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Sex workers get help to give up

first_imgThe Age (Australia) 3 Oct 2011RITA could never explain the large gap on her resume when she applied for jobs. She’d say she was a stay-at-home mother. But she’d really spent her adult life working as a prostitute to support three children. ”You can’t really tell them what you were doing,” she said. ”Otherwise, if you do, you’re going to be judged.” As her children became teenagers, Rita worried they might discover her secret, perhaps see her working the streets of St Kilda.So, at the start of the year, Rita signed up to Australia’s first exit program for sex workers, run by the St Kilda-based support service RhED and funded by Consumer Affairs Victoria. Like the other 24 women and one man who have joined the ”Pathways to Exit” program so far, Rita was given a case worker to help her negotiate the many steps she needed to take between the oldest profession and a new life. Her case worker took her to the dentist, the optometrist and the gym. She saw a psychologist for depression, she consulted a financial counsellor. Now she’s with an employment agency that knows her past, and next month she starts studying to become a beautician. ”I needed a career I can go for that I’ll be able to do the rest of my life and that’s what I come up with,” Rita said in an interview at the St Kilda drop-in centre. ”I’ve got a partner and we’ve both sort of had a bit of a hard time. We just want to settle right down and fit into society and both have careers and super and buy a house.”The exit program was established after more than half of the sex workers polled by RhED said they wanted help to leave the industry. Half of the first intake has come from the streets, the rest from brothels. Results from the first year are promising, according to an interim report, although it makes clear that leaving the industry is a long, slow process.http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/sex-workers-get-help-to-give-up-their-night-jobs-20111002-1l3ud.html#ixzz1ZeHDil9vlast_img read more

Rebound Sex: Is It Worth It?

first_img Share Share We all have our own way of processing an emotional breakup. You might binge on watching sad movies, seek solace in a bottle of wine or lots of chocolate, or you might even hit the town hoping to jump into the sack with someone who will make you forget about your ex — which could actually be the most damaging.While the appeal of rebound sex is easy enough to devise — it’s one of the few things you can control at this tumultuous time — it’s not always a move in a positive direction, according to Lou Paget, sexologist and author of How to Be a Great Lover. Before crossing this moving-on milestone, she suggests asking yourself the following 5 questions:1. HOW WILL I FEEL LATER?In the moment, sexual advances can be exhilarating and bring an instant boost of self-esteem. But those good vibes don’t always stick around after the act, so you should take a moment to ask yourself if sex is a good idea. “Before you do anything, ask yourself how you’ll feel afterward,” advises Paget. “Listen to your little voice. It can’t lie.”2. WHAT DOES “SEX” MEAN TO ME?Sex is not always classified as the act of intercourse itself. It can even mean heavy body contact depending on the person. Before getting in a situation where any of those activities could happen, decide your own limits and how far you’re willing to go.3. WHAT IS MY PERSONALITY TYPE?Some people can handle the ramifications of rebound sex with ease. Others, not so much. Paget warns that people who consider themselves clingy, control types, angry drunks, or those with revenge in mind should avoid rebound sex altogether. “Rebound sex shouldn’t be about revenge,” she says. “You also want to consider that the rebound person may be your perfect partner but you started the physical on the wrong track, and it never has a chance.”4. AM I SEXUALLY HEALTHY?The end of a relationship is a good time to have a physical and be sure that everything is healthy and safe in the sexual department. People in monogamous relationships may also be in the habit of avoiding protection, which is a mentality that needs to change when rebound sex presents itself. “Take care of your interests first,” advises Paget. “Be honest about your sexual health.”5. WHY AM I CHOOSING THIS PERSON?Often rebound sex takes the form of a person you already know – like an ex. This type of rebound sex can be especially problematic because it makes each person mistake comfort for ‘good’ sex. “It may feel special for a weekend, but not long term,” says Paget. And when alcohol or other substances are involved, it can be particularly difficult to determine if this is the