PCI-DSS and continuous deployment at Etsy - Continuous Delivery
"At DevOpsDays Mountain View I was lucky enough to get some time with Michael Rembetsy, Director of Operations Engineering at Etsy, which manages to be PCI-DSS compliant while practicing continuous deployment. In this short interview, he describes how they do it."
pci_compliance  compliance  devops  continuous_deployment  dopost 
Exclusive: Chat is Google’s next big fix for Android’s messaging mess - The Verge
"Given how fractious the history has been here, I’m sort of impressed that Google got everybody to call this feature “Chat” instead of “AT&T super premium advanced messaging plus” or whatever. As of this writing, 55 carriers, 11 OEMs, and two operating system providers have all pledged to either adopt or switch over to the system."
google  messaging  telecoms  android  chat  dopost 
2 days ago
"An Immutable Server is [...] a server that once deployed, is never modified, merely replaced with a new updated instance.2
devops  automation  dopost 
3 days ago
High performing teams know more about trust
"Delivering something on-time is key to building trust. But customers can distrust people who want to limit scope in order to achieve early deliverables. Previous disappointments (they never got the functionality they wanted) mean they assume the first release will be the only one. So they include everything in a gold plated wish-list through lack of trust."
trust  delivery  teams  dopost 
5 days ago
Practising the Piano Practice Tips from Itzhak Perlman - Practising the Piano
"Perlman stresses the need for slow practice, in small sections. Also, your practice has to be mindful, not mindless. Have an agenda, and know what you want to achieve. Don’t repeat anything without hearing what you’re doing, because whatever you practise you embed. It’s also important to have patience."
piano  learning  advice 
10 days ago
Causal Capital: Self-Healing Risk Solutions
"Perhaps one of the learning takeaways we should acknowledge with Self-Healing Risk Solutions is that the concept reverses the function of reliability to scale, in that the larger and more complex the scale, the more effective, efficient and reliable you become."
risk_management  power_distribution  scalability  self_healing_systems  dopost 
10 days ago
Cyber security and information risk guidance for Audit Committees - National Audit Office (NAO)
"Audit committees should be scrutinising cyber security arrangements. To aid them, this guidance complements government advice by setting out high-level questions and issues for audit committees to consider."
auditing  risk_management  cyber_security  security  dopost 
24 days ago
Four ways to keep the daily scrum from being about status | Scrum.org
"The heart of the daily scrum is to use it as a micro planning and coordination session for the next 24 hours, not so everyone can share their status. Status can be gleaned from a simple task board, a burndown, a burnup, or other information radiators."
scrum  advice  dopost 
28 days ago
Let’s talk about risk appetite | Norman Marks on Governance, Risk Management, and Audit
"...there was general agreement (with a few dissenting) that the concept of risk appetite is flawed and its value in practice is limited, but it cannot be ignored: the regulators and others (rightly or wrongly) insist on it – at least for financial services organizations."
29 days ago
The fight against illegal deforestation with TensorFlow
"We’ve hidden modified smartphones powered with solar panels—called “Guardian” devices—in trees in threatened areas, and continuously monitor the sounds of the forest, sending all audio up to our cloud-based servers over the standard, local cell-­phone network."
29 days ago
Introduction to Statistical Learning
"This book provides an introduction to statistical learning methods. It is aimed for upper level undergraduate students, masters students and Ph.D."
4 weeks ago
Cambridge Analytica’s Facebook 'mindfuck tool' could be totally useless | WIRED UK
"Experts have cast doubts on the research company's controversial Facebook data scraping and argue it might actually have made ad targeting worse. Was it all just a waste of time?"
4 weeks ago
Video suggests huge problems with Uber’s driverless car program | Ars Technica
"Indeed, it's entirely possible to imagine a self-driving car system that always follows the letter of the law—and hence never does anything that would lead to legal finding of fault—but is nevertheless way more dangerous than the average human driver. Indeed, such a system might behave a lot like Uber's cars do today."
