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IBM broke its cloud by letting three domain names expire - The Register
“multiple domain names were mistakenly allowed to expire and were in hold status.”
outages  fail  ibm  the-register  ops  dns  domains  cloud 
28 days ago by jm
Historic computers look super sexy in this new photo series by Docubyte and Ink
Wow, these look amazing:
The IBM 1401 and Alan Turing’s Pilot ACE (shown below) are among the computers featured in the series by photographer Docubyte and production studio Ink.
ibm  computers  history  tech  docubyte  ink  bletchley-park 
may 2016 by jm
IBM goes full patent troll
Prodigy software patents invoked in suit against GroupOn. Patent troll mode activated :( (via Paul Graham)
ibm  patents  swpats  paul-graham  patent-trolls  prodigy  groupon 
march 2016 by jm
Bigcommerce Status Page blasts IBM Softlayer Object Storage service
This is pretty heavy stuff:
Bigcommerce engineers have been very pro-active in working with our storage provider, IBM Softlayer, in finding solutions. Unfortunately, it takes two parties to come to a solution. In this case, IBM Softlayer intentionally let their Object Storage cluster fall into disrepair and chose not to scale it. This has impacted Bigcommerce, IBM and many other Softlayer customers. Our engineers placed too much trust in IBM Softlayer and that's on us. However, the catastrophic failures to see metrics and rapidly scale capacity, the decisions to let hard drives sit at 90% utilization for weeks and months, the cascading failures of an undersized cluster of 52 nodes for the busiest data center in their business speaks to IBM Softlayer’s lack of concern for their customers. We found this out 3 days ago.


(via Oisin)
softlayer  bigcommerce  outages  shambles  ibm  fail  object-storage  storage  iaas  cloud 
april 2015 by jm
IBM's creepy AI cyberstalking plans
'let's say that you tweet that you've gotten a job offer to move to San Francisco. Using IBM's linguistic analysis technologies, your bank would analyze your Twitter feed and not only tailor services it could offer you ahead of the move--for example, helping you move your account to another branch, or offering you a loan for a new house -- but also judge your psychological profile based upon the tone of your messages about the move, giving advice to your bank's representatives about the best way to contact you.'


Ugh. Here's hoping they've patented this shit so we don't actually have to suffer through it. Creeeepy. (via Adam Shostack)
datamining  ai  ibm  stupid-ideas  creepy  stalking  twitter  via:adamshostack 
february 2014 by jm
IBM insider: How I caught my wife while bug-hunting on OS/2 • The Register
Wow, working for IBM in the 80's was truly shitty.

'IBM HR came up with a plan that summed up the department's view of tech staff: a dinner dance. In Southsea. For our non-British readers this is not a glamorous location.

As a scumbag contractor I wasn’t invited, but since I was dating one of the seven women on the project, I went anyway and was impressed by the way IBM had tried so very hard to make the inside of a municipal leisure centre look like Hawaii. This is so crap that the integrity checks I’ve installed to watch myself for incipient senility keep flagging it as a false memory.

The only way I can force myself to believe the idea that the richest corporation on the planet behaved that way is that the girl who took me is now a reassuringly expensive lawyer who was kind enough to marry me and so we have photographic evidence.

(I wish to make it clear that I’m not saying IBM had the worst HR of any firm in the world, merely that my 28 years in technology and banking have never exposed a worse one to me.)'


And indeed, so were MS:

'We, on the other hand, were regarded as hopelessly bureaucratic. After Microsoft lost the source code for the actual build of OS/2 we shipped, I reported a bug triggered when you double-clicked on Chkdsk twice: the program would fire up twice and both would try to fix the disk at the same time, causing corruption. I noted that this “may not be consistent with the user's goals as he sees them at this time”. This was labelled a user error, and some guy called Ballmer questioned why I had this “obsession” with perfect code.'


(thanks, Conor!)
via:conor-delaney  os2  ibm  microsoft  work  1980s  pc  uk  steve-ballmer 
november 2012 by jm
Operations, machine learning and premature babies - O'Reilly Radar
good post about applying ML techniques to ops data. 'At a recent meetup about finance, Abhi Mehta encouraged people to capture and save "everything." He was talking about financial data, but the same applies here. We'd need to build Hadoop clusters to monitor our server farms; we'd need Hadoop clusters to monitor our Hadoop clusters. It's a big investment of time and resources. If we could make that investment, what would we find out? I bet that we'd be surprised.' Let's just say that if you like the sound of that, our SDE team in Amazon's Dublin office is hiring ;)
ops  big-data  machine-learning  hadoop  ibm 
april 2012 by jm
Ask For Forgiveness Programming - Or How We'll Program 1000 Cores
Nifty concept from IBM Research's David Ungar -- "race-and-repair". Simply put, allow lock-free lossy/inconsistent calculation, and backfill later, using concepts like "freshener" threads, to reconcile inconsistencies. This is a familiar concept in distributed computing nowadays thanks to CAP, but I hadn't heard it being applied to single-host multicore parallel programming before -- I can already think of an application in our codebase...
race-and-repair  concurrency  coding  ibm  parallelism  parallel  david-ungar  cap  multicore 
april 2012 by jm
BlueRunner: Email in the Cloud with Cassandra [PDF]
interesting prez from some IBM researchers on using Cassandra as a mail store, via Jeremy
via:jzawodny  mail  cassandra  database  data  ibm  nosql  performance  presentation  pdf  from delicious
april 2010 by jm

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