A vital transatlantic internet cable worth £30 billion a year to Britain's economy is housed in an unguarded shed – making it an easy target for terrorists or saboteurs. An investigation by The Mail on Sunday has exposed alarming security flaws that leaves the fibre-optic cable vulnerable to attack. It forms the backbone of the UK's internet services and serves major banks and financial firms. Many crucial infrastructure sites such as nuclear power stations and military bases are guarded around the clock by armed police, yet the building that houses the £230 million Hibernia Express at the spot where it comes ashore in Britain doesn't even have a permanent security guard. Barely 200 yards from a funfair, below, this unremarkable green hut is where vital transatlantic internet cables worth billions to Britain surface from the ocean. But our reporter Mark Hookham was able to stroll up a ramp and walk through an open gate without challenge before peering through an … [Read more...] about Unlocked hut in a caravan park protects UK’s £30billion internet link
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Are we, like Neo, living in a Matrix-like computer simulation of reality created by more advanced, possibly post-human beings? Almost certainly, at least according to the following evidence — ranging from the plausible, to the semi-plausible, to the maybe-not-so-plausible — under discussion at the endlessly delightful Are We Living in a Simulation? and Glitch in the Matrix sub-Reddits. 1. The Mandela Effect Photo: Per-Anders Pettersson/Getty Images Some people claim to remember TV coverage of Nelson Mandela’s death in the 1980s even though he actually died in 2013. The “Mandela Effect” is therefore supposedly proof that whoever is in charge of our simulation is changing the past. (Or alternately, this is evidence of parallel universes and some individuals have crossed from one universe, in which Mandela died in the ’80s, into ours, where he lived to age 95.) Additional examples of this phenomenon include some remembering the name of the … [Read more...] about 15 Irrefutable Reasons Why We Might Be Living in a Simulation
Frederick Jones and Ping Wong are both over 85; both live on fixed incomes; and both have health problems that limit their mobility. From there, their lives diverge in ways that illuminate the uneven challenges facing New York’s oldest old. Mr. Jones, 88, did everything he could to secure a comfortable retirement. He worked for nearly 35 years for the City of New York, retiring with substantial savings and a union pension and Social Security benefits adding up to $3,000 a month. Ms. Wong, 90, never had the opportunity to save for her old age. She worked part time for below the minimum wage at a doctor’s office in Chinatown, earning $500 to $700 a month. Her retirement income, including food stamps, comes to about a third of Mr. Jones’s. Yet the differences in their lives are not what one might expect. Because her income is so low, Ms. Wong qualified for a subsidized apartment in an elevator building near Gramercy Park, where she pays roughly $200 a month in rent and … [Read more...] about As Lives Lengthen, Costs Mount
Nearly four years ago, I began following six people over age 85 to see what their lives were like: what kept them going, what they hoped for or feared. This past year, I asked Jonas Mekas, now 96, about death and the afterlife. The question had particular resonance. In summer Mr. Mekas had been hospitalized for a blood disorder that was still mysterious to his doctors. It was the first sign in four years that he was mortal. He canceled a trip to Berlin because he was tired and short of breath, and was now walking with a cane, his complexion grayish. Since his 20s he had used his movie camera to protect him from the outside world. Now his doctors were using cameras to explore the worlds within. He did not think much about death, he said. He had grown up next to two cemeteries in rural Lithuania, where the gravediggers drank beer and talked between jobs, and so that was how he thought about death, as something commonplace. “It’s a very normal transition,” he said. … [Read more...] about These 4 New Yorkers Are Experts in Living. What Do They Know That We Don’t?
Long lines are the bane of the airline passenger’s existence, especially during peak holiday travel. A cascade of them, from check-in to security to boarding, and then through immigration and customs clearance, isn’t just annoying: These lines can make you miss your flight, especially if navigating an unfamiliar airport, and more so if you arrive with little time to spare before takeoff, or if your connection is tight. Even “fast lane” departure and arrival lines, meant for business- and first-class passengers, when and where offered, provide no panacea. Lines are the great leveler, like death. You may have flown to London in first class but end up waiting in the same queue as the poor guy in the middle seat at the back of the plane by the lavatory. Here are some of the ways you can shorten the wait, or even eliminate waiting altogether. Government programs You’ve probably already heard of TSA Precheck and Global Entry, but if not let me explain. Precheck … [Read more...] about Hate lines at the airport? Pay to make them go away