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22 Years Later, The Linux And Open Source “Cancer” Is Wonderfully Benign

first_img7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac… Linus Torvalds in his younger days.Twenty-two years ago Linux was born as a “(free) operating system” that founder Linus Torvalds was quick to downplay as “just a hobby” that wouldn’t “be big and professional.” My, but how times have changed. So much so that Linux now dominates mobile (Android), servers and cloud. No wonder that Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer derided Linux in 2001 as a “cancer” that “attaches itself… to everything it touches.” He was right. At least, as it relates to Linux’s effect on Microsoft.Earlier this week Torvalds celebrated the 22nd birthday of Linux by cheekily calling Linux “just a hobby, even if it’s big and professional” now in a way he never envisaged back in 1991. To help gauge just how far we’ve come since then, I asked Eucalyptus CEO (and fellow Finn) Marten Mickos and Cloudera Chief Strategy Officer Mike Olson to help put open source in perspective. Both men have had an outsized impact on open source, particularly the business of open source, and neither were shy about estimating open source’s impact.On The Maturing Power Of Open SourceOne of the amazing things to have watched over the years is the market’s growing acceptance of this oddball movement, as Mickos highlights:People didn’t know what it was, how it worked, why people did it, how it could produce great software, etc. That’s why the LAMP stack made it onto the front page of Fortune Magazine—it was so new and intriguing. Incumbents fought it. Now they embrace it (or at least pretend to). Those who did open source just did it. Back then it was relatively few projects with relatively few people in them. Today there are probably 100-1000X the number of projects.And while open source was born as an alternative way to develop and distribute software, it has become something more, as Olson intimates:I’ve been pleased to see the ideas behind open source migrate to other important domains, and for APIs to become a kind of currency in the way that source code used to be. I think that open source was really a way to adopt the principles of scientific collaboration—i.e., publish your results, let your peers review and refine your work—to a field that badly needed it. I hope—I believe!—we are doing the same thing now with data and, to some extent, to services via cloud APIs.On Torvalds’ Other Big Innovation… And Getting AlongArguably one of the biggest things to happen to software development in a long, long time is GitHub, the wildly popular code repository. While Torvalds didn’t start GitHub, he did create git, the actual distributed version control system software itself. The creation of git is something that Olson credits with a very significant side effect:It’s been really interesting to watch git emerge. I think of myself as pretty deep in software, but I really wasn’t paying it any attention five years ago. Remember when “fork” was an insult? Git encourages forking. It’s changed the way that open source projects work by fomenting more diversity.While not referencing git, Mickos describes a similar benefit of open source’s peculiar licensing:The purpose of the free and open source license and the governance model is not really to enable like-minded people to collaborate, although that’s a benefit too. It’s about enabling unlike-minded people to collaborate. The beauty of open source is that people who dislike each other can produce code for the same product.In fact, while a genial person, Torvalds exemplifies one of the other characteristics of open source: a penchant for blunt, sometimes harsh, criticism. But this, insists Mickos, is one of the hallmarks of how open source succeeds:When people complain about your open source project, you need to hear them as saying “I would love to love you, but right now I cannot.” If nobody is opposed to your open source product/project, you are not really being popular… If you on a sustaining basis can truly love harsh feedback and if you can truly show enthusiasm and appreciation for contributions of whatever magnitude and type, you can be wonderfully successful in open source.Where Do We Go From Here?For Olson, sitting as he does at the heart of the Big Data movement, open source’s future is wide open:Open source has gone from a weird thing off on the fringes of hackerdom, through “cancer” and “communism,” to absolute mainstream. People now think intelligently about its different attributes—a collaborative development model, a frictionless distribution model, and a powerful way to win platform dominance.Mickos, a key player in the growing cloud market, suggests that while open source developers may have lost a bit of their bite, their impact remains unbounded, if more circumspect:In the early days of open source it seemed that open source developers were true cowboys—out on their own, following their own individual paths, valuing their nearly unlimited freedom. Today many open source developers are happy to be salaried employees of companies that don’t really stand for open source on a corporate level (Google, HP, IBM, Oracle, etc.). There is a voluntary submissiveness today that wasn’t as common before. There is still a lot of unbridled enthusiasm, often bordering on naiveté—with all the amazing upsides and inevitable downsides that this will bring.Mickos goes on to conclude that “Some people will spend any amount of time to save money. Some will spend money to save time. Without money, open source will die.” There’s a whole lot of money in open source these days. Just counting recent venture capital raised by the cloud and data companies amounts to hundreds of millions of dollars.But the soul of open source has not been corrupted. Thanks, in no small degree, to Linus Torvalds and his Quixotic endeavor to change the world with something small that turned into something huge.  Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoid How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? Why You Love Online Quizzescenter_img Matt Asay Tags:#Big Data#cloud#Linus Torvalds#Linux#Marten Mickos#MIke Olson#Open Source Related Posts last_img read more

