Neural networks use immense datasets to train against. While these are very sophisticated, they also prove to be brittle against outliers. A recent piece by researcher Janelle Shane shows just how problematic the presence (or lack thereof) of humble sheep can prove.
Do words mean things? It depends on who you ask. Often the more technically minded IT folks like hard and fast definitions, while marketing tends to lend to a more “generous” interpretation of words. Do we need to rigidly enforce definitions, or are we resigned to an infinite regress into mutual unintelligibility? We’re no stranger to this debate on Gestalt IT, but the panel sheds new light and perspective on this often frustrating premise.
When users block a site’s ads, how should they respond? Some give you a nagging window but still allow access, others prefer all out blocking of a site. But Salon is trying something new. Keep your ad-blocker, but opt-in to crypto mining in the browser.
Will 2018 be the year of Augmented Reality? Rich Stroffolino breaks down why the landscape for AR fundamentally changed in 2017, but why inertia might keep it from emerging in the short term.
“For all of us, there was a time before Tech Field Day. But rarely does one meet Tech Field Day and continue the same course, unchanged.” Nikki Schnupp tells the tale of her first Tech Field Day experience after joining the team this summer. It was a whirlwind week full of coffee, jet lag, and lots of enterprise IT.
Containers aren’t just the hot new thing in the enterprise, they’re also a great way to build a home automation system! This piece covers how to upgrade a home automation setup with Ubuntu Server and lots of Docker containers.
The recent Meltdown and Spectre attacks illustrate the problematic nature of modern computing systems. While the earlier Rowhammer attack could read or attack one process running in a virtual environment from another process running on the same processor, the Meltdown and Spectre attacks are of a completely different class, enabling a process to read large amounts of information from another process’ memory space. This is because inside each hosts, CPU makers have embraced a scale up approach. But what would happen with a more scale out approach to the architecture?
There will almost certainly be doctoral economic theses written over the next decade about the exact impact of the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities. In the present, the most glaring impact is on the raw performance of systems after receiving patches to mitigate the architectural flaws.
But simply saying Meltdown mitigation impact performance by a certain percent abstracts the lived in reality of a post-Meltdown reality. In this response to our Tech Talk series with Liqid, CEO Jay Breakstone gives some context into how Meltdown is effecting business operations across virtually all verticals.
I had the privilege to talk to Matt Leib about how he got his start in IT, how the industry has changed since his Radio Shack days, and why the hybrid cloud is here to stay. It was a great conversation, enjoy the audio!