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2552 posts • joined 11 Jul 2014

America's broadband speed map is back! And it doesn't totally suck!

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Fine. You go explain to Comcast that they aren't a mobile operator which extends its reach via Xfinity whose connections are everywhere that a subscriber exists. Nice racket there.

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SpaceX's internet satellites to beam down 'Hello world' from orbit

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Re: One wonders ...

If it's less than 394 ms, which is what Comcast is providing right now, it'll be a f---ing improvement. Satellite is the only other option here despite being with Fresno, Ca, city limits. AT&T doesn't even bother, not that I'd ever use them. I'd rather walk to the library and walking ain't fun anymore.

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The YouTube crackdown on fake news: Promoting bonkers Florida school shooting conspiracies

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Re: Getting tired of this "blame the messenger" campaign...

The educational system in the US has very little to nothing to do with "educating the populace." Heaven forbid that we have people that might have a critical thought in their head from time to time. Good little factory workers/wage slaves, perfect. I wish I could put a /sarc at the end. I can't.

Dr. Thomas Sowell and Dr. Walter E. Williams, both economists, are far better analysts on this topic. Just to toss one more bone on the fire, it serves the interests of Google and Facebook by having pure consumers of their "products."

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Bright idea: Make H when the Sun shines, and H when it doesn't

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Re: Hydrogen is a terrible

These links below are just for the last month. I'm well aware of the embrittlement problem as we have to deal with the same problem, plus neutron embrittlement, in (Navy) nuclear reactors. Rather a lot of people playing in this end of materials science.

https://phys.org/news/2018-02-uncovers-mechanism-water-splitting-catalyst.html

https://phys.org/news/2018-01-potential-metal-nanoparticles-catalysts-fast.html

https://phys.org/news/2018-02-high-efficiency-low-cost-catalyst-electrolysis.html

https://phys.org/news/2018-02-infrared-lasers-reveal-unprecedented-surface.html

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Boffins: If AI eggheads could go ahead and try to stop their code being evil, that'd be great

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Re: But AI doesn't exist. And may never exist.

No AI required at all in this case. Area-Denial has been a thing for quite a while (1980's) without it being required. You need to get into machine-learning when you're requiring weighting on the choices and recommended responses, especially in the face of counter-measures.

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Q: Why did the Cisco cross the network? A: To automate what's on the other side

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Gee, let's outsource all your networks to Cisco and get rid of our "expensive" in-house talent. As if we don't have a steady drumbeat of how well that has worked in the past. Sounds to my ears something right out of Larry Ellison's house. I've no problem with AT&T getting the shaft: I've a problem with their customers getting the shaft. As a prime example from history, IBM used to make the same argument as well. Just let us integrate your disparate hardware for you and we'll support you into the future. That's gone by the wayside as a result of IBM shooting themselves in the groin in a death by redundancies.

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UK local gov: 37 cyber attacks a minute but little mandatory training

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Re: And the solution is

Not sniping, just completely interested by whom will you get such into law? Same problem on my side of the pond.

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*Wakes up in Chrome's post-adblockalyptic landscape* Wow, hardly anything's changed!

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Re: Adverts?

Must be seeing another site than I am. Supermicro ad blocking over that table and a bit of text. The Netapp ad is a hideous monster worthy of a stake, beheading and scattering the ashes. What the heck? I've had all ads white listed since 2012. Seriously doubting it now.

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Microsoft reveals 'limitations of apps and experiences on Arm' – then deletes from view

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Re: Seriously?

I certainly don't consider it HATE at all. I can recall spending days to weeks manually/visually hunting down changes between my MSDN Disc sets. Landmines and bear traps indeed.This is a huge step up in comparison. Too bad it's no longer relevant.

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Still not on Windows 10? Fine, sighs Microsoft, here are its antivirus tools for Windows 7, 8.1

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Re: For Sale: In the Fort Clark, North Dakota area

Something a certain future General by the name of William Tecumsah Sherman managed to get his name tied to. That's aside from the California Revolution, both times.

NB: California history is a prerequisite if you want to teach in this state.

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Re: MS Give Windows 7 & 8 users a Virtual Machine with their previous Windows 7 & 8 O/S in it.

Now you're being silly. Anything which you can stuff in an .ova file can be run on any platform. Well, I'll grant the exception when it comes to Mac, although that speed-bump there is minor. I've been virtualizing that since the 1980's, on a hypercapable Amiga.

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Re: 'that'd make us look bad even if it is an old OS."?'

If they can inject telemetry here on a pair of 32bit, octocore ARM's, more power to them. I was already moving my x86-64 machines off of the Internet before. Meltdown/Spectre merely reinforce my paranoia as I do all sorts of insane things expecting reliable results. Thankfully, I made heterogeniaty something of a feature here in my laboratory. If I can't rely on the results of my testing regime, where are those of us on the cutting edge of computing going to end up?

