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Italy, Pandemic’s New Epicenter, Has Lessons for the World - The New York Times
Ms. Zampa, the health ministry under secretary, said in retrospect she would have closed everything immediately. But in real time, it wasn’t that clear.

Politicians across the spectrum worried about the economy and feeding the country, and found it difficult to accept their impotence in the face of the virus.

Most importantly, Italy looked at the example of China, Ms. Zampa said, not as a practical warning, but as a “science fiction movie that had nothing to do with us.” And when the virus exploded, Europe, she said, “looked at us the same way we looked at China.”

When a 38-year-old man went to the emergency room at a hospital in Codogno, a small town in the Lodi province of Lombardy, with severe flu symptoms on Feb. 18, the case did not set off alarms.

The patient declined to be hospitalized and went home. He got sicker and returned to the hospital a few hours later and was admitted to a general medicine ward. On Feb. 20, he went into intensive care, where he tested positive for the virus.

The man, who became known as Patient One, had had a busy month. He attended at least three dinners, played soccer and ran with a team, all apparently while contagious and without heavy symptoms.

A draft of the decree, leaked to Italian media on Saturday night, pushed many Milan residents to rush to the train station in crowds and attempt to leave the region, causing what many later considered a dangerous wave of contagion toward the south.
coronavirus  pandemic  infectiousdisease  italy  hindsight  acautionarytale 
8 days ago by kme
Spooked by a speaking security camera? Polite hacker tells owner how to fix his IoT security – HOTforSecurity |
The “white hat” hacker, who claimed to be part of a group calling itself the “Anonymous Calgary Mindhive”, said it hadn’t been hard for him to hijack control of Gregg’s Nest security camera.

But, claimed the unnamed hacker’s disembodied voice, his intention wasn’t to spy, steal, or instil fear:

“We don’t have any malicious intent, but I’m just here to kind of let you know so that no one else, like any black-hat hackers, follow. There are so many malicious things somebody could do with this.”

Gregg had made the mistake of using the same password to “secure” his IoT camera as he had used in online accounts. Like so many others, Gregg hadn’t recognised the danger of reusing login credentials and when a breach occurred at an online site, his login and password were leaked into the public domain.
whitehat  hacking  iot  homeautomation  acautionarytale 
december 2018 by kme
My 10 UNIX Command Line Mistakes – nixCraft
From all those mistakes I've learnt that:

Backup = ( Full + Removable tapes (or media) + Offline + Offsite + Tested )
The clear choice for preserving all data of UNIX file systems is dump, which is only tool that guaranties recovery under all conditions. (see Torture-testing Backup and Archive Programs paper).
Never use rsync with single backup directory. Create a snapshots using rsync or rsnapshots.
Use CVS to store configuration files.
Wait and read command line again before hitting the dam [Enter] key.
Use your well tested perl / shell scripts and open source configuration management software such as puppet, Cfengine or Chef to configure all servers. This also applies to day today jobs such as creating the users and so on.
sysadmin  unix  linux  acautionarytale  advice  bestpractices 
may 2017 by kme
Big Changes Ahead |
My new position is exciting for several reasons. Primarily, it’s the “educator” tag on the end of my title. My primary role at the University will be to teach. Teaching is what I love to do, and teaching computer science and software engineering is what can only be described as my dream job. School starts August 26th and I’ll be on campus starting on August 15th to get things ready and settle into my new role. For the truly curious, I’ll be teaching engineering models I, and computer science II this fall.
cs  education  acautionarytale 
august 2014 by kme
nscp dorm
A week or two ago we all sat around and tried to think up a name for the client; we can’t call it Mosaic, because that’s the name of the company. The marketroids had all kinds of silly suggestions like Cyber this and Power that and blah-blah Ware. Then someone said something about crushing NCSA Mosaic, and I blurted out “Mozilla!” Everyone seemed to like that, so I think that might end up being the official name of the browser.
mozilla  history  startup  business  netscape  acautionarytale 
march 2013 by kme

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