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Why the Cloud Wars Will Be Good for Your Business
"That said, over time, a fractured market benefits no one. Users have to manage the complexity and providers are limited in reach. So we will likely see the pendulum continue to swing as the market ultimately navigates towards an equilibrium point. Of course, when we get to that point, the discussion will shift to supplier management strategies, which will again strengthen the case for a multi-cloud future."
analysis  contributed  op-ed  top  stories  amazon  web  services  architecture  azure  channel  cloud  google  juniper  networks  multicloud 
4 days ago by jonerp
Beyond Bitcoin: Oracle, IBM Prepare Blockchains for Industrial Use
"For OpenWorld, Oracle launched a Blockchain-as-a-Service, to be released in early 2018. The service will bundle the technology, make the system private, and guarantee compliance with all regulations, all of which have issues with getting enterprise companies on board, according to Frank Xiong, Oracle vice president of blockchain product development."
events  technology  top  stories  bitcoin  black  book  research  blockchains  data  distributed  databases  systems  ibm  openworld  2017  oracle 
23 days ago by jonerp
No Grumpy Humans and Other Site Reliability Engineering Lessons from Google
'It’s about building credibility for the long term. That’s the fundamental element that makes the SRE role work, she told New Relic’s Matthew Fleming, in a talk about what others may learn from her SRE experience at Google. “You really won’t get anywhere with a product development software engineering team if you walk in there and say, ‘You’re doing A, B, and C wrong, like you must fix this,’” she said."
analysis  case  study  events  top  stories  futurestack  2017  google  service  level  agreements  objectives  shadow  it  site  reliability  engineering 
29 days ago by jonerp
How Workday Bridges the Gap between Amazon and OpenStack
"“What I will strongly recommend is to build something,” Magana advised. “I keep calling it ‘middleware,’ but something that abstracts the back-end platform, your pipeline system, from the way to deliver your application artifact to production. I strongly recommend that.”

It is nothing like Aporeto’s CEO described it: succumbing to the relentless will of a monopolistic beast with its sights set on world domination. If anything, Workday’s strategy is a do-it-yourself program for making global public cloud deployment viable for an organization that is not, and may not ever be, rooted there to begin with."
case  study  technology  top  stories  amazon  ec2  container  service  web  services  aws  re:invent  2016  chef  continuous  integration  and  deployment  gerrit  jenkins  middleware 
5 weeks ago by jonerp
How GE Digital Tackled the Stateful / Stateless Problem for Industrial IoT
"As engineers (including those at the IETF) have come to realize, persistent data will always be a necessary resource for both server-side applications and client-side apps. And the need for the Internet of Things (IoT) applications to maintain a reliable, persistent network of connected sensors and apparati, makes a stable and self-contained network state data platform vitally necessary."
events  interviews  technology  top  stories  bosh  cassandra  chef  cloud  foundry  container  storage  interface  ge  digital  predix  general  el 
6 weeks ago by jonerp
Airbnb’s 10 Takeaways from Moving to Microservices
"Developers aren’t great at trying to keep track of all these tools, said Cebula. But developers do understand code.

So configuration of code became really important. Having your configuration as code makes it very easy reason about, she explained. “What configuration is currently in production, whether a configuration has been rolled back, making changes to configuration, it’s all right there for them.”
news  technology  top  stories  airbnb  continuous  delivery  developers  devops  domain  specific  language  futurestack  2017  microservices  sysops 
6 weeks ago by jonerp
Microservices: Terribly Named, Ambiguously Defined
"For a profession that stresses the importance of naming things well, we’ve done ourselves a disservice with microservices. The problem is that that there is nothing inherently “micro” about microservices. Some can be small, but size is relative and there’s no standard of unit of measure across organizations. A “small” service at one company might be one million lines of code while far less at another."
analysis  contributed  op-ed  top  stories  architecture  buttercms  martin  fowler  microservices  service  oriented 
6 weeks ago by jonerp
Should There Be a ‘Robot Tax’ to Offset Human Job Loss from Automation?
"Yet, the fears around machines creating mass joblessness may be overhyped. Some analysts point out that automation may take over certain types of work, but historically such technological shifts have helped to create more jobs than they have eliminated. But what is different about this emerging revolution this time around is that not only are blue-collar jobs potentially threatened by our increasing reliance on machines, but also highly skilled, white-collar jobs as well — think about the recent rise of fintech or the growing use of robotics in healthcare."
culture  top  stories  automation  robotics  robots  tech 
8 weeks ago by jonerp
Event-Driven Architecture Is the Wave of the Future
"Gartner calls EDA a design paradigm. At its highest level, a software component, or event, executes a response to receiving one or more event notifications. A key feature is that the server component that sends the notification does not know which component is on the receiving end."
analysis  events  technology  top  stories  architecture  cloud  native  computing  foundation  conflict-free  replicated  data  type  emit  2017  event  schemas  event-driven  extract  transform  and  load  gartner 
9 weeks ago by jonerp
Microservices: The Good, the Bad and the Hype
"Microservices may bring many benefits to the enterprise but they also can bring some headaches, especially if you are not anticipating them, argued engineer Michal Franc, during his talk at the Agile Roundabout meetup held in London last month.

