Cloud ‘Recovery’ or Just The Same Old Thing?

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Cloud computing means many things, but almost all definitions include some key value propositions: scalable on-demand resources, a metered pay-per-use model, access over the Internet, and infrastructure management and optimization that is better than most data centers.

At a more conceptual level, cloud computing abstracts away all the undifferentiated IT tasks. Most businesses don’t add any value to their customers or create any competitive advantage for themselves when they buy, build, configure, and manage servers and storage. This is doubly true for disaster recovery equipment and data centers.

Conversely, poor performance in these tasks can cost value and competitive advantage. There is no benefit in doing these tasks well, but there is cost to doing them badly. This is like the opposite of a financial call option – lots of downside risk, but no upside. Leer más “Cloud ‘Recovery’ or Just The Same Old Thing?”


The $46,000 bicycle


The Factor 001.The Factor 001.

It takes a week to build and costs the best part of a decent wage, but the Factor 001 can monitor your skin temperature and determine how powerful each of your legs is.

Electronic gears, sleek carbon-fibre body, optional carbon-fibre brakes: they sound like car features but in fact they describe a very special bicycle.

British retailer Harrods is expected to soon stock the Factor 001, a super high-tech bike made by motorsport engineering company BERU f1systems.

For the equivalent of about $46,000, you get a bike that takes six engineers a week to build. There’s hydraulic brakes integrated into the frame and a Shimano Di2 electronic gear shift.

The frame is also packed with load sensors, wiring, batteries and control cables that help the bike to collect up to 100 separate bits of ergonometric data—from skin temperature to respiration rate and humidity to individual leg power output.

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How to be a billionaire


Ferrari for auction.Do billionaires have any traits in common?

Research reveals three qualities common to people who build great fortunes.

Have you dreamed of becoming a billionaire?

Based on the response I’ve gotten to my recent article Three Myths About Starting Your Own Business, many people have. They imagine having wealth like the founders of Google and Apple, so they can fly to their own chateaus on the French Riviera in a Gulfstream IV or maybe even a Boeing 737. They picture making it onto the Forbes Rich List and buying diamonds from Tiffany.

What does it take to get that rich? Are billionaires completely different from you and me? My firm, the China Market Research Group, decided to see if we could answer those questions and if there were any secrets we could learn from them. Over the last five years we interviewed secretive real estate tycoons in China who own companies through proxies for fear of being too high-profile, internet pioneers in the US who party with rock stars, multi-generational conglomerate tycoons in India and retail heirs in Europe who hit the Alps to ski. In all, we interviewed about a dozen billionaires and several dozen people worth more than $USD 100 million. We had fun doing it, too, from gambling at racetracks in Hong Kong to chomping on biscuits in Boston.

While almost everyone we interviewed said luck and timing played a role in their success, we found some other similarities in their responses, too. Most of the truly rich, perhaps surprisingly, are not that different from you and me. They have the same fears about their children and their health, and the same desires. But we did find some differences.

We narrowed those differences down to three secrets of the truly rich that most of the people we talked to said had helped them get to where they are:

The first secret of the truly rich is that they are never afraid to fail. Most of our interviewees told us that at one point they had had a choice to either stick to an easy, secure route or take a calculated risk. To reach the truly heights of wealth, some risk is needed. If you look for security in a job or are scared to try something different, you won’t get far in the pursuit of true wealth.

Even when they had failed-and every single one of them had at least once-the truly rich said they had used those experiences to learn from their mistakes and get back in the saddle. They had avoided the real failure of letting a bad experience destroy their optimism and their passion. Leer más “How to be a billionaire”

Flexibility key to employee health

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Work stress.Stress test … workers with little control over their working conditions experience higher stress levels.

People who have some control over their working hours may be healthier in both mind and body than those in less flexible jobs, according to a US study.

Analysing 10 published studies involving about 16,600 workers, researchers found that certain work conditions that gave employees some control – such as self-scheduling shift work and gradual or partial retirement – were linked to health benefits.

Those benefits included lower blood pressure and heart rate, and better quality sleep and less fatigue during the day.

But the findings, published in the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, do not prove that flexible work schedules lead to better health although they support the theory that “control at work is good for health,” said the researchers.

