Data-Smart City Solutions is working to catalyze local government efforts to more effectively solve local problems through the use of integrated, cross-agency data combined with community data to better discover and preemptively address civic...
More objects are becoming embedded with sensors and gaining the ability to communicate. The resulting information networks promise to create new business models, improve business processes, and reduce costs and risks.
Microsoft is reportedly investing $678 million to expand its data center in West De Moines, Iowa. The expansion is expected to create 29 new jobs in the local area, and has already been awarded $20 million in tax benefits.
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Gregg Cooke's insight:
The datasenter-in-a-box concept actually done right and done completely. Very cool company. I can imagine using one of their pods to build a "data analysis center in a box", with Synerscope as the dashboard.
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Gregg Cooke's insight:
This is why the NSA doesnt need any one prohibited datum from your dataflow...as long as they're collecting enough pieces AND the law lets government agencies collaborate. Its all about data fusion, folks.
This is a great summary of how Bitcoin works. Bitcoin's strength is in its protection of the transaction log -- it requires herculean effort to modify the details of a transaction once committed. This means that Bitcoin transactions are virrually tamper-proof.
Tampering, if it happens, occurs outside of the transaction -- either in the wallet (by reusing addresses for transactions or outright theft from the wallet) or in the exchange of Bitcoin to real-world currency. In other words, the storage of Bitcoins, and the exchange rate of Bitcoins, can be tampered with...but Bitcoin transactions themselves cannot practically be tampered with.
Tampering on the storage side will soon go the same way as the transaction, as hardware wallets become the norm. Bitcoins in a hardware wallet will become safer than real money, credit cards, checks, or any other form of currency.
That leaves the currency exchange rate as the last frontier for tampering.