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Hmmm,… lets expand slightly on a certain point – namely information transfer,… recent thinking, which doesn’t make Kevin Roche’s use of a container seem so silly at all.

The point about data transfers though is an interesting one nowadays, because the nature of ‘data’ has changed. It has gone from something very scarse, to something very abundant. Where once the emphasis was one protection of data from others – nowadays it seems, with the vast quantities of raw data being produced by computers and other devices, the idea is to get the information publically available as quick as possible and subject it to a larger scale public review process. For instance, when Rover landed on Mars, the pictures were available to the public at exactly the same time as they were available to the experts at NASA. In fact, when they compared results of analysis done using the public review process, to that of paying scientists to analyse the data, it was found the public came up with just as good results – and sometimes even better results than the paid experts did. Unfortunately for a lot of researchers nowadays, they have a way more data collected than their computers could ever process in a lifetime, which makes it tricky when going for research grants approval – because you are basically telling the funding committee, that I already have away more data than I know what to do with, but heh, I am asking you to give me more money, so that I can go away and collect even more!

Brian O’ Hanlon.

An interesting interview with a legend in computing, Jim Gray, now working with Microsoft Corporation.

It’s cheaper to send the machine. The phone bill, at the rate Microsoft pays, is about $1 per gigabyte sent and about $1 per gigabyte received—about $2,000 per terabyte. It’s the same hassle for me whether I send it via the Internet or an overnight package with a computer. I have to copy the files to a server in any case. The extra step is putting the SneakerNet in a cardboard box and slapping a UPS label on it. I have gotten fairly good at that.

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