4 weeks ago
Introduction to dplyr
"This document introduces you to dplyr’s basic set of tools, and shows you how to apply them to data frames. dplyr also supports databases via the dbplyr package, once you’ve installed, read vignette("dbplyr") to learn more."
r  library 
5 weeks ago
Risk Management – The 3 Lines of Defense for Good Risk Management
"Today, a new governance model is gaining popularity. The “three lines of defense” (3LoD) model mobilizes three separate groups—business managers, central risk and compliance management teams, and internal auditors—to work together at different stages to provide increased protection against an ever-widening array of risks."
risk_management  management  auditing  dopost 
5 weeks ago
The limits of our language… – Risk Reflections
"And after more than 10 years in audit, risk management and compliance, I think it is the risk functions who have to adapt their language and thinking more to business and management. It is not (primarily) management who needs to be educated more about (downside) risks and formal, heuristic risk “management tools”, periodic review of risk registers and dots on heat maps."
risk_management  language  dopost 
5 weeks ago
How Amazon Became Corporate America’s Nightmare
"Other companies become verbs because of their products: to Google or to Xerox. Amazon became a verb because of the damage it can inflict on other companies. To be Amazoned means to have your business crushed because the company got into your industry. And fear of being Amazoned has become such a defining feature of commerce, it’s easy to forget the phenomenon has arisen mostly in about three years."
amazon  business_strategy  dopost 
5 weeks ago
Introducing Buffer's Salary Calculator & New Salary Formula
"It’s been over 2 years since we first shared our transparent salary formula; we’ve been truly blown away by the response we’ve seen."
salaries  transparency  openness  buffer  dopost  management 
5 weeks ago
A beginner’s guide to using My Get Me There: Manchester’s hilarious attempt at reinventing London’s…
"Those of you who haven’t given up by this point might say that all of these rules and regs negate the benefits of a ticketless system. [...] If that’s the case, you honestly may as well bail out here because you ain’t seen nothing yet."
ticketing  product_development  launch  manchester  public_transport  dopost 
5 weeks ago
‘Blockchain’ is meaningless - The Verge
“A bunch of states are really in a rush to pass some sort of legislation to demonstrate how crypto-friendly or tech-savvy they are, [...] Many of them are putting definitions of blockchain technology in these statutes, and from my perspective, they are very problematic definitions.”
blockchain  law  dopost 
6 weeks ago
Risk Management and ISO 31000
"An overview of the ISO 31000 standard for risk management."
iso31000  risk_management  frameworks  presentation 
6 weeks ago
What is an Influence Diagram? | Analytica Software
"An influence diagram is an intuitive visual display of a decision problem. It depicts the key elements, including decisions, uncertainties, and objectives as nodes of various shapes and colors. It shows influences among them as arrows."
uncertainty  visualisation  decision_making  dopost 
6 weeks ago
Amazon admits Alexa is creepily laughing at people and is working on a fix - The Verge
"Over the past few days, users with Alexa-enabled devices have reported hearing strange, unprompted laughter. Amazon responded to the creepiness in a statement to The Verge, saying, “We’re aware of this and working to fix it.”"
weird  amazon  amazon_alexa  artificial_intelligence  dopost 
6 weeks ago
Managing Risks: A New Framework
"In this article, we present a new categorization of risk that allows executives to tell which risks can be managed through a rules-based model and which require alternative approaches. We examine the individual and organizational challenges inherent in generating open, constructive discussions about managing the risks related to strategic choices and argue that companies need to anchor these discussions in their strategy formulation and implementation processes. We conclude by looking at how organizations can identify and prepare for nonpreventable risks that arise externally to their strategy and operations."
risk  risk_management  framework 
6 weeks ago
The Agile Coaching DNA – ChangingDojo – Medium
"To provide this enablement, Agile Coaches can work on five elements (see the image above): Catalyse Improvement, Promote Awareness, Boost Ownership, Develop Competencies, and Facilitate Barrier Removal."
