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Ways to Train Your crew to Prevent Cyberattacks

 SecurityKeeping your company safe from a cyberattack isn't as simple as implementing endpoint protection software. You'll want to train each and every employee to know what to look for before, during, and after work each day. Things such as phishing, physical theft, and spam can dramatically harm your business.

I spoke with Michael Kaiser, Executive Director of the National Cyber Security Alliance, about the many ways in which companies should be providing workers with information and tools to stay alert about potential cyberattacks. Once you've trained your team, it's up to you or your IT department to provide the software from companies such as Bitdefender$19.99 at Bitdefender, Kaspersky Lab$149.00 at Kaspersky Lab, and Symantec$59.49 at Amazon that help to maintain network and device security.




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World's largest radio telescope completed in China

 HAPPENED IN 2016China on Sunday hoisted the final piece into position on what will be the world's largest radio telescope, which it will use to explore space and help in the hunt for extraterrestrial life, state media said.

The Five-hundred-metre Aperture Spherical Telescope, or FAST, is the size of 20 Canadian football fields and has been hewed out of a mountain in the poor southwestern province of Guizhou.

China will relocate 9,000 people to build world's biggest radio telescope
Scientists will now start debugging and trials of the telescope, Zheng Xiaonian, deputy head of the National Astronomical Observation under the Chinese Academy of Sciences, which built the telescope, told the official Xinhua news agency.

"The project has the potential to search for more strange objects to better understand the origin of the universe and
boost the global hunt for extraterrestrial life," the report paraphrased Zheng as saying.




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IoT problems

We’re building a world-size robot. How are we going to control it? Recommended by @jcentv

 IoT problemsLast year, on October 21, your digital video recorder — or at least a DVR like yours — knocked Twitter off the internet. Someone used your DVR, along with millions of insecure webcams, routers, and other connected devices, to launch an attack that started a chain reaction, resulting in Twitter, Reddit, Netflix, and many sites going off the internet. You probably didn’t realize that your DVR had that kind of power. But it does.




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Communications

Researchers create receiver with building blocks the size of two atoms. By Leah Burrows @harvard

 CommunicationsResearchers from the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) have made the world’s smallest radio receiver, built out of an assembly of atomic-scale defects in pink diamonds.

This tiny radio, whose building blocks are the size of two atoms, can withstand extremely harsh environments and is biocompatible, meaning it could work in places as varied as a probe on Venus to a pacemaker in a human heart.

The research was led by Marko Lončar, the Tiantsai Lin Professor of Electrical Engineering at SEAS, and graduate student Linbo Shao, and was published in the journal Physical Review Applied.

The radio uses tiny imperfections in diamonds called nitrogen-vacancy (NV) centers. To make NV centers, researchers replace one carbon atom in a tiny diamond crystal with a nitrogen atom and remove a neighboring atom — creating a system that is essentially a nitrogen atom with a hole next to it. NV centers can be used to emit single photons or detect very weak magnetic fields. They have photoluminescent properties, meaning they can convert information into light, making them powerful and promising systems for quantum computing, phontonics, and sensing.




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Marketing Of Shipping Container Farms Leaves Internet Of Things Behind The Scenes by @Chase_IoT

 IoThe Internet of Things may be taking a turn toward invisibility when it comes to marketing, at least in how a new connected farm is being positioned.

Freight Farms, the company that turns shipping containers into year-round farms, is introducing a new connected farm unit that is four times smaller than its flagship offering.

The new farm is geared toward small and medium sized businesses and restaurants who might want to grow their own produce and the connected features that make the product operate aren’t being positioned front and center

Rather, the connectivity is seen as an expected feature set in the eyes of the modern day customer, according to Freight Farms.

The IoT Daily talked with the Freight Farms team at a product reveal event in Boston over the weekend about how connectivity and the Internet of Things play into the products and how they are positioned in the market.




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DIC - 2016 Cyber crime consequences. Thirty-four arrested after international probe by BBC News

 DDoSDec 2016 Thirty four people, including teenagers, have been arrested after an international police operation involving EU and US authorities.
The action targeted users of Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) cyber-attack tools.
Twelve of the suspects were arrested in the UK as part of an investigation led by the National Crime Agency (NCA).
Authorities across a total of 13 countries made the arrests between 5 and 9 December.
The NCA said that it had targeted users of software called Netspoof, a computer program that could direct huge volumes of internet traffic at websites and web servers in order to disable them.
Following the UK arrests, a 27-year-old man from Hamilton in Scotland was charged with offences under the Computer Misuse Act.




