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10% of Global Internet Traffic Would be Secured by Lava Lamps

At its headquarters in San Francisco, technology firm Cloudflare chose to assign a different function to lava lamps. This modern Internet giant is a DNS provider that works to manage and secure millions of domain names of websites. Based on information provided by the site analysis W3Tech, an estimated 6 to 10% of global HTTP and HTTPS requests pass through the secure channel technology company, a huge data flows that should definitely be protected, especially against denial of service attacks (DDoS) like the one that knocked down the DNS provider Dyn in 2016.

Cloudflare has, therefore, opted for a proven data security technique: encryption. And that’s where the famous lava lamps in the lobby of his office come in. In a recent blog post, the company has detailed the

At its headquarters in San Francisco, technology firm Cloudflare chose to assign a different function to lava lamps. This modern Internet giant is a DNS provider that works to manage and secure millions of domain names of websites. Based on information provided by the site analysis W3Tech, an estimated 6 to 10% of global HTTP and HTTPS requests pass through the secure channel technology company, a huge data flows that should definitely be protected, especially against denial of service attacks (DDoS) like the one that knocked down the DNS provider Dyn in 2016.

Cloudflare has, therefore, opted for a proven data security technique: encryption. And that’s where the famous lava lamps in the lobby of his office come in. In a recent blog post, the company has detailed the importance of these lamps in the data protection system. Contrary to appearances, its wall of lava lamps is an integral part of an elaborate encryption system that ensures the protection of a significant part of global Internet traffic.

Cryptography techniques are used to generate random and secret series of numbers so that an opponent can never guess them. But according to Cloudflare, the random generation of these numbers would not be enough to guarantee optimal data security. From the point of view of society, what cryptographers would need most is a factor of “unpredictability,” which alone can ensure an optimal level of security encryption.

For unpredictable sequels, computer security firms typically have two options. The first is to use completely unpredictable physical processes that take a long time to measure, for example, accurately measuring the temperature of a processor at a specific time. The second is through the use of pseudorandom number generation algorithms (CSPRNGs). They can generate large numbers of random numbers very quickly if they are “connected” to a truly unpredictable source.

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The ideal would seem to be to set up a system that combines the speed of the second solution with the best security guarantees provided by the first solution. Better still, a system could be created that would provide a CSPRNG with a variety of unpredictable sources.

The system called LavaRand operated by CloudFlare was designed by Silicon Graphics and patented in 1996. The lamps unpredictably produce wax bubbles. In parallel, a camera installed in the corner of the room records the scene, and the images are transformed into “a stream of random and unpredictable bits,” which are then provided to the pseudo-random generator. The latter in turn generates large numbers of numbers to encrypt the data traffic eventually.

CloudFlare has a variety of physical systems to produce tamper-proof keys in offices around the world. Its office in London has a “chaotic clock,” and the Singapore office bases its encryption on a radioactive source. For simplicity, we can say that the company uses in its premises in San Francisco an algorithm, a camera, and a hundred lava lamps to generate random encryption keys.

LavaRand and other Cloudflare DIY systems (Do It Yourself) are currently only used as a last resort, in case, for example, the company’s main server-based encryption system, based on Linux, would be compromised. This initiative at least has the merit of reminding us that it is important to maintain innovation in encryption systems at a time when algorithms alone no longer seem to be sufficient. “Hopefully we’ll never need it,” the company said in its blog post.

Goodbye Office, Welcome Work Space

“You are a product of your environment, so choose the environment that will allow you to develop the best to achieve your goal. What surrounds you leads to success, or does it move you away? “(W. Clement Stone)

The importance of the workplace understood as a physical space; a workplace has become increasingly essential in the organization of companies and companies. Over time, the new awareness has emerged about the innovative office as a strategic tool for productivity, collaboration, and growth.

Of course, for every business, there are different features to keep in mind, but the right office can really make the difference for the workers, placing them in a more motivating environment to face big challenges and new projects.

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“You are a product of your environment, so choose the environment that will allow you to develop the best to achieve your goal. What surrounds you leads to success, or does it move you away? “(W. Clement Stone)

The importance of the workplace understood as a physical space; a workplace has become increasingly essential in the organization of companies and companies. Over time, the new awareness has emerged about the innovative office as a strategic tool for productivity, collaboration, and growth.

Of course, for every business, there are different features to keep in mind, but the right office can really make the difference for the workers, placing them in a more motivating environment to face big challenges and new projects.

According to a recent Sodexo report, among the ten trends in workplaces for 2017, three important factors need to be considered:

1. The increase in collaboration within co-working spaces that nowadays act at a new level, as it is no longer a mere place to share physical space and resources, but also a tool for interaction among workers encouraging new approaches to solve complex problems every day from different business projects.