right choice or just convenient.6. HAVE I MADE PEACE WITH THE END OF MY RELATIONSHIP?Breakup wounds take a while to heal but if you find that the thought of your ex makes you extremely emotional (sad, angry, or otherwise), you’re not ready to move on. “Unless you’ve looked at your part of the ‘ending,’ you’ll bring 50 percent of why it ended into a new connection,” said Paget.Above all, remember that even rebound sex gone bad doesn’t mean you’re a failure or destined to be alone. “Treat yourself gently and don’t overthink things,” says Paget. “Practice being a beginner because you are again, and beginners aren’t expected to know everything.”galtime.com Sharing is caring! Tweetcenter_img Share 373 Views   no discussions LifestyleRelationships Rebound Sex: Is It Worth It? by: – October 21, 2014last_img read more

Update on the latest in sports:

first_img— The men’s curling world championships in Scotland have been canceled, along with the mixed and senior events in Canada. The World Curling Federation says it acted on the advice of the Scottish government in canceling the men’s tournament, which had been scheduled for Glasgow from March 28 to April 5. The mixed doubles and seniors events were to take place in Kelowna, British Columbia, from April 18-25. The women’s world championships in Prince George, British Columbia, were canceled on Thursday.— German cyclist Maximilian Schachmann has won the Paris-Nice race in a rare case of a sporting event still going ahead amid the coronavirus pandemic. France’s soccer and rugby leagues scrapped their matches indefinitely on a hectic Friday amid cancellations around the world but organizers maintained one of cycling’s biggest stage races. They only shortened it by scrapping Sunday’s traditional last stage into the southern city of Nice. Schachmann held the overnight lead heading into the hilly seventh and final stage ending with a steep Category 1 climb. He kept it despite a late attack from Belgian rider Tiesj Benoot, who finished 18 seconds behind in second overall. Colombian climbing specialist Nairo Quintana won the stage.IDITARODIditarod mushes on; fans being urged to skip finish in NomeANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — As Iditarod mushers drove their dog teams across Alaska on Saturday, race officials scrambled to make last minute changes prompted by concerns over the new coronavirus, including asking fans not to fly to Nome for the finish. March 14, 2020 Associated Press NFL-NEWSRedskins put franchise tag on guard Brandon ScherffUNDATED (AP) — The Washington Redskins have placed the franchise tag on three-time Pro Bowl guard Brandon Scherff to keep him in the fold next season.Scherff and Washington had been in talks on a long-term deal. Instead, the Redskins ensured their 2015 first-round pick would not reach free agency. The 28-year-old could have been among the NFL’s highest-paid guards had he hit the open market. He dealt with numerous injuries the past two seasons but has been a force for Washington when healthy.Scherff was named to his third Pro Bowl in 2019 after starting 11 games. He has started all 65 games he has played in since turning pro out of Iowa and being drafted fifth overall by the Redskins five years ago. UNDATED (AP) — Syracuse freshman Brycen Goodine is transferring.Goodine made the announcement Friday night on his Twitter account.The 6-foot-3 guard from New Bedford, Massachusetts, played in 23 of the Orange’s 32 games. He averaged just under nine minutes and 1.9 points. He struggled from long range, hitting 3 of 23 (13%) from behind the arc.In other college basketball news:__ Hall of Famer Rick Pitino is the new basketball coach at Iona College. Pitino replaces Tim Cluess, who resigned Friday for health reasons after a decade at the school Catholic school in the New York City suburbs. Pitino coached at Louisville from 2001-17 before being fired in a pay-for-play scandal and had been coaching in Greece. The 67-year-old has a 770-271 overall record in college and became the first coach to take three different schools to the NCAA Final Four. He won national championships at Louisville in 2013 and Kentucky in 1996. He also went to the Final Four with Providence in 1987.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 The Redskins used the regular, not the exclusive, franchise tag on Scherff, meaning he can still talk to other teams. They’d have the right to match another offer or receive two first-round picks as compensation. They also have until July 15 to negotiate a long-term contract.In other NFL news:— Atlanta Falcons fullback Keith Smith agreed to a three-year contract extension Saturday. Smith, who started five games and led the team with eight special teams tackles in 2019, was set to become an unrestricted free agent Wednesday. The 27-year-old Smith signed with Atlanta early last season after he played in 16 games, including three starts, with the Raiders in 2018. He had five carries for eight yards and one catch for 13 years with the Falcons. Smith signed with Dallas as an undrafted free agent linebacker from San Jose State in 2014. He made the move to fullback and was a part-time starter for the Cowboys in 2016 and 2017.