* Posts by De Facto

19 posts • joined 3 Dec 2011

Microsoft's paid $60 per LinkedIn user – and it's a bargain, because we're mugs

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Facepalm

Probably it is just another very unethical tax optimization

Reduce billions of cash money stashed abroad in tax-heavens by buying a loss-making operational business that almost solely depends on advertising money, then get a tax reduction from the write-off of the acquired company loss and debts? US government is considering to start taxing money sheltered in offshores for multinationals soon. The only fools will then be MS shareholders who do not own LinkedIn stock and the government's tax office.

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SAP buys 'all the pretty data' firm Roambi

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New browser-only BI tools using blazing-fast HTML5 are now available to everyone

Thanks to HTML5, advanced BI analytics tools do not cost a fortune anymore. One does not need SAP or Microsoft BI tools to add intuitive, engaging, interactive, touch-enabled analytics and data visualization to any web and mobile app. Check out Zoomcharts, Highcharts or Amcharts, to start with. Few hundred of dollars per unlimited use license for your website and start delivering ground-breaking visual user experience for your own Big data access that often leaves big boys ashamed. Big vendors are often marketing their overpriced and clumsy BI tools largely due to the fact, that most people are still unaware of the smaller, more agile and more innovative vendors on the market. This crop of new browser-only BI vendors usually has also better designed graphing and charting engines, that are cross-platform, mobile and touch enabled. Their software kits perform way faster at visual rendering and animation effects.

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Hortonworks: Fly, my channel army, fly (oh, and help us turn losses into profits)

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Channel for open-source?

Why a channel would want the revenue sharing with an open-source vendor in professional services and in technical support, when it can easily take it all from their customers? Software license is free, source code is readily available, even bug fixes can be done by engaging community for a small one-time fee. Seems that even Hortonworks understands this reality, when they are still talking about direct sales. And what a sales they need to do in a cut-throat price competition for services! Nearly everyone, including IBM and Microsoft, is offering dead-cheap support for Hadoop.

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Microsoft in 2016: Is there any point asking SatNad what's coming?

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Paradox of multi-billion company fate?

Think about it. It would take very little efforts from Microsoft leadership to save their business and market, if they would revert to desktop GUI that everyone knows. It all comes down to backward compatibility, since time of people is what matters most today. nobody wants to learn new Windows 8, 10, Nth GUI complexity, if Windows 7 was close to perfect at office productivity to get the job done. Same about MS Office classic GUI, Outlook and other tools. Microsoft's shortsightedness is astounding, in particular, when they have spent tens of bilions to educate two generations of people in schools, universities and training classes worldwide to use Windows 7 and Office 2007 style GUI that became de facto standard on nearly a billion of computers, and basic computer literacy knowledge perhaps few billion of people. What a disaster from a business point of view to write off all of this corporate investment with incompatible, confusing and people scaring GUIs of Win 8,10 etc. Add personal data slurping, unwanted updates ... You got it what you deserve. Balmer was right about the leadership problem. From business point of view, he was the last CEO who at least did it right with Windows 7, by far the best Windows OS, learning his painful lesson after Vista failure.

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How much do containers thrash VMs in power usage? Thiiiis much

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Unhappy

True hyperscale operations do not use virtualization

In large scale clusters from hundreds to few thousands of servers hosting the same very large data corpus nobody is going to use virtualization due to dramatic efficiency loss for distributed computing tasks. When multi-node networking should be done among multiple servers for a single search or analytics query, computing efficiency loss because of virtualization can run up to 40%, compared to bare metal. The culprit is pure signaling physics in packetized digital networks. Virtualization needs to encapsulate network data packets. It can easily double the total traffic to be processed and that increases data nanagement workload across many computing stack layers. Neither Google, nor Facebook use virtualization in their inhouse computing kingdoms when doing very large hyperscale computing.

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Volkswagen: 800,000 of our cars may have cheated in CO2 tests

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Pint

Hint - time to blame cheap offshore programmers?

It started as a corporate evil materialized and uncovered by heroic scientists.

Now it starts looking as a corporate product ignorance and plain stupidity at nearly all VW management levels.

