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Four short links: 20 September 2013

By Nat Torkington
September 19, 2013

Researchers Can Slip an Undetectable Trojan into Intel’s Ivy Bridge CPUs (Ars Technica) — The exploit works by severely reducing the amount of entropy the RNG normally uses, from 128 bits to 32 bits. The hack is similar to stacking …

Four short links: 18 September 2013

By Nat Torkington
September 18, 2013

No Managers — If we could find a way to replace the function of the managers and focus everyone on actually producing for our Students (customers) then it would actually be possible to be a #NoManager company. In my future …

Four short links: 10 September 2013

By Nat Torkington
September 8, 2013

Sparkey — Spotify’s open-sourced simple constant key/value storage library, for read-heavy systems with infrequent large bulk inserts. The Truth of Fact, The Truth of Feeling (Ted Chiang) — story about what happens when lifelogs become searchable. Now with Remem, finding …

NoSQL Choices: To Misfit or Cargo Cult?

By Eric Redmond
July 29, 2013

Retreading old topics can be a powerful source of epiphany, sometimes more so than simple extra-box thinking. I was a computer science student, of course I knew statistics. But my recent years as a NoSQL (or better stated: distributed systems) …

Why Choose a Graph Database

By Michael Hunger
July 23, 2013

By this time, chances are very likely that you’ve heard of NoSQL, and of graph databases like Neo4j. NoSQL databases address important challenges that we face today, in terms of data size and data complexity. They offer a valuable solution …

Augmenting Unstructured Data

By Jesse Anderson
July 17, 2013

Our world is filled with unstructured data. By some estimates, it’s as high as 80% of all data. Unstructured data is data that isn’t in a specific format. It isn’t separated by a delimiter that you could split on and …

Analytic engines that factor in security labels

By Ben Lorica
June 23, 2013

Originated by the NSA, Apache Accumulo is a BigTable inspired data store known for being highly scalable and for its interesting security model. Federal agencies and Defense contractors have deployed Accumulo on clusters of a thousand or more servers. It …

The Future Is Graph Databases

By Rachel Roumeliotis
June 5, 2013

Emil Eifrem @emileifrem is the Founder of Neo4j and CEO of Neo Technology. He is also one of the authors of Graph Databases. Recently, I had the opportunity to sit down with Emil and we talked about the current and …

Returning transactions to distributed data stores

By O'Reilly Strata
March 26, 2013

By David Rosenthal and Stephen Pimentel Rise of NoSQL Database technologies are undergoing rapid evolution, with new approaches being actively explored after decades of relative stability. As late as 2008, the term “NoSQL”  barely existed and relational databases were both …

Four short links: 1 March 2013

By Nat Torkington
March 1, 2013

Drone Journalism — two universities in the US have already incorporated drone use in their journalism programs. The Drone Journalism Lab at the University of Nebraska and the Missouri Drone Journalism Program at the University of Missouri both teach journalism …

Geolocation in MongoDB at the Silicon Valley MongoDB User Group

By Shashank Tiwari
January 19, 2013

Thanks to all of you, who were able to join me at the session on January 15, 2013. Thanks much for the kind remarks some of you left behind on the meetup message board, post the session.  Its very rewarding...

Four short links: 15 June 2012

By Nat Torkington
June 15, 2012

In Flawed, Epic Anonymous Book, the Abyss Gazes Back (Wired) -- Quinn Norton's review of a book about Anonymous is an excellent introduction to Anonymous. Anonymous made us, its mediafags, masters of hedging language. The bombastic claims and hyperbolic declarations must be reported from their mouths, not from our publications. And yet still we make mistakes and publish lies...

Object/NoSQL Mapping for Riak with Dasein Persist

By George Reese
May 29, 2012

One of the more snarky things you will hear said about NoSQL databases is that they are "write-only" databases or "no query" databases. It is fair to say that NoSQL databases are often challenging to pull data from when you are doing more than fetching values by their keys. The Open Source Dasein Persist object/relational mapping tool helps solve that problem for Java programmers using Riak.

