Adam McMaster

The Solar System Has a Lot of Water

I wrote about the various places you can find water in the solar system on Three Alpha:

There have been a couple of recent discoveries of water in new places in the solar system. Last week a team using data from India’s Chandrayaan-1 probe announced the discovery of water …

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Why You Should Use Docker in Your Research

I gave a talk at the Wetton Workshop in Oxford in June, and then wrote a blog version of that for the Zooniverse blog:

Last month I gave a talk at the Wetton Workshop in Oxford. Unlike the other talks that week, mine wasn’t about astronomy. I was talking …

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Not All Gravitational Waves Start With a Bang

A post about the different types of gravitational waves and where they come from, on my new blog, Three Alpha:

You’ve probably heard of gravitational waves. They’ve been in the news a lot recently because of two experiments called LIGO and Virgo, which have detected gravitational waves coming …

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Stargazing Live 2017 Recap

I wrote a summary of our experience at Stargazing Live this year – the first time we've managed to run a BBC Stargazing Live event at the Zooniverse with no major technical issues even under peak load, and also the first run for ABC Stargazing Live in Australia:

We recently had …

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Opposing the Snoopers' Charter

I wrote a post on the Valcato blog outlining why, as a company, we oppose the Snoopers' Charter and support our clients' right to encrypt their communications.

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Web App Health Checks in Docker

Over at The Zooniverse we've been migrating most of our apps to run under Docker. I won't bother explaining all the benefits of Docker, but we've found it to be a great way of packaging and deploying applications, especially since we have a lot of legacy code with conflicting requirements. Getting everything running in Docker has been interesting, and we've encountered a few problems that needed to be solved along the way. One issue we needed to solve involved monitoring.

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"Emergency" Data Retention Bill Already Being Challenged

Two MPs, Tom Watson and David Davis, are challenging the DRIP bill that the government forced through Parliament last week. The bill was rushed through on short notice under the guise of an emergency, in response to the possibility of legal action by the Open Rights Group.

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