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How Big Data Became So Big 105

Posted by timothy
from the now-appearing-as-a-buzzword-near-you dept.
theodp writes "The NYT's Steve Lohr reports that his has been the crossover year for Big Data — as a concept, term and marketing tool. Big Data has sprung from the confines of technology circles into the mainstream, even becoming grist for Dilbert satire ('Big Data lives in The Cloud. It knows what we do.'). At first, Jim Davis, CMO at analytics software vendor SAS, viewed Big Data as part of another cycle of industry phrasemaking. 'I scoffed at it initially,' Davis recalls, noting that SAS's big corporate customers had been mining huge amounts of data for decades. But as the vague-but-catchy term for applying tools to vast troves of data beyond that captured in standard databases gained world-wide buzz and competitors like IBM pitched solutions for Taming The Big Data Tidal Wave, 'we had to hop on the bandwagon,' Davis said (SAS now has a VP of Big Data). Hey, never underestimate the power of a meme!"

Dept. of Homeland Security To Build Better Cyber Workforce 57

Posted by samzenpus
from the assemble-the-team dept.
coondoggie writes "Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano today said the agency will form a cybersecurity workforce task group that will consider strategies such as expanding DHS involvement in cyber competitions and university programs, enhancing public-private security partnerships and working with other government agencies to develop a more agile cyber workforce across the federal government. The new task force will be co-chaired by hacking expert Jeff Moss who now works for the Homeland Security Advisory Council and Alan Paller is director of research at the SANS Institute."
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I haven't been to Slashdot for a while. I came back to check out my profile page.

I wonder whatever happened to my friends here? I wonder whatever happened to people from the glory days, TripMasterMonkey and Cowboy Neal? I wonder, does anyone even know them anymore? There hasn't been a "cowboy neal" option on the Slashdot polls each of the last times I came back to check.


+ - Don't write on the whiteboard-> 4

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lJlolel writes "Whiteboard coding is the centerpiece of the modern technical interview, entrenched in Microsoft, Amazon, and Google interviewing procedures. But one interviewer writes about how he turned that system upside down. Refusing to write on the whiteboard, he used paper instead to code up his algorithms to avoid the awkwardness of standing at a whiteboard. Do you feel anxious when writing code at a whiteboard? Why not write on paper at your next interview?"
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Comment: Re:Microsoft and Open Source in General (Score 0) 368

by hobo sapiens (#36826946) Attached to: Linux Receives 20th Birthday Video From Microsoft

why would anyone want to learn powershell? MSFT got it wrong, they should have done what Apple did with OSX and used some *nix variant as the shell. sh and its offshoots are a de-facto standard. The fact that they made powershell somewhat understand nix commands is an admission of this.

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