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Has Agile Programming Lost its Way?
"In his blog post, Jeffries pointed out that “The organization should at least get increased visibility into what’s going on, and that will often lead even the least enlightened management to make better decisions. That’s good, and I’m all for it.” But poor developers end up with less time to code with more pressure and interference — which besides driving experienced developers out the door, also creates more bugs and slower progress. Saying he’s at core a developer, Jeffries writes that “it breaks my heart to see the ideas we wrote about in the Agile Manifesto used to make developers’ lives worse, instead of better."
analysis  top  stories  development 
3 days ago by jonerp
Why Enterprises Are Adopting a Multicloud Strategy
"Lastly, despite the trend towards so-called commoditization, there are differences between clouds that lend themselves to app placement for reasons other than diversification and negotiating leverage. Some clouds are in certain regions whereas others are not. Some have better workflows for certain applications. Just as modern development teams don’t want central IT to tell them to use any database as long as it is Oracle, app teams don’t want to deploy in an environment that is ill-suited to the task at hand."
contributed  top  stories  sponsored 
7 days ago by jonerp
Why Multicloud Orchestration Is Key to Evolving Enterprise IT
"In order to meet both needs, enterprise IT needs to allow for specialization while presenting a common operational framework. In networking, for example, there will absolutely be workloads that reside in both public and private clouds. And within the public cloud, there will be workloads distributed across multiple providers. Enterprises can take advantage of these pools of resources without fracturing their operations by incorporating an orchestration layer that can stretch across the varying environments."
contributed  top  stories  networking 
19 days ago by jonerp
Microservices, APIs and Innovation: The Power of APIs
"Poorly-designed APIs can make it hard for your developers to understand them, possibly introduce errors into the system and may add needless costs in bug fixing and infrastructure modifications. But well-designed APIs can empower employees to work effectively, reduce the time it takes to build a stable solution and even encourage teams to create new, innovative solutions that help customers and fellow employees. API design is so important that Werner Vogels, Amazon Web Services’ chief technology officer, says, “We knew that designing APIs was a very important task as we’d only have one chance to get it right.”
analysis  contributed  top  stories  development  sponsored 
29 days ago by jonerp
Artificial Intelligence: It Takes a Human Touch
"“Evidence suggests that it is much harder to revert negative effects of predictive models that are already deployed in a community than to prevent undesirable effects during the design and development of the technology,” it states, pointing to the need to address these challenges early in the design and deployment of a technology."
technology  top  stories  machine  learning 
4 weeks ago by jonerp
Why Serverless Requires Rethinking the IT Department
"Beyond that, the biggest differences between how serverless teams work compared with usual DevOps and application engineering teams can be summed up by Johnston’s formula: Slack and Automate and Document (SAD). Serverless engineers need a broad skillset, they are pragmatic hackers. “Because functions are small, but also high-value units, engineers need to be able to ship them fast. They don’t need to make them overly complicated, they don’t need to be perfect,” suggested Johnston, “they just need to work, and if they break, a new one can easily be built.”
culture  technology  top  stories  serverless 
5 weeks ago by jonerp
Understanding Licensing Compliance for Open Source Software
"“Most users of the free and open source code want to do the right thing. If I am the author of a project, maybe I want to get some credit for it. In some cases, I feel strongly about copyleft and I want to make sure that my code stays free,” said Ombrédanne. “As a user, it’s really important to meet the wishes of the original authors."
podcast  top  stories  the  new  stack  makers 
7 weeks ago by jonerp
Intel’s Approach to Measuring Diversity and Inclusivity in Open Source Communities
"Huesman noted that Intel has been working with software analytics software provider Bitergia on gender diversity research. But for Intel, she explained, this is just the tip of the iceberg: “We took a look at as a member of the community [and asked] how can we work, what part can we play in building inclusive diversity and inclusion across communities?”"
podcast  top  stories  the  new  stack  makers 
7 weeks ago by jonerp
6 attention-worthy data visualizations that tell stories using time
"Data visualizations can impart new information in an engaging or succinct way that makes your attention worth it. Not only that, but successful data visualizations tell a story. As Harvard Business Review writes, “Visualization in its educational or confirmational role is really a dynamic form of persuasion.”
data  stories  axios  visualizations  google  the  new  york  times  pudding  washington  post 
8 weeks ago by jonerp
Has Monolithic Architecture Gotten a Bad Rap?
"We tend to depict the microservice and the monolith as two polar opposite styles of software architecture — the natively decomposed versus the self-contained, the fluid versus the solid, the mercurial versus the integral. And because “New” is the second word in our masthead, we tend to draw a parallel vector leading from the archaic to the modern, when we discuss the virtue of full-scale containerization, encompassing microservices, serverless staging, asynchronous signaling, and statelessness."
top  stories  microservices 
11 weeks ago by jonerp
How Good Is Machine Learning at Understanding Text?
