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The One-Second War
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The One-Second War

Finding a lasting solution to the leap seconds problem has become increasingly urgent.

Weapons of Mass Assignment
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Weapons of Mass Assignment

A Ruby on Rails app highlights some serious, yet easily avoided, security vulnerabilities.

A Co-Relational Model of Data For Large Shared Data Banks
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A Co-Relational Model of Data For Large Shared Data Banks

Contrary to popular belief, SQL and noSQL are really just two sides of the same coin.

Successful Strategies For IPv6 Rollouts. Really.
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Successful Strategies For IPv6 Rollouts. Really.

Knowing where to begin is half the battle.

Returning Control to the Programmer: SIMD Intrinsics For Virtual Machines
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Returning Control to the Programmer: SIMD Intrinsics For Virtual Machines

Exposing SIMD units within interpreted languages could simplify programs and unleash floods of untapped processor power.

National Internet Defense - Small States on the Skirmish Line
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National Internet Defense - Small States on the Skirmish Line

Despite the global and borderless nature of the Internet's underlying protocols and driving philosophy, there are significant ways in which it remains substantively...

System Administration Soft Skills
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System Administration Soft Skills

How can system administrators reduce stress and conflict in the workplace?

A Plea from Sysadmins to Software Vendors
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A Plea from Sysadmins to Software Vendors: 10 Do's and Don'ts

What can software vendors do to make the lives of system administrators a little easier?

Virtualization: Blessing or Curse?
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Virtualization: Blessing or Curse?

Managing virtualization at a large scale is fraught with hidden challenges.

UX Design and Agile: A Natural Fit?
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UX Design and Agile: A Natural Fit?

Talking with Julian Gosper, Jean-Luc Agathos, Richard Rutter, and Terry Coatta.

Collaboration in System Administration
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Collaboration in System Administration

For sysadmins, solving problems usually involves collaborating with others. How can we make it more effective?

The Theft of Business Innovation
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The Theft of Business Innovation: An ACM-BCS Roundtable on Threats to Global Competitiveness

These days, cybercriminals are looking to steal more than just banking information.

A Conversation with Ed Catmull
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A Conversation with Ed Catmull

Pixar's president Ed Catmull sits down with Stanford professor (and former Pixar-ian) Pat Hanrahan to reflect on the blending of art and technology.

Sir, Please Step Away from the ASR-33!
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Sir, Please Step Away from the ASR-33!

To move forward with programming languages we must first break free from the tyranny of ASCII.

Keeping Bits Safe: How Hard Can It Be?
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Keeping Bits Safe: How Hard Can It Be?

As storage systems grow larger and larger, protecting their data for long-term storage is becoming ever more challenging.

The Case Against Data Lock-In
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The Case Against Data Lock-In

Want to keep your users? Just make it easy for them to leave.

Tackling Architectural Complexity with Modeling
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Tackling Architectural Complexity with Modeling

Component models can help diagnose architectural problems in both new and existing systems.

Thinking Clearly About Performance, Part 2
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Thinking Clearly About Performance, Part 2

More important principles to keep in mind when designing high-performance software.

Thinking Clearly About Performance, Part 1
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Thinking Clearly About Performance, Part 1

Improving the performance of complex software is difficult, but understanding some fundamental principles can make it easier.

Injecting Errors For Fun and Profit
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Injecting Errors For Fun and Profit

Error-detection and correction features are only as good as our ability to test them.
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