Linux on Apple Silicon

Chris Wade, CEO of Corellium

The announcement is vague, the link gives 404. However, still somebody made a first move to port Linux to the recently announced M1 Chip, that will power future generations of Apple notebook devices. The community criticizes the approach: the port comes in a single patch with no documentation. Given the size of the patch this is pretty difficult to comprehend. Plus, the patch requires third party code, that apparently is not committed to git.

To conclude, this is a twofold message: while it’s good to see such developments and have Linux ported to such hardware, the approach indeed is difficult. On a more positive note, there are other working groups still motivated enough to work on a more complete port.

Sicherheitsalbtraum: Vernetzte Türklingeln 

Vernetzte Türklingeln: Das Internet der Dinge liefert. Auch zu Weihnachten.

Günstige digitale Videoklingeln weisen schwere Sicherheitslücken wie Authentifizierungsprobleme auf und werden teils schon mit Softwarefehlern geliefert.

Aus dem heise.de Artikel.

Palantir founding member of Gaia-X

Palantir is an US based company specialising in Big Data, with a very particular focus on decision making for governental and corporate situations. The companies products have inspiring names like Gotham or Metropolis and have sparked ethical controversies, when it comes to their usage. In particular these two products provides capabilities to military and police, paving the way to what is referred to predictive policing. The company now is a founding member of Europe’s Gaia-X program, which Evgeny Morozov points out, is not compatible with European data sovereignty ideas.

Pandemic Potato

A new firmware, Pandemic Potato, for the card10 wristwatch was released. The device was released at the CCCamp19. New features include:

  • Improved Bluetooth compatibility (also for iPhones)
  • New battery saving default watch face (by @royrobotiks)
  • Automatic time synchronization with iPhones

More detail in the twitter-thread.

On Low-Code platforms

Drag-and-drop platforms enable developers to assemble applications without manual programming. Toyota, ConocoPhillips, and GlobalTranz are among those enterprises leveraging low-code to create business value.

From the article

No Code

Low-Code/No-Code seems to be the buzz word of the current industry. There are virtually no product releases anymore recently, that don’t include features from this category. Every vendor is aiming to push something with this label.

Only, the idea is about as old as the software industry itself.

The sole purpose of software is to make technology available to people with less technical background. Software, in particular enterprise software, is meant to scale. To enable large scale processes to work. These processes most often require diverse backgrounds and experiences to work together.

Standardised software products, rolled out across entire companies, if not value chains, promises to allow exactly that. With no coding required. At least not, after the integration project finished.

Low Code

What is different though, is the rapid speed of change. And low-code is the key to enable virtually everyone. The entire concept is about democratising technology a lot further. The big bet is to shorten integration projects and enable business users to innovate. With no IT-Department in the middle. Asking for huge budgets and long delivery periods.

Low Code, after all, is a very old idea, but with a new, much larger, audience for enterprise software. And that’s why it’s such a game changer for the industry.

CIO.com has an article: How low-code platforms are transforming software development | CIO

Snyk to acquire DeepCode

Snyk, vendor of open source security software, announced their intent to acquire DeepCode, a Zurich based startup that build AI based security solutions for developers.

From the announcement

We are excited to integrate DeepCode’s technology to our developer-first vision and the Snyk Cloud Native Application Security platform.

From the announcement

Source: Accelerating our developer-first vision with DeepCode | Snyk

GAIA-X takes next steps

Der Mitteilung des Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie (BMWi) zu Folge haben heute je 11 deutsche und französische Gründungsmitglieder die notariellen Unterlagen zur Gründung einer “Association internationale sans but lucratif“, kurz AISBL, unterzeichnet. Es handelt sich dabei um eine “Vereinigung ohne Gewinnerzielungsabsicht”, einer belgischen Gesellschaftsform, die dem deutschen gemeinnützigen Verein vergleichbar ist. Sitz der Vereinigung wird Brüssel sein.

Die juristische Geburt des Konzeptes GAIA-X stellt einen großen Schritt nach vorne für europäische Dateninfrastruktur dar.