— The Detroit Lions have re-signed long snapper Don Muhlbach. Muhlbach is entering his 17th NFL season. He is second on Detroit’s career list with 244 games played. By playing in 16 games each season from 2010-19, Muhlbach became the first player in franchise history to appear in all 160 games in a decade. Muhlbach originally entered the NFL in 2004 as an undrafted free agent with the Baltimore Ravens, but he’s never appeared in a game for anyone but the Lions.VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTS GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (AP) — Jerry Moritz has been attending horse races at Fonner Park regularly since 1970 and almost every day in recent years.The track in central Nebraska was one of the few sporting venues in the country open to fans Saturday, and the 73-year-old from Grand Island wasn’t going to let concerns over the new coronavirus stop him from going.No cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Hall County, where Fonner Park is located, and that was part of the reason track CEO Chris Kotulak decided to allow fans for the weekend racing programs.COLLEGE BASKETBALL-SYRACUSE-GOODINESyracuse freshman guard Brycen Goodine to transfer Bulls, Blackhawks to still pay day of employeesUNDATED (AP) __ The United Center ownership and the Chicago Bulls and Blackhawks say they will pay day-of-game employees through the end of their scheduled seasons. The NBA and NHL seasons have been suspended because of the coronavirus pandemic. Each team has seven home games left. In a statement attributed to Blackhawks owner Rocky Wirtz and Bulls owner Jerry Reinsdorf, the teams say their employees “are family, and we will navigate this unprecedented situation together.”In other developments related to the virus:— Utah Jazz forward Rudy Gobert (goh-BEHR’) has donated $500,000 to support health services in the U.S. and France and employees of the team impacted by the coronavirus. Gobert became the first NBA player to be stricken with the virus, which led to the league suspending play for at least 30 days. His donation was announced by the Jazz, who said some of the money will go to COVID 19-related social services relief in Utah, Oklahoma City and within the French health care system.— Utah Jazz star Donovan Mitchell’s father, who works for the New York Mets, has tested negative for the coronavirus. Donovan Mitchell Sr. is the Mets’ director of player relations and community outreach. The younger Mitchell confirmed Thursday he tested positive for the virus after Jazz teammate Rudy Gobert became the first NBA player to test positive. The Mets said in a statement that the elder Mitchell was tested Thursday and a negative result was received last night. Officials late Friday night urged race fans, especially those from out of state, to skip the finish this week. City officials in Nome followed most other Alaska cities in closing or limiting access to most public buildings in wake of the state’s first positive test, that of a man from outside the United States. The man was tested Thursday at an Anchorage hospital after earlier arriving in the city on a private cargo plane.Race officials are also paring down their own staff to only essential personnel needed in Nome for the finish. That list is limited to veterinarians, necessary dog handlers and staff needed for communications and to coordinate logistics.The Iditarod had previously postponed post-race events in Nome, including the musher’s banquet and an annual meet-and-greet with mushers.VIRUS OUTBREAK-HORSE RACINGCoronavirus can’t keep fans from going to Nebraska racetrack Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMLB-NEWSNats release StricklandWASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington Nationals have released relief pitcher Hunter Strickland. Unconditionally releasing Strickland and David Hernandez were among a handful of moves made by the Nationals on Saturday. Strickland was a trade-deadline pickup for Washington last season. The 31-year-old appeared in 24 regular-season games but none in the playoffs as the Nationals won the World Series. Strickland before that was most known around Washington for plunking and brawling with ex-Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper in 2018. Strickland