Franc presented microservices as a costly tool to solve problems — but those problems have to generate a lot of profit to make it valuable. "
culture  technology  top  stories  agile  roundabout  domain-driven  architecture  design  google  microservices  netflix  spotify  model  waterfall 
10 weeks ago by jonerp
How Should Bots Respond to Frustration?
"Sherry Turkle, who focuses on human-technology interactions as the director of Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Initiative on Technology and Self, worries this may lead to a “coarsening of how people treat each other.” She tells CNN that “We treat machines as though they were people.” So where this may lead is “We are drawn into treating people as though they were machines.”
analysis  culture  technology  top  stories  alexa  american  academy  of  pediatrics  artificial  intelligence  chatbots  cortana  current  development  ibm 
10 weeks ago by jonerp
Critical Vulnerability in Apache Struts Puts Thousands of Web Applications at Risk
"Semmle worked with Fintan Ryan, an analyst with RedMonk, to determine the potential impact of this flaw and according to him, at least 65 percent of the Fortune 100 companies are actively using web applications built with the Struts framework. This includes organizations like Lockheed Martin, the IRS, Citigroup, Vodafone, Virgin Atlantic, Reader’s Digest, Office Depot, and Showtime."
news  technology  top  stories  apache  struts  cve-2017-9805  deserialization  jakarta  java  lgtm  redmonk  remote  code  execution  rest 
11 weeks ago by jonerp
No Testing, No Documentation, No Problem?
"These days, the ideas of “No Testing” and “No Documentation” are seeing a resurgence in the agile-focus development community.

What exactly are these trends? Quite literally, they are software development without testing or documentation. But this is an intentional decision, not in the too-common way that you run out of time and/or budget to do proper testing or to write good documentation."
analysis  culture  top  stories  acceptance  test  drive  development  agile  testing  apis  behavior-driven  code  as  documentation  company  extreme  programming 
11 weeks ago by jonerp
Coding in Prison: The Dev Shop at San Quentin
"It’s an opportunity to live our values,” says Steven Hawkins, president of the Coalition. “One of the main ways to keep people from returning to prison is through employment opportunities.”
culture  top  stories  education  first  virtual  holdings  hack  reactor  tech  the  last  mile  training  workforce 
august 2017 by jonerp
Why Artificial Intelligence Needs Neuroscience for Inspiration
"Yet, despite this ongoing interdisciplinary sharing, Hassabis and his colleagues assert that the rift of intelligence between human and machine still remains quite large. This gap is due to our incomplete knowledge of biological brains, the underlying mechanisms of cognition and of the nature of consciousness itself. Similarly, this disparity is also due to the fact that the complex computations that drive AI can be an inscrutable “black box” — it works, but we don’t really know why."
science  technology  top  stories  artificial  general  intelligence  deepmind  demis  hassabis  neuroscience 
august 2017 by jonerp
Enterprise Artificial Intelligence Is about the Big Picture and the Little Things
"The first gathering of London’s new AI and Machine Learning in Enterprise Applications Meetup wasn’t too fussed with this war of tech giants. Microsoft’s Global Strategist Nigel Willson came to reveal the signs of oncoming AI, and then KPMG’s Chief Technology Officer Priti Padhy was all about how to apply it to the enterprise space. Today we’re going to cover what they see as currently available to us and how enterprises are going to take advantage of it. It’s a lot more practical and a lot less sci-fi than you think."
analysis  technology  top  stories  ai  and  machine  learning  in  enterprise  applications  meetup  artificial  intelligence  cognitive  computing  kpmg  microsoft  pix  video  indexer 
august 2017 by jonerp
Breaking Through the Big Business Barricade with Open Source
"Software is eating the world, and no company can sit on the sidelines anymore. What attracted me to both of these companies was their vision and their history of evolving with the industry and customer needs. Each of these companies had already started their transformational journey to open source, and I knew that I could be a part of that."
contributed  culture  interviews  top  stories  comcast  linux  foundation  open  source  communities  summit  2017  sandisk  tech 
august 2017 by jonerp
How Non-Disparagement Clauses Hide Toxic Workplace Culture
"Ehmke’s experience is not unique, but no one hears these stories because non-disparage clauses are rampant in the tech industry. They are essentially hush money.

It’s one reason that so many people were unaware of the rampant sexism exposed by ex-Uber engineer Susan Fowler earlier this year and popping up since across the industry. A common theme from non-marginalized populations among Twitter threads has been “If this is so prevalent, why haven’t I heard about it?”
analysis  culture  news  op-ed  top  stories  diversity  github  hiring  inclusion  legal  tech 
july 2017 by jonerp
How Allstate Unleashes Developer Creativity Globally
"When Allstate began embracing lean and agile ways of developing new customer experiences with cloud applications, unsurprisingly, the approach it took was unique. Rather than starting in one location and rolling out its new modus operandi location by location, it leveraged its global presence to devise new methods of keeping disparate teams in sync, collaborating, and participating in the company’s transformation together."
contributed  culture  top  stories  agile  transformation  allstate  cloud  foundry  compozed  labs  platform  as  a  service 
july 2017 by jonerp
The Hidden Biases that Can Lurk in Artificial Intelligence Systems
"Artificial intelligence and “automated decision-making” systems are being implemented in many crucial real-world settings, cutting humans out of the decisions that these systems are making. But how sure are we that the decisions they arrive at are fundamentally correct?