agile  coaching  dopost 
7 weeks ago
Causal Capital: The shape of risk
"Risk practitioners who evaluate risk as a single number will miss the shape of uncertainty."
uncertainty  risk  maths  visualisation  dopost 
7 weeks ago
How Russia turned the internet against America - POLITICO
""I’m sort of at a loss right now," Hall added. "I value anonymity, but it’s really hard to see how this doesn’t lead to some sort of driver’s license for the internet, which makes me feel horrible. There needs to be some sort of accountability, though I really don’t know what that is. We have a lot of work to do.”"
russia  social_media  use  subversion  politics  dopost 
9 weeks ago
Home - Goodlord
"We challenge ourselves daily to make the lettings process as smooth and sophisticated as possible."
property  platform 
9 weeks ago
How Your Budget Process Blocks Digital Transformation (and What to Do About It) - Connected Futures
"Anders Olesen, a financial management consultant and director of the Beyond Budgeting Institute, enumerated problems this traditional budgeting process creates"
budgets  finance  transformation  dopost 
9 weeks ago
Visualising Brexit | Nico Lategan | LinkedIn
"...the focus of this article is to showcase how different forms of visualisation can convey complex information simply in order to aid decision making. I have created three visualisations related to Brexit..."
brexit  visualisation  risk_management  uncertainty  dopost 
10 weeks ago
Linguistic bots explain why big groups produce simple grammar | Ars Technica
"A funny thing happens to languages that have huge numbers of speakers: over time, they seem to simplify. They lose all the fiddly bits that make languages like Hungarian so incredibly hard to learn, and instead become more regular and grammatically simple."
language  grammar  dopost 
10 weeks ago
It’s not about risk management | Norman Marks on Governance, Risk Management, and Audit
Great discussion about what risk management is all about... "How would you advise the executive team? What would you suggest to the CRO?"
risk  risk_management  comments  dopost 
11 weeks ago
Subway Elevators and Movie-Plot Threats - Schneier on Security
"Local residents are opposing adding an elevator to a subway station because terrorists might use it to detonate a bomb. No, really. There's no actual threat analysis, only fear"
risk_management  risk  terrorism  rail 
11 weeks ago
Terrorists Don't Do Movie Plots | WIRED
"SOMETIMES IT SEEMS like the people in charge of homeland security spend too much time watching action movies. They defend against specific movie plots instead of against the broad threats of terrorism."
risk_management  terrorism  risk  dopost 
11 weeks ago
Please do not try to bring your ‘emotional support peacock’ onto a plane - The Verge
"Yes, a woman at Newark International Airport tried to board a United flight to Los Angeles with her “emotional support peacock,” a phrase that had never been uttered in all of recorded history until yesterday."
weird  animals  flying  dopost 
11 weeks ago
Millions of Americans Believe God Made Trump President - POLITICO Magazine
"There will be no point at which Trump’s most loyal evangelical and charismatic supporters declare they have had enough. Because to do so would be to admit that they were wrong, that God wasn’tbehind Trump’s election, and that their Holy Spirit radar might be on the fritz."
religion  donald_trump  politics  book 
12 weeks ago
Comala Canvas for Jira | Atlassian Marketplace
Grid plugin for Jira. "Your Boards. Your way. Easy-to-use boards let you visually organize any project"
jira  plugin  tool 
12 weeks ago
Men Only: Inside the charity fundraiser where hostesses are put on show
"FT investigation finds groping and sexual harassment at secretive black-tie dinner"
sexism  business 
12 weeks ago
Risk Management Collection - NCSC Site
"Welcome to the NCSC's guidance on Risk Management for Cyber Security. In this collection, we'll be outlining the fundamentals of risk management, and describing techniques you can use to manage cyber security risks."
