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Reddit's AMA forum falls apart after AMA organizer Victoria Taylor was 'unexpectedly let go'

Reddit's AMA forum falls apart after AMA organizer Victoria Taylor was 'unexpectedly let go'

Reddit Inc's main "Ask Me Anything" (AMA) subreddit, r/IAmA, is one of the site's most popular forums and is responsible for some of the community's most memorable moments, but the subreddit has been suddenly locked down following the unexpected departure of Victoria Taylor, Reddit's AMA organizer. AMAs are essentially online Q&A sessions that are open to the entire Reddit community, and participants in the format have included actors, scientists, musicians, and even President Obama. Taylor, who is affectionately referred to by many redditors as simply "Victoria," was responsible for orchestrating and conducting numerous popular AMAs. Her role in organizing AMAs was so vital, apparently,... more »
Open source an important piece of the IT puzzle | #RHSummit

Open source an important piece of the IT puzzle | #RHSummit

theCUBE cohost Stu Miniman says that there is “no doubt” that open source is an important piece of the IT puzzle. As Miniman and cohost Sam Kahane reviewed the second day of Red Hat Summit, Miniman concluded that Red Hat, Inc. now “has a seat at the table” for top-level discussions. Understanding how technology works Of theCUBE interviews from Red Hat Summit, Miniman cites Red Hat President/CEO Jim Whitehurst and NGINX, Inc.'s Sarah Novotny as especially insightful guests. Miniman also said that user case studies, such as Amadeus travel software, can help others understand how the technology works. Miniman predicted lots of companies... more »
Nintendo President Iwata on the failure of Wii U and the future of Nintendo NX

Nintendo President Iwata on the failure of Wii U and the future of Nintendo NX

It might be easy to dismiss some of Nintendo Co Ltd's disgruntled fans as sometimes being unfair or even entitled—I mean, who signs a petition to halt development on a game? But when Nintendo's shareholders voice some of the same concerns, it may be time for the Japanese game maker to take a long, hard look at itself. During a recent shareholders Q&A, several of Nintendo's investors echoed fans' sentiments about the failure of the Wii U and the studio's plans for its next console. One shareholder asked: I have the impression that the launches of the two systems, Nintendo 3DS and Wii... more »
Twitch E3 viewership stats: Star Wars Battlefront brings in the viewers

Twitch E3 viewership stats: Star Wars Battlefront brings in the viewers

Earlier this week, Twitch released an infographic showing that the recent Twitch E3 coverage more than doubled the peak concurrent viewership to 840,000 from 400,000 last year. Part of this potentially in part because Twitch began allowing livestreamers on its platform to co-stream E3 press events. To get a better insight into what the viewership looked like, Patrick Walker, EEDAR's VP of Insights and Analytics, examined the spikes in concurrent viewers and published a chart looking at the conference. Below is the result of that analysis in an easy to digest concurrent viewers over time graph, with peaks labelled with the... more »
Facebook is testing out ad-supported videos to draw in more premium content

Facebook is testing out ad-supported videos to draw in more premium content

Facebook is continuing to push for more video on its platform, and the social network is now testing out ad-supported videos to draw in premium content that could give YouTube something to worry about. The new program would work similarly to Google's YouTube Partner Program, which shares a portion of ad revenue earned on videos with content creators. Not only does this provide an incentive for people to create content for YouTube, but it also allows more successful creators to become full-time video makers, providing the site with an even higher volume of quality content. Facebook's new ad-supported video program has the... more »
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Ground zero for an open-source revolution | #RHSummit

For a relatively small company, Red Hat, inc. has become a major player in open source technology. “It is definitely more than a Linux company,” said theCUBE cohost Dave Vellante, summarizing day one of Red Hat Summit 2015. “This conference is ground zero for an open-source revolution.” Guaranteeing innovation With its partner ecosystem and continued enterprise platform success, Red Hat is “pretty much acquisition proof,” said Vellante, noting how large companies tend to gobble up the smaller fish as they become successful. “We need a company like Red Hat that can guarantee innovation.” Vellante and cohost Stu Miniman recognize that with open source you can... more »
Grill smart with these geeky 4th of July gadgets

Grill smart with these geeky 4th of July gadgets

It’s that time of the year again when America celebrates its independence — and grill masters fire up to the delight of family and friends. Grilling is an art, and it is now just as important to use the right tools as it is to have a delicious family recipe for great barbeque and cooking that meat to perfection. So what new tools can geeky grillmasters add to their arsenals? SmartGrill by Lynx Grilling is tricky. Some meats need to cook longer than others, and that can be hard to track. You don’t want to dry out meats by overcooking, nor do you want... more »
Red Hat Summit kicks off with PaaS focus | #RHSummit