2. The management of the physical space and the use of technology in the workplace allow workers to experience their environment in a new way to optimize the interior spaces can afford to support the work also outside of the walls of the offices. Cloud and smart working are just some of the examples from which to go.

3. Preventing health problems through ergonomic workstations, medical visits and a new approach to the physical and psychological well-being of employees may have a positive effect on the community in which the company operates. Even the workplace can become a place to take care of people.

Starting from these premises, we have selected three exemplary workplaces from which to draw inspiration, not only in terms of technology but for a comprehensive review of corporate culture.

The best-known example, the Google model

Speaking of Innovative Bureaus Google is probably the exemplary example. Here the spaces are designed to stimulate creativity and side thinking, to find new solutions to problems not yet addressed.

This is the first company that has promoted its home-based workplace for employees: billiards and bowling billiards, the ability to eat and play sports in the corporate spaces, the armchairs designed for relaxation that stimulates productivity.

Credits: Glassdoor

For this reason, in 2016 Google (Alphabet) was at the top of the list compiled by Business Insider on the 50 best companies to work in the United States.

The innovative office becomes a flywheel for greater creativity, productivity, and well-being of employees and their families.

The collaborative

If collaboration is the keyword for the new approach to work, flexibility is what will characterize spaces in the perspective of the innovative office. Even apparently rigid locations can adapt and move for a worker’s empowerment.

In the rooms dedicated to research and learning, North Carolina State University has a mix of private collaborative halls. These are informal spaces where classic reading rooms and furnishings can be used to invent a completely personal environment.

Thanks to the flexibility of the spaces, companies can respond to the need for team collaboration, and architects need to be addressed during the space design phase.

According to a study published by the Harvard Business Review, when workers do not have an assigned desk, the interaction between people grows by 17% : the ideal medium way is to not completely eliminate the seats assigned to the office but to vary team building over time, or using mobile desks to respond to the different projects you are working on.

Flexibility, technological innovation, collaboration, eco-sustainability and green spaces. After you know these trends for the innovative office, what do you think? What other aspects of workplaces should change companies in the near future to allow workers to be even more productive?

London Wants to Allow Autonomous Vehicles in Four Years

The United Kingdom is planning the autonomization of road traffic in quick steps: from 2019 fully self-driving cars are allowed to be tested on the roads of the country – and by 2021 will become part of the regular transport system.

The London government sees autonomous cars as part of the “next industrial revolution,” ntv reports. In this, the country wants to be in the front and plans, according to Finance Minister Philip Hammond for this week, the idea of concrete plans. In addition to providing the legal basis for the use of autonomous technology in road traffic, the UK should subsidize the necessary technologies.

In order to support the development of self-driving cars, the British government want

The United Kingdom is planning the autonomization of road traffic in quick steps: from 2019 fully self-driving cars are allowed to be tested on the roads of the country – and by 2021 will become part of the regular transport system.

The London government sees autonomous cars as part of the “next industrial revolution,” ntv reports. In this, the country wants to be in the front and plans, according to Finance Minister Philip Hammond for this week, the idea of concrete plans. In addition to providing the legal basis for the use of autonomous technology in road traffic, the UK should subsidize the necessary technologies.

In order to support the development of self-driving cars, the British government wants to promote several neighboring technology fields: 400 million pounds to go into the expansion of charging stations for electric cars, 160 million pounds in the expansion of the broadband mobile network with the 5G standard, 75 million pounds promote the development of Artificial Intelligence. However, these subsidies, which will be presented in the budget this week, will partly replace EU subsidies that will disappear after Brexit.

Autonomous vehicles are already on the streets of London: Volvo is testing its driverless XC90, Nissan had a similar program, and Google’s Waymo was also in talks with local authorities, writes t3n. So far, such tests in the United Kingdom but still human employees as security drivers on board to be able to intervene if necessary.

This should be over from 2019 and be eliminated from 2021 without the special conditions of an experiment. If it goes by the will of the British government, so it is only four years until self-driving cars, at least on the island, belonging to the regular traffic scene.

Facebook Offers Users a Tool Against Propaganda

Facebook users will soon be able to see if they have interacted with US election fake sites in their newsfeed. The social network wants to provide an appropriate tool by the end of the year.

A new portal within the Facebook Help Center aims to provide clarity: allowing users to check which Facebook pages and Instagram accounts come from the Internet Research Agency.

