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Apache Hadoop Has Failed Us, Tech Experts Say

Slashdot.org - Sat, 03/25/2017 - 23:34
It was the first widely-adopted open source distributed computing platform. But some geeks running it are telling Datanami that Hadoop "is great if you're a data scientist who knows how to code in MapReduce or Pig...but as you go higher up the stack, the abstraction layers have mostly failed to deliver on the promise of enabling business analysts to get at the data." Slashdot reader atcclears shares their report: "I can't find a happy Hadoop customer. It's sort of as simple as that," says Bob Muglia, CEO of Snowflake Computing, which develops and runs a cloud-based relational data warehouse offering. "It's very clear to me, technologically, that it's not the technology base the world will be built on going forward"... [T]hanks to better mousetraps like S3 (for storage) and Spark (for processing), Hadoop will be relegated to niche and legacy statuses going forward, Muglia says. "The number of customers who have actually successfully tamed Hadoop is probably less than 20 and it might be less than 10..." One of the companies that supposedly tamed Hadoop is Facebook...but according to Bobby Johnson, who helped run Facebook's Hadoop cluster before co-founding behavioral analytics company Interana, the fact that Hadoop is still around is a "historical glitch. That may be a little strong," Johnson says. "But there's a bunch of things that people have been trying to do with it for a long time that it's just not well suited for." Hadoop's strengths lie in serving as a cheap storage repository and for processing ETL batch workloads, Johnson says. But it's ill-suited for running interactive, user-facing applications... "After years of banging our heads against it at Facebook, it was never great at it," he says. "It's really hard to dig into and actually get real answers from... You really have to understand how this thing works to get what you want." Johnson recommends Apache Kafka instead for big data applications, arguing "there's a pipe of data and anything that wants to do something useful with it can tap into that thing. That feels like a better unifying principal..." And the creator of Kafka -- who ran Hadoop clusters at LinkedIn -- calls Hadoop "just a very complicated stack to build on."

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Europa-Jubiläum: Alles in allem - wie finden Sie die EU?

Spiegel Online - Sat, 03/25/2017 - 22:57
Auf der einen Seite: Jahrzehnte Frieden, Freiheit, Wohlstand. Auf der anderen: Bürokratie und mangelnde Demokratie. Was ist Ihre Meinung zur EU? Stimmen Sie ab!

Konservative in CDU und CSU: Merkels Kritiker organisieren sich

Spiegel Online - Sat, 03/25/2017 - 22:45
In der Union herrscht noch immer Unmut über die Flüchtlingspolitik der Kanzlerin. Einige Kritiker haben sich nun zum "Konservativen Aufbruch" vereinigt. Dass ihre Forderungen wie die der AfD klingen? Kein Problem, finden sie.

Trump-Telefonat mit Journalisten: Wenn plötzlich der Präsident anruft

Spiegel Online - Sat, 03/25/2017 - 22:37
Es war eine krachende Niederlage: Donald Trumps Gesundheitsreform schaffte es im Kongress nicht mal zur Abstimmung. Da griff der Präsident zum Telefon - und rief ausgerechnet bei der geschmähten Presse an.

'Why The US Senate's Vote To Throw Out ISP Privacy Laws Isn't All Bad'

Slashdot.org - Sat, 03/25/2017 - 22:34
"Nobody wants their data spread far and wide," write two associate editors at MIT Technology Review, "but the FCC's rules were an inconsistent solution to a much larger problem." An anonymous reader writes: They point out the rules passed in October "weren't even yet in effect," but more importantly -- they only would've applied to ISPs. "[T]he reality is that the U.S. doesn't have a baseline law that governs online privacy," and the truth is, it never did. "The FCC's new privacy rules would have been dramatic, to be sure -- but they would only have addressed one piece of the problem, leaving companies like Facebook and Google free to continue doing much the same thing. While the repeal still needs approval in the U.S. House of Representatives and the president's signature, their article argues that what's really needed is "a more consistent approach to privacy."

