Day: March 10, 2020

This ‘pirate radio’ pays for Netflix, HBO, and Disney+ so you don’t have to

Digging The Mandalorian? Cool, get ready to shell out $7.99 a month for Disney+. Dying to check out the new season of Westworld? You better budget another $16 to $25 for HBO Max. But what about all the true crime documentaries the internet is buzzing about? Of course, you have to pay another $12.99 for Netflix.

You get the picture. The streaming wars are getting nasty — and you’re the one who’s paying for it. Unless… you refuse to pay. This is what wants to help you do.

The self-styled “pirate radio for streaming” basically pays for

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3 cloud architecture problems that need solutions

For the most part, cloud architecture is not that exciting. By now we know basically what works, what does not, and the process to get to the right target architecture. This means both the meta or logical architecture and added technology to get to the physical architecture.

Although we know the best patterns for most of what cloud architecture requires, some problems are still being debated. No de facto solution or best practice has emerged yet. Here are my top three:

First, what goes on the edge? Edge computing has benefits, such as placing data processing closer to the source

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How to make the most of Azure Cosmos DB’s free tier

Azure’s Cosmos DB is one of its best features. A multimodel distributed database, it gives you a foundation for building truly cloud-native applications with a series of consistency models that can be mapped to how your application works. But it’s not easy to get started, and a badly configured or designed application can quickly get expensive.

It’s good to see that Cosmos DB now has a free tier that can help you start deploying applications outside of a limited development environment. The new tier isn’t large: it’s based on the minimum configuration for Cosmos DB, and offers 400 RU/s

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Is the EARN-IT Act a backdoor attempt to get encryption backdoors?

Last week a pair of US senators on the Senate Judiciary Committee, Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), introduced a flashpoint piece of legislation called The Eliminating Abusive and Rampant Neglect of Interactive Technologies Act (EARN IT). The law, ostensibly designed to dampen the rampant child exploitation activities online, has drawn criticism from civil rights groups, free speech advocates, and cybersecurity professionals during draft discussions. Most observers said it is a sneak attack on end-to-end encryption. The release of the formal version of the bill only solidified this fear.

What’s in the EARN-IT bill?

The 65-page piece of legislation

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