spent his first five major league seasons with San Francisco where he spent some time as a closer. He was with Seattle before the trade to Washington. — Super Rugby organizers have decided to suspend the competition indefinitely after the weekend’s games. SANZAAR, the southern hemisphere rugby body that runs Super Rugby, said Saturday the tournament will be off for the “foreseeable future.” The decision was prompted by the New Zealand government’s directive that people entering from trips overseas, including returning New Zealand citizens, would have to self-isolate for 14 days from Monday. That would make Super Rugby untenable, with the tournament featuring teams from five nations, including five from New Zealand, and involving regular travel between countries. Teams from Australia, Japan, South Africa and Argentina also compete in the competition, which runs from January through to June.— The Italian soccer players’ association says it is “saddened and outraged” that clubs are still calling on their players to attend training sessions. In a statement, the players’ association notes that “some clubs” are bringing in players to train in small groups, “or, even worse, for daily checks of their temperature.” Italy is the European country hit worst by the virus, where the number of virus cases climbed to over nearly 20,000, with more than 1,000 deaths. The government in Rome has ordered an unprecedented lockdown, ordering businesses to close and restricting people’s movement. The lockdown has suspended all sports in the country through at least April 3.— A leading executive at a relegation-threatened Premier League team has called for the English soccer season to be abandoned, saying officials were in “dreamland” if they thought play could resume early next month after games were suspended amid the coronavirus outbreak. In a column in The Sun newspaper, West Ham vice-chair Karren Brady wrote that “The only fair and reasonable thing to do is declare the whole season null and void.” West Ham is in 16th place in the 20-team division. The Premier League said it hopes to be back up and running, if possible, by the weekend of April 3-4 – meaning two rounds will have been missed – but Brady sees that prospect as unlikely.— The International Triathlon Union has suspended all of its competitions and activities from Monday to the end of April. Major events postponed include the second world series event in Bermuda on April 18-19, and four World Cups in the United States, New Zealand, Brazil and Mexico.— The Edinburgh Marathon that was to take place on May 24 has been postponed. Race director Neil Kilgour said a new date for the marathon in the Scottish capital is expected to be announced on Monday. Update on the latest in sports: — The XFL says a player with the Seattle Dragons has tested positive for coronavirus.The fledgling football league says the unidentified player reported his symptoms to team medical staff on Tuesday and has been in quarantine ever since. He was tested for COVID-19 and received the result Friday. The league says the player participated in the Dragons’ March 7 game against the Roughnecks in Houston and a Feb. 29 game against the BattleHawks in St. Louis. He was asymptomatic at the time. Late Thursday, the XFL canceled the remainder of its season, which had five weeks left.— The Pac-12 Conference has canceled all spring sports and championships following a meeting of conference executives and athletic directors. The conference also announced that all organized team activities are not allowed until at least March 29, when that decision will be revisited. The smaller Southland Conference also announced a similar move. The NCAA had already decided Thursday to cancel the Division I men’s and women’s basketball tournaments as well as all remaining winter and spring championships.— The Chinese soccer team that was originally stuck in Spain because of the coronavirus outbreak is going back home to try to avoid its rapid spread in Europe. Wuhan Zall was expected to return to China on Saturday, nearly 1 1/2 months after it arrived in Spain for preseason training. The team had not been able to leave because of the restrictions in China but expedited its departure because of the worsening situation in Spain. Confirmed coronavirus infections have reached nearly 6,000 people in Spain and the government has declared a two-week state of emergency.— Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (shin-zoh AH’-bay) says his country still intends to host the Olympic Games in Tokyo as planned. He says the virus outbreak hasn’t reached a point in Japan that requires him to declare a national emergency like the United States and parts of Europe. Abe says Japan is continuing to “coordinate well” with the International Olympic Committee. President Donald Trump suggested this week that Japan should consider postponing the Olympics, which are scheduled to open July 24.last_img read more

