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Service Providers Put Their Heads in the Cloud

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Cloud computing is rapidly transforming the way enterprises use technology.

As a result, enterprises will steadily increase their consumption of cloud-based services and, conversely, decrease their reliance on legacy on-premise technologies.

Were you aware that service providers have choices for how they will adopt and deliver cloud services?

CA Technologies has crafted cloud-computing strategy with the only end-to-end cloud management portfolio.

Download “Multiple Paths to Cloud Computing “ which will show you that this cloud-computing strategy consists of the resources needed to make a service providers’ cloud-computing practice a reality.

 

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Sigalon - The Swedish Content Curating Frog - In the Computer Business since 1962 - Love IT !

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"We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars". Oscar Wilde

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Visit the Sigalon Soup.io (http://sigalon.soup.io), a good source for content curation.

 

As of today, 2014-01-01, the Sigalon Soup has been viewed more than 66,000 times, by more than 25,000 visitors from 159 countries.

 

The Sigalon Soup and the related Soups are news aggregators.

To follow the most recent information on a specific topic, click on an item, -Soup-, in the list specified below.

Each topic contains information from a number of selected RSS feeds, as well as direct links to some relevant sites.

Below the heading "Account" in each Soup, you find icons pointing to the sources from which the RSS feeds are obtained. By clicking on an icon, you can go directly to such a source.

 

See the List of Current Specific Topics in this Document:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1uQZUfeeKZKIyYF8U3QqUDIwC1zgu1VkEfpZStUxEm_Q/edit?usp=sharing

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No. 1 Most Expensive Coffee Comes From Elephant's No. 2

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Black Ivory Coffee workers sort coffee beans out of elephant dung.

 

A coffee entrepreneur claims his brew is different — and better — than the trendy civet poop coffee. And it starts with the idea that elephants, unlike humans or civets, are herbivores.

 

"There's easier ways to make money," he says. "I wouldn't spend 10 years and put my life savings on this if I didn't think it's for real, or I thought it was just going to be an overnight gag."

Gag. Right. Let's just dispense with the jokes here and now, shall we?

"Crappacino," "Brew No. 2," "Good to the last dropping" — Dinkin has heard them all.

And while he's a good sport about it, it's clear he's tired of them, too. He'd rather talk about what makes his brew different — and better — than Kopi Luwak. And it starts with the idea that elephants, unlike humans or civets, are herbivores.

 

 

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IDG Connect – Q&A: AI & The “Industrial Revolution” in IT

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Artificial Intelligence Q&A with Ergun Ekici – VP Emerging Technologies, IPsoft.

 

I define AI as a cognitive machine that can understand what it is being told via natural language, learn continuously and subsequently solve problems by applying its knowledge. In a business context, this means being able to interact with humans naturally, explore what issue needs to be resolved and figure out what actions need to be taken.

By this definition, AI opens up a massive opportunity to enhance and automate the huge number of administrative and knowledge-based roles that have arisen over the last 40 years to support core business processes. Expert systems using autonomic technology are already automating management and administration tasks within the IT department, freeing up skilled IT engineers to focus on work that creates value for the business. These virtual engineers learn from how a human engineer tackles a problem that they haven’t encountered before, so they can fix the issue the next time it happens.

With cognitive AI, virtual agents, operating outside of the IT department, will learn from humans – actually “observing” interactions and absorbing the lessons drawn from that experience – in a similar way to a new employee shadowing an experienced colleague to build on their formal training

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Despite FAA Setbacks, Amazon Prime Air Makes Notable Engineering, NASA And Aerospace Hires | TechCrunch

Despite FAA Setbacks, Amazon Prime Air Makes Notable Engineering, NASA And Aerospace Hires | TechCrunch | Discover Sigalon Valley - Where the Tags are the Topics | Scoop.it

Something big is going on with Amazon Prime Air, the e-commerce giant’s research project focused on delivering packages in 30 minutes or less using unmanned drones. And it’s not the dubious story about drone testing in India, which frankly, doesn’t pass the sniff test in terms of accuracy.

Prime Air is shaping up to be more than a marketing stunt, it seems. The company recently scored a few notable hires for this project, including former aerospace engineers, a NASA astronaut, a number of Microsoft researchers and Bing engineers, and even the co-founder of Keyhole, the original developer of Google Earth (prior to the Google acquisition.)

