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Cleaning up the mean streets of the internet - because somebody's gotta do it. From the cyberpunk hellscape of Neo-Chicago, Officer Kevin and Officer Grant monitor the world wide web so you don't have to. Leave us a voicemail to play on the show: 312-788-7361 or send an audio file to thoughtcopspodcast@gmail.com The Thought Cops have deputized a number of your favorite thought leaders, content creators, comedians, online personalities, and more, in their effort to clean up the internet once ...
 
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Columnar databases store and retrieve columns of data rather than rows of data. Each block of data in a columnar database stores up to 3 times as many records as row-based storage. This means you can read data with a third of the power needed in row-based data, among other advantages. The company Altinity is the leading enterprise provider for Clic…
 
Apache Spark is a popular open source analytics engine for large-scale data processing. Applications can be written in Java, Scala, Python, R, and SQL. These applications have flexible options to run on like Kubernetes or in the cloud. The company Data Mechanics is a cloud-native Spark platform for data engineers. It runs continuously optimized Apa…
 
Apache Hudi is an open-source data management framework used to simplify incremental data processing and data pipeline development. This framework more efficiently manages business requirements like data lifecycle and improves data quality. Some common use cases for Hudi is record-level insert, update, and delete, simplified file management and nea…
 
An application programming interface, API for short, is the connector between 2 applications. For example, a user interface that needs user data will call an endpoint, like a special URL, with request parameters and receive the data back if the request is valid. Modern applications rely on APIs to send data back and forth to each other and save, ed…
 
You're the Bron dot com now, dog. This week, Bronwyn Isaac of Bad Romance Podcast calls in for an episode of our f̶i̶r̶s̶t̶ ̶e̶v̶e̶r̶ ̶f̶u̶l̶l̶y̶ ̶f̶u̶n̶c̶t̶i̶o̶n̶a̶l̶ ̶a̶n̶d̶ ̶p̶r̶o̶f̶e̶s̶s̶i̶o̶n̶a̶l̶ ̶l̶o̶o̶k̶i̶n̶g̶ ̶v̶i̶d̶e̶o̶ podcast. Support the show on Patreon Field Notes We tried to do a video episode this week. It didn't work! But within th…
 
The traveling salesman problem is a classic challenge of finding the shortest and most efficient route for a person to take given a list of destinations. This is one of many real-world optimization problems that companies encounter. How should they schedule product distribution, or promote product bundles, or define sales territories? The answers t…
 
Microservice architecture has become very common over the past few years because of the availability of containers and container orchestrators like Kubernetes. While containers are overall positive for scaling apps and making them more available, they’ve also introduced hurdles like persisting data and state, and container restarts or pod failures.…
 
Natural Language Processing (NLP) is a branch of artificial intelligence concerned with giving computers the ability to understand text and spoken words. “Understanding” includes intent, sentiment, and what’s important in the message. NLP powers things like voice-operated software, digital assistants, customer service chat bots, and many other acad…
 
In software engineering, telemetry is the data that is collected about your applications. Unlike logging, which is used in the development of apps to pinpoint errors and code flows, telemetry data includes all operational data including logs, metrics, events, traces, usage, and other analytical data. Companies usually visualize this information to …
 
Lights, camera, action: Ari Grabb and Lara DeFord from the Perfect Pitches podcast get deputized for an episode of Thought Cops. We were also on an episode of THEIR show too recently, so make sure to check it out: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=upVq7CA1x-Q Support the show on Patreon Field Notes This week, we uncover the plot to replace Citizen Ka…
 
Cloud computing provides tools, storage, servers, and software products through the internet. Securing these resources is a constant process for companies deploying new code to their cloud environments. It’s easy to overlook security flaws because company applications are very complex and many people work together to develop them. Wyze Labs, for ex…
 
Modern applications are increasingly built as large, distributed systems. A distributed system is a program where its components are located on different machines that communicate with one another to create a single cohesive app. Components may exist as multiple instances across “nodes,” the computers hosting them, which form clusters of nodes that…
 
Cripp Daddy, aka Yung Cripp joins us this week for a delightful episode of Thought Cops to be enjoyed by all. You can follow him on Twitter, Youtube, Twitch, and catch him at a show he's performing at whenever this whole corona virus thing blows over. Support the show on Patreon Field Notes Scroll down 20 more pages for the ACTUAL write-up. But any…
 
Geospatial technology impacts every person who uses a smartphone, drives a car, or flies in airplanes. It refers to all of the technology used to acquire and interpret geographic information. In more advanced settings, geospatial technology is used for constructing dynamic maps, 3D visualizations, and scientific and governmental simulations. The co…
 
Large portions of software development budgets are dedicated for testing code. A new component may take weeks to thoroughly test, and even then mistakes happen. If you consider software defects as security issues then the concern goes well beyond an application temporarily crashing. Although even minor bugs can cost companies a lot of time to locat…
 
