Review: NoSQL Distilled

NoSQL Distilled: A Brief Guide to the Emerging World of Polyglot PersistenceNoSQL Distilled: A Brief Guide to the Emerging World of Polyglot Persistence by Pramod J. Sadalage
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

For developers, an excellent overview and primer of the new database types. Although I think that one needs a good understanding of numerous technology-related topics, this is a fairly light introduction covering the NoSQL incarnations.

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Hackers Prove They Can ‘Pwn’ the Lives of Those Not Hyperconnected

It is an interesting article, but one almost immediately ruined by the naivete of the target.

One phrase, click-bait, ruins this. As an non-hyper-connected individual she did not have enough savvy to avoid the most common ruse. She was trusting, in a way she should not have been. I could go on - pardon if this is like blaming the victim - but one needs to be cautious, and in fact, untrusting, or electronic media. Consider the source is no less true in this case than with material one reads or hears.

Question from another reader:
What does the phrase "click-bait" ruin and why?

The title of the article made me think the hack was of a person unconnected from the internet, or possibly the opposite, using IoT. Also, there was nothing ingenious about this. It was the typical old-school social hack, getting someone to open something they should not, like movies, documents, etc., that are actually viruses or links to cross-scripted sites that hijack your entries. The hack was simply finding one of the millions of unsuspecting, naive users...

Installing Cassandra on Linux in Virtual Box

I was looking to get familiar with Cassandra, so in a VM, loaded Ubuntu, Java, and Cassandra. In retrospect, the following links were the fastest way through the task... This helped as well, Linux Directories

Spatial Ability, Creativity, and Innovation

In response to Are We Ignoring Spatially Talented Creatives, and Losing Innovations along the Way? I wrote the following:
The types of tests have changed, and maybe narrowed a bit, but when I was 12 years old and in middle school, junior high to some, we took the Differential Aptitude Tests battery. It included, among other things that are standard nowadays, tests for abstract reasoning (non-verbal, non-numeric), mechanical reasoning, and space relations, and these three (3) tests were deemed predictors of "mechanical, technical, and skilled industrial work." Maybe decomposing the standardized tests into batteries might better predict preparedness for modern work, inclusive of, but expanding on, the 3 R's of reading, writing 'rithmetic, and in particular, people that are good at "bending metal."

What is your proficiency with the top 20 TIOBE languages?

If you can, please take this survey I created via SurveyMonkey asking "What is your proficiency with the top 20 TIOBE languages?".
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