MySQL in 2012: Report from Percona Live

By Andy Oram
April 14, 2012

Contrasting deployments at craigslit and Pinterest, trends, commercial offerings, and more

Data's next steps

By Timothy M. O'Brien
April 3, 2012

Redmonk analyst Steve O'Grady discusses the demand for data scientists, the problem of using data to asking the right questions, and why you shouldn't rush into a NoSQL investment.

Data's next steps

By Timothy M. O'Brien
April 3, 2012

Redmonk analyst Steve O'Grady discusses the demand for data scientists, the problem of using data to asking the right questions, and why you shouldn't rush into a NoSQL investment.

Top stories: February 6-10, 2012

Top stories: February 6-10, 2012
By Mac Slocum
February 10, 2012

This week on O'Reilly: Mike Loukides surveyed the NoSQL database landscape, the open web scored an important victory in court, and Joe Wikert said it's time to embrace a unified ebook format and abandon DRM.

The NoSQL movement

By Mike Loukides
February 8, 2012

A relational database is no longer the default choice. Mike Loukides charts the rise of the NoSQL movement and explains how to choose the right database for your application.

The NoSQL movement

The NoSQL movement
By Mike Loukides
February 8, 2012

A relational database is no longer the default choice. Mike Loukides charts the rise of the NoSQL movement and explains how to choose the right database for your application.

Developer Week in Review: Talking to your phone

Developer Week in Review: Talking to your phone
By James Turner
October 21, 2011

This week, we ask if Apple's Siri has more than novelty value, and decide it does. Open Office needs you (or at least your money) to stay afloat, and Google bends to developer pressure and finally adds SQL support to its cloud computing platform.

Top Stories: October 3-7, 2011

Top Stories: October 3-7, 2011
By Mac Slocum
October 7, 2011

This week on O'Reilly: Edd Dumbill explained why Oracle's Big Data Appliance is both a validation and a sign of battles to come, we dug into PhoneGap's cross-platform app capabilities, and we surveyed New York City's data and open government efforts.

Strata Week: Oracle's big data play

Strata Week: Oracle's big data play
By Audrey Watters
October 6, 2011

In this week's data news, Oracle unveils its big data strategy, and Cloudera looks at the contributions to the Hadoop core and community.

Oracle's NoSQL

By Mike Loukides
October 6, 2011

Oracle's announcement of a NoSQL product isn't just a validation of key-value stores, but of the entire discussion of database architecture.

Strata Week: Oracle's big data play

By Audrey Watters
October 6, 2011

In this week's data news, Oracle unveils its big data strategy, and Cloudera looks at the contributions to the Hadoop core and community.

Oracle's NoSQL

By Mike Loukides
October 6, 2011

Oracle's announcement of a NoSQL product isn't just a validation of key-value stores, but of the entire discussion of database architecture.

Four short links: 4 October 2011

By Nat Torkington
October 4, 2011

jfdi.asia -- Singaporean version of TechStars, with 100-day program ("the bootcamp") Jan-Apr 2012. Startups from anywhere in the world can apply, and will want to because Singapore is the gateway to Asia. They'll also have mentors from around the world. Oracle NoSQLdb -- Oracle want to sell you a distributed key-value store. It's called "Oracle NoSQL" (as opposed to...

Oracle's Big Data Appliance: what it means

By Edd Dumbill
October 3, 2011

Today, Oracle announced their Big Data Appliance. It couldn't be a plainer validation of what's important in big data right now, or where the battle for technology dominance lies.

Oracle's Big Data Appliance: what it means

By Edd Dumbill
October 3, 2011

Today, Oracle announced their Big Data Appliance. It couldn't be a plainer validation of what's important in big data right now, or where the battle for technology dominance lies.

