Those of us with past ties to Bell Labs can get rather wistful on reading this....
Dave Patterson, President of the ACM, has the "Curmudgeon" piece in the 11/05 issue of ACM Queue, which has finally made it into their online edition. It starts with "I'm sick of hearing all the whining about how outsourcing is going to migrate all IT jobs to the country with the lowest wages" and continues from there to say that actually IT jobs in the US are growing and "Despite the rumors, the facts say that IT outsourcing is not the job-sucking vampire that everyone has been whining about." He accuses people of fear-mongering. Is he right?
Some time ago, they screwed up, failed to take their money, and then yelled at us for not paying them. They apologized eventually.
Last weekend, after we had supposedly paid off both loans last month, we got a letter about one of the loans, complaining we were about $50 in arrears. I called them, and they said they failed to compute the interest properly, but would have it credited. But a few days later they called us to inform us, again, how much in arrears we were. I called back, and was again assured they'd fix the problem.
Now it's been a couple more days, and it still hasn't been fixed.
What a chicken-excrementy outfit. They had nice rates, but their service stinks. Thought I'd warn the blogosphere
Eric Brewer, a professor of computer science at Berkeley and founder of Inktomi, gave a keynote speech at WWW2005, in which he highlighted his project on Technology and Infrastructure for Emerging Regions. Brewer described a number of ongoing projects in this area (at Berkeley and elsewhere) that have really made a difference, such as using sensor networks to enable people to kill mosquitos that otherwise made broad areas of farmland uninhabitable; connecting medical clinics to support telepresence and remote diagnosis; improving commerce; reacting to natural disasters; and other areas. There are numerous difficult problems in computer science that need to be addressed, such as Delay-Tolerant Networking, dealing with intermittent connectivity; extremely low-cost and low-power computing; extending wireless networks over extremely large areas; and so on. Brewer was challenging the audience to join in this effort and make a real difference in people's lives.
As reported on ZDnet and Amazon CTO Werner Vogels's blog, Amazon's A9 search engine is now supporting plugins to its search engine -- opening the search engine to users in the way that RSS opens content, or Google News is customizing user displays. Of course, sites like "My Yahoo!" were doing the latter a long time ago.
Has anyone tried this? Also, this is with Wachovia; any comments on them, pro or con, would be appreciated. Same goes for Lendingtree.
The difficult we do today; the impossible takes a little longer.