"As usual, having large datasets to train and test with is helping researchers improve the performance of reading comprehension models — but creating those data sets is slow and expensive, making it harder to use machine reading for topics where there isn’t a good test data set to learn from."
top  stories  artificial  intelligence 
11 weeks ago by jonerp
Machine Learning and Beyond: Algorithmic Detection in Security
"This article discusses the ways we can use algorithmic detection in all aspects of security. We define algorithmic detection as the ability to perceive threats, analyze them and contextualize them using algorithms that are either automata-theoretic or statistical."
contributed  top  stories  artificial  intelligence  security  sponsored 
march 2018 by jonerp
Internet of Things Platforms: Microsoft Azure vs. Google Cloud Platform vs. Amazon Web Services
"Far in the lead in the cloud computing race is Amazon Web Services, Amazon’s own cloud offering. Among its main features are infrastructure as a service, cloud storage solutions, database system management, application and content migration, developer tools that make development faster, as well as machine learning capabilities. IoT-targeted features are available through the AWS IoT platform."
contributed  op-ed  technology  top  stories  amazon  web  services  azure  google  cloud  platform  internet  of  things  mobilunity  sensors 
february 2018 by jonerp
Security: What Enterprise Architects Need to Know Today
"With enterprise applications, the data is more valuable than the apps that consume the data. This is because the datasets are large, and often go back decades. They’re mostly stored in SQL databases, but in recent times, in NoSQL alternatives as well. The data is multifaceted and can be presented in many different ways within a single application or across multiple applications."
analysis  contributed  technology  top  stories  cloud-native  equifax  security  sponsored  twistlock 
february 2018 by jonerp
GitHub Predicts Hottest 2018 Open Source Trends
"The hottest project and community results in 2017, then, would logically foretell growth areas and trends for the coming year. This is what emerged:

Cross-platform development: Projects focused on cross-platform web development experienced the largest growth in activity. The most-starred projects related to Angular, React and Electron, all of which attracted significantly more visitors and contributors in 2017. In particular, Angular/angular-cli more than doubled its contributor base over the past year.
Deep learning: The number of visitors to TensorFlow also more than doubled in 2017, while the TensowFlow/models repo’s visitorship more than quintupled. Keras and Mozilla’s DeepSpeech also saw significant increases in contributions and visitors."
analysis  research  top  stories  angular  container  ecosystem  deepspeech  development  docker  education  electron  github  keras 
february 2018 by jonerp
Why Multicloud Will Win When the Cloud Wars Go Global
Data privacy is increasingly critical, particularly as breaches become both more frequent and more devastating. The European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is certainly a reflection of what will become more tightly monitored if not regulated space.

But even with GDPR, there will be industry-specific regulations that mandate protections, especially around data that is of security interest. In some cases, enterprises will find that tight control over data, being mindful of national borders, provides the right balance of risk mitigation and control."
analysis  contributed  technology  top  stories  eu  general  data  protection  regulation  juniper  networks  multi-cloud 
february 2018 by jonerp
3 DevOps Insights from NIO, Maker of Self-Driving Cars and a Kubernetes Power User
"When we think Internet-of-things (IoT), we’ve been trained to think internet-connected toasters, fridges and thermostats. There might be a lot of these devices, but they won’t produce much data. The much bigger part of IoT will be industrial devices, like self-driving cars."
case  study  contributed  top  stories  internet  of  things  kubernetes  portworx  sponsored 
february 2018 by jonerp
How AI and Laser-Shooting Robots Can Boost Productivity in the Construction Industry
"According to the company, these relatively impressive improvements are made possible by their software, which is capable of differentiating between the complex set of interior components on any given construction site, ranging from plumbing, to electrical wiring and ventilation ductwork. All these items can be scanned three-dimensionally and mapped into Doxel’s cloud of data points, which are accurate up to 2 millimeters."
science  technology  top  stories  algorithms  artificial  intelligence  construction  deep  learning  doxel  lidar  robotics  robots 
february 2018 by jonerp
The Impact of Spectre and Meltdown on the Cloud
"Spectre is worse. Not because we actually know how to use it to do something bad. Yet. It is worse because we don’t know how to mitigate it in a generic way, and because it proves that Meltdown wasn’t a flash in the pan. The threat remains, and erodes trust. When and if someone devises a practical exploit, we may indeed see a mitigation for it show up quickly. The exploit may be responsibly disclosed by security researchers at a company like Google. But it is entirely possible that hostile state actors will get there first, and the damages done between now and then may be considerable and difficult to quantify."
analysis  contributed  technology  top  stories  heptio  meltdown  security  side-channel  attack  spectre 
february 2018 by jonerp
5 Essential Pieces of the Deep Learning Puzzle
"The amount of applications and Internet of Things (IoT) devices in the enterprise means there’s no shortage of data. But many datasets can’t be used for deep learning because they’re too small, not structured, or untrustworthy. If machine learning models are trained with incomplete, unstructured, or inaccurate data, they can’t arrive at the best outcomes at best, and can even actively hurt the underlying application they are being applied to."
