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Submission + - GitHub Open Sources Their Internal Testing Tool (thenewstack.io)

destinyland writes: Last week GitHub released a new open source tool called Scientist, a Ruby-based library they've been using in-house for several years. "It's the most terrifying moment when you flip the switch," GitHub engineer Jesse Toth told one technology reporter, who notes that the tool is targeted at developers transitioning from a legacy system. "Scientist was born when GitHub engineers needed to rewrite the permissions code — one of the most critical systems in the GitHub application." The tool measures execution duration and other metrics for both test and production code during runtime, and Toth reports that they're now also developing new versions in Node.js, C#, and .Net..

Submission + - New Hack Shrinks Docker Containers (www.iron.io)

destinyland writes: Promising "uber tiny Docker images for all the things," Iron.io has released a new library of base images for every major languages optimized to be as small as possible by using only the required OS libraries and language dependencies. "By streamlining the cruft that is attached to the node images and installing only the essentials, they reduced the image from 644 MB to 29MB," explains one technology reporter, noting this makes it quicker to download and distribute the image, and also more secure. "Less code/less programs in the container means less attack surface..." writes Travis Reeder, the co-founder of Iron.io, in a post on the company's blog. "Most people who start using Docker will use Docker’s official repositories for their language of choice, but unfortunately if you use them, you’ll end up with images the size of the Empire State Building..."

Comment The Atlantic uncovers the truth... (Score 1) 634

"The state party doesn’t track all of the coin flips, but following anecdotal reports of Clinton’s improbable luck on Monday night, Lau disclosed that it was Sanders who fared better in the games of chance that were reported through the party’s official mobile app. The Vermont senator won six of those seven coin flips--a fact that underlines how incomplete the available data remains, and the likelihood that a full accounting of all the coin flips on Monday night would yield a more even result than initial reports suggested."


Comment Re:Did they spin when they landed? (Score 2) 634

"The delegates that were decided by coin flips were delegates to the party's county conventions, of which there are thousands selected across the state from 1,681 separate precincts," says the Des Moines Register.


So it doesn't seem like those six really mattered, in the end....

Comment And it's irrelevant (Score 0) 634

This is only a story because conspiracy nuts are saying Hillary's lead was so close that lucky coin tosses are the only reason she won. Which is completely untrue, because these were for a handful of state delegates, which had no impact on the final delegate count (according to the Des Moines Register.

It's interesting but meaningless.

Comment Even Dell computer had the same problem (Score 1) 85

A Dell customer service rep phoned me, told me the model numbers on both my computers, described issues from my support history seven months earlier -- and then tried the exact same "infected with malware" scam.


I think the only thing that will change this may be more news coverage of how common this is -- to the point where companies like Dell and Symantec have to reassure their customers that this will no longer be happening when you purchase their products.

Submission + - Google Expands 'Open Cloud' with Red Hat Deal (thenewstack.io)

destinyland writes: Thursday Google announced they'd be including OpenShift Dedicated — Red Hat's platform for container applications — in Google's own cloud computing platform. "This service is underpinned by Red Hat Enterprise Linux," says Google's Martin Buhr, "and marries Red Hat’s enterprise-grade container application platform with Google’s 10 years of operational expertise around containers." Google argues it's part of their commitment to being "the Open Cloud," along with investments in open source tools like Kuernetes, and this is also beneficial to Red Hat. "Until now Red Hat PaaS required the use of Amazon Web Services, the only public cloud large enough to support it," notes one technology reporter. "Now, it can be deployed on Google as well."

Submission + - NASA's Pioneering Female Physicist Honored

destinyland writes: Tuesday's State of the Union address included a shout-out to Katherine Johnson, the pioneering African American mathematician and physicist who calculated the trajectory of Alan Shepherd’s 1961 space trip. "Her reputation was so strong that John Glenn asked her to recheck the calculations made by the new electronic computers before the mission on which he became the first American to orbit the Earth," notes one technology reporter. NASA policy at the time was to not acknowledge the female contributors to scientific papers, though "She literally wrote the textbook on rocket science," according to one NASA official, noting that her impact literally reaches all the way to the moon. At a ceremony in November, Johnson was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and the 97-year-old pioneer continues to encourage young people to also pursue careers in technology, science, engineering and math.

Submission + - Mozilla ends the advertisements in Firefox new tab tiles (mozilla.org)

An anonymous reader writes: Using linguistic gymnastics Mozilla has admitted adverts on the Firefox "New Tab" page were a mistake:

"We experimented with all content – including advertising. We proved that advertising can be done well while respecting users. We have learned a ton along the way.

Our learnings show that users want content that is relevant, exciting and engaging. We want to deliver that type of content experience to our users, and we know that it will take focus and effort to do that right. We have therefore made the decision to stop advertising in Firefox through the Tiles experiment in order to focus on content discovery. We want to thank all the partners who have worked with us on Tiles. Naturally, we will fulfill our current commitments as we wind down this experiment over the next few months.

As if actual content being more important than adverts was a stunning revelation.

Submission + - How Close Are We To a Mission on Mars? (thenewstack.io)

destinyland writes: "NASA is developing the capabilities needed to send humans to an asteroid by 2025 and Mars in the 2030s," reads the official NASA web site. But National Geographic points out that "the details haven't been announced, in large part because such a massive, long-term spending project would require the unlikely support of several successive U.S. presidents." And yet on November 4th, NASA put out a call for astronaut applications "in anticipation of returning human spaceflight launches to American soil, and in preparation for the agency’s journey to Mars," and they're currently experimenting with growing food in space. And this week they not only ordered the first commercial mission to the International Space Station, but also quietly announced that they've now partnered with 22 private space companies.

Comment Re:Non JVM (Score 1) 163

The "Compilers" section at Perl6.org talks about Rakudo as being "a compiler running on MoarVM, the JVM and other backends."

At the presentation last night, Larry said they'd plan to focus just on MoarVM, but they were pleased with the progress of the JVM, so there's some support for that too.

Comment What are they searching for? (Score 1) 67

If a candidate is popular, articles will be written about them, and their SEO will increase. (Yes, this may further increase their popularity, but they were already popular.) If anything, their original popularity is driving their Google rank *and* their likelihood of winning the election. I think the researcher takes two "effects," and says one is actually causing the other.

This study is really only interesting for its focus on "undecided voters," but in many electorates this is a really small sliver of the general electorate, so it's hard to say what exactly is swaying them. I mean, are people really Googling "Who should I vote for?", and then just reading the first few articles and deciding "Okay, this first one sounds good.,,"

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