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  • Unbeknownst to Clinton, IT firm had emails stored on cloud; now in FBI’s hands

    10/07/2015 2:55:58 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 115 replies
    McClatchy ^ | October 6, 2015 | By Greg Gordon and Anita Kumar
    WASHINGTON A Connecticut company, which backed up Hillary Clinton‘s emails at the request of a Colorado firm, apparently surprised her aides by storing the emails on a “cloud” storage system designed to optimize data recovery. The firm, Datto Inc., said Wednesday that it turned over the contents of its storage to the FBI on Tuesday. A Republican Senate committee chairman, Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson, also has asked the firm to provide the committee copies of any data from Clinton’s account still in its possession. There were conflicting accounts as to whether the developments could lead to retrieval of any of...
  • Dealing with Boundary Issues

    10/05/2015 5:55:28 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 3 replies
    Linux Journal ^ | 02 October 2015 | Doc Searls
    The other evening a bunch of us were sitting in a friend's living room while a series of photos scrolled across her TV. The photos were a screen saver served up by her new Apple TV box. Some of the pictures were of people, birds, flowers, cats and other typical stuff. But in the mix were also shots of price tags, bar codes, bags of mulch and other stuff she had thought about buying at some point. "What are those doing there?" somebody asked. "I don't know," she said. "I thought I threw those away." "That's scary," somebody said. "What...
  • Microsoft preps Azure data lake flood gates for readiness (open source-friendly cloud services)

    09/28/2015 7:45:33 PM PDT · by dayglored · 18 replies
    The Register ^ | Sep 28, 2015 | Gavin Clarke
    Microsoft will later this year release its open-source friendly lake for big-data analytics in the cloud. Azure Data Lake Store – announced at Build in April – will be released as a preview, Microsoft said Monday. The store will be built on Apache YARN for developers and data scientists, to analyse information, and will use Azure HDInsight – a managed service for Hadoop, Spark, Storm and Hbase. HDInsight was developed by Microsoft working with Ubuntu-shop Canonical and Hadoop spinner Hortonworks, Microsoft and Canonical said. In preparation for the preview Microsoft Monday threw the doors open on managed Linux clusters. Microsoft’s...
  • Everyone has a 'microbial cloud'

    09/23/2015 11:45:28 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 40 replies
    BBC ^ | James Gallagher
    Everyone is surrounded by a unique "cloud" of millions of their own bacteria, according to scientists at the University of Oregon in the US. Walk through someone else's cloud, and it will "rain" bacteria on your skin and be breathed into your lungs. The study on 11 people, published in the journal PeerJ, showed it was possible to identify people from their microbial miasma. ... Groups of bacteria in the cloud included Streptococcus, which is common in the mouth, and the skin bugs Propionibacterium and Corynebacterium. The researchers argue the mix may have a "forensic application" to detect whether someone...
  • Chicago Adds Ridiculous 9% "Cloud Tax" on Netflix and Other Streaming Services

    09/18/2015 11:04:20 PM PDT · by Vision Thing · 33 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | September 18, 2015 | Jason Snead
    Streaming companies like Netflix, Spotify, and Amazon Prime are revolutionizing how Americans consume media content. These wildly popular services enable ubiquitous and virtually instantaneous access to expansive catalogues of music, movies, and TV shows. Streaming is big business, and Chicago wants a piece of the action. On Sept. 1, the city’s controversial new “cloud tax” went into effect, extending a 9-percent “amusement tax” into the digital realm. Streaming the latest Taylor Swift album and binge-watching House of Cards is about to get a whole lot more expensive in the Windy City. In addition to its amusement tax, Chicago is extending...
  • Microsoft has created its own version of Linux — a product Steve Ballmer once likened to 'cancer'

