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Shocking Similarities Between School Lunch & Software Development The need to add more features on shorter release cycles is ubiquitous. At some point we will reach the threshold of gaining efficiencies and quality will begin to degrade. There is some evidence that we've reached and crossed that threshold already. In the late 1960's the National School Lunch Program was struggling to keep up with the growing number of children needing assistance. To combat the issue The Child Nutrition Act was passed in 1966, but eventually privatization of school lunches was seen as the only affordable option for continuing the service. By the late 1970's, private companies were supplying schools with fast food to serve in their cafeterias. Source. These actions decreased the cost of feeding children in need during the school day; however, the quality and nutritional value of the fo... (more)

Machine Learning and Google Car | @ThingsExpo #IoT #M2M #ML #API

Google self-driving car finally causes an accident - a lesson in AI. According to The Verge, Google had recently performed a software update that changed the behavior to be more human like. "So several weeks ago we began giving the self-driving car the capabilities it needs to do what human drivers do: hug the rightmost side of the lane." The truth is that one of the complaints about self-driving cars is that they are too cautious so Google adapted the software so the car would move to the far right of the lane so two cars could fit in the single wide lane.  This is what a regular... (more)

Wearable Tech: Here to Stay? | @ThingsExpo #IoT #M2M #Wearables

Wearable Tech: Here to Stay, or Passing Fad? Wearable technology has come a long way since the calculator watch. In the past whenever I thought of the term "wearable technology" the first things I would think of were always calculator watches and pedometers, but boy have things changed! Even if you're a skeptic, this blogger thinks that pretty much everyone will be using some type of wearable tech by 2020. The Next Big Thing in...Fashion? It seems like wearable technology is everywhere. Whether it is Google Glass, or the Samsung Galaxy Gear, there seems to be nothing that you can't... (more)

Rapid Changes in Immature Technologies Are Holding You Back By @JohnBasso | @CloudExpo #Cloud

Many of the technologies we use in our personal and professional lives every day are changing at a very rapid pace. So, do you try to keep up and if so, how? Simple. You let go. Firms often hold on to out of date technology because of the switching costs, insecurity about the best tech choice, lack of expertise, and a host of other reasons. In staying married to old technologies, firms make switching more and more difficult. One of the most pervasive technology trends where this phenomena can be seen is in the conversion from internally maintained servers to cloud hosted servers... (more)

Redundancy Doesn't Equal Backup | @CloudExpo #Cloud

Currently, the preferred method of data protection of cloud giants, such as Google, is to replicate the data across different locations (i.e., data centers), rather than performing a true back up. This is done because a true back up seems logistically too complicated given the amount of data these giants store. These companies have turned to replicated data because, the assumed risk of all replications crashing simultaneously are extremely slim. This risk assumption may be accurate but it does not take into account unintentional data destruction. From firsthand experience, we k... (more)