- [Transcript] Tyler Cowen on Stories - Less Wrong - "If you hear a story and you think, "Wow, that would make a great movie!" That's when the "uh-oh" reaction should pop in a bit more, and you should start thinking more in terms of how the whole thing is maybe a bit of a mess."
- Latke Recipes That Could Put Your Bubby's To Shame
- Dangers of Bimodal IT By @TheEbizWizard | @DevOpsSummit [#DevOps] | DevOps Summit
Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Monday, December 15, 2014
Thursday, December 11, 2014
- The 2014 Hater's Guide To The Williams-Sonoma Catalog
- Livin’ Thing: Boogie Nights
- The Madness Of Queen Shanley
- Log In - The New York Times - RT @nickbilton: Lyft needs to shave off its "cuddlestache," pop its pink balloons and kill the cutesy branding to compete with Uber:
- Boston Is an Innovation Hotbed and Doesn’t Care Whether You Know It | Re/code
- Margaret Hamilton, lead software engineer, Project Apollo — Medium - RT @cindyalvarez: Apollo 11 was able to land because [lead eng Margaret Hamilton] designed the software robustly enough…
- Apple's first employee: The remarkable odyssey of Bill Fernandez - Feature - TechRepublic
- ian bremmer on Twitter: "Could be the Best Cartoon Ever http://t.co/UPTVTPMhCJ" - RT @ianbremmer: Could be the Best Cartoon Ever
- Which City Has The Most Unpredictable Weather? | FiveThirtyEight
- The reality of IoT today, not hype about 2019 – Donnie Berkholz's Story of Data
- Docker, Rocket, and bulls in a china shop – Donnie Berkholz's Story of Data
- The New Republic’s demise: The magazine’s heterodox liberalism is what made it unique. - "The impending transformation of the New Republic from a liberal magazine into a “vertically integrated digital media company” is regrettable for many reasons, not all of them sentimental. Conservatives need a liberal magazine that’s unpredictable enough to make them want to read it. Liberals and leftists need a magazine that will prod them to question their beliefs, and revise or strengthen them. All of us need robust intellectual debate of a high caliber that treats politics and ideas with the seriousness that they deserve."
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Tuesday, December 02, 2014
- Richard Feynman and The Connection Machine - The Long Now
- The Biggest Thing in Cloud Computing Has a New Competitor | WIRED
- German Court Says Creative Commons 'Non-Commercial' Licenses Must Be Purely For Personal Use | Techdirt
- Testing Kubernetes with an Atomic Host — Project Atomic - RT @ProjectAtomic: Testing Kubernetes with an Atomic Host: #Docker
- On HTML5 and the Group That Rules the Web
- Man Charged in Wife's Death Planned Fatal Hike - NBC News.com - "A suburban Denver man charged with pushing his wife to her death off a cliff in Colorado's Rocky Mountain National Park could not explain to investigators why he had a park map with an "X" drawn at the spot where she fell."
- Is Food the New Sex? | Hoover Institution
Monday, December 01, 2014
This blog post is adapted from my remarks during the Data Governance and Sovereignty – Challenges and Requirements panel at The Broad Group’s Cloud Law conference in London last week.
The history of the IT industry is a history of cyclical reimaginings. Not repeated cycles exactly. But repeated themes reflected in new and different technologies and environments. One such cycle that’s upon us today is the reinvention of centralized computing under the “cloud” rubric. It’s much different from the mainframe of the 1960s but it shares the motion of intelligence and state to the core and away from the network edge.
Indeed, this centralization cycle is arguably even more intense than that of the past. Author Nick Carr calls it “The Big Switch” by analogy to the centralization of electrical power generation. And, while the ecosystem of cloud service providers is both large and varied, there are but a handful of true global service providers. One data point. The Amazon Web Services re:Invent conference scored about 14,000 attendees this year. Sold out. Just year three for the conference. Just year eight for the service.
Some other day, I’ll be happy to argue why this handful of global service providers isn’t the future of all computing—certainly not within an interesting planning horizon. But there is significant centralization going on for important swaths of computing. And that makes it important to have detailed and precise discussions about governance and sovereignty as they relate to these large entities storing and processing our data.
Need some more convincing? Consider “security,” which leads just about every survey about cloudy concerns or roadblocks. Except security in this context often doesn’t mean classic security concerns like unlatched software or misconfigured firewalls. As 451 Research VP William Fellows noted in his HCTS keynote in October, 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. Transparency, control over data, and data locality are the big “security” concerns in the context of public cloud providers.
When using public clouds, it’s important to understand where data is stored, how encryption is or can be used, what protections are available, the procedures for notifications in the event of a breach or a judicial request, and many other aspects of due diligence. And, given appropriate vetting, public clouds can be entirely appropriate for many classes of data. At the same time, it’s also important to recognize that there is an inherent sharing of responsibility when using public cloud providers. Reduced control and visibility are just part of the bargain in exchange for not having to run your own servers.
This tradeoff is one reason for the increasing recognition that much IT will be hybrid. Public clouds remain attractive for many uses whether for reasons of pricing or reasons of flexibility. But private clouds can give greater control over aspects of compute and data storage—as well as making it possible to tailor the environment to an organization’s specific requirements. (Of course, on-premise computing also makes it possible to create gratuitous customizations and complexity but that’s a topic for another day.) Furthermore, public clouds can be something of golden handcuffs—especially above the base infrastructure level. The more cloud provider-specific features you use, the harder it will be to move your workloads on-premise or even to another public cloud provider. You may deem such inflexibility a reasonable tradeoff but it is a tradeoff just as proprietary vertical hardware/software stacks once were in the systems space.
Open source was one alternative then and it's still an alternative to lock-in today. Control over technology. Control over formats. Control over use. Much of the impetus behind ongoing development of OpenStack, for example, is that organizations of many types have a strategy to become an in-house service provider. The central idea behind OpenStack is to let you build a software defined datacenter for your own use.
The storage of data is central to this concept. Open source storage projects like Gluster and Ceph work on-premise, in a public cloud, or across both using a hybrid model. Ultimately not about public cloud or private cloud being better or worse but which is best suited for a specific use and purpose. And that's leading to hybrid computing, which open source enables in important ways.
Thursday, November 20, 2014
- 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."
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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