August 07, 2016

The Theory of a Blockchain Circular Economy

The theory of decentralized transportation platform La’Zooz is that you earn Zooz points, just by driving your car while the app collects data about your driving patterns. A healthcare research entity could pay patients or normal people who share their medical data, in exchange for the collective wisdom that is gained by aggregating that information, and returning personalized or comparative insights. At the heart of making this possible, is the relationship between actual work done, value created, and value received. ... What is happening here is the creation of mini circular economies that are self-contained. Some of these models will be created by new companies, while others will be spun out of existing companies.

Stop Measuring Turn Around Time

How do you judge the success of your software development projects? What do you measure? What do you display in your radiators? What do you pat yourself on the back for? Chances are you measure turn-around time. We see it extoled in many of the “modern” development practices. Just to name a few: velocity tracking, burn down charts, story points, planning poker, sprint planning, time-boxing and continuous everything. It’s all about time, and often about minimizing time. It’s even in the Agile manifesto: “Delivering working software frequently” and “working software is the primary measure of progress.” These two ideas combined are a recipe for negligence. We may quickly develop software, and we may quickly release it as working software. But, what impact does that software have? Have we simply delivered working software, quickly, that doesn’t provide much value?

Huawei Launches Labs to Drive Open Cloud Networks

The Cloud Open Labs will be key drivers behind Huawei's ambitious All Cloud strategy announced in April, through which the company will cloud-enable all of its products and solutions and in turn help telecommunications companies chart a path for their own migration to the cloud. Company officials have said that the eventual goal is to enable service providers to reconstruct their entire network infrastructures, from the equipment and services to operations. The Cloud Open Labs also stress the central role open technologies play in the evolution of infrastructures into cloud environments, with such groups as the Linux Foundation, Open Platform for NFV (OPNFV) and China Association of Communication Enterprises and vendors like Red Hat, VMware, Wind River and Accenture on hand during the announcement Aug. 4 in China.

Does the Secret of the Cloud Lie in Lambdas?

You can probably see the similarity between Lambdas and microservices already. The difference, I think, is that a microservice is represented by a URL and invoked by somebody when they need what it represents. It sits there waiting for action. A Lambda is bound directly to an event, and it’s spawned when the event is recognized and disappears when it has done its work. Amazon calls this “serverless” processing, and others would say it’s a step toward “NoOps” meaning no operations processes are needed because there’s no explicit infrastructure to maintain. I don’t think either of these notions do the concept justice, and in fact both can be distracting. What AWS Lambda is, is a framework for distributed-real-time event handling that can scale fully.

The IoT Comes to the Fore in Enterprises as Mobile Technology Evolves

Mobility plays a central role in the Internet of Things. Most obviously, the robust and secure wireless connections that are essential for mobile device deployments are also necessary to support an IoT environment within the enterprise. Also, mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets often serve as controllers for IoT systems, as users interact with touch-screen interfaces that allow them to see data that is being collected in real time and to make immediate adjustments to physical systems. Finally, these mobile devices themselves frequently act as “things” within IoT, passively collecting and transmitting data with no need for active user input.

How the Tech Behind Bitcoin Could Revolutionize Wall Street

Bitcoin itself is in the throes of a tumultuous year, as the community is divided by deep philosophical differences. But some observers say blockchain will thrive regardless of bitcoin’s fate. More than 100 executives from major Wall Street firms like Citigroup, Visa, and Fidelity recently gathered at Nasdaq’s New York offices to experiment with blockchain. The event was hosted by Chain, a startup that specializes in developing blockchain systems for assets like corporate securities and loyalty points. TIME recently spoke with Chain CEO and co-founder Adam Ludwin to learn more about blockchain and the potential it holds for Wall Street and beyond. Below is a transcript of our conversation. It has been edited for length and clarity.

Concerned about mobile vulnerabilities, CIOs add security layers

Monitoring traffic on the network and looking for suspicious activity coming from mobile devices, such as users trying to interact with off-limits data, is another strategy within a growing number of organizations. Such monitoring allows organizations to "know what mobile devices are connecting to their networks, especially via wireless entry points and what data and potential malware they might expose the network to,” explained Andrea Hoy, president of the ISSA International Board of Directors. "There are tools that specifically monitor wireless access that support seeing rogue devices detected via wireless, but very hard to differentiate without monitoring."

What's in your food? Tech will tell!

Sage gets food information mainly from the manufacturers. Interestingly, Slover said companies were initially reluctant to provide the information but recently have been clamoring to do so. Separately, the food industry is reportedly discovering that unless food companies provide ingredient information, the public will seek it out from more reliable sources offering more transparency. Sage lists food types (for example, "mandarin oranges") and food products (such as Theo Chocolate's Organic Fair Trade Orange (70%) Dark Chocolate Bar) in its nearly 20,000-item food database.

Initial State, powerful data capture and analytics for your IoT infrastructure

The service's tutorials are excellent and Initial State’s documentation depth and quality is outstanding. The Web interface has also been designed to be completely responsive so it displays faithfully on everything from desktops to the tiniest smartphone screens. If you subscribe to the Pro tier of Initial State you can embed dashboards on other Web sites as well as set up Triggers to notify you by email or SMS of stream events meeting various criteria. Things I’d like to see Initial State improve? There’s no ability to export any of the Stats reports at present and when you edit the configuration of a tile, you can’t use the dynamic value of another stream as the setting for either the minimum of maximum Y axis value.

F# in Numbers: A Look at the Annual F# Survey Results

F# is used for both commercial and non-commercial web sites and applications (18% and 14%) and the web theme appears in other answers of the survey. The Suave web server is one of the most popular F# libraries, the Suave Music Store tutorial has been mentioned as a popular F# resource and over 38% of F# developers also use JavaScript. F# is still popular for statistics and data analytics (21%). The FsLab package has been mentioned a number of times in the most popular libraries (although it did not make it to the top 5). Many of the F# developers are also familiar with wider range of data science and statistical tools and languages - 19% respondents also program in Python and 5% use the R language, which can be integrated with F# using the R type provider.

Quote for the day:

"The more extensive a man's knowledge of what has been done, the greater will be his power of knowing what to do." -- Benjamin Disraeli