The developers who wanted to build 8 Washington in San Francisco spent seven years lobbying City Hall - winning approval from the Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors - only to watch opponents kill the project by putting a successful measure on the November ballot. Google simply started building a four-story barge made of stacked shipping containers flanked by giant white sails on a Treasure Island pier. A statement sent to reporters teased: A floating data center? A wild party boat? A barge housing the last remaining dinosaur? Just for the fun of it, let’s build something that looks like the Sydney Opera House after it was subjected to a trash compactor? When I sent Google a request for permission to come on board, an anonymous Google official responded with a refusal and template language about “interactive space.” Interacting with Google is like being the suspect in a TV police interrogation. In a city that requires buildings to be “bird-safe,” how does Google get to stack up, hoist sail and drop anchor without so much as a public hearing? San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission executive Larry Goldzband told me BCDC has “an investigation to determine the permit for that pier that enabled the permit holder to actually do such marine construction.” If some http://www.sfgate.com/opinion/saunders/article/Google-s-barge-glides-by-where-others-hit-SF-snags-5042461.php tell Google to pack up its Erector set and find someplace else to play, the corporation could take its gazillion marbles elsewhere.
The good news is that Node.js is getting mature, the bad news is that a more mature Node.js means bugs are harder to find.
A few weeks ago Eran Hammer of Wal-Mart labs came to the Node.js core team complaining of a memory leak he had been tracking down for months. By expending a lot of effort over those few months he had taken the memory leak from a couple hundred megabytes a day, down to a mere 8 megabytes a day. That in and of itself is an impressive feat, however the final portion of the leak was elusive.
But online education might also disrupt everything that distinguishes Stanford. Could a student on a video prompter have coffee with a venture capitalist? Could one become a T-student through Web chat? Stanford has been aligned with Silicon Valley and its culture of disruption. Now Hennessy and Stanford have to seriously contemplate whether more efficiency is synonymous with a better education.
The Handle System is a general purpose distributed information system that provides efficient, extensible, and secure resolution services for identifiers of digital objects, known as handles, for use on networks such as the Internet. It is an infrastructure on which applications serving many different purposes are being built. Some examples are rights management applications, persistent identifiers for digital objects on the Web, and institutional data preservation and archiving.
“We think of applications today as an executable sitting on a virtual machine,” said Forrester’s Kindness. “They may talk about two- or three-tiered applications, too, but when you move to the cloud, developers change the way they develop applications. When you move to Amazon Web Services, it’s your responsibility to create an application that can move around when a server goes down. That application executable is being broken up into multiple files on multiple servers, so if one goes down, another can come up and it can keep on going. Think about the way those applications go back and forth now. It changes the way networking is done, whether on the LAN or across the WAN. You have more traffic, but it will be smaller and more dispersed.”—
The Gillmor Gang â€” Robert Scoble, Dan Farber, Keith Teare, Kevin Marks, and Steve Gillmor â€” recorded a Tuesday evening session in the wake of Apple’s iPad..
Apple backfitting mobile to desktop and pushing OSX Mavericks for free changed software company economics to 2 revenue streams. Hardware plus Apps. By shifting the software licence to the cloud and thus content can follow you on any device you use on that platform.
Microsoft has stumbled a bit pulling off the same mobile to desktop backfit with Windows 8.1 and Surface. Incredibly Microsoft did not build a mobile Apps ecosystem before pushing Windows 8.
Google, without any doubts in my mind will converge the Chrome desktop and Android.
Amazon, has already fostered convergence making its Kindle content available on any device.
Regarding backfitting Linux desktop OS with mobile. Firefox seems to be leading the effort. If it makes user sense, no doubt it will happen.