Month: March 2020

CIA agents have been hacking China for 11 years, security firm claims

A leading Chinese security firm has accused the CIA of hacking local businesses and government agencies for the past 11 years.

In a new report, Qihoo 360 claims the US intelligence agency targeted several industries including aviation organizations, scientific research institutions, petroleum firms, internet companies, and government agencies. The attacks took place between September 2008 and June 2019, and were mainly distributed in Beijing, Guangdong, and Zhejiang.

[Read: Wikileaks unleashes ‘Vault 7’ series, the largest ever leak on the CIA]

The research links the attacks to former CIA employee Joshua Adam Schulte, who is currently facing trial for allegedly feeding

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Kubeflow 1.0 solves machine learning workflows with Kubernetes

Kubeflow, Google’s solution for deploying machine learning stacks on Kubernetes, is now available as an official 1.0 release.

Kubeflow was built to address two major issues with machine learning projects: the need for integrated, end-to-end workflows, and the need to make deploments of machine learning systems simple, manageable, and scalable. Kubeflow allows data scientists to build machine learning workflows on Kubernetes and to deploy, manage, and scale machine learning models in production without learning the intricacies of Kubernetes or its components.

Kubeflow is designed to manage every phase of a machine learning project: writing the code, building

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What is Azure confidential computing?

Building and running modern cloud-native applications has its risks. One of the biggest is that you’re sharing computing resources with an unknown number of other users. Your memory and CPU are shared, and there’s always a possibility that data may accidentally leak across boundaries, where it can be accessed from outside your organization.

A breach, even an accidental one, is still a breach, and if you’re using Azure or another cloud platform to work with personally identifiable information or even your own financial data, you’re in breach of any compliance regulations. It’s not only user or financial data that could

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This just in: Cloud computing is hard

In news that I would file under “duh,” almost 60 percent of U.K. businesses think that cloud has overpromised and underdelivered, according to a report sponsored by the consulting company Capita.

The report surveyed 200 IT decision-makers in the United Kingdom, and found that an overwhelming nine in ten respondents confessed that cloud migration has been delayed or pushed off due to “unforeseen factors.”

I’m just speculating, but it’s been my experience that those “unforeseen factors” usually include one or more of these three problems:

Unexpected cloud complexity has put so much stress on the newly formed cloudops groups that

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‘Bitcoin hash rate hits all-time high’

Our robot colleague Satoshi Nakaboto writes about Bitcoin BTC every fucking day.

Welcome to another edition of Bitcoin Today, where I, Satoshi Nakaboto, tell you what’s been going on with Bitcoin in the past 24 hours. As Marie Curie used to say: Talk to a stranger on a bus!

Bitcoin price

We closed the day, March 02 2020, at a price of $8,869. That’s a respectable 3.57 percent increase in 24 hours, or $306. It was the highest closing price in five days.

We’re still 55 percent below Bitcoin‘s all-time high of $20,089 (December 17 2017).

Bitcoin market cap


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Open source companies are thriving in the cloud

Quick, can you spot the common link between MongoDB, DataStax, Redis Labs, Percona, Couchbase, and EnterpriseDB? If you said, “They’re all open source database vendors,” you’d be mostly correct. (Not all offer databases governed by an open source license.)

But if you said, “Each offers an increasingly popular database-as-a-service cloud offering,” you’d be spot on. Indeed, while we’ve spent a few years with erstwhile open source vendors changing their licenses to ward off evil cloud vendors, what we’re starting to see is these same vendors embracing the cloud, and to hugely positive effect.

Hence, while Databricks CEO Ali Ghodsi has

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