Researchers are finding a startling number cases of human bias that have crept into AI models and decision-making algorithms, which in turn can unwittingly lead to discriminatory practices on the part of companies and governments deploying these systems."
analysis  culture  technology  top  stories  ai  now  american  civil  liberties  union  artificial  intelligence  development  diversity  fivethirtyeight  google  microsoft 
july 2017 by jonerp
IBM’s Cloud CTO: We Needed a Developer-First Mindset
"Bryson Koehler is the CTO of IBM Watson, IBM Cloud as well as a general manager and distinguished engineer at the company. His job: unify the many services and offerings that make up IBM’s cloud, including Softlayer, Bluemix and Watson. The goal: make the IBM platform more developer friendly"
interviews  top  stories  cloud  containers  docker  enterprise  data  esb  iaas  ibm  iot  istio  kubernetes 
july 2017 by jonerp
The Risks of DNS Hijacking Are Serious and You Should Take Countermeasures
"Enabling HTTPS for all web apps and services hosted on a domain name should be a top priority. This will protect users from man-in-the-middle attacks in general and has many other benefits, like the ability to turn on HTTP/2 and gain a significant performance boost. However, to mitigate the effects of DNS hijacking, HTTPS needs to be combined with a security mechanism called HSTS."
analysis  technology  top  stories  dns  hijacking  dnssec  domain  name  system  security  extensions  gandi  http  strict  transport  https  registrar 
july 2017 by jonerp
Salesforce’s Einstein Mixes Automated AI with Business-Specific Data Models
"And if you only have ten leads a day, just call them all; “AI is not a ‘one glove fits all’ tool and not every problem needs AI,” Gordon said.

To help customers trust these automated machine learning systems, Salesforce shows why a particular lead has been scored high or low. “We explain why we believe a lead will work; we explain which models are influencing the score and what in the data is signaling that the opportunity will convert,” Gordon said."
analysis  technology  top  stories  apache  predictionio  artificial  intelligence  convolutional  neural  network  data  heroku  enterprise  image  recognition  machine  learning  object  detection 
july 2017 by jonerp
AI Programming: So Much Uncertainty
"Much work, and many tools, are still needed to integrate artificial intelligence into the software engineering workflow, noted Peter Norvig, Google’s director of research, speaking at the O’Reilly Artificial Intelligence conference in New York last week.

Fundamentally, AI software is inherently different from other forms of widely used software, said Norvig, who is also a co-author of perhaps the most popular book of programming instruction for the field, Artificial Intelligence: A Modern Approach."
events  technology  top  stories  architecture  artificial  intelligence  autonomous  vehicles  data  development  google  image  recognition  machine  learning  translation 
july 2017 by jonerp
MongoDB’s Return to Its Data Management Roots
"When MongoDB Inc. started in New York 10 years ago, the initial plan was to create a full platform for managing data, though over time it narrowed its focus to a NoSQL database. Now it’s going back to that original vision.

“It’s like we took an eight-year break,” Eliot Horowitz, chief technology officer and co-founder, said in an interview."
events  technology  top  stories  analytics  data  databases  json  mongodb  world  2017  nosql  stitch  streaming 
july 2017 by jonerp
The New Urban Crisis: Are Tech Startups Destroying Cities?
"Florida’s latest article could be seen as part of a long and ongoing apology. “I got wrong that the creative class could magically restore our cities, become a new middle class like my father’s, and we were going to live happily forever after,” Florida told an audience in Houston in October. “I could not have anticipated among all this urban growth and revival that there was a dark side to the urban creative revolution, a very deep dark side.”
culture  top  stories  real  estate  startups  university  of  toronto  urban  development 
july 2017 by jonerp
Meet the Neural Network AI You Can Train Easily — Like a Dog
"To counter this assumption, Amsterdam-based designer Bjørn Karmann created The Objectifier, an artificially intelligent interface that can be easily trained by anyone to perform simple tasks, such as turning lights on and off with a gesture. To do this, it’s equipped with a camera that is enhanced with computer vision technology, and a simple neural net."
science  technology  top  stories  artificial  intelligence  computer  vision  convnetclassifier  do  it  yourself  google  i  o  experiments  challenge  internet  of  things  machine  learning  mobile  application  development 
june 2017 by jonerp
AI Robot Investors Are Taking Over Wall Street
"Wall Street money managers are now being replaced by computers.

Last week Bloomberg spoke to 45-year-old Rishi Ganti, founding partner of Orthogon Partners, who bluntly told money managers that “Algorithms are coming for your job … Algorithms are already reading, processing, and trading the news even before the photons have hit your retina.”
culture  top  stories  artificial  intelligence  barclays  blackrock  fintech  massachusetts  institute  of  technology  orthogon  partners  webreduce  work 
june 2017 by jonerp
Wal-Mart Kicks Partners Off Amazon’s Cloud: The Implications for Organizations
"As first reported by CNBC on Wednesday, retail and e-commerce giant Wal-Mart notified some of its technology partners that they need to move their information assets away from Amazon Web Services if they want to continue doing business.

