Yes, it’s safe to move sensitive data to the cloud

According to a study by the Cloud Security Alliance, 69 percent of enterprises have moved or are moving mission-critical information to the cloud. The research also shows 65 percent of businesses are worried about migrating sensitive data, and 59 percent of them have security concerns.

I get it. If your data is in the cloud, then it’s not in your data center. You can’t touch the server, therefore it must be unsecure or at risk.

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The unwavering optimism of Tim O’Reilly

For better or worse, Tim O’Reilly has become known as something of an oracle for the technology industry in his forty-year career as a technical publisher, author and venture capitalist, credited with coining terms like Open Source and Web 2.0.

Today, O’Reilly finds himself in the interesting position of being both a techno-optimist – for instance, about how artificial intelligence could augment human workers and help solve existential problems like climate change – while also being a fierce critic of the new power centres technology has created, particularly in Silicon Valley.

Finding a new class of problem

“I totally think that there is a massive opportunity for us to augment humans to do things, we need the machines,” O’Reilly told InfoWorld last week, from his home in Oakland, California.

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Bootstrap 5.0 alpha arrives, sans jQuery

Version 5.0 of the Bootstrap framework for building mobile-first websites has moved to an alpha release stage, with the toolkit no longer dependent on the jQuery JavaScript library.

Removing the dependency on jQuery was enabled by advancements in front-end development tools and browser support. As a result, projects built on Bootstrap 5 will be significantly lighter on file sizes and page loading.

Builders of Bootstrap pledge to build tools that are more “future-friendly,” focusing on the promise of CSS variables, faster JavaScript, fewer dependencies, and better APIs. The builders warn, though, that breaking changes will continue to happen until the release of the first Bootstrap 5 beta. Unveiled on June 16, the Bootstrap 5 alpha is available at v5.getbootsrap.com.

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ECMAScript 2020 spec for JavaScript approved

ECMAScript 2020, the lates version of the official specification underlying JavaScript, was formally approval by ECMA International, and the ECMA technical committee overseeing the specification, on June 16. 

ECMAScript 2020 introduces multiple features ranging from a new import() facility for loading modules to a new BigInt type for working with arbitrary precision integers. 

Specific features introduced by ECMAScript 2020 include:

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