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+ - HashiCorp Atlas: A Commercial DevOps SaaS With Open-Source At Its Core

Submitted by rjmarvin
rjmarvin (3001897) writes "After releasing five popular open-source technologies including Vagrant, HashiCorp is tying them all together with Atlas https://atlas.hashicorp.com/—a commercial DevOps and application-delivery product for developing, deploying, and maintaining applications on any infrastructure “Atlas is really the universal answer to application delivery and DevOps in general,” HashiCorp CEO Mitchell Hashimoto told SD Times http://sdtimes.com/hashicorp-r.... The release of Atlas is a milestone for HashiCorp. Along with Atlas, the company today announced US$10 million in Series A funding, which according to Hashimoto will be used to commercialize Atlas while continuing to support its open-source projects."

+ - Workers On Autism Spectrum Finding Careers In Software Testing

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rjmarvin (3001897) writes "According to Autism Speaks, about 85% of people who have autism in the United States are currently unemployed or underemployed, but a social enterprise organization called Meticulon is training autistic individuals for highly skilled jobs in software testing http://sdtimes.com/autistic-ad.... According to Meticulon, autistic people often possess sharp memory and pattern matching skills as well as attention to detail, making them ideal candidates for software testing jobs. Each year's crop of autistic students or Meticulon Consultants is tested and evaluated to develop their MindMap, a unique profile of skills and ideal work environment ultimately used to find these trained software testers an ideal job."

+ - Welcome To CodeFightClub

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rjmarvin (3001897) writes "The 18-year old software engineer behind CodeFightClub says it's okay to talk about CodeFightClub http://sdtimes.com/welcome-cod.... The new online programming arena where coders can go head-to-head in 84 different programming languages and templating syntaxes started as an open-source passion project and is quickly growing into a battleground http://code-fight.club/ where developers face off, trading code blows line-by-line while commenters and voters determine who's winning the fight as a competitive way to improve coding skills."

+ - Microsoft Announces Visual Studio 2015 Preview, Tool Upgrades To Azure, .NET

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rjmarvin (3001897) writes "Microsoft revealed Visual Studio, Visual Studio Online, Azure and .NET Framework updates http://sdtimes.com/microsoft-o... at a New York City developer event today. Public previews of Visual Studio 2015 and .NET 2015 are being made available today—along with new cross-platform Apache Cordova and Visual C++ tools in Visual Studio 2015—while .NET is going open source and cross-platform. The company also announced a free Community edition of Visual Studio, according to Microsoft corporate VP of the developer division Soma Somasegar."

+ - It's Official: HTML5 Is A Standard

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rjmarvin (3001897) writes "The Worldwide Web Consortium today has elevated the HTML5 specification to ‘recommendation’ status http://sdtimes.com/w3c-html5-r..., giving it the group’s highest level of endorsement, which is akin to becoming a standard. The W3C also introduced Application Foundations with the announcement of the HTML5 to aid developers in writing Web applications, and said the organization is working with patents holders of the H.264 codec to agree on a baseline royalty-free interoperability level commitment."

+ - Microsoft Partners With Docker

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rjmarvin (3001897) writes "Docker is teaming up with Microsoft http://sdtimes.com/microsoft-p... to bring its open container technology to the next release of Windows Server. Docker Engine will work with the next release of Windows Server and images will be available in Docker Hub, which will also integrate directly into Microsoft Azure http://azure.microsoft.com/blo.... The partnership moves Docker beyond Linux for the first time with new multi-container application capabilities for cloud and enterprise developers."

+ - The Bubble, She Gonna Burst

Submitted by rjmarvin
rjmarvin (3001897) writes "Today, there’s an awful lot of innovation out there. There are working business plans, as well as companies like Uber, AirBnB and Lyft that seem to be perfectly primed to march across the globe in a universal rollout of capital-backed market expansion. But this time around, there’s something very different about the climate of investment. Silicon Valley was considered a gold mine in 1999, but the pool of people actually investing in it was relatively small. Today, that pool is gigantic, and the open-the-floodgates investment trend is unsustainable http://sdtimes.com/bubble-gonn.... If the secret to software success is the right people, not necessarily the most people, why is everyone in the Valley staffing up, renting out $70-per-square-foot offices in downtown San Francisco, and holding giant events for customers and employees? Because they’ve got to spend that silly investment money somehow! Half of these firms don't require anywhere near the $50 or $100 million they're getting, and that money isn't coming back. We're at the peak, and soon the bubble will burst."