This move certainly comes as no surprise to many, as the two companies are long-standing rivals in their respective quests to dominate the world of retail."
analysis  contributed  op-ed  top  stories  amazon  web  services  architecture  containership  devops  multi-cloud  multicloud  retail  wal-mart 
june 2017 by jonerp
The Ever-Changing Roles of the Developer: How to Adapt and Thrive
"Just as the developer’s role is changing, so too have our ways of measuring not only our progress but also the effectiveness and performance of our code, tools and processes. This increased visibility is a good thing, overall. When it comes to measurement, there is a whole bunch of wrong ways to do it, among them measuring lines of code or the number of deploys. In fact, this very visibility, inherent to all of the data we now constantly measure, has been a great boon to DevOps."
contributed  op-ed  top  stories  application  performance  management  development  devops  distributed  systems  operations  pagerduty  api  sponsored 
june 2017 by jonerp
The Junior Dev Who Deleted the Production Database
"The top response on Hacker News also had no sympathy for the company. “Sorry, but if a junior dev can blow away your prod database by running a script on his _local_ dev environment while following your documentation, you have no one to blame but yourself. Why is your prod database even reachable from his local env? What does the rest of your security look like? Swiss cheese I bet.”
culture  technology  top  stories  amazon  web  services  data  databases  reddit  forums  security  tech 
june 2017 by jonerp
Women Engineers Who Inspire and Never Give Up - podcast via @alexwilliams
"In this episode of The New Stack Makers podcast, we spoke with Margaret Mayer, vice president of engineering at Capital One, and Ashley McNamara, principal technologist at Pivotal. Recorded at the OSCON open source conference in Austin in April, the conversation centered on mentoring and tips for women who may be shy or don’t want to speak up."
culture  events  interviews  podcast  top  stories  #ilooklikeanengineer  diversity  inclusion  kubernetes  open  source  communities  oscon  2017  software  engineering 
june 2017 by jonerp
What’s the Role of the CIO in a Modern Agile Organization?
"Schwartz also argues that we need to change the “unit of transaction” between IT and the business: the project. We still constantly transact and govern in projects. By changing this unit, we can release from Waterfall-style control."e
culture  events  top  stories  agile  enterprise  software  development  benefits  of  cios  command  and  control  company  devops  summit 
june 2017 by jonerp
Big Data Comes to Pet Tech
"Azhnyuk says there’s a two-fold appeal in this new breed of technology. First, it can give pet owners new insights into their pets — and of course, “We can be close to them even when we’re not in the same physical space.”
culture  top  stories  data  fitbark  petbot  petcube  pets  petzi  petzitreatcam  playdate  startups  tech 
june 2017 by jonerp
Oracle Joins the Kubernetes Movement
"At CoreOS Fest in San Francisco, a perhaps unexpected guest took to the keynote stage to announce a new partnership and a new commitment to Kubernetes. Bob Quillin, vice president of the Oracle container group, explained that Oracle will now be contributing engineering resources to the Kubernetes open source project, and using K8s to internally manage its container infrastructure."
analysis  events  technology  top  stories  451  research  bare  metal  container  ecosystem  linux  orchestration  containers  coreos  fest  2017 
june 2017 by jonerp
Security Debt is an Engineer’s Problem
"She shared four basic security principles for engineers. First, security debt is expensive. There’s a lot of talk about technical debt and she thinks security debt should be included in those conversations.

“This historical attitude is ‘We’ll think about security later,’” Plattner said. As companies grab the low-hanging fruit of software efficiency and growth, they ignore security, but an initial insecure design can cause problems for years to come."
analysis  events  top  stories  bcrypt  oracle  passwords  security  technical  debt  women  who  code  zxcvbn 
may 2017 by jonerp
Hostile Texas Bathroom Bill Forces Tech Conference Organizers to Look Beyond Austin
"A proposed bathroom bill making its way through the Texas state legislature is viewed as so hostile that tech conference organizers are now looking for more hospitable locales to host their events."
culture  news  top  stories  bathroom  bill  cloud  native  computing  foundation  diversity  hashicorp  inclusion  legislation  tech  texas 
may 2017 by jonerp
The Linux Foundation and Its Critics
"Yet although Garrett’s criticisms were largely unsupported, they were repeated uncritically, including on the popular FOSS Force site, under the headline “Linux Foundation sells out.” The article attracted another series of criticisms altogether: that the Foundation had no interest in desktop Linux and was no more than “another corporate power play,” and that the community needed to fight the “hypocrisy” of corporations and ensure that they never controlled the direction of open source development."
analysis  culture  op-ed  top  stories  core  infrastructure  initiative  linux  foundation  technical  advisory  board  microsoft  open  source  communities  software  freedom  conservancy  tech 
may 2017 by jonerp
How Humans React When AIs Replace Them
"The Times isn’t the only publication that’s looking at workers training their AI replacements. A recent article in Wired described the throng of humans who are reviewing offensive videos on YouTube and AdSense advertisements. And at one point their reporter describes the business case for “churning through ad raters” — since it provides multiple perspectives for the AI that will eventually replace them. “Giving ‘the machine’ more eyes to see is going to better results,” said the CEO of AI startup Nara Logics."
culture  top  stories  artificial  intelligence  nara  logics  tech 
may 2017 by jonerp
Meet the New Docker CEO, Steve Singh
"Docker relies on an open source culture, though it doesn’t appear you’ve had a lot of experience working with open source communities to date…

