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Category: Software

The Linux Foundation reveals the most commonly open-source software components

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The Linux Foundation is addressing structural and security complexities in today’s modern software supply chains with the release of the ‘Vulnerabilities in the Core,’ a preliminary report and census II of open-source software.  The report was put together by the Linux Foundation’s Core Infrastructure Initiative and the Laboratory for Innovation Science at Harvard (LISH).  RELATED […]

Bliki: OutcomeOverOutput

Bliki: OutcomeOverOutput

Imagine a team writing software for a shopping website. If we look at the team’s output, we might consider how many new features they produced in the last quarter, or a cross-functional measure such as a reduction in page load time. An outcome measure, however, would consider measure increased sales revenue, or reduced number of […]

premium Academic data is widely available, yet widely underused. Why?

premium Academic data is widely available, yet widely underused. Why?

Academic data is one of the most underutilized forms of data that exist today.  Outside of educational institutions, the only significant use of this data is in enrollment verification, though even that use case is not particularly widespread.  And yet, academic data holds massive potential in providing predictive behavioral signals that could directly benefit the […]

Bliki: TechnicalDebt

Bliki: TechnicalDebt

Software systems are prone to the build up of cruft – deficiencies in internal quality that make it harder than it would ideally be to modify and extend the system further. Technical Debt is a metaphor, coined by Ward Cunningham, that frames how to think about dealing with this cruft, thinking of it like a […]

SD Times news digest: Facebook fined again for Cambridge Analytica scandal, Google’s privacy commitment and Visual Studio 2019 for Mac version 8.4 preview 4

SD Times news digest: Facebook fined again for Cambridge Analytica scandal, Google’s privacy commitment and Visual Studio 2019 for Mac version 8.4 preview 4

Brazil fined Facebook $1.6 million for their role in the Cambridge Analytica scandal. The country’s justice ministry said that the fines are tied to unlawful sharing of data from its users in Brazil. “It’s evident that the data of about 443,000 users of the platform were made available by the developers of the app ‘thisisyourdigitallife’ […]

Bliki: WaterfallProcess

Bliki: WaterfallProcess

In the software world, “waterfall” is commonly used to describe a style of software process, one that contrasts with the ideas of iterative, or agile styles. Like many well-known terms in software it’s meaning is ill-defined and origins are obscure – but I find its essential theme is breaking down a large effort into phases […]