Article: Critical Flaw Found In Widely Used Netmask Open Source Module

Code, Innovation, Open Software, Open Source, Open Space

Critical Flaw Found In Widely Used Netmask Open Source Module

Security researchers analyzing a widely used open source component have discovered security vulnerabilities that leave hundreds of thousands of software applications vulnerable to attack, according to a report released Monday.

The group of five researchers found the security vulnerabilities in netmask, an open source library used in a staggering 270,000 software projects. According to the report, the flaws open the door to a wide range of malicious attacks that could enable attackers to ferry malicious code into a protected network, or siphon sensitive data out of one.

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Article: FAST Solutions To Storage Problems And Archiving File Systems

Innovation, Open Source, Open Space

FAST Solutions To Storage Problems And Archiving File Systems

The annual FAST conference, put on by the USENIX Association is an event that dives into advanced storage system and device technologies.  This year’s event had sessions on key-value storage, advanced file systems, deduplication, cloud and distributed systems, data caching and advanced SSD technology.  It also featured an interesting keynote talk by Netflix.

Jonathan Looney from Netflix gave a keynote at the 2021 FAST conference on its purpose-built Open Connect content delivery network (CDN) that it uses to stream video to its customers around the world.  Open Connect delivers streaming video to over 200 M members, delivering over 100 Tb/s peak data rates.  The figure below gives a schematic on Netflix’s on-line streaming services.

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Article: The Future of American Industry Depends on Open Source Tech

Access, Free, Open Decision-Support, Open Software, Open Source

The Future of American Industry Depends on Open Source Tech

WHEN YOU STREAM the latest Netflix show, you fire up servers on Amazon Web Services, most of which run on Linux. When an F-16 fighter takes off, three Kubernetes clusters run to keep the jet’s software running. When you visit a website, any website, chances are it’s run on Node.js. These foundational technologies—Linux, Kubernetes, Node.js—and many others that silently permeate our lives have one thing in common: open source.

Open source is a technology development and distribution methodology, where the codebase and all development—from setting a roadmap to building new features, fixing bugs, and writing documentation—is done in public. A governing body (a group of hobbyists, a company, or a foundation) publicly manages this work, which is most often done in a public repository on either GitHub or GitLab.

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Article: Open Innovation – What It Is and How to Do It

Innovation, Open Space

Open Innovation – What It Is and How to Do It

Would you unhesitatingly say that all the smartest people in the world reside in your company?

Thought not.

Although this may seem obvious, it is, however, a very common misconception which manifests in the way many companies do innovation; leaving all the creative work to employees alone.

Open innovation is basically an alternative to this conventional method of doing innovation where information has to stay within preset confines. A mindset, if you will, of being open to sharing and receiving information

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Article: Forget the ‘sharing economy’: technology is about to usher in the ‘circular’ economy

Hardware, Materials, Open Manufacturing, Open Source

Forget the ‘sharing economy’: technology is about to usher in the ‘circular’ economy

It now seems clear that decades of effort focused on sustainability and corporate responsibility initiatives have struggled to make a difference. Production has outstripped planetary boundaries and the environment is contending with mass-scale pollution. But why is this? To put it into a succinct argument: ‘Companies can’t be sustainable in an unsustainable society.

The idea of a sharing economy was borne out of a need to rectify this situation. It is a system built around the sharing of human and physical resources and there are hundreds of compelling new businesses tapping into this idea.

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