analysis  contributed  technology  top  stories  amazon  sagemaker  artificial  intelligence  cafee2  data  deep  learning  frameworks  google  hypertune  grid  search 
february 2018 by jonerp
Google AI Achieves “Alien” Superhuman Mastery of Chess and Go in Mere Hours
"And it seems that Google’s subsidiary DeepMind has once again gotten one step closer to this goal with AlphaZero, their latest AI development. Their recently published pre-print research outlined how AlphaZero succeeded in handily beating one of the world’s top chess engines — after teaching itself and mastering the game in four hours and reaching a “superhuman” level of play in a mere 24 hours in not only chess but in two other different types of board games."
science  technology  top  stories  alphazero  artificial  general  intelligence  board  games  deep  neural  networks  deepmind  elmo  game  engines  gaming 
january 2018 by jonerp
What Role Should Colleges Play in Workplace Training?
"Data doesn’t support this either, according to a recent article in The Street. “When it comes to middle-skills jobs, Fuller found no difference in performance among people with and without a college degree. Yet employers still look for people with college degrees, who only make up about one-third of the entire workforce.” Fuller explains it with a fishing metaphor. “When you start up-credentialing your jobs you’re doing the equivalent of rowing your boat over to this tightly crowded part of the pond. Maybe there are fish elsewhere.”
culture  top  stories  communication  skills  diversity  education  google  harvard  university  stem  the  city  of  new  york  training 
january 2018 by jonerp
The Edge Is Replacing the Cloud, and Mobile Is Making It Happen
"For mobile developers, the future feels pretty close. After all, if you’ve been building mobile apps, you’ve already been building on the edge. It’s not at all strange for you to have experience building apps that are resilient and capable. You’ve been dealing with intermittent networks and learning how to enable features even when your users go offline, and how to resolve conflicts when they get a connection back again. You’ve figured out how to package high-performance features like machine learning into something that can run on a phone. You’ve lived with battery and processing and storage constraints, and know how to get the most out of them."
contributed  op-ed  top  stories  5g  networks  development  edge  computing  iphone  mobile  realm 
january 2018 by jonerp
Creative Software Destruction and the New Presentation Layer
"The power within IT has clearly moved from infrastructure teams to application teams. Developers and architects prefer to think in services and they expect the infrastructure to be programmable, cheap, elastic, and secure. They no longer want to worry about low-level concerns of infrastructure management and instead, they want frictionless and limitless capabilities and then access to APIs for other services to help them compose applications. We are moving more toward an application- or service-centric model as opposed to an infrastructure-centric approach."
contributed  op-ed  top  stories  architecture  cloud  cloud-native  data  development  react  serverless 
january 2018 by jonerp
Mathwashing: How Algorithms Can Hide Gender and Racial Biases
"It seems that machines can and do indeed assimilate human prejudices, whether they are based on race, gender, age or aesthetics. Experts are now finding more evidence that supports this phenomenon of algorithmic bias. As sets of instructions that help machines to learn, reason, recognize patterns and perform tasks on their own, algorithms increasingly pervade our lives. And in a world where algorithms already underlie many of those big decisions that can change lives forever, researchers are finding that many of these algorithms aren’t as objective as we assume them to be."
culture  research  science  technology  top  stories  algorithmic  auditing  bias  algorithms  artificial  intelligence  bias-correction  data  development 
december 2017 by jonerp
Could an AI Generate the First Line of a Novel?
"And of course, the other half of the fun is sharing the ridiculous results on her blog. For example, given a dataset of 37,265 fish names, the neural network tried its hardest to generate its own. And last week Shane trained it on the first lines from 224 Disney songs. But this month Shane turned her attention to one of the most human endeavors of all: writing a novel. “When you’re faced with a blank page, sometimes it’s just hard to get started,” Shane joked on her web page. “I wanted to see if I could train a computer program to help.”
culture  research  technology  top  stories  artificial  intelligence  char-rnn  national  novel  writing  month  novel-generating  neural  networks  tech  the  arts  and  science  torch 
december 2017 by jonerp
Tech Ageism and the Myth of the ‘Digital Native’
"It turns out that older employees are not discriminated against once they are hired. Exceptions exist, of course, but the data shows that after 40, non-manager tech workers enter the “Tech Sage Age” (a term coined by Visier). Visier found workers in the Tech Sage Age are increasingly likely to receive top performance ratings. This is not true in non-tech industries, said Weisbeck, where older workers find their performance ratings decline."
culture  top  stories  ageism  cisco  digital  native  discrimination  diversity  employment  intuit  mcafee  tech  visier 
november 2017 by jonerp
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 
november 2017 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 
october 2017 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 
october 2017 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 
october 2017 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 
october 2017 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 
october 2017 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 
october 2017 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 
september 2017 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 
september 2017 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 
september 2017 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 
september 2017 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 
september 2017 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 
august 2017 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
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