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+ - Chris Kemp on How to Do OpenStack Right

Submitted by Nemo the Magnificent
Nemo the Magnificent (2786867) writes "Cloud guy Elias Khnaser talks with Chris Kemp, one of the creators of OpenStack and now CTO of Nebula. Kemp describes his company as 'a turnkey private cloud appliance. We take OpenStack... and package it into a simple plug-and-play deployment that enables organizations to build on-premises private clouds that are very similar to Amazon Web Services.' Kemp says that while OpenStack is available for anyone to implement, it 'should be viewed as a toolkit, not a finished product... Nebula has invested heavily in ensuring that our product is secure by design. Securing OpenStack is definitely the hardest and most complicated task of all.' Note that when I visited TFA a Nebula video began to autoplay; YMMV. At least it was narrated by Patrick Stewart."

+ - Recycle Bin Turns Bottles Into Food For Stray Animals

Submitted by Nemo the Magnificent
Nemo the Magnificent (2786867) writes "A Turkish company has installed kiosks around Istanbul that accept recycled bottles and in return dispense kibble for the city's stray dogs. From TFA: 'In many cities around the world stray dogs are part of city life. One such city is Istanbul, where 150 thousand stray dogs and cats share the streets with 14 million human inhabitants. A clever device by the Turkish company Pugedon aims to increase recycling while providing food and water to stray dogs and waking up our kindness and humanity. The topic of stray dogs is often polarized. Turkey, in particular, has a history of controversial "solutions" to the problem.'"

+ - How To Explain Big Data To A 5th Grader 1

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Nemo the Magnificent (2786867) writes "What do you say when your 10-year-old asks you, 'What is big data anyway?' Daria Hutchinson works for a big-data analytics software company, Platfora. She thought a minute and said, 'I'm going to explain big data as it relates to your favorite online game, Fantage.' (For the uninitiated, this is a utopia of young girl pursuits.) Here's a little of how the conversation went. 'So the first thing about big data is that it is big. ... Hadoop solves the size problem of big data... If your data gets too big to fit on your computer, you can just add more computers. It grows as your data grows. ... The second thing about big data is that it comes in all different formats. ... The third thing about big data is that it can come in very fast at times. ... With big data, you have to be fast at capturing the data, but you also have to be fast at reading it. Nobody likes to wait. For some questions, a little bit of waiting is acceptable. For others, answers are needed right away.' Hutchinson captures the problem space pretty well, in terms a 5th-grader can relate to."

+ - The Heroic Recovery of the Archimedes Palimpsest->

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Nemo the Magnificent (2786867) writes "This parchment manuscript has been around since the second half of the 10th century, when someone in Constantinople was transcribing and commenting on the mathematics of Archimedes. But it turns out there was a fair bit more on that prepared goatskin. 'Normally when you're looking at medieval manuscripts that have been scraped off, you don't find unique texts,' project director William Noel says in a 2012 TED talk. 'And to find two in one manuscript is really something. To find three is completely weird. And we found three.'"
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+ - Programmers: It's OK to Grow Up

Submitted by Nemo the Magnificent
Nemo the Magnificent (2786867) writes "From the Peter-Pan-need-not-apply dept.

Everybody knows software development is a young man's game, right? Here's a guy who hires and manages programmers and he says it's not about age at all, it's about skills, period. A company that actively works to offer all employees the chance to learn and to engage with modern technologies is a company that good people are going to work for, and to stay at."

+ - Our Education System is Failing IT 1

Submitted by Nemo the Magnificent
Nemo the Magnificent (2786867) writes "In this guy's opinion most IT workers can't think critically. They are incapable of diagnosing a problem, developing a possible solution, and implementing it. They also have little fundamental understanding of the businesses their employers are in, which is starting to get limiting as silos are collapsing within some corporations and IT workers are being called upon to participate in broader aspects of the business. Is that what you see where you are?"

+ - Why So Many Security Jobs Are Going Begging-> 1

Submitted by Nemo the Magnificent
Nemo the Magnificent (2786867) writes "The Washington, DC area has more unfilled cyber-security jobs than anywhere else. The problem is that HR and hiring managers don't understand the career paths of security professionals, and they slap on requirements for high-level credentials, particularly CISSP. Seventy percent of posted security job openings ask for a CISSP, when the actual work mostly doesn't require that level of expertise — and the job doesn't pay commensurately in the first place — says the executive director of (ISC)^2. Here are a few lower-level certifications that hiring managers ought to be asking for, if only they knew about them."
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+ - Western Digital 'MyCloud' Is Down 5 Days & Counting

Submitted by Nemo the Magnificent
Nemo the Magnificent (2786867) writes "A friend of mine bought a Western Digital 'MyCloud' NAS server (non-RAID) a couple of weeks ago. WD implements the cloud service through its wd2go.com site. He reports that that site is down and has been since last Wednesday. No word on when it'll be back up. The only official announcements are daily repeats of this canned posting:

'Our My Cloud and My Book Live users are experiencing intermittent issues with WD servers that enable remote access when using these products. These issues include poor transfer speeds and/or inability to connect remotely. We sincerely apologize for this inconvenience and we are working very hard to resolve these issues and resume normal service as soon as possible. We thank you for your patience and will provide updates as they are available.'