    09/18/2015 3:23:44 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 09/18/2015 | Matt Weinberger
    This week, Microsoft unveiled Azure Cloud Switch, a boring-sounding product that's only interesting to developers and IT professionals working on the bleeding edge of networking technology. The scandalous part is actually under the hood: Azure Cloud Switch is, at the core, a specialized version of Linux — a free operating system that former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer once referred to as "a cancer." Linux, created in the early 1990s by incredibly influential programming firebrand Linus Torvalds and further developed by a veritable army of volunteers from around the world, never quite toppled the dominance of Microsoft Windows on the desktop....
  • Amazon and Microsoft just scored a huge $100 million cloud deal that can't be making IBM too happy

    08/31/2015 12:19:39 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 1 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 08/31/2015 | Julie Bort
    Amazon and Microsoft are quickly becoming the king and queen of cloud computing. Here's another case in point: the two of them just won a huge contract with the FAA, led by IT consultant CSC. This contract will consolidate the FCC's data centers, moving data to both Amazon's cloud Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft's cloud, Azure. CSC says the contract is worth $108 million out of the gate, and because its a long-term contract, could be worth as much as $1 billion over the next 10 years. The FAA isn't getting rid of its data centers altogether to run...
  • Almost 600 Accounts Breached in 'Celebgate' Nude Photo Hack, FBI Says

    06/10/2015 9:28:30 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 57 replies
    CNBC ^ | June 10, 2015 | M. Alex Johnson
    The stunning leak of nude and intimate photos of scores of celebrities may reach far wider than was previously known, involving the breach of almost 600 online storage accounts, according to unsealed federal court documents. The "Celebgate" hack resulted in the posting on Aug. 31 of almost 500 purported photos of Hollywood stars, models and other celebrities — including Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton, Kirsten Dunst, Kaley Cuoco and U.S. soccer star Hope Solo — to the Wild West-like Internet forum 4chan, from which they quickly spread. Apple Inc. confirmed the next day that the photos were obtained through a "targeted...
  • Armageddon strikes: Massive Cloud sparks Russian Nuclear Attack Panic

    06/08/2015 10:51:48 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 45 replies
    UK Daily Star ^ | 6-8-2015 | Alexander Bogdanov
    The huge shape floating above homes and businesses sparked widespread panic as people took to social media to find out if the end of the world was coming. Many in the city of Tyumen in south central Russia believed it was the beginning of a nuclear war. Photos of the ominous mushroom cloud quickly went viral in Russia. Alexander Bogdanov posted a photo on Instagram saying: "World War III has begun. "I photographed it from my window." Another, Oleg Alexeeva, tweeted: "Oh, God save us. What have they done?!!!" While MyraYer posted: "Crazy b******s!!! This is the end." The huge...
  • No Linux, no Docker, no cloud OS? Think again

    04/27/2015 6:20:06 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 11 replies
    InfoWorld ^ | 23 April 2015 | Serdar Yegulalp
    CoreOS and Joyent's SmartOS/Triton have worked to redefine, in radically different ways, what an OS needs to be to run applications at scale in the cloud.Now another candidate is set to join the ranks of maverick cloud OSes: OSv, open source, hypervisor-optimized, and "designed to run an application stack without getting in the way.">OSv runs existing Linux applications, but is not itself Linux; it's entirely new and written from the ground up in C/C++. It can run on a slew of hypervisors and virtual machine systems, or in cloud environments like Amazon EC2 or Google Compute Engine. The company claims significant...
  • New Talking Barbie Can Have 2-Way Conversations With Kids

    02/21/2015 7:53:35 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 24 replies
    Time ^ | 2/17/15 | Victor Luckerson
    The new Hello Barbie, showed off at the New York Toy Fair on Saturday, will actually be able to listen to kids’ words and change its own language to adapt to their preferences, BBC reports. Tell Barbie you like dancing, and she’ll mention dancing in a later conversation, for example. A speech-recognition company called ToyTalk is programming Barbie’s speaking and listening capabilities. The necklace on the doll will feature both the microphone and the speaker that help enable the conversations. Hello Barbie will retail for $74.99 when it launches, likely in time for the holiday season. The doll requires a...
  • Stars Passing Close to the Sun