That’s fair. I have a view that is shared across the executive team and even the board: The next generation companies will embrace open source, for a simple reason. Open source embraces the fact that genius, that creativity, that contributions will be made from any corner of the world. In my view, the companies that embrace this, and add value on top of that stack, will always accelerate faster than companies that don’t."
interviews  news  top  stories  container  ecosystem  docker  enterprise  open  source 
may 2017 by jonerp
A Closer Look at the ‘Learning’ Aspect of Machine Learning
"Each algorithm is designed to either predict or classify data. For example, logistic regression is used to find out a boolean value that results in a true or false. linear regression, as we have seen, is used in scenarios where the prediction is a number. Other algorithms like Support Vector Machine and K Nearest Neighbor are used for classification. Irrespective of the algorithm, the goal is to use existing data to find accurate parameters to evolve the final model."
technology  top  stories  tutorials  artificial  intelligence  coefficient  of  determination  cost  functions  development  linear  regression  machine  learning  is  not  magic  python  supervised 
april 2017 by jonerp
Docker Doesn’t Fear Kubernetes, Keeps Sights on the Enterprise Instead
"“So for us, Kubernetes is an interesting technology but it is not a particular competitive threat,” Golub said, in a press luncheon at Dockercon 2017, held last week in Austin. Over the past year or so, much of the buzz around containers have gravitated to Kubernetes, container orchestration software open sourced by Google. Especially after the successful Kubecon Europe conference last month, the software is being increasingly touted as the logical cornerstone for running cloud-native applications. But buzz does not alone a successful enterprise technology make, in Golub’s eyes."
events  news  technology  top  stories  avanade  cisco  container  ecosystem  containers  docker  enterprise  store 
april 2017 by jonerp
Microsoft Puts AI Where the Data Is
While the machine learning and artificial intelligence landscape is far more complicated than the database market, if Microsoft can turn SQL Server into a platform where enterprises can work with machine learning and AI from the comfort of their own database systems, where they have familiar controls and development tools, then AI and ML may truly find a home in tomorrow’s enterprise.
technology  top  stories  artificial  intelligence  big  data  deep  learning  documentdb  hadoop  machine  microsoft  r  server 
april 2017 by jonerp
Atlassian Futurist Sees Teamwork, not Chatbots, Defining the Future of Work
"Not to worry, said Dominic Price, who is the head of research and development and resident “work futurist” at Atlassian. During a recent phone interview he noted that in the last 144 years, technology created more jobs than it took away. True, there has been mass displacement and the actual roles that remain are very different, but overall more jobs have been created. He doesn’t think artificial intelligence, or intelligence assistance, or machine learning, or whatever term you want to use will be any different."
culture  interviews  top  stories  artificial  intelligence  atlassian  education  tns  management  training 
april 2017 by jonerp
Can Artificial Intelligence Fix the Monopoly Board Game?
"It turns out that poor Mediterranean Avenue — exactly one square past “Go” — is the square least likely to be landed on, so its return on investment drops quite a bit. Multiplying the two numbers together yields the “actual” return on investment — that is, their probability-adjusted return — and this shows Mediterranean’s returns are 49 percent below average"
culture  top  stories  artificial  intelligence  board  games  do  it  yourself  ludible  monopoly  tech 
april 2017 by jonerp
IBM Brings Low-Code App Development to Bluemix
"Overall, IBM’s goal is to make Bluemix the go-to platform for developers of all types, from so-called “citizen developers” to professional development teams building enterprise applications and commercial products. The Bluemix platform features more than 150 tools and services covering areas such as cognitive intelligence, blockchain, security, Internet of Things, DevOps and more."
analysis  top  stories  authentication  cloud  cognitive  builder  fair  initiative  space  data  decision  composer  model  and  notation  development  education  forrester 
april 2017 by jonerp
Codecademy Co-Founder: ‘The Future of Coding is the Future of Work’
"There has, however, been a seismic shift in the learn-to-code landscape over the past decade, and things have particularly accelerated in the last five years. For example, in 2011, just under 40,000 computer science degrees were earned, total, across every college and university in the US. In 2016, by contrast, more than 20,000 people graduated from “learn to code” boot camps alone."
analysis  events  technology  top  stories  codecademy  education  sponsored  sxsw  2017 
april 2017 by jonerp
An Open Letter to Database Administrators: Be the DBA of the Future!
"Now that everyone in IT, including the CIO, realizes the significance of the challenges associated with the database change process, DBAs need to take part in the creation of the solution. And that solution must be able to handle the rapid increase in the number applications and the subsequent smaller, more frequent releases."
analysis  contributed  op-ed  research  top  stories  data  database  definition  language  datical  devops  quality  assurance  service  level  agreements 
march 2017 by jonerp
Sticky Robo-Bees Could Help Artificially Pollinate Plants As Bees Die Off
"Created by researchers over from the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology in Japan, this pollinating robot uses a readily available $100 plastic drone with four propellers. On the underside of the device is a small patch of horsehair, which allows this rob0-bee to gingerly picking up pollen from a plant, using a sticky ionic liquid gel that been spread on the hair. The idea is to mimic how pollen gets stuck on the bodies of insects when they visit flowering plants, which is then transported to cross-pollinate the next plant."
science  top  stories  agriculture  bioengineering  chemistry  conductivity  drones  national  institute  of  advanced  industrial  and  technology  physics  precision  robotics 
march 2017 by jonerp
Docker Launches an Enterprise Edition, Refines Market Strategy
"Docker has also begun the process of certifying third-party software that has been proven to interoperate seamlessly with the EE edition. Infrastructure cloud services such as Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Service (though not, as of press time, Google Cloud Platform) and operating systems such as Red Hat Enterprise Linux, CentOS, Oracle Linux, Ubuntu, SUSE and Windows Server have already been validated."
news  top  stories  containers  docker  community  edition  datacenter  enterprise  store  operations  redmonk 
march 2017 by jonerp
‘Robot Tamer’ Reprograms Industrial Robots to Be Curious about Living Creatures
"Hoping to counter this somewhat irrational fear of robots, Gannon’s most recent collaboration (with the development team of Julián Sandoval, Kevyn McPhail and Ben Snell) is the creation of Mimus, an one-ton ABB IRB 6700 industrial robot that has been reprogrammed to respond to human interaction with an animal-like curiosity, currently on exhibition at London’s Design Museum."
culture  science  top  stories  algorithms  art  and  technology  atonaton  carnegie  mellon  university  design  museum  diversity  industrial  robotics  madlab 
february 2017 by jonerp
Amidst Bias, Women Work to Find a Place in Open Source Communities
"But once women find jobs in the industry, bias soon becomes apparent for many. The Bitergia study found that 40 percent of women working in the cloud said they were satisfied with their jobs, while 30 percent said they feel stereotyped and only just fewer than half said they believe their company is a true meritocracy. Meanwhile, 48 percent of women in the cloud said they feel that there is a boys’ club in senior management, and 33 percent said gender bias is part of their company culture."
analysis  culture  events  research  top  stories  coding  camps  diversity  education  github  hadoop  linux  foundation 
february 2017 by jonerp
The Microservices Hierarchy of Needs
"Once I listed the main microservices concerns (the order may vary for you) I couldn’t stop myself noticing that the Kubernetes container orchestration engine does cover a big chunk of these needs pretty well. So I’ve added Kubernetes to the diagram as well."
analysis  op-ed  top  stories  antifragility  architecture  batch  jobs  behavorial  psychology  continuous  integration  and  deployment  cron  devops  docker  hub 
february 2017 by jonerp
Swarms of ‘Robotic Plankton’ Help Scientists Track Marine Wildlife, Oil Spills
"Despite their tiny size, plankton are a major food source for larger aquatic animals like whales and fish. Astonishingly, plankton also produce half of the planet’s oxygen. Despite their ecological importance, it’s not totally clear how these critters congregate and are pushed around by ocean currents, and how that affects their feeding and mating behaviors.

