In context: Databases are in something of a Golden Age right now. There is an immense amount of development taking place in and around the way we store and access data. The world is obsessed with "data," and while we would not call it the "new oil," our ability to manipulate and analyze data continues to advance in important ways. But at their heart, databases are fairly straightforward things – repositories of data. All this innovation we are seeing centers on new ways to access that data (a.k.a. the "cloud") and the speed with which we can convert massive amounts of data into something useful. Not to diminish the very real innovation taking place here, but like the rest of technology it is driven by trade-offs -- speed in one area slows another, optimize for readability and writing slows down. Editor's Note: Jonathan Goldberg is the founder of D2D Advisory, a multi-functional consulting firm. Jonathan has developed growth strategies and alliances for companies in the mobile, … [Read more...] about Meet the… SQL Processing Unit?
Hurricane Ian continued to intensify on Monday night and reached sustained winds of 125 mph as its center passed across the western edge of Cuba. From there, the storm will move into the southeastern Gulf of Mexico, where very warm water and low wind shear will allow for further intensification. The hurricane has been moving around the western edge of a high pressure system, but as Ian approaches the western coast of Florida on Wednesday it will start to run into a trough of low pressure draped across the southeastern United States. The net effect of this will cause Ian to slow down, perhaps only moving a few miles per hour for a couple of days. All of this is a recipe for disaster for much of the Florida peninsula, but it's difficult to say precisely where, and precisely which effects. Even though landfall is expected to occur in less than two days, there remains considerable uncertainty in where Ian will make landfall along the western Florida coast, and where it will go. This is … [Read more...] about Ian reaches major hurricane status, will be a historic storm for Florida
Total Wireless is a pre-paid mobile carrier in the United States, which has been owned by Verizon for almost a year now . Under new management, Total Wireless is now “Total by Verizon,” with updated mobile plans that could save you some money. Total by Verizon is positioned as a new budget brand for Verizon, similar to Metro by T-Mobile (formerly MetroPCS) and AT&T’s Cricket Wireless . Just like before, the phones and plans are available online, and in stores like Walmart and Target. You can buy a new device from Total, or bring your own — assuming it’s carrier-unlocked and compatible with Verizon’s network. The cheapest plan for $30 per month includes unlimited calls and texts (including to Canada and Mexico), 5 GB of high-speed data, and 5 GB of hotspot data. Jumping to $40/month gets you 15 GB of mobile data and hotspot data. Finally, there are two “unlimited” plans, for $50 or $60/mo. The cheaper one has less hotspot data available, while the more expensive … [Read more...] about Verizon’s Total Wireless Has a New Name and Cheap 5G Plans
Seventy-one percent of employees are poorer under the weight of President Joe Biden’s inflation, up from 58 percent in February, a Bank of America-sponsored survey shows. The poll, revealed by CNN on Tuesday, sampled individuals in July who have 401(k) plans. Half of those sampled said they had taken measures to “cope” with Biden’s soaring prices in the last six months. Sixty-two percent said they are “stressed” about their personal finances despite being employees. From year to date, consumer prices soared 8.3 percent in August, the Bureau of Labor Statistics revealed in September. In June, inflation reached a 40-year-high at 9.1 percent, just above August’s numbers. The price of food at home jumped 0.7 percent compared with the previous month. Over the past 12 months, grocery prices have gone up 13.5 percent. Biden’s inflation, fueled by massive spending and arbitrarily placed constraints on the economy during the pandemic, is not just impacting low-income families. The … [Read more...] about Poll: 71% Are Poorer Under Joe Biden’s Inflation, Up From February’s 58%
President Joe Biden’s foreign policy advisers are concerned that a victory by Italian leader Giorgia Meloni could weaken the united European coalition pushing back against Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Meloni represents a populist-nationalist shift in power after Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi sought to align Italy with the European Union and teamed up with the G7 nations to push back against Russian President Vladimir Putin. Politico’s Jonathan Lemire reports that Biden aides are worried that Meloni could turn Italy inward as Europe faces a difficult winter with high energy prices, the result of the West trying to punish Putin for invading Ukraine. Meloni has voiced her support for Ukraine and criticized Russia’s invasion, but analysts fret that the more populist-nationalist coalition in Italy will pivot away from their support of sanctions on Russia. Giorgia Meloni, a rising star in conservative Europe, appeared at CPAC in 2022 and condemned Russia for invading … [Read more...] about WH Worried Italy’s Giorgia Meloni May Weaken Biden’s European Coalition