A Cheat Sheet for Social Media Video Aspect Ratios

first_imgCreating videos to publish on social media? Keep up with the latest aspect ratio settings with this handy reference guide.There’s no doubt that social media is changing the online video game. Once arbitrary, the aspect ratios for these platforms are now transforming the media we create. Since viewers now encounter the the majority of the content we create on smart phones, it’s essential to keep up with social media trends and settings.If you work in the commercial world at all, you’ve probably already come across this shifting landscape. Many filmmakers and videographers are shooting advertisements in a way that they can utilize for multiple viewing platforms.In the past, platforms like Instagram used to be for amateur work; however, it is now a leading platform where a majority of visual artists promote themselves and their work. Breaking out of the 16:9 cinematic box (quite literally!) might seem wrong at first, but it can actually be quite freeing for your work.Get out of your comfort zone, and give a vertical crop a go on your next shoot!Aspect RatiosFacebookFacebook supports a variety of formats, including 16:9, 1:1 (carousel), 4:5, 2:3, and 9:16.4:5, 2:3, and 9:16 can be the most engaging since people tend to hold their phones upright (vertically) when using this app.Recommended Resolutions: 1080 x 1920 or 1920 x 1080.InstagramSupported ratios: 1:1 (square), 4:5 (vertical), 1.9:1 (1080 x 566), or 16:9 (landscape).Instagram Story requires 9:16.Recommended resolutions: 1920 x 1080 or 1080 x 1350 (for vertical).SnapchatSupported ratios: 9:16.Recommended Resolution: 1080 x 1920.TwitterSupported ratios: anything from 1:2:39 to 39:2:1.Recommended resolutions: landscape = 1280 x 720; Portrait = 640 x 640.And, just for fun, here is some more helpful information for uploading content to these outlets: Looking for more social media video tips and tricks? Check out these articles.How Social Media Has Redefined the Aspect RatioCreate a Social Media Bumper and Lower Third for Your VideosIs Downscaling 4K to 1080p Worth It After Online Compression?Get the Most out of Your Online Advertising BudgetGet More Views: 10 Basic Tips for Posting Online Videolast_img read more

Odisha Assembly to debate GST Bill today

first_imgThe discussion on the Odisha Goods and Services Tax Bill, 2017, and the Odisha Value Added Tax (Amendment) Bill, 2017, will be held in the Odisha Assembly on Friday.The two Bills were introduced by Finance Minister Sashi Bhusan Behera when the two-day special session of the House began on Thursday morning. The proceedings, however, were adjourned till 3 p.m. after the Opposition sought more time to study the contents of the Bills before discussion on the issues involved. The issue was then discussed in the Business Advisory Committee of the Assembly.When the House reassembled at 3 p.m., Speaker Pradip Kumar Amat announced that the Advisory Committee had decided both Bills will be taken up for discussion on Friday and adjourned the House for the day.While introducing the Bills, Mr. Behera said that one tax structure would prevail across the country as for the new Goods and Services Tax that has been passed in Parliament.He said that the Odisha Goods and Services Tax Bill provides provisions to levy tax on all inter-State supply of goods or services except supply of liquor for human consumption at a rate to be notified as recommended by the Goods and Services Tax Council.More time soughtLeader of Opposition Narasingha Mishra of Congress then raised objections stating that the Bills were being pushed through in a hurry without giving adequate time for the members to go through their contents, and sought more time for the legislators.last_img read more

