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Where to Put Security Systems on Big Data? The Question Lives On...

During the O’Reilly Strata Conference, Dave Vellante led a discussion on security with the Vice President of Business Development and Marketing at Sqrrl, Ely Kahn, and the Chief Technology Officer at Wikibon, David Floyer. While both guests stopped by theCube to discuss security, Kahn also discussed Sqrrl’s growth and progress with the Accumulo project over the last year. Dave opened the discussion by reminding us that the focus of the young company Sqrrl is the security, scalability and performance of NoSQL. Kahn stated that since their introduction on theCube a year ago, Sqrrl has since released the  first version of their... more »
The Pirate Bay Relocates To North Korea, Or Does It?

The Pirate Bay Relocates To North Korea, Or Does It?

“The enemy of my enemy is my friend,” or so the saying goes, and given that between them Pirate Bay and North Korea are hated by just about everyone else in the world, in some ways it would actually make sense for the two of them to embrace that philosophy. And that's exactly what they have done, according to press release posted on the Pirate Bay blog this weekend. In it, The Pirate Bay claims to have accepted an invitation to relocate to the world's most-censored country in order to escape the relentless pursuit of its enemies in Sweden and the... more »
Violin Memory Prices New PCIe Chip to Win, Teams with Toshiba to Streamline Supply

Violin Memory Prices New PCIe Chip to Win, Teams with Toshiba to Streamline Supply

It's turning out to be a big week for flash.  Violin Memory, one of the largest suppliers of SSD-based storage solutions, announced a new product line-up called Velocity. The lineup features three PCIe server cards with 1.37, 2.75, 5.5 and 11TB of raw storage. Now for the specs.  Sustained performance using 4KB blocks measures at 120,000 IOPS for the 1.37 card, 1000, 270,000 and 540,000 IOPS for the 2.75, 5.5 and 11TB cards.  This figure jumps above one million IOPS in setups where 512KB blocks are used instead. The new Violin chips run barebone firmware that supports Oracle, Microsoft SQL Server and VMware.  Compatibility... more »
DARPA Project Aims To Record Every Single Word You Ever Speak

DARPA Project Aims To Record Every Single Word You Ever Speak

We've been keeping a watchful eye on DARPA and its catalogue of Big Data projects that threaten to change the world, be it for better or worse. Up until recently, its been fair to say that most of DARPA's work has met with our approval, yet news of a worryingly ambitious plan to record every single conversation that ever takes place has given us reason to doubt their intentions. The project, which we first heard about from Wired.com, is every bit as real as it is astounding in its scope – quite simply, if DARPA gets its way, the government will... more »
Seagate Pulls the Plug on Disk Lineup as Flash Performance Proves Better

Seagate Pulls the Plug on Disk Lineup as Flash Performance Proves Better

Seagate just announced that it will stop producing of 7200RPM 2.5 inch disk drives. The manufacturer’s high-end Momentous 7200.4, 7200.2, Momentus Thin 7200, and Momentus XT drives will no longer by the end of this year. “We are going stop building our notebook 7200rpm hard disk drives at the end of 2013,” said David Burks, director of marketing and product management at Seagate Technology, during an interview with X-bit labs. It’s not difficult to see why Seagate is pulling the plug on its7200RPM mobile lineup. Flash is only getting cheaper, and spinning disk – especially the expensive kind – can no long... more »
Original Content Drives Subscription-based Entertainment Industry

Original Content Drives Subscription-based Entertainment Industry

Microsoft is keeping its promise of a well-rounded entertainment experience on its popular gaming console the Xbox 360.  Debuting on Xbox Live today, the British film Pulp is the first original movie available for Xbox Live subscribers. Pulp is a comedy movie about a struggling comic book writer who gets tapped by the police to assist them in taking down a money laundering syndicate.  The movie has been nominated for the Discovery Award at the London Comedy Film Festival 2012, the Best Feature Finalist at the 2012 Las Vegas Film Festival, the Official Selection on SFX Weekender and has over one... more »
How To Ditch MS Office - Five Free Alternatives That Are Almost As Good

How To Ditch MS Office - Five Free Alternatives That Are Almost As Good

What with the news that Microsoft's Office 365 preview is about to expire, there'll be a lot of worried Windows 8 users out there contemplating having to shell out a small fortune on a license for the full edition. As of March 16, all those using the preview edition of Office 365 will find that their functionality is limited to viewing and printing documents only, with the ability to edit, create and save new documents no longer available. While most enterprises that have already made the switch to Windows 8 will likely just pay whatever price Microsoft is asking for the... more »
"We Need an iWatch!" -- Do We Now?

"We Need an iWatch!" -- Do We Now?

Apple is known for making products that people never thought of actually needing, but sure as hell want to have them.  And this is the case for the infamous iWatch. An iWatch is a flexible, wearable timepiece which not only gives you the time of the day, the date, but also other information you usually store on your smartphone or tablet, like reminders, meetings, appointments, and it even tracks your steps to help you keep fit.  The iWatch can also be integrated with other mobile apps, and be socially connected.  Plus it can make calls, let you see who is calling,... more »
What Should You Expect to See At GDC 2013

What Should You Expect to See At GDC 2013

The Game Developers Conference 2013, scheduled to kick off at San Francisco’s Moscone Convention Center from March 25 to March 29, is going to be a pilgrimage for the gaming industry professionals and lovers. The event is expected to have over 23,000 attendees from all across the globe, and falls in the league of Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) that will be held in Los Angeles in June. A lot of excitement is going around the event as it will not only showcase the latest trends in the gaming industry, but will also mark the changes that have happened across the games... more »
EMC the Only Big Player to Truly "Get" Big Data

EMC the Only Big Player to Truly "Get" Big Data

And the Oscar goes to...Hadoop!  The promising technology behind Big Data's unwavering buzz was in the spotlight for an entire week during the Strata Conference last month, and now that we've had time to wind down from the festivities, we can reflect on Hadoop's starring role in the enterprise. Abhishek Mehta, the founder of Tresata, recapped the best of Big Data this morning on the SiliconAngle NewsDesk show with Kristin Feledy (full video below). Mehta names Strata Hadoop’s “Oscar moment,” explaining that the gathering featured an unexpectedly high amount of activity in certain segments that have stopped making headlines some time ago.  Among these... more »

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