Category Archives: Did you Know?

Daily Infrastructure Report (from Homeland Security)

Did you know that the Department of Homeland Security offers a daily infrastructure report?  Well, you do now.

The DHS Daily Open Source Infrastructure Report is collected each business day as a summary of open-source published information concerning significant critical infrastructure issues,

Here are some issues, from June 11 Report:

  • Researchers at CrowdStrike released a report on a cyberespionage group dubbed Putter Panda that possibly has ties to the Chinese People’s Liberation Army and primarily targets U.S, Japanese, and European aerospace, satellite, and communications industries.
  • A fire broke out at Sorenson Farms in Grandview, Washington, June 8 which caused an estimated $1.5 million in damage.
  • Firefighters reached 65 percent containment on a fire that broke out June 9 at a Thompson Hardwoods wood processing facility in Hazlehurst, New York, when a load of lumber was pulled out of a drying kin and strong winds spread embers from that load to other lumber in the warehouse.
  • Authorities are investigating the source of a Salmonellosis outbreak linked to Proper Restaurant in Boone, North Carolina,

DHS Daily Open Source Infrastructure Report | Homeland Security.

The 10 Algorithms That Dominate Our World

The importance of algorithms in our lives today cannot be overstated. They are used virtually everywhere, from financial institutions to dating sites. But some algorithms shape and control our world more than others — and these ten are the most significant.

Just a quick refresher before we get started. Though there’s no formal definition, computer scientists describe algorithms as a set of rules that define a sequence of operations. They’re a series of instructions that tell a computer how it’s supposed to solve a problem or achieve a certain goal. 

  1. Google Search
  2. Facebook’s News Feed
  3. OKCupid Date Matching
  4. NSA Data Collection, Interpretation, and Encryption
  5. “You may also enjoy…”
  6. Google AdWords
  7. high Frequency Stock Trading
  8. MP3 Compression
  9. IBM’s CRUSH
  10. Auto-tune

 

The 10 Algorithms That Dominate Our World.