But that uncertainty is lifting, thanks to a swarm of underwater robots programmed to imitate the movements of plankton."
science  top  stories  aquatic  systems  environment  marine  biology  oceans  robotics  robots  scripps  institution  of  oceanography  sustainability  university  california  san  diego 
february 2017 by jonerp
Will Blockchain Change the Way Businesses Operate?
"What’s keeping blockchain confined to token use cases is that the legal use cases simply aren’t clear. There’s the added trepidation of determining when what transactions should be public and how to monitor a so-called private blockchain."
events  technology  top  stories  bitcoin  blockchain  fintech  london  week  private  blockchains 
february 2017 by jonerp
Know When to Fold ‘Em: CMU AI Program Beats Humans at No Limits Texas Hold ‘Em Poker
"Odds makers favored the human players 4- or 5- to 1 over AI Libratus. But they were wrong. Tuomas Sandholm, professor of computer science and graduate student Ph.D. student Noam Brown of Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), the brains behind Libratus hovered around the casino, watching their brainchild steadily gain ground."
analysis  news  science  technology  top  stories  artificial  intelligence  carnegie  mellon  university  cepheus  charles  czech  technical  in  prague  deepstack  gambling 
february 2017 by jonerp
MIT’s Food Computers Set the Stage for Open Source Agriculture
"There are some indications of this shift: the appearance of urban rooftop farms, an explosion of interest in automated hydroponic systems. The problem with all these systems is that their platforms are proprietary, and the lack of a common platform between them means these won’t necessarily scale up."
"Most  of  us  probably  don’t  think  too  much  about  the  foodstuffs  we  buy  in  supermarket.  But  behind  scenes  today’s  food  production  system  relies  on  a  centralized  industrial-scale  supply  chain  that’s  still  dependent  upon  soil-based  agriculture  for  majority  our  crops.Most  crops.culture  science  technology  top  stories  big  data  computer  computing  machine  learning  massachusetts  institute  open  source 
january 2017 by jonerp
Review: Automation, Joblessness and the Vacuum of Tech Ethics - by @cote
"Increasingly, what people are finding is that it’s hard to find the types of jobs they know how to do, that pay what they’re expecting, and that aligns with their identity. The last two problems are especially vexing since so many service sector jobs are filling up labor growth curves. This space is full of social quagmires that, as Avent points out many times, we’re ill prepared as a society to easily solve."
analysis  technology  top  stories  apple  artificial  intelligence  automation  book  review  from  the  stacks  robotics 
january 2017 by jonerp
What Google Can Teach Us about Security
"Google has taken the interesting step of revealing exactly how its own protection works. The company has published a document, Google Infrastructure Security Design Overview, which sets out the core principles the company has adopted to keep itself secure."
analysis  news  top  stories  application  layer  security  automation  cloud  alliance  defense  in  depth  encryption  google  infrastructure  design  overview  national  institute  of  standards  and  technology 
january 2017 by jonerp
Nate Silver’s Lessons for Big Data from the Unpredicted Trump Victory
"Data is not interesting for its own sake, but for how it relates to everything else. It’s like a map, you need to see how the data relates to everything else. A coordinate itself doesn’t tell you anything. But as your data set gets larger, you go from five variables to ten, you begin to see an exponential increase in complexity."
analysis  case  study  events  top  stories  big  data  futurestack  2016  new  relic 
january 2017 by jonerp
MIT’s New AI Data Extraction System Teaches Itself by Surfing the Web
"The new system could be a boon to accelerating research tasks that may have required more tedious, manual effort from humans previously. Not only would a system like this save time, it could also save lives: the researchers foresee that such a system could be used by healthcare providers, as a tool for aggregating patient histories under a more unified structure, which would improve the quality of care that a patient receives."
science  technology  top  stories  artificial  general  intelligence  association  for  computational  linguistics  conference  on  empirical  methods  natural  language  processing  deep  q-network  machine  learning  massachusetts  institute  of  mit  reinforcement 
january 2017 by jonerp
Scientists’ Artificially Intelligent Nanoarray Can Diagnose Disease Using Your Breath
"The science behind the practice is pretty straightforward: A sample of exhaled human breath contains not only the primary constituents of oxygen, nitrogen, carbon dioxide and water vapor, but also varying trace levels of volatile organic compounds, which are by-products of metabolic processes of the body."
science  top  stories  algorithms  artificial  intelligence  diagnostics  gas  chromatography  machine  learning  mass  spectrometry  medical  computing  medicine  nanoarray  nanotechnology 
january 2017 by jonerp
How Shell Oil Is Taking DevOps and Agile to the Cutting Edge
"Of course, another important way to measure success in the oil and gas industry is whether or not it complied. For agile and Scrum in the heavily regulated worlds, certainly “compliant” is another definition of “done.”

