Big Data: Cheap MIPS and Bot Marketing
Today Cheap MIPS is more like Cheap TxTIPS (trillion times a trillion instructions per second).
The "Big Data" file in my archive of news stories contains 82 entries. Additional stories of Big Data appear in my files of facebook.com (65), amazon.com (15), google.com (80), yahoo.com (9), Surveillance, spying and snooping (248), NSA (20) and Snowden (8).
From The Wall Street Journal, Oct. 21, 2013:
These Are Great Tools, but Who Has the Skills to Use Them?
Big Data. It's the latest IT buzzword, and it isn't hard to see why. The ability to parse more information, faster and deeper, is allowing companies, governments, researchers and others to understand the world in a way they could only dream about before.
Getting people qualified to work in such data-analytical tools as Hive, Pig, Cassandra, MongoDb or Hadoop is only the first layer of this onion. Few companies have in-house experts who can even make a business case to justify the cost of hiring big-data experts, let alone assess the quality of the applicants. Many managers also lack basic numeracy, so getting decision makers who can grasp more sophisticated statistical mechanics can be a challenge.
Standard databases have been around for about 35 years, so a substantial body of experience makes these tools relatively easy to understand and use. Big Data, by contrast, is just being invented, so the techniques for organizing and understanding the underlying meaning are still in their infancy. —John Jordan
Big Data and Protection Against Crime, Cybercrime and Terrorism
I have no problem with the NSA/CIA seeing anything in my computer and financial records or monitoring my phone calls. Peggy and I have nothing to hide. And if collecting metadata ("data about data") on every person in the U.S. and abroad prevents a nuclear or sarin gas bomb from going off in the middle of Philadelphia, I say, "Hey, go for it Uncle Sammy!"