Hoffarth: Rams’ recycled No. 1 decision a classic misdirection

first_imgCarson Wentz or Jared Goff?The red-headed Bison of North Dakota State who ran a pro-style, under-center offense and posted a 6.53 grade in the NFL combine, good enough to be compared to Blake Bortles?Or the Bear of a guy with the Pac-12 pedigree, running out of the shotgun, not among the four QBs in the Heisman Top 10 voting, leading his team to records of 1-11, 5-7 and 8-5 in his three seasons and measuring up with a 6.51 combine grade and a likening to Matt Ryan?L.A. townfolk haven’t been thrown into this kind of sublime public debate since last Wednesday, when the kid with the pimples at the local Ralphs again interrupted an ATM swipe by politely shouting out: “Paper or plastic?” And this all came about because Fisher’s ex-bosses with the Tennessee Titans agreed to this tradeoff. Ready for the maiden re-voyage of the Los Angeles Titanics?• Not to keep bagging on these Rams, but you realize this non-quick-fix “Who’s No. 1” roster strategy is a classic misdirection play, one that even a concussed Case Keenum is keen to without a playbook?Case in point: While distraction, desperation and draftability are what Goff and Wentz-his-name are being measured against here in the public, wouldn’t Keenum and any other future QB be pushing for an investment in some blind-side protection for future health reasons?• What’s the fact, Jack? Some in the league are getting called out for retweeting rumors about the knee issues for UCLA linebacker Myles Jack, throwing out words like “degenerative” and “a time bomb.” He contends all is well. Who’s knee-jerk reaction will it be to let Jack slide past the No. 5 spot?• Curt Schilling can shill all he wants for himself. He was making a microscopic case on a Sirius XM show Friday morning that he isn’t transphobic or homophobic, even though he couldn’t get out of his own way again on social media and basically begged for ESPN to boot him as an MLB analyst. If Schilling is guilty only of telling “blunt and uncomfortable truths” that give him “no place in progressive corporate America,” as some will say in defending him, are the rest of us just hypersensitive and hypocritical? “Hypocrisy – I don’t think it’s ever been as rampant as it is today,” Schilling added in the interview. Stick a bloody sock in it. Couldn’t the same be said for accountability?• Magic Johnson sinks millions of his own money into the Dodgers for what’s presumed to be a sliver of a percentage ownership. Same with Will Ferrell buying his way into an eclectic group of Hollywoodlanders who accept the thinest of slices of a yet-to-go Los Angeles Football Club. What’s in it for them, aside from ego and a discount at the team store? It’s one heck of a tax shelter, as long as you play the game according to IRS rules. A Bloomberg news report indicates that anyone claiming ownership of a sports franchise these days needs to provide proof of 500 hours “of attention” to that duty. It breaks down to about 10 hours a week. It could consist of as little as simply attending a game. Again, that’s what counts as accountability?• Little ups to U.S. Congresswoman Janice Hahn for offering to broker a deal in the Time Warner Cable/SportsNet L.A. distribution snag. Dad would be proud of your clouded efforts. Her deal is that everyone comes to her San Pedro office ASAP and brings their playbook, checkbook and little black books. But remember the warning from former Fox Sports chief Ed Goren about anyone trying to grandstand and offer some magic ending to this multi-billion-dollar corporate standoff? “Don’t include any politicians,” he said.• Back in the ‘80s, the Lakers’ NBA title run was framed as a “Purple Reign.” It was so hip and catchy that it was somewhat misappropriated as a reference to any other successes that happened after the “Showtime” run.Purple was the favorite color of the late Lakers owner Jack Kent Cooke. When he bought the team, he changed the color scheme but instead of royal purple it wanted it called “Forum blue.” Thursday night, the Forum in Inglewood was blue. So were many others across the world. Let’s go crazy here. From now on, with respect to Prince, how about we retire the phrase as it might relate to anything these Lakers do going forward? Let these Lakers find their own rally cry/rap theme song. Maybe Iggy Azalea can bounce around some ideas? There’s still a choice left to be made as to what to put over your head in embarrassment while attending the first game at the Coliseum this fall.Even if you are a newly replanted Angeleno like Jeff Fisher, fishing for a response to either inquiry leads to the exact same followup questions: Which one is better for the environment when we try to recycle it?Which one brings the most baggage?Didn’t we already decide the Carson landfill was already out of the NFL picture in Southern California?