Hackers target internet address bug to disrupt sites

Hackers are exploiting a serious flaw in the internet’s architecture, according to a security firm.

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The bug targets systems which convert URLs into IP addresses.
Exploiting it could threaten the smooth running of internet services as it allows hackers to launch denial-of-service attacks on websites, potentially forcing them offline.
Regular internet users are unlikely to be severely affected, however.
Bind is the name of a variety of Domain Name System (DNS) software used on the majority of internet servers.
The recently identified bug allows attackers to crash the software, therefore taking the DNS service offline and preventing URLs, for example, from working.
A patch for the flaw is already available, but many systems are yet to be updated.
The Internet Systems Consortium (ISC), which develops Bind, said in a tweet that the vulnerability was “particularly critical” and “easily exploited”.

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Immigration Bill: Landlords ‘must evict’ illegal immigrants

Landlords in England will be expected to evict tenants who lose the right to live in the UK under new measures to clamp down on illegal immigration.


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They will be able to end tenancies, sometimes without a court order, when asylum requests fail, ministers say.
Landlords will also be required to check a migrant’s status in advance of agreeing a lease. Repeat offenders could face up to five years in prison.
But critics have said it may lead to UK citizens being refused accommodation.

The proposals – to be included in the upcoming Immigration Bill – come as the British and French governments struggle to deal with a migrant crisis in Calais, where large numbers of people are making nightly bids to cross the Channel to reach the UK.
Under the proposals for landlords in England, the Home Office would issue a notice when an asylum application fails that confirms the tenant no longer has the right to rent property.


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Romano Pisciotti, 2015
Romano Pisciotti, 2015.

I’m with the lions

Liberty ship

The Liberty ship was a class of cargo ship built in the United States during World War II. Though British in conception, the design was adapted by the U.S. for its simple, low-cost construction. Mass produced on an unprecedented scale, the now iconic Liberty ship came to symbolize U.S. wartime industrial output.

The class was developed to meet British orders for transports to replace those torpedoed by German U-boats. The vessels were purchased both for the U.S. fleet and lend-lease deliveries of war materiel to Britain and the Soviet Union. Eighteen American shipyards built 2,710 Liberty ships between 1941 and 1945, easily the largest number of ships produced to a single design.



Their production mirrored on a much larger scale the manufacture of the Hog Islander and similar standardized ship types during World War I. The immensity of the effort, the sheer number of ships built, the vaunted role of Rosie the Riveters in their construction, and the survival of some far longer than their original five-year design life, all make them the subject of much continued interest.


Only a handful remain in 2015, two as operational museum ships.


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Capitalismo di relazione

E’ di questi giorni l’ennesimo caso di azienda italiana che passa sotto le insegne di un concorrente estero di maggiori dimensioni. Il nostro Paese è sempre più una sorta di supermarket dove operatori globali hanno l’irripetibile opportunità di comprare prodotti di gran qualità a prezzi scontati.

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supermercato Italia

Italcementi e’ stata solo l’ultima azienda in ordine cronologico a passare sotto il controllo di una compagine straniera, seguendo la sorte già toccata nel recente passato alle varie Loro Piana, WDF, Sorin, Indesit, Gtech, Pirelli, Ansaldo, Parmalat, Wind (2 volte), e chi più ne ha più ne metta.

Da non trascurare è anche il crescente interesse di investitori, in primis mediorientali, anche su società del calibro di Snam, Terna, Enel, Eni, Unicredit, su sui stanno accumulando importanti partecipazioni.

In realtà stiamo assistendo al progressivo e definitivo sfaldamento del cosiddetto capitalismo di relazione, che poggiava essenzialmente sulle entrature nel salotto buono di Mediobanca e al successivo riposizionamento dei protagonisti vecchi e nuovi.

Ormai anche le banche e le compagnie di assicurazioni, che erano asservite alla logica di cui sopra, non sono più in grado di sostituirsi a partner industriali latitanti o sottocapitalizzati, in quanto il loro nuovo management è sempre più focalizzato sul ritorno economico per i propri azionisti. Meglio tardi che mai…

Le aziende che sono state comprate, erano per la maggior parte aziende familiari arrivate alla seconda o alla terza generazione, che hanno preferito vendere la partecipazione, piuttosto che continuare a competere in uno scenario sempre più complesso, ma per questo estremamente stimolante. Ovviamente il fatto di operare in Italia, fornisce un grande alibi per la vendita, considerando tutte le cose che non funzionano.


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Des escargots géants envahissent la Floride

Etats-Unis : La péninsule américaine tente de contrer l’invasion rampante d’une espèce particulièrement prolifique. Les animaux menacent l’agriculture.