Adding ATP to the mix as a mitigation means exactly nothing when it comes utility here. Lipsticks, Pig.

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Boffins upload worm's brain into a computer, teach it tricks

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Someone put them in contact with the ITU 5G ML working group.

Next!

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UK ICO, USCourts.gov... Thousands of websites hijacked by hidden crypto-mining code after popular plugin pwned

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I'm waiting for one of these third party inclusions that takes advantage of a working Spectre javascript exploit. Hacking just the right third party code would end up pwning an impressive count completely invisibly.

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No Windows 10, no Office 2019, says Microsoft

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Re: As soon as Windows 7 support finishes

My Samsung AIO laser printer prints just fine from a tablet or anything else for that matter. Absolute worst case need the Samsung app, drivers are a non-issue, that's covered. It's why I selected it. True, most people don't research that but that'll change. I've already seen some who go through serial buy and return cycles until they get one that's "Just Right."

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Re: Not a big deal

You're ignoring 5he cost of engaging a Microsoft Partner or three to get it working properly, integrated to your business processes, and care and proper feeding to keep it that way despite every change makes to both Office 365 and, more specifically, Sharepoint and SQL. Exactly the same situation for Exchange although the backing store is different if I recall correctly. I''m a master-class mage but I don't touch it. That's Goddess level.

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Re: Fear...

Gotta call bullshit on that one. If there's one group ready to call Microsoft's bluff, it's small business owners. Either they turn to old hands like me to maintain legacy computers, often tied to some software package or three, or just plain pissed 'cause they're tired of being pissed on and switch to something else.

No, it's the medium or larger businesses or enterprises that can't afford to get up and leave their investments and human capital behind. Usually, although sometimes they do as well. And their workers have similar set ups at home that their families use as well. There's the lock in. And Microsoft knows it, as do I.

I'm in a separation phase in my relationship with Microsoft. Soon to be a divorce. Between their serial vulnerabilities from all vendors and the Wild West of the Internet turning into CounterStrike, and Microsoft's business moves, I can't take it any more. I've gone to a couple of tablets, one hooked up as a desktop (keyboard, mouse and 30" diplay) that I don't trust and if they get chomped, a factory rest or cheap replacement is simple.

That's where I'm at right now. Everything else lives off in another universe and that's rather a lot else. The hand writing of Microsoft started with them killing Technet subscriptions serial developer abuse, killing their "New Technologies" again and again, Windows 8 and 10, and finally Office 365 subscriptions extending into the corporate world.

Yep, that "New Technologies" is regurgitation of mainframe client-server rentals, right out of IBM's heyday in the '60's and '70's, the MS/AWS/GCP data center serving as the mainframe. Been there, done that, burned the "I'm Stupid" T-shirt. Generally not an option for the Rest of Us. <Waving bye-bye> to this Brave New World.

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Data-by-audio whizzes Chirp palmed £100k to keep working with EDF

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Certainly not to this engineer. I have used audio coupler modems in past. Hell I could tell you the connect speed simply by listening to the connection hand shaking and that's all the way up to 56K baud, which maximum was less than that. Submarines have similar gear to converse with each other and surface ships. It's called Gertrude. Sounds in water are a useful, if perhaps seldom used communications medium.

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Re: Location Location Location

Ditto a nuclear reactor, especially one stuffed in a submarine which is my use case. That's going to come down to how it works in a run silent scenario. [And in damage control.] Interesting in that it proves that the idea is to get energy from point A to point B, which spectums are to hand.

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$14bn tax hit, Surface Pro screens keep dying – but it's not all good news at Microsoft

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Re: The other MS disease

That's hardware, I've seen it's like before. Give me an open unit, a serious hot day or room and freezemist will nail it.

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So you accidentally told a million people they are going to die: What next? Your essential guide...

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Re: Good compendium of possible actions/inactions/mis-actions.

Considering that I'm facing a fate worse than death, becoming a shut-in? Yeah, I'd guzzle to that.

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FBI slams secret Nunes memo alleging Feds spied on Team Trump for political reasons

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Meanwhile, Rome burns.

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Windows Defender will strap pushy scareware to its ass-kicker machine

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Why now?

Only hazarding a reasoned guess but, perhaps, they're attempting to reduce call center volume now that foisting a Windows upgrade on the hapless victim is an option. Just a guess.

Took 'em long enough.

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On yer bike! Boffins teach AI drone to fly itself using cams on bicycles, self-driving car

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Re: Pah

Yep, TLAMs were even merging with freeway traffic on their way from launch off the coast of Southern California to the range in Utah. However, they're a lot smarter than this drone, or even pigeons for that matter. One of the systems I'd sign off on when we upgraded the software.