Haryana Dalit groups plan stir

first_imgDalit groups in Haryana plan to observe ‘Dalit Pratirodh’ day on June 20 in Kaithal to protest against sedition charges slapped on 15 Dalit activists in Karnal last month.Outfits including the Dalit Yuva Sabha, Rashtriya Dalit Mahasabha, Jan Kalyan Society, Naujawan Bharat Sabha, Akhil Bharatiya Jaati Virodhi Manch, B.R. Ambedkar Yuva Sanghatan, Youth For Change and Bhujan Sangarsh Dal will participate in the protest to highlight the plight of the community. On April 26, the Haryana police registered an FIR against 15 activists who were protesting in Karnal for the release of Dalits arrested for an alleged murder during inter-caste clashes at Paterhadi village in Ambala, nearly three months ago. ‘Peaceful meeting’“Nearly 500 of us were sitting on protest (dharna) in Karnal between April 21 and 26, demanding a fair probe into the inter-caste clash that took place in Paterhadi and for an end to victimisation of Dalits,” Ravi Kumar, one of the activists facing the sedition charge, told The Hindu. Alleging that slapping of sedition charge was an attempt to suppress their voice against atrocities, Mr. Kumar said the 15 people charged with sedition, briefly had an “unfruitful” meeting with Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar in Karnal during the protest. “As we continued our peaceful protest after meeting the Chief Minister and planned a march the next day, the police slapped charges of rioting and unlawful assembly. The sedition charges were slapped against all the 15 people who had earlier met Mr. Khattar,” Mr. Kumar said. The People’s Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL), has expressed concern over the slapping of sedition charges. “In current times, any objection or dissent against the government and its policies is seen as a threat to the sovereignty and integrity of the country,” Rajesh Kapro of the PUCR said.last_img read more

Cricket therapy

first_imgFor 26-year-old Jyotirmoy Mukherjee, an ideal winter afternoon means playing a good game of cricket. And even though he bats well, bowling is his passion. So what makes this Howrah boy different from the average young man who loves to toss around a ball? For the last seven years, Jyotirmoy,For 26-year-old Jyotirmoy Mukherjee, an ideal winter afternoon means playing a good game of cricket. And even though he bats well, bowling is his passion. So what makes this Howrah boy different from the average young man who loves to toss around a ball? For the last seven years, Jyotirmoy has been an inmate at Presidency Jail, or “correctional home” as they are called in West Bengal-serving a life sentence for murder. He suffers from bouts of depression due to the social ostracism. “There is a huge stigma attached to being imprisoned and we find a staggering number of inmates suffering from mental illnesses,” says B.D. Sharma, ADGP, Correctional Services.To alleviate this sense of dejection, the Rotary Club of Central Kolkata and Satyam Seva Kendra are conducting “a social experiment”. The Rotarians recently played a cricket match against inmates of three prisons and are planning to host an inter-jail cricket tournament soon.They also plan to introduce employment opportunities for inmates, which will continue even after they are released from prison. “We are working on a programme whereby the inmates can take up tailoring of hosiery goods,” says Mudar Patherya, member, Rotary Club. “It’s a win-win situation. The inmates will be able to earn 10-fold more than their current wages while decreasing the cost of production for companies which will outsource the work.””Competitive sports and other activities help us feel normal. It doesn’t feel like a jail,” smiles 29-year-old Dhirendra Kumar Jha, who is under trial for kidnapping and murder and has already spent seven years in prison.advertisementlast_img read more

10 months agoPSG launching €100M offer for Napoli midfielder Allan

first_imgPSG launching €100M offer for Napoli midfielder Allanby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the lovePSG are preparing a massive offer for Napoli midfielder Allan.Il Mattino says PSG see Allan as a readymade replacement for wantaway midfielder Adrien Rabiot.And they’re ready to offer a massive €90m to convince Napoli to sell – with a further €10m due if they win the Champions League.PSG would also hand Allan a contract worth €8m-a-year.For the moment, Napoli have insisted Allan won’t leave in January, though the size of the offer could force a rethink. TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img