    01/02/2015 11:41:56 AM PST · by LibWhacker · 32 replies
    Centauri Dreams ^ | 1/2/15 | Paul Gilster
    Stars Passing Close to the Sunby Paul Gilster on January 2, 2015 Every time I mention stellar distances I’m forced to remind myself that the cosmos is anything but static. Barnard’s Star, for instance, is roughly six light years away, a red dwarf that was the target of the original Daedalus starship designers back in the 1970s. But that distance is changing. If we were a species with a longer lifetime, we could wait about eight thousand years, at which time Barnard’s Star would close to less than four light years. No star shows a larger proper motion relative to...
  • Apple criticized after users' private files end up in the cloud

    11/14/2014 3:29:20 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Standard Examiner ^ | 10/31/2014 | Craig Timberg
    After security researcher Jeffrey Paul upgraded the operating system on his MacBook Pro last week, he discovered that several of his personal files had found a new home — on the cloud. The computer had saved the files, which Paul thought resided only on his own encrypted hard drive, to a remote server that Apple controls. “This is unacceptable,” thundered Paul, an American based in Berlin, on his personal blog a few days later. “Apple has taken local files on my computer not stored in iCloud and silently and without my permission uploaded them to their servers — across all...
  • RoboBrain marks the dawn of cloud robotics

    08/26/2014 5:56:19 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 9 replies
    Load The Game ^ | August 25, 2014 | Emily Smith
    RoboBrain marks the dawn of cloud robotics Posted by: Emily Smith August 25, 2014 in Tech RoboBrain is the new attempt of artificial intelligence researchers to create a cloud-based database that would help out existing and future robots. In theory, RoboBrain is supposed to be a massive database of all the information robots have been taught so far and offers the possibility of increasing that knowledge as well. The main idea behind RoboBrain is that the cumulative knowledge robots have been able to gather should be collected in the same place, namely cloud storage, and made available to every robot...
  • Box, Dropbox Rethink Future in Midst of Price War

    08/01/2014 3:04:21 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 18 replies
    It wasn't long ago that cloud storage companies such as Box and Dropbox were among the hottest startups in Silicon Valley, blessed with vast amounts of venture capital and poised to go public in blockbuster IPOs. But now, thanks to a price war launched by Google, Amazon and other tech giants, almost anyone with a laptop or tablet can get cloud storage for less than the price of a latte. That means Box and Dropbox, which sell software for businesses and consumers to store and use files on the Internet rather than a machine, are confronting a precarious future: They...
  • AMAZING VIDEO: Wyoming Supercell Cloud [w/ VIDEO]

    05/20/2014 6:30:22 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 11 replies ^ | 05-20-2014 | Staff
    On Sunday May 19th, storm chasers captured a low precipitation (LP) supercell near Newcastle, Wyoming. A supercell is a thunderstorm that is associated with a mesocyclone, which is a deep, persistently rotating updraft. Supercell thunderstorms can persist for many hours and are responsible for nearly all of the significant tornadoes produced in the U.S.
  • Snowden scandal to cost US cloud companies billions

    01/20/2014 11:22:54 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 20.01.14 @ 09:25 | Nikolaj Nielsen
    The US cloud industry faces up to €25.8 billion in lost revenues following revelations about US-led snooping on EU citizens. “The surveillance revelations will cost the US cloud computing industry USD 22 to 35 billion in lost revenues over the next three year,” said EU justice commissioner Viviane Reding on Sunday (19 January) at the Digital Life Design Conference in Munich. …
  • Touching moment crew stand and salute dying Pearl Harbor sailor as he is granted final wish to join

    11/19/2013 3:48:35 PM PST · by DFG · 39 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | 11/19/13 | Daily Mail Reporter
    The crew of the USS Dewey have honored the dying wish of a Pearl Harbor survivor by allowing him on board the latest version of the destroyer he served on in the Second World War. Electrician’s Mate Second Bud Cloud was due to begin hospice care, when his friend Jennie Haskamp reached out to the Dewey's crew and asked if he could see the ship in San Diego. But when they arrived at the dock, the sailors carried the 90-year-old veteran on board and attentively listened as he shared his memories from the war.
  • After Edward Snowden's revelations, why trust US cloud providers?