• The Rams may still have sticker shock in finding out just how expensive it is to live again in L.A. Giving up their own No. 1 (15th overall), plus two second-round picks and a third-round choice next week, in addition to a first- and third-round pick of 2017, is pretty steep just to get buzz going for HBO’s “Hard Knocks.”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Roma Hires Claudio Ranieri as Coach Until the End of the Season

first_imgROME (AP) — Roma appointed Claudio Ranieri as interim coach on Friday, a day after firing Eusebio Di Francesco following the Italian team’s elimination from the Champions League.The 67-year-old Ranieri, who will be interim coach until the end of the season, flew to Rome on Friday and signed a contract until June 30.It will be the Rome-born Ranieri’s second spell as coach of the club, having previously been in charge from 2009-11.“I’m delighted to be coming back home,” said Ranieri, who grew up supporting the team. “When Roma call you, it’s impossible to say no.”FILE – In this Friday, Feb. 22, 2019 file photo, Fulham manager Claudio Ranieri gestures during the English Premier League soccer match between West Ham and Fulham at the London Stadium in London. Roma has appointed Claudio Ranieri as interim coach until the end of the season to replace Eusebio Di Francesco, who it fired following the Italian team’s elimination from the Champions League. The 67-year-old Ranieri flew into Rome on Friday and signed a contract until June 30. It will be the Rome-born Ranieri’s second spell as coach of the capital club, having previously been in charge from 2009-2011. Ranieri says: “I’m delighted to be coming back home. When Roma call you, it’s impossible to say no.” (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, File )Ranieri, who led Leicester to the 2016 Premier League title, was fired by Fulham last week.During his first spell in charge of Roma, Ranieri led the team to a second-place finish in Serie A, two points behind Inter Milan. That team also lost the Italian Cup final to Inter.“We are delighted to welcome Claudio Ranieri back to the club,” Roma president James Pallotta said.Roma fired De Francesco a day after the team lost to Porto in the last 16 of the Champions League. That defeat came on the heels of a 3-0 loss to crosstown rival Lazio in Serie A, with the team fifth in the standings and in danger of missing out on next season’s Champions League.FILE – In this file photo taken on March 6, 2019 Eusebio Di Francesco gestures during the Champions League round of 16, 2nd leg, soccer match between FC Porto and AS Roma at the Dragao stadium in Porto, during his last match as Roma coach. Roma has appointed Claudio Ranieri as interim coach until the end of the season to replace Eusebio Di Francesco, who was fired following the Italian team’s elimination from the Champions League. (AP Photo/Luis Vieira)Roma sports director Ramon Rodriguez Verdejo, known as Monchi, left the club on Friday.“We have one objective remaining this season and that is to finish in the highest possible league position and secure qualification for the Champions League,” Pallotta said. “At this stage of the campaign, it was important to bring in a coach who knows the club, understands the environment, can speak the language and is able to motivate the players. Claudio ticks all of those boxes and he’s very excited to take on this challenge.”Ranieri’s first match in charge will be against relegation-threatened Empoli on Monday.The top four from Serie A qualify for next season’s Champions League. Roma is three points behind fourth-place Inter and four below AC Milan.“Claudio’s from the city, he’s a Roma fan but more than that, he’s one of the most experienced coaches in world soccer,” Roma director and former player Francesco Totti said. “What we need now is a safe pair of hands to guide us back into the top four and ensure that we are playing Champions League soccer again next season. We have 12 games left and we need to win as many of them as possible.”TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

The power of She

