Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoid How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? Why You Love Online Quizzes Tags:#hack#news 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac… A delightful book that should be on your summer reading list, or a potential gift for your favorite geek, is a new offering from MIT Press called Nightwork: A History of Hack and Pranks at MIT. (updated link) For those of us that went to lesser engineering schools (or perhaps greater, depending on our metrics), it is a joyful experience. The author, school historian TF Peterson, has copiously illustrated some of the more fantastic and amusing things that students have cooked up over the years, including nailing someone’s dorm furniture to the underside of the Media Lab archway, putting various objects on top of the two domes at the school, playing Al Gore buzzword bingo at commencement, and more.For those of the younger generation, you might not realize that MIT has had a long and proud hacking and pranking tradition, dating back more than 50 years to when life was simpler, computers and the Internet didn’t exist. Hacking was more than just writing clever code: it was about doing something so clever and unique that would gain you the envy of your peers. I recall many such pranks in my undergraduate youth, including barricading fellow geeks in their dorm rooms and only deliver food that was flat enough to fit under the door (well, it was funnier at the time). Included in the book is the story of Oliver Smoot, the shortest member of his fraternity pledge class, who’s name went on to become a standard of measurement of Boston’s Massachusetts Avenue bridge (some to this day even call it the “Smoot Bridge”). Later on in life he ironically became chairman of the American National Standards Institute, the organization in the US in charge of keeping our weights and measurements intact. Now, how sweet a hack can that be? The bridge’s “Smoot” lines are lovingly repainted each year, and now have become so enshrined in its structure that the traffic police use the numbers in their accident reports. Included is a copy of full Hacking Commandments, including “Thou shalt keep holy the hour of Star Trek” (well, this is somewhat dated) and “Thou shalt not divide by zero.” Pick up a copy of the book and enjoy seeing how the generations of geeks who have passed thru the school have spent many creative hours. david strom Related Posts
zoom Marshall Islands registered containership owner Costamare Inc. revealed in its quarterly results for 2015 that it has ordered an 11,000 TEU vessel at Hanjin Heavy Philippines (HHIC-PHIL).The vessel is expected to be delivered in December 2016. Pursuant to a Framework Agreement with York Capital, Costamare holds a 49% equity interest in the relevant vessel-owning entity.The shipbuilder announced last week that it has signed a deal to build six 11,000-TEU containerships for European and Asian shipping companies, without disclosing the names of the clients.The remaining five boxships were ordered by Seaspan Corporation, as disclosed by the container line yesterday.Costamare started the year on a positive note, having reported net income of USD 26.3 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2015.The company posted adjusted EBITDA of USD 86 million for the quarter and voyage revenues of USD 120.9 million.“During the first quarter of the year, the company continued to deliver positive results,” Gregory Zikos, Chief Financial Officer of Costamare Inc., commented.“Our joint venture with York has been progressing quite well and since inception we have done deals of USD 1.1 billion. All investments have been performing well and we are currently in discussions with our partner regarding the extension of the investment period.“Regarding the market, there is a positive momentum; charter rates have been rising, the number of idle fleet is below 2% and activity remains high. We have no ships laid up, while the ships coming out of charter this year provide an upside based on today’s market conditions,” he went on to say.