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Proteste gegen Erdogan: Türkei bestellt Schweizer Vize-Botschafter ein

Spiegel Online - Sat, 03/25/2017 - 22:15
Eine Demo in der Schweiz sorgt für einen diplomatischen Eklat: Die türkische Regierung empört sich über brisante Banner und Fahnen.

Uber Halts Self-Driving Car Tests in Arizona After Friday Night Collision

Slashdot.org - Sat, 03/25/2017 - 21:34
"Given that the Uber vehicle has flipped onto its side it looks to be a high speed crash," writes TechCrunch, though Business Insider reports that no one was seriously injured. An anonymous reader quotes their report: A self-driving Uber car was involved in an accident on Friday night in Tempe, Arizona, in one of the most serious incidents to date involving the growing fleet of autonomous vehicles being tested on U.S. roads... Uber has halted its self-driving-car pilot in Arizona and is investigating what caused the incident... A Tempe police spokesperson told Bloomberg that the Uber was not at fault in the accident and was hit by another car which failed to yield. Still, the collision will likely to turn up the temperature on the heated debate about the safety of self-driving cars.

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This Week In Techdirt History: March 19th - 25th

Techdirt - Sat, 03/25/2017 - 21:00

Five Years Ago

This week in 2012, the public got a terrifying glimpse of the extent of the NSA's surveillance capabilities thanks to some excellent journalism, which put the agency on the defensive trying to downplay its powers. While this was going on, Senators Wyden and Udall were pressing the Obama administration to open up about its secret interpretation of the Patriot Act.

In the fallout of the Megaupload indictment, a restraining order on Kim Dotcom was rendered void by a procedural error, the MPAA was trying to get the site's data retained so it could sue the users (though it quickly tried to backtrack), and scammers were targeting Megaupload users by masquerading as copyright trolls sending settlement letters.

This was also the week of a major ruling in the patent world: the Supreme Court effectively rejected the concept of patenting medical diagnostics in Prometheus v. Mayo.

Ten Years Ago

This week in 2007, even as the RIAA was trying and failing to escape paying legal fees in a doomed lawsuit against an indebted mother of five, the agency was continuing to defend its practice of suing college kids and trying to get their schools to help — which irritated one university so much that it demanded the RIAA pay up for all the time that was wasted with onerous requests. Meanwhile, NBC Universal and News Corp. were making waves with their YouTube competitor, which you might notice has not become a lasting pillar of the internet, as plenty of people suspected at the time. But this was interesting since Viacom was just revving up in its lawsuit against the real YouTube, which Lawrence Lessig argued was made possible by the Grokster decision, and which was leading to some ironic situations with the company's own star content creators.

Fifteen Years Ago

This week in 2002, the world was being buried under a rising tide of spam, but at least society was beginning to accept that internet dating is normal. Not from work, of course, as offices were ramping up their efforts to block various internet activities in a misguided panic about productivity. Of course, some were over-ambitiously predicting that fully half of us would be working from home by 2007, in which case that would presumably cease to be a problem. It was a different time, when Stephen King was selling his novel in phone booths and the UK's Times Online was trying to charge web subscriptions to your phone bill (and, of course, trying to patent the technology). Most importantly, though, we saw an early victory for safe harbors when AOL was found not liable in a copyright lawsuit filed by Harlan Ellison over a Usenet posting.

Thirty-Eight Years Ago

If you care about US politics, you know it: it's the TV station you watch slightly less than you say you do and much less than you probably should, and this week was its birthday. That's right: on March 19th, 1979, C-SPAN was unveiled to the country, offering an unprecedented window into the House of Representatives. It opened with a speech by Al Gore, though at the time only 3.5-million homes were capable of receiving it. The Senate would not follow suit and allow itself to be televised for another seven years.



