Loosing the war while trying to win the battle (part1)

The BBC news today is full of articles about the extend and background to extensive spying the government does on private citizens personal communications such as Facebook, e-mails, phone calls, and so on. As a big data professional as well as a citizen of a democratic country there are a couple of angles worth taking. For one, what does commercially available software look like that gets sold to governments to achieve this sort of thing, and what can it do and how does a big data architecture like that do it. Secondly why is all this going on? Why does a government feel compelled to spy on its own citizens and non citizens.

“R” you into statisitics?

“R” is a disruptive new open source analytics technology with a rapidly growing user community. It is a powerful and extensible statistical object oriented programming language. It was build to support rapid development of computational analytics and data visualisation. It can be and is easily extended (for example a new interpretative engine) and the benefits of these extensions are shared with the user community. There are now thousands of R analytics packages available to download made available by users in a growing academic and business community Several large software packages (such as Oracle, Greenplum and SAS), have integrations with the R language, or have released R language support. R has a vast array of standard graphical formats that can be reused, as well as good functionality for the production of bespoke plot and graphical format types

Where is the sense in that?

“I like bones!”
Well that could mean I am a successful surgeon having just saved a life through surgery (unlikely), I could be a serial killer or maybe I just like the TV series “Bones”. But no matter what you think of me, but the truth is the sentance is meaningless until we have context.

why we are here

I have been running around a technology event for a while now, and as anyone who has been to one of these knows, they can drain you of all energy. Water is your friend. The reason why we go is to meet people, share experiences and learn from others. Of course I am wrong if I think that. I am here to be in awe of companies predigious tallent showing off. And they do. They do stunning stuff with characters, mouse pointers, pretty pictures emerge and most of the audience is drifting off to look at the pretty AV assistent. Sentences like “the third point is the pool of trained expert users will have difficulties retaining ambigues knowledge and so modelling rules by the business will enable to give control and an insight into behaviour streams” drift through the air with no-one paying real attention.
So why do we still come? The answer is simple, because we hope something changed. The same old story has not just had a facelift while the heart ageing. The funny thing is we want things to be revolutionary, but somehow packaged so we get.
Well, the revolution is on, but it was well hidden.
1) The clasic databased application is on its way to the scrap heap.
2) In memory is the new nirvana – true!
3) Collaboration has reached business properly
4) Documents, rules and process description can make a legally acceptable process

Wave goodbye to e-mail?

googlewaveBy now you will have come across the hype curve. The idea that reality is never as good as the dream is true for many things (if not almost all). But how often do you get it big time from a giant company? take for example this years hypemaster Google Inc. and their assault on SMTP / email. There is top notch hype at its best. But does it hold when you apply the hype tests?

 Background:

Google Wave is basically a completely new take on people to people document exchange. For one it is set up as cloud computing, for another it freely changes state between chat, collaborative authoring, work flow, chat and webex style meetings. If you have a spare hour and a bucket (in case you feel nausea from all the American Ra!Ra!) then take in the launch cast from youtube here.

To understand the hype a bit better you will be amazed to learn that pre-launch Process Expert company SAP has already published its example take on wave showing of collaborative business process design between business users and how it gets integrated into the service oriented world on the Software Developer Network. You can view it here: Gravity – Collaborative Business Process Modelling within Google Wave (Low Resolution)

I have to admit that I am quite smitten with the idea of a collaborative environment that blogs, plays games, collaborates and most importantly does away with the e-mail nonsense that we are currently fighting against. SO if everything is wonderful why go on about hype cycles as coined by Gartner?
HypeCycle – (originally posted here: http://www.gartner.com/pages/story.php.id.8795.s.8.jsp)

Physics Game update 2

Just uploaded a new video. Not much new stuff, but great fun to blow things up. have fun :)

Physics Game update 1

Markus has now completed the first abstraction layer for thegame. This allows the creation of objects via xml without the need to adapt the code. We also noticed during testing that complex buildings like castles out of primatives have to be constructed very carfully, since the calculations lead to collision detections which slow the game right down. We will post a video update as soon as we can handle complex objects.

Physics Game

Mith (Markus Santa) and I have just started to develope a physics 3D game. When I say “Mith” I mean the person who does all the coding, thinking and realisation in general!!!!, and when I say “and I” it should be clear that I have ideas and test and maybe do a bit of pansy artwork.

The screenshot below is a quick insight into the very early work that is going on. I have to say it is very adictive and based as always on the TV3D engine. I’ll let you know how we get on.