But the ransom demand was just a smoke screen for a far more invasive attack that stole employee credentials. With those credentials in hand, hackers could have run free through the company’s computer network, taking confidential information or destroying machines.

Worse, the assault, which has never been reported before, was not spotted by some of the nation’s leading cybersecurity products, the top security engineers at its biggest tech companies, government intelligence analysts or the F.B.I., which remains consumed with the WannaCry attack.

Were it not for a digital black box that recorded everything on IDT’s network, along with Mr. Ben-Oni’s tenacity, the attack might have gone unnoticed.

-Nicole Perlroth ‘A Cyberattack ‘the World Isn’t Ready For’ The New York Times


But mostly, it’s a mad rush. This really sinks in when the first mention is made of Mao and Chinese Communism with fewer than 30 minutes to go in the final episode. The Great Leap Forward and the resulting famine are covered in one sentence. The Cultural Revolution gets a few minutes, almost entirely devoted to an anecdote about a family hiding a treasured heirloom from the Red Guards.

And therein lies a key to the approach of Mr. Wood and his producer and director, Rebecca Dobbs. “The Story of China” is framed by the idea that respect for family is the constant thread through 4,000 years of tumultuous and violent history. It’s a simplistic notion, but it’s a natural fit for Mr. Wood’s folksy, intimate storytelling method.

-Mike Hale ‘Review: Wait, Was That Confucius? PBS’s Rushed ‘Story of China’‘ The New York Times


Attention is the skill of withdrawing from everything, to focus on some things, the opposite of the dizziness of the scatterbrained who cannot attend to anything.

We’re not simply creatures of our environment; we are creatures shaped by the selective input we choose to focus on in our environment. Big difference. We really only see what interests us, and what interests us, we attend to. This is the fundamental nature of how each of us experiences our world.

– Tony Reinke ‘Turn my eyes from worthless things‘ desiringGod.org



The main difference between yes and no is that one is easy and the other hard.

Yes can be said by any old fool, while no requires character, commitment and courage.

I have also learnt never to give reasons, as they can be challenged, resulting in capitulation. In writing this I have learnt a third thing: never say you cannot do something because you are too busy.

No one will be impressed: being too busy simply proves you are not good enough at saying no.

-Lucy Kellaway ‘Why the most successful people just say no‘ Financial Times


Nobody grows by flattery. No one benefits from chasing down a flawed dream they are not suited for or can’t properly defend.

And look, if you feel bad about being discouraging to someone, remember this: It’s actually impossible to discourage someone from their true calling. If they were meant to do it, if they can’t not pursue this calling, your rejection will be fuel. If they weren’t, they will thank you for releasing them from this self-made prison. And the world will be better off in both cases.

-Ryan Holiday Thought Catalog


We’re poised at an odd and singular moment of hyper-self-consciousness, wherein the slightest whiff of privilege or self-indulgence or carelessness can turn you into the world’s scapegoat. But what’s truly bizarre is that, even as we scrutinize every detail about any given woman in the public eye, our remedy for taking issue with this or that detail is to demand more details: We don’t know how many nannies she has! We don’t know if she has a cook! How many hours a week does she see her kids? How much does her child care cost? What does she regret?

-Heather Havrilesky ‘Option B and Sheryl Sandberg’s Impossible Position‘ The Cut