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So Google are buying Nest, makers of the "intelligent" thermostat for the home.  I have to say I never really saw the point of the product, certainly for modern UK houses.

In the UK, it's typical to have a master thermostat and thermostatic radiators in each room.  In general the master thermostat doesn't control much other than a general heating level.  I've found that each room can vary significantly depending on the quality of your house build.  We had friends who had a cold bedroom that they believe hadn't been fully lagged by the builder.

Before deploying something like an intelligent thermostat, I think we can made significant savings elsewhere.  First, if air was moved between rooms to rebalance heat, we'd save significantly (easier done in non-UK homes like US/AUS where air ducting is installed).  Second, there's a huge amount of heat hanging at the top of rooms.  Just stand on a chair in any room and feel the heat near the ceiling.  If we blew the heat down (or the cold up), not with a big fan but with air column devices in the corner of rooms, then we'd save significantly on heating bills.  These could be built with paper lantern type tubes and silent PC fans and so be really cheap, plus made decorative, by making them into lamps.

Google would have been better to buy a company that could deploy cheap room telemetry first; collect the data then fix the problem.  That's probably where my Raspberry PIs will be deployed - as room sensors before I think about more home automation.

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I'm all for style in computing, after all those beige computers we used to have, my MacBook certainly has a better look and feel to it.  However it also has a practicality too; elegance, simplicity and practicality perhaps being Apple buzzwords.  

However the Sphere from LaCie seems like a poor attempt to cash in on Applesque cool design but misses on 2/3 of the point above.  To a certain degree it is elegant; but it's not practical and doesn't offer much simplicity.  

I am sure they will sell thousands of them.

http://www.tomshardware.com/news/lacie-sphere-hdd-pictures-preview,25647.html

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You would have thought he could have tried to at least say something interesting about the technology he's been paid to promote - surely???

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/01/07/samsung_snafu_at_ces_causes_michael_bay_meltdown/

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Great article from The Register on old calculators.  I didn't own the Commodore one in the post, but I owned a later model, the P50, which our maths teacher "acquired" from somewhere.  As many sites now show, this was a Hong Kong model (1978) so presumably he had a grey import source.  I also had a Casio FX-550 (1981), which seems massively advanced for the time!

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/01/03/ten_classic_calcutors/

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We only use the idea of a virtual machine as it's a convenient wrapper for physical servers, which as we convert physical workload helps us manage the concept.  However we don't need a virtual machine.  Perhaps we should get over it and start thinking more about removing this physical construct in our virtual world.

http://www.zdnet.com/rackspace-picks-up-zerovms-built-for-cloud-hypervisor-7000022399/

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The details in this post show some of the amazing issues Facebook have to deal with in terms of scale of their environment.  Thankfully for them the data isn't real-time enough to care, otherwise it's pretty obvious the task would be impossible to achieve.  

The other interesting scenario is that they must be using the (only) live copy of data for a lot of this analysis; this is that move to DevOps that many companies will find hard to take, after having spent years wrestling access away and locking it in the hands of a few behind the change control firewall.

https://www.facebook.com/notes/facebook-engineering/under-the-hood-building-posts-search/10151755593228920

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