June 08, 2014

How Google Could Disrupt Global Internet Delivery by Satellite
It isn’t clear what model Google and O3b might pursue. But O3b’s satellites already offer a superior and cheaper way to deliver high-speed Internet than conventional satellite services. Satellite Internet is traditionally provided by geostationary satellites that stay over a given point on Earth. These satellites orbit at 35,000 kilometers—often adding a 600 millisecond delay to the radio signals going back and forth. Such a delay is generally considered excessive for business use. O3b satellites orbit at a relatively low altitude of about 8,000 kilometers, and the company says this means a more-tolerable 150-millisecond delay coverage to latitudes up to 45 degrees north or south of the equator, a swath of territory inhabited by 70 percent of the world’s population.

The Internet of (Secure) Things – Embedding Security in the IoT
In today’s current environments, attempts to continuously monitor enterprise security are challenged to track their current assets, which for large organizations number in the hundreds of thousands. The IoT will multiply those assets by a million or more. Today those assets are built on a variety of platforms and operating systems; the software is rarely patched and their communications are not secured. We’ve already seen examples of exploits of these systems – automobile telematics, pacemakers, smart TVs, and more. Science fiction depicts the worst of these scenarios in movies like “Terminator” or “The Matrix”, with machines taking over the world.

The Brain Hacks Top Founders Use to Get the Job Done
“So much of what we feel is instinctual, and we don’t know how to identify it," Verresen says. "If you’re a founder or a manager and you really track your physical sensations, you’d realize that you probably spend most of your time in ‘fight or flight’ mode.” Humans needed this high-adrenaline setting when we were still part of the food chain. Now it surfaces in board meetings, product releases, whenever a threat is “perceived” even if there isn’t one. “The thing about ‘fight or flight’ is that it burns through our energy without us even knowing it,” she says. This is why preserving physical energy where you can is crucial.

Serious vulnerabilities in the Linux kernel, upgrade it now!
A new series of vulnerabilities in Linux Kernel allows an attacker to lead DoS and privilege escalation attack, Debian urges upgrades for Linux users. Numerous security flaws have been discovered and fixed in the Linux kernel, patch management for these vulnerabilities is critical to avoid that attackers could have led to a denial of service or privilege escalation. Debian yesterday issued a new security update to warn its Linux users about the presence of new vulnerabilities that could be exploited for the above reasons. The vulnerabilities are: CVE-2014-3144 ; CVE-2014-3145 ; and CVE-2014-3153

Internet of Things: it's all coming together for a tech revolution
Already tech giants are getting involved, viewing this as a logical progression from the personal computer and smartphone races of previous decades. At its Worldwide Developers conference (WWDC)event last Monday, Apple introduced Homekit, an Internet of Things platform that will co-ordinate various third-party home automation accessories, allowing you to unlock your doors or turn on and off your lights via your iPhone. Google, too, demonstrated its interest by paying $3.2bn (£1.9bn) earlier this year to buy Nest Labs, a home automation company co-founded by the creator of the iPod. Already well known for its connected thermostats and smoke detectors, Nest is currently investigating a slew of other applications related to the home – everything from health tracking to security systems.

Microsoft’s “3-D Audio” Gives Virtual Objects a Voice
In a demonstration of the technology at Microsoft’s Silicon Valley lab, I put on a pair of wireless headphones that made nearby objects suddenly burst into life. A voice appeared to emanate from a cardboard model of a portable radio. Higher quality music seemed to come from a fake hi-fi speaker. And a stuffed bird high off the ground produced realistic chirps. As I walked around, the sounds changed so that the illusion never slipped as their position relative to my ears changed. That somewhat eerie experience was made possible because less than a minute earlier I had sat down in front of a Kinect 3-D sensor and been turned briefly to the left and right.

Colorado Rolls Out the Welcome Mat for Ride-Sharing Apps, Virginia Says No
Ride-sharing companies like Uber and Lyft typically take a rogue approach to launching in new cities by rolling out service first and asking permission later, or not at all. But regulators are asking the companies tons of questions. This week, officials in Colorado decided they were satisfied with the answers and legislatively authorized the operation of so-called Transportation Network Companies (a term first coined in California). But Virginia has decided that Uber and Lyft have no right to operate there, with the state Department of Motor Vehicles issuing both companies cease-and-desist letters.

The Original Sin of Software Metrics
"I wrote this article mainly to point out the original sin of software metrics and to break people away from the conception that “the metrics are good, people are doing it wrong, so more processes should be set up to make people comply with the metrics.” The end of the article has a feeble attempt to offer some solutions, but at the end of the day, it is about building a culture that taps into and nurtures intrinsic motivations, which is a topic I do not have enough experience to talk about. I hope this article has provided some basis for a discussion about management approaches in a creative industry such as software."

Google's secretive 3D-mapping project now has a tablet: here it is
This 3D-mapping technology is still considered bleeding-edge, but Lee envisions a day in which the enhanced sensing capabilities are expected in a device, much like Bluetooth is a fundamental feature in phones today. To get Project Tango where it is today, ATAP collaborated with a number of manufacturers and component suppliers to produce the necessary hardware, while universities and research labs contributed much of the software. Work in the 3D-mapping space has been ongoing for the last 20 years, but the challenge Tango tackles is condensing all that technology into a small enough device that consumers will want to carry around.

Robert Benefield on Business and Operations Collaboration
The biggest strategy I follow is I go through and say “what is the business value of these operational things?” So, say you want to improve monitoring, well, why do you want to improve monitoring, you usually want to improve monitoring so you can understand what’s going on and be able to respond more quickly to stuff. Well, why do you want to respond more quickly and know what’s going on? ... Well, because the customer might be impacted. A-ha! That’s something the business might be interested in and if you’re able to go through and say “look, today we missed things, it takes us longer to be able to respond to outages and problems that we have, it takes us longer to troubleshoot and if we get this we should see an improvement of x% or we should see our times improve in this following way.

Quote for the day:

"Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do" -- John Wooden

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