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Anti-Virus Vendors Scramble To Patch Hijacking Exploit Involving Microsoft Tool

Slashdot.org - Sat, 03/25/2017 - 20:34
"A zero-day attack called Double Agent can take over antivirus software on Windows machines," Network World reported Wednesday. wiredmikey writes: The attack involves the Microsoft Application Verifier, a runtime verification tool for unmanaged code that helps developers find subtle programming errors in their applications... [The exploit] allows a piece of malware executed by a privileged user to register a malicious DLL for a process associated with an antivirus or other endpoint security product, and hijack its agent. Patches were released by Malwarebytes, AVG, and Trend Micro, the security researchers told BleepingComputer earlier this week. Kaspersky Lab told ZDNet "that measures to detect and block the malicious scenario have now been added to all its products," while Norton downplayed the exploit, saying the attack "would require physical access to the machine and admin privileges to be successful," with their spokesperson "adding that it has deployed additional detection and blocking protections in the unlikely event users are targeted." BetaNews reports that the researchers "say that it is very easy for antivirus producers to implement a method of protection against this zero-day, but it is simply not being done. 'Microsoft has provided a new design concept for antivirus vendors called Protected Processes...specially designed for antivirus services...the protected process infrastructure only allows trusted, signed code to load and has built-in defense against code injection attacks.'"

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Hunderte Festnahmen in Weißrussland: Lukaschenko greift hart durch

Spiegel Online - Sat, 03/25/2017 - 20:24
Polizeisperren, Hunderte Festnahmen: Das weißrussische Regime hat eine Demonstration von Oppositionellen verhindert. Mit aller Macht geht Präsident Lukaschenko gegen die Protestwelle im Land vor.

(PRODUCT)RED iPhone 7 Plus Gets Black Front in New Part Swap Video

MacRumor News - Sat, 03/25/2017 - 20:14
Apple's new (PRODUCT)RED iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, released yesterday, feature a bright red aluminum casing that many are a fan of. Unfortunately, it comes equipped with a white front plate, much like the Gold, Silver, and Rose Gold iPhones, something that's been a point of criticism for people who think it would have looked better with a black front plate.

YouTuber Danny Winget recently tore apart a red iPhone 7 Plus and replaced its logic board and front plate with parts taken from a Jet Black iPhone 7 Plus, giving us a glimpse at what an actual (PRODUCT)RED iPhone 7 Plus with a black front would have looked like.


Winget had to replace not only the front plate but also the logic board because if he swapped just the front portion of the device, the Touch ID fingerprint sensor would have been rendered unusable.


Apple ties the Touch ID fingerprint sensor to an iPhone's logic board and disables it for security reasons if any of the parts are swapped out. Therefore, most of the internal structure of the (PRODUCT)RED iPhone had to be replaced with parts from the Jet Black iPhone.

Purchasing an entire Jet Black iPhone 7 or 7 Plus for the purpose of creating a hybrid red/black iPhone 7 is probably out of the question for most people, but it's an interesting proof of concept.


This method essentially ruins the Jet Black iPhone 7 involved, making it a rather pricy project, and it destroys the waterproofing seal on the red iPhone.


It's also worth noting that this is a highly complicated process that essentially requires tearing apart two iPhones, melding them together, and hoping nothing goes wrong, something that the average person won't want to attempt.


For a closer look at the Special Edition (PRODUCT)RED iPhone, make sure to check out our hands-on video.

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Ärger für Ivanka Trump: "Sie haben die Gegend ruiniert"

Spiegel Online - Sat, 03/25/2017 - 20:09
Ivanka Trump hat Streit mit den Nachbarn: Seit die Tochter des US-Präsidenten in ein Nobelviertel von Washington zog, sei es dort laut und vermüllt, beschweren sich Anwohner.

EU-Beitrittsgespräche: Erdogan bringt zweites Referendum ins Spiel

Spiegel Online - Sat, 03/25/2017 - 19:42
Erst die Abstimmung über die neue Verfassung, dann über die EU-Beitrittsgespräche: Laut Präsident Erdogan könnte die Türkei schon bald ein weiteres Referendum abhalten. Ein Affront gegen die Europäische Union.

After Healthcare Defeat, Can The Trump Administration Fix America's H-1B Visa Program?

