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Botnot of #IOT devices used in #DDoS attack on web site

Preliminary indications are that the DDoS attack used, in part, a network of unsecured IoT devices.

The 620 Gbps DDoS attack was built on a massive botnet.

Source: Renowned blog KrebsOnSecurity hit with massive DDoS attack – Computer Business Review

Data files describing 3D-Printed Guns are not “free speech”, says Court

If I understand this, the Court is saying that technical descriptions of “something” are not considered “free speech”. That could have implications for the government restricting software development (such as cryptography or e-commerce or e-medicine) or the 3D printing specification files for any number of items that the government decides it does not want us to share.

According to a landmark court ruling handed down this week, citing national security

Source: 3D-Printed Gun Files Aren’t Free Speech, Court Rules | Popular Science

Additive Manufacturing (aka 3D Printing) poised for industrial applications and growth

The key take away is that “additive manufacturing” is moving from the rapid prototyping of parts stage into a new kind of manufacturing.

Source: The Additive Manufacturing/3D World: Vast And Valuable (Part 1) | Seeking Alpha

Procter & Gamble reduces number of factories, increases automation and robotics

Ultimately, it means P&G’s signature products, such as Tide detergent and Pampers diapers, will be made in fewer, but larger manufacturing plants, and ones with more robots and automation that reduce personnel.

Source: Procter & Gamble consolidates plants, adds automation

Pharmacy automation to see strong growth through 2020

Automation systems such as packaging and labeling systems, medication dispensing system, storage and retrieval systems, table-top counters and compounding systems are employed in order improve the efficacy of regular jobs within pharmacies. The market is expected to grow owing to features including system integration that increases productivity and time to clinicians for patient care, thereby lowering medication errors.

Source: Pharmacy Automation Devices Market Worth $8.99 Billion By 2020

Industrial #IOT will impact nearly all industries for decades to come

“The industrial IoT will change nearly every industry, including transportation, medical, power, oil and gas, agriculture and more. It will be the primary driving trend in technology for the next several decades and the technology story of our lifetimes. Fog computing will move powerful processing currently only available in the cloud out to the field. The forecast is foggy indeed.”

Source: A foggy forecast for the industrial internet of things – IoT Agenda

The title of the above article suggests the article is about “fog computing” (like cloud computing but with the cloud close by); yet the article is really about the central importance of data – data collection, exchange and analysis – in industrial IOT applications.

Trucking industry adopting #IOT tech for efficiency, quality improvements

Getting a handle on the profound effect on how trucks are spec’ed, operated and maintained now and into the future

Source: Trucking and the Internet of Things – Truck News

Vehicle data collection from embedded sensors, coupled with “Big Data” analysis can identify optimal maintenance strategies, replacing or updating components before they fail. That leads to greater reliability and less downtime from unexpected failures.

Collision avoidance systems are also providing data that may lead to safer operations in the future.

Cameras and sensors on the side and backs of vehicles may replace side mirrors (why? to reduce aerodynamic drag).

One thing is for certain – #IOT and #BigData are huge in industrial applications and will lead to better quality services and improved efficiency for providers and customers.

55% of global industry says #IOT “strategic to their business”

Based on a survey of 4,500 participants in businesses having at least 100 employees in 25 countries. 55% say IOT is “strategic to their business” and 21% see IOT as important but do not yet have a strategy.

Source: Internet Of Things By The Numbers: IDC Survey Finds It’s All About The Data

Leading IOT applications are to improve productivity and process automation.

The leading companies in the IOT space are IBM and Microsoft, according to the survey.

Generation “Jones” – the generation that followed the “Baby Boomers”

Everyone has heard of the “Baby boom” generation, defined as those born between 1946 and 1964.  The grouping was arbitrarily drawn by measuring the birth rate when it shot up in 1946, and then concluding it ended when it hit the same level in 1964.

This grouping is bogus, however. The purpose of creating a group label is identify common characteristics – mostly for marketing purposes. However, there is little in common with those born early in this period and those born late.

Not surprisingly, there is another characterization based on common characteristics – and it inserts a new generation label between the “Baby boom” and “Generation X” and calls it “Generation Jones”. The name comes from the tail end of the “baby boom” trying hard to keep up with those who came before, hence “keeping up with the Joneses”.

Researchers point out that those born earlier in the “baby boom” have distinct memories of such things as the first satellites launch into space, the first human launched in to space, the Cuban Missile Crisis, the assassinations of JFK, Martin Luther King and RFK. Those born at the end of the so-called “Baby boom” remember none of these issutes.

This “big issues” occurred at a point in our child and youth development where they created not only memories, but ways of viewing the world around us. Those born at the beginning of the Baby Boom had very different lives than those born at the end. A side effect is that those born at the end are still called Baby Boomers yet have far more in common with the following generation than “their” generation.

It is easy to see how someone came up with the 20-year Baby Boom generation concept based solely on birth data – but it fails to capture any semblance of commonality between early and later members of the group.

I was glad to learn about this – I fall in to the very tail end of the Baby Boom and never felt connected at those who are 10-20 years older than me, and whose lives and careers grew forward a very different world than mine.

There will be fewer professional coders in the future

That is the actual future of software development: It will become so easy and second nature, that for ordinary tasks you won’t even have to think about it.

Source: Dear Google, the future is fewer people writing code | TechCrunch

Tools like MIT App Inventor, and others, are making programming so easy that it no longer requires extensive training and high levels skills to create many types of useful programs. (Again, see my App Inventor web site at


Writing code will become less and less necessary, making software development more accessible to everyone. This will allow people to solve new and unique problems for themselves, and true software engineers will continue to find ways to empower others through various platforms.

We used to call people who wrote programs, programmers. Later, this was change to titles like software developer, software engineer or sometimes computer engineer. Today, the media has short circuited the entire field to just “coders”, which seems like a downgrading of skills and title.