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Russia's Cyberwar on Ukraine Is a Blueprint For What's to Come | WIRED
Now, in Ukraine, the quintessential cyberwar scenario has come to life. Twice. On separate occasions, invisible saboteurs have turned off the electricity to hundreds of thousands of people. Each blackout lasted a matter of hours, only as long as it took for scrambling engineers to manually switch the power on again. But as proofs of concept, the attacks set a new precedent: In Russia’s shadow, the decades-old nightmare of hackers stopping the gears of modern society has become a reality.
And the blackouts weren’t just isolated attacks. They were part of a digital blitzkrieg that has pummeled Ukraine for the past three years—a sustained cyber­assault unlike any the world has ever seen. A hacker army has systematically undermined practically every sector of Ukraine: media, finance, transportation, military, politics, energy. Wave after wave of intrusions have deleted data, destroyed computers, and in some cases paralyzed organizations’ most basic functions. “You can’t really find a space in Ukraine where there hasn’t been an attack,” says Kenneth Geers, a NATO ambassador who focuses on cybersecurity.
russia  electricity  telecom  infrastructure  grid  cybersecurity  hacking 
14 hours ago by debcha
Public Works Funding Falls as Infrastructure Deteriorates -
Governments have cut back most sharply on new construction projects. Even so, the nation’s existing infrastructure continues to age and deteriorate.

The average road surface was 28 years old in 2015, up from 23 years old in 2000. Schools, power plants and airports also are getting older. Slower population growth means less demand for new construction — but also fewer tax dollars for repairs.

Arizona has reduced spending on public construction every year since 2007. State lawmakers, reluctant to raise taxes, have diverted money from highway work to pay for public services like Medicaid and prisons. One Arizona county, Navajo, has shifted from aiming to repave roads every 20 years to repaving every 40 years.

Roads are the largest category of public works, accounting for about a third of annual public works spending. The federal gas tax, at 18.4 cents a gallon, is the largest source of funding for those projects, but it is not indexed to inflation and has not been raised since 1993. It would need to be 31 cents a gallon to restore its buying power.

Chris Spear, the president of the American Trucking Associations, said his group had testified before Congress at least 19 times since 2006 in favor of raising the tax.
infrastructure  roads  highways  transportation 
14 hours ago by debcha
Surface to Unlimited: A Visit to Spaceport America
A visit to Spaceport America, where the coming of the Second Space Age is already history.
desert  outer_space  southwest  infrastructure  technology 
14 hours ago by marsal
The Necessity of Infrastructure Safeguarding
When designing our IID full suite, we made it a point to target your network’s endpoint both as a comprehensive functionality and as a core philosophy towards our goal of providing complete data security.
infrastructure  safeguarding  intelligent  data  security 
15 hours ago by Adventure_Web
Why Acumatica’s customers are modernizing how we think about ERP - by @jonerp
"Turns out modern ERP plays a key role in digital change after all. At the Acumatica R2 launch event, fresh customer stories showed what a journey to modern ERP looks like."
cloud  erp  financials  and  supply  chain  platforms  -  infrastructure  architecture  digital  enterprise  in  the  real  world  use  cases 
15 hours ago by jonerp
K-waves, Oracle and Apple – the beginning of the end for innovation? - by @denispombriant
"Oracle and Apple's announcements last week appear to be strong signals that we are entering the end of a K-wave. Here's why."
digital  transformation  -  frictionless  enterprise  infrastructure  iot  robotics  and  ai 
yesterday by jonerp
Miami Frustrated With FPL After Hurricane Irma | Miami New Times
FPL's lobbying wing has fought hard against letting Floridians power their own homes with solar panels. Thanks to power-company rules, it's impossible across Florida to simply buy a solar panel and power your individual home with it. You are instead legally mandated to connect your panels to your local electric grid.

More egregious, FPL mandates that if the power goes out, your solar-power system must power down along with the rest of the grid, robbing potentially needy people of power during major outages.

"Renewable generator systems connected to the grid without batteries are not a standby power source during an FPL outage," the company's solar-connection rules state. "The system must shut down when FPL's grid shuts down in order to prevent dangerous back feed on FPL's grid. This is required to protect FPL employees who may be working on the grid."

Astoundingly, state rules also mandate that solar customers include a switch that cleanly disconnects their panels from FPL's system while keeping the rest of a home's power lines connected. But during a disaster like the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, FPL customers aren't allowed to simply flip that switch and keep their panels going. (But FPL is, however, allowed to disconnect your panels from the grid without warning you. The company can even put a padlock on it.)
energy  electricity  solar  policy  regulation  infrastructure 
yesterday by debcha
Public Works Funding Falls as Infrastructure Deteriorates -
Government spending on transportation and other public works is in decline as federal funding stagnates and state and local governments tighten their belts.

Such spending equaled 1.4 percent of the nation’s economic output in the second quarter of 2017, the lowest level on record, according to Census Bureau data.
infrastructure  publicworks  roads 
yesterday by debcha
Tracking smartphone Wi-Fi signals reveals curious journeys on the London Underground – IanVisits
“A trial by TfL to track the movements of people by logging Wi-Fi identities has revealed some very curious journey patterns on the tube network.”

Elegant infographics showing passenger routes between Waterloo and Kings Cross.

Discussion of how TfL could use this data to prioritise station upgrades and control passenger flow. For instance, would you like your journey to be quick or comfortable?
london  tube  infographics  infrastructure  prof_doc 
yesterday by metaproof

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