"PowerShell Core is a new, cross-platform version of PowerShell that is built on .NET Core instead of the .NET Framework. So with this release, there are now two PowerShell editions: The classic Windows PowerShell, formerly codenamed Monad, that we’ve been using on Windows for the past decade and PowerShell Core." PowerShell Core – why and what? (Jeffrey Snover MSFT) - YouTube
OpenAPI.NET on GitHub "The OpenAPI.NET SDK contains a useful object model for OpenAPI documents in .NET along with common serializers to extract raw OpenAPI JSON and YAML documents from the model."
OpenAPI in Microsoft Docs "REST APIs are often described using an OpenAPI definition (formerly known as a Swagger file). This definition contains information about what operations are available in an API and how the request and response data for the API should be structured."
"Desired State Configuration now works boths ways! Richard talks to fellow Canadian Nik Charlebois, a Microsoft Premier Field Engineer, about his work building ReverseDSC. The open source tool is available in the PowerShell Gallery, that can create a copy of the configuration of a running system to be compared with desired state."
...they'll cost $600 and up, the same as many mainstream laptops in the US. Instead, they promise some very high-end features, including always-on LTE connectivity (like a phone) and 20-plus hours of battery life with weeks of standby time, which also sounds more like a phone than a PC."
(or like iPad Pro, just with better price, and running Windows apps :)
Dogecoin was created for learning about crypto-currency, and giving money to charity. It is now worth $1.4 B. And as other blockchain system, it enables almost instant and fee transfer of money. On the other side, US banks are still using ancient system from 1970's, written in COBOL and running on mainframe computers, that takes up to 5 days to transfer money, and the service is expensive for users. But it is very profitable for the banks, so it stays that way, for now at least, until some "Amazon of banking" takes off. It is not technical reasons that hold back, in UK similar money transfers take seconds! Episode 489: The Invisible Plumbing Of Our Economy : Planet Money : NPR
Peter Norvig clearly explains role of ML vs. general AI:
Machine Learning is based on statistical analysis of large amounts of data,
recently improving exponentially, based on with cloud computing and available data.
"In the paper, DeepMind describes how a descendant of the AI program that first conquered the board game Go has taught itself to play a number of other games at a superhuman level. After eight hours of self-play, the program bested the AI that first beat the human world Go champion; and after four hours of training, it beat the current world champion chess-playing program, Stockfish.
the new AI program, named AlphaZero, wasn’t specifically designed to play any of these games. ... it was given some basic rules ... with no other strategies or tactics. It simply got better by playing itself over and over again at an accelerated pace — a method of training AI known as “reinforcement learning.”
“Standard CDN capability includes the ability to cache files closer to end users to speed up delivery of static files. However, with dynamic web applications, caching that content in edge locations isn’t possible because the server generates the content in response to user behavior. Speeding up the delivery of such content is more complex than traditional edge caching and requires an end-to-end solution that finely tunes each element along the entire data path from inception to delivery. With Azure CDN Dynamic Site Acceleration (DSA), the performance of web pages with dynamic content is measurably improved.”
Brendan Burns | LinkedIn "Lead engineer on Kubernetes, Google's open source cluster manager for Docker containers. Now: Distinguished Engineer at Microsoft: Azure Container Service PhD: Robotics research in machine learning"
Both vulnerabilities exploit performance features (caching and speculative execution) common to many modern processors to leak data via a so-called side-channel attack. Happily, the Raspberry Pi isn’t susceptible to these vulnerabilities, because of the particular ARM cores that it uses."link from: Programming Newsletter - O'Reilly Media
From being a main concern to overcome when considering "move to cloud" security is now becoming a prominent reason to do such move.
While there will always be computer security issues
cloud service providers are in the best position to respond quickly,
and handle such serious situations before such issues become a big problem.
Recently discovered CPU security issues are an excellent example.
Having learned details how CPUs work and are designed,
as well as OS, virtualization etc, I could appreciate complexity of this.
"CPU data cache timing can be abused to efficiently leak information out of mis-speculated execution, leading to (at worst) arbitrary virtual memory read vulnerabilities across local security boundaries in various contexts."
Algorithmia - Open Marketplace for Algorithms "Enabling AI in every Application Automating the use of AI/ML models at every scale with the Serverless AI Layer. Run any model, function, or algorithm as a microservice with a REST API."
"Quizlet is a mobile and web-based study application. It is currently used by 1-in-2 high school students and 1-in-3 college students in the United States. ... Quizlet trains students via flashcards and various games and tests. As of August 2017, Quizlet has over 140 million user-generated flashcard sets and more than 20 million active learners. It now ranks among the top 50 websites in the U.S. In 2016, Quizlet was recognized by SimilarWeb as the fastest growing US Education site in 2015"