Measuring cultural changes is always a challenge, but it’s a particular hurdle for such a large multinational."
analysis  case  study  culture  events  top  stories  agile  continuous  integration  and  deployment  cultural  change  devops  world  2016  scrum  tns  management 
january 2017 by jonerp
Software Defined Talk 2017 Predictions: Cloud, Containers, and AI - podcast w/ @cote et al
"In this extra-special year-end edition of the Software Defined Talk podcast, we throw out our 2017 predictions, as well as speculate about GitHub’s business, and discuss Amazon Web Services, containers, artificial intelligence, and government IT. Since holiday family time is coming up, Brandon also suggests some simple family IT help-desk tasks — like backup — and throws out the stretch goal of discussing 2FA at the dinner table."
podcast  top  stories  github  sdt 
january 2017 by jonerp
Blockchain Hyperledger Project Generates Interest in the Enterprise
"“When you look back at the beginning of the year, there were a lot of folks kicking the tires and imaging the art of the possible. When you look at this ecosystem … This has gone beyond the conceptual stage and they’re doing real stuff,” said Jerry Cuomo, IBM vice president of blockchain technologies, of the New York meetup. “There’s a real energy around it.”
news  technology  top  stories  bitcoin  blockchain  explorer  bluemix  chamber  of  digital  commerce  eris  ethereum  hyperledger  fabric  project 
december 2016 by jonerp
The Thorny Ethics of Computer Programming
"A surprisingly wide-ranging discussion broke out last month among computer programmers to which ethical lines they just won’t cross. Coders have been sharing their own horror stories in highly-trafficked discussions on Medium, Hacker News, and Reddit. Collectively all the stories offered a glimpse into the unexpected challenges lurking in the developer world today."
culture  top  stories  application  development  ethics  tns  management  uncle  bob 
december 2016 by jonerp
The Four Critical Practices of Effective Software Development
"Small stories are great for several reasons. First, if the story calls for no more than about a day and a half of work, then if a developer miscalculates the time estimate for the job by 25 percent, that is still less than a day of additional work. This means that it’s easily possible on a weekly basis to understand whether a project is on schedule or not. If stories are estimated to take weeks, then it’s incredibly difficult to know you’re behind until after the deadline has passed."
analysis  top  stories  application  development  lifecycle  management  it's  all  about  software  lean  quality  assurance  testing 
december 2016 by jonerp
IBM Watson to Bring ‘Cognitive Assistant’ Capabilities to Slack
"After the deal with Microsoft had fallen through, Slack CEO and co-founder, Stewart Butterfield contacted David Kenny, General Manager, IBM Watson. Kenny, who had been his position for just 10 days, jumped at the chance to partner with Butterfield. The resultant partnership, where Slack chatbots will be fueled by Watson’s machine learning for enterprise-level communication, was announced at the World of Watson in Las Vegas."
events  technology  top  stories  artificial  intelligence  chatbot  cognitive  assistant  ibm  slack  world  of  watson  2016 
december 2016 by jonerp
Parity Check: The Software Budget’s Appetite Kept in Check by the Bottom Line
"Don’t be fooled by reports of huge spending increases on as-a-service software. Five years after Marc Andreessen famously declared that software is eating the world, the reality paints a more nuanced picture."
analysis  research  top  stories  application  development  apptio  gartner  parity  check  society  for  information  management  software  budget 
november 2016 by jonerp
Review: New Books for Understanding DevOps - by @cote
"Where “Lean Enterprise” was an excellent sermon from the pulpit of DevOps (more like a sort of compendium thereof), the “DevOps Handbook” is more like a manual for putting The Good Work into practice. “Lean Enterprise” will sell you on why you should fix your organizations, help you understand a new way of thinking about organizations, and tenderize your mind to accept the instructions in the “DevOps Handbook.”
analysis  top  stories  book  review  devops  from  the  stacks  pivotal  tns  management 
november 2016 by jonerp
Coming Out in Tech: Communication is Key
"One must keep in mind that identity is often psychopathological: it’s that thing that we only seem to sense, or at least sense most strongly when it gets rubbed the wrong way when it puts us in distress. I was feeling that friction around the topic of gender, and I had to address it somehow. For me, that meant exploring the realm of transition. After all, coming out as gay at my previous job went alright, so perhaps it was time to see how coming out as transgender would work while I had a relatively safe situation to do so."
contributed  culture  op-ed  top  stories  diversity  first  person  singular 
november 2016 by jonerp
Who You Gonna Believe? Inside the Strange, Frighteningly Influential Fake News Industry
"This expanded the conversation about fake news from just Facebook to Google. Google CEO, Sundar Pichai, told the BBC, “There should just be no situation where fake news gets distributed, so we are all for doing better here.” The BBC reporter asks him several times if fake news could’ve affected America’s election results, especially since many races were close.

