Hey, it's HighScalability time:
A CT scanner without its clothes on. Sexy.
- 255Tbps: all of the internet’s traffic on a single fiber; 864 million: daily Facebook users
- Quotable Quotes:
- @chr1sa: "No dominant platform-level software has emerged in the last 10 years in closed-source, proprietary form”
- @joegravett: Homophobes boycotting Apple because of Tim Cook's brave announcement are going to lose it when they hear about Turing.
- @CloudOfCaroline: #RICON MySQL revolutionized Scale-out. Why? Because it couldn't Scale-up. Turned a flaw into a benefit - @martenmickos
- chris dixon: We asked for flying cars and all we got was the entire planet communicating instantly via pocket supercomputers
- @nitsanw: "In the majority of cases, performance will be programmer bound" - Barker's Law
- @postwait: @coda @antirez the only thing here worth repeating: we should instead be working with entire distributions (instead of mean or q(0.99))
- Steve Johnson: inventions didn't come about in a flash of light — the veritable Eureka! moment — but were rather the result of years' worth of innovations happening across vast networks of creative minds.
- On how Google is its own VC. cromwellian: The ads division is mostly firewalled off from the daily concerns of people developing products at Google. They supply cash to the treasury, people think up cool ideas and try to implement them. It works just like startups, where you don't always know what your business model is going to be. Gmail started as a 20% project, not as a grand plan to create an ad channel. Lots of projects and products at Google have no business model, no revenue model, the company does throw money at projects and "figure it out later" how it'll make money. People like their apps more than the web. Mobile ads are making a lot of money.
- Hey mobile, what's for dinner? "The world," says chef Benedict Evans, who has prepared for your pleasure a fine gourmet tasting menu: Presentation: mobile is eating the world. Smart phones are now as powerful as Thor and Hercules combined. Soon everyone will have a smart phone. And when tech is fully adopted, it disappears.
- How much bigger is Amazon’s cloud vs. Microsoft and Google?: Amazon’s cloud revenue at more than $4.7 billion this year. TBR pegs Microsoft’s public cloud IaaS revenue at $156 million and Google’s at $66 million. If those estimates are correct than Amazon’s cloud revenue is 30 times bigger than Microsoft’s.
- Great discussion on the Accidental Tech Podcast (at about 25 minutes in) on how the the time of open APIs has ended. People who made Twitter clients weren't competing with Twitter, they were helping Twitter become who they are today. For Apple, developers add value to their hardware and since Apple makes money off the hardware this is good for Apple, because without apps Apple hardware is way less valuable. With their new developer focus Twitter and developer interests are still not aligned as Twitter is still worried about clients competing with them. Twitter doesn't want to become an infrastructure company because there's no money in it. In the not so distant past services were expected to have an open API, in essence services were acting as free infrastructure, just hoping they would become popular enough that those dependent on the service could be monetized. New services these days generally don't have full open APIs because it's hard to justify as a business case.
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