August 29, 2013

Human-to-human brain interface
“The Internet was a way to connect computers, and now it can be a way to connect brains. We want to take the knowledge of a brain and transmit it directly from brain to brain,” said Andrea Stocco whose finger moved on a keyboard in response to his colleague Rajesh Rao’s thoughts. “It was both exciting and eerie to watch an imagined action from my brain get translated into actual action by another brain,” Rao added.

The end of Moore's Law is more than just about physics
The end of Moore's Law may ultimately be as much about economics as physics, says a DARPA director. "My thesis here is that it's time to start planning for the end of Moore's Law, and that it's worth pondering how it will end, not just when," Robert Colwell, director of the Microsystems Technology Office at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, told CNET.

The Stone Wars of Root Cause Analysis
Believing that you have found and eliminated the root cause of all your data quality problems is like believing that after you have removed the stones from your pond (i.e., data cleansing), you can stop the stone-throwers by building a high stone-deflecting wall around your pond (i.e., defect prevention). However, there will always be stones (i.e., data quality issues) and there will always be stone-throwers (i.e., people and processes) that will find a way to throw a stone in your pond

What WebRTC applications will and won't do for enterprises
There is a great deal of hype around what enterprises can expect from WebRTC functionality, and just as many misconceptions. While the protocol will not replace legacy Voice over IP (VoIP) infrastructure or video conferencing systems, early WebRTC applications and capabilities are starting to impact the enterprise, offering simpler and cheaper real-time communications options, said Irwin Lazar, vice president and service director at Mokena, Ill.-based Nemertes Research Group Inc.

Q&A: Patterns of Information Management
The authors of Patterns of Information Management -- Mandy Chessell and Harald Smith -- recommend taking a holistic view of how information flows around your organization's information systems. Think of this information supply chain as you might a manufacturer's transformation of raw material into finish goods.

VMware's virtualization quest could shake up data storage, too
Storage virtualization is an industry trend that could affect how enterprises deal with data, Gartner analyst Chris Wolf said. In addition to VMware's latest strides, Microsoft is doing similar things with its Storage Spaces technology, he said. "To us, this is really technology that's inevitable," Wolf said. Storage virtualization in hypervisors will allow many enterprises to do more with less expensive commodity storage, leaving control of those resources to the software, he said.

The Decline of Star Trek and Its Implications for Requirements Management
The customer is rewarded for allowing a certain vagueness in the scope documents by having the latitude to “move the goalposts,” or surreptitiously add scope without increasing costs. The contractor is rewarded for imprecision in the scope baseline by delivering a cheaper product that fulfills the most basic interpretation of the contract terms. ... that improving the communications will not necessarily help remediate the most common problems encountered in requirements management space.

Uncover the note-taking power of Google Keep
Being on the go is all about working as efficiently and effortlessly as possible. And if you're a power tablet users, you know that having the right tool to do the job is tantamount to successful mobile work. Sometimes, however, the right tool might be a bit deceiving. Such is the case with Google Keep. This particular Google application allows you to create and save quick text notes, audio notes, and pictures.

VMware: Enterprises Still Need Data Centers
When it comes to everything moving into the cloud, "We couldn't agree less," Gelsinger threw in for good measure. The data center is going to be a fixture of the enterprise for several decades to come, he assured the crowd, acknowledging that VMware has proudly virtualized a lot of legacy systems and would continue to play a role in the data center for many years to come. Gelsinger's response contained a spark that had been missing in his other appearances at VMworld.

Big Data, Disaster Resilience and Lord of the Rings
There’s been push-back of late against Big Data, with many promoting the notion of Small Data. “For many problems and questions, small data in itself is enough”. Yes, for specific problems: locally disconnected problems. But we live in an increasingly interdependent and connected world with coupled systems that run the risk of experiencing synchronous failure and collapse. Our sensors cannot be purely local since the resilience of our communities is no longer mostly place-based. This is where the rings come in.

Quote for the day:

"One person with a belief is equal to a force of ninety-nine with only interests." -- John Stuart Mill