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“The right amount of technology is the minimum amount to solve the problem,” said Amber Case at Embedded Linux Conference.

7 Axioms for Calm Technology

By 2020, 50 billion devices will be online. That projection was made by researchers at Cisco, and it was a key point in Amber Case’s Embedded Linux Conference keynote address, titled “Calm Technology: Design for the Next 50 Years” which is nowavailable for replay. Case, Author and Fellow at Harvard...
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For Project Safety Back Up Your People, Not Just Your Data

Does your open source project have a succession plan for its key players? Here's why it should. I propose that instead of viewing succession planning as a leadership pipeline, free and open source projects should view it as a skills pipeline. What sorts of skills does your project need to continue...
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Anatomy of a JavaScript Error

It’s not a pretty sight when an application dies. Error messages can be difficult to understand, and we sometimes have to put our investigator hats on to solve the mystery and find the culprit. Most software developers spend all their time avoiding errors, but here at Bugsnag, our entire product is...
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Google Kaniko Tool Wrenches on Container Privilege Concern

Google unveiled an open source tool that targets container security issues tied to the granting of privileged access to a Docker-based container. Docker containers are by default not granted privileged access to root content, though that does limit their agility. Analysts have noted that the...
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8 Ways Linux Is Taking Over the World

The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is the world’s largest and most powerful particle accelerator. It’s a 17-mile long circular tube that’s buried 175 meters below the French-Swiss border near Geneva. It’s common knowledge that the facility has been resounding success from a scientific perspective. But...
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A Taxonomy of Tech Debt

Hi there. I’m Bill “LtRandolph” Clark, and I’m the engineering manager for the Champions team on LoL. I’ve worked on several different teams on League over the past years, but one focus has been consistent: I’m obsessed with tech debt. I want to find it, I want to understand it, and where possible...
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What’s the Value of CI/CD?

There are two questions you have to ask when considering shipping software: Can we ship? Should we ship? “Should we ship?” is ultimately a business decision. Is it valuable to the business to put the latest features in the hands of the users right now? The product manager (PM) represents the...
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This Week in Programming: That’s How C Does It

I had grand ambitions this week. I’d come across a smattering of articles delving into the history of programming languages, practices, and other Internet-based tidbits. I’d pondered a pithy title like “if !mistake(history) do repeat” and dug through my source materials for evidence, but came up a...
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The Ars Guide to Building a Linux Router from Scratch

After finally reaching the tipping point with off-the-shelf solutions that can't match increasing speeds available, we recently took the plunge. Building a homebrew router turned out to be a better proposition than we could've ever imagined. With nearly any speed metric we analyzed, our little DIY...
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From USENET to Facebook: The Second Time as Farce

Facebook repeats the pattern of USENET, this time as farce. As a no-holds-barred Wild West sort of social network, USENET was filled with everything we rightly complain about today. It was easy to troll and be abusive; all too many participants did it for fun. Most groups were eventually flooded by...
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