Explicitly-defined failure domains in the datacenter

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While the bulk of the networking industry’s focus is on CapEx and automation, the two major trends driving changes in these areas will have a potentially greater impact on that which matters most: availability. In fact, despite that datacenter purchasing decisions skew towards CapEx, the number one requirement for most datacenters is uptime.

If availability is so important, why is it not the…

Why “Hacker?”

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As a self-taught programmer, the most inspirational book for me in my early years, what really made me want to be a coder and never look back, was Steven Levy’s Hackers: Heroes of the Computer Revolution.
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As a self-taught programmer, the most inspirational book for me in my early years, what really made me want to be a coder and…

Extracting Parts of Git Repository and Keeping the History

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At some point, a software project will grow beyond its original scope. In many cases, some portions of the project become their own mini world. For maintenance purposes, it is often beneficial to separate them into their own projects. Furthermore, the commit history for the extracted project should not be lost. With Git, this can be achieved using git-subtree.
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Samsung’s smartphone saturation strategy stumbles

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Famed for its ability to fill every conceivable niche in the smartphone market, Samsung is today showing some signs of competitive pressure. The Korean company has just issued its earnings guidance for the second quarter of 2014, accompanying it with an explanatory note detailing why it’s falling short of the previous year’s record profits.

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Apple celebrates diversity and equality in San Francisco Pride Parade video

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Apple has released a video showing its employees, including CEO Tim Cook, participating in the San Francisco Pride Parade on June 29th. The company says thousands of employees from around the world marched in the parade “to celebrate Apple’s unwavering commitment to equality and diversity.” According to Reuters, Apple handed out free iTunes gift cards throughout the Pride Parade and set up an LGBT station on iTunes Radio.

Apple is outspoken about its support for equal rights, with Cook penning a Wall Street Journal editorial last year urging Congress to pass the Employment Nondiscrimination Act. The company also publicly opposed an Arizona bill that would have permitted businesses to refuse service on religious grounds, which governor…

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Airbnb Showdown On San Francisco’s November Ballot Averted For The Time Being

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airbnb It looks like Airbnb is going to get a reprieve on facing a huge regulatory showdown on November’s ballot in San Francisco. A former planning commissioner and affordable housing activists had paired up to put new regulation on the ballot that would have clarified rules on short-term rentals throughout the city. It would have been far stricter than a set of rules supervisor David Chiu… Read More

The Oculus Rift is getting its own developer conference

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Developers have done some stunning work with the Oculus Rift, so after being acquired by Facebook, maybe it was only a matter of time before the VR kit company announced its very own tech conference.

This September, Oculus will launch Oculus Connect, a chance for enthusiasts of the headset to network at a swanky Hollywood meetup. Employees from Oculus will lead workshops, announce updates, and give feedback to developers on their projects. A developer conference is a hallmark of a major business; think of Apple’s WWDC or Google’s I/O, both of which recently unfurled in front of gigantic audiences. Oculus wants to be a part of that, although the company cautions it will focus on developers instead of a wider audience.

The conference…

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The CIA claims it doesn’t know where Tupac is

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The CIA is really good at Twitter. And on its one-month anniversary with the service, “the Nation’s first line of defense” spent a few minutes answering the most popular questions it’s received during its short and glorious run. Most of the answers are pretty mundane: yes, the CIA is hiring, and it won’t be following Ellen Degeneres any time soon. But there’s one tweet that finally answers the important question, the one we’ve all been asking since 1996.

This newly talkative side of the CIA is great, but all this “revelation” does is raise more questions. Did the CIA once have, and then lose, Tupac? Is Tupac a Shawshank Redemption-style escape artist…

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Bungie’s ‘Destiny’ beta is coming to Xbox on July 23rd

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PlayStation 4 owners were given the first opportunity to play Bungie’s Destiny last month during an alpha preview that was exclusive to Sony’s console. But Xbox gamers will get their chance soon enough. The online beta for Destiny will arrive on Xbox One and Xbox 360 starting July 23rd and run until 2:59AM ET on July 28th. Activision announced today. The multiplayer beta will offer Xbox players their first peek at Destiny, the sci-fi shooter Bungie has been working on ever since the studio said goodbye to the Halo franchise.

Those in the PlayStation camp are still getting a better deal; on PS3 and PS4, the upcoming beta kicks off July 17th. Bungie and Activision will take everything offline for two days of maintenance starting July…

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Hollywood is helping the military build its Iron Man suit

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The US military isn’t keeping its interest in building an Iron Man suit a secret, and on Friday, The Wall Street Journal published new details on the work being done to create one. The government’s plans for the suit, known as TALOS, are straight out of science fiction: it wants the suit to have a weapon, provide bullet protection, monitor vitals, and give its wearer superhuman strength and perception. To make that, it’s called on the private sector to help, with big names like Lockheed Martin, General Dynamics, and Raytheon reportedly getting involved.

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Isis Mobile Wallet Rebrands To Distance Itself From Militant Group ISIS

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chase-isis Isis, the mobile wallet platform backed by AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon here in the U.S., has decided to rebrand after its name became synonymous with “ISIS,” an Islamic militant group linked to sectarian violence against civilians and government forces in Iraq and Syria, the company is announcing today. That the two organizations share a name is entirely coincidental, but… Read More

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