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+ - 3D Printing Is Reshaping Healthcare

Submitted by Nemo the Magnificent
Nemo the Magnificent (2786867) writes "Ray Bradbury said that when he wrote dystopian science fiction he wasn't trying to predict a grim future, but rather to prevent one. 3D printing is in the early stages of preventing a future that Larry Niven imagined, in which organleggers abduct and dismember people for their parts. Why bother when you can print livers, kidneys, eyes, ears, hands, skulls, and trachea, as well as exoskeletons? Note: annoying 13-page slideshow format with navigation limited to next / previous."

+ - 1870s Horse Flu Epidemic Brought US Economy to its Knees

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Nemo the Magnificent (2786867) writes "From the History-We-Hardly-Knew-Ye department: "A new study published in the journal Nature provides the most comprehensive analysis to date of the evolutionary relationships of influenza virus across different host species over time... In the 1870s, an immense horse flu outbreak swept across North America. City by city and town by town, horses got sick and perhaps five percent of them died. Half of Boston burned down during the outbreak, because there were no horses to pull the pump wagons. In the West, the US Cavalry was fighting the Apaches on foot because all the horses were sick... The horse flu outbreak pulled the rug out from under the economy.""

+ - Carriers Won't Win the War on Netflix

Submitted by Nemo the Magnificent
Nemo the Magnificent (2786867) writes "A few days ago we talked over a post by David Raphael accusing Verizon of slowing down Netflix, by way of throttling Amazon AWS. Now Jonathan Feldman gives us reason to believe that the carriers won't win the war on Netflix, because tools for monitoring the performance of carriers will emerge nd we'll catch them if they try. I just now exercised one such tool, NetNeutralityTest.com from Speedchedker Ltd. My carrier is Verizon (FiOS), and the test showed my download speed at the moment to be 12 Mbps. It was the same to Linode in NJ but only 3 Mbps to AWS East. Hmm."

+ - Blowing up a pointless job interview

Submitted by Nemo the Magnificent
Nemo the Magnificent (2786867) writes "Ever been asked a question in a job interview that's just so abysmally stupid, you're tempted to give in to the snark and blow the whole thing up? Here are suggested interview-ending answers to 16 of the stupidest questions candidates actually got asked in interviews at tech companies in 2013, according to employment site Glassdoor. Oil to pour on the burning bridges."

+ - Google Glass Driver Proves Distracted Driving Laws Won't Work

Submitted by cartechboy
cartechboy (2660665) writes "We've all heard about Cecilia Abadie, ticketed in California for driving while wearing her Google Glass. She was initially pulled over for speeding, but also got a ticket for sporting her Google Glass. Why? The cops said it was the same as watching television while driving. Regardless of whether it is or isn't, Abadie was cleared in court yesterday. Not because she wasn't using the device at the time, but because there's no way of knowing if she was or wasn't. And this pretty much shows why laws designed to combat distracted driving won't work well, if at all. To prove that drivers were using them behind the wheel, cops would have to subpoena information from carriers--which they won't do for a simple traffic ticket. When self-driving cars arrive, the issue may go away--but for now, it's clear that the laws as written don't work. Instead, drivers need to learn to put away the gizmos--for the safety of others, and themselves."

+ - Adblock's days are numbered-> 1

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "PageFair offers a free JavaScript program that, when inserted into a Web page, monitors ad blocking activity. CEO Sean Blanchfield says he developed the monitoring tool after he noticed a problem on his own multiplayer gaming site. PageFair collects statistics on ad blocking activity, identifies which users are blocking ads and can display an appeal to users to add the publisher's website to their ad-blocking tool's personal whitelist. But Blanchfield acknowledges that the user appeal approach hasn't been very effective.

ClarityRay takes a more active role. Like PageFair, it provides a tool that lets publishers monitor blocking activity to show them that they have a problem — and then sells them a remedy. ClarityRay offers a service that CEO Ido Yablonka says fools ad blockers into allowing ads through. "Ad blockers try to make a distinction between content elements and advertorial elements. We make that distinction impossible," he says.

From ComputerWorld http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9245190/Ad_blockers_A_solution_or_a_problem_?taxonomyId=71&pageNumber=4"

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+ - Auto-threading compiler could restore Moore's Law gains->

Submitted by Nemo the Magnificent
Nemo the Magnificent (2786867) writes "Develop in the Cloud has news about what might be a breakthrough out of Microsoft Research. A team there wrote a paper (PDF), now accepted for publication at OOPSLA, that describes how to teach a compiler to auto-thread a program that was written single-threaded in a conventional language like C#. This is the holy grail to take advantage of multiple cores — to get Moore's Law improvements back on track, after they essentially ran aground in the last decade. (Functional programming, the other great white hope, just isn't happening.) About 2004 was when Intel et al. ran into a wall and started packing multiple cores into chips instead of cranking the clock speed. The Microsoft team modified a C# compiler to use the new technique, and claim a "large project at Microsoft" have written "several million lines of code" testing out the resulting "safe parallelism.""
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