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The Golden Age of Autoworkers Compared to Software Developer

The Golden Age of Autoworkers Compared to Software Developer

A few days ago, a post entitled Autoworkers of Our Generation appeared, comparing the automobile industry of fifty years ago to software development today. In his post, Greg Baugues argues that 50 years ago, autoworkers enjoyed the same demand and perks that software developers receive today. Autoworkers held a job that didn't require a degree and paid handsomely enough to sustain a single-income household. The key aspect of Baugues’ post is a comparison of the analogous demand of the 1980s Detroit auto worker to the developer of the new millennium. Baugues argues that autoworkers were paid a higher salary for several... more »
Virident’s Ken Grohe Discusses the Flash Transformation #VMworld

Virident’s Ken Grohe Discusses the Flash Transformation #VMworld

We're taking this opportunity to recap some of the wise words spoken by Ken Grohe, the vice president of worldwide customer operations for Virident Systems, who stopped by theCube at VMworld 2013 to share his take on the rapid adoption of PCIe flash beyond the realm of web-scale giants. Of recent interest on Virident is the company's recent acquisition by Western Digital for $685 million. Grohe opens the interview by noting that his company recorded a 300 percent sales increase this year, a massive growth rate that is due in no small part to increased demand from clients in the retail industry... more »
If We're Not Surprised, We're Not Pushing Ourselves | GE at #tcc13

If We're Not Surprised, We're Not Pushing Ourselves | GE at #tcc13

The 2013 Tableau Customer Conference is currently unfolding at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in Washington, D.C. The conference key speakers are being interviewed by theCUBE co-hosts Dave Vellante, Wikibon Senior Analyst, and Jeff Kelly, Principal Research Contributor. You can learn more about the event here. Their first guest for the day was Philip Kim, Marketing Operations Leader at General Electric Measurement and Control Division. Asked about his responsibilities within the company, Kim described his crew as a "division of GE that specializes in Measurement and control or 'industrial healthcare'." "A lot of the assets that we monitor are the... more »
Google Strengthens its Encryption Methods to Hinder NSA Espionage

Google Strengthens its Encryption Methods to Hinder NSA Espionage

From what we understand the NSA has a trove of pilfered, traded, and collected encryption keys collected in a huge database of such codes called the Key Provisioning Service. Encryption codes that protect international trade and banking systems, sensitive data such as professional and fair information, medical records, e-mails, phone calls and chat logs. The whistleblower documents of Edward J. Snowden possessed by The Guardian and the Washington Post has given a glimpse of how deep the rabbit-hole of NSA spying capability goes. Now they also reveal how the NSA uses it carelessly. The project Bullrun enabled the NSA to work... more »
Opera Coast's Minimalist iPad Browser : Compare to Safari, Chrome + Dolphin

Opera Coast's Minimalist iPad Browser : Compare to Safari, Chrome + Dolphin

Opera has finally launched its browser for the iPad, and it might be the simplest iPad browser you'll ever use. Dubbed the Opera Coast, this iPad browser has a very minimalist design, built atop the WebKit rendering engine baked into iOS.  Featuring the search/address bar up top, the websites are treated like an app, similar to Chrome's browser format, and you won’t see buttons for going forward or backwards, as everything is swipe-able. On the upside, you won’t have to learn a new UI in using Coast, as it makes use of the iOS UI.  Web sites are positioned like apps on the... more »
Software-Defined Security : Key To The Future of Cloud | #VMworld

Software-Defined Security : Key To The Future of Cloud | #VMworld

Sean Donaldson, Director of IT Infrastructure at Secure24, talked about his company's approach to the cloud service market with theCUBE co-hosts Dave Vellante and Stu Miniman, live at the recently concluded VMworld 2013 conference.  See full video below. Discussing the current state of cloud service providers, Donaldson said "cloud hosting can mean a lot of different things to a lot of different people. We fit a pretty unique niche in that market where we focus on high compliancy, first tier applications, in what we like to refer to as an enterprise private cloud." Mission-critical cloud   The company's services are focused around the apps... more »
Western Digital Picks Up Virident for $685 Million

Western Digital Picks Up Virident for $685 Million

Western Digital, one of the last remaining big fish in the shrinking pond that is the traditional disk market, has agreed to acquire Virident Systems for $685 million. The Milpitas, California-based firm makes PCIe flash cards that eliminate network latency and provide users with faster access to their data. Under the agreement, Virident will become a part of Western’s Digital’s HGST subsidiary. Chief executive Mike Gustafson, a 20-year industry veteran, is joining the division as a senior vice president. Formerly a joint venture between Hitachi and IBM, HGST now supplies hard drives and SSDs to companies like hybrid storage vendor Tegile. Virident’s... more »
Amazon's Specialty Shop for Home Automation + Money Saving Solutions

Amazon's Specialty Shop for Home Automation + Money Saving Solutions

This week’s SmartHome roundup features: the new smart home platform unveiled at IFA 2013, a new home automation store, and a new way for people to maximize use of solar panels while conserving energy. A camera and the cloud   At IFA 2013 a trio of companies including GEO Semiconductor Inc., a semiconductor and software company specializing in camera and projection solutions, Shaspa, a leading provider of a service delivery framework for smart building projects, and Tatung, a company that designs and manufactures an array of digital consumer products, including personal computers, liquid crystal display televisions, plasma displays, network-connected devices, storage-based media players,... more »
Understanding the Role of Big Data Analytics | #tcc13

Understanding the Role of Big Data Analytics | #tcc13

Kicking off the Tableau Customer Conference in Washington, D.C., Wikibon’s Dave Vellante and Jeff Kelly welcomed Simon Zhang to SiliconANGLE’s live broadcast of theCUBE. Zhang is currently the Business Analytics Director for LinkedIn, a company regarded as one of the biggest practitioners of Big Data analytics in the industry. Zhang’s personal history is interesting because he didn’t start his career among computers and information technology gurus. Instead, in his home country of China, Zhang had been neuroscientist and surgeon, having performed several hundred surgeries as an oncological neurosurgeon. During this time, Zhang was becoming more and more interested in the technology... more »
Facebook Gives Our Data to TV, Fails to Mention Mobile Security

Facebook Gives Our Data to TV, Fails to Mention Mobile Security

Somewhere lost in the middle of the battle for user data, is well, the user. I say that with my tongue firmly planted in cheek, because at the end of the day we're giving it up for free. Starting today, Facebook is rolling out a set of tools designed to help media and news organizations better integrate Facebook conversations into their broadcasts. In addition to the roll-out, Facebook is announcing media and news organizations will have access to public posts in real-time of relevant topics. Facebook is making available its Public Feed API and Keyword Insights API to a small group... more »

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