    09/18/2013 10:24:30 AM PDT · by shego · 14 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 9/14/13 | John Naughton
    The NSA's activities are a massive blow for US computer businesses "It's an ill bird," runs the adage, "that fouls its own nest." Cue the US National Security Agency (NSA), which, we now know, has been busily doing this for quite a while. As the Edward Snowden revelations tumbled out, the scale of the fouling slowly began to dawn on us. Outside of the United States, for example, people suddenly began to have doubts about the wisdom of entrusting their confidential data to cloud services operated by American companies on American soil. As Neelie Kroes, European Commission vice president responsible...
  • NSA Leaks Slam Cloud Computing Industry (Big Brother Ruining High-Tech Economy)

    09/11/2013 10:53:24 AM PDT · by shego · 20 replies
    Fox Business ^ | 9/9/13 | Elizabeth MacDonald
    U.S. technology companies warn they could lose between $21.5 billion to $35 billion in global cloud computing contracts over the next three years due to negative fallout from the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) spying programs on Internet users, including emails. A new report from the Information Technology & Innovation Foundation (ITIF), a Washington, D.C.-based think tank, estimates that U.S. cloud computing companies could lose 10% to 20% of the cloud computing market to European or Asian companies due to U.S. spying. That means major players including Google (GOOG), Amazon (AMZN) and Microsoft (MSFT) could be hurt.... Some tech companies...
  • Rumor: Windows 10 to become a cloud based OS

    09/02/2013 12:13:08 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 124 replies
    myce ^ | 9/2/13
    Microsoft Windows 10 might become a cloud based operating system (OS) according to a leaked road-map. The road-map shows that Microsoft will no longer release service packs but instead will release major updates every year which also increases the version number of the OS. The next major improvement should be Windows 9, this should bring back the Aero interface in a new form. This should also be a version in which Microsoft will merge its ARM CPU based Windows RT platform with Windows Phone. This version of Windows could also be the last version of Windows as we know it....
  • U.S. cloud industry stands to lose $35 billion amid PRISM fallout

    08/07/2013 8:01:05 AM PDT · by dennisw · 29 replies
    .zdnet. ^ | August 6, 2013 | Zack Whittaker
    Summary: Revelations of the U.S. government's spying programs could have a massive impact on the U.S. cloud industry, which stands to lose vast sums over the next three years as a result — compounded by other countries bankrolling efforts to combat U.S. market leadership. The U.S.' dominance in the cloud space may soon be challenged by rival countries, particularly those in the European Union, as the global surveillance scandal threatens to wipe up to $35 billion off the U.S. cloud slate. A new report by non-profit group the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation claims that Europeans are attempting to nudge...
  • BREAKING NSA UPDATE: U.S. Intelligence Mining U.S. Citizen Data From NINE U.S. Internet Companies…

    06/06/2013 5:53:21 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 40 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 6-6-2013 | Mara Zebest
    UPDATE: Why Govt. Source leaked PRISMAdditional information is being reported that confirms what most of us have always suspected. NSA is collecting all our email data, tracking our movements, our photographs, our documents, etc. Also factor in the fact that a court recently ruled that Obama is free to collect our DNA without being found guilty of any crime. National Security Agency (NSA) building designed for massive data collection in Utah:WaPo reports the following:The National Security Agency and the FBI are tapping directly into the central servers of nine leading U.S. Internet companies, extracting audio, video, photographs, e-mails, documents and connection...
  • Adobe's move to subscription only

    06/06/2013 11:59:26 AM PDT · by Racehorse · 122 replies
    Adobe . . . has made a bold move to abandon their customers . . . and force them into a subscription sales model which some of us might remember from the 1950s door-to-door book and encyclopedia sales women who sold my mom a set. Only now . . . Adobe abandoned all their customers. From now on . . . you don't get rent to own. You only get to rent . . . What do you think?
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- 47 Tuc Near the Small Magellanic Cloud

