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Amazon Web Services (AWS) features solutions for computing, storage, database, analytics, networking, mobile, developer tools, management tools, IoT, security and enterprise apps. It aims to help businesses move faster with lower IT costs and at scale. Microsoft Azure features a range of solutions for deploying highly-available and scalable apps and APIs.

Both platforms have been consistently growing since 2008, however more recently AWS has taken the lead. It’s apparent that while the two platforms started at a similar level of traffic in 2012, AWS has grown faster. However, when you look at the two platforms by industry, Azure is the platform of choice for government, healthcare, insurance, energy and consulting industries, while AWS is the platform of choice for the rest of the technology industry.

The reason developers might turn to AWS over Azure or vice versa is because language and frameworks may be better suited to a specific cloud. The insights show C# developers choose Azure over AWS, while Node.js are more likely to choose AWS. “Developers who work with C and C++ were particularly unlikely to use either platform, which makes sense since those languages are rarely deployed on cloud applications. We can also see that developers who heavily visited the HTML tag tended not to visit cloud questions either; these likely represent front-end developers and designers who aren’t responsible for configuring cloud platforms.

Need more details: https://stackoverflow.blog/2017/07/21/trends-cloud-computing-uses-aws-uses-azure/

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The App Store turns 9 this year, and for the first time ever, Apple is changing up the look and feel of the store.

In the last nine years, the App Store has seen 500 million visitors weekly, has had more than 180 billion apps downloaded, and has paid out more than $70 billion to developers, with 30% being in the last year alone.
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What is the difference between the two?

In general, to be a national is to be a member of a state. Nationality is acquired by birth or adoption, marriage, or descent (the specifics vary from country to country). Having a nationality is crucial for receiving full recognition under international law. Indeed, Article 15 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights declares that “Everyone has the right to a nationality” and “No one shall be arbitrarily deprived of his nationality nor denied the right to change his nationality” but is silent on citizenship. Citizenship is a narrower concept: it is a specific legal relationship between a state and a person. It gives that person certain rights and responsibilities. It does not have to accompany nationality. In some Latin American countries, for example, such as Mexico, a person acquires nationality at birth but receives citizenship only upon turning 18: Mexican children, therefore, are nationals but not citizens.

Similarly, not all American nationals are also American citizens. People born in the “outlying possessions of the United States” can get an American passport and live and work in the United States, but cannot vote or hold elected office. In the past, these “outlying possessions” included Guam, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, but in the 20th century Congress gradually extended citizenship to their inhabitants. Today, only American Samoa and Swains Island stand apart: the latter is a tiny atoll in the Pacific ocean, barely more than five meters above sea level, which, in 2010, had a population of just 17.

In Britain, thanks to the legacy of colonialism, the situation is even more complicated. There are six types of British nationality: British citizens, British subjects, British overseas citizens, British overseas territories citizens, British overseas nationals, or British protected persons. Sometimes it is possible to switch categories: for instance, before the British handed Hong Kong over to the Chinese on 1st July 1997, some British overseas territories citizens registered as British overseas nationals. These overseas nationals hold British passports and can receive protection from British diplomats, but they do not have the automatic right to live or work in Britain. So in Britain, there are several types of citizenship and some nationals who are not citizens at all.
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WHO is allowed to pray where at the Western Wall in Jerusalem? An answer to this fantastically vexed question was found last year, and a deal was struck. But last month the Israeli government decided to halt its implementation. This has opened an unusual rift between the Jewish state and the world’s largest Jewish community, in the United States.

According to a “historic compromise” overseen by the government in January 2016, the main plaza in front of the Western Wall would remain under the administration of ultra-Orthodox rabbis. But non-Orthodox Jews would be allocated a separate section, currently an archaeological site, which would be upgraded at public expense.

But ultra-Orthodox parties in the coalition of Binyamin Netanyahu, the prime minister, were up in arms. They regard progressive Jews as perverting Judaism. And with 13 seats out of his 66-member coalition (the Knesset has 120 members), they have enough leverage to reverse government policy.

According to the Pew Research Centre, most American Jews are affiliated with the two progressive streams of Judaism, with 35% identifying themselves as Reform and 18% Conservative. Only one in ten American Jews are Orthodox. By contrast in Israel, religious life is monopolised by Orthodox Judaism even though most Israelis are not actively affiliated with a particular religious stream: they define themselves as secular or vaguely “traditional”. Few of them are much interested in these issues and the 10% of Israeli Jews who are ultra-Orthodox wield disproportionate political power by voting for parties that are willing to bring down the government over matters of state and religion.

Israel presents itself both as the Jewish state and the only nation in the Middle East which allows members of all faiths freedom of worship at their holy sites. It is odd, therefore, that so many Jews are not allowed to pray according to their customs at the Western Wall. “Bibi is supposed to be the guy who knows American Jews best,” said an Israeli official involved in talks with the Jewish diaspora, of the MIT-educated prime minister. “He sure misread them this time.” Or just as likely, the man who has claimed to represent all the world’s Jews is more interested in his own political survival.
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The truth is that the hippie "movement" was, and remains. the most enigmatic, inexplicable, ambiguous, and intoxicating societal upheaval in modern American history. Like the Paris Commune, The European revolution of 1848, and the California gold rush of the following year, it is what the French writer Yves Fremion called an "orgasm of history": a sudden eruption of something completelly unprecedented, unclassifiable, and transformative. And because the eye of this weird hurricane was in San Francisco, this city has become a shrine(or mausoleum) to it.

The Summer of Love was infinitely complex. It had a bright, hopeful, even heroic side, but also a dark and tragic one. Some of the young people who flocked to the Haight 50 yesrs ago found not paradise but a psychic or physical nightmare. A lot of had shit went down. The final scene in John Didion's classic piece of reportage "Slouching Towards Bethlehem" features a five-year-old girl whose mother has been giving her LSD. The Summer of Love was the season of the '60s when heroin and violent crime began to replace grass, acid, and gauzy talk about love. It is foolish to sentimentalize it.

But it is equally shortsighted to demonize it, or deny its transformative effects. For a brief time, half a century ago, San Francisco was the center of the strangest cultural revolution America has ever seen. We are still sorting out its meaning and its consequences.

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