first_imgElegance, grace and celebrating womanhood in style is what designer Nitya Bajaj’s new collection is all about. Aptly titled Resurrect, the collection is inspired by interiors of the Kloster Cathedral in Germany.The collection highlights romanticism along with baroque elements which is reflected in each garment. We loved the entire collection depicting floral in thread work, print, digital prints and a lot of lace work. Each garment – gowns and swim dresses shared hints of transparency with fabric interplay by lace, tulle, georgette, organza and chiffon. The pearl palettes merges into shades of gold and copper with olive and ochre colours taken from the church frescos. These are depicted with intricate beadwork and sequins ending the collection in the palette of maroons and crimsons. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Mother’s walking the ramp with their children was an adorable way to celebrate every aspect of womanhood.  The show stopper for the evening was actor Elli Avram who walked the ramp in a stunning outfit from the collection. She wore a beautiful red gown with sequins work in the front, depicted ethereal luxury, celebrating multicultural, multifaceted lifestyles of women today who believe in timeless pieces of art.‘Fashion is an individual statement and a designer enhances that individuality with his or her signature. My label celebrates womanhood, the femininity, the elegance and the power of being  She,’ Bajaj said.last_img read more

Serverless computing wars AWS Lambdas vs Azure Functions

first_imgIn recent times, local servers and on-premises computers are counted as old school. Users and organisations have shifted their focus on Cloud to store, manage, and process data. Cloud computing has evolved in ways that DevOps teams can now focus on improving code and processes rather than focusing on provisioning, scaling, and maintaining servers. This means we have now entered the Serverless era, and the big players of this era are AWS Lambda and Azure Functions. So if you are a developer now you need not worry about low-level infrastructure decision. Coming to the bigger question. What is Serverless Computing / Function-as-a-Service? Serverless Computing / Function-as-a-Service FaaS can be described as a concept of serverless computing where applications depend on third party services to manage server-side logics. This means application developers can concentrate on building their applications rather than thinking about servers. So if you want to build any type of application or backend service, just go about with it as everything required to run and scale your application is already being handled for you. Following are popular platforms that support Faas. AWS Lambda Azure Functions Cloud Functions Iron.io Webtask.io Benefits of Serverless Computing Serverless applications and architectures are gaining momentum and are increasingly being used by companies of all sizes. Serverless technology rapidly reduces production time and minimizes your costs, while you still have the freedom to customize your code, without hindering functionalities. For good reason, the serverless-based software takes care of many of the problems developers face when running systems and servers such as fault-tolerance, centralized logging, horizontal scalability, and deployments, to name a few. Additionally, the serverless pay-per-invocation model can result in drastic cost savings. Since AWS Lambda and Azure Functions are the most popular and widely used serverless computing platforms, we will discuss these services further. AWS Lambda AWS is recognized as one of the largest market leaders for cloud computing. One of the recent services within the AWS umbrella that has gained a lot of traction is AWS Lambda. It is the part of Amazon Web Services that lets you run your code without provisioning or managing servers. AWS Lambda is a compute service that enables you to deploy applications and back-end services that operate with zero upfront cost and requires no system administration. Although seemingly simple and easy to use, Lambda is a highly effective and scalable compute service that provides developers with a powerful platform to design and develop serverless event-driven systems and applications. Pros: Supports automatic scaling Support unlimited number of functions Takes 1 million requests for free, then charges $0.20/1 million invocations, plus $0.00001667/GB per sec Cons: Limited concurrent executions (1000 executions per account) Supports lesser languages in comparison to Azure ( JavaScript, Java, C#, and Python) Azure Functions Microsoft provides a solution you can use to easily run small segments of code in the Cloud: Azure Functions. It provides solutions for processing data, integrating systems, and building simple APIs and microservices. Azure Functions help you easily run small pieces of code in cloud without worrying about a whole application or the infrastructure to run it. With Azure functions, you can use triggers to execute your code