Storm Control

by Pablo Carlier.

“The difference between successful people and very successful people is that very successful people say no to almost everything.”

Warren Buffett

Real-time Big Data is a torrent of 1 Billion events per second. »

Big Data gets a new player today with the launch of Data Torrent. While originally designed as a batch-oriented technology to extract knowledge post-mortem from huge volumes of information, real-time solutions based on Big Data and the Hadoop platform are starting to emerge. 

Data Torrent promises this kind of performance, a Billion events per second for real real-time processing.

And that’s the promise of big data, to change the way you do business by letting you react to this massive amount of information. If the events are over, you can only use the information to improve the next time, but if you’re seeing it as happens, you can react immediately and potentially at least, have a real impact on how you do business.

Very, very curious to see how this plays out, and how the cloud giants react to this.

emergentfutures:

Using An Entire Country To Crowdsource Dangerous Traffic Hotspots
In Belgium, a country of 11 million, the response was impressive when a road safety group put out a call asking citizens to tell the police where they think cops and cameras are most needed.
Full Story : Fastcoexist


Again, another neat example of how crowdsourcing can enable a better public service. Don’t just throw random policy upon citizens “top-down” style: enable us to provide more accurate, more useful, better information than any centrally planned system could ever get on its own.
Technology enabling Government 2.0.

emergentfutures:

Using An Entire Country To Crowdsource Dangerous Traffic Hotspots

In Belgium, a country of 11 million, the response was impressive when a road safety group put out a call asking citizens to tell the police where they think cops and cameras are most needed.

Full Story : Fastcoexist

Again, another neat example of how crowdsourcing can enable a better public service. Don’t just throw random policy upon citizens “top-down” style: enable us to provide more accurate, more useful, better information than any centrally planned system could ever get on its own.

Technology enabling Government 2.0.

“Heck, we’ve had electricity for well over a century now, flushing toilets for nearly two and we’ve still not got that sort of market penetration of either of them. Smartphones are actually spreading faster than the Black Death did….”

– Tim Worstall, on the Ericsson report that predicts that we’ll see 5.9 billion on smartphones within the next 5 years. (via parislemon)

Apple and Google/Motorola Agree to Settle Patent Litigation, Work Together on Patent Reform »

About time. There is zero value for Apple’s or Google’s users in this legal battle. Millions of dollars not spent in innovation.

Apparently they have finally decided to shake hands, move on, and get back to work. The smartphone market is overdue for a second disruption, so the more the focus is kept on innovation the better.

Little has resulted from this patent war. The market would have evolved like this anyway: there is always a “top experience” segment and a “bang for the buck” (a.k.a “good enough”) segment. In the device space, Apple dominates the top and Samsung the middle. Small chinese vendors are stating to eat the bottom though, Samsung is being “Samsunged”.

In the web services space Google is still top dog, and Apple is still struggling to make a dent with iCloud, while Microsoft is coming to the game late but strong with Office, and Spotify is biting iTunes’ feet. This is where I see the battleground now. There is a solid platform to build upon, and the landgrab has started.

Time to look forward and run!

“We can build a fundamentally more efficient system by prudently leveraging centralization rather than trying to manage things in a peer-to-peer, decentralized manner.”

Google Lifts Veil On “Andromeda” Virtual Networking (via irq)

Companies will be attracted to cloud computing because of the on-demand access to compute and storage and utility pricing, but they will stay for a lot of other reasons, chief among them the virtualized networks and related services to monitor, manage, protect, and isolate the links between servers, storage, and the outside world.

Amin Vahdat revealing Google’s Andromeda SDN stack. It is built around the “centralized control plane with peer-to-peer data plane” premise. And they are forecasting a massive industry shift in terms of scale:

We are going to need a fundamental transformation in virtual networking,” Vahdat explained. “We are going to need 10X more bandwidth, 10X lower latency, 10X faster provisioning, and 10X the flexibility in being able to program the infrastructure to support such a programming model.

Cloud Computing has ignited a major transition in IT consumption models, service ubiquity, flexibility and predictability. But it also has been a major innovation driver for the infrastructure design and architecture areas: it has created the need for faster, simpler, cleaner systems that integrate compute, network and storage.

Sometimes we miss that side of the story. It takes a true revolution in systems architecture to enable a ten-fold performance increase overnight. Engineering at its best.

Project leverages Instagram to clean up abandoned bikes on NY streets »

Crowdsourcing is a fantastic enabler of next-gen public service and Smart Communities. City Councils should sponsor initiatives that can deliver big returns to the community while requiring very little from every citizen.

Great savings in spending.
Great service.

Win-win.