The Agile Architect The State of Agile QA: The Times Are a Changin' Quality assurance has long been an important component of an agile team. But times change. The introduction of new capabilities like ubiquitous cloud computing, containerization and microservices changes the way we think about QA. Here's how. By Mark Balbes, Ph.D. with Zachary Becker04/13/2018 My friend and colleague at Asynchrony, Zach Becker, has been through a terrifying ordeal. He was diagnosed with kidney failure, specifically IGA Nephropathy, in April, 2015. He spent a year on and off dialysis waiting for a new kidney from a generous donor. While many of his friends were tested to see if they were a match, ultimately it was through the generosity of his own mother that gave Zach a new lease on life. Through it all, he actually changed his view of QA. Peritoneal dialysis is the process by which toxins are removed from the patient's blood while they are sleeping at home. For many, this is preferable … [Read more...] about The State of Agile QA: The Times Are a Changin’ — ADTmag
This week, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testified before members of Congress, splitting his visit into two days of questioning. There were expected queries regarding the Cambridge Analytica data breach scandal, about whether Facebook has grown too large and could be considered a monopoly, and how to better regulate the platform. Less expected were the weird and somewhat rambling moments throughout the combined 12 hours of testimony, as members of Congress grappled with the legitimately complicated technology they were questioning. At times, lawmakers relied on slightly clunky metaphors, revealing anecdotes, and corny jokes. Here are some of the oddest instances during Zuckerberg’s testimony in Washington, DC. I love chocolate Before launching into his question, Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) invoked his love of chocolate. “I’m communicating with my friends on Facebook, and indicate that I love a certain kind of chocolate. And, all of a sudden, I start receiving … [Read more...] about All the times lawmakers fumbled through Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook testimony
"If you have something good going you have to stick to it, not lose yourself in the moment and think you’ve made it," Gatenholm notes while reflecting on the rapid rise of his company. A bioprinting firm that is one of the first in the world to offer 3D printable bioink (liquid that allows human cells to live and grow, which can then be used in fields like cancer research), Cellink was named Startup of the Year at the 2016 edition of the Almedalen politics festival, as well as winning a prize at the 2017 Nordic Startup Awards. Cellink has a multitude of different nationalities among its employees, and was founded by people with mixed backgrounds. Gatenholm himself is a Swede by birth, but American by upbringing and adopted citizenship – both his life and identity are divided between the two countries. "I currently live somewhere between Gothenburg and Boston, spending several weeks each month in the latter doing business, but with roots still in Gothenburg and our … [Read more...] about ‘Don’t try to blend in all the time. Try to stick out, it makes a difference in Sweden’
Bitcoin mining titan Bitmain has launched a new ultra-powerful cryptocurrency miner specifically designed for the CryptoNight hashing algorithm which powers privacy-oriented coins like Monero (XMR) and Bytecoin (BCN). But there is one massive problem: the device might be virtually obsolete by the time it starts shipping in May and June – especially to those interested in mining XMR. The so-called Antminer X3 ASIC (application-specific integrated circuit) mining rig will offer an impressive 220 kH/s at 550W. Bitmain intends to ship the machine in two batches – one in May and one in June. Customers can purchase first-batch X3 for $11,999 or wait for the second batch where the price drops to $7,599. But regardless which option you go for, there is a high chance that the miners will be practically useless by the time they arrive at your house – if you intend to mine XMR with them, at least. Monero project lead Riccardo Spagni (more commonly known … [Read more...] about Bitmain’s $12K cryptocurrency miner might be useless by the time it ships
If signals from an alien civilization ever reach Earth, odds are the aliens will already be dead. In an effort to update the 1961 Drake Equation, which estimates the number of detectable, intelligent civilizations in the Milky Way, physicist Claudio Grimaldi and colleagues calculated the area of the galaxy that should be filled with alien signals at a given time (SN Online: 11/1/09). The team, which includes Frank Drake (now a professor emeritus at the SETI Institute in Mountain View, Calif., and the University of California, Santa Cruz), assumed technologically savvy civilizations are born and die at a constant rate. When a civilization dies out and stops broadcasting, the signals it had sent continue traveling like concentric ripples on a pond. Part of the Milky Way should be filled with these ghost signals. If the civilization lasted less than 100,000 years — the time it takes light to cross the galaxy — then the odds of the signals reaching Earth while the civilization … [Read more...] about We probably won’t hear from aliens. But by the time we do, they’ll be dead.