- Dan Lyons Will Take Over Valleywag | Re/code - "So let’s say you started on the job today. How would you cover Uber and Sarah Lacy? Oh god. I don’t know. If it was a movie, it would be called “When Loathsome met Awful.”"
- Why are newspaper comics so terrible? - The Week - This seems like somewhat selective history--most of the comics in question have been around forever after all. What's probably true is that the newer comics I can think of that are fresh are on the Web, not in newspapers. But there are few consistently interesting ones just as there have never been more than a few interesting ones.
- steve o'grady on Twitter: "being an industry analyst: http://t.co/IPhp6n7Nrh" - RT @sogrady: being an industry analyst:
- The moment I learned just how far Uber will go to silence journalists and attack women | PandoDaily - "A big debate among the Pando staff for the past two years has been over just how morally bankrupt Uber is. Earlier this evening, a bombshell story by Buzzfeed editor-in-chief Ben Smith proves the reality is way worse than anyone on our team could have expected."
- John Muir's legacy questioned as centennial of his death nears - LA Times
- Dear PR person who just sent me a robo-pitch: – Quartz - RT @SiliconValleyPR: “@jtroyer: Dear PR & Marketing folks reaching out to bloggers: this goes double for you ” Mass emails: a no-no in PR.
- Carrie Brownstein on Twitter: "The view outside. Schools were cancelled today on account of snow. Portland: America's most sensitive city. http://t.co/BKpKEETXyk" - RT @sogrady: yet another difference between the two portland's:
- The Invention of Sliced Bread
- artificial intelligence is a tool, not a threat - Rethink Robotics
- 16 Fun Projects for Your New Raspberry Pi
- The dark side of .io: How the U.K. is making web domain profits from a shady Cold War land deal — Tech News and Analysis
- 10 classic Sesame Street moments we wouldn't show today's kids - The Week - "When you buy the first season on DVD or iTunes today, though, it comes with a warning: These early Sesame Street episodes are intended for grown-ups, and may not suit the needs of today's preschool child."
Thursday, November 20, 2014
When we talk about the innovation that communities bring to open source software, we often focus on how open source enables contributions and collaboration within communities. More contributors, collaborating with less friction.
However, as new computing architectures and approaches rapidly evolve for cloud computing, for big data, for the Internet of Things (IoT), it's also becoming evident that the open source development model is extremely powerful because of the manner in which it allows innovations from multiple sources to be recombined and remixed in powerful ways.
Wednesday, November 05, 2014
Software development, like manufacturing, is a craft that requires the application of creative approaches to solve problems given a wide range of constraints. However, while engineering design may be craftwork, the production of most designed objects relies on a standardized and automated manufacturing process. By contrast, much of moving an application from prototype to production and, indeed, maintaining the application through its lifecycle has often remained craftwork. In this session, Gordon Haff discusses the many lessons and processes that DevOps can learn from manufacturing and the assembly line-like tools, such as Platform-as-a-Service, that provide the necessary abstraction and automation to make industrialized DevOps possible.
[Ref:] 8. The Democratic ground game is losing ground.That was one I always doubted. There were lots of stories about how good the Democratic ground game was. Also a lot of related stories about how good the Democratic analytic folks are, and how good the Democrats were with social media.
But having worked on large analytics projects for retailers most of the last 30 years, the Democratic stories sound really similar to those I've heard in the business world. When something works lots of people want to claim credit for it working. Getting credit for a successful piece of a campaign gives a consultant the ability to charge higher rates for years. And it doesn't much matter if that campaign was to elect a candidate or to get people to visit a store.
The reality is when there's a good product that people want the marketing is easy. And analytic tweaks to the marketing message are at best of marginal value. When people don't want the product the marketing and analytics won't save it. President Obama had lots of people who were proud of him being the first black president. They were easy to get to the polls. It didn't take a great ground game, great analytics people, or an inspired social media presence. It just worked.
A lot of effort goes into marginal things. Product names, lots of branding details, or focus on insane detail that isn’t even “on the screen.” It does add up. Or it’s an inherent part of an overall mindset or approach that can’t be divorced from what is on the screen.
But blocking and tackling is usually most evident when it’s absent or deeply flawed. Suspicion is probably warranted when extraordinary claims are made for results stemming from optimizations made far outside the core product.
