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In Physics, Crossing a River Is Just Like Landing a Plane

To non-pilots, landing an aircraft in a crosswind looks all but impossible. When the wind is perpendicular to the direction of motion of the plane, the plane has to aim in one direction—its wheels not lined up with the runway—so … Continue reading

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Don’t let cloud providers kick you off like United

As everyone knows, last week a United Airlines passenger was asked to deplane because the airline overbooked and needed his seat for a staff member, then was dragged off the plane by Chicago airport cops when he refused to leave. … Continue reading

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5 ways enterprise networkers can – and can’t – be like webscale stars

Everybody wants to be a winner. One way to get there is to follow the leaders. In networking, big cloud companies like Google and Facebook are at the top of their game. They run giant data centers, continually launch and … Continue reading

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IDG Contributor Network: Can enterprise IT seem like a good deal again?

A few weeks ago, I sat on a panel hosted by CenturyLink on sustainability and efficiency in IT. At CenturyLink’s sunny Irvine, California, data center my co-panelists gathered ahead of going on stage and on camera. One of the panelists … Continue reading

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Why Microsoft’s data chief thinks current machine learning tools are like tailored shirts

When Microsoft’s data chief thinks about the future, he sees a world where developers create applications that leverage machine learning and predictive analytics without needing the help of a data scientist. Joseph Sirosh, the corporate vice president in charge of … Continue reading

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IBM’s Watson Personality Insights says I’m more like Slash than Penn Jillette! Really?

“What,” you might have occasionally wondered “does Mark Gibbs have in common with Penn Jillette?” That’s a fine question, dear reader, and the answer, at least according to Your Celebrity Match, a cognitive computing application based on IBM’s Watson Developer … Continue reading

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Don’t use the cloud like a data warehouse

We’ve all heard the cry of data consolidation. After all, data within enterprises is strewn all over the place. So combining that sprawl of data would allow us to mine it more easily from a single location. The cloud provides … Continue reading

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