Diana Shipping Secures Time Charter for Capesize Bulker

first_imgzoom Greece-based Diana Shipping has entered into a time charter contract with SwissMarine Services from Geneva for one of its Capesize dry bulk vessels, the M/V New Orleans.As informed, the gross charter rate for the 180,960 dwt ship is USD 21,000 per day for a period of minimum eleven to maximum thirteen months.The charter is expected to commence on March 25, 2018.The 2015-built Capesize bulker is currently chartered to Koch Shipping at a gross charter rate of USD 11,250 per day.“This employment is anticipated to generate approximately USD 6.93 million of gross revenue for the minimum scheduled period of the time charter,” according to Diana Shipping.Diana Shipping’s fleet currently comprises 50 dry bulk vessels with a combined carrying capacity of 5.8 million dwt and a weighted average age of 8.58 years.last_img read more

American Apparel is staging a comeback with a few twists and a

first_imgTORONTO – One of America’s most controversial clothing brands is making a comeback, but ditching some of its signature traits.American Apparel will return to the Canadian market with an online store on Nov 1., a year after its bankruptcy and closure.This time the brand will be Canadian-owned and for now, won’t have any physical stores in the country, said American Apparel’s brand marketing director Sabina Weber, who indicated the company was taking a careful approach to its relaunch as it measured how its customers have changed.“It is kind of like putting yourself back out in the dating world. You don’t know if someone will be interested or not,” she said. “We know Canada is a huge market for us. They have always been so supportive of the brand.”American Apparel was founded in 1989 with a “Made in America” ethos and a proclivity for using its clothing to champion immigration, LGBTQ rights and diversity — values that are sticking around. It was known for selling basics, including its popular unisex hoodies, bodysuits, tights and leggings, but caught criticism with its provocative advertising that often featured scantily clad women in suggestive poses.The comeback is being staged in the Me Too era, where companies across the globe have faced an onslaught of sexual misconduct allegations similar to those that dogged American Apparel founder Dov Charney for years.Montreal-born Charney was ousted from his president-CEO role in 2014 amid “an investigation into alleged misconduct” and a series of lawsuits alleging his misbehaviour. He has denied many of the allegations, but admitted to having sexual relations with some employees, though he said they were consensual. He has not rejoined the brand, American Apparel confirmed.Me Too and the conversations around misconduct and sexualized advertising that marred the company in the past are why American Apparel is being careful about its portrayal of women and unabashed in its support of diversity, Weber said.“There was a lot of concerted efforts to make sure that we looked at the history of the brand and acknowledged the mistakes of the past,” said Weber. “There was that moment in time where things went too far.”The brand still aims to be “sexy,” but gone are the ads that may have made women feel “vulnerable,” “uncomfortable” or “like the camera is looking down at that them,” she said.“The interesting thing about Me Too is that the evolved thought is that a woman is allowed to dress the way she wants to dress. It is really holding men accountable for their actions,” she said. “A woman being demure does not mean she is empowered. What is empowered is seeing yourself and being free to be yourself.”The re-emergence of American Apparel comes at the hands of Gildan Activewear Inc., a Montreal-based manufacturer that won an auction to buy American Apparel, after it entered bankruptcy protection.Gildan nabbed American Apparel’s intellectual property rights and some manufacturing equipment from its Los Angeles facilities — but not the leases for the manufacturing or distribution centres— for US$88 million, some US$22 million more than a stalking horse offer it made months earlier.American Apparel relaunched in the U.S. in August 2017, but stayed away from Gildan’s home turf until now.It also avoided opening brick-and-mortar locations by instead operating a test store in Los Angeles that it will use to study the brand’s traction and potentially pave the way for a return to physical retail, said Weber.Since American Apparel’s exit, the retail sector has changed with e-commerce growing and competitors like Frank and Oak expanding into women’s wear.To stay competitive, American Apparel will standardize and expand its sizing to include extra extra large pieces, lower its prices by up to 23 per cent and offer its previous, beloved hits, including disco pants, high-waisted jeans and bodysuits.Follow @Tara_Deschamps on Twitter.last_img read more