security  risk  risk_management  guidelines  government  cyber_security  dopost 
january 2018
An example of game theory in risk management | Norman Marks on Governance, Risk Management, and Audit
"One consultant from a major accounting firm suggested establishing a ‘risk appetite’. But management is not sure that means anything tangible to them. They believe that the right approach, with which I agree, is to understand the options, how they will change the risk at what cost, and then select from them the one or more that make good business sense."
risk_management  game_theory  uncertainty  dopost 
january 2018
Practising the Piano – On Practice versus Playing Through
"If you notice the beginning of your piece is good but things taper off as you go along, try this process. Divide your piece up into sections like tracks on a CD. Play the last track, then play from the penultimate track to the end, continuing backwards like this until you reach the beginning."
learning  music  piano  advice 
january 2018
mite. Get to know the time tracking tool in detail.
"Fast input, powerful output: mitelets you track your time in a structured way. Advanced reporting helps you and your team to stay on top of your daily business."
time_tracking  timesheets  visualisation  tool  productivity 
january 2018
The most important audits my team performed | Norman Marks on Governance, Risk Management, and Audit
"Internal auditors should understand that business is not about avoiding or limiting risk, it is about taking the right risk. I have learned that all internal auditors should consider themselves business people who have a job as internal auditors."
dopost  risk_management  auditing 
january 2018
A Deeper Dive into Spectre and Meltdown
"This is a follow up to 'Meltdown and Spectre: What They Are and How to Deal with Them' taking a deeper look at: the characteristics of the vulnerability and potential attacks, why its necessary to patch cloud virtual machines even though the cloud service providers have already applied patches, the nature of the performance impact and how it's affecting real world applications, the need for threat modelling, the role of anti virus, how hardware is affected, and what's likely to change in the long term."
intel  security  hacking  dopost 
january 2018
“Meltdown” and “Spectre”: Every modern processor has unfixable security flaws | Ars Technica
"The presence of the data in the cache can then be detected, because accessing it will be a little bit quicker than if it weren't cached. Other data structures in the processor, such as the branch predictor, can also be probed and have their performance measured, which can similarly be used to reveal sensitive information."
security  intel  amd  dopost 
january 2018
New bill could finally get rid of paperless voting machines | Ars Technica
"Some states already do post-election audits, but even here Halderman argues there's room for improvements. States can maximize the effectiveness of these audits and minimize costs by varying the size of each recount based on the victory margin."
statistics  elections  voting  security  usa  dopost 
january 2018
What’s behind the Intel design flaw forcing numerous patches? | Ars Technica
"Since the Linux patches first came to light, a clearer picture of what seems to be wrong has emerged. While Linux and Windows differ in many regards, the basic elements of how these two operating systems [...] handle system memory is the same..."
security  intel  linux  windows  macros  dopost 
january 2018
You don't ever deliver an Epic User Story even if your Agile tool says you do!
"Clear concise user requirements emerge throughout the journey of an agile project, and the "Epics" are just wrappers along the way."
agile  delivery  business_analysis  epics  backlogs  dopost 
january 2018
Does the White Working Class Really Vote Against Its Own Interests? - POLITICO Magazine
"Trump’s first year in office revived an age-old debate about why some people choose race over class—and how far they will go to protect the system."
race  history  class  poverty  usa 
january 2018
Measuring Ethical Culture – Tapping Into “Open Secrets” - The Protiviti View
"I can’t think of an internal investigation of corruption, fraud or misconduct in which the underlying conduct that was at the center of the need for the investigation wasn’t an “open secret” at the company."
ethics  compliance  culture  surveys  dopost 
december 2017
Donald Trump Is a Consequential President. Just Not in the Ways You Think. - POLITICO Magazine
"Congressional Republicans [would] prefer their tax cuts without the white nationalist retweets, but it’s a package deal."