CAMBERLEY, England – The leaders of Britain and France met Thursday against a military backdrop to pledge closer co-operation on defence, security and borders after Britain leaves the European Union.But President Emmanuel Macron also delivered a firm message: the U.K. cannot keep coveted access to the EU for its financial sector after Brexit unless it continues to play by the bloc’s rules once it leaves.“The choice is on the British side, not on my side,” Macron said at a joint news conference with British Prime Minister Theresa May.“If you want access to the single market — including the financial services —- be my guest,” he said. “But it means that you need to contribute to the budget and acknowledge European jurisdiction.”The future of Britain’s financial sector — which employs more than 1 million people — is a key issue as Britain and the EU hammer out details of their relationship after Brexit. EU officials warn the U.K. it can’t hang on to the benefits of membership without accepting its responsibilities, including free movement of people.May said Britain would be leaving the single market, but wanted a free-trade deal with the bloc covering both goods and services.She said London “will continue to be a major global financial centre” after Brexit.The visit, Macron’s first to Britain since he won the French presidency in May 2017, was aimed at strengthening security and intelligence ties between nations that are both neighbours and historic rivals, and building goodwill as Britain negotiates its exit from the EU.The venue — the Sandhurst military academy southwest of London — was selected as a signal that the relationship between western Europe’s two biggest military powers won’t be weakened once the U.K. leaves the EU in March 2019.May treated the French leader to a pub lunch of crab and duck breast, followed by a serving of British military pomp. Macron was greeted at Sandhurst troops from the Coldstream Guards in grey coats and bearskin hats.Amid a sudden hailstorm, Macron and May inspected the honour guard before taking a salute from soldiers on horseback.Senior ministers from the two countries attended the one-day meeting, and signed agreements on everything from space exploration to tackling online extremism.In a significant gesture, May offered millions to ease French annoyance over a 2003 deal that placed British border controls in the northern French port of Calais. The town has become a magnet for migrants hoping to reach Britain, and the accord puts the burden of blocking their entry to the U.K. on France.Alongside a new treaty aimed at better management of their joint border, Britain agreed to pay 44.5 million pounds ($62 million) for fences, security cameras and other measures in Calais and nearby English Channel ports. France also wants Britain to take in more migrants from Calais, especially unaccompanied children.May pointedly declined to give a number of migrants that Britain would take when asked by journalists at a joint press conference. Instead she stressed the need to clamp down on people smugglers and take other measures to stop migrants from getting to Calais.Macron said the treaty would mean “smarter and more efficient management of the border” and a faster, more humane processing system for migrants.The U.K. also said it will send three Royal Air Force Chinook helicopters and dozens of personnel to join France’s military mission against Islamic militants in Africa’s Sahel region. France has led efforts to fight al-Qaida and IS-linked jihadi groups in the vast region south of the Sahara desert.The leaders of the five main U.K. and French spy agencies also met for the first time, as the two countries seek to increase intelligence-sharing. France and Britain have both faced a string of violent attacks by extremists inspired or directed by the Islamic State group.In a boost to Macron, Britain is throwing its backing behind the European Intervention Initiative, a multinational European military force that the French president has proposed. He also wants a common European defence budget and security doctrine.In return, France will send troops to join a U.K.-led NATO battle group in Estonia in 2019, aimed at countering an increasingly assertive Russia.Macron also came with the news that France will loan Britain the Bayeux Tapestry, an 11th-century panorama depicting the Norman conquest of England. It will go on display at an unspecified British venue in 2022.Macron said that despite Brexit, “we are facing common challenges and sharing the same destiny.”“We are somehow making a new tapestry together,” he said.___Sylvie Corbet in Paris contributed to this story.
By analyzing charred scrolls that were burnt and buried by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 B.C.E., researchers have determined that the Romans wrote with metallic ink—an innovation thought to have originated several centuries later in the Middle Ages, according to a paper published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The eruption buried the nearby town of Herculaneum in a deep layer of superhot ash and instantly charred the papyrus scrolls of a wealthy Roman, preserving the only known complete library from ancient times. But when the scrolls were discovered in the 18th century, they were so brittle that any attempt to unroll and read them risked turning them into ashes. Recently, scientists used a particle accelerator in Grenoble, France—a tool developed for high-energy physics experiments—to x-ray the carbonized scrolls, revealing the letters inside. The new results show not just the shapes of the letters, as seen in the left hand image, but also that they were written with leaded ink, which fluoresces in the right hand image. Archaeologists had thought that the Romans used carbon-based ink from charcoal. If other scrolls from Herculaneum were written with lead-laced ink, knowing exactly what to look for could make the job of scanning and actually reading longer stretches of the carbonized lumps of papyrus easier.