OpenBazaar with Brian Hoffman

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/OpenBazaar.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download Cryptocurrencies give us a decentralized financial system. OpenBazaar is a decentralized commerce system. A merchant can log onto OpenBazaar and post a listing for an item–for example, a t-shirt that I want to sell for $15. My item listing will spread throughout the OpenBazaar P2P network. A shopper can download the OpenBazaar desktop application and see my listing for a t-shirt. The shopper

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Netflix Serverless-like Platform with Vasanth Asokan

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/NetflixServerless.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download The Netflix API is accessed by developers who build for over 1000 device types: TVs, smartphontes, VR headsets, laptops. If it has a screen, it can probably run Netflix. On each of these different devices, the Netflix experience is different. Different screen sizes mean there is variable space to display the content. When you open up Netflix, you want to efficiently browse through

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Serverless Authentication with Bobby Johnson

http://media.blubrry.com/audio_reviews/p/traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/Webtask.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download Serverless architecture is software that runs without an addressable server. Serverless is made possible by two types of technology: platform as a service providers like Auth0, and functions as a service like AWS Lambda. With both of these technologies, we can program logic that runs without being deployed to a server. Functions as a service are cheap and scalable. Write your code for

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Parlaying Failure to Fortune with Paul Martino

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/PaulMartino.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download In 2003, Paul Martino co-founded Tribe.net, one of the earliest social networking sites.  Tribe had significant traction, with hundreds of thousands of users. In the early 2000s, hundreds of thousands of users was enough traffic to pose a company with engineering challenges. Paul had studied computer science, and was able to use his knowledge of high-performance computing to write an efficient graph database,

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Bad Men with Bob Hoffman

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/BadMen.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download In the 1960s, advertising agencies were high-dollar creative producers. A client would come to an ad agency and pay millions of dollars for artistic messaging that would convince a consumer to buy a product. How could you measure the success of these advertising campaigns? Maybe you could see success in the sales data. Maybe people were starting to talk about the product. Ultimately,

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Augmented Reality with Scott Montgomerie

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/ScopeAR.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download Augmented reality applications are slowly making their way into the world of the consumer. Pokemon Go created the magical experience of seeing Pokemon superimposed upon the real world. IKEA’s mobile app lets you see how a couch would fit into your living room, which has a significant improvement on the furniture buying process. Augmented reality applications can have even more dramatic impact on

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Elastic Load Balancing with Ranga Rajagopalan

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/Avi_Networks_complete_with_preamble.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download Computational load is the amount of demand that is being placed on a computer system. “Load” can take the form of memory, CPU, network bandwidth, disk space, and other finite resources. When we design systems, we need to prepare for high-load events. On a social network, people are much more active in the mornings. On an e-commerce site, Black Friday causes many more

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Kafka at NY Times with Boerge Svingen

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/KafkaatNYT.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download The New York Times is a newspaper that evolved into a digital publication. Across its 166 year history, The Times has been known for longform journalistic quality, in addition to its ability to quickly churn out news stories. Some content on the New York Times is old but timeless “evergreen” content. Readers of the New York Times website are not only looking for the

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Cryptoeconomics with Vlad Zamfir

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/VladZamfir.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download A cryptocurrency has a distributed ledger called a blockchain. The blockchain keeps track of every transaction that occurs across the cryptocurrency. This blockchain must stay up-to-date and verified–which requires someone in the network to do that validation. Bitcoin and Ethereum use the proof-of-work algorithm. Miners do computational work to validate the legitimacy of transactions across the network, and in return they are given

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Analyse Asia with Bernard Leong

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/AnalyseAsia.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download In America, the tech companies we focus on are commonly known as FAANG: Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Netflix, Google. We all know what these companies do because they impact our daily lives. In Asia, there are three giant tech companies that have similar scale: Baidu, Alibaba, and Tencent, otherwise known as BAT. Technology within a location is shaped by the pressures of that location.

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IFTTT Architecture with Nicky Leach

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/IFTTT.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download It’s 9pm at night, and you are hungry. You order a pizza from Domino’s. You live on a street that’s dark, and so you have installed a smart lightbulb in front of your mailbox that lights up the address. When the pizza at Domino’s is ready, you want the lightbulb on your mailbox to light up so that the delivery person can read

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Dremio with Tomer Shiran

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/Dremio.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download The MapReduce paper was published by Google in 2004. MapReduce is an algorithm that describes how to do large-scale data processing on large clusters of commodity hardware. The MapReduce paper marked the beginning of the “big data” movement. The Hadoop project is an open source implementation of the MapReduce paper. Doug Cutting and Mike Cafarella wrote software that allowed anybody to use MapReduce,

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Keybase with Max Krohn

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/Keybase.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download Public key encryption allows for encrypted, private messages. A message sent from Bob to Alice gets encrypted using Alice’s public key. Public key encryption also allows for signed messages–so that when Alice signs a message, Alice uses her private key and Bob can verify it if Bob has her public key. In both cases, Bob needs Alice’s public key! If Bob gets that

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Quantum Computing Introduction with Zlatko Minev

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/QuantumComputing.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download Computer chips have physical limitations. When transistors get too small, electrons start to behave in ways that make the hardware modules less reliable. Our reliable technological progress has been enabled by Moore’s Law: the idea that the number of components we can fit on a chip doubles roughly every 12-18 months. We can’t keep shrinking the size of these components, because physics is

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Smart Contract Security with Emin Gün Sirer

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/SmartContractSecurity.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download A smart contract is a program that allows for financial transactions. Smart contracts are usually associated with the Ethereum platform, which has a language called Solidity that makes it easy to program smart contracts. Someday, we will have smart contracts issuing insurance, processing legal claims, and executing accounting transactions. Smart contracts involve money, and they are likely to transact with cryptocurrencies. That makes

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Interviewing.io with Aline Lerner

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/Interviewing-io.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download Interviewing engineers is not a solved problem. Quite the opposite–everyone in the software industry will tell you their own personal issues with the hiring process. One reason that technical interviews have not evolved significantly is the lack of standardized tooling. Some companies give you one phone screen, some give you two. Some companies have you solve brain teasers (“how many golf balls fit

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Model Training with Yufeng Guo

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/ModelTraining.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download Machine learning models can be built by plotting points in space and optimizing a function based off of those points. For example, I can plot every person in the United States in a 3 dimensional space: age, geographic location, and yearly salary. Then I can draw a function that minimizes the distance between my function and each of those data points. Once I

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Internet Monitoring with Matt Kraning

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/InternetMonitoring.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download How would you build a system for indexing and monitoring the entire Internet? Start by breaking the Internet up into IP address ranges. Give each of those address ranges to servers distributed around the world. On each of those servers, iterate through your list of IP addresses, sending packets to them. Depending on what sorts of packets those IP addresses respond to, and

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Scala Native with Denys Shabalin

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/ScalaNative.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download Scala is a functional and object oriented programming language built on the JVM. Scala Native takes this language, loved by many, and brings it to bare metal. Scala Native is an optimizing ahead-of-time compiler and lightweight managed runtime designed specifically for Scala. Denys Shabalin is a Research Assistant at the EPFL and the primary creator of Scala Native. In this episode, Adam Bell

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Gigster with Roger Dickey

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/Gigster.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download You have heard the phrase: every company is becoming a software company. An insurance company is now supposed to turn into a software company that sells insurance. A clothing retailer needs to reinvent itself to be able to build software to manage the production and distribution of its clothing. Software applications provide so much leverage to an organization, it seems smart to develop

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