They report that he paused for a moment before answering “Sure.”
analysis  culture  news  top  stories  facebook  media  politics  social  viral 
november 2016 by jonerp
Mentoring Is a Key to Broadening IT Diversity - podcast from @thenewstack
"The solution to the ongoing issue of diversity is not entirely a pipeline problem, Nampy explained. In particular, it is a problem with the culture of OpenStack and tech overall. “Culture is a big thing. The conversations happening in IRC that are happening are quite frankly not pleasant if you’re a woman. It’s quite male dominated, and conversations can be quite reflective of that. People forget that there are women in the meeting as well. That’s one thing I would like to see cleaned up a bit is the culture.”
events  podcast  top  stories  diversity  open  source  communities  development  governance  openstack  summit  barcelona  2016  the  new  stack  makers 
november 2016 by jonerp
How to Avoid Burnout Managing an Open Source Project
"Pearce talked about how “information overload is a learning problem,” which can be addressed by managing the information when we display it for others using visual cues (bullets, paragraphs, and other visual indicators), collecting information into more digestible chunks, and creating schemas"
culture  events  top  stories  change  management  code  of  conduct  cognitive  psychology  community  documentation  open  source  communities  oscon  london  2016  time 
november 2016 by jonerp
The Reality of Microservices in the Enterprise
"A phased approach can be beneficial in making progress toward Microservices and DevOps. Although the concept of moving to a pure agile and DevOps organization sounds great on paper, most organizations cannot do this; they lack the talent, funding, or requirements to change many of the legacy systems which currently operate the day to day business."
analysis  contributed  op-ed  top  stories  bimodal  it  microservice  architecture 
november 2016 by jonerp
Buggy Software Foils Dreams of Infrastructure-as-Code
"“People are using infrastructure as code today … with varying levels of success and in many cases great pain,” he said.

In many cases, these challenges come from the many combinations of languages and specific hardware used."
analysis  events  technology  top  stories  amd  apt  assembly  language  c#  chef  debian  gpg  infrastructure-as-code 
november 2016 by jonerp
Google’s DeepMind AI Now Capable of ‘Deep Neural Reasoning’
"But DeepMind, Google’s artificial intelligence research lab, has now gone yet another step further. Having created the AlphaGo software that was able to master the complex board game known as Go, DeepMind has now made what they are calling a “memory-augmented neural network” that uses a kind of external “working memory” that helps it to learn how to complete complex tasks on its own, using human-inspired memory and reasoning, instead of being programmed to do so."
science  technology  top  stories  alphago  artificial  general  intelligence  deep  neural  network  differentiable  computer  google  deepmind  networks 
november 2016 by jonerp
The Enterprise of the Future Will Need Connected Big Data
"The more nuanced answer is to view microservices as an accelerator or enabler. You are no longer forced to choose exact same data model for each piece of the backend, he clarified. The architecture is much more agile. For example, you can put your products in a graph database, so your customers have access to real-time recommendations, and put finances in a tabular database."
events  technology  top  stories  apoc  data  management  models  graph  database  graphconnect  2016  ibm  machine  learning  microservice  architecture  neo 
november 2016 by jonerp
The DevOpsification of Security
"Talk to any CISO and they’ll tell you that hiring and retaining qualified security personnel is their greatest challenge. Couple that with the fact that the average large enterprise has deployed anywhere from 50 to 70 disparate security products. The result is that understaffed teams simply cannot keep up with today’s high velocity, rapidly evolving threat landscape. The only solution becomes to replace humans with machines — to automate and orchestrate systems to understand and respond to alerts themselves"
analysis  contributed  op-ed  top  stories  analytics  and  reporting  attackiq  automation  awake  networks  cloudpassage  contrast  security  datadog  demisto 
november 2016 by jonerp
Security in the Cloud Native Era
"The container abstraction embodies three fundamental characteristics that are important to security: minimalistic (e.g., single process), declarative, and immutable. These characteristics combined make it possible to secure applications in ways that in the past were difficult or manual."
analysis  contributed  top  stories  cloud  native  applications  container  ecosystem  orchestration  security  node.js  twistlock 
november 2016 by jonerp
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