Red Hat Summit kicks off with PaaS focus | #RHSummit

theCUBE cohosts Dave Vellante and Stu Miniman got Day One of Red Hat Summit underway with a discussion of Red Hat, Inc.’s role in the PaaS layer. Vellante asked Miniman if Docker could deliver such end-to-end integration. “Docker is a tool, but building up the stacks and having knowledge to build those applications is a lot of work,” said Miniman. He continued by noting that Cloud-native applications is where the work is at. Open Container platform Miniman and Vellante also discussed Open Container platform. “I would want to have something that will work across multiple environments,” said Miniman. “CoreOS and Docker are two of... more »
Why you should go offline and buy your customers a beer

Why you should go offline and buy your customers a beer

I wanted to call this week’s installment of How to Be (Internet) Famous, “GO THE FUCK OUTSIDE!” But. I had a feeling people who are just joining us, and haven’t been reading the series from the start, will have no idea of who I am and why I’m yelling at them about the importance of doing most of your early marketing and promotional work offline. That’s … That’s a terrible first impression to make. Especially since a lot of you are finding this column through word of mouth and Google. So even if you’re just joining us, I want you to take... more »
Ways you'll use ginormous touch screens in the near future

Ways you'll use ginormous touch screens in the near future

According to Pew Research Center, 64 percent of adult Americans now own a smartphone and are using it for various activities, such as researching health information, conducting online banking, looking up real estate, seeking job listings, searching for government services, gaining educational content or even submitting a job application. This demonstrates how people have grown reliant on their mobile devices, not only to keep them connected with other people or be entertained, but also to take care of daily tasks. There’s so many things we can do on a small touchscreen device that it makes you wonder what we can do with a much... more »
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Mainstream IT, LoB execs and application development professionals each provide different yet critical perspectives to Systems of Intelligence. IT exes must be in a position to deliver the right infrastructure (e.g. cloud, on-prem, etc.) with the proper performance and SLA profile to support LoB requirements. Line-of-Business execs must have enough knowledge to specify the real-time needs of applications while application development pros must ensure the right skills are in place to deliver and maintain services to Systems of Intelligence over a full life cycle.

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Hyperconvergence is the current state – next generation of converged – better, faster, more distributed than original converged, but still just the beginning. Wikibon’s Server SAN research agenda is to show where we are today and give guidance for the future of this space.

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Wikibon recommends that CIOs put in place a four-point plan for implementing an all-flash datacenter strategy: 1/ Migrate to an All-flash Datacenter by 2016 2/ Proof of concept for Developer Data Sharing - Expect 2 x Productivity & 3 x Code Quality 3/ Reorganize Data Center Operations around Principle of Application Data Sharing 4/ Use IT Budget Savings to Fund Systems of Intelligence This research provides a technology understanding, the business case, and the strategic first steps on the road to an all-flash datacenter.

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IT will sound like yesterday’s news if it continues to advocate tiering, advocate putting the most important data on high performance storage, and declaring that less expensive lower performing storage is key and necessary. Today’s flash reality is that a single compressed/de-duplicated physical version of data must be shared between as many different applications as possible, because the incremental cost of creating and sharing another copy is close to zero.

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Systems of Intelligence will power the next generation of enterprise applications built on big data. Line of business executives charged with digital transformation must understand the dynamics of Systems of Intelligence well-enough to be effective sponsors of new systems. IT executives must be effective partners and understand how to build Systems of Intelligence on top of Systems of Record. They will also need to understand how to build a radically new infrastructure to support these systems.

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OpenStack is now positioned as an Integration Engine - not the entire stack, but like Linux, could grow into a critical component of IT over the next decade. This article examines the real state of OpenStack after the Kilo release and 2015 OpenStack Summit in Vancouver.

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Wikibon believes CIOs should put the highest priority in developing an all-flash datacenter strategy, and implement it so that all storage acquired and deployed is 100% all-flash by 2016. The key short-term focus for CIOs is to ensure that data sharing is optimized, and that IT organization and objectives support and drive increases in data sharing. The key long-term focus is to release the potential of the best and brightest in the organization to imagine an organization supported by applications without data limits.

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The emerging PaaS platforms (Cloud Foundry, Heroku, OpenShift, Docker) are all evolving to capture the mindshare of developers. While the PaaS battles are still in early days, Cloud Foundry is emerging as a leading open source platform and ecosystem to build and deploy the new Cloud Native applications that are driving these economic changes via software. But this Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) model requires changes to technology, skills (people) and internal IT processes. This means enterprises need to become familiar with this development and operational model to best understand how they can accelerate using Cloud Native applications to give themselves a business differentiation.

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Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) is a full application lifecycle cloud service including initial development, testing, deployment, operations and maintenance. Wikibon defines three different PaaS cloud services, 1/ PaaS integrated with IaaS, an integrated platform (e.g., IBM Bluemix, EMC Pivotal Cloud Foundry), 2/ PaaS on top of IaaS, combining development services onto a specific platform (e.g., AWS, Microsoft Azure) and 3/ PaaS on top of SaaS, a development front-end to a SaaS platform with its underlying infrastructure (e.g., ServiceNow, SalesForce). Wikibon will be using this topology to define its PaaS analysis and forecasts.