“There’s no such thing as ‘the cloud’, it’s just somebody else’s computer”. Amusing, yes but not entirely true. These days the cloud comes in many different flavours and can range from public cloud to private or hybrid cloud and from cloud services to cloud or hosted platforms. It is consequently no longer sufficient to refer to cloud as some vague notion of outsourcing infrastructure worries to someone else.We should therefore be thinking about ‘degrees of cloudiness’. In other words, when looking at a software solution, instead of asking the binary question: “Is it cloud based?”, the correct question to ask may be: “How cloudy is it?”. The answer of course can range from “not a cloud in the sky”, i.e. purely premises based within a single location, to “completely overcast” in the sense that we are looking at a pure serverless architecture delivered from an indeterminate and fluid … [Read more...] about The degrees of cloudiness for contact centres
Not a cloud in the sky
It’s no great revelation that we live in a surveillance society. A U.S. citizen is reportedly captured on CCTV around 75 times per day. That figure is even higher elsewhere in the world. In the United Kingdom, this number is considerably greater, with your average Brit likely to be caught on surveillance cameras up to 300 times in the same period. But a lot of existing CCTV networks still rely on people to operate them. Depending on the circumstances, there might be a human being at the other end, watching multiple camera feeds on a bank of monitors. Alternatively, there may be no-one watching at all, with the footage only ever viewed in the event that it needs to be. Two cutting edge technologies may be about to shake up surveillance as we know it, however. Researchers from the U.K.’s University of Cambridge and India’s National Institute of Technology and Institute of Science, Bangalore have published a new paper, describing a drone-based surveillance system, which … [Read more...] about Like a vice principal in the sky, this A.I. spots fights before they happen
Some young stars in the Milky Way are blinged out all the way down to the nanoscale, sporting clouds of tiny diamonds so hot they actually glow.Astronomers have discovered that a faint and until now unexplained microwave light coming from several protoplanetary disks in our galaxy is caused by massive swarms of microscopic diamonds in space. The disks are basically swarms of dust and debris surrounding a star so young that planets are just beginning to form around it. It turns out that some adolescent star systems like to spend a significant amount of their carbon on that sparkling "ice," which announces their existence to the rest of the galaxy a little ostentatiously."In a Sherlock Holmes-like method of eliminating all other causes, we can confidently say the best candidate capable of producing this microwave glow is the presence of nanodiamonds around these newly formed stars," said Jane Greaves, an astronomer at Cardiff University in Wales, in a release. Greaves is … [Read more...] about There really are diamonds in the sky, way out by young stars
This story originally appeared on Grist and is part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Beth Brunton’s magenta umbrella shields her from the weather on an April afternoon in Seattle. It’s a curious sight, because today is the first day in months without a drop of rain. It’s 75 degrees, and there’s not a cloud in the sky. “It gets their attention,” she says about her umbrella, as a diverse array of bare-armed people wearing sunglasses pass by on the brick-red campus of Seattle Central College. Brunton stops a young black woman. “Have you signed to put clean energy on the ballot?” Brunton asks. The woman stops to listen to the pitch, then shakes her head: No, she can’t sign, because she’s not registered to vote. A lot of people Brunton approaches aren’t—too young, no home address, just a tourist passing through. One man had a felony conviction and hadn’t yet registered to vote again. Brunton … [Read more...] about Can This State Finally Put a Price on Carbon?
British judge Sarah Asplin ruled that evidence “revealed confusion amongst real people” regarding Microsoft’s SkyDrive service, causing people to call BSkyB’s helpline to get assistance with the product. As a result, Mrs. Asplin ruled that Microsoft did infringe on the “Sky” trademark. Now, the judge must decide if Microsoft will be punished with a fine or by requiring a change in the name of the service. Microsoft tried to argue that the work “sky” was descriptive that it relates to clouds and thus cloud storage.BSkyB sued Microsoft in the UK and EU asserting that people were confused between the news service Sky, and SkyDrive. While the tech minded among us cannot imagine that people could confuse the two, it seems some folks are indeed getting confused. Documents from the case recorded a number of incidents of people contacting Sky when they needed assistance with SkyDrive. Users were also apparently confused by Hotmail’s … [Read more...] about Microsoft’s SkyDrive suffers legal defeat in the UK and EU