What if winning the Army’s contest to design a new armored fighting vehicle was as simple as uploading your CAD files and other specifications to the U.S. Military, which would then have the capability to build your proposed vehicle - and all the other competing designs - in a generic fabrication facility?
If that sounds crazy, it’s because everything the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency proposes is deliberately out-there, from powered exoskeletons and synthetic blood, to robot insects and a flying submarine. And DARPA has the budget to make these things happen, if they’re even possible on a short enough time horizon: Americans are 4% of the world’s population and half of its military spending, and DARPA alone has a research budget of $3.2 billion.
What DARPA is proposing is in its new iFAB program, for which it will soon ask for requests for proposals from private industry, is a “foundry-style manufacturing capability.” By which they mean microchip foundries - the generic, build-any-chip-for-any-designer factories that churn out microchips for every application you can imagine, and which are the dominant mode of manufacture for most of the silicon in use today. (A handful of companies, like Intel, are rich enough to stick to the old way of doing things, and still own their own chip fabs.)
Methinks: Could they all be wrong? Structural separation has shown to work best in electrical and natural gas utility industries. And in the areas of the US were municipal utilities run networks with open competition at the content services layer, world class speed and price has been achieved. In most other parts of the country… not even close.
“Just about everybody in the technology game realizes that in order to stay viable you need to constantly be learning new stuff, be it a specific technology, a best practice or a new coding framework. Being sent off somewhere to learn something is a common and expected job perk in the IT world. Yet when it comes to getting people smarter, there is a fundamental misconception in play in the corporate world. Often training is mistaken for education. This mistake causes waste: waste of money, waste of time and waste of human potential.”
Figure 1: Bloom’s Taxonomy segments cognition into 6 progressive stages.
Methinks: I agree. We have never been of traditional training class. Your thoughts?
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Methinks: Obviously cloud computing is hot. We’ve passed the tipping point were cloud and often hosted solutions are less expensive then any traditional internally hosted infrastructure. How this will become part of HP or Dell’s offering is a guess. But clearing virtualized, clustered solutions are all the rage.
"It is important for an American audience to understand that we have nothing like the First Amendment in France, and that freedom of speech is not granted in every circumstance; any kind of hate speech, for example, is illegal. Applying censorship to the Web to make it compliant with French laws would eventually censor millions of websites (not to mention lead to blind copyright enforcement)."
Letting an ISP decided that it should carry one kind of content but not another, or that it should allow certain types of content to flow through its pipes faster than others, is a bad thing.
Foursquare is experiencing record interest in the wake of the launch of Facebook Places; on Thursday, the location service broke its record for new user signups.
Methinks: An example of how competition often increases the size of the marketplace rather than simply splitting it into smaller pieces. In this case, Facebook Places is probably legitimizing and adverting the existence of its and similar services, increasing the user population.
The transition from a publishing industry dominated by print to one driven by digital content is expected between 2014 and 2016, according to a panelist at the Digiday:Apps conference.
Methinks: All publishers need to be transitioned to a ‘digital first’ publishing model. The translation to print should be a secondary step. This way they are ready for whatever channel presents itself for the convenience of their customers. Translating XML content to print ready PDF is actually pretty easy rather than the other way around.
"Amazon Web Services has introduced Reserved Database Instances, a new way to pay for its cloud-based Relational Database Service (RDS), the company said on Monday."
"Functionally, Amazon’s Reserved Database Instances and On-Demand DB Instances are exactly the same, and give users access to a MySQL database. Code, applications, and tools already used today with existing MySQL databases will work with Amazon RDS, and Amazon also automatically patches the software."
Methinks: It is getting harder and harder to justify a traditional database server, or web server for that matter.
"A new report has come out suggesting that the latest generation of kids are perfectly happy to pay for digital content. The report suggests that it’s just the slightly older generation — “the Napster generation” — that isn’t interested in paying for content.”
Methinks: Remember, people are willing to pay for convenience of content delivery, and not for the content itself… unless it is uniquely valuable.
Methinks: These are some of the reasons why I do not favor their proposal. Data and real world success stories show that industry structural separation, let alone net neutrality, will deliver more investment, more bandwidth, and more choice.
If you want to take advantage of the power of multi-core machines, you need to start creating applications with parallel processing using PLINQ, the Task Parallel Library and the new features of Visual Studio 2010.
Methinks: A good overview of Parallel Extension in .Net 4. We have used a number of multi-threading library capabilities in our work. Is this the next step or jump to a grid in the cloud model? We’ll see.