    12/05/2012 9:44:29 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 3 replies
    NASA ^ | December 06, 2012 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: Globular star cluster 47 Tucanae is a jewel of the southern sky. Also known as NGC 104, it roams the halo of our Milky Way Galaxy along with around 200 other globular star clusters. The second brightest globular cluster (after Omega Centauri) as seen from planet Earth, it lies about 13,000 light-years away and can be spotted naked-eye near the Small Magellanic Cloud (SMC) in the constellation of the Toucan. Of course, the SMC is some 210,000 light-years distant, a satellite galaxy of our Milky Way and not physically close to 47 Tuc. Stars on the outskirts of the...
  • Amazon Cloud Crashes, Takes Part Of Web Offline

    10/22/2012 1:36:49 PM PDT · by Snuph · 43 replies
    Zerohedge ^ | 10/22/2012 16:28 -0400 | Tyler Durden
    Curious why there are those with an online business, who believe that handing over their entire back office infrastructure to one company, aka "going cloud" may not be the wisest of ideas. Just ask all those websites that use Amazon's cloud service today, who suddenly went dark when the Amazon cloud crashed. From the NYT: Amazon’s data centers in Northern Virginia crashed Monday afternoon, taking with it a number of popular Web sites, from Someecards, the quirky e-card company, to mobile applications like Flipboard and Foursquare. Amazon reported having problems with the data centers in Northern Virginia. Those problems appear...
  • Researchers Studying ‘Cloud Brightening’ To Curb Global Warming

    08/22/2012 6:37:19 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 24 replies ^ | 21 Aug 2012 | David Quilty
    While many scientists have some dire warnings against us trying to geoengineer our way out of the climate crisis, others don’t necessarily see it that way and are working on new methods to solve the problem. Researchers at the University of Washington’s College of the Environment Institute are studying the idea of cloud brightening, utilizing ships to shoot salt water high into the atmosphere over the oceans in order to create long-lasting cloud cover. The additional clouds reflect more sunlight back into space, resulting in a cooling effect on the planet. In order to encourage discussion amongst other climate scientists,...
  • Apple cloud burst: how hacker wiped Mat's 'life'

    08/06/2012 1:57:22 PM PDT · by aimhigh · 31 replies
    casey weekly ^ | 08/06/2012 | ASHER MOSES
    What would you do if your entire digital life started evaporating before your eyes and there was virtually nothing you could do about it? This is the nightmare scenario that greeted US technology journalist Mat Honan, who had all of the contents of his iPhone, iPad and Macbook Air wiped, and lost control of his Gmail and Twitter accounts, all in the span of just over 15 minutes.
  • Cloud Seeding - (Drought cure for the Midwest)

    07/19/2012 1:12:50 PM PDT · by NowApproachingMidnight · 8 replies
    7/19/12 | Self
    Would it be possible to privately cloud seed in order to make it rain?
  • Giant Mushroom Cloud Appears Over Beijing

    06/24/2012 12:17:13 PM PDT · by moonshot925 · 42 replies
    China Media ^ | 24 June 2012 | China News Center
    The China Daily is reporting that a giant mushroom cloud resembling an atomic explosion is being seen all over the capital city of Beijing on Sunday. The video of the cloud has already appeared all over YouTube (see below). There are multiple videos of the haze that have been filmed from skyscrapers and from the ground, some going back as far as June 14th. The Chinese government, in reacting to the red and green haze, is warning residents that they should stay inside according to the French Press on the scene. Due to the sheer size of the Chinese population,...
  • Bizarre 'Roll Cloud' Seen Over Texas Today

    05/31/2012 9:57:51 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 43 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | May 31, 2012 | Reaganite Republican
    This is pretty wild... A phenomenon known as a 'roll cloud' -a very rare form of Arcus cloud- was seen in eastern Texas early this morning... it's formed when a cool outflow of air from a substantial thunderstorm jets-out ahead of the system in a rotating rope that can run 50 miles long... More at Reaganite Republican ____________________________________ KTLV-TV   Wikipedia  h/t Doug Welch
  • The Hidden Risk of a Meltdown in the Cloud (The worst case scenario in Cloud Computing)

