Programming language Python is a big hit for machine learning. But now it needs to change

Open-source programming language Python has become one of the few languages that won’t disappear anytime soon. It’s the top or one of the top two languages in most notable language popularity indexes, and even looks set to beat Java these days

But 35-year-old Python does have its weaknesses. Not necessarily for the data-science and machine-learning communities built around Python extensions like NumPy and skippy, but as a general programming language. 

Python is the top language according to IEEE Spectrum’s electrical engineering audience, yet you can’t run Python in a browser and you can’t easily run it on a smartphone. Plus no one builds games in Python these days. 

SEE: Hiring Kit: Python developer (TechRepublic Premium)

To build browser applications, developers tend to go for JavaScript, Microsoft’s type-safety take on it, TypeScript, Google-made Go, or even old but trusty PHP. On mobile, why would application developers use Python when

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Barnes & Noble confirms cyberattack, ransomware group leaks allegedly stolen data

Update 20.10 13.34pm BST: Data appears to have been leaked by a ransomware group. Details below.

Barnes & Noble has confirmed a cyberattack impacting Nook services and potentially exposing customer data. 

The US bookseller stocks over one million titles at any one time for distribution worldwide. As ebooks emerged as an alternative to traditional literature, in 2009, the company launched the Nook service, an ebook reader and storage platform. 

Over the weekend, as reported by Bleeping Computer, Barnes & Noble customers complained across social media of outages. Some customers were unable to access their Nook libraries, their previous purchases had vanished into thin air, others were not able to log in to the firm’s online platform, and connectivity issues between sending or loading new books ran rampant. 

See also: Today’s ‘mega’ data breaches now cost companies $392 million to recover from

As noted by The Register, the outage

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AT&T taps Nokia to drive CBRS-enabled Industry 4.0 private networks

US communications giant AT&T has added Nokia’s end-to-end industrial-grade capabilities to its AT&T Private Cellular Networks.

Private networks are increasingly important for businesses – especially in Industry 4.0 environments with diverse amounts of connected devices, where privacy, data control and performance are all crucial.

AT&T Private Cellular Networks are designed to provide a new option in private networking with a localised wireless LTE core (5G coming soon) and access network for control, flexibility and data management for business needs.

AT&T’s on-premise edge portfolio, which already includes 5G-capable AT&T multi-access edge computing, is now expanding to offer these additional private cellular systems with Nokia in order to, it said, meet those Industry 4.0 needs.

Nokia has just embarked on a major enhancement of its 5G assets and general offer, with new added-value features and digital automation enablers for its Digital Automation Cloud (DAC) private wireless networking platform. With the new

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Sources: DOJ will file an antitrust suit Tuesday alleging that Google engaged in anticompetitive conduct to preserve monopolies in search and search-advertising (Wall Street Journal)


Wall Street Journal:

Sources: DOJ will file an antitrust suit Tuesday alleging that Google engaged in anticompetitive conduct to preserve monopolies in search and search-advertising  —  Lawsuit follows lengthy investigation and seeks to break company’s grip over search traffic  —  The Justice Department will file … … Read More