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DDoS Attack Takes Down Central Heating System Amidst Winter In Finland. by @unix_root

 DDoSJust Imaging — What if, you enter into your home from a chilling weather outside, and the heating system fails to work because of a cyber attack, leaving you in the sense of panic?
The same happened late last month when an attack knocks heating system offline in Finland.
Last week, a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack led to the disruption of the heating systems for at least two housing blocks in the city of Lappeenranta, literally leaving their residents in subzero weather.
Both the apartments are managed by a company called Valtia, a facilities services company headquartered in Lappeenranta.




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Digital life

Computer Misuse Act 1990

 Digital life

Computer misuse offences


Unauthorised access to computer material.
(1)A person is guilty of an offence if—
(a)he causes a computer to perform any function with intent to secure access to any program or data held in any computer [F1, or to enable any such access to be secured] ;
(b)the access he intends to secure [F2, or to enable to be secured,] is unauthorised; and
(c)he knows at the time when he causes the computer to perform the function that that is the case.
(2)The intent a person has to have to commit an offence under this section need not be directed at—
(a)any particular program or data;
(b)a program or data of any particular kind; or
(c)a program or data held in any particular computer.
[F3(3)A person guilty of an offence under this section shall be liable—
(a)on summary conviction in England and Wales, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 12 months or to a fine not exceeding the statutory maximum or to both;
(b)on summary conviction in Scotland, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding [F412] months or to a fine not exceeding the statutory maximum or to both;
(c)on conviction on indictment, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years or to a fine or to both.]



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In pictures: building the world's largest container ship by @WiredUK

 ShipsOkpo, a port in South Korea, is home to Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering, a company constructing the world's largest model of ship -- 12 at a time. "The place is mind-blowing," says photographer Alastair Phillip Wiper, who visited the shipyard for Wired on the eve of the departure of the ninth Triple-E class container vessel, the Matz Maersk. "This is just a small part of what they're doing. They have 46,000 people building around 100 vessels -- and everywhere you look there's some surreal part of a ship that's just about recognisable as something that should be underwater."

Twenty Triple-E class container ships have been commissioned by Danish shipping company Maersk Lines for delivery by 2015. The vessels will serve ports along the northern-Europe-to-Asia route, many of which have had to expand to cope with the ships' size. "You don't feel like you're inside a boat, it's more like a cathedral,"

Wiper says. "Imagine this space being full of consumer goods, and think about how many there are on just one ship. Then think about how many are sailing round the world everyday. It's like trying to think about infinity."




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Students like them, teachers less so: robots in classrooms. by @wef

 RobotsRobots are increasingly being used to teach students in the classroom for a number of subjects across science, maths and language. But our research shows that while students enjoy learning with robots, teachers are slightly reluctant to use them in the classroom.

In our study, which saw staff and students interact with the Nao humanoid robot, teachers said they were more sceptical of robots being integrated into the classroom.

They preferred the robot to not have full autonomy and instead take on restricted roles in the classroom. The teachers also wanted full control over the robot. We observed that the teachers were in general unaware of robots and hence there was a technological bias associated with their opinions.




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Developing a Two-Way Radio on a Single Chip By Peter Brown IEEE

 RADIOIn order to separate the signals, Alyosha Molnar, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering (ECE) at Cornell, created a series of six subtransmitters all hooked into an artificial transmission line. Each sends a signal at regular intervals so that they combine to produce a radio frequency signal in the forward direction at the antenna port. At the same time cancelling out at the receive port.

Researchers say the programmability of the individual subtransmitters allows for simultaneous summation and cancellation to be tuned across a wide range of frequencies and to adjust the signal strength at the antenna.

The antenna is put at one end and the amplified signal goes out of the antenna and the receiver at the other end where the nulling happens. The receiver sees the antenna through this wire, the transmission line, but the transmit signal goes unnoticed because it is cancelled out at the end.





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Global CCD Image Sensors Market 2017 – Kodak, Philips, SONY, Matsushita, Fuji

 ccd-image-sensorsGlobal CCD Image Sensors Industry 2017 report introduced size, share, trends, conditions, including the product price, profit, capacity, production, capacity utilization, supply, demand and industry growth, SWOT analysis, investment feasibility analysis, and investment return analysis etc.
The Global CCD Image Sensors Industry report delivers en executive-level blueprint of the CCD Image Sensors market that will help clients to build strategies to expand their market operations. The report on the Global CCD Image Sensors market is an in-depth study that covers all the aspects of the industry. Extensive primary and secondary research has been used to carefully prepare this report. In addition to this, the report features insights from industry experts. Correlation, regression, and time-series models are included in the report so that it may provide insightful analysis of the key industry trends.




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