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The New Stack Podcast

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Recent Episodes of The New Stack Podcast


Why Framework’s ‘Right to Repair’ Ethos Is Gaining  Fans

Why Framework’s ‘Right to Repair’ Ethos Is Gaining  Fans

In a recent episode of The New Stack Makers, recorded at the Open Source Summit North America, Matt Hartley, Linux support lead at Framework, discusses the importance of the "right to repair" movement. This initiative seeks to allow consumers to repair and upgrade their own electronic devices, countering the trend of disposable electronics that contribute to environmental damage. Framework, a company offering modular and customizable laptops, embodies this philosophy by enabling users to replace outdated components easily.

Hartley, interviewed by Chris Pirillo, highlights how Framework’s approach helps reduce electronic waste, likening obsolete electronics to a form of...

Episode 1480 11 July 2024 18m and 56s


What’s the Future of Distributed Ledgers?

What’s the Future of Distributed Ledgers?

Blockchain technology continues to drive innovation despite declining hype, with Distributed Ledgers (DLTs) offering secure, decentralized digital asset transactions. In an On the Road episode of The New Stack Makers recorded at Open Source Summit North America, Andrew Aitken of Hedera and Dr. Leemon Baird of Swirlds Labs discussed DLTs with Alex Williams. 

Baird highlighted the Hashgraph Consensus Algorithm, an efficient, secure distributed consensus mechanism he created, leveraging a hashgraph data structure and gossip protocol for rapid, robust transaction sharing among network nodes. This algorithm, which has been open source under the Apache 2.0 license for nine months, a...

Episode 1479 2 July 2024 23m and 33s


Linux xz and the Great Flaws in Open Source

Linux xz and the Great Flaws in Open Source

The Linux xz utils backdoor exploit, discussed in an interview at the Open Source Summit 2024 on The New Stack Makers with John Kjell, director of open source at TestifySec, highlights critical vulnerabilities in the open-source ecosystem. This exploit involved a maintainer of the Linux xz utils project adding malicious code to a new release, discovered by a Microsoft engineer. This breach demonstrates the high trust placed in maintainers and how this trust can be exploited. Kjell explains that the backdoor allowed remote code execution or unauthorized server access through SSH connections.

The exploit reveals a significant flaw...

Episode 1478 27 June 2024 12m and 44s


How Amazon Bedrock Helps Build GenAI Apps in  Python

How Amazon Bedrock Helps Build GenAI Apps in Python

Suman Debnath, principal developer advocate for machine learning at Amazon Web Services, emphasized the advantages of using Python in machine learning during a New Stack Makers episode recorded at PyCon US. He noted Python's ease of use and its foundational role in the data science ecosystem as key reasons for its popularity. However, Debnath highlighted that building generative AI applications doesn't necessarily require deep data science expertise or Python. 

Amazon Bedrock, AWS’s generative AI framework introduced in September, exemplifies this flexibility by allowing developers to use any programming language via an API-based service. Bedrock supports various lan...

Episode 1477 20 June 2024 6m and 2s


How to Start Building in Python with Amazon Q Developer

How to Start Building in Python with Amazon Q Developer

Nathan Peck, a senior developer advocate for generative AI at Amazon Web Services (AWS), shares his experiences working with Python in a recent episode of The New Stack Makers, recorded at PyCon US. Although not a Python expert, Peck frequently deals with Python scripts in his role, often assisting colleagues in running scripts as cron jobs. He highlights the challenge of being a T-shaped developer, possessing broad knowledge across multiple languages and frameworks but deep expertise in only a few.

Peck introduces Amazon Q, a generative AI coding assistant launched by AWS in November, and demonstrates its...

Episode 1476 13 June 2024 9m and 42s


Who’s Keeping the Python Ecosystem Safe?

Who’s Keeping the Python Ecosystem Safe?

Mike Fiedler, a PyPI safety and security engineer at the Python Software Foundation, prefers the title “code gardener,” reflecting his role in maintaining and securing open source projects. Recorded at PyCon US, Fiedler explains his task of “pulling the weeds” in code—handling unglamorous but crucial aspects of open source contributions. Since August, funded by Amazon Web Services, Fiedler has focused on enhancing the security of the Python Package Index (PyPI). His efforts include ensuring that both packages and the pipeline are secure, emphasizing the importance of vetting third-party modules before deployment.

One of Fiedler’s significant initiatives...

Episode 1475 6 June 2024 18m and 9s


How Training Data Differentiates Falcon, the LLM from the UAE

How Training Data Differentiates Falcon, the LLM from the UAE

The name "Falcon" for the UAE’s large language model (LLM) symbolizes the national bird's qualities of courage and perseverance, reflecting the vision of the Technology Innovation Institute (TII) in Abu Dhabi. TII, launched in 2020, addresses AI’s rapid advancements and unintended consequences by fostering an open-source approach to enhance community understanding and control of AI. In this New Stack Makers, Dr. Hakim Hacid, Executive Director and Acting Chief Researcher, Technology Innovation Institute emphasized the importance of perseverance and innovation in overcoming challenges. Falcon gained attention for being the first truly open model with capabilities matching many closed-source models, open...

Episode 1474 30 May 2024 23m and 27s


Out with C and C++, In with Memory Safety

Out with C and C++, In with Memory Safety

Crash-level bugs continue to pose a significant challenge due to the lack of memory safety in programming languages, an issue persisting since the punch card era. This enduring problem, described as "the Joker to the Batman" by Anil Dash, VP of developer experience at Fastly, is highlighted in a recent episode of The New Stack Makers. The White House has emphasized memory safety, advocating for the adoption of memory-safe programming languages and better software measurability. The Office of the National Cyber Director (ONCD) noted that languages like C and C++ lack memory safety traits and are prevalent in critical...

Episode 1471 22 May 2024 36m and 19s


How Open Source and Time Series Data Fit Together

How Open Source and Time Series Data Fit Together

In the push to integrate data into development, time series databases have gained significant importance. These databases capture time-stamped data from servers and sensors, enabling the collection and storage of valuable information. InfluxDB, a leading open-source time series database technology by InfluxData, has partnered with Amazon Web Services (AWS) to offer a managed open-source service for time series databases. 

Brad Bebee, General Manager of Amazon Neptune and Amazon Timestream highlighted the challenges faced by customers managing open-source Influx database instances, despite appreciating its API and performance. To address this, AWS initiated a private beta offering a managed s...

Episode 1472 16 May 2024 21m and 13s


Postgres is Now a Vector Database, Too

Postgres is Now a Vector Database, Too

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has introduced PG Vector, an open-source tool that integrates generative AI and vector capabilities into PostgreSQL databases. Sirish Chandrasekaran, General Manager of Amazon Relational Database Services, explained at Open Source Summit 2024 in Seattle that PG Vector allows users to store vector types in Postgres and perform similarity searches, a key feature for generative AI applications. 

The tool, developed by Andrew Kane and offered by AWS in services like Aurora and RDS, originally used an indexing scheme called IVFFlat but has since adopted Hierarchical Navigable Small World (HNSW) for improved query performance. 

HN...

Episode 1470 9 May 2024 17m and 56s

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