This is a really good post on governmental computing, open data, and so on:
The fact that I can go months hearing about “open data” without a single mention of ETL is a problem. ETL is the pipes of your house: it’s how you open data.
as TJ McIntyre noted: ‘€100 fine for a repeat spammer. Data Protection Commissioner calls this “strong protection”. With a straight face.’ Next will doubtless fork over the 100 Euros out of the petty cash drawer, then carry on regardless. This isn’t a useful fine. What a farce…
The mass surveillance methods employed in [the UK, USA, and India], many of them exposed by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, are all the more intolerable because they will be used and indeed are already being used by authoritarians countries such as Iran, China, Turkmenistan, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain to justify their own violations of freedom of information. How will so-called democratic countries will able to press for the protection of journalists if they adopt the very practices they are criticizing authoritarian regimes for?This is utterly jaw-dropping — throughout the world, real-time mass-monitoring infrastructure is silently being dropped into place. France and India are particularly pervasive
“Microservices” seems to be yet another term for SOA; small, decoupled, independently-deployed services, with well-defined public HTTP APIs. Pretty much all the services I’ve worked on over the past few years have been built in this style. Still, let’s keep an eye on this concept anyway. Another definition seems to be a more FP-style one: http://www.slideshare.net/michaelneale/microservices-and-functional-programming — where the “microservice” does one narrowly-defined thing, and that alone.