The iPhone Has Passed a Key Security Threshold – Technology Review – In fact, in its efforts to make its devices more secure, Apple has crossed a significant threshold. Technologies the company has adopted protect Apple customers' content so well that in many situations it's impossible for law enforcement to perform forensic examinations of devices seized from criminals. Most significant is the increasing use of encryption, which is beginning to cause problems for law enforcement agencies when they encounter systems with encrypted drives.
Big Data Architecture at LinkedIn – In this interview at QCon London, LinkedIn’s Sid Anand discusses the problems they face when serving high-traffic, high-volume data. Sid explains how they’re moving some use cases from Oracle to gain headroom, and lifts the hood on their open source search and data replication projects, including Kafka, Voldemort, Espresso and Databus.
Facebook Moving To The JVM | Nerds Central – Facebook are looking to move PHP on. Why, because clock cycles cost money. Their first approach was hiphop, a PHP to C+++ cross compiler. Now they are looking into compiling PHP to run on the multi-language VM. The presence of Facebook engineers at the Java Language Summit in San-Francisco along with there interest in implementing PHP using invoke-dynamic on the JVM is a the shock. The main seismic event will be nothing less that the complete removal of interpreters from main stream general purpose programming.
Max Little: A test for Parkinson’s with a phone call | Video on TED.com – Parkinson’s disease affects 6.3 million people worldwide, causing weakness and tremors, but there's no objective way to detect it early on. Yet. Applied mathematician and TED Fellow Max Little is testing a simple, cheap tool that in trials is able to detect Parkinson's with 99 percent accuracy — in a 30-second phone call.