Four short links: 1 August 2011

By Nat Torkington
August 1, 2011

The Flashed Face Effect Video -- your brain is not perfect, and it reduces faces to key details. When they flash by in the periphery of your vision, you perceive them as gross and freakish. I like to start the week by reminding myself how fallible I am. Good preparation for the rest of the week... (via BERG London)...

Who are the OSCON data geeks?

By Sarah Novotny
July 13, 2011

OSCON's co-chairs discuss sessions in the OSCON Data conference and the people who might be interested in the associated topics.

Who are the OSCON data geeks?

Who are the OSCON data geeks?
By Sarah Novotny
July 13, 2011

OSCON's co-chairs discuss sessions in the OSCON Data conference and the people who might be interested in the associated topics.

What CouchDB can do for HTML5, web development and mobile

What CouchDB can do for HTML5, web development and mobile
By Audrey Watters
June 29, 2011

OSCON speaker Bradley Holt talks about what CouchDB offers web developers, how the database works with HTML5, and why CouchApps could catch on.

Four short links: 9 June 2011

By Nat Torkington
June 9, 2011

Optimizing MongoDB -- shorter field names, barely hundreds of ops/s when not in RAM, updates hold a lock while they fetch the original from disk ... it's a pretty grim story. (via Artur Bergman) Is There a New Geek Anti-Intellectualism? -- focus is absolutely necessary if we are to gain knowledge. We will be ignoramuses indeed, if we merely...

Four short links: 27 May 2011

By Nat Torkington
May 27, 2011

flockdb (Github) -- Twitter's open source scalable fault-tolerant distributed key-value database. (via Twitter's open source projects page) How to Kill Innovation in Five Easy Steps (Tech Republic) -- point four is interesting, Rely too heavily on data and dashboards. It's good to be reminded of the contra side to the big-data-can-be-mined-for-all-truths attitudes flying around. Architecture of Open Source Applications...

Four short links: 5 May 2011

By Nat Torkington
May 5, 2011

Why We Chose MongoDB for Guardian.co.uk (SlideShare) -- they're using MongoDB's flexible schema, as schema upgrades were pain in their previous system (Oracle). I think of these as the database equivalent of dynamic typing in languages like Perl and Ruby. (via Paul Rowe) Solving Problems with Visual Analytics -- This book is the result of a community effort of...

The AWS Outage: The Cloud's Shining Moment

The AWS Outage: The Cloud's Shining Moment
By George Reese
April 23, 2011

So many cloud pundits are piling on to the misfortunes of Amazon Web Services this week as a response to the massive failures in the AWS Virginia region. If you think this week exposed weakness in the cloud, you don't get it: it was the cloud's shining moment, exposing the strength of cloud computing.

Wrap-up of 2011 MySQL Conference

By Andy Oram
April 15, 2011

Two themes: mix your relational database with less formal solutions and move to the cloud. This may actually be the best environment MySQL has ever enjoyed.

Improving healthcare in Zambia with CouchDB

Improving healthcare in Zambia with CouchDB
By James Turner
March 31, 2011

A new project in Zambia is trying to integrate supervisors, clinics, and community healthcare workers into an unified system that can improve patient service and provide more data. In this interview, Cory Zue explains how CouchDB is playing a role.

Four short links: 24 March 2010

By Nat Torkington
March 24, 2011

Digital Subscription Prices -- the NY Times in context. Aie. Trinity -- Microsoft Research graph database. (via Hacker News) Data Science Toolkit -- prepackaged EC2 image of most useful data tools. (via Pete Warden) Snappy -- Google's open sourced compression library, as used in BigTable and MapReduce. Emphasis is on speed, with resulting lack of quality in filesize (20-100%...

