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Submission + - Microsoft is letting programmers manage Docker containers in Minecraft (

mattydread23 writes: It's not really practical to run around in Minecraft to manage Docker containers, versus other, more robust tools that are actually, you know, not based on a video game. And you'll need to buy the full $26.99 version of Minecraft for the PC to use Dockercraft. But still, this is pretty cool. Video included.

Submission + - Microsoft Office 365 has sprinted ahead of Google for Work — here's why (

mattydread23 writes: Microsoft has finally put Google on the defensive. In the last year, Microsoft Office 365 has overtaken Google for Work (formerly Google Apps) in usage, according to stats from cloud identity management provider Okta. The main reason? A lot of CIOs still think Google doesn't give them the kind of support and hand-holding they need.

Submission + - If you know Linux, Microsoft wants you (

mattydread23 writes: At the AllThingsOpen today, Mark Russinovich told a room full of Linux developers to pass their resumes up. "It's obvious. If we don't support Linux, we'll be Windows only and that's not practical," he said. Microsoft also looks like it might be finally softening its patent stance with regards to open source software too.

Submission + - Facebook's internal security processes, revealed (

mattydread23 writes: Business Insider talked to Facebook's software and security engineer Ted Reed about some of the tools and techniques the company uses to let its developers move fast without exposing the company to huge security holes. One of the chief tools is an open source tool for collecting network data called Osquery. But the best bit is at the end: "Sometimes, Reed says, Facebook's dedicated anti-intrusion squad will get an e-mail, jump up from their desks in alarm, and scramble to a conference room. But when Reed looks in, they're just playing Starcraft."

Submission + - GitHub's next move: Turn everybody into a programmer (

mattydread23 writes: This interview with Chris Wanstrath and product VP Kakul Srivastava explains a little more what GitHub is planning — and how the company can be worth $2 billion. Basically, if every developer in the world uses and loves GitHub, the next logical step is to turn more people into developers.

Submission + - Hell just froze over: Microsoft made a Linux mod (

mattydread23 writes: Microsoft's new Azure Cloud Switch is, at the core, a specialized version of Linux — a free operating system that former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer once referred to as "a cancer." Satya Nadella, has softened his stance on Linux considerably. Under his leadership, Microsoft has begun enabling support for Linux on flagship products like its Microsoft Azure cloud computing platform. Nadella even boldly declared that "Microsoft Loves Linux" at a press event shortly after taking command of the company....Also of note is that it integrates network management technology from the Facebook-led Open Compute Project, which pushes open standards in the data center.

Submission + - They built an artificial pancreas using a Raspberry Pi and hacked insulin pump (

mattydread23 writes: Dana Lewis was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when she was 14. To manage it, like most diabetics, she pricked her finger a dozen times a day to measure her glucose levels and used an insulin pump. But doing math in her head to figure out the right amount of insulin to add was a pain, and sometimes she slept through the alarm that was supposed to wake her up if her levels got too low. So she and her boyfriend (now husband), a Twitter engineer, did the natural thing for two geeks: They built an artificial pancreas.

Submission + - Cool startup uses data algebra to solve ETL (

mattydread23 writes: At least that's the claim made by Alegbraix: According to this Business Insider article, data algebra is used to "describe any kind of data — charts, graphs, lists, whatever — in a way that can be understood and quickly processed by analytical systems" so that no ETL is necessary.

Submission + - Freemium ain't what it used to be (

mattydread23 writes: A few years ago, every enterprise software company was trying freemium — the idea of giving a product away to build users, then charging for additional features. Now, that model seems to be losing favor, except with open source software. Business Insider talks to enterprise founders and VCs to figure out why "freemium" wasn't all it was cracked up to be.

Submission + - Meet microservices: The next big trend after cloud computing (

mattydread23 writes: There's an old proverb among engineers of all stripes: "Better, cheaper, faster — pick two." But when it comes to the mobile apps that increasingly rule our world, we demand all three, every single day. So big tech companies like Amazon, Netflix, and PayPal have completely rethought how they build their products, using bleeding-edge technologies that they developed themselves to take one big problem and make it a lot of smaller ones. And startups are starting to jump aboard too, as this trend makes it much easier to get started and stay lean. Sort of like the cloud computing was 5 years ago.

Submission + - Depression: The secret struggle startup founders won't talk about (

mattydread23 writes: In May, Cambrian Genomics CEO Austen Heinz committed suicide. The news stunned friends and family, and sparked a conversation about the growing problem of depression among startup founders. Some estimates say 30% of startup founders suffer from depression, but many are reluctant to talk about their struggle for fear of alienating investors and employees. This feature by Business Insider includes conversations with a friend of Heinz, plus many investors and other startup founders who are starting to talk about the problem and figure out how to make things better.

Submission + - How Google thinks it can knock one of Oracle's main technologies off the charts ( 1

mattydread23 writes: For the last 20 years, Java has been unstoppable. But Google's Go is trying to give it a run for the money. Business Insider interviewed Go chief Jason Buberel about why he thinks Go has a fighting chance: It's simple to use, and Buberel says it isn't adding any more features. "He says that he would describe the average Go developer as "pragmatic and productive. They just want to look good to their bosses."

Submission + - How to get a software developer to work for free (

mattydread23 writes: For people outside the tech community, the idea of open source can seem puzzling. Why would software developers — who can command huge salaries for their work — spend so much time working on certain projects for free? This article talks to a bunch of OSS developers as well as RedHat CEO Jim Whitehurst to provide some insight. Some of it's about paying it forward, some of it's about giving back to the community, and some is just about making better software, faster.

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