Promises jobs relief for farmers Congress manifesto

first_imgNew Delhi: Stealing a march over the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the Congress on Tuesday released its poll manifesto for the ongoing Lok Sabha elections. Through its poll manifesto, the Congress has made an attempt to woo every section of society by promising ‘something’ for all.In its manifesto, the Congress has promised to give Rs 72,000 each to five crore poor families under the ‘Nyay’ scheme, create employment opportunities, including filling up 22 lakh government vacancies, better education & health, re-examination of Rafael deal, amendment in the Armed Forces Special Power Act (AFSPA), changes in the Press Council of India Act and fixing a single moderate GST rate, passage of contentious Women Reservation Bill in its first sitting, etc. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsFor farmers, the Congress has promised to put them on the path from ‘Karz Maafi’ (loan waiver), to ‘Karz Mukti’ (freedom from loans) and bringing a separate budget for farmers. The 55-page document titled ‘Hum Nibhayenge’ (We will deliver) focused on addressing the issues of joblessness, farm distress, the safety of women and boosting the rural economy, with stress on building a narrative on ‘real issues’ faced by people. The manifesto was released by party president Rahul Gandhi, former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and senior leader P Chidambaram among others. Speaking on the occasion, the Congress president said that the party would allocate 6 per cent of GDP to education, strengthen government hospitals and give high-quality healthcare access to poor if voted to power. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from ThursdayThe party also promised to remove the law on sedition from the statute if voted to power. The party promised to enact the Right to Healthcare Act and guarantee every citizen free diagnostics, out-patient care, free medicines and hospitalisation, through a network of public hospitals and enlisted private hospitals. Congress pledged to make jobs its top priority for the youth of the country, saying it will ensure 34 lakh jobs in the public sector by filling all 4 lakh central government vacancies before March 2020, persuading the state governments to fill 20 lakh vacancies and creating an estimated 10 lakh new Seva Mitra positions in every gram panchayat and urban local bodies. The party said it will also provide a fillip to the private sector by incentivising businesses for jobs creation and employing more women. On GST tax, Congress said that it will radically simplify the GST regime with a single moderate rate of tax, zero-rating of exports, and exemption for essential goods and services. See insidelast_img read more

HP CM asks Cabinet colleague who will he campaign for son or

first_imgShimla: Himachal Pradesh power minister Anil Sharma seems to be on his way out from the state cabinet.Sharma is the son of former telecom minister Sukh Ram, who had joined the Congress along with grandson Ashray Sharma, Anil Sharma’s elder son recently. In a quick move, the Congress has also fielded Ashray from Mandi Parliamentary constituency for which he had earlier been asking for a ticket from the BJP. Put in a piquant situation over Anil Sharma’s status as a cabinet minister—whose son is fighting the BJP, Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur on Sunday served a clear ultimatum to Anil Sharma to make his position clear on campaigning for the son. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Sharma last week had announced that he will not campaign against his son in Mandi parliamentary constituency though being a sitting MLA from Mandi assembly seat. “Well, if you can’t campaign against your son, the BJP can’t sit back. We have fielded sitting MP Ram Swaroop Sharma from Mandi. It’s the duty of every BJP leader to work for the victory of the BJP candidate. Defiance of the party discipline can attract action. Better Anil Sharma quit the BJP, and the cabinet and opt to go with the son,” Chief Minister said. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KOnly some days back, the Chief Minister had held a meeting with senior BJP leaders in Delhi and updated them on Anil Sharma’s position. “It’s very clear that Sukh Ram had dented his own credibility by joining the Congress with grandson. He has also created a serious problem for Anil Sharma – who was brought to the BJP by Sukh Ram in 2017. We gave him a ticket and made a cabinet minister. What else Sukh Ram wanted more than this? he asked. Thakur accused Sukh Ram of changing the parties for his son’s political career but now he has chosen to defect for the grandson. “Next, Sukh Ram will take a jump somewhere else to get a ticket for daughter-in-law or grand-daughter-in-law. This is very serious,” he warned. Meanwhile, the Congress has cleared the name of five-time MLA Ram Lal Thakur for Hamirpur to fight the poll against three-time MP Anurag Thakur.last_img read more