Four short links: 8 February 2011

By Nat Torkington
February 8, 2011

Erase and Rewind -- the BBC are planning to close (delete) 172 websites on some kind of cost-cutting measure. i’m very saddened to see the BBC join the ranks of online services that don’t give a damn for posterity. As Simon Willison points out, the British Library will have archived some of the sites (and Internet Archive others, possibly)....

Four short links: 11 January 2011

By Nat Torkington
January 11, 2011

Dive Into 2010 (Mark Pilgrim) -- Mark wrote a hugely popular guide to HTML5 which was available online and published by O'Reilly. 6% of visitors used some version of Internet Explorer. That is not a typo. The site works fine in Internet Explorer — the site practices what it preaches, and the live examples use a variety of fallbacks...

Four short links: 26 October 2010

By Nat Torkington
October 26, 2010

12 Months with MongoDB (Worknik) -- every type of retrieval got faster than their old MySQL store, and there are some other benefits too. They note that the admin tools aren't really there for MongoDB, so "there is a blurry hand-off between IT Ops and Engineering." (via Hacker News) Dawn of a New Day -- Ray Ozzie's farewell note...

Four short links: 21 October 2010

By Nat Torkington
October 21, 2010

Using MysQL as NoSQL -- 750,000+ qps on a commodity MySQL/InnoDB 5.1 server from remote web clients. Making an SLR Camera from Scratch -- amazing piece of hardware devotion. (via hackaday.com) Mac App Store Guidelines -- Apple announce an app store for the Macintosh, similar to its app store for iPhones and iPads. "Mac App" no longer means generic...

Four short links: 20 October 2010

By Nat Torkington
October 20, 2010

Pwned: Gamification and its Discontents (Slideshare) -- hear, hear! Video games are not fun because they're video games, but if and only they are well-designed. Just adding something from games isn't a guarantee for fun. (via jameshome on Twitter) Redis Under the Hood -- explanation of the insides and mechanisms of this popular distributed key-value store. (via tlockney on...

The SMAQ stack for big data

The SMAQ stack for big data
By Edd Dumbill
September 22, 2010

We're at the beginning of a revolution in data-driven products and services, driven by a software stack that enables big data processing on commodity hardware. Learn about the SMAQ stack, and where today's big data tools fit in.

Mongo Boston: fast progress, with hitches in the cloud, Map/Reduce

By Andy Oram
September 21, 2010

Microsoft's Azure design interfere with running multiple MongoDB servers. Map/Reduce works, but not as fast as it should. MongoDB continues to grow in features and popularity.

Four short links: 14 September 2010

By Nat Torkington
September 14, 2010

ASB Bank's Facebook Virtual Branch -- the world's first Facebook branch of a bank, where you can live chat with tellers. (via Vaughn Davis) SciDB -- GPLv3 NoSQL database. In addition to being multi-dimensional and offering array based scaling from megabytes to petabytes and running on tens of thousands clustered nodes, SciDB's will be write once read many, allow...

Four short links: 13 September 2010

By Nat Torkington
September 13, 2010

Open Source Community Types (Simon Phipps) -- draws a distinction between extenders and deployers to take away the "who do you mean?" confusion that comes with the term "community". Sparklines -- Tufte's coverage of sparkline graphs in Beautiful Evidence. (via Hacker News) Why NoSQL Matters (Heroku blog) -- a very nice precis of the use cases for various NoSQL...

Four short links: 9 September 2010

By Nat Torkington
September 9, 2010

CloudUSB -- a USB key containing your operating environment and your data + a protected folder so nobody can access you data, even if you lost the key + a backup program which keeps a copy of your data on an online disk, with double password protection. (via ferrouswheel on Twitter) FCC APIs -- for spectrum licenses, consumer broadband...

Data Week: Becoming a data scientist

Data Week: Becoming a data scientist
By Edd Dumbill
September 2, 2010

Data Week is a new series that brings together notable stories and developments from the data world. Links in this edition include: the connection between visualizations and art, advice on becoming a data scientist, BigCouch goes open source, and more.


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