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DPL Reading List – August 23, 2019

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| August 23, 2019 | in

Each Friday, we share a curated list of articles we found during the past week. Here’s the list of the new and interesting ones we found this week. If there’s an article we’d didn’t include and you think we should read, let us know in the comments below.

Ransomware strike takes down 23 Texas local government agencies – On August 16th, 23 Texas government agencies were hit by a coordinated ransomware attack. 2019 has been a rough year for ransomware – attacks against businesses and government agencies are up 365%.

The End Is Nigh For FogCam, Billed As The Internet’s Oldest Running Webcam – FogCam is not only considered the oldest webcam in operation, it’s also on one of the oldest websites out there. At the end of this month, the camera will be shut off for good. Head over to watch it one last time.

One Apollo 11 Experiment Is Still Going 50 Years Later – NASA’s Lunar Laser Ranging Experiment precisely measures the distance between Earth and the moon. The system’s first demonstration began on August 1, 1969, when a laser pulse shot out of a telescope outside of San Jose, California, traveled to the moon, and returned after reflecting off a one-meter-wide array of mirrors that Apollo 11 astronauts had placed on the lunar surface 12 days earlier.

How a ‘NULL’ License Plate Landed One Hacker in Ticket Hell – This security researcher thought registering his vanity plates with “NULL” would be cool. It was until he began receiving thousands of dollars in fines that weren’t his.

Is It Time to Let Employees Work from Anywhere? – “Work from anywhere” is increasing and, according to studies, so is productivity. It shows that if a work setting is ripe for remote work – such as a job that is independent and if the employee knows how to do their job well – implementing a “work from anywhere” policy can benefit both the company and its employees.

To Power A.I., Start-Up Creates a Giant Computer Chip – This is the largest computer chip to date, and it could power everything from self-driving cars to talking digital assistants. AI systems typically work using many chips. But the problem with that design is that that moving big chunks of data between those chips can slow down the overall process. According to this startup, having one large chip could help address that.

Learning Is Supposed to Feel Uncomfortable – When we want to be seen as skilled and confident, learning something new can be very hard. But that’s all part of the process even though being a beginner can feel shameful or embarrassing.