Sunday, December 4, 2016

Is Linux right choice for my business...

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Why #vim? vi editor

#BlockChains newt generation

Never before has any open source project generated as much attention on the international stage as Bitcoin.
But Bitcoin, a cryptocurrency platform void of allegiance to any nation or financial institution, is just the first of an expanding and more sophisticated class of open source blockchains expected to revolutionize the exchange of all digital assets -- money, real estate, music and intellectual property --  in future commerce.
The Bitcoin Foundation continues to develop its peer-to-peer payment network under an MIT license. The value of Bitcoins has fluctuated up and down, and while some naysayers have already pronounced its death, backers saw an upswing after Brexit.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

​Open-source Microsoft protocol aims to be a programming standard

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Too Cute for Their Own Good, Robots Get Self-Defense Instincts

The Wall Street Journal (06/19/16) Georgia Wells 

Robot designers are developing robots that appear non-threatening, but can take action when humans attracted to their cuteness interfere with the performance of their functions, such as guarding or patrolling a location. When one such machine, the egg-shaped K5 from Knightscope, is cornered by curious crowds, it stops moving until they lose interest and walk away, or emits a shriek when they become too intrusive. The face of the K5 incorporates security-patrol operations such as surveillance cameras, thermal and ultrasonic sensors, and a navigation laser. The creation of robots such as the K5 is patterned on tests conducted to document the conditions of robot abuse in places such as Osaka, Japan, where a machine designed to help seniors buy groceries was frequently targeted and damaged by children, despite vocalized cries for help. In another case, a hitchhiking robot with a friendly face deployed along roads to test human dependence was found destroyed in Philadelphia last summer. Designers say they are attempting to create more approachable robots partly to counter the prevailing view of destructive machines presented by movies. "Because of all the doomsday scenarios people imagine with robots, their makers have to insert some cuteness," says Google's Golden Krishna.