This is something we’ve studied a lot in constructing the FiveThirtyEight model, and it’s something we’ll take another look at before 2016. It may be that pollster “herding” — the tendency of polls to mirror one another’s results rather than being independent — has become a more pronounced problem. Polling aggregators, including FiveThirtyEight, may be contributing to it. A fly-by-night pollster using a dubious methodology can look up the FiveThirtyEight or Upshot or HuffPost Pollster or Real Clear Politics polling consensus and tweak their assumptions so as to match it — but sometimes the polling consensus is wrong.
The trend lines do seem to be getting closer over time. I suspect... we're seeing that carefully-considered predictions are increasingly informed by the general online wisdom. The result is that Consensus in the contest starts to closely parallel the wisdom of the Internet because that's the source so many people entering the contest use. And those people who do the best in the contest over time? They lean heavily on the same sources of information too. There's increasingly a sort of universal meta-consensus from which no one seriously trying to optimize their score can afford to stray too far.
There are some fancy statistical terms for some of this but fundamentally what’s happening is that information availability, aggregation, and (frankly) the demonstrated success of aggregating in many cases tend to drown out genuine individual insights.
Tuesday, November 04, 2014
- Why We're Just Now Getting the 1960s Batman TV Show on DVD | WIRED
- Five Good Reasons Not to Vote - Bloomberg View - "Every year, Election Day dawns in my part of the world with frosty air and the rustle of falling leaves underfoot. And just as regularly, columnists write columns urging everyone to go out and vote. It is the journalistic equivalent of a fiber supplement: filling up space without much texture or flavor. Let me offer you the journalistic equivalent of a 9 a.m. boilermaker, then: If you don’t feel like voting, don’t bother. It won’t matter."
- Andrew Sorensen OSCON 2014 Keynote: "The Concert Programmer" - YouTube - RT @xcoulon: I was still amazed with this #OSCON'14 Keynote when I watched it again today: "The Concert Programmer" by A.Soresen
- Why talent agents for engineers don’t exist | Aline Lerner's Blog - Interesting read but seems to focused on the supply/demand for particular types of jobs.
- NASA - The Tyranny of the Rocket Equation
- Here’s How to Do PR on a Budget - Some good advice here. And most of what I was thinking I disagreed with, I didn't really when I read through to the end.
- The Awful Reign of the Red Delicious - The Atlantic
- Know Your Limits: Considering the Role of Data Caps and Usage Based Billing in Internet Access Service - Public Knowledge
- Coverjunkie celebrates creative magazine covers - Coverjunkie.com
Mark’s blog which drills into many of the things we discuss here
The server virtualization landscape, circa 2007
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Monday, October 27, 2014
The price of lobster, like the price of anything else, is set in a market. But the market price you pay is fundamentally a price determined by the restaurant market, not the market for lobsters. And the issue is a basic one of capacity and competition.
Think back to the Fisherman’s Friend and its excellent location. Stonington is a great place to visit. But it’s also a very small town. There aren’t very many places to eat. And if it’s a certain kind of coastal Maine seafood dinner experience you’re after, there aren’t any other places in town to go. There’s a little reason to fear losing customers to the boil-at-home option as lobster prices fall but no reason to worry about a nearly identical competitor next door poaching your customers. Nor is there a nearly identical competitor next door whose customers you might hope to poach with a discount.
I’ve noticed this frequently in Maine. The lobster price (especially for small, soft shell lobsters—i.e. the most advertised price) is a very competitive market-driven thing. The same boiled lobsters at lobster pounds are too because they’re pretty hard to decouple from the live and kicking versions. But lots of ot
her forms of lobster including lobster rolls and even refrigerated lobster meat tend not to drop accordingly.
It’s also worth noting, per another conversation I had recently, that it’s not immediately obvious why so many restaurants list their lobster as “market price” given that the price of many of their fish and other expensive ingredients presumably vary by season as well. My cynical nature wonders if this isn’t primarily a ploy to just not publish the price and use that lack of transparency to wrest a few extra dollars for a perceived luxury item.