Encryption algorithms provide the means to secure and transfer sensitive information by taking input and transforming it into an unreadable output. Usually a special key, or multiple keys, are needed to unscramble the information back to the original input. These algorithms power the security of everything from our cell phone lock screens to Fortun…
 
A liquid market enables individuals or groups to quickly buy and sell assets. Decentralized platforms can struggle to execute trades when their platform does not have much liquidity for a specific token. Newer tokens or tokens with limited supply are most often the least liquid because there might be an imbalance of buyers and sellers. You can’t se…
 
Non-fungible tokens are proofs of authenticity that are stored on a blockchain. Unlike fungible tokens, such as cryptocurrencies which are interchangeable, non-fungible tokens aren’t inherently equivalent to any other token. Because they are unique, they can be used to represent any unique asset. Their presence on a blockchain enables an NFT owner …
 
Comedian Bruce Kesselring is back again, and it's about time too. And this time, things get even CRAZIER on this episode of Thought Cops! Would you believe it, folks. Support the show on Patreon Field Notes This week, people STILL don't know how to google things, but at least everyone understands the assignment. This week's assignment? Locate the M…
 
Volatility is the degree of fluctuation of something’s price. Highly volatile assets may see rapid and large price changes, while less volatile assets will maintain a steady price. This concept is important in decentralized finance because cryptocurrencies tend to be volatile assets. The company Synthetix provides assets called Synths that provide …
 
A decentralized exchange, usually referred to as a DEX, is a platform for exchanging cryptocurrencies. Depending on trading volume for different coins, some DEXs are more liquid than others. On the one hand you can freely swap unlisted tokens and maintain full control over your private keys and wallet information. On the other hand, without the rig…
 
A data warehouse is a data management system that often contains large amounts of historical data and is used for business intelligence activities like analytics. It centralizes customer data from multiple sources to be an organization’s single source of truth. Getting the data from your data warehouse into the different applications used by your o…
 
IT infrastructure are the components required to operate IT environments, like networks, virtual machines or containers, an operating system, hardware, data storage, etc…. As companies build out different deployment environments with infrastructure configurations, they must maintain the different environments, replicate them, and update them. The m…
 
Decentralized applications, termed “dApps,” are applications that feel like normal apps but are actually deployed (mostly) on the Ethereum blockchain. This means dApps can’t be taken down, can’t be censored or blocked, typically use Ethereum accounts as identity, and would only experience downtime if Ethereum itself went down. There are a lot of th…
 
Brett Mercer, Blain Hill, and Bart Dangus of Big Time Garbage bring the heat in this beefy barn-burner of an episode. Support the show on Patreon Field Notes Release the Podas cut- we talk at length about lengthy movies and the discussion around them. Bigger is always better? According to some parts of film twitter: yes. We talk about the weird cul…
 
A ‘token’ can represent almost anything in Ethereum, according to Ethereum.org: Lottery tickets, points in an online platform, fiat currency, and much more. These tokens must follow a standard called ECR-20 to have the same type and value of any other token, and behave just like the ETH. The platform Opyn lets users buy and trade decentralized fina…
 
In decentralized finance (DeFi) a liquidity pool is a collection of cryptocurrency funds created from the deposits of many users and usually multiple different currencies. There are 2 main types of pools: custodial and non-custodial. Custodial pools are controlled by a third party manager which contains information like the private keys and the fun…
 
Zack from Yolo Swag Studios and Sissy Hypno Hour and also Daphne from Sissy Hypno Hour join us for a fresh new episode this week! Don't forget to support em on Patreon! Support the show on Patreon Field Notes Starting out the episode, we get our beef before our potatoes in when we find out that Prager U is doing plagiarism against us but worse: htt…
 
A smart contract contains the “terms” of a blockchain transaction between a buyer and a seller as well as the capabilities to execute those terms. In order for smart contracts to include outside data from the world, such as stock market data, weather, sports data, etc…, the contract needs a third party service called an oracle. The industry standar…
 
Using artificial intelligence and machine learning in a product or database is traditionally difficult because it involves a lot of manual setup, specialized training, and a clear understanding of the various ML models and algorithms. You need to develop the right ML model for your data, train the model, evaluate it, optimize it, analyze it for out…
 
The typical procedure many companies follow to reach production-level code is design the program, code and test it in different environments, and put it in a pipeline to deploy to production. Developers can make it pretty far into building their core features before inevitably breaking to include enterprise features and security standards like Sing…
 
A major change in the software industry is the expectation of automation. The infrastructure for deploying code, hosting it, and monitoring it is now being viewed as a fully automatable substrate. Equinix Metal has taken the bare metal servers that you would see in data centers and fitted them with supreme automation and repeatability. This movemen…
 
Cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Dogecoin are electronic currencies with a complete transaction history stored on a blockchain. A cryptocurrency blockchain is a linear record of all the transactions between users for a given currency. This record is public and distributed across thousands of computers, which makes falsifying a transaction nearly i…
 
Digital communities have exponentially grown in importance ever since most of the world went remote. Basically every popular online forum, message board, chat app, and other online social aggregators were created before this new normal. Many of these platforms lack sufficient organization or are just outdated for a fully remote environment. If soci…
 
Creation Labs is helping bring Europe 1 step closer to fully autonomous long haul trucking. They have developed an AI Driver Assistance System (AIDAS) that retrofits to any commercial vehicle, starting with VW Crafters and MAN TGE trucks. Their system uses camera hardware mounted to the vehicle to capture video data that is processed with computer …
 
Thought Cops' main character of the day Leslie Lee III of the podcast Struggle Session returns! Support the show on Patreon Field Notes Is "cancel culture" the new "red scare"? Is Amazon's 'News Bot' reason to praise our future robot overlords? How does one become "twitter's main character of the day"? All these questions and more will be answered …
 
Product teams sometimes double as data teams. They struggle through import errors, scrub long and complicated data sheets for consistency, and map spreadsheet fields on step 3 in a long instruction document. Data structuring and synchronization is a very real problem that product teams regularly overcome. Flatfile uses AI-assisted data onboarding t…
 
Right now, more than 10 million people use notebooks like Jupyter in their workflow. Notebooks are open-source tools for creating and sharing documents with live code, equations, visualizations and explanatory text. Notebooks like Jupyter have exploded in popularity the past 5 years to become the standard tool for data science teams. They became es…
 
Many startups today begin their life as an open-source project. Open source projects allow early adopters of a technology to experiment, to contribute code and feedback, and to shape the evolution of the project in its early stages. When a “community maintainer” company emerges to provide service offerings based on that project, its early customer …
 
Joining us for the threepeat, Martin Felshman returns to Thought Cops! Martin hosts a kaiju-themed comedy podcast called Podzooky, which Kevin and Grant have both been on! Support the show on Patreon Field Notes It's been one year since the Land Beforetimes, so give yourselves a clap on the back! Our current sitting president may or may not be a Fo…
 
ELT, or “Extract, Load, and Transform,” is the process that modern data pipelines use to replicate data from a source and load it into a target system such as a cloud data warehouse. ELT is a more flexible evolution of the traditional “Extract, Load, Transform” workflow used in pre-cloud systems. The power of ELT relies on flexible integrations bet…
 
The complexity of building web applications seems to have grown exponentially in the last several years. This added complexity may bring power, but it can also make applications brittle, costly, and difficult to maintain. Suborbital is an open-source project with a goal of making web application development simple. Its flagship project is Atmo, a p…
 
Observability is a key feature of a well-architected application. Because building an observability system for a cloud application can be challenging, especially at scale, many organizations elect to use third-party observability platforms rather than build internal tools. But these third-party provider contracts often charge by volume of data coll…
 
As the volume and scope of data collected by an organization grow, tasks such as data discovery and data management grow in complexity. Simply put, the more data there is, the harder it is for users such as data analysts to find what they’re looking for. A metadata hub helps manage Big Data by providing metadata search and discovery tools, and a ce…
 
The shift to microservices architectures and distributed systems has been a challenge for systems using conventional security practices, such filtering IP addresses using network policies. In addition, the increasing intersection of development and operations exemplified by the DevOps methodology has expanded the scope responsibilities in implement…
 
International man of mystery Greg joins us this week for another episode of Thought Cops, the spiritual successor to Film Dungeon. Support the show on Patreon Field Notes Women belong on the mic. If they want to, of course. Yet only 20% of podcasters are women. We're on a mission to- Yeah yeah, you get it. Space Jam discourse continues into yet ano…
 
Software-Defined Networking describes a category of technologies that separate the networking control plane from the forwarding plane. This enables more automated provisioning and policy-based management of network resources. Implementing software-defined networking is often the task of Site Reliability Engineers, or SREs. Site reliability engineer…
 
Google Cloud, AWS, and Azure are the dominant cloud providers on the market today. But the market is still highly competitive, and there is significant overlap in the services offered by all three large providers. Since all three offer a broad range of services, developers looking to choose a platform for their application must focus on providers’ …
 
Vectors are the foundational mathematical building blocks of Machine Learning. Machine Learning models must transform input data into vectors to perform their operations, creating what is known as a vector embedding. Since data is not stored in vector form, an ML application must perform significant work to transform data in different formats into …
 
Witten returns to our ye ye ass podcast- yiff yiff! Support the show on Patreon Field Notes We collectively lose our minds once again, but that's just the tip of the iceberg theory on this episode. Lola Bunny's cartoon womxn physique is under fire, we request a petition to let Ben Garrison reboot the Dr Seuss franchise, twitch fumbles the bag yet a…
 
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