donald_trump  use  politics  analysis 
december 2017
A Philosophical Approach to Piano: Seeing Major Scales Differently
"If that all sounds too familiar, this post will prove to be some kind of revelation to you for not only is the major scale the absolute foundation to anything you do on the piano (other scales, chords, improvisation), it can also be used to improve your situational awareness and key confidence."
december 2017
Identifying, assessing, and evaluating risk is the easy part | Norman Marks on Governance, Risk Management, and Audit
"Many ERM programs stop when they have identified a risk, determined its level, assigned an owner, and said what will be done about it. But they usually don’t provide a disciplined process for evaluating the options and identifying the new or modified risks that result from the decision on how to address the original risk – and, essentially, factoring that into the selection process."
risk_management  risk  management  standards  dopost 
december 2017
Chinese hackers go after think tanks in wave of more surgical strikes | Ars Technica
"The think tank attacks in October and November had all the hallmarks of a Chinese operation. The attackers worked largely during Beijing business hours, used tried-and-true (and widely available) tools, and were highly focused in their attempts to extract data."
china  hacking  security  phishing  dopost 
december 2017
Bitcoin: Seven questions you were too embarrassed to ask | Ars Technica
"One back-of-the-envelope calculation suggested that each bitcoin transaction uses 252kWh of electricity—enough to power a typical American home for eight days."
bitcoin  energy  dopost 
december 2017
Iced tea company rebrands as “Long Blockchain” and stock price triples | Ars Technica
"The stock market loved the announcement. Trading opened Thursday morning more than 200 percent higher than Wednesday night's closing price."
blockchain  weird  stock_market  dopost 
december 2017
Trump, Putin and the New Cold War - POLITICO Magazine
"By the end of Putin’s first few years in power, he had succeeded in taking control over virtually all rival power centers, real and potential. Those years saw the end of Russia’s independent media, the canceling of regional elections, the neutering of the federal parliament, and the renationalization of valuable oil and gas assets. Most grimly of all, they saw the ruthless and barbaric war against separatists in Chechnya."
russia  politics  vladimir_putin  history 
december 2017
Revenue and Customs Brief 9 (2014): Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies - GOV.UK
"This brief sets out HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) position on the tax treatment of income received from, and charges made in connection with, activities involving Bitcoin and other similar cryptocurrencies, specifically for VAT, Corporation Tax (CT), Income Tax (IT) and Capital Gains Tax (CGT)."
bitcoin  hmrc  tax  guidelines  dopost 
december 2017
'He began to eat Hermione's family': bot tries to write Harry Potter book – and fails in magic ways | Books | The Guardian
"After being fed all seven Potter tales, a predictive keyboard has produced a tale that veers from almost genuine to gloriously bonkers"
harry_potter  artificial_intelligence  humour  dopost 
december 2017
Rocketbook Everlast Smart Reusable Notebook - Upload and Save Notes Using iOS/Andriod App and Then Simply Wipe Clean to Clear All Pages and Start Again - Letter / Large Size: Amazon.co.uk: Amazon Launchpad
"Rocketbook Everlast Smart Reusable Notebook - Upload and Save Notes Using iOS/Andriod App and Then Simply Wipe Clean to Clear All Pages and Start Again - Letter / Large Size"
productivity  shopping  writing 
december 2017
Is Bitcoin a bubble? Here’s what two bubble experts told us | Ars Technica
"Both academics saw clear parallels between the bubbles they've studied and Bitcoin's current rally. Bubbles tend to be driven either by new technologies (like railroads in 1840s Britain or the Internet in the 1990s) or by new financial innovations (like the financial engineering that produced the 2008 financial crisis)."
finance  bitcoin  history  dopost 
december 2017
Yale psychologist John Bargh: ‘Politicians want us to be fearful. They’re manipulating us for their own interest' | Science | The Guardian
"The Yale psychologist has just written a book, Before You Know It, about the eye-opening extent to which our actions are dictated by forces within us to which we are almost entirely oblivious. Who knew, for example, that we feel less hostile to people different to ourselves after washing our hands? Or that the reason why you’re feeling so friendly is the cup of piping hot coffee you are holding?"
