Milind Bhandarkar talks big data and open source software

Big data is one of the most pervasive buzzwords in today’s technology world. But it’s impossible to deny how deeply data touches all aspects of not just our lives but also business and industry. The amount of data collected about everything is staggering—a typical transatlantic flight generates 30 terabytes of data about the engines alone!
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Latest CAFC Ruling Suggests A Whole Lot Of Software Patents Are Likely Invalid

Some more good news on the patent front. Following the Supreme Court’s ruling last month in the Alice v. CLS Bank case, there has been some question about how the lower courts would now look at software patents. As we noted, the Supreme Court’s ruling would seem to technically invalidate nearly all software patents by basically saying that if a patent “does no more than require a generic computer to perform generic computer functions” then it’s no longer patentable. But that, of course, is basically all that software does. Still, the Supreme Court’s ruling also insisted that plenty of software was still patentable, but it didn’t give any actual examples. https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20140717/14503027923/latest-cafc-ruling-suggests-whole-lot-software-patents-are-likely-invalid.shtml
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The state of accessibility in Linux and open source software

Spencer Hunley is an autistic professional, former Vice Chair of the Kansas City Mayor[he]#039[/he]s Committee for People with Disabilities, and current board member of the Autism Society of the Heartland [he]amp[/he] ASAN[he]#039[/he]s Kansas City chapter. In August, Spencer will be giving a talk, Universal Tux: Accessibility For Our Future Selves, at LinuxCon in Chicago. He also gave a talk, Maximizing Accessibility: Engaging People with Disabilities In The Linux Community, at LinuxCon North America 2013.
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The state of accessibility in Linux and open source software

Spencer Hunley is an autistic professional, former Vice Chair of the Kansas City Mayor’s Committee for People with Disabilities, and current board member of the Autism Society of the Heartland & ASAN’s Kansas City chapter. In August, Spencer will be giving a talk, Universal Tux: Accessibility For Our Future Selves, at LinuxCon in Chicago. He also gave a talk, Maximizing Accessibility: Engaging People with Disabilities In The Linux Community, at LinuxCon North America 2013.

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5 reasons why software bugs still plague us

Another month, another few dozen patches to install — it’s never-ending. It’s frustrating. Software coding tools supposedly have security built in by default. We have “safe” programming languages. We have programmers using SDL (security development lifecycle) coding tools and techniques. We have operating systems with more secure defaults and vendors that fuzz and attack their own software with a vengeance to find holes. We have companies spending billions of dollars to eliminate software bugs.
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