Go interfaces make test stubbing easy

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Go’s “object-orientation” approach is through interfaces. Interfaces provide a way of specifying the behavior expected of an object, but rather than saying what an object itself can do, they specify what’s expected of an object. If any object meets the interface specification it can be used anywhere that interface is expected. I was working on…

Chrome sings ‘When I’m 64’ on Windows

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By Gregg Keizer, Computerworld | August 27th, 2014 Google yesterday released a 64-bit Windows version of Chrome, touting it as a performance and stability improvement over the six-year-old 32-bit edition. In early June, Google promoted the 64-bit version to its preview channels, including the rough-edged “Dev” build line. On Tuesday, the company pushed the browser…

Microsoft frees Visual Studio Online for occasional contributors

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By Joab Jackson, IDG News Service | August 27th, 2014 The company made the move because enterprise software projects now involve more line of business participants. Responding to the growth of enterprise software development teams, Microsoft will allow occasional contributors to access the Visual Studio Online project development environment at no cost. “What we learned…

This more-powerful Raspberry Pi competitor is totally free

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By Ian Paul, PC World | August 27th, 2014 If you have a killer idea for a project, that is. Wishing your Raspberry Pi had more power for all those hardware hacking projects you have planned? There’s a new barebones board on the market that may better fit your needs, and right now you can…

Chrome update adds 64-bit support, crisp text for high-res displays

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By Jared Newman, PC World | August 27th, 2014 The new version of Google’s browser is faster and more stable, and it looks a lot better on high-end laptops. Modern PC and high-end laptop users are in for a treat with the latest version of Chrome, which adds 64-bit support and much crisper text on…

Amazon’s efforts to test drones for package delivery gain support

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By Jaikumar Vijayan, Computerworld | August 27th, 2014 A group that represents the commercial drone industry has thrown its weight behind Amazon’s bid to test drones for package delivery. The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), which represents the nascent commercial drone industry in the U.S., has thrown its considerable weight behind a bid…

v with hardcoded passwords, expert says

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By Antone Gonsalves, CSO | August 27th, 2014 Sometimes it is best to toss security-challenged technology, and that’s the recommendation experts are giving to small businesses using a flawed router from a China-based manufacturer. Trend Micro reported this week that routers sold under the brand name of Netcore in China and Netis outside of the…

Why Developers Need ‘Finishing School’

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By Sharon Florentine, CIO | August 26th, 2014 How can developers bridge the gap between theoretical knowledge and real-world, on-the-job experience? They can go to ‘finishing school.’ In theory, a software developer’s knowledge and “fluency” in a programming language should be an accurate gauge of his or her ability to perform well for a company.…

Verizon to become solar-power leader in the U.S. telecom industry

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By Lucas Mearian, Computerworld | August 26th, 2014 Verizon announced that it will invest nearly $40 million to expand the on-site green energy program that it launched in 2013. This year, Verizon will install 10.2 megawatts (MW) of new solar power systems at eight Verizon network facilities in five states: California, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey…

Cumulus Networks’ Open Source Contributions

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Nearly everything we do at Cumulus Networks is open source. We stand on the shoulders of giants in our use of open source software, and so of course we give back everything that is legally ours to contribute. We recently published a program that we wrote in conjunction with our friends at MetaCloud: the VXLAN…

Cumulus Networks’ Open Source Contributions

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Nearly everything we do at Cumulus Networks is open source. We stand on the shoulders of giants in our use of open source software, and so of course we give back everything that is legally ours to contribute. We recently published a program that we wrote in conjunction with our friends at MetaCloud: the VXLAN…

Google buys Zync for large scale cloud rendering

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By Joab Jackson, IDG News Service | August 26th, 2014 Google plans to give Zync users better pricing and more scalability. To beef up its cloud platform with more specialized packages, Google is acquiring Zync for its large scale rendering service for movie special effects, called Zync Render. Google plans to offer the Zync service…

Tesla recruits hackers to boost vehicle security

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By Jaikumar Vijayan, Computerworld | August 26th, 2014 Electric carmaker Tesla Motors wants security researchers to hack its vehicles. The Silicon Valley based high-tech carmaker will hire up to 30 full-time hackers whose job will be to find and close vulnerabilities in the sophisticated firmware that controls its cars. Electric carmaker Tesla Motors wants security…

Data centers are the new polluters

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By Patrick Thibodeau, Computerworld | August 26th, 2014 IT managers may be too cautious about managing power and businesses are unwilling to invest in efficiency, study finds. U.S. data centers are using more electricity than they need. It takes 34 power plants, each capable of generating 500 megawatts of electricity, to power all of the…

HyTrust, Intel team to lock down VMware virtual machines

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By Ellen Messmer, Network World | August 26th, 2014 Boundary controls ensure VMware workloads only run in trusted locations. HyTrust, in a partnership with Intel, today said its cloud security software used with VMware-based virtual machines can now ensure those VMs will only run in designated trusted locations based on what’s called new “boundary controls.”…

Most websites are “One Day Wonders” — and that’s worrisome

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By Ellen Messmer, Network World | August 26th, 2014 Blue Coat study finds most short-lived sites use content delivery networks, Web optimization. The Internet’s seething Web of content resembles endless bubbles popping to the surface for only a day, then vanishing, a security study from Blue Coat Systems released today indicates. That means there are…

The Relative Cost of Bandwidth Around the World

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CC BY 2.0 by Kendrick Erickson Over the last few months, there’s been increased attention on networks and how they interconnect. CloudFlare runs a large network that interconnects with many others around the world. From our vantage point, we have incredible visibility into global network operations. Given our unique situation, we thought it might be…

The Relative Cost of Bandwidth Around the World

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CC BY 2.0 by Kendrick Erickson Over the last few months, there’s been increased attention on networks and how they interconnect. CloudFlare runs a large network that interconnects with many others around the world. From our vantage point, we have incredible visibility into global network operations. Given our unique situation, we thought it might be…

Microsoft considering development boards for Windows Phone, RT

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By Agam Shah, IDG News Service | August 25th, 2014 The company hasn’t yet said whether it will offer the hardware boards for makers. Microsoft has considered making development boards for Windows Phone or Windows RT in addition to the x86 boards it already makes, but the company isn’t saying if it would ever release…