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MicroScope – July 2020: MSPs lend a helping hand

Security News White Papers - Fri, 07/10/2020 - 12:00am
In this issue, read about how the Covid-19 pandemic has allowed for managed services players to show their worth, and discover how the use of collaborative tools has made businesses consider how to make conference calls more engaging Published by: MicroScope

Royal Holloway: An enhanced approach for USB security management

Security News White Papers - Fri, 07/10/2020 - 12:00am
USB flash drives and other USB-connected data storage devices offer a simple way of making data more portable and more easily transferrable. However, their use presents security risks that must be addressed. Apart from increasing the risk of data theft, they have often been used to transfer malware, sometimes with disastrous results. Published by: ComputerWeekly.com

CIO Trends #11: Benelux

Security News White Papers - Thu, 07/09/2020 - 12:00am
The Netherlands is a nation leading the world in terms of digital, so it is to be expected that bit also leads the works in securing digital assets. In this e-guide read about a report that has damning conclusions on the IT security of some of the airport's core systems. Published by: ComputerWeekly.com

Unlocking value in the railway network's data

Security News White Papers - Tue, 07/07/2020 - 12:00am
In this week's Computer Weekly, we find out how the rail industry is working to improve its use of data to deliver bet-ter services to passengers. Is flash the saviour of the storage universe? Our buyer's guide assesses the choices for IT managers. And we examine the failure of the government's Covid-19 contact-tracing app. Read the issue now. Published by: ComputerWeekly.com

Ask HN: What are the best books for people new to CS?

Hacker News - 1 hour 5 min ago

I'm going to be an advisor for new students in our company (we pay for their degree and provide on-the-job training during their semester breaks) and want to put together a little "welcome packet" to start them off on the right track. Most of them come straight from high school and have never done any CS or programming beyond school classes, so I thought it would be nice to include a book to introduce them to some basic principles and prime them for what they're going to be learning and working with in the following years.

Back when I started studying CS, I read "Code" by Charles Petzold which I really enjoyed and would be perfect for this purpose thematically, but I feel that at ~400 pages it might be just a little too lengthy. What are some reads you would recommend to beginners?

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Getgee: Universal Database and Commons

Hacker News - 1 hour 11 min ago

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Ask HN: Did you take any fresh MOOCs as of 2020?

Hacker News - 1 hour 20 min ago

There are what I would call "good oldie" MOOCs that people frequently recommend, like algorithms on coursera. Most of them are from 2012-2013.

Now will be some rant and justification for the question, the question itself is in the last paragraph.

At the time (2012-2013) I was very hyped and enthusiastic, imagining new courses of the same quality and kind will be appearing at the same rate in future. By kind I mean university level subjects, fundamental topics that have high return of investment.

But it seems to me it went quite differently. I don't really see any new courses being published and recommended on the lists among good oldies. My own experience with stuff that came later also wasn't as pleasant, I started dropping courses much more often.

The platforms themselves changed significantly: 1. Switch from fundamental to hands-on subjects like technologies and frameworks. 2. Switching to paid model (not that I have anything against it, although being poor in a poor country I avoid paying as much as I can and haven't paid for a single certificate). This leads to less people checking out the course and giving it a "media coverage". 3. Switching from strict start-end date to "take anytime you want". Because of that the social element for me has been essentially lost, the forums are half-dead. 4. Increased amount of courses. Together with (1) this makes it hard to find something by random exploration. When I open edx computer science section I have to go through pages and pages of microsoft courses about their technologies.

This made me gradually lose interest in MOOCs and switch to books and self-learning. I occasionally go back to MOOC platforms or MOOC aggregators, thinking maybe I just missed something or something interesting came out recently.

Did you take any good (valuable, mind-expanding, long-term rewarding, intellectually stimulating) courses that aren't famous and have a high chance of being overlooked?

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