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Capital One's cloud misconfiguration woes have been an industry-wide fear

Developers and IT decision-makers should not be surprised by the recent Capital One data breach: Misconfigurations have long been the top cloud security concern. A new StackRox survey of IT decision-makers supports this finding as 60% of respondents are more worried about misconfigurations or exposures, as compared to attacks and generic vulnerabilities. We’re not 💯 on what exactly happened, but the evidence is pointing toward a misconfigured firewall.

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Rust creator Graydon Hoare talks about security, history, and Rust

It’s hard to believe it’s already been 9 years since Rust was first announced to the world. The New Stack has a nice interview with Graydon Hoare… sharing his thoughts on everything from the state of systems programming, to the difficulty of defining safety on ever-more complex systems — and whether we’re truly more secure today, or confronting an inherited software mess that will take decades to clean up.

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How Firecracker is going to set modern infrastructure on fire

One of the most exciting announcements from last week’s AWS re:Invent was Firecracker — an open source project that delivers the speed of containers with the security of VMs. Firecracker’s focus is transient and short-lived processes, so it differs from containers in that it’s optimized for startup speed. Why can’t we use containers? The answer is simple — slower cold start. While LXC and Docker are certainly faster and lighter than full-blown virtual machines, they still don’t match the speed expected by functions. There are also some security wins with how Firecracker is architected: Firecracker takes a radically different approach to isolation. It takes advantage of the acceleration from KVM, which is built into every Linux Kernel with version 4.14 or above. KVM, the Kernel Virtual Machine, is a type-1 hypervisor that works in tandem with the hardware virtualization capabilities exposed by Intel and AMD. There’s a lot to be intrigued by here. We should probably line up an episode on Firecracker. In the meantime, click through to go deeper on the topic.

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The people pushing for a decentralized web

David Cassel has a great recap of the recent Decentralized Web Summit and what it was all about. It’s a follow-up to a similar event in 2016, though now “People are starting to show real working code and real projects. They’re building whole technology stacks that are more decentralized, in large part fueled by the excitement of the cryptocurrency systems. The altcoins and Bitcoins are proving that interesting and complicated systems are starting to work out there.” Click through for lots of quotes and takeaways. I think Changelog might have to get involved if they do this again next year…

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JavaScript breaks into IoT via JerryScript

Michelle Gienow: The recent release of the Fitbit Ionic marked Fitbit’s first true smartwatch. More significant to the JavaScript developer community, though, is the fact that the Ionic was produced and shipped using JerryScript, a lightweight JavaScript engine built to power the Internet of Things. I heard some hubbub about JerryScript last year at OSCON EU, but not much since. Fitbit using it in their first attempt at a production smart watch is a big vote of confidence for the project.

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The inspiring life of John Perry Barlow

David Cassel: It’s easy to list the achievements of John Perry Barlow — everything from co-founding the Electronic Frontier Foundation to writing lyrics for the Grateful Dead. But it’s harder to quantify the amount of inspiration he delivered to the internet in the early 1990s. In the truest spirit of the word pioneer, he created a vision that helped shape the world that was to come. This is a great compilation of stories, quotes, and personal remembrances of a man to whom we all owe a debt of gratitude. Whether we know it or not.

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