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  • Databricks Continues To Grow Big Data Platform For Enterprise Apps

    Demand for advanced data analytics is helping to push Databricks and the open source Apache Spark project forward.

    At the core of many modern enterprise apps and services is a fundamental need for data analytics. It's a need that Databricks and the open source Apache Spark project that it leads both help to fill.

    It's also a need that a lot of organizations are willing to pay for. On Feb. 5, Databricks announced that it now generates over $100 million in annual revenue. Databricks still wants to grow more, and to that end the company raised a $250 million Series E funding round led by Andreessen Horowitz, Coatue Management, Microsoft, and New Enterprise Associates (NEA). Total funding to date for Databricks now stands at $498.5 million, and the company has a publicly stated valuation of $2.75 billion.

  • Don't Trust CloudFlare

     

    Outline:
    1. The immediate problem with CloudFlare, with a fix for lazy admins.
    2. The fundamental issue with CloudFlare and similar services.
    3. CloudFlare as a threat to federation.
    4. CloudFlare's expansion into the decentralized web and beyond.

  • HP’s Ink Subscription Has DRM That Disables Your Printer Cartridges

    In mid-2016 I was running into a recurring issue. I was always out of printer ink, and new cartridges were expensive. Laser printers can be cheaper for many people, but my household does print as many color photos as it does text documents, which means they’re not a good choice for me. So I purchased a new inkjet printer on the promise of HP’s easy-to-use ink subscription service. For a low cost, I would always have all the ink I needed—as long as I kept to a page limit, that is.

    Now, years later, I’ve realized there was one other price of admission. The ink they’ve sent me isn’t mine; it’s theirs. And if I cancel the subscription when the billing cycle ends, the printer won’t use the ink anymore, and HP requires I send it back to them. I have to buy new ink to replace the ink that is already in my house.

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5 of the Best Linux Desktops for Touchscreen Monitors in 2019

The concept of using Linux on a touchscreen monitor or two-in-one computer has come a long way. Touchscreen support is now built into the Linux kernel, so theoretically any Linux distribution should run with a touchscreen. That said, not every distribution will be easy to use on a touchscreen, and this comes down to the desktop. For example, using a tiling window manager like Awesome or i3 isn’t going to do you much good on a touchscreen. Choose the right desktop (more precisely, desktop environment), and you’ll have a much better time using Linux with a touchscreen. Read more