    03/15/2012 3:14:59 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies · 1+ views
    The cloud could suffer the same kind of collapses that plague the financial system, according to an analysis of the unrecognised risks of cloud computing. The cloud is essentially a metaphor for a network of computers in which computational tasks and resources can be shared. The big idea here is that users simply rent the computing power, the storage or an application for as long as they need it without having to invest in the infrastructure behind it. That makes computing cheaper, easier and more efficient. There are well known problems of course. The most obvious relates to guaranteeing the security of data...
  • Is "cloud" just a slick marketing term for "outsourced"?

    10/08/2011 5:55:49 AM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 43 replies
    Ever find yourself not trusting something or someone from the first moment - but not knowing why? For instance the first moment you saw a politician, instantly not trusting them but you just couldn't place why? *cough* John Edwards *cough*. Well that's what I thought the first time I heard about "cloud computing".
  • House election results cloud Obama's jobs plan pitch

    09/14/2011 1:06:13 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 8 replies
    La times ^ | 9/14/11 | James Oliphant
    President Obama travels to North Carolina on Wednesday dogged by poor economic news, threats of resistance on the Hill, sagging poll numbers and Democratic losses in a pair of special House elections. If September, and more specifically the president’s jobs speech, was intended to be the start of a new phase of Obama’s presidency, there is precious little indication as of yet that anything at all has changed. -- FOR THE RECORD: Obama tour: An earlier version of this online article misstated the White House's assertions regarding any intended connection between President Obama's tour promoting his jobs package and his...
  • CERN, CLOUD and the madness of crowds

    09/05/2011 5:56:54 AM PDT · by danielmryan · 9 replies
    Enter Stage Right ^ | September 5, 2011 | Daniel M. Ryan
    Although the CLOUD experiment carried out in CERN didn't quite drive a stake through the heart of the global-warming ideology, it came close to. Through simulating the atmosphere being bombarded by cosmic rays, the experiment produced microscopic droplets of water vapour. It established that higher levels of cosmic rays do indeed lead to more droplets in the sky, a claim denied by all global-warming models. As of yet, the droplets produced in the CERN lab aren't large enough to form clouds. So far, a solid causation has not supplemented an already-established correlation. In response to CLOUD, some global-warming supporters are...
  • CERN Experiment Confirms Cosmic Rays Influence Cloud Seeds

    I’ll have more on this as it develops (updated twice since the original report now), but for the short term, it appears that a non-visible light irradiance effect on Earth’s cloud seeds has been confirmed. The way it is posited to work is that the effect of cosmic rays (modulated by the sun’s magnetic variations which either allow more or deflect more cosmic rays) creates cloud condensation nuclei in the Earth’s atmosphere. With more condensation nuclei, more clouds form and vice-versa. Clouds have significant effects on TSI at the surface. Update: From the Nature article, Kirkby is a bit more...
  • Wi-Fi Security: Cracking WPA With CPUs, GPUs, And The Cloud

    08/15/2011 2:37:51 PM PDT · by decimon · 21 replies
    Tom's Hardware ^ | August 15, 2011 | Andrew Ku
    Is your network safe? Almost all of us prefer the convenience of Wi-Fi over the hassle of a wired connection. But what does that mean for security? Our tests tell the whole story. We go from password cracking on the desktop to hacking in the cloud.We hear about security breaches with such increasing frequency that it's easy to assume the security world is losing its battle to protect our privacy. The idea that our information is safe is what enables so many online products and services; without it, life online would be so very different than it is today. And...
  • A Cloud that Can't Leak