and bindings to simplify the input and output of your code. Pros: Supports unlimiter concurrent executions Supports C#, JavaScript, F#, Python, Batch, PHP, PowerShell Supports unlimited number of functions Takes 1 million requests for free, then charges $0.20/1 million invocations, plus $0.000016/GB per sec Cons: Manual scaling (App Service Plan) Conclusion When compared with the traditional Client-server approach, serverless architecture saves a lot effort and proves to cost effective for many organisations, no matter its size. The most important aspect of choosing the right platform is understanding which platform benefits your organisation the best. AWS Lambda has been around for a while with infinite support to Linux-based platforms but Azure Functions is not behind in supporting Windows-based suite even after entering the serveless market recently. If you are going to adopt AWS you will be to make the most of its; availability to open source integration, pay-as-you-go model, and high performance computing environment. Azure, on the other hand is easier to use as it’s a Windows platform. It also supports a precise pricing model where they charge by the minute and it has extended support for MacOS and Linux. So if you are looking for a clear winner here you shouldn’t be surprised that AWS and Azure are similar in many ways and it would be a tie if it was to choose who is better or worse than the other. This battle would always be heated and experts will be placing their bets on who wins the race. In the end, the entire discussion would drill down to what your business needs. After all the mission would always be to grow your business at a marginal cost. Read Next The Lambda programming model How to Run Code in the Cloud with AWS Lambda Download Microsoft Azure serverless computing e-book for freelast_img read more

Did Facebook just have another security scare

first_imgFacebook’s public image suffered quite a few setbacks in recent times. The Cambridge analytica scandal has opened up a pandora’s box full of questions about user data security and privacy. In the recent senate hearings, Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg had an apologetic tone and he promised to give utmost importance to user data security. The misfortunes however, doesn’t seem to be over for Zuckerberg and Facebook. In a latest security scare, a bug had caused quite a ruckus for the tech giant. Facebook composer bug Now let’s talk about the bugs, yes, you read that correctly, there were more than one recent Facebook bugs affecting user data and privacy. The first bug was related to the Facebook message composer. According to Facebook’s Chief Privacy Officer Erin Egan, the bug affected composer’s privacy settings in a way that when the users were creating new posts, it automatically changed the privacy settings to public. This meant that user updates which might have been private, were available publicly. This bug had affected 14 million users worldwide and it was active during 18th May to 22nd May 2018. It took Facebook till 27th May to identify the bug and then rectify the problem. As a trust building measure, Facebook had sent notifications to all the users affected by this breach. A snapshot of the Facebook notification looked like this: Source: Techcrunch Automatic Unblocking bug The second incident occurred was between 29th May to 5th June. This particular incident was reported via a Facebook blog post which stated that a bug that had affected around 800k Facebook users, had temporarily unblocked contacts and enabled previously blocked contacts to message or view the details of the respective users. This security breach was in a way potentially dangerous since it openly allowed stalking or even harassment. Facebook had although stated that this bug had unblocked one contact per user. The official Facebook notification to the affected users looked like this: Source: Facebook Blog Facebook Analytics Data leak The story of bugs is not over yet. There were recent reports that the Facebook analytics data of around 3 percent Facebook apps were leaked to testers accidentally. This was  due to a faulty automated email system according to Facebook. Although Facebook insists on the fact that no personal user data was leaked, still this incident doesn’t go down well keeping in mind the company’s latest record of user privacy and data secrecy. Facebook is trying to be transparent in its approach to tackle this menace of recurring bugs, but how successful their efforts will be, only time and their future actions will tell. Read Next The Cambridge Analytica scandal and ethics in data science Mark Zuckerberg’s Congressional testimony: 5 things we learned F8 AR Announcementslast_img read more