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Mapping Kubernetes to your VMware Infrastructure

Have you started hearing Site Reliability Engineer (SRE), Platform Reliability Engineer (PRE) terms? It's time to retire the traditional Administrator roles and switch to new version of reliability engineers world by transforming our skills into new world ๐Ÿ™‚ Basically Infrastructure to DevOps – DevOps to Reliability Engineers which requires understanding of software components and methodologies.…

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Astronomy Picture of the Day: Journey to the Center of the Galaxy

Journey to the Center of the Galaxy
What wonders lie at the center of our Galaxy? In Jules Verne's science fiction classic A Journey to the Center of the Earth, Professor Liedenbrock and his fellow explorers encounter many strange and exciting wonders. Astronomers already know of some of the bizarre objects that exist at our Galactic center, including like vast cosmic dust clouds, bright star clusters, swirling rings of gas, and even a supermassive black hole. Much of the Galactic Center is shielded from our view in visible light by the intervening dust and gas, but it can be explor ed using other forms of electromagnetic radiation. The featured video is actually a digital zoom into the Milky Way's center which starts by utilizing visible light images from the Digitized Sky Survey. As the movie proceeds, the light shown shifts to dust-penetrating infrared and highlights gas clouds that were recently discovered in 2013 to be falling toward central black hole. In 2018 May,

NSA has yet to fix security holes that helped Snowden leaks

Edward Snowden's success in leaking NSA data was chalked up in part to the agency's own security lapses, so you'd think that the agency would have tightened up its procedures in the past five years... right? Apparently not. The NSA Inspector General's office has published an audit indicating that many of the Snowden-era digital security policies still haven't been a ddressed, at least as of the end of March 2018. It hasn't correctly implemented two-person access controls for data centers and similar rooms, doesn't properly check job duties and has computer security plans that are either unfinished or inaccurate.The audit also showed that the NSA hasn't implemented the latest federal security guidance, doesn't have a complete inventory of its IT framework and isn't gathering all the documentation it needs before it gives a computer system the go-ahead. And while Snowden didn't rely on malware, the NSA isn't thoroughly scanning for v…

Amazon stops asking viewers to vote on Prime Video pilots

Amazon has been relatively unique among streaming giants in not only requesting pilots, but putting them up for a vote by the viewers. Unfortunately, you'll have to kiss that democratic process goodbye. The company's Jennifer Salke has announced that Prime Video pilot voting has been "set aside for now." Instead, it'll use both its own internal testing and "some user data" to make the call on whether a show goes forward. It's not that Amazon doesn't trust your feedback -- rat her, it's that not convinced the pilots themselves are necessary.The firm's Albert Chang has pointed out that sticking to the concept of a conventional TV pilot led to shows "taking way too long" to reach audiences. Take a show like The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel as an example: its pilot premiered in March 2017, but you didn't see the full first season until November that year. Productions like Maisel, The Man in the High Castle and Mozart in the Ju…

Google 'Pixel Stand' might turn your phone into a smart speaker

When the Pixel 3 comes out, it might launch with a special kind of wireless charging dock: one that could make buying a smart speaker unnecessary unless you need more than one. 9to5Google has decompiled the latest version of Google app beta and found strings of code talking about a "Pixel Stand." The lines show what you'll see on screen when you dock your phone. One of them very clearly states that if you allow your phone to recognize the Pixel Stand as a trusted dock, you'll be able to summon Assistant even if your phone is locked. The AI will also be able to access your personal info to be able to give you personalized recommendations and to answer your q uestions.These are the pertinent lines in the code:I AgreeNo thanksYour Assistant can use your personal info to make suggestions, answer questions, and take actions for you when your phone is locked and on your Pixel StandGet personalized help when your phone is on your Pixel StandGoogle first dropped hints abou…

Amazon's 'Lord of the Rings' show writers hail from 'Star Trek'

Amazon is finally attaching some creative talent to its still-mysterious Lord of the Rings series, but it's not who you might expect. The internet giant's Jennifer Salke has revealed that writing duo JD Payne and Patrick McKay will develop the Tolkien-based Prime Video show. While their exact roles aren't clear, their backgroundsare. They're best known for their sci-fi work, helping to write Star Trek Beyond (though not credited) and the in-progress fourth 'reboot' movie. They're not legendary i n Hollywood writing circles, including in the fantasy genre -- that's not necessarily a problem, but they're untested in this realm.It's not certain if the movies' Peter Jackson will be involved. Although Amazon has talked to Jackson, the company hasn't indicated how likely he is to lend a hand to the project.Payne and McKay will have plenty of time to work on the show, at least. Salke told those at the Television Critics Association that she e…

Magic Leap offers a sneak peek at its mixed reality OS

Magic Leap has been peeling away one layer of secrecy after another now that it's close to shipping its mixed reality headset. Just recently, it released an AR demo and revealed that it's working with comics industry veteran Grant Morrison. Now, the company has given us a glimpse of what its operating system an interface will look like through new documents added to its revamped developer guide. TechCrunch has collected a few images and videos circulating on Twitter and Reddit, including a photo of the device's homescreen and the stock apps that'll ship with it. Yes, they're mock-ups, but they can at least give us an idea of what to expect. Other images show the platform's gallery and avatar system, both of which take on a flat, 2D look. Magic Leap apparently calls those types of apps "landscape apps," and you'll be able to run several at once.The three-dimensional applications with elements that can interact with your environment, on the other ha…

'Fortnite' will bring back guided missiles in a softer, gentler form

Fortnite's guided missile certainly had its moments, but Epic dropped it with an April patch for a reason -- it was so powerful (and ammo so plentiful) that you could make life a living hell for anyone who wasn't an immediate threat. Flash forward a few months and Epic is ready to bring the weapon back... albeit not as you knew it. Epic has revealed in a developer update,that the guided missile will come back to battle royale mode, but that it's now meant as more of a "scouting tool" than a game-deciding weapon.Simply put, Epic has nerfed the missile in most respects. It's slower (both in speed and turning), deals out less damage and offers a smaller ammo cap. If you were to use this for an attack, you'd most likely fire off a round or two to soften your target or take out a flimsy defensive structure. Before, you could fire a seemingly endless stream and make it difficult for anyone to offer a response.The company didn't say specifically when th…

The Morning After: Weekend Edition

Hey, good morning! You look fabulous.Welcome to the weekend! While we feast on esports tournaments you can flip back through our review of the latest MacBook Pro and find out which surprise cast members popped up on the Lucasfilms list for Episode IX.Expect the car in the 'first part' of 2019.Audi to unveil the 2019 e-tron on September 17thAudi's first all-electric car, the 2019 e-tron, will make its global debut on September 17th in San Francisco. The automaker will also reveal the price and specifications, and US customers will be able to place a $1,000 deposit to reserve and configure a vehicle from Audi's website on the same day. The new reservation system is a big part of the launch, with Audi creating a Tesla-like process for customers to place and track orders online or with a dealer.It's like an apology to the Mac faithful.MacBook Pro review (2018): Apple plays catch-upAccording to Senior Editor Devindra Hardawar, the 2018 MacBook Pro is precisely the upgra…