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Submission + - FedEx CIO Sees Analytics, Sensors, Windows 8 as the Future (slashdot.org)

Nerval's Lobster writes: "According to FedEx CIO Rob Carter, that need to analyze events in real time has resulted in an effort to “radically” decompose monolithic applications into sets of core granular services, which the company will then mash into any number of analytics applications. The ultimate goal: a matrix of IT services that functions with the speed and flexibility of a brain, freeing FedEx from a system dependent on files strewn across any number of databases kept on disk storage systems too slow to support advanced, real-time analytic applications.

Much of FedEx’s data comes from sensors, including a new SensaWare service that involves placing active sensors inside boxes containing high-value merchandise. Rather than wait to be scanned, these sensors actively send out telemetry data covering everything from the package’s traveling speed to whether any light has penetrated its packaging (the latter would suggest some sort of issue has occurred).

Longer term, Carter expects to make all that data more readily available via application programming interfaces (APIs) that would allow customers to apply their own analytics applications against the data. Within FedEx, the company’s applications are all connected to a common message bus that allows applications to publish and subscribe to any source of relevant data.

Those capabilities will prove critical as modern enterprise applications evolve to broker data between services. In fact, it’s a core capability embedded in Windows 8. “This is one reason we’re actually excited about a new Windows platform in a very long time,” Carter said. Because the operating system now manages the brokering between sources of data, the complexity of building composite applications that access multiple data should be significantly reduced."

Submission + - Recording of Recently Shut Down Telemarketers in Action (wordpress.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Just yesterday, the FTC, in conjunction with other government agencies, shut down an international telemarketing scam. A recent video has surfaced showing them in action, trying to scam one of the principals of a Canadian web start-up. Watch the scammers lie through their teeth to convince their "victim" that they need to buy a lifetime subscription to their anti-virus product.

Comment Re:One word. Jailbreak (Score 1) 573

I agree - but the concern you raised on backward compatibility on the iOS APIs is something that software developer would have to deal with either way. Whether the application is allowed to be distributed in the app store or not. So really to me the Jailbreak option should really mitigate the concern. As long as there is a published API set, jailbreak the phone and have someone make the enhancements.

Comment Re:Mark Advertisements as Such (Score 1) 263

I agree. However, one thing that is being missed is the Slashvertisements are editorial videos that have not been paid for by a 3rd party sponsor aside from what may be few second preroll. The sponsored videos are labeled that way on the TV landing page. This is a case where the content selection needs to be fixed.

Submission + - 'Frothy Gunk' From Deepwater Horizon Spill Harming Corals (sciencemag.org)

sciencehabit writes: The massive oil spill that inundated the Gulf of Mexico in the spring and summer of 2010 severely damaged deep-sea corals more than 11 kilometers from the well site, a sea-floor survey conducted within weeks of the spill reveals. At one site, which hadn't been visited before but had been right in the path of a submerged 100-meter-thick oil plume from the spill, researchers found a variety of corals—most of them belonging to a type of colonial coral commonly known as sea fans—on a 10-meter-by-12-meter outcrop of rock. Many of the corals were partially or completely covered with a brown, fluffy substance that one team member variously calls "frothy gunk," "goop," and "snot."

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