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"Can we (or, more to the point, should we) try to "codify" the laws and regulations of the world into digital form, allowing computer networks and applications to self-regulate? What would the political fallout of such a system be?" Also sprach James Urquhart in his Wisdom of the Clouds blog. I'm really jealous that he came up with this great name for his blog, and I think he's hit on something that's very profound. Listen to Grandpa talk about the war, kids...back when I saw my first Internet map, I was at Uniforum 1984 in Santa Clara. Bang! addresses were in fashion, in those [email protected] days. The map was about four feet high and six feet wide, and had an incredible array of vectors, nodes, and clusters, spanning a Mercator projection of the world. Register Today and Save $550 ! Explore Sponsorship Opportunities ! Much excitement ensued about how scientific work could be... (more)

SOA in Tough Times: Dude, What About Open Source?

Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 This article originally appeared in NOW Magazine, which retains all rights. Follow the author at or   Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 This reporter ran into counter-cultural techies early in his career, during his mid-80s stint as managing editor of UNIX Review. Trade shows were glorious fun in those days, with entrepreneurs in roller skates, companies with names like mt xinu (read it backwards) and the Canta Afforda Computer Lab, and a young Bill Joy cutting a hip figure in his black leather jacket and trademark genius-speak. It is from these roots that today’s forest of open-source advocates, idealists, and companies grew.   Discussions about open source revolve around the perception that open ... (more)

PCGAUX Aids Typhoon Ondoy (Ketsana) Victims in the Philippines

The Philippines on Ulitzer There's been an outpouring of concern and aid from many people in the US and elsewhere to help victims of the flooding caused by Typhoon Ondoy in the Philippines. One place to send aid--an organization that's not as well-known as it should be--is the Philippine Coast Guard Auxiliary. The Auxiliary is not part of the Philippine government. Rather, it is a group of seaworthy, dedicated volunteers who assist the Philippine Coast Guard in many areas: search and rescue, public education, environmental protection, and several other civic-minded functions. I spent several years with the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary and got to know many people around the world who volunteer for similar organizations in their countries. One of the great people I met along the way is Commodore Harold Wolf of the Philippine auxiliary. I've just been... (more)

Ulitzer Aid Campaign for the Typhoon Ondoy Victims Yesterday morning I checked the Ulitzer home page on my iPhone on my way to the office and I realized two of the top three stories were about "Typhoon Ondoy" in Philippines. Thirty-six hours later we still have three stories filed from Manila on Ulitzer's home page. Top Ulitzer stories on Ulitzer from around the 25 distinct subject categories it covers are processed every 60 minutes and displayed by an algorithm which we believe is more sophisticated than, say, Google News algorithms. Early this year, seasoned news man Roger Strukhoff, whose family owned and published their town newspaper in Wisconsin, launched the Ulitzer topic Philippines Online Journal. Strukhoff logged close to three million Ulitzer page views with his articles. Inday Vinas is a struggling young writer who grew up in a very poor area of the Philippines. She sta... (more)

Summertime in the Philippines and the Livin' Ain't Easy

El Nino in the Philippines means no rain and hot weather. Hotter weather, I should say. We're now into March, the first month of the Philippine summer. Schools will be letting out soon, and it's the height of the dry season in the western, monsoonal parts of the country. Each day feels a little warmer, a little more humid. The trend will continue until mid-April, when most days will be truly intolerable without air-conditioning, something that most people do without, intolerable or not. Yet even so, the Philippines needs about 6,700 megawatts of power, equal to that of, say, the State of Wisconsin and on a par with Chile and Portugal. Fish Are Dying, Not Jumping It is missing much of this power now, due to a fairly serious El Nino drought that has dried up the reservoirs that feed hydroelectric plants; reports of 80- to 90-percent cuts in power generation have circulated.... (more)

Zhang Tao of China's CCID Discusses SOA, Cloud Computing

I traveled to China in December 2008 to conduct interviews with several technology executives in Beijing, Shanghai, and Shenzhen. My first interview was in Beijing with CCID Consulting vice president Zhang Tao. CCID Consulting provides customers with public policy establishment, industry competitiveness upgrade, development strategy and planning, marketing strategy and research, HR management, IT programming and management. It is the first Chinese consulting firm listed in the Growth Enterprise Market of the Stock Exchange (GEM) of Hong Kong (stock code: HK08235). Headquartered in Beijing, the firm has also set up branch offices in Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Wuhan and Chengdu, with more than 300 professional consultants. Beijing Basics Beijing's architecture seems to be a sort of cross between Washington, DC and Dallas. Its climate can roughly be compared with ... (more)