Prime Air’s more notable hires may not be household names, but are indicative of a project Amazon is taking seriously, after all.

Why “after all?”

Well, because many people didn’t buy into the Prime Air hype at first.

In case you missed it back then, Amazon made a splashy announcement about its drone project, Prime Air, just before the Christmas holiday in the U.S. On the biggest online shopping day of the year, Cyber Monday, CBS’s 60 Minutes aired an interview with Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, which uncritically, we might add, saw veteran reporter Charlie Rose, smiling, exclaim “oh my God!” as he viewed the Prime Air drones for the first time.

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Tesla Model S Software Update Brings iPhone Unlocking And Ignition Start | TechCrunch

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Tesla owners have been looking forward to OS 6.0, a software update for their vehicles, for a while now, but it’s finally rolling out to vehicle owners, reports Electrek. The system adds a bunch of new features for Model S vehicles, including a new Calendar app for in-car use, and big improvements to the Maps/Navigation software. What’s amazing (and surprising) for iPhone users is that they can now unlock and start their car from their devices if they forget their physical key fob at home.

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The Islamic State

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The Islamic State (IS), formerly known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), permitted filmmaker and Vice News journalist Medyan Dairieh to have exclusive access to their operations for three weeks, allowing viewers insight into the horrifying inner world of jihadist militant extremists.

Devastating footage of executions and men lying beheaded in the street illustrates the severity of the threat of the Islamic State. Militants patrol the streets to ensure their religious standards are being upheld, and citizens are encouraged to report any transgressors, even if they are family members. One man is stopped and instructed to make his wife change the fabric of her veil, and although the tone is polite it is clear the requestor is telling, not asking. The influence of the enforcers is evident - prisoners who have dared disobey the IS laws are full of self-blame, accepting their punishments to be the will of Allah. Disobedience will not be tolerated by man or God.

Preaching centers serve as meeting grounds for fanatics young and old as they celebrate their faith by raising guns above their heads and sing songs of triumph over America and the European countries. As the borders between Syria and Iraq are crossed, IS fighters defend their growth, ever insistent that their actions are defended by the will of their God, even as women and children lay bloodied and dying before them.

Operating under Caliph Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, a self-proclaimed descendant of the Prophet, followers are taught to surrender everything to him, be it their money or their lives. Interviews with young boys attending a Mosque service demonstrate the fundamentalist mindset that is being ingrained in the local children, who are as eager as their adult counterparts to enact what they believe to be God's will through acts of violence and self-sacrifice.

It is the belief of the adults that their hardships bring them closer to their God and that the children are meant to be "the generation of the Caliphate" who will combat the Americans and their "infidel" allies. Those under fifteen are sent to Shariah camp to learn about their religion, while older teens are sent to military camp to train for combat; however, it is not uncommon for the younger children to already be practiced in handling arms and bracing for conflict.

The Islamic State is a stark, harrowing wake-up call to the realities of religious fundamentalism in the Middle East and the corruption of generations being raised to believe violence is the best defense of their beliefs.

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De 10 värsta sakerna du kan äta

De 10 värsta sakerna du kan äta | Discover Sigalon Valley - Where the Tags are the Topics | Scoop.it
Dagligen översköljs vi med nyheter om vad vi bör och inte bör äta. Men det finns ett gäng livsmedel som du förhoppningsvis aldrig kommer att klassas som nyttiga. Här är några av dem, listade av sajten Mydiet.com.
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Hamas leaders die in wave of Israeli strikes on Gaza

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Militants announce death of three senior commanders after Netanyahu foreshadows ‘struggle against terror lasting years’

 

Three of Hamas’s most senior military commanders have been killed in pre-dawn air strikes on Rafa in the south of the Gaza Strip.

Hamas announced the deaths of Mohammed Abu Shamalah, Raed Attar and Mohammed Barhoum on Thursday morning. The loss of the military commanders is a serious blow to the organisation.

There was still no definitive word on the fate of Mohammed Deif, Hamas’s top military figure, whose wife and eight-month-old son were killed on Tuesday evening when five one-tonne bombs struck a house in Gaza City.