I would not be surprised that in the end VW will start blaming, for instance, a couple of Russian or Bulgarian programmers, doing some cheap software development outsourcing work for them, that nobody in VW cared much about. It might be even true, with ongoing confusion among VW top brass and continuing new revealations of the dieselgate.

I hope that German beer production is not yet outsourced.

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Burn ALL the COAL, OIL – NO danger of SEA LEVEL rise this century from Antarctic ice melt

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Happy

Ant mightier than the elephant?

No other energy source compares to the energy potential of sunshine. Solar energy is the most abundant energy source on the planet, by far. The world's total energy consumption was 16 Terawatts in 2009, expected to be 28 Terawatts in 2050. Solar energy hitting the Earth surface with potential for renewables is 23,000 Terawatts per year!

Climatologists, warmists, CO2-quotas merchants and naive politicians turned alarmists perhaps are lavishly paid to do their job, but they can not prove laws of thermodynamics and physics wrong!

A picture is worth a thousand words:

http://cleantechnica.com/files/2011/08/energy-resources-renewables-fossil-fuel-uranium.png

The full article can be found here (clearly not a coal- or oil- industry resource either):

http://cleantechnica.com/solar-power/

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Dossiers on US spies, military snatched in 'SECOND govt data leak'

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FAIL

Back to typewriters following Putin's footsteps?

It was recently reported, that after Russians snatched Snowden, Putin's first response was ordering of 300 legacy typewriters for Kremlin staffers. When none of broadly worldwide used US designed PCs and other digital devices, american built OSes and smartphones were free from NSA introduced backdoors and encryption vulnerabilities, while NSA was fully busy in hiding from public their secretely found zero-day software exploits, perhaps Obama should had to follow the only logically possible sound advice. One can not hack what is not there. It was only a matter of time that foreign governments and criminals beyond NSA controls would understand how americans shot themselves in the foot and start doing the same in reverse. Sadly, that is how Russia's new führer outsmarted Obama. One can assume that there would not even be a war between Russia and Ukraine, if American spying data, agents, policies would not be exposed now to any government who want to make fun of them now.

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Google mouthpieces: 'Right to be Forgotten' should NOT apply on google.com

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Stop

Rights to remove links to pirated US content should not apply on google.de, google.fr etc?

Following the Google's logic, Google should stop removing links to disputed copyrighted content of American companies everywhere else but on google.com. Because only 5% of Europeans, if we had to believe to Google's lawyers, go to search for the American content on google.com.

Jokes aside, it is obvious that collecting a 'dirt' about milions of private people with outdated content ruining their private life or damaging their reputation, posted at some time as some anonymous comments on thousands of web sites of fairly decent reputation, such as local news or media sites, it generates more interest to search by person or company name. For instance, Google is often used to dig up something negative for an opponent bushing, or for playing kids having evil fun about each other searching on Google about their parents, or just for other casual evil. Therefore linking to outdated 'dirt' satisfies such an nefarious human interest and naturally generates more search traffic to Google and more dirty advertising revenues to Google. That explains Googles's millions shelled out for laywers and panel advisors, with obvious intent to keep maximum number of links to those evil postings about people private matters forever on the Google search index, in contrast to their policy of immediate removal of disputed copyrighted (pirated) content. That is the best evidence that number of Rights to Forget removal requests is not a technical problem for Goggle, and Google should stop misleading European regulators and just follow the court ruling same technical way they are already dealing with copyright disputes. I am amazed that European legal system falled victim to this obvious Google's tactics.

I also believe it will backfire for Goggle in their home country. Americans are the least protected nation from this privacy failure, and it is only a matter of time when Google is going to face a multi-billion legal class action on the American soil and pay a penalty as a total company failure to protect own home country citizens rights to forget.

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Autonomy ex-moneyman: 'Visionary' Léo would have made HP merger work

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Autonomy - is it a technology someone wants today?

Among all legal and accounting controversies, what about Autonomy software technology? Is there any sales success from HP? User base growth? Innovations? Register could better report on that too.

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Cheer up, Nokia fans. It can start making mobes again in 18 months

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Linux

Nokia Reborn

Blend an iphone-sized touch-screen display with Nokia E-series ergonomic QWERTY keyboard. Whoever will do it, will rewrite the smart-phone devices history again. A bit longer device in one piece, yet so much more productive for business people. Longer amps for battery too. So anti-Jobsian thing, that perhaps only Finns can figure it out and pull it off again.