This should have published on Facebook pages or via Instagram false announcements in the social networks during the US election campaign. With the new portal, users can see if they interacted with content from such a fake account between January 2015 and August 2017, reports Ars Technica.

With this step, Facebook w

Facebook users will soon be able to see if they have interacted with US election fake sites in their newsfeed. The social network wants to provide an appropriate tool by the end of the year.

A new portal within the Facebook Help Center aims to provide clarity: allowing users to check which Facebook pages and Instagram accounts come from the Internet Research Agency.

This should have published on Facebook pages or via Instagram false announcements in the social networks during the US election campaign. With the new portal, users can see if they interacted with content from such a fake account between January 2015 and August 2017, reports Ars Technica.

With this step, Facebook wants to face criticism that the group lacks in activism in exposing a possible influence of Russia on the US presidential election.

The tool should only be visible if a user liked or shared one of the pages or Instagram accounts in question. The number of users who saw false messages in their newsfeed without reacting would, therefore, be far more significant. Accordingly, these persons can not determine via the portal if they have fallen for a fake message.

According to the New York Times, Facebook executives doubt whether it’s even possible to track down and inform all affected users.

Facebook had to answer recently with representatives of Google and Twitter before the US Senate, to what extent the corporations influenced the outcome of the US presidential election by the spreading of announcements with wrong information decisively. Influence on elections with foreign funds is a criminal offense in the US – accordingly, the business is more than just an image issue.

The World’s Largest Battery Helps Elon Musk Win The Race

In South Australia is now the largest battery in the world. With a build time of less than 100 days, Elon Musk has also won an ambitious bet. Above all, the battery is supposed to stabilize the electricity network of South Australia.

The bet began on Twitter when Australian billionaire Mike Cannon-Brookes challenged Musk to build a 100-megawatt battery within 100 days. Musk went into the bet and even increased the stakes: If he did not succeed, he would pay even for the considerable cost of more than 50 million US dollars, reports Ars Technica. After the battery is ready, it is clear that Musk will also be paid for his work.

The Cannon-Brookes contender is based on a statement by Tesla’s Vice P

In South Australia is now the largest battery in the world. With a build time of less than 100 days, Elon Musk has also won an ambitious bet. Above all, the battery is supposed to stabilize the electricity network of South Australia.

The bet began on Twitter when Australian billionaire Mike Cannon-Brookes challenged Musk to build a 100-megawatt battery within 100 days. Musk went into the bet and even increased the stakes: If he did not succeed, he would pay even for the considerable cost of more than 50 million US dollars, reports Ars Technica. After the battery is ready, it is clear that Musk will also be paid for his work.

The Cannon-Brookes contender is based on a statement by Tesla’s Vice President Lyndon Rive, who said that Tesla’s Powerwall 2 could provide enough battery capacity to address the occasional power problem in South Australia within 100 days.

In September 2016, there was a large power outage after a storm, after which a stabilization of the infrastructure was tackled. In the resulting call for tenders for energy storage Elon Musks company Tesla prevailed against 90 other applicants.

South Australia relies to a large extent on renewable energy. The Hornsdale Wind Farm near Jamestown produces 315 megawatts of electricity, but the output varies according to the wind force.

The new battery can now store excess energy to meet demand in an emergency. The capacity of the world’s largest Li-ion battery is enough to supply 30,000 households with electricity. There are still the last tests. If everything goes according to plan, the battery will go into operation on December 1st.

Do you Think That Facebook and Google Are the Only Ones to Know Everything You Do? Mistakes

“If you want to keep a secret, you have to hide it yourself too, ” wrote George Orwell in 1984. The fictional character of the “Big Brother” Orwell’s (1949) masterpiece has changed many times since the 1950s. It was the inspiration for television programs, movies, becoming more and more contemporary today.

“Big Brother is watching you,” this is the slogan that recalls in the book the supreme supremacy of the Great Brother. In 1984 it never becomes clear that the big brother had a face, whether it was a person, a symbol created by the party or entity. Today we are sure to have the ideas a bit clearer about what Big Brother’s face is on the Internet of things.

I bet that most of you will have thought about Facebook? About Google? Facebook and all of us, including Google, our smartphone, and our smartwatch, even more than our sweet half, our mother or our bes

“If you want to keep a secret, you have to hide it yourself too, ” wrote George Orwell in 1984. The fictional character of the “Big Brother” Orwell’s (1949) masterpiece has changed many times since the 1950s. It was the inspiration for television programs, movies, becoming more and more contemporary today.

“Big Brother is watching you,” this is the slogan that recalls in the book the supreme supremacy of the Great Brother. In 1984 it never becomes clear that the big brother had a face, whether it was a person, a symbol created by the party or entity. Today we are sure to have the ideas a bit clearer about what Big Brother’s face is on the Internet of things.

