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Equinix is not just about colocation anymore. The company is reinforcing that reality with new branding that positions Equinix as “the world’s digital infrastructure company.”

An FPGA is a chip that is programmed by a circuit. It is said to “emulate” that circuit. This emulation runs slower than the actual circuit would run if it were implemented in an ASIC—it has a slower clock frequency and uses more power, but it can be reprogrammed every few hundred milliseconds.

If I could change one thing in the minds of all programming language designers, it would be to impress upon them—forcefully—the idea that anything that is significant to the syntactic or structural meaning of a program must be easily visible to the human reader, as well as easily understood by the systems used by developers.

The same attributes that give deep learning its ability to tell images apart are helping attackers break into the cryptoprocessors built into integrated circuits that were meant improve their security. The same technology may provide the tools that will let chip designers find effective countermeasures, but it faces an uphill struggle.

If your broadband keeps going haywire, maybe someone nearby is using an ancient television set.

While communication technologies such as 5G and fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) are meeting this requirement from the network side, the current architecture of the Internet, more precisely the operation of the Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) congestion control algorithms, is causing issues.

ICANN’s two-year effort to purportedly preserve the Whois public directory to the greatest extent possible while complying with GDPR has failed.

This blog post outlines recent improvements around how users interact with the lockscreen on Android devices and more generally with authentication. In particular, we focus on two categories of authentication that present both immense potential as well as potentially immense risk if not designed well: biometrics and environmental modalities.

Microsoft Corp. MSFT, -2.95% beefed up its Azure platform to bring those services to any infrastructure, modernize data centers and extend Azure to edge-computing devices, while Alphabet Inc.’s GOOGL, -2.17% GOOG, -2.12% Google announced a major new enterprise partnership with Anaplan Inc. PLAN, -1.15% .

Similar to how I think email is still the best discussion platform, I think there is still a solid place for Internet Relay Chat (IRC) in our lives.

As the COVID-19 pandemic has unfolded, many people have suggested that the business case for enterprises to move more workloads to the public cloud has been strengthened. Some have argued that the pandemic will accelerate the decline of the enterprise data center.

Our Third Quarter 2020 roundtable offers insights on four topics: The evolution of hyperscale computing, the impact of new AI chips on rack power density, trends in interconnection, and how the COVID-19 pandemic is prompting innovation in data center management.

Earlier this month, an email went out to a large listserv at my university offering faculty, staff, and students $720 in “Covid-19 benefits” to “get through these hard times.” To claim the money, all you had to do was click on the form linked in the message and fill out all the requested information, including your full name, address, date of birth, social security number, driver’s license number (as well as its date of issue and expiration date), bank account number, and bank routing number. The final sentence of the email warned: “If you do not submit all the information requested, your application will not be processed.”

But getting credit for your ideas and work is critical in today’s organizational environments, especially those that aspire to be well-functioning meritocracies. Promotions, bonuses, and other forms of recognition (such as the opportunity to lead the project you proposed) are all generally based on performance. If people don’t know you contributed, you’ll likely be continually overlooked.

Think for a moment about your own accomplishments. Being hired into a new role. Having your first open source contribution merged into the project. Receiving an award or recognition. Being invited to participate in a project or event with people you respect and look up to. Did you question whether you belonged there? Did you fear people would “know that you didn’t belong?” There is an extremely high likelihood that you have also experienced imposter syndrome. Please check the survey at the end of this article to see that you’re not alone.

Earlier this year, as part of the European Digital Strategy, the European Commission announced a Digital Services Act package to develop new and revised rules to harmonize and deepen the Single Market for digital services. As a part of that initiative, it also initiated a public consultation to scope the specific issues that may require regulatory intervention.

It’s not so simple to deploy a practical system that satisfies differential privacy. Our example in the last post was a simple Python program that adds Laplace noise to a function computed over the sensitive data. For this to work in practice, we’d need to collect all of the sensitive data on one server to run our program.