+ - After 13 Years, JCache Specification Is Finally Complete

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rjmarvin (3001897) writes "On March 6, 2001, a specification proposal was born within the Java Community Process called JSR 107: Java Temporary Caching API. JCache, the longstanding specification proposal for the language, was finally completed this year due to the more than decade-long efforts of Greg Luck and Oracle's Brian Oliver and Cameron Purdy. Luck, the current CEO of Hazelcast and former CEO of Terracota, spoke to SD Times http://sdtimes.com/13-years-jc... about the JSR 107 proposal and what JCache can do for Java."

+ - Patent Hints At New Google Glass Design

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rjmarvin (3001897) writes "Google was granted a patent http://www.ggdevcon.com/news/n... for what deceptively looks like a normal pair of glasses, but is referred to in the patent office document as a “wearable display device.” The US Patent and Trademark Office issued the patent, which concerns ornamental design of the wearable display device, to Mitchell Henrich, who has previous ties to Project Glass and the Google Smart Contact Lens."

+ - Brain-Inspired Computing Software Mimics Human Brain Patterns

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rjmarvin (3001897) writes "Microsoft's Project Adam, IBM's Watson, Google Now and an array of other technologies and brain-inspired computing methods are developing breakthrough algorithms and software that function like human brains http://sdtimes.com/computers-b.... Companies like Intel and Qualcomm are building neuron-inspired cores and chips, while others experiment with deep learning neural networks or the novel architecture approach of machine learning. According to developers, software engineers, tech analysts and academics, as scientific and technological knowledge of how the brain works continues to expand, the early stages of brain-inspired computing features like speech recognition, question-and-answer capabilities and predictive recommendations may evolve into unparalleled levels of computing and problem-solving power."

+ - Microsoft Is Testing Developer Biometrics To Predict Software Bugs 1

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rjmarvin (3001897) writes "Microsoft Research is testing a new method for catching errors and bugs in while developers code: biometrics
http://sdtimes.com/sd-times-bl.... By measuring a developer's eye movements, physical and mental characteristics as they code, the researchers measured alertness and stress levels to predict when a programmer will make a coding error. In a paper entitled "Using Psycho-Physiological Measures to Assess Task Difficulty in Software Development" http://research.microsoft.com/..., the researchers summarized their study of 15 developers where they strapped an eye tracker, an electrodermal sensor and an EEG sensor to developers as they programmed various tasks. The study found that biometrics predicted task difficulty for a new developer 64.99% of the time. For a new development task, the researchers found biometrics to be 84.38% accurate. The researchers did not, however, comment on the invasiveness of biometric sensors to developers."

+ - The NSA Is Becoming Skynet By Monitoring Tor Nodes

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rjmarvin (3001897) writes "Tor is the backbone of the anonymous Internet, and the NSA is turning the proxy network into Skynet by monitoring and even running its own Tor nodes http://sdt.bz/content/article..... A German news outlet has released a scathing report http://daserste.ndr.de/panoram... on just how the NSA monitors Tor traffic. Specifically, the NSA is tagging IP addresses that come to Tor nodes and watches them. They're especially watching anyone who knows about XKeyscore, a tool built at the NSA to do deep packet analysis of monitored traffic.the NSA has, effectively, built a huge stack of offensive intrusion tools that can be automatically triggered by something like searching for information about XKeyscore, and is the beginning of the end of Internet freedom."

+ - Java's Generics Are Getting More Generic In OpenJDK 9

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rjmarvin (3001897) writes "OpenJDK 9 will make generics easier to turn into specialized classes http://sdt.bz/71490. Java language architect and Oracle engineer Brian Goetz detailed some of Java's proposed future plans in a lengthy blog post http://cr.openjdk.java.net/~br..., explaining how generics can be extended over primitives and eventually value types.The changes being bandied about now are variations of what other languages do with generic specialization, but the first proposal is to use *T at the end of a typename or bytecode to signify that the type is derived from the erasure of T."

+ - Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella Employee Memo: "We Will Reinvent Productivity"

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rjmarvin (3001897) writes "Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella sent out a lengthy memo to employees http://sdt.bz/71478 laying out a proposed reorganization of the company, a renewed focus on devices and services and a call to action to “reinvent productivity.” The memo, entitled “Bold Ambition & Our Core,” http://www.microsoft.com/en-us... talks about transforming Microsoft from a self-described “devices and services” company to a “productivity and platform company.” Nadella also reaffirmed Microsoft’s commitment to the Xbox platform and touted CloudOS and its Enterprise Mobility Suite."

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