Slashdot.org - Sat, 03/25/2017 - 19:34
Friday the Trump administration suffered a political setback when divisions in the president's party halted a move to repeal healthcare policies passed in 2010. But if Trump hopes to turn his attention to how America's H-1B visa program is affecting technology workers, "time is running out," writes Slashdot reader pteddy. Bloomberg reports: [T]he application deadline for the most controversial visa program is the first week of April, which means new rules have to be in place for that batch of applicants or another year's worth of visas will be handed out under the existing guidelines... There probably isn't enough time to pass legislation on such a contentious issue. But Trump could sign an executive order with some changes. The article points out that under the current system, one outsourcing firm was granted 6.5 times as many U.S. visas as Amazon. There's also an interesting map showing which countries' workers received the most H-1B visas in 2015 -- 69.4% went to workers in India, with another 10.5% going to China -- and a chart showing which positions are most in demand, indicating that two-thirds of the visa applications are for tech workers.

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Samsung is finally ready to remotely kill the Galaxy Note7

Beta News - Sat, 03/25/2017 - 19:31
Samsung would almost certainly prefer people to be concentrating on the upcoming Galaxy S8 and virtual assistant Bixby, but the disastrous Galaxy Note7 is still etched in memories. After the phones kept catching fire due to a battery problem, the Korean company started to push out OTA updates to cripple them slightly. But this and even a ban on taking the handsets on flights, was not enough to discourage everyone from using their Note7. Now, in a bid to complete kill of the troublesome phone, Samsung is pushing out another update that completely disables charging. If this sounds familiar, it's… [Continue Reading]
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Auftakt ins Politikjahr 2017: Wahlzeit!

Spiegel Online - Sat, 03/25/2017 - 19:25
Es wird ernst: Die erste von drei Landtagswahlen in diesem Frühjahr steht an. Jede einzelne ist ein wichtiger Test für Merkel, Schulz und Co. Wo steht für wen was auf dem Spiel?

Reportage über Neonazi-Opfer (1994): "Herr Bui möchte bleiben"

Spiegel Online - Sat, 03/25/2017 - 19:15
Terror gegen einen Blinden jüdischer Herkunft, zum Krüppel geprügelte Einwanderer, ein mörderischer Brandanschlag: Barbara Supp besuchte Opfer rechter Gewalt. Eine preisgekrönte Reportage, neu entdeckt zum 70. SPIEGEL-Geburtstag.

DFB-Gegner Aserbaidschan: Eine heikle Reise

Spiegel Online - Sat, 03/25/2017 - 19:12
Das Gastspiel des DFB in Aserbaidschan bringt auch das Thema Menschenrechte auf den Tisch. In dem Land werden Oppositionelle verfolgt. DFB-Manager Oliver Bierhoff will im Gegenzug "Werte vertreten".

Zum Todestag: Barcelona ehrt Cruyff mit Stadionnamen

Spiegel Online - Sat, 03/25/2017 - 18:53
Er war einer der Größten - nicht nur in den Niederlanden, auch beim FC Barcelona. Der Verein ehrt Johan Cruyff ein Jahr nach dessen Tod. Ein Stadion soll nach ihm benannt werden.

Researchers Teach Self-Driving Cars To 'See' Better At Night

Slashdot.org - Sat, 03/25/2017 - 18:34
Researchers may have developed a way for self-driving cars to continue navigating at night (or on rainy days) by performing an AI analysis to identify traffic signs by their relative reflectiveness. Slashdot reader sciencehabit shares an article from Science: Their approach requires autonomous cars to continuously capture images of their surroundings. Each image is evaluated by a machine learning algorithm...looking for a section of the image that is likely to contain a sign. It's able to simultaneously evaluate multiple sections of the image -- a departure from previous systems that considered parts of an image one by one. At this stage, it's possible it will also detect irrelevant signs placed along roads. The section of the image flagged as a possible sign then passes through what's known as a convolutional neural network [which] picks up on specific features like shapes, symbols, and numbers in the image to decide which type of sign it most likely depicts... In the real world, this should mean that an autonomous car can drive down the street and accurately pinpoint and decipher every single sign it passes.

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