Israeli military analyists said intelligence indicated Deif was at the house and that it was virtually impossible that anyone could have survived the destructive force of the bombing. A third unidentified person also died in the air strike.

The Israel Defence Forces said it struck 20 targets over Wednesday night and into Thursday morning.

It confirmed it had “eliminated senior Hamas terrorists Raed Attar and Mohamed Abu Shamala” but made no mention of Barhoum.

“Raed Attar played a major role in tunnel infiltrations, terror attacks that killed Israelis, and the kidnapping of [Israeli soldier] Gilad Shalit. Abu Shamala, commander of Hamas forces in [southern] Gaza, was directly involved in dozens of terror attacks, including the murders of IDF soldiers.” the IDF statement said.

As the death toll in Gaza rose well above 2,000 on Wednesday, the Israeli prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, compared the Hamas movement in Gaza to the Islamic State (Isis), calling the two groups a “branch of the same tree”.

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The Influence Vedic Philosophy Had On Nikola Tesla’s Idea Of Free Energy

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The Properties of Space Science works best when in harmony with nature. If we put these two together, we can discover great technologies that can only come about when the consciousness of the planet is ready to embrace them. One example is “free energy,” also known as “zero-point energy,” which utilizes the substance that exists […]
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Why Our Ancestors Health Was Better Than Ours. We Can Regain It!

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Part I: How Physical Activity Can Help Us Regain Our Ancestral Health  Modern society has blessed us in many ways. Amazing technological advances have made us comfortable beyond the dreams of past generations. Paradoxically, we suffer from chronic, degenerative diseases virtually unknown a few generations ago. Rather than providing robust health, we see an onslaught […]
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The 20 Most Popular TED Talks of All Time | TED

The 20 Most Popular TED Talks of All Time | TED | Discover Sigalon Valley - Where the Tags are the Topics | Scoop.it
These iconic talks are the ones that you and your fellow TED fans just can't stop sharing.

Via Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.
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These are the Best of the Best TED Talks...add these talks to your 21st Century learning leader watch / resource list...

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Isis militants claim to have killed US journalist James Foley

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Propaganda video circulated Tuesday claims to show beheading of photojournalist, who went missing in Syria in 2012

 

Militants from Islamic State (Isis) claimed to have killed an American journalist long held captive in Syria in retaliation for ongoing US air strikes against its forces in Iraq.

A propaganda video circulated on Tuesday showed a masked Isis fighter beheading a kneeling man dressed in an orange jumpsuit who is purported to be James Wright Foley, a photojournalist who went missing in Syria in 2012.

The masked executioner spoke in English, with what sounded like a British accent, and said the slaying came in response to the air strikes ordered by President Barack Obama against Isis 12 days ago.

Isis, whose chief spokesman came under US state department sanctions on Monday, warned of further revenge – including on another man purported to be a captured US journalist, Steven Sotloff – and in the video the victim was made to read a statement blaming the US for his own murder.

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Drama Queen

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Everything that happens to me in France sounds like an adventure
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Goodbye "Mustang Sally", Hello "Lucy"

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Saying "goodbye" to Mustang Sally hasn't been easy. Looking back at some of the posts of our adventures together makes me happy and sad.
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IDG Connect – Top Tips: How to Move to a Cloud Phone System without Downtime

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Expert tips on how to move to a cloud phone system without downtime
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There Is One New Book On Amazon Every Five Minutes | TechCrunch

There Is One New Book On Amazon Every Five Minutes | TechCrunch | Discover Sigalon Valley - Where the Tags are the Topics | Scoop.it

In an interesting post, writer Claude Nougat estimated the total number of books on Amazon – about 3.4 million at last count (a number that could include apps as well) and then figured out how many books were added in a day. Nougat noticed that the number rose by 12 books in an hour, which suggests that one new book is added every five minutes. And, most likely, it’s probably an indie book.

Let’s let that sink in.

What does that mean for the indie publisher? If you’re perpetually optimistic, very little. If you’re even a little bit pessimistic, however, you might want to rethink your career. As Nougat writes:

Now if life is tough for the more successful self-published authors, try and imagine what it’s like for the rest of us?

