Monday, June 30, 2014

What I am reading 6/30/2014 - Home from vacation edition

Ars Technica - Changing farming practices could cut the intensity of heat waves - 

 (T)he authors used a regional climate model and explored how no-till farming would alter the temperatures of European agricultural areas. For most conditions, it made very little difference. But on the warmest days, the models of no-till fields had temperatures that were 2°C lower than if the same fields were plowed. A similar result was obtained when the authors used the model to recreate a 2003 heat wave that baked France and warmed the rest of Europe.
Currently, no-till farming is largely practiced in the Americas and rarely used in Europe. 
Yay 'Murica!

Medium - 9 Things I Learned as a Software Engineer …that I wish I had known when I started grad school -
devote time to learning new tools. Not just to expanding your abstract knowledge, but to actually learn tools that will help you get things done. It will pay off soon enough.
The solutions you can see to a problem will always be limited by the tools you know. Learning new tools means looking at problems from other angles.

I initially thought this said things I wish I had learned in grade school, that made me think it was really appropriate for me given that I spend most of my life operating on the first grade level.  Alas no.  I really think point 3 is important, when I was in the Navy my boot camp Company Commander (SMCS Reddish) used to tell us to spend the first hour of each day after we got off duty getting ready to be promoted by studying our Rate Training Manuals and getting our uniform ready for the next day.  It was good advice then and it remains so in this form.  I try to follow it but I do need to be more diligent.

Wired - What Everyone Gets Wrong in the Debate Over Net Neutrality

The concepts driving today’s net neutrality debate caught on because the internet used to operate differently—and because they were easy for consumers to understand. In many respects, these concepts were vitally important to the evolution of the internet over the past decades. But in today’s world, they don’t address the real issue with the country’s ISPs, and if we spend too much time worried about fast lanes, we could hurt the net’s progress rather than help it.
The net neutrality debate is based on a mental model of the internet that hasn’t been accurate for more than a decade. We tend to think of the internet as a massive public network that everyone connects to in exactly the same way. We envision data traveling from Google and Yahoo and Uber and every other online company into a massive internet backbone, before moving to a vast array of ISPs that then shuttle it into our homes. That could be a neutral network, but it’s not today’s internet. It couldn’t be. Too much of the traffic is now coming from just a handful of companies.

It's about time this point starts getting made.  Of course now the debate is so far along that everyone knows "the truth" and it won't make a bit of difference.

InfoSec Institute - The Ramp with 5 Levels: Top 50 Information Security Interview Questions -

I wouldn't look at this as a real guide to job interviews but use the questions to quiz yourself sometimes to review basics.

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