To say Apple can be cagey with announcements is a bit of an understatement. They’re usually a stonewall of “no comment” until a product announcements, even as leaks seep out to inform the press of new products. So I was surprised to see such a frank discussion about the future of the Mac Pro with a group of journalists, including John Gruber.
Does a network engineer need to now do software development? Is that the direction the industry is going? Jason Edelman weighs in.
The virtual machine escape demonstrated at Pwn2Own this year showed that for even as isolated software defined machines, VMs are not without there security concerns. Andrea Mauro took this as inspiration to reflect on some of the other vulnerabilities. Virtually networking is probably the most common, as the guest machines as vulnerable as any other to these kind of exploits. These are mitigated by the supposed isolation each machine enjoys. Andrea does point out though that any time you have shared components between machines, you introduce the possibility of mitigating the virtual machines inherent estrangement.
Water planes, trains, and automobiles, that’s the fantasy allegorical landscape consuming this post by Ivan Pepelnjak. He paints a landscape where trains have consumed all transportation, to the point that there are no roads, only rails, and on it run electric trains. Cars do exist in this realm, but run on the rails, and are beholden to the train vendors for their efficient electric engines. But now the landscape is changing. New cheap gravel roads allows for inefficient gas cars to run at dirt cheap, and travel places the trains can’t. Ivan wants to know how the train manufacturers will do?
It’s easy to be dismissive of the humble Raspberry Pi. In many ways it’s painfully limited by slow I/O, meager compute and a reliance on an microSD card to boot. But despite these shortcoming, and perhaps because of its bargain basement price, the board has found a hoard of devotees. Keith Townsend looks at how the Pi could find a home in the data center. He makes a good point, despite being low power, the compute on it comes like my favorite pizza, “cheap and deep”.