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Azure Event Grid goes live, gives world cloudy publish-subscribe model

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Thanks. I couldn't recall Tibco to save my life earlier. And it's venerable for a reason, it works. Which Microsoft has never done here.

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Looks more like BizTalk Server brought kicking and screaming into this century. Interesting, even if I'm not doing anything Microsoft ever again.

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Tensorflow Lite: Neat, but an ordeal to get running on your mobe

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Compared to where I started in AI/ML in comp. sci. in the early 70's? Now the field is quite similar in nature to picking up BI skills. To do your best you need some type of map to guide you to the right signposts along the way. Getting it via coursework helps immensely simply due to the interactive nature of the course. Book knowledge, not so great. I'd put the various multimedia tutorials in between the two. Gifted amateurs can do pretty well even if they lack specific maths skills.

As I stated above I started working in this field back in the 70's and despite, or perhaps because of, my dozen years working in various engineering fields, I've been using ML quite a bit along the way. There were always problems that required a different approach to working with the data sets that were beyond existing methodologies in statistics, other types (long list) of analysis (long list), etc. "Wiring-Up" a neural net was useful, even if the mainframe or later microcomputers, took a good loooong while to complete its training datasets. I even came up with a couple that I've never seen anyone approach, ever. Self-allocating/wiring neural nets was one; the other was non-linear neural nets. [I do like to take a walk on the wild side from time to time.]

So, I'm not depending on my university work before or after my wandering off to play (nuclear) engineer. It was my time spent in economics, specifically econometrics, and taking every damn statistical/mathematical analysis, experimental design and/or modeling courses the university had, no matter what the department, that allowed me to rip up some of the rules and try something different. And this is one point I'd like to really make clear. We do need people that are also ready to take a walk on that wild side as the whole field, and all the domains that ML can be utilized in, as this universe hasn't been entirely mapped.

Yes, it's not down to pure API plays but it's also not something you need eight plus years, or a lifetime, in maths to do. It's also quite fun seeing what you can do. [And in the various engineering fields I've worked professionaly in over the years, let's say the laws were suggestive rather than concrete.]

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In America, tech support conmen get a mild slap. In Blighty, scammers get the book thrown at them

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We have Three-Strikes here in California and yes this is a thang. Unintended consequences and all that.

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Re: Tagged curfew

I seem to recall a piece in El Reg concerning the contracts around this system being upgraded.The bit about Crapita having the monitoring contract. Now, how effective is that?

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Red Hat tries CoreOS on for size – and buys

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Re: Great /sarcasm

You do light up my life so ... well. Time to go take a double dose of all my antidepressants.

On the plus side, rejigging the lab is going well.

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Great /sarcasm

CoreOS was in so many ways the better thought out proposition. Which happens to be why I stopped tracking Docker and still kept an eye on CoreOS. I dearly hope Poettering is kept well away from etcd.

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Eggheads: Cities, don't woo rich Amazon with sweetheart HQ deals

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Re: How do they get away with it?

It's pure crony capitalism, not some form of socialism. Also quite old.

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You see the same idiocy when new sports teams are created with tax payers footing the bill for the stadiums. Or to keep sports teams (cough Raiders cough). Here in Hell (Fresno), CA we have endless "investments" in "revitalizing" downtown.

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California Senate OKs net neutrality law, gives FCC cold hard long stare

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States have done such to other businesses as well as telecoms before, so no new law is needed. State consumer protection acts at legitimate business interests. Public utility commisions have form here, too and California happens to have both.

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UK.gov mass data slurping ruled illegal – AGAIN

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Re: A pyrrhic victory

Reading The Economist since 1980, I figured that out some time ago. It's become rather depressing of late though.

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All your base are belong to us: Strava exercise app maps military sites, reveals where spies jog

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Adam 52 and Credas, it does beggar belief if you are a civilian. Frankly, this kind of opsec fail occurs regularly. Yes, the military does know how to do opsec, just look at the heat-map there. However, if you read the Washington Post article [https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/a-map-showing-the-users-of-fitness-devices-lets-the-world-see-where-us-soldiers-are-and-what-they-are-doing/2018/01/28/86915662-0441-11e8-aa61-f3391373867e_story.html?hpid=hp_hp-top-table-main_strava-415pm%3Ahomepage%2Fstory&utm_term=.a7e90c1ca729], you'll find out that use was encouraged. I got the number off freebies wrong by a factor of ten (2,500 not 25,000), usually don't make errors of magnitude but it was late here and meds kicking in.

Any remember the flash drives with confidential files still on them sold in an Afgani bazaar? Sh*t happens and still, to this day, seeding flash drives in a parking lot is a fave for pentesters.