The reason why? Basically the tsunami of books that buries every single newcomer!

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This Robot Butler Tried To Get Me Drunk | TechCrunch

This Robot Butler Tried To Get Me Drunk | TechCrunch | Discover Sigalon Valley - Where the Tags are the Topics | Scoop.it

The merry TechCrunch band took a trip to Cupertino this week to kick it with a small robot called Botlr made by robotics startup Savioke.

The little android, outfitted with a fancy collar and racing stripes, brings small items from the front desk of the Aloft hotel, to the rooms of customers. The cute R2 can handle elevators on its own, and scoots along at around one to two miles per hour.

The Botlr is the first of its fleet, and is still in testing. We put it through its paces, tasking it with the delivery of a little something that hails from the South to room 335.

And the little robot can even dance. What’s cooler than that?

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Isis 'beyond anything we've seen' and must be contained, says Pentagon

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Defence chiefs describe militants as ‘apocalyptic’ group that will need to be defeated but maintain limited strikes are sufficient

 

Senior Pentagon officials described the Islamic State (Isis) militant group as an “apocalyptic” organisation that posed an “imminent threat” on Thursday, yet the highest ranking officer in the US military said that in the short term, it was sufficient for the United States to “contain” the group that has reshaped the map of Iraq and Syria. 

Army general Martin Dempsey, chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, told reporters in a Pentagon briefing that while Isis would eventually have to be defeated, the US should concentrate on building allies in the region to oppose the group that murdered an American journalist, James Foley.

“It is possible to contain them,” Dempsey said, in a Pentagon press conference alongside the defense secretary, Chuck Hagel. “They can be contained, but not in perpetuity. This is an organisation that has an apocalyptic, end-of-days strategic vision which will eventually have to be defeated.”

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Watch A Thousand Micro Robots Self-Assemble Into Wild Shapes | TechCrunch

The madmen at Harvard have finally done it: they've simulated real life swarms with tiny robots, thereby bringing the coming robot apocalypse that much..
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Kajieme Powell: St Louis police release video of fatal shooting

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Authorities release recordings of encounter that came amid extreme tension in nearby Ferguson over Michael Brown killing
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40 maps that explain the Roman Empire

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2000 years ago today, the Roman Emperor Augustus died. His reign marked the start of a 200-year period of peace and prosperity for the empire.

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While some internet map compilations aren't that informative, Vox puts together some quality sources in a way that add perspective and insight to any given topic.  This collection on the Roman Empire gives today's students maps with perspective to see the size of the Roman Empire as well as maps to show the cultural and historic context. 

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Hidden Energy - Dr. Hal Puthoff - YouTube

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Dr. Hal Puthoff. For more information, visit http://www.SiriusDisclosure.com. Subscribe at http://www.youtube.com/sdisclosure. Dr. Hal Puthoff, a theoretical...
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Images from Foire aux vins d'Usès

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This Foire aux Vins in Uzès was number 39, so it's an old tradition. 
56 wine growers were participating, mostly coming from Gard. 

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Second fatal St Louis area shooting stokes tensions in Ferguson

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Police chief says suspect brandished a knife at officers after incident at convenience store, as crowd takes up refrain from nearby protests

 

Racial tensions in Missouri were stoked again on Tuesday when police killed another African American man as authorities struggled to quell the nightly confrontations over the shooting of an unarmed teenager, Michael Brown, in Ferguson last week.

Angry residents of a black neighbourhood in St Louis, not far from Ferguson, accused the police of excessive force after two officers fired several bullets into a 23-year-old man described as carrying a knife and behaving erratically. The man has not yet been named but he was well known in the area and was said to have learning difficulties.

Sam Dotson, the chief of St Louis’s metropolitan police, said the man did not obey orders to drop a knife and was within four feet of the officers when they shot him. The dead man was later named locally as Kajieme Powell.

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Uzes: Village of Artists

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UZES IS A VILLAGE THAT REMINDS ME OF A PLACE VAN GOGH, MATISSE AND MONET WOULD HAVE LIKED TO HANG OUT
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Ouch!! The Dentist

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It's bad enough to have a crown fall out of your mouth when you're new to the country. Finding out your dentist speaks no English is worse.
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