Is COBOL futureproof? COBOL in 2024

COBOL is the miracle dinosaur of computer programming languages: It is very old and it should have been replaced by other languages, but somehow it still survives. This causes problems for companies, since many COBOL programmers are retired or will retire in the next decades, leaving companies without anyone to maintain some of the most…

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VU university business track research projects

The Vrije Universiteit Business Track  is a novel way for third year Computer Science students to complete their thesis. Instead of working individually on a purely academic problem, in this track they will work in small groups on a real business problem at a real company. We are looking for eight innovative companies with a…

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NOREA recommends CIS controls against ransomware

NOREA, the Dutch professional organisation of IT auditors, has conducted a study into a framework for ransomware measures, in response to the increasing ransomware attacks that have been reported in the news, both internationally and in the Netherlands. The use of ransomware has been around for quite some time, however it is very evident that…

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Comparing cloud AI services against open source libraries for face detection

The three large cloud companies Google, Microsoft and Amazon offer cloud services for many AI tasks. Using these services has practical benefits but also strategic risks: when using a service, you have less control over your AI use. In order to gain insight into the pros and cons of AI services, Elif Kalkan has done…

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Legocolor: a computer vision dataset for learning datascience

The Legocolor dataset is a new dataset designed to test common data science techniques such as k-nearest neighbour and decision trees. The dataset consists of color samples (red, green and blue value) from real world images of Lego and the official lego color of the brick, and the goal is to train a model to…

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