    08/08/2011 10:53:51 AM PDT · by for-q-clinton · 5 replies
    Technology Review ^ | 8 Aug 2011 | Tom Simonite
    Researchers at Microsoft have built a virtual vault that could work on medical data without ever decrypting it. Imagine getting a friend's advice on a personal problem and being safe in the knowledge that it would be impossible for your friend to divulge the question, or even his own reply. Researchers at Microsoft have taken a step toward making something similar possible for cloud computing, so that data sent to an Internet server can be used without ever being revealed. Their prototype can perform statistical analyses on encrypted data despite never decrypting it. The results worked out by the software...
  • Cloud computing to alter workforce

    n another sign of the Internet's ability to streamline business processes and make others irrelevant, cloud computing is poised to have a serious impact on a segment of the workforce that never expected to see job cuts or a weakening in demand for its services: traditional information-technology workers. An unintended consequence of Google, Apple, Facebook and other major tech companies building data centers in North Carolina's "Data Center Corridor" may be the accelerated obsolescence of traditional IT jobs as cloud computing and related technologies gain momentum. Cloud computing lets businesses outsource data storage, applications, even their entire data centers to...
  • Avoiding a Cloud Computing Armageddon

    06/09/2011 9:46:31 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 46 replies
    ConsortiumInfo ^ | Andy Updegrove
    Cloud computing is all the rage today, with everyone from the U.S. Federal government to Apple herding us into a brave new world of remotely hosted data and services.  There are, of course, many advantages to the cloud concept.  But as usual, this new IT architecture has some inherent and serious risks that cloud proponents hope potential customers will not dwell on. There's nothing new about that, of course - except for the stakes.  Innovation usually outruns caution and comprehensive consideration of concerns like safety and unintended consequences.  But if we want to put all of our computing resources and...
  • Google says Chinese hackers broke into Gmail

    06/01/2011 3:31:48 PM PDT · by for-q-clinton · 22 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 1 June 2011 | MICHAEL LIEDTKE
    Computer hackers in China broke into the Gmail accounts of several hundred people, including senior U.S. government officials, military personnel and political activists, Google Inc. said Wednesday. The attacks aren't believed to be tied to a more sophisticated assault originating from China in late 2009 and early last year. That intrusion targeted the Google's own security systems and triggered a high-profile battle with China's Communist government over online censorship, which has made it more difficult for the company to do business in the world's most populous country. The latest duplicity appeared to rely on so-called "phishing" scams and other underhanded...
  • Brave New Software World

    04/16/2011 6:58:13 PM PDT · by Revolting cat! · 16 replies
    self | 4/16/2011 | Revolting cat!
    Isn't it great? You no longer have to buy your software. Why, it's on the "cloud". Maybe even Cloud 9. Like beer, which you never buy, you rent it. It won't take up valuable space on you 1,024 gigabyte hard disk, no updates to worry about, no fees for updating the damn thing. But wait, something ain't right! Let's say you are using Google Docs (and let's not get into the discussion of Google being Communists, as they all supposedly are according to some here. If they support the RATS it's only because we've allowed the RATS to control the...
  • Gmail accidentally resetting accounts, years of correspondence vanish into the cloud? (update)

    02/27/2011 6:08:24 PM PST · by george76 · 27 replies
    AOL ^ | Feb 27th 2011 | Sean Hollister
    If you've got a working Gmail account, you might want to back it up every so often -- as many as 500,000 Gmail users lost access to their inboxes this morn, and some of them are reporting (via Twitter and support forums) that years worth of messages, attachments and Google Chat logs had vanished by the time they were finally able to log on.
  • Intel earnings soar with rise of "cloud" computing

    01/13/2011 6:10:39 PM PST · by Nachum · 6 replies
    breitbart ^ | 1/13/11 | afp
    US computer chip giant Intel posted its best earnings ever in 2010 as businesses beefed up data centers to handle services increasingly shifting to the Internet "cloud." Intel said it took in a net profit of $11.7 billion for the year on revenue of $43.6 billion, a 167 percent jump from the profit it posted in 2009. "2010 was the best year in Intel's history," the California-based company's chief executive Paul Otellini said in comments released with the earnings report. "We believe that 2011 will be even better." Intel's net profit for the final quarter was $3.4 billion, a 48...
  • A Cloudy Future (Why are Microsoft, EMC, CA and others touting "The Cloud" as a breakthrough)