Friday, October 24, 2014
Given the amount of traveling that I’ve been doing over the past couple of years, I decided to kick off a series on this blog taking a look at some of the (often morphing but fairly compact) pile of gear with which I travel. This is the inaugural post on this theme.
I favor big over-the-ear headphones when I’m editing podcasts at home. For travel? Not so much. Small and lightweight is the name of the game whether I’m plugging into a conference call or just listening to some music.
The Nixeus in-ear earphones are a nice example of compact earphones that can be used for either phone calls or listening. Their MSRP is $39.95 but they’re available for about half that on Amazon as of this writing.
They come with three sets (S, M, and L) of roughly cylindrical foam earbuds that you can use to tailor their fit. Like other earphones of this general type, the idea is to fit them relatively snugly into your ear—both to better block ambient sound and to keep them from falling out. From a fit perspective, I think of this type of design as something intermediate between iPod-style earbuds which just sit loosely in the ear and the silicone-style ear tips which you press fairly tightly into your ear canal.
One of the challenges with reviewing this type of product is that fit and comfort are ultimately very much a matter of preference and the geometry of your particular ear. For extended music listening, I still prefer the silicone ear tip design such as Klipsch uses for its (significantly more expensive) X4i. On the other hand, I know a fair number of folks who just don’t like what they describe as “jamming” said silicone ear tips into their ear.
What I can say is that the Nixeus earphones have a much more solid fit than do standard ear buds and, in part for this reason, their audio quality is commensurately better as well. The sound quality (both for the earphones and the mic) is as good or better than other examples of the same general design which I’ve tried.
Really, for the price, if you’re still using basic earbuds, give these or something else like them a spin. You’ll be glad you did. With Christmas coming up, it’s also probably worth mentioning that the Nixeus packaging is sleek and modern (with a magnetic closure for the box) so it looks like something costing more than it actually does.
[Disclaimer: These earphones were provided to me for review purposes. No other compensation was provided and the opinions in this review are mine alone.]
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
How ownCloud works in concert with Red Hat Storage Server
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Wednesday, October 15, 2014
- The Future Of The Culture Wars Is Here, And It's Gamergate - "A more important resemblance to the Tea Party, though, is in the way in which it's focused the anger of people who realize the world is changing, and not necessarily to their benefit."
- Close the I.T. delivery gap with and open hybrid cloud architecture - RT @RedHatGov: Whitepaper: Closing the I.T. delivery gap in government with secure, hybrid cloud #govIT
- Build Your Own Multicopter | ArduCopter
- ArduCopter | Multirotor UAV
Monday, October 13, 2014
- Instagram - Dusseldorf. Here for CloudOpen.
- Stand By for Weather Map | The Henry Ford Blog
- What Is Gamergate, and Why Is Intel So Afraid of It? | Re/code
- Wanderant travel guide
- Rome2rio: discover how to get anywhere
- The Invention of the Chilean Sea Bass
- Consider the Lobster: 2000s Archive : gourmet.com
- Firebase - Build Realtime Apps
- One Lab’s Quixotic Quest for New Flavors | MIT Technology Review
- The West Wing at 15: Walking, Talking — And Preaching | TIME - "The show embodied the best of Aaron Sorkin’s work and showed signs of its worst excesses. But as with most original voices, you can’t have the one without the other. Nothing walk-and-talked quite like it." Seems pretty fair.
- Gamasutra - 'Gamers' don't have to be your audience. 'Gamers' are over.
Sunday, October 12, 2014
Security continues to top the charts when IT folks are asked what thing most gives them pause about using a cloud—especially a multi-tenant public one. This invites the retort: “Do they think you know how to better secure systems against attackers than Amazon?” Probably not. But “security” in this case often means something quite different than just keeping the bad guys out.
A general observation that isn’t particularly original. Back in 2011, I was writing about how cloud governance was about more than security. More recently, I’ve given many presentations delving into how cloud security was a much broader topic than just security classic.
But the extent to which cloud “security” goes beyond just security classic *most classic concerns still matter as well) was reinforced during a couple of sessions at 451 Research’s Hosting + Cloud Transformation Summit held in Las Vegas last week. And they provided some color about what people mean by that “security” word as well.
