazine that there are approximately two billion wooden shipping pallets in the holds of tractor-trailers in the United States transporting Honey Nut Cheerios and oysters and penicillin and just about any other product you can think of. According to Hodes the magic of pallets is the magic of abstraction. “Take any object you like, pile it onto a pallet, and it becomes, simply, a “unit load”—standardized, cubical, and ideally suited to being scooped up by the tines of a forklift. This allows your Cheerios and your oysters to be whisked through the supply chain with great efficiency; the gains are so impressive, in fact, that many experts consider the pallet to be the most important materials-handling innovation of the twentieth century.” Although the technology was in place by the mid-1920s, pallets didn’t see widespread adoption until World War II, when the challenge of keeping eight million G.I.s supplied—”the most enormous single task of distribution ever accomplished anywhere,” according to one historian—gave new urgency to the science of materials handling. “The pallet really made it possible for us to fight a war on two fronts the way that we did.” It would have been impossible to supply military forces in both the European and Pacific theaters if logistics operations had been limited to manual labor and hand-loading cargo.

To get a sense of the productivity gains that were achieved, consider the time it took to unload a boxcar before the advent of pallets. “According to an article in a 1931 railway trade magazine, three days were required to unload a boxcar containing 13,000 cases of unpalletized canned goods. When the same amount of goods was loaded into the boxcar on pallets or skids, the identical task took only four hours.” Pallets, of course, are merely one cog in the global machine for moving things and while shipping containers have had their due, the humble pallet is arguably “the single most important object in the global economy.”

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Viacom’s Messy Relationship With YouTube and The Rise of Stephen Colbert

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"Infrared Curtain" Brings Touchscreen Technology To Cheap Cars

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Librarians: The Google Before Google

Can you tell me the thickness of a U.S. Postage stamp with the glue on it?

A: Get a pile of stamp sheets, measure the height, and do a calculation. (You did go to school, didn’t you.)

A history lesson for you young-uns.

Back before the internet, guys like this were generally only found in the back room of libraries, sorting incoming books and handling interlibrary loans – safely sequestered from the rest of society.

(My college job was at our university library, way back in the 1980s… no, at the front desk!)

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How a Massachusetts Man Invented the Global Ice Market

An anonymous reader writes with the story of Frederic Tudor the man responsible for the modern food industry. “A guy from Boston walks into a bar and offers to sell the owner a chunk of ice. To modern ears, that sounds like the opening line of a joke. But 200 years ago, it would have sounded like science fiction—especially if it was summer, when no one in the bar had seen frozen water in months. In fact, it’s history. The ice guy was sent by a 20-something by the name of Frederic Tudor, born in 1783 and known by the mid-19th century as the “Ice King of the World.” What he had done was figure out a way to harvest ice from local ponds, and keep it frozen long enough to ship halfway around the world.

Today, the New England ice trade, which Tudor started in Boston’s backyard in 1806, sounds cartoonishly old-fashioned. The work of ice-harvesting, which involved cutting massive chunks out of frozen bodies of water, packing them in sawdust for storage and transport, and selling them near and far, seems as archaic as the job of town crier. But scholars in recent years have suggested that we’re missing something. In fact, they say, the ice trade was a catalyst for a transformation in daily life so powerful that the mark it left can still be seen on our cultural habits even today. Tudor’s big idea ended up altering the course of history, making it possible not only to serve barflies cool mint juleps in the dead of summer, but to dramatically extend the shelf life and reach of food. Suddenly people could eat perishable fruits, vegetables, and meat produced far from their homes. Ice built a new kind of infrastructure that would ultimately become the cold, shiny basis for the entire modern food industry.”

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Microsoft shutters Office 365′s free web site service

Microsoft is terminating its SharePoint Online Public Website service, effective January 2015.

SharePoint Online Public Website lets Office 365 users create a website and customise it with in-browser tools.


In an advisory posted on Friday, Microsoft explains that “As part of the evolution of the Office 365 service, we periodically evaluate the capabilities of the service to make sure that we’re delivering the utmost value to customers.”

“Today, we’re making a difficult decision to discontinue the SharePoint Online Public Website feature. This lets us then focus on future investments while broadening our partnership with industry leaders.”

Microsoft will keep existing sites alive for two years, and Office 365 customers “will have the option to subscribe to third-party solutions by using links from Office 365.” Redmond’s not naming who will offer those solutions, but says all will be revealed in January 2015 and that Office 365 customers will be offered generous pricing.

Microsoft also offers the following question and answer couplet, which despite its late appearance is a strong contender for corporate doublespeak of the year:

Q: Will the price for the affected Office 365 offers be reduced?

A: No. This change is aligned with our commitment to delivering a superior productivity experience in Office 365 and won’t affect the pricing of Office 365.

In other words, we’re giving you less and don’t you dare complain.

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STAY AWAY: Popular Tor exit relays look raided

As foreshadowed last week, Tor network exit nodes have gone down after what appear to be raids by law enforcement authorities.

Thomas White (@CthulhuSec) warned users to steer clear of his Tor servers after he lost control following what he’s called “unusual activity” that meant “I have now lost control of all servers under the ISP and my account has been suspended,” White wrote in an update on the Tor mailing list.


“Having reviewed the last available information of the sensors, the chassis of the servers was opened and an unknown USB device was plugged in only 30-60 seconds before the connection was broken.

“From experience I know this trend of activity is similar to the protocol of sophisticated law enforcement who carry out a search and seizure of running servers.”

White said users should treat the servers as hostile until control was regained signified by a PGP signed message from himself.

He also urged them not to jump to conclusions about the identity of any possible agency nor harbour concern for the integrity of the Tor network.

“If any of the mirrors or IPs do come back online, I would welcome anyone who is capable of doing so checking for any malicious code to ensure they are not used to deploy any kind of state malware or attacks against users should my theory prove to be the case,” he added.

Should no further updates be delivered, White said users were welcome to assume he was under a gag order.

Exit nodes are the bridge between the Tor network and the public internet and funnel all forms of traffic regardless of the intent of the user. As a result they are of interest to cyber crime agencies, which occasionally raided operators suspected of assisting the distribution of child exploitation material and other net menaces.

The possible raids came less than a week after White served Globe and Atlas mirrors as Tor hidden services.

It also followed warnings Saturday by Tor Project leader Roger Dingledine that the network could be disrupted after a source warned of a possible raid against directory authorities which help users find relays.

Tor users should note and temporarily avoid the affected mirrors below:

  • https://globe.thecthulhu.com
  • https://atlas.thecthulhu.com
  • https://compass.thecthulhu.com
  • https://onionoo.thecthulhu.com
  • http://globe223ezvh6bps.onion
  • http://atlas777hhh7mcs7.onion
  • http://compass6vpxj32p3.onion
  • 77.95.229.11
  • 77.95.229.12
  • 77.95.229.14
  • 77.95.229.16
  • 77.95.229.17
  • 77.95.229.18
  • 77.95.229.19
  • 77.95.229.20
  • 77.95.229.21
  • 77.95.229.22
  • 77.95.229.23
  • 77.95.224.187
  • 89.207.128.241
  • 5.104.224.15
  • 128.204.207.215

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