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18 Apr 2016
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Oracle Berkeley Database (BDB) 6.2 [51895]
By Michael Schulman

Open source Fedora package maintainer, Lubomir Rintel, says "Berkeley DB has quietly served behind the scenes as the database for the RPM Package Manager. It has proven itself time and time again as a robust and efficient storage engine. It stores the meta information of the installed rpms. Under heavy workloads, BDB proves itself reliable. Countless people that use popular Linux distributions have used BDB through RPM and never knew it. With this new release, BDB continues its tradition of being a solid storage engine"
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15 Apr 2016
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Is an approximate answer just plain wrong? [51721]
By Keith Laker

Keith Laker writes, "We are starting to see a significant change in the way we analyze data as a result of the growth of interest in big data and the newer concept of Internet of Things. Ever since databases were first created everyone has been obsessed, quite rightly so, with ensuring queries returned the correct answer - i.e. precise, accurate answers. This key requirement is derived from the need to run operational, transactional applications..."
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14 Apr 2016
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Trip Report: IoT Tech Day 2016 [51712]
By Geertjan

Geertjan blogs, "I attended IoT Tech Day 2016 in Utrecht. I don't normally go to hardware conferences, though nowadays everything is "IoT", just like everything is "Cloud", so it seemed a good place to be today.

The turnout was great, I heard the number 1300 at some point, though I don't know for sure. Seemed to be heaps of people though in the keynotes, which were in a great round room setting, with the speaker in the middle:.."
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14 Apr 2016
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General Motors' IT Transformation: Building Downturn-Resistant Profitability [51707]
Forbes, April 14th, 2016

Rob Preston writes in Forbes, "Plenty of companies crow about their IT 'transformations,' but none of them compares in size and scope to the one General Motors initiated almost four years ago. CIO Randy Mott and team started by overhauling the giant automaker's entire approach to IT, including hiring more than 10,000 US IT pros to replace outsourcing contractors. Now they're helping GM do things like calculate the profitability of each individual vehicle it sells, in order to make sure the company stays profitable and delights customers well beyond today's boom market..."
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04 Apr 2016
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What Everyone Gets Wrong about Digital Disruption [51465]
By Paul Sonderegger

Paul blogs, "Being digital doesn't make a billion-dollar startup. Being a platform does. But not the way you think.

Mary Meeker, venture capitalist superstar, in her 2015 Internet Trends presentation, listed the top global publicly-traded internet companies by market value. At first glance, the list looks diverse. There's a consumer electronics company (Apple), a search engine (Google), two ecommerce companies (Alibaba and Amazon, at #3 and #5, respectively), and a social media network (Facebook, #4)..."
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30 Mar 2016
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VR And AI Will Lead The Next Major Round Of Digital Disruption [51225]
Margaret Harrist

Margaret Harrist writes, "Ready for the next chapter in the continuing saga of technology siring big-time business disruption? This year's SXSW Interactive conference left little doubt of the protagonists: virtual reality and artificial intelligence.

Companies ranging from startups to Samsung and McDonalds (yes, McDonalds) plunged attendees into an alternate reality that let them fly, ski, speed, and explore - and even decorate the inside of a Happy Meal box. A stream of speakers explored whether AI will change our work. (The short answer is yes.)..."
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