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What most people don't realize when they read about billion dollar startup valuations: VCs won't be holding the bag if the eventual value is less, because they will get paid first, and employees lose. “You pick the valuation and I’ll pick the terms.”
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"Google now has a significantly lower cost in standard compute instances"...without any commitments, prepayments, or restrictions. And RightScale's analysis excludes the additional 14%* savings you get from per-minute billing and never having to exactly guess right which machine type or region you'll need.

"14% extra, really?", you might ask.  14% is an estimate, of course, and YMMV -- see http://cloud.google.com/pricing for more, including a TCO calculator where you can check our math and plug in your own assumptions. But it's not a contrived number: consider this simple example: suppose you're running some hadoop jobs that on average take 2 hours.  On GCP you pay for exactly the minutes you use.  AWS will round up to the next hour, so on average you'll overpay for 30 minutes, which is a +25% surcharge on the advertised VM rate.  

On GCP, "pay only for what you use" means exactly that.
The Google vs. AWS pricing battle over cloud compute power continues with new Google price cuts. RightScale has the latest analysis and comparison charts.
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I'm kind of surprised Azure isn't included in that comparison.
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Now the decade of work we put into NoSQL is available to everyone using GCP.  One way it shows that we've been working on this longer than anyone else: 99% read latency is 6ms vs ~300ms for other systems.
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How are you getting to 6ms write latencies?  Are the writes not guaranteed to survive a region failure?
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I was catching up on my reading and came across this gem of a paper in the April 2nd issue of Nature (though the article is helpfully marked as "appeared first online on April 1st).

From their conclusion: "Sluggish action on global warming is set to compound the problem, and policies such as the restoration of knighthoods in Australia are likely to exacerbate the predicament yet further by providing a sustained and delicious food supply." :-)

Full paper: http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v520/n7545/full/520042a.html
Emerging evidence indicates that dragons can no longer be dismissed as creatures of legend and fantasy, and that anthropogenic effects on the world's climate may inadvertently be paving the way for the resurgence of these beasts.
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Awesome video about how hard it is to learn to ride a bike where the handle bars steer the opposite way. And how easy that is to learn for a four year old.
 
When your brain disagrees with reality about what it can do.
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+Mark van Gulik i've switch to dvorak and nwo can type it pretty fast but if i switch back to qwerty khid happekl, and i ysdd to bd alde to touij tupd qwerty
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Get almost 5x the SSD performance at half the price...only on GCP.  And for the next 4 weeks you get 75% off so you can run intensive tests without spending much.
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+jani koskela​ I run my own copy of goread.io on App Engine for nothing since it stays under the usage cap.
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Cloud Dataflow in beta: already better than lambda in production?  Time to stop writing your code twice, in two different systems, to get both batch and streaming analytics.

(http://lambda-architecture.net/ if you're not familiar with that term.)
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Batch layer, pretty much reminds me bitcoin blockchain as a function of immutable, append-only set of raw data.
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Great to see CS become more like other disciplines where women represent 50% of graduates. As a field we're still way off but progress made in just the past few years is encouraging.
A new prize aims to recognize colleges that succeed in attracting women into information technology, a field where they remain underrepresented.
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Wow, I didn't know there was any footage of Grace Hopper; thanks for sharing that.
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Why we're just about to retire the corporate intranet: it's not secure.
Google is moving all of its internal apps to the cloud and changing the security in tow. Read More
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The point isn't that the cloud is as secure as the internal network. It's that the internal network is as insecure as the cloud.
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Now a classic experiment but still fun to watch, and still surprising (at least to me): monkeys have a very acute sense of fairness.
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Ran into a traffic jam on my way to work today.
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Great robotics, congrats
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50 years ago Gordon Moore first made his now famous prediction that "The [number of transistors per chip] has increased at a rate of roughly a factor of two per year...there is no reason to believe it will not remain nearly constant for at least ten years."  He also wrote (at a time when computers filled an entire room) that  "Integrated circuits will lead to such wonders as home computers, automatic controls for automobiles, and personal portable communications equipment."

Reprint at https://www.cis.upenn.edu/~cis501/papers/mooreslaw-reprint.pdf
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+Shawn Willden Yes, all good points. But impressive foresight, nevertheless.
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    CS, 1988 - 1994
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