In his keynote, Research VP William Fellows reiterated that security—perceived and real—continues to come up regularly in cloud discussions. However, he went on to say that it’s actually jurisdiction which is the number one question. Perhaps not surprising really given the headlines of that the last year but it reinforces that when people voice concerns about security, they are often talking about matters quite different from the traditional Infosec headaches. (Attorney Deborah Salons sat down to do a podcast with me early last year on data governance issues. The link includes a transcript for those who prefer reading.)
Michelle Bailey, VP of Datacenter Initiatives and Digital Infrastructure, fleshed out these security concerns in more detail during her session. The question she was answering was a bit different: “What are the top three things that providers can do about security?” Presumably certain types of security concerns (e.g. malware in a company’s POS systems) aren’t something a provider could be expected to do a lot about. Nonetheless, I expect there’s a high correlation between someone being concerned with some aspect of security and valuing providers who can mitigate that risk.
Data locality comes up here too. This is a hot topic among cloud providers and one of the reasons, besides sheer volume, for their rush to build new data centers. In other words, people want to be able to choose, say, an Amazon region that is sufficiently constrained geographically from the perspective of judicial orders or other authority. It’s about knowing the laws to which they may be subject.
But broadly, I’d characterize the top wants as being fundamentally about visibility and control. Transparency, auditability, verifiable encryption, control over encryption. And indeed pretty much the whole rest of the list is either related characteristics or various standards and documentation to help ensure that cloud providers do the things they promise to do.
Conspicuously lacking is pretty much anything in the vein of physical security or DDOS mitigation or firewall configurations. That’s because, while important, they’re largely viewed as solved problems from the perspective of the cloud provider.
Mind you, given the shared responsibility model that comes into play when you use a cloud provider, you share responsibility for the workloads that you’re running on the cloud provider. You’re still running and patching the operating system running in the cloud. But you know how to do that; you basically do the same thing you do on-premise. (Obligatory plug for Red Hat Enterprise Linux and our Certified Cloud Provider Program here. I should have a new whitepaper out soon.)
For these and other reasons, Michele concluded that “ the end game isn’t public cloud, it’s hybrid cloud. And you can bet on that for the next 5 years.” And that security, among other factors, will lead to hosting providers remaining a "very long tail market” in which messaging, targeting, and matching strengths with customer requirements will continue to offer many opportunities for differentiation.
Sunday, October 05, 2014
Thursday, October 02, 2014
- SproutsIO’s Microfarming Units Can Turn Your Apartment Into a Garden | Xconomy - This looks like gardening I could actually handle
- In the Dark of the Museum by Cathleen Schine | The Gallery | The New York Review of Books - RT @nybooks: Cathleen Schine on “the private secret of every child in New York”: the dioramas at the Museum of Natural History
- Piktochart : Make Information Beautiful - Themes
- Late-Summer Baked Corn | Michael Ruhlman
- The 60-second interview: Sam Sifton, New York Times food editor | Capital New York - RT @JamesPanero: Good journalism never goes stale. Take a bite of the new free Cooking App from @nytdining @SamSifton …
- Matt Buckland on Twitter: "Something to bear in mind when you use a grandiose title on LinkedIn.... http://t.co/HDuRGDh1wC" - RT @ElSatanico: Something to bear in mind when you use a grandiose title on LinkedIn....
- Manual for iPhone
- For Cinephiles, Netflix Is Less and Less an Option | KQED Arts - This is bothersome--although I'd note that at least some of the movies mentioned are available streaming.
- Idevnews | The Four Principles of Successful APIs - RT @AndiMann: Do you know The Four Principles of Successful APIs? @apiacademy via Integration Developer News @CASecurity
- Under The Hood of Cloud Computing: Kubernetes Under The Hood: Etcd - Kubernetes Under The Hood: Etcd by @markllama
- Friends Oral History: Inside the Ratings Juggernaut’s Secret Past | Vanity Fair
- Untitled (http://www.theverge.com/2014/9/22/6827863/apple-iphone-6-plus) - I imagine I'll upgrade to the 6+ but definitely want to hold it in my hand first.
- The Final Segment of the High Line Is Stunningly Refreshing | Vanity Fair
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Joe runs product management for OpenShift and he brings a great perspective on how these various capabilities dovetail with each other to deliver what's ultimately the most important thing: the developer experience.
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