State of Data Last Week – #32

#analysis – How data can make you live forever – Scott Adams (@Dilbert) ponders if one could build a “smart analytical engine” that will learn and thrive on one’s online ‘persona’ data (email; tweets; blogs; comments; shopping; GPS) and once the person is dead can “represent” him/her in online communities and other digital places. One’s 23rd generation could then have a “live chat” with forefather dead 1000 years ago!

Come to think of it, this probably makes more sense – and easier to do than – Cryogenics.

#architecture – NoSQL at Twitter, video presentation on Twitter’s choice and usage of NoSQL technologies – Cassandra, Hadoop, Redis etc.

#big_data – Rumors of DBMS demise are greatly exaggerated’ (slides, if short on time)– IBM Distinguished Engineer Billy Newport discusses and contrasts the ‘SQL’ and ‘NoSQL mindsets’.

#DBMS – Database Administrator job requirement, probably written by a real Database Administrator – Do you think the world should be solved through relational algebra? Don’t apply here. Have you edited a database redo/write-ahead log in a hex editor to bootstrap a failed recovery? Now we’re talking.

#learning – A group of MIT researchers build a straw-man for DBaaS – Database-as-a-Service for cloud. The seminal paper analyzes cost and impact of multi-tenancy, elastic scale, privacy, partitioning and migration in cloud-based database.

#visualization – Mint does a simple visualization showing what Credit Card number digits mean.






About Nilendu Misra
I love to learn, create and coach. Things that I do well are - Communicating ideas - verbally or through words and diagrams; Problem Solving - Logical or Abstract; Very Large Scale Systems; think about 'Frighteningly Simple' approach first. Things that I intend to do better are - Establishing Stringent Process; Exchanging Tough Feedback; Keeping up with my reading or To-Do list to be able to completely relax.

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