Dr. Clare Bambra of Britain’s Durham University said according to that theory, reduced stress may be what bestows the benefits although there are other possibilities as well.

A flexible work schedule might, for instance, make it easier for people to find time for exercise, Bambra told Reuters Health.

For years, studies have found links between “high job strain” and heightened rates of heart disease, depression and other ills. Researchers define high job strain as work that is demanding but allows employees little to no control over how they work.

This has sparked increasing interest in whether there are health benefits to be gained from non-traditional work conditions like self-scheduling, “flextime,” telecommuting from home, and job sharing.

For their review, Bambra and her colleagues used 10 studies that all followed workers for at least six months and had to compare employees with flexible conditions with another group.

But Bambra said a shortcoming of all the studies in the review was that none was a randomized controlled trial.

Bambra said those types of studies “are needed before we can make any real conclusions. The data we have is indicative rather than definitive.”

But she said they found no evidence that flexible work conditions stand to harm employees’ well-being so for now employers and policy makers can consider self-scheduling and gradual retirement to be “plausible means” for promoting employee health.


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Open Thread: PRManna – Copy Cat or Inspiration?

Written by Dana Oshiro

prmanna_haro_feb10.jpgEarlier this month we noticed PRManna climbing up the Hacker News front page and reached out to the creator for an interview. Ryan Waggoner started PRManna in his spare time and was open in saying that the project was inspired by Peter Shankman‘s Help a Reporter Out. The difference between PRManna and HARO is that Waggoner’s product was specifically meant for startup companies to answer blogger and journalist tech queries. Whereas, HARO is a general news service. The question is, are the sites far enough apart to be considered different products?

In the Hacker News thread Waggoner acknowledges that in the time that he’d developed his site, Shankman’s HARO had transitioned from a listserv to a more comprehensive tool saying, “Unfortunately, I took a look at HARO today and they’ve apparently launched something very similar, rather than just the old mailing list that I was competing against. So what do you think of this? Should I just drop it or should I add features to make it more valuable? Alternatively, is there something else I could use it for?”

As of today Waggoner may not have the opportunity to change tactics. The developer wrote a blog post detailing a cease and desist letter sent by Shankman’s lawyer. As a community with your finger on the pulse of tech launches and entrepreneurial resources, we want to know whether or not you believe Shankman’s takedown notice is warranted.


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Primera retransmisión en directo en 3D

Hispasat presenta el proyecto 3DLive y retrasmite un veneto deportivo en el cine

El operador de satélites Hispasat, ha participado en el proyecto 3DLive, que durante este último año ha investigado el estándar más eficaz de transmisión en estereoscopía por satélite e IP, así como el método más adecuado para emitir eventos en 3D en tiempo real. El final del proyecto ha consistido en la grabación del partido Inter Movistar – MRA Navarra, que se disputó en Alcalá de Henares el pasado sábado 27 de febrero, y su difusión tridimensional en directo en una sala de los cines Kinépolis de Madrid. El proyecto, cofinanciado por el Ministerio de Industria en el marco del Plan Avanza I+D y coordinado por Telefónica I+D. Esta apuesta de futuro supone cambios en la manera de grabar, difundir y reproducir el contenido. Tras la finalización del proyecto, Hispasat continuará participando en la investigación e implantación de la estereoscopía.

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Vuelve la Vogue Fashion´s Night Out

Marcas de lujo, boutiques, grandes almacenes y establecimientos permanecerán abiertos hasta la medianoche para reforzar su relación con los clientes

El grupo editorial Condé Nast ha puesto en marcha la segunda edición de la Noche de la Moda que se celebrará el próximo mes de septiembre. Dado el éxito de la primera edición de la Vogue Fashion’s Night Out, la editorial quiere reforzar la relación entre marcas de lujo, boutiques, grandes almacenes y establecimientos participantes en el evento con los consumidores. Por eso, la próxima edición se celebrará simultáneamente el día nueve en Madrid, Londres, París, Milán, Berlín, Moscú, Atenas, Taipei, Tokio, Pekín, Sao Paulo y Nueva Delhi y el día 10 en Nueva York, donde los locales permanecerán abiertos hasta la medianoche para atraer a los clientes y dar comienzo oficial a la temporada de otoño/invierno.

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