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When Pied Piper needs a cloud architect, they fall down at the feet of “The Carver,” a bratty boy-king programmer. They’re so thirsty for cloud infrastructure, they take him at his word that he’s worth the 20 grand they shell out over two days for his services.
Of course, they later find out he’s an Adderall-addicted fraud after he scrambles Pied Piper’s DDL. It turns out he’s not such a cloud savant after all. Judging by HBO’s portrayal, cloud software is a mystical practice beyond the programming prowess of even the Bay Area’s finest.
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Cloud storage services like Drive, Dropbox, and OneDrive are a growing part of American business. But these services are like other password-protected accounts you have — for anyone storing something sensitive, they leave your storage as vulnerate to phishers and black hats as your Facebook or Twitter accounts.
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Researchers at North Carolina State University and the University of Oregon have discovered a way to turn cloud computing into hacker heaven.
Disguising data transfers with URL-truncating services like TinyURL or Bit.ly, researchers found that cloud-based processing power intended to shift computing tasks from laptops, tablets and mobile devices could be converted to crack encoded passwords or used for a large scale denial-of-service attack.
The last five months were supposed to be a period of investment for New York based AppSense, which raised a whopping $70 million from Goldman Sachs in June. “We thought with all the hiring and outlay, our financials would take a breather, but that wasn’t the case,” said Peter Rawlinson, the company’s VP of Marketing. Despite growing the staff by 60% over the last year, the company saw its business jump 54% as well, to $71 million.
The company provides virtualization services that establishes a unique user log-in for different devices. So a staffer who works on a PC at the office can sign into their PC at home and see the same applications, documents and level of corporate security. That same virtual desktop can travel with them on a Windows laptop and be accessed from any terminal around the world connected to the company’s network.
One of the cool tidbits to come out of Bloomberg’s look at the upcoming iCloud service is what Apple can do by relying on a scan and mirror strategy in place of a direct upload to a music locker.
“If the sound quality of a particular song on a user’s hard drive isn’t good enough, Apple will be able to replace it with a higher-quality version.”
Tech Bubble Watch
Sometimes there is an advantage in being the little guy. Google and Apple have been unable to come to terms with the major labels in their efforts to build a digital “locker” that streams music from the cloud, in large part because the labels are wary of these tech giants leverage as Read More
There is something odd about the computer Jonathan Hefter keeps at his desk in the Dogpatch Labs tech incubator just off of Union Square. The space is filled with employees from some of New York’s most promising startups, most of whom are coding away on top-of-the-line-machines or fiddling with their cherished iPads. Read More