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Re: @ DougS

If you want to know where carrier battlegroups are going to be, even if it's changing from day to day, in the future just ask the prostitutes. They always know. Hell, I've asked them before. Spent 7 years straigt serving on the same tincan (destroyer) and that's one tip most sailors know.

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In defense of former and current serving military members, they were encouranged to buy and use the devices to improve physical fitness. DoD even gave away 25,000 of the devices as I recall. So the fail isn't at lower ranks alone.

This really bothers me. While I wore the uniform I spent quite a bit of time wandering around with an M1911A1 .45 calibre pistol strapped to my right hip. I made damned sure that I randomized my check-in times and routes to there and on the rest of my patrol. Really, really random. You never knew how I was going about my affairs. I wanted to remain alive, thank you ever so much. That a device whose use is encouraged by the chain of command negates all that, or at least puts some of the rest of my mates in danger is disturbing. Fall out should be popcorn worthy even with Meltdown/Spectre already chumming the water.

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FYI: Processor bugs are everywhere – just ask Intel and AMD

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@bazza

Now that's intriguing. This is a problem that the crypto community wrestles with all the time. Definitely worth watching; be interesting to see the price-points once it's out of pre-order.

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Why did I buy a gadget I know I'll never use?

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I lose whole days whenever Tequila is involved. Given that I actually like Brussel Sprouts that combination misses the point of having them in the first place. Which is probably your intent?

For the record, if frozen, boiled Brussel Sprouts is what I do here. Now fresh is another thing. Those get steamed in my Wok which is my Swiss Army Knife kitchen tool of choice.

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Nervy nuke-armed nation fires missile with 5,000km range

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You only need to look at the activities of the Pakistani ISI to understand why that's the case. Here in the US, we've apparently finally (!) had enough of them funding and providing a safe haven for the terrorists killing our people as well.

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Software that predicts whether crims will break the law again is no better than you or me

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Not a lot of fun wading into the capital punishment datasets, whether an algorthm or not is involved, taking into account the accuracy of predictions by any group. Bias there is 90:1.

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Who's using 2FA? Sweet FA. Less than 10% of Gmail users enable two-factor authentication

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Re: What exactly is every one supposed to protect?

I'm with AC. I simply do not trust email or other Internet related technologies. I predate the Internet, which means the web as well. I still remember fondly petting a shiny, new PDP-11/780 the day it arrived. If you have a bit of Google-Fu, simply search on "brian bartlett" and the rest will follow. [Hint: I'm top of the list.] And yes, my identity has already been stolen, some time ago as a matter of fact, despite using an offline/out-of-band password manager without password reuse. Didn't even make a speed-bump there.

Where I do use 2FA, via Yubikey, is code signing. Content there is worth protecting. Everything email related is mere dross; newsletters and vulnerability warnings. Not even the bank account information is useful, consisting of low funds notices.

For extra points, finger-print my posts. That'll turn up my other accounts. There are quite a few out there.

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HTML5 may as well stand for Hey, Track Me Longtime 5. Ads can use it to fingerprint netizens

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Re: If?

"Privacy is dead. Get over it." Whether it's nation state or large advertising concern, we're overmatched. I do love to throw sand in their (advertisers) gears for the Hell of it.

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Astroboffins say our Solar System could have – wait, stop, what... the US govt found UFOs?

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The oddities of this solar system just continue to accrue. Small rocky planets, instead of gas giants, close to the sun with the gas giants farther out. Now, theoretically, the origin for the solar system is attributable to a Wolf-Rayet star. All grist for the mill when examining the Fermi paradox.

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Storage Christmas cracker: My band is called 1023MB. We haven't had a gig yet

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In order to bring AI and machine learning to more business users, organizations will need to implement a sound cloud data management strategy to put all of their data in one location for users to organize, analyze and prepare for AI/machine learning applications. Add bit from other parts and.... By this time next year we will have to bear with Data Warehousing 2.0?

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China may stick to its own DRAM memory soon – researchers

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Re: Not going to happen

Not too many decades ago, this was true of the US. How we collectively forget past lessons in economic history continues to amaze me.

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Hancock's hour: Minister of fun makes quips as GDPR questions cover old ground

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There's a word in proper English for which I never had a referent. Gormless. Thank you for clearing that up Mr. Hancock.

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All the AIs NVMe, says IBM: Claims POWER9s + InfiniBand brainier than COTS

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I've rarely had a problem with IBM hardware or software. My problems lie in the domains of consistency and now constancy. I've no idea of where IBM next month, let alone a quarter or refresh cycle. I'm pretty sure they have no idea either.

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Republican tax bill ready to rescue hard-up tech giants, struggling rich

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Just how much of those investments in infrastructure and manufacturing go towards automation will be interesting to see. In which case, the job market is going to sour farther than current workforce participation numbers already do.

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