    01/10/2011 8:19:05 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 39 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 01/10/2011 | Andrew Thomas
    I've always considered my wife a little paranoid about her privacy.  Although she has never done anything illegal or immoral, she sometimes acts as though the world is out to get her.  To avoid leaving an electronic trail, she pays for everything in cash as much as possible and has, until recently, refrained from conducting any online financial transactions.  I, on the other hand, have been somewhat cavalier about protecting my privacy, believing there is safety in numbers.  After all, out of some three hundred million folks in this country, what are the odds that I would be a...
  • Google VP: Chrome OS Coming To Tablets & TVs; Windows And Sys Admins Going Down

    11/26/2010 11:49:52 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 23 replies
    TechCrunch ^ | 11/24/2010 | MG Siegler
    Chrome OS draws near. Last night brought perhaps the more surefire sign yet: Google is openly talking to The New York Times about it. Perhaps that is in response to rumors that it was being delayed into next year. While details are still scant, NYT reports that before the end of the year, Google will release a lightweight netbook running Chrome OS. It will likely be branded as a Google product, but built by a third-party, similar to what the search giant did with their Nexus One phone, says the report. This is in line with what we’ve heard and...
  • Into the Interstellar Void

    09/01/2010 11:11:57 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 10 replies
    Centauri Dreams ^ | 9/1/10 | Paul Gilster
    We often think about interstellar probes only in the context of what they find at the end of their journeys — astrobiologically interesting planets seem to be the whole story. But not so fast. As Ian Crawford (University of London) notes in a recent paper, there are quite a few fascinating — and indeed critical — things we need to learn about interstellar space itself, in this case what is known as the Local Interstellar Medium (LISM). Crawford, who has been analyzing these matters for the Project Icarus team, notes how much we’ve learned about the LISM since the Daedalus...
  • Close encounter of the cloudy kind: How menacing sights... (evil saucer from Independence Day?)

    06/24/2010 3:18:56 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 12 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 06/23/10 | David Derbyshire
    Close encounter of the cloudy kind: How menacing sights in the sky turned out to be meteorological marvels By David Derbyshire Last updated at 11:37 AM on 23rd June 2010 Looking to the skies, you'd be forgiven for thinking that something worrying was afoot. Surely that's a massive UFO hovering menacingly over the rooftops above? And isn't that an atomic mushroom cloud filling the horizon in the picture below? Space invader: The flying saucer-shaped cloud that was photographed at the weekend by Brian Wilton Well, no. They're clouds - but they were realistic enough to make those who spotted them...
  • Marten Mickos Says the Cloud Won't Kill Open Source

    06/16/2010 3:35:29 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 7 replies · 177+ views
    Network World ^ | Jun 16 2010
    here is a fervent debate going on in the open source community about cloud computing. Will the cloud kill open source? [2] Will multi-tenancy services make cloud providers need to hide the source, as a recent Forbes article [3] suggests? I recently went to the best expert I could find on the matter to ask: Marten Mickos [4]. Mickos is the CEO of "private cloud" software (aka virtualization) maker Eucalyptus Systems [5]. He earned himself Open Source Hall of Fame status as the charismatic former CEO of MySQL. Mickos was adamant that open source not only won't kill the cloud,...
  • Solar System Passing Through Interstellar Cloud (No Severe Weather Expected)

    05/23/2010 11:26:22 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 22 replies · 694+ views
    Red Orbit ^ | 12/23/2009 | Red Orbit
    The solar system is passing through an interstellar cloud that physics says should not exist. In the Dec. 24th issue of Nature, a team of scientists reveal how NASA's Voyager spacecraft have solved the mystery. "Using data from Voyager, we have discovered a strong magnetic field just outside the solar system," explains lead author Merav Opher, a NASA Heliophysics Guest Investigator from George Mason University. "This magnetic field holds the interstellar cloud together and solves the long-standing puzzle of how it can exist at all." The discovery has implications for the future when the solar system will eventually bump...