psychology  book 
december 2017
'Holy crap': Experts find tax plan riddled with glitches - POLITICO
"Republicans’ tax-rewrite plans are riddled with bugs, loopholes and other potential problems that could plague lawmakers long after their legislation is signed into law."
tax  legislation  usa  law 
december 2017
Configure Controlled Folder Access in Windows 10 - gHacks Tech News
"You may use the PowerShell to enable and configure Controlled Folder Access."
security  windows_10  ransomware  automation 
december 2017
Working with MIDI on Windows (Outside of a DAW) – Donya Quick's Website
"The purpose of this document is to give examples of ways to configure commonly used MIDI setups on Windows and to clarify a number of misconceptions about the process that are common in the computer-related music community."
midi  sound  windows 
december 2017
Risk and Game Theory | Norman Marks on Governance, Risk Management, and Audit
"It is important to consider not only your actions but also those of the other parties. I will leave it to my friend, Ruth Fisher[i], to pick up the explanation of how Game Theory can help you assess the situation, understand and assess the risk, and then make an informed decision."
risk_management  game_theory  dopost 
december 2017
Slicing Pie | Slicing Pie, Perfect Equity Splits for Bootstrapped Startups
"Slicing Pie is a universal, one-size-fits all model that creates a perfectly fair equity split in an early-stage, bootstrapped start-up company."
equity  startups  negotiating  dopost 
november 2017
Inside the Revolution at Etsy - NYTimes.com
"The first time Josh Silverman addressed the staff of Etsy as their newly installed chief executive, he tried to connect with a work force known for its diversity, idealism and sincerity. “Hello,” he said. “My name is Josh. I identify as male. My preferred pronouns are ‘him’ and ‘he.’ Most people just call me Josh.”"
etsy  culture  change  dopost 
november 2017
How app developers and designers feel about the iPhone X—and the notch | Ars Technica UK
"The iPhone X could have easily been one of the roughest transitions for app developers, but it seems that Apple did a good job preparing them for it. Elegant solutions and important groundwork were laid at WWDC and in iOS 11, and that left only a little to be figured out when the phone itself was revealed and came to market."
apple  iphone  design  software_development  dopost 
november 2017
Your Database is Your Prison — Here’s How Expensify Broke Free | First Round Review
"Despite us having no customers—and thus no data to store—our CTO bet the company on a fancy distributed system claiming it was the only way to scale to petabytes of data [...] Like most sexy, ‘hyper-scalable’ solutions, in practice it couldn’t even scale to megabytes..."
technology  startups  databases  dopost 
november 2017
This Is What It’s Like to Be the Only Trump Fan at Thanksgiving Dinner - POLITICO Magazine
"When Donald Trump stood in that square in Warsaw and unapologetically hailed Western civilization, I felt a 30-year discouragement lift ever so slightly. That’s my experience, and I’m happy to share it this season."
thanksgiving  politics  family 
november 2017
How to fix a program without the source code? Patch the binary directly | Ars Technica UK
"To make space for the new length checking, the part of the program that copied the font name was ever so slightly deoptimized, replacing a faster routine with a slightly slower one, and freeing up a few bytes in the process."
microsoft  security  souce_code  dopost 
november 2017
The Best Piano Sightreading Tool (By far...) on YouTube
Overview of Sight Reading Factory, plus a systemic approach to improving your right reading
music  learning  video  sight_reading 
november 2017
How Trump walked into Putin’s web | News | The Guardian
"Just as Nixon was re-elected during the early stages of Watergate, Trump won the presidential election, to general dismay, at a time when the Russia scandal was small but growing. Steele had found prima facie evidence of a conspiracy, but by and large the US public knew nothing about it. In November, his dossier began circulating in the top national security echelons of the Obama administration. But it was too late."
donald_trump  russia  spying 
november 2017
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