In 2014 Big Data Investments Will Account for Nearly $30 Billion - Eventually Accounting for $76 Billion by 2020 End

DALLAS, Aug. 21, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Amid the proliferation of real time data from sources such as mobile devices, web, social media, sensors, log files and transactional applications, Big Data has found a host of vertical market applications, ranging from fraud detection to R&D. Photo - "Big Data Market: 2014 – 2020 – Opportunities, Challenges, Strategies, Industry Verticals & Forecasts" Key Findings: In 2014 Big Data vendors will pocket nearly $30 Billion from hardware, software and professional services revenues Big Data investments are further expected to grow at a CAGR of nearly 17% over the next 6 years, eventually accounting for $76 Billion by the end of 2020 The market is ripe for acquisitions of pure-play Big Data startups, as competition heats up between IT incumbents Nearly every large scale IT ven... (more)

Election 2010, Philippines Style

Election season is in full swing here in Manila. The current president, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo (known as GMA) cannot be re-elected as president, even as it seems she wants to be. So several major names—and in the Philippines, you always run into the same major names—are competing for leverage and public affection in these months before the voters go to the polls in May 2010. The big news recently was the withdrawal of Sen. Mar Roxas from consideration. Roxas, who family names is among the most elite of the elite here, has been praised fulsomely for his principled decision. The praise is flowing because his decision has cleared the way for fellow Liberal Party Sen. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III to make his bid for the president’s office in Manila’s Malacanang Palace. The reality is that Roxas was running a poor fourth in the polls, with about 9 percent of voters sayin... (more)

Typhoon Ondoy (Ketsana) and Floods Hit the Philippines

I was lucky that Typhoon Ondoy did not affect my apartment. We are out in Pampanga two hours from Manila but we did not have a flood in my little neighborhood. But so many people died in this typhoon, and now the world knows what can happen in the Philippines. We get more than 20 typhoons each year and they cause many problems. Typhoon Feria back there in June damaged many houses in Samar Province where I am from. I was visiting then and it was very scary. You know we don't have a radio there or any way to know when a typhoon is coming. We just hope for the best and we know that no one will help us. Two other typhoons in August and September gave us rain for more than one week. A lot of floods and some people died then, too. But I think that nobody outside of the Philippines knows about these things unless they are very, very bad. As I said, my family and friends ... (more)

Philippine Coast Guard Auxiliary (PCGAUX) Continues Efforts After Typhoons Leave

The volunteer members of the Philippine Coast Guard Auxiliary continued to do their work after the headlines faded in the wake of the dual typhoons that the Philippines in September. A more recent storm approached the northern tip of the country, dithered, then moved northeast toward Japan without making landfall in the Philippines. The latest potential typhoon is brewing as I am writing this article. Current projections show that it may head for the country's mid-section, where rains occur regularly throughout the year, in contrast to the traditional six-month rainy season (May to October)  on the northern island of Luzon, the island on which the capital city of Manila is located. Commodore Harold Wolf sent along the numerous pictures attached here. He also referenced a stirring article that was written by Commodore Daniel G. Cabalde, District Director for the regi... (more)

Gago Pinoy I: Things to Know About the Philippines

One of the joys of travel is the opportunity to make ceaseless fun of the strange, foreign people you encounter and their strange habits. The Philippines is no different from any other place in this respect. So, for those of you who are considering a trip there, here are some helpful fun facts and tips... People eat spaghetti for breakfast. It's OK to put banana ketchup on eggs. It's not OK to put any type of ketchup on a hot dog. It's considered extremely rude to smirk. But if you catch your wife with another man it is legal and expected that you will kill them both. Black coffee is abhorrent. Proper coffee contains three parts Coffee-Mate, five parts sugar, one part coffee. If a woman takes a shower during the wrong time of the month, she will get sick. White people are known as Kano, short for Amerikano. Variations include British Kano, German Kano, Australian K... (more)