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Friday
Oct032014

A mixed bag on apps: What The New York Times learned with NYT Opinion and NYT Now » Nieman Journalism Lab

[Link] : The New York Times’ announcement today that it was cutting 100 positions in its newsroom was coupled with changes to two of its most closely watched experiments, each just a few months old:…
Friday
Oct032014

Antibiotics in Livestock: F.D.A. Finds Use Is Rising

[NyTimes] : "The amount of antibiotics sold for use in livestock rose substantially in recent years, according to the Food and Drug Administration, a pattern that experts said was troubling given the efforts to"

Thursday
Oct022014

My data is bigger than your data!

[Link] : How big is big data really? From time to time, various organizations brag about how much data they have, how big their clusters are, how many requests per second they serve, etc. Every time I come…
Thursday
Oct022014

Adrian Cockcroft on Microservices and DevOps

[Link] :   2. So what did you learn from your time at Netflix? The key thing that Netflix optimized for was speed, and as a fairly small company operating in a world where there are a lot of very large…
Thursday
Oct022014

Introducing Inspeqtor

[Link] : I’ve written server-side applications for a decade now, and monitoring the components of your application is critical but painful. What monitors the CPU and RAM usage of your custom daemons?…
Thursday
Oct022014

The Unpatchable Malware That Infects USBs Is Now on the Loose

[Link] : Alex Washburn / WIRED It’s been just two months since researcher Karsten Nohl demonstrated an attack he called BadUSB to a standing-room-only crowd at the Black Hat security conference in Las…
Thursday
Oct022014

Protesters in Hong Kong Are Targets of Scrutiny Through Their Phones

[NyTimes] : "HONG KONG — As tens of thousands of protesters in Hong Kong continued to shut down the city’s main arteries on Wednesday in a call for democracy, a quieter struggle was playing out to"

Wednesday
Oct012014

A Fresh Look at Rust

[Link] : written on Wednesday, October 1, 2014 I have been programming with Rust for quite a long time now but that does not mean much. Rust has been changing for years now in such dramatic ways that coming…
Wednesday
Oct012014

When Everything Works Like Your Cell Phone

[Link] : In other words, the recent spate of user hackings stand as symbols not of black-hat engineering prowess but of failed consumer products. And devices in your home will rely on the exact same kind of…
Wednesday
Oct012014

Chains Spurn Netflix Plan to Screen ‘Crouching Tiger’ Sequel

[NyTimes] : "Two major theater chains, Regal Cinemas and Cinemark, said Tuesday that they would not screen next year’s sequel to “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon,” the first major motion"

Wednesday
Oct012014

If You Have Unlimited Vacation, Will You Take It?

[NyTimes] : "Last week, the Virgin Group founder Richard Branson announced he’d be giving his employees unlimited time off — and in so doing, incited a debate about whether they’d"

Wednesday
Oct012014

A Separate PayPal Still Must Solve the Payments Puzzle

[NyTimes] : "Related Links EBay Does About-Face in Spinoff of PayPal Moving money through the pipes of the financial system is a grindingly mundane activity, but that has not stopped Wall Street and Silicon"

Wednesday
Oct012014

As PayPal Spins Off, Apple Pay Signals New Era at Cash Register

[NyTimes] : "Not a single purchase has been made with Apple’s new payment system, Apple Pay, which will allow people to pay for everyday goods with their smartphone.But the service, expected in the coming"

Wednesday
Oct012014

Floating Drone Lamps Would be Freaking Amazing

[Link] : Posted by hipstomp / Rain Noe  |  30 Sep 2014  |  Comments (0) We've seen drones used or proposed for package delivery, elaborate selfies, action sports capt…
Wednesday
Oct012014

How RAM Scrapers Work: The Sneaky Tools Behind the Latest Credit Card Hacks

[Link] : Getty Images Today, news broke of yet more large-scale credit-card breaches at big-box stores, this time at Albertson’s and Supervalu, grocery chains in the American west. The breaches follow…
Saturday
Sep272014

Signaling Post-Snowden Era, New iPhone Locks Out N.S.A.

[NyTimes] : "WASHINGTON — Devoted customers of Apple products these days worry about whether the new iPhone 6 will bend in their jean pockets. The National Security Agency and the nation’s law"

Saturday
Sep272014

E. W. Dijkstra Archive: "Why is software so expensive?" An explanation to the hardware designer. (EWD 648)

[Link] : "Why is software so expensive?" An explanation to the hardware designer. Recently I received an invitation from a sizeable (and growing) hardware company. For many years its traditional…
Friday
Sep262014

Drone Exemptions for Hollywood Pave the Way for Widespread Use

[NyTimes] : "LOS ANGELES — The commercial use of drones in American skies took a leap forward on Thursday with the help of Hollywood.The Federal Aviation Administration, responding to applications from"

Friday
Sep262014

Start-Ups and the Death of Do-It-Yourself

[NyTimes] : "Near the top of the list of tiresome tasks that the Internet has yet to solve is this one: trekking to the post office.Enter a San Francisco start-up called Shyp, which is expanding to New York on"

Friday
Sep262014

Hackers Are Already Using the Shellshock Bug to Launch Botnet Attacks

[Link] : Peter Earl McCollough/WIRED With a bug as dangerous as the “shellshock” security vulnerability discovered yesterday, it takes less than 24 hours to go from proof-of-concept to pandemic.…