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Yes, it’s really like that. The distress, the wailing: Video of North Koreans after the death of Kim Jong Il

December 19, 2011

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Check out this video of North Koreans bereaving the loss of Kim Jong Il. (HT to Business Insider) Yes, it is unbelievable.  When you get to 1:20 of the video, watch the kids in the background look around as if it say – “I guess we should do what everyone else is doing.”  Throughout the video, […]

Where exactly are we getting the money to spend? US Savings Rate, Disposable Incomes & Consumer Credit

December 14, 2011

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Retail sales are up for the sixth straight month.  But… 1. The average American lost $21,000 in net worth in Q3, 2011 according to the December 8, 2011 Federal Reserve Flow of Funds release. 2. Personal savings rates are on a marked decline after a predictable spike during the recession: 3. Disposable income is back […]

Hierarchical Models, Game Theory, the Arab Spring and… Facebook?

December 12, 2011

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In their paper – Cooperation, structure and hierarchy in multiadaptive games – Sungmin Lee, Petter Holme and Zhi-Xi Wu write: To epitomize, our work shows a generalization of spatial social dilemma models where hierarchies can emerge in a cooperative state. In our framework, these hierarchies need stable cooperating hubs to persist. In this sense, the […]

The biology of The Cloud

December 11, 2011

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Here’s the way I think of “The Cloud” – If I don’t have to worry about my data when I spill coffee on my laptop, then I’m using is The Cloud. In that vein, I’m in general agreement with Urquhart’s definition – “Cloud computing is an application-centric operations model.” (After my visit to the Silicon […]

Only in Silicon Valley: OpenStack Swift – The State of the Project

December 8, 2011

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Seeing that I’m in the data business, thought it’d be interesting to check out the new Silicon Valley CloudCenter at a Meetup event – OpenStack Swift – The State of the Project – organized by Dave Nielsen, et al.   Only in Silicon Valley can you pack a room with 60+ engineers to learn about these things. […]