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escargot géant


Il peut atteindre la taille d’une basket, dévore des centaines de types de plantes et peut être dangereux si on le mange… C’est l’escargot géant d’Afrique. Et il envahit une partie de la Floride pour la deuxième fois en 50 ans.

L’éliminer n’est pas simple et prend du temps. Depuis la découverte du gastéropode glouton à Miami en 2011, la Floride a déjà dépensé 11 millions de dollars pour éradiquer la bête.

Malgré ces efforts, l’escargot a tracé sa route visqueuse jusque dans la banlieue sud de Miami mais aussi dans le comté voisin au nord de la ville.


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Cuanto menos luz gasta más paga usted en el recibo

Las eléctricas recuperan a través del término de potencia los costes de inversión en generación que no pueden recuperar por el precio de mercado de la electricidad.


Cualquiera puede observar que en los últimos dos años el precio de la energía utilizada para producir electricidad ha bajado, pero el recibo de la luz ha subido. Un elixir mágico, llamado regulación a la carta (de las compañías eléctricas, por supuesto), ha conseguido que el consumidor que menos energía eléctrica gasta sea el que pague más en términos relativos; y viceversa. Una política racional de precios procuraría que pagasen más (en términos relativos) los que más gastan, porque eso es lo que dicen los manuales de economía y porque de esa manera podría buscarse una disuasión del consumo. Pero en España sucede al revés. ¿Por qué?

Pues porque el regulador —el Gobierno— decidió en 2013 que era necesario, mejor dicho, imperativo, aumentar lo que paga el cliente en concepto de potencia contratada, que es la parte fija del recibo, para garantizar (parece la única explicación económica) los ingresos de las eléctricas. El balance desde agosto de 2013 es arrasador: para el consumidor doméstico ha supuesto una subida del 92% de la parte fija del recibo (término de potencia contratada) y del 145% para el consumidor industrial. La decisión ataca directamente los bolsillos de los clientes con menos capacidad económica y liquida cualquier política de ahorro; se haga lo que se haga con el consumo en los hogares, el peso principal del recibo sigue siendo inmune a la austeridad.

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The Louisiana Offshore Oil Port (LOOP)


LOOP safely and efficiently offloads tankers of crude oil that are imported into the U.S. from the Arabian Gulf, Russia, West Africa, the North Sea, Mexico and South America. Many tankers that discharge their cargoes at LOOP are supertankers and are designated as either “very large crude carriers” (VLCCs) or “ultra large crude carriers” (ULCCs). These massive ships can be longer than the Empire State Building is tall.

In response to change US supply patterns, LOOP has made modifications to it’s mooring configuration to receive Jones Act compliant Medium Range (MR) tankers to receive cargoes from US ports. It also allows for FPSO shuttle tankers to deliver their cargo to LOOP.

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marine hose

The LOOP oil port and pipeline were specially constructed to accommodate these enormous vessels. Standing in 110 feet of water some 20 miles from land in the Gulf of Mexico, the LOOP Marine Terminal can comfortably accommodate tankers calling at the port.

Once anchored at one of the three single point mooring (SPM) buoys, hoses are attached to a ship’s manifold for offloading. Hi-tech, flexible hoses are attached to the ship’s manifold to receive and transport the crude oil. It is pumped from the ship in an underground pipeline.

Oil movement controllers from LOOP, in close communication with the ship, initiate the offloading of the vessel to the LOOP Marine Terminal where it is pumped into a 48-inch diameter pipeline to the LOOP storage facilities at a rate of up to 100,000 barrels per hour.

The oil arrives at the LOOP storage facility in Clovelly, Louisiana, some 45 miles from the marine terminal. There the oil is stored in a network of underground caverns and aboveground tanks. The LOOP marine terminal, pipeline and storage facilities reside in a Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) which provides opportunities for companies importing foreign crude oil to optimize their U.S. Customs duties.

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pumping platform




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New Business Ideas

Emergent Research predicted that revenue from the food truck industry will reach $2.7 billion by 2017. A truck is a much less expensive investment than a brick-and-mortar restaurant.


The failure rate for food trucks is just 10 to 20 percent (as opposed to 60 to 90 percent for restaurants). With the right equipment and some great recipes, you can have your mobile eatery up and running in no time.


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SS United States

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United States


SS United States is a luxury passenger liner built in 1952 for United States Lines designed to capture the trans-Atlantic speed record.

Built at a cost of $78 million, the ship is the largest ocean liner constructed entirely in the US, the fastest ocean liner to cross the Atlantic in either direction, and even in her retirement retains the Blue Riband given to the passenger liner crossing the Atlantic Ocean in regular service with the record highest speed.

Her construction was subsidized by the US government, since she was designed to allow conversion to a troop carrier should the need arise. United States operated uninterrupted in transatlantic passenger service until 1969. Since 1996 she has been docked at Pier 82 on the Delaware River in Philadelphia.

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