November 15, 2015

Sick of apps, mice and menus? Finland's Solu might have an answer

It involves an all-you-can-eat software subscription and near unlimited storage. It is also blending Mozilla's HTML5-led approach with Firefox OS -- which it hoped to draw web developers to its open mobile platform -- and the path trodden by BlackBerry and Jolla, which developed their own OSes but equipped them to run Android apps. "We have a revenue-sharing model for our subscription a bit like Spotify, which is whenever people use your applications we pass on that subscription to the developers. This means that developers get money even by accident -- for example by users collaborating," Lawson said.

A Lifelong Learner’s Path from Library Science to Data Science

Kurt recognized that the entry level to math and software “is really boring, really difficult, and doesn’t have a lot of reward,” but he believes that: “one of the most dangerous things is the ingrained sense that I don’t know math, and can’t. The irony is when you look at the upper level advanced stuff in math, the skills needed are related to creative skills. The danger then becomes that the barriers of the tech industry keep the wrong people out. Poking at what’s happening and trying to find something more interesting about it fits both the mathematical and the creative mindset.”

OPNFV Won’t Be a Product

As to why OPNFV was even formed when there were already so many open source groups, Sen said NFV “brings stuff from all the other open source efforts. When we started, we thought we were building one platform, but it’s really a framework where you have a lot of choices.” Chris Wright, chief technologist with Red Hat, said network users’ expectations are being set by Internet companies where orders are self-service and immediate. “Tomorrow’s network is software-centric, with apps that scale out on-demand,” he said. However, network environments are much more complex than many of these Internet companies that have raised the bar.

CIOs receive low marks on IT reform report card

"This scorecard is not intended to be a juridical, prescriptive exercise. It should not be considered a scarlet letter on the back of a federal agency," says Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.). "It is," he says, "an initial assessment, a point-in-time snapshot, much like the quarterly report card one might get from the university or at a school. The intent isn't to punish or stigmatize -- it is in fact to exhort and urge agencies to seize this opportunity and use the scorecard as a management tool to better guide decision making and investments within the agency." "To me the real measure will be six months or a year from now, did we really move the needle on these things?" says U.S. CIO Tony Scott.

Strong data security is not optional

A truly game-changing ruling in Remijas v. Neiman Marcus has made it easier for consumers to sue companies after breaches involving their personal data. Historically, even when sensitive information such as credit card numbers, birth dates, government ID numbers and medical records have been accessed, it’s been hard for consumers to sue companies over the breach. Companies have typically been able to avoid these lawsuits by invoking a Supreme Court case,Clapper v. Amnesty International. The case, which was about phone records and national security, required a showing of a risk of “imminent” and “concrete” injury in order to have standing to bring suit.

How social media can help employees perform better.

When someone connects with people who share similar perspectives and relationships to their own, those new connections typically don’t offer new insights or alternative viewpoints that person couldn’t have accessed before. The natural tendency to be drawn to people similar to yourself can create an “echo chamber,” which can lead to network structures that are detrimental to individual and organizational performance. Enterprise social networking platforms may be better able to offer features that counteract or overcome of our typical social tendencies. Social networking platforms can provide features that allow users to overcome these inherent limitations in our natural networking tendencies, allowing people to develop and maintain networks more beneficial to an organization’s purpose and to their own performance.

7 Key Risks All Businesses Should Manage (But Often Don’t)

Risk is inherent in doing business. The best way to fail is never to take any risks. But there are two kinds of risks: the kind you take consciously to move your company forward, and the kind that sneak up on you and pounce when you’re not looking. The latter are the kind companies must actively manage to avoid being wiped out. When it comes to managing risks, many companies prepare for natural disasters, fire, or maybe theft prevention (even though many small ones don’t even do that), but I think there are bigger risks companies of all sizes should manage. If you have a plan for what to do in case of physical emergency, you should also plan for ...

Claimed Breakthrough Slays Classic Computing Problem; Encryption Could Be Next

Computer scientists measure the difficulty of a problem by looking at how much the computational resources an algorithm needs to solve it grow as the size of the initial problem is increased. Graph isomorphism is considered extremely difficult because the best known algorithm needs roughly exponentially more resources as the size of the graphs it was working on increases. That algorithm was published in 1983 by Babai with Eugene Luks of the University of Oregon. Babai claims that his new algorithm experiences a much less punishingly steep increase in resources as the graphs it is working on get larger, giving graph isomorphism a major difficulty downgrade.

A New Architecture for Information Systems

Just as we can describe a new system, we can also assume a new architecture. Today’s systems architects deliver a crucial business function—carefully planning the relationships between nodes that include networked devices, software, services, and data in the context of business activities. The artifact from these activities typically takes the form of areference architecture. As such, information architecture activities relate equally to the concepts, contexts, language, and intents that foster UX planning, or architecture, activities that articulate a strategy and roadmap for digital user engagement. As businesses and technologists embrace digital transformation and digital experience as vital strategic paradigms, they must mature their digital initiatives by extending their notion of the system to include the thoughtful consideration of information architecture and customers’ digital experience.

Google Cloud gains security for Docker containers

From a security standpoint, though, it's a challenge to tell whether the containers have any vulnerabilities or if there are issues with how the application is being developed. ... Twistlock's Container Security Suite scans the applications both in image registries and in runtime to detect vulnerabilities present in the Linux distribution, application frameworks, and custom-developed application code. It also has activity monitoring and smart profiling capabilities to detect misconfigurations and malicious activities and to take appropriate action, such as blocking the containers from launching and killing misbehaving containers dynamically. The suite can also apply enterprise access control policies to the container environment.

Quote for the day:

"Be clear about your goal but be flexible about the process of achieving it." -- Brian Tracy