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The Evolution of Penetration Testing and Why It’s More Effective Now Than Ever Before

Penetration testing has really taken off in the business world, but did you know it’s actually been around since the 1980’s? Granted, the way it works now has changed dramatically since the beginning of the internet, but the basis of penetration testing has remained the same over the years. Here, we’ll look at the evolution of penetration testing and why it’s proving to be one of the most effective security measures for modern businesses. How has penetration testing evolved? Penetration…

Beyond X-rays — the new inspection tools to thwart smugglers

Once they’re ready, electronic sniffer dogs and neutron-emitting machines will quickly be able to check containers for illegal substances. Credit: Flickr/GlynLowe.com Criminals who want to smuggle dangerous or illegal substances into Europe could soon find themselves foiled by a new set of high-tech anti-smuggling tools including an electronic sniffer dog and a machine that fires part of an atom at shipping containers. The shipping industry is key to Europe’s economy, with 3.8 billion tonnes of cargo loaded and unloaded at…

NASA drone traffic management tests take off in Reno

On May 25, Chris Walach, director of the FAA-designated Nevada UAS Test Site, briefs team members on NASA’s UTM flight plan. Credit: NASA NASA and its partners are in the midst of testing the next, more complex version of its Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Traffic Management (UTM) technologies with live, remotely-operated aircraft, or drones, at six different sites around the nation. The three-week campaign, known as Technology Capability Level 2 (TCL2) National Campaign, began May 9 and is focused on…

Reflections on Technology in France

My wife and I recently had the privilege of spending a week in southern France, at a conference in the small town of Aurillac (pronounced “AW-ree-ack”).  I say small—27,000 people is about the size of Cleburne, Texas, which is a town I’m somewhat familiar with.  Based on my admittedly very limited and undoubtedly biased observations of what we saw and experienced, I’d like to make some comparisons between the different ways that the French citizens we encountered and Texans have…

Data Lake Versus Data Warehouse: Which One Should You Get?

Data lakes are currently the hottest innovation in the field of information management. This type of data storage is touted to offer a wide range of features, but admittedly, a lot of organizations are still unfamiliar with them. This has led some to wonder if they should switch from using a data warehouse to using a data lake. To clear things up, here’s a quick overview of the two different data storage methods: What Is a Data Lake? A data…

How to Create a Business Magazine

Even in today’s world, the prevalence and appeal of print media shouldn’t be underestimated. In fact, it could be argued that a much tougher playing field where magazines have to compete with online offerings leads to a higher quality output. The field of business lends itself perfectly to the magazine format and starting one is a great way to network and show off your own skills and expertise. Below are some tips for getting your business magazine off the ground.…

New Russian jet takes to air in bid to rival Airbus and Boeing

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev in front of the new MC-21 medium-haul jet, which has made a successful test flight, during its roll-out ceremony last June Russia on Sunday held a successful test flight of its new MC-21 medium-haul passenger jet that it hopes will revive its troubled civil aviation industry and challenge giants Airbus and Boeing. The plane, whose prototype was unveiled last June, flew for 30 minutes at a height of 1,000 metres and a speed of 300…

Spinnaker Orchestration – Netflix TechBlog – Medium

Author: Rob Fletcher When the Spinnaker project first started more than two years ago we implemented Orca — Spinnaker’s orchestration engine µservice — using Spring Batch. It wasn’t an entirely unreasonable fit at the time. It gave us atomic, compartmentalized units of work (tasks in a Spinnaker pipeline), retry semantics, the ability to define branching and joining workflows, listeners that could get notified of progress and many other things we needed. However, in the long run, that choice—and our implementation on top of it—imposed…

A viral way to share music when a simple text, meme, or gif isn’t enough

Two hackathon veterans discovered Square’s APIs at the SXSW Hackathon and the infinite possibilities they offer to improve their existing and new apps. Eric King and Damola Omotosho are two old friends who met at Virginia Tech while earning their engineering degrees. After graduation, they both ended up pursuing a master’s degree in engineering before working full-time in tech. While they were off to a strong start in their early careers, they had a desire to shake things up and find…

How Uber Engineering Verifies Data at Runtime with the Annotations You Already Use

Uber’s hypergrowth forces our developers to engineer stability into our apps using resourceful techniques. In 2016, for instance, we created and open sourced Runtime Annotation Validation Engine (RAVE), a data model validation framework that uses Java annotation processing to tackle the number one cause of crashes in our Android apps: NullPointerExceptions (NPEs). NPEs are a common issue with languages like Java that do not have nullability built into their type system. By leveraging the annotations you already use, RAVE acts as a…