I bet that most of you will have thought about Facebook? About Google? Facebook and all of us, including Google, our smartphone, and our smartwatch, even more than our sweet half, our mother or our best friend can know.

There are not only “big” people

Google knows exactly what we want, what we are looking for and where we want to go on vacation. Our personal data (which only have our name) are now at the mercy of everyone, not just Facebook and Google.

Facebook and Google are just the most famous actors on the data stage, but as in every respected story, there are not only the main players, but there are so many secondary actors and behind-the-scenes actors that we often forget about, or we simply ignore it. Here are some examples.

There are many SDKs, software development kits and SaaS, Software as a Service created to optimize user experience.

There are some software (development kit) for example that record your screen when you use an app. The video is then sent to a server so that developers can see how we use the app in real time. This means that when you use an app, there is a chance that someone is watching our movements and choices to use that information to create a more personalized user experience.

Other commercially available services monitor user group sessions on sites by providing their customers with maps that are named “heat maps” that show the most clicked areas of own site to the purpose, therefore, to create and place the most relevant content in the areas where more interest is concentrated.

Here’s how a Google heat map looks like.

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Your data (anonymous) to the best bidder

In addition to this kind of software and services, there are also businesses that offer our data (in anonymous form) as a package to the best bidder. There are now many companies of this type who sell our business data to optimize their advertising targets or the UX of their website.

Now, we do not want to raise the level of general anxiety about the use of personal information, or what unknown people may or may not know about our account. But it is good to know how we are constantly observed when we use computers and smartphones and how our data is sold for commercial purposes.

That being said, no wonder some apps are more popular than others or have a much more fluid UX than others.

But there is also something good.

The distribution of our data gives us some bitterness in the mouth, but it does not only have its negative sides. Thanks to this kind of software and technology, we make sure that the online services we use offer us an even better experience. How often have we complained about the poor user interface of a site or app, or did we prefer a service rather than another for the ease of use of the channels?

And was not this always the case? Any system, organization or business to work better and make our best experience has studied us carefully (like laboratory mice) to understand our psyche through surveys, market research, or watching movies studying our behaviors within a supermarket or shopping mall.

Today, it is faster, faster and more personal. Companies operating on the Internet of things know everything about us, and all they know we have told them.

Overcome The Writer’s Block With Artificial Intelligence

The white page: cross and delight of every writer. Millions of possibilities to free creativity, yet often difficult to realize. Minutes, hours, and page remain blank. It’s called the writer’s block and has a new antidote today: the Artificial Intelligence.

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The secret weapon in the war at the writer’s block comes from machine learning and in particular from the tool developed by Janelle Shane.

The researcher has built a neural network that can create the first sentence of a novel. How does it work? This is a machine learning process for which the system serves a significant amount of data to learn and generate a consistent result.

In this case, the data consist of the first sentences of famous novels. At first, the data entered

The white page: cross and delight of every writer. Millions of possibilities to free creativity, yet often difficult to realize. Minutes, hours, and page remain blank. It’s called the writer’s block and has a new antidote today: the Artificial Intelligence.

Ask for help with artificial intelligence

The secret weapon in the war at the writer’s block comes from machine learning and in particular from the tool developed by Janelle Shane.

The researcher has built a neural network that can create the first sentence of a novel. How does it work? This is a machine learning process for which the system serves a significant amount of data to learn and generate a consistent result.

In this case, the data consist of the first sentences of famous novels. At first, the data entered was not enough (two hundred sentences about), so the result was very similar phrases and unusable for this purpose.

Janelle needed more data: how to find them? With crowd-sourced, asking the web community. Thanks to the contribution of those who put in other phrases he was able to train the AI ​​so that it generated usable results and in the first two hours he collected about 800 phrases.

Drawing on the results of the tool, any copywriter or novelist may find it helpful to overcome that dreary block.

Not alone AI will live copywriters

This is the last approach to finding a solution to the writer’s block, but since this is a recurring situation, attempts to remedy it have already been multiple, even in the past.

Among these, we can write collectively: a solution that does not aim to solve the problem directly but to prevent it. Sharing a writing project stimulates you to find new ways and feeds on the experience and creativity of other writers.

Another method is to participate in free writing laboratories. A good way to find them is to look for them in Facebook events – if they find many (especially in big cities), they are free and the participants have the most diverse backgrounds.

Today, the tool we have talked about can help you create the first sentence, but can you even write a whole book about autonomy in the future? We just have to be watching!