They spoke at re:Invent and mentioned that Amazon.com has been hosted on EC2 for a number of years: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f45Uo5rw6YY
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EC2 is PCI level-I compliant. See: http://aws.amazon.com/security/pci-dss-level-1-compliance-faqs/
no they're not
Sites like Amazon have already run into this and have moved away from scripting languages and back to system languages
You know Amazon's running on Perl Mason, right? http://www.masonhq.com/?AmazonDotCom
If you're in Gainesville and love good pizza, you _must_ go to Satchel's Pizza... holy jebus, it's amazing.
I went to a presentation a few years ago by a pair of eBay's senior engineers where they were discussing their architecture and technology. They explained their Java-on-Windows two-tier architecture (web front-ends which are handling all of the business logic, database backends, little-to-no caching, etc). They explained how they have pools of servers for handling different page types (i.e. search vs. gateway vs. help, etc) and how they sometimes have brownouts in some pools because they mis-predicted the number of servers they needed in that pool.
During the Q&A, somebody asked them, "what's the biggest challenge that you guys face?"; the response was "fitting enough information in the browser's cookie... 4k really isn't enough information for us". A follow-up question was asked about why they didn't just use a session-id key and store as much data as they want in a database or cache, etc. They basically admitted that they didn't have the technical strength to build something like that at their scale.
The point I'm getting to is that eBay, despite having one of the most popular websites in the world employs some bass-ackward technical solutions and business policies. What's reported in this doesn't surprise me at all.
If it's only vehicle location track, how is this different than having the police tail the vehicle or follow it via helicopter, etc. This seems like a lower-cost mechanism for doing the same thing. Is there more to it than that?
It's due to trademark laws... the IP lawyers where I work remind us that trademarked brand terms should be used as adjectives and not nouns (despite the fact that they're generally referred to as nouns amongst "lay people"). For instance, Apple refers to the iPod(R) as the "iPod(R) mobile digital device" if you dig deeply into their docs.
It's the same thing for Lego... they're Lego(R) bricks, despite the common vernacular of Legos.
SGI played a part in that movie; namely the "famous" 3D file-system scene provided by the 'fsn' (file system navigator) demo app. Also featured were an array of Macintosh Quadra 700's and a group of Thinking Machine's Super Computer (which I'd bet is the only actual sale TM had, but that's my guess).
SGI was responsible for all/most of the CGI graphics.
Instructions from the site:
"You will be presented with 5 images. The task is to indicate any satellite images which contain any foreign objects in the water that may resemble Jim's sailboat or parts of a boat. Jim's sailboat will show up as a regular object with sharp edges, white or nearly white, about 10 pixels long and 4 pixels wide in the image.
Marked images will be sent to a team of specialists who will determine if they contain information on the whereabouts of Jim Gray."
Let's help our comrade who may be in grave danger!"