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With Azure Container Service, Microsoft Works to Make Container Management Boring

Earlier this week, Microsoft made the Kubernetes container orchestration service generally available on Azure Container Service, alongside the other predominant container orchestration engines Docker Swarm and Mesosphere’s Data Center Operating System (DC/OS). The move is one more step in building...
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A Brief History of Blockchain

We’re now in the midst of another quiet revolution: blockchain, a distributed database that maintains a continuously growing list of ordered records, called “blocks.” Consider what’s happened in just the past 10 years: The first major blockchain innovation was bitcoin, a digital currency...
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DoD Launches “Code.mil,” an Experiment in Open Source

The Department of Defense (DoD) has announced the launch of Code.mil, an open source initiative that allows software developers around the world to collaborate on unclassified code written by federal employees in support of DoD projects. DoD is working with GitHub, an open source platform, to...
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This Tiny Chip's 'Quantum Shot Noise' Could Revolutionize Mobile and IoT Security

Engineers at South Korea’s SK Telecom have developed a tiny chip that could help secure communications on a myriad of portable electronics and IOT devices. The chip is just 5 millimeters square—smaller than a fingernail—and is capable of generating mathematically provable random numbers. Such...
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Stateful Containerized Applications with Kubernetes

Stateless services are applications like web servers, proxies, and application code, which may handle data, but they don't store it. These are easy to think about in an orchestration context because they are simple to deploy and simple to scale. If traffic goes up, you just add more of them and...
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Powering Potential Inc. provides schools in Tanzania with solar-powered computers. (Image courtesy of PPI.)

Using Open Source to Empower Students in Tanzania

Powering Potential Inc. (PPI) aims to enhance education opportunities for students in Tanzania with the help of the Raspberry Pi and open source technology. “I believe technology is a vital part of the modern human experience. It enlightens. It ties us together. It broadens our horizons and...
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Alex Rukletsov of Mesosphere explains Mesos role quotas, which reserve resources for one or more frameworks in a cluster.

Using Mesos Quotas to Control Resource Allocation

Did you know that Apache Mesos supports quotas? It has since version 0.27. In an ideal world, we could fine-tune quotas to manage resources for maximum efficiency, reining in hogs and making sure that services get what they need without going overboard. In the real world, it's a little more...
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Linus Torvalds on SHA-1 and Git: 'The Sky Isn't Falling'

Yes, SHA-1 has been cracked, but that doesn't mean your code in Git repositories is in any real danger of being hacked. The real worry about Google showing SHA-1 encryption is crackable, as pointed out by Peter Gutmann, a cryptography expert at the at the University of Auckland, New Zealand, is "...
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EFF: Half of Web Traffic is Now Encrypted

Half of the web’s traffic is now encrypted, according to a new report from the EFF released this week. The rights organization noted the milestone was attributable to a number of efforts, including recent moves from major tech companies to implement HTTPS on their own properties. Over the years,...
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Tying Together the Many Open Source Projects in Networking

The Open Platform for Network Functions Virtualization (OPNFV) is driven more by iterative code releases than by heavyweight up-front standardization efforts. There are a lot of pieces to the ongoing network transformation going up and down the stack. There's the shift away from proprietary...
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