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Google adds 'data protection' WARNING to Euro search results

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Class action for evading the court decision?

Suppose you have a nasty divorce process in the family with small kids, where one of the parties foolishly used local news site to accuse the other party for crimes that never happened. Divorce ends as usual with split families and divided property, the only common responsibility both parties share are kids. The local news site does not run a global search engine. After 5 years this private family case is forgotten but in Google. Kids are in their teens and are using Google for everything. Imagine a traumatic experience of kids when searching for their parent names, when top ranked results of some local news sites, always high on Google page rank, depict both parents as criminals, with anonymous comments that ruin both parents reputation forever indexed. Think this evil could not happen to your family or kids? Think again!

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Oracle vs Google redux: Appeals court says APIs CAN TOO be copyrighted

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Copyrights protection for real code vs patents of trivial ideas - what is more evil?

Focus on bashing the copyright protection ruling by the court is unprofessional and a communist ideology. Books, artworks and software code are best protected by copyrights to prevent stealing without compensating authors for months and years of their work. It's also unethical propoganda Russian style, kind of 'we would take what others own en masse'. In contrast, all those coments about software copyrights as evil principle are purely delusional about the true evil - software patents based only on trivial ideas and no copyrighted code substantiating those patent claims. The truly difficult part of the software invention is a working code vs paperwork ideas that multibillion companies lawyers can patent in droves. Google's position that software patents matter, not real code, is orders of magnitudes more evil that most of comentators realize. A time when Google will become a real patent troll and extorter of money for their thousands of patented 'ideas' will come sooner than most of us think. In fact, I believe they will try to kill both open source and copyrights with their patents, if their ads revenue one day will start diminishing. That's inevitable logic for a publicly traded giant company. I see no other reason to spend billions on buying patent-rich companies. It's insurance policy, their pension plan when their company starts getting into serious financial troubles.

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Nokia decrypts browser traffic, assures public not to worry

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Stop

Caveat Emptor

European Union flag-ship technology company just follows EU directives for spying on its citizens, in my opinion. You know, a lot of talking about protection of privacy, while actually doing the opposite. They should better keep silent about privacy when caught red-handed.

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New lightest-ever material: Ideal power for electric car

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Germans will save us?

If that is true, we are saved and free from dirty oil! Sounds too good to be true.

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Kenyan startup claims Google 'scalped' its data after staging a STING

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Business directories are killed by Google everywhere in similar manner

Blame yourself. Nearly all business directories did open their databases for Goggle trawlers, to get more traffic from Google to their web sites. Now it's payback time - Google knows exactly who their customers are - those with paid listings, and it seems GoogleKong aims for killing, this time the whole compeeting industry sector. Same practice in other countries as far as I know: Germany, France, UK. Bye, bye old Yellow Pages!

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Facebook 'HipHop VM' juices PHP speed pill

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True compiler?

If the tool is only 1.6x faster at executing compiled byte code, it is just another interpreting language concept like Java, not a true compiler for transforming code to C++. By replacing all object oriented programming in their PHP source code with simple plain old function calls, they would get about the same 1.6x performance increase.

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Cash-bloated startup takes on data protection giants

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Cloud backup not for everyone

It is all about trust and security. Enterprise customers with a lot to loose probably would prefer not to share their data on the cloud. Big enterprises are touting cloud to small and mid-size businesses, but always are creating and running their own cloud. In fact, some of them are looking not for cloud customers, but for customers of their cloud customers. So better beware merchants. Safety of information, including backup of your data, can only be guaranteed by fully owning of all backups of that data and controlling physical access to backup media. Don't be fooled by illusions that somebody will do better than you. Most of the time probably outsourced backup will not harm the business. In emergency nobody knows what business priorities your backup provider will honor first.

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NoSQL hopeful cozies up to Hadoop data-muncher

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For a true scalability you need to return to basics

NoSQL software still does not have a truly scalable high performance code base. A lot of Java, Erlang etc., but for both scalability and speed you need to use C/C++ platform. It is a major software engineering effort required to develop a stable, fast and scalable database platform in C. Building a Lego house where bricks are manufactured by different vendors seldom works.

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