I’m at Supernova. (live stream) I’ve come in a little late on an
Werner Vogels talks about cloud computing. He contrasts it with a 1900
Belgian beer brewery that had to have its own electricity generator, which
took a lot of maintenance and didn’t help it make better beer. He warns
that any offering that taps into the large social networks may find itself
with traffic suddenly spiking by orders of magnitude.
NOTE: Live-blogging. Getting things wrong. Missing points. Omitting key
information. Introducing artificial choppiness. Over-emphasizing small
matters. Paraphrasing badly. Not running a spellpchecker. Mangling other
people’s ideas and words. You are warned, people.
Cloud computing’s advantages: 1. Lower costs by eliminating capital
investment and reducing operational costs. 2. Increase agility. 3. Removes
the “heavy lifting” and letting y... (more)
By the way, if Ellen Degeneres wants to respond in a reasonable and
constructive way to the lawsuits over her use of song snippets to dance to,
she could always start using Creative Commons-licensed music, with a nice
plug for the open-hearted musicians making our lives more tuney.
If you search Google Images for “Michelle Obama” (no quotes), the first
image you’ll see is a poorly photoshopped picture of her as an ape.
You’ll also see a Google Ad on that page that links to Google’s
explanation of why such a blatantly racist photo is the top-ranked one at
Google Images. It says, after assuring us that Google does not endorse such
images: “Search engines are a reflection of the content and information
that is available on the Internet. A site’s ranking in Google’s search
results relies heavily on computer algorithms using thousands of factors to
calculate a ... (more)
Kevin Fitchard at TelephonyOnline reports that Google’s Vint Cerf is
pushing for open spectrum among mobile operators.
Vint Cerf, Google’s chief Internet evangelist, is advocating a policy of
spectrum sharing among operators.
At the Open Mobile Summit, Cerf said that new modulation schemes in wireless
would allow for the simultaneous occupation of the same spectrum by multiple
parties, making the notion of a single operator/single license obsolete. For
instance, orthogonal frequency division multiplexing access, which is the
basis for WiMax and long-term evolution, abandons the n... (more)
This is just too cool:
Even if it doesn’t work well — I’ll try it out later — the concept is
great, and the video is a great work of product marketing: clear, exciting,
and ratcheting up the vision click by click.