Playing Games Of Awareness

I guess I just wonder most of the time, are people really that stupid* or are they just afraid of what others may do to them if others thought they were smarter than the other? Or, maybe, they are not afraid at all, they KNOW they will get fired and choose to not bother being smart in public to their own harm?

Or maybe they think that what they think is something they should keep to themselves?  Then I wonder why they do not choose to share them?  And then I wonder why I wonder WHY anyone else makes the choices they make?  *tangent*

Or, maybe, smart people keep their smart thoughts to themselves because they think they can leverage them later for a paycheck or something?  that money thing always seems to be a powerful organizer of thoughts here on planet earth, i wonder what would happen if everyone shared their thoughts just because it was what it took to save the planet?

*I KNOW.  I know “stupid” is not “A Nice Word” (as in “use your nice words to say hard things”); yet, sometimes, ‘stupid is as stupid does’ is just the plain truth that deserves no trimmings.

Why emerging markets need smart internet policies

Nikohl Vandel:

#ethicalrenaissance #netequality

Originally posted on Gigaom:

The Alliance for Affordable Internet (A4AI) has released its latest study into, well, the affordability of internet access. The study shows how big the challenge is on that front in emerging markets – for over two billion people there, fixed-line broadband costs on average 40 percent of their monthly income, and mobile broadband costs on average 10 percent of their monthly income.

The United Nations’ “affordability target” for internet access is five percent of monthly income, so there’s clearly a ways to go in many developing countries. Almost 60 percent of global households are still unconnected and, unsurprisingly, those who can’t afford to get online tend to be poor, in rural communities and/or women. As my colleague Biz Carson wrote the other day, women are being left behind in the related smartphone adoption stakes too.

A4AI comprises players from [company]Google[/company] and the World Wide Web Foundation to the international development departments of…

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Queer books we may not have read – online book club

Nikohl Vandel:

I find the journey of those I know in different realities I would never naturally experience to be the most inspiring of all.

Originally posted on a gentleman and a scholar:

I read an awful lot for my work, but find I have less and less time for reading for pleasure, as cliche as that sounds.

So – an online book club?

After a discussion on my facebook page (many thanks to everyone who weighed in), it seemed like I’m not the only one who’d welcome a chance to read a little more, particularly queer/LGBT books, and to discuss what they’ve read within a supportive circle. One book every two months seems like a pretty good place to start – and while I’d love to hear book suggestions, I’m going to go ahead and pick the first myself.

To that end: The Summer We Got Free by Mia McKenzie. 

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A Lambda Literary Award winning novel from the writer behind the incredible blog Black Girl DangerousI’ve been desperate to make time to read this since it came out, and can’t…

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IBM taps OpenPOWER for SoftLayer bare-metal service

Originally posted on Gigaom:

IBM is a big backer of the OpenPOWER open-source hardware project. And it’s the company behind the SoftLayer cloud, so it was only a matter of time before it put the two together by offering SoftLayer bare-metal servers on OpenPOWER-based hardware.

The new service will come online in the second quarter, when pricing details will be made available.

Big Blue launched the OpenPOWER alliance in August 2013 to breathe new life into its POWER8 chip franchise. At that time the only vendor relying on those chips was, um, IBM.

The company managed to line up some big names, including [company]Google[/company], to back this effort. A Google spokeswoman at the time said that OpenPOWER hardware could become an option for use in Google data centers.  [company]Nvidia[/company], Tyan and [company]Mellanox[/company] also backed the OpenPOWER play.

In October, [company]IBM[/company] rolled out a new server built on the POWER8 processor and Nvidia’s GPU accelerator.

While most cloud workloads rely heavily on virtualization…

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Nikohl Vandel:

when you are at home wherever you are, you have a traveler’s heart . . . i just think my home is more like from the other side of the black hole at the Galactic Center so i make my home wherever i find myself!

Originally posted on Mum C writes:


Where lies your heart?

In the will of safety or doom?

Trust your heart to a machine

That can crash  and maim?



Where lies your fear?

Oh travelling heart?

In the machete of maiming

Or in the bowl of death?



Where lies your motivation?

In the importance of work

Or in the palpable smell of risk?

Traveller oh traveller!



Does your trust mostly lie

In the four wheeling legs that carry

Or in the metal heart which cries

But seldom breaks down?



Traveller oh traveller!

Where lies your thoughts?

Will you blame God if you end up like tomato paste?

Know He gave you legs for safety

Amoafowaa Sefa Cecilia © 2015

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Google gets chatty about live migration while AWS stays mum

Originally posted on Gigaom:

On Monday, Amazon wanted us to know that its staff worked day and night to avert planned reboots of cloud instances and updated a blog post to flag that information. But it didn’t provide any specifics on how these live updates were implemented.

Did [company]Amazon[/company] use live migration — a process in which the guest OS is moved to a new, safe host? Or did it use hot patching in which dynamic kernel updates are applied without screwing around with the underlying system?

Who knows? Because Amazon Web Services ain’t saying. Speculation is that it used live migration — even though AWS proponents last fall insisted that live migration per se would not have prevented the Xen-related reboots it launched at that time.

But where AWS remains quiet, [company]Google[/company], which wants to challenge AWS for public cloud workloads, was only too glad to blog about its live migration capabilities launched last…

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Four Themes for Photographers and Photobloggers

Originally posted on News:

Maybe you’re working on a 365 project, with a photo for each day of the year. With a couple months under your belt, you might be looking for a new theme to showcase your work. Let’s check out four themes where the typography and color palettes step aside so that your photos get your visitors’ full attention.


Made with photographers and photobloggers in mind, Cubic is eye-catching and bold out of the box. Its pleasing homepage grid showcases your posts’ featured images.

Consider this subtle, almost ethereal application of Cubic at WE THE BIRDS, a site “dedicated to the travelers, the nomads, the free spirits, the culturally aware, the expat kids.” The Birds’ muted photography looks fantastic with the theme’s dark filter option for featured images. Using the site logo feature, they’ve uploaded a beautiful feather illustration that lends a unique, personal touch to their…

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IBM acquires deep learning startup AlchemyAPI

Nikohl Vandel:


Originally posted on Gigaom:

So much for AlchemyAPI CEO Elliot Turner’s statement that his company is not for sale. IBM has bought the Denver-based deep learning startup that delivers a wide variety of text analysis and image recognition capabilities via API.

IBM plans to integrate AlchemyAPI’s technology into the core Watson cognitive computing platform. IBM will also use AlchemyAPI’s technology to expand its set of Watson cloud APIs that let developers infuse their web and mobile applications with artificial intelligence. Eventually, the AlchemyAPI service will shut down as the capabilities are folded into the IBM Bluemix platform, said IBM Watson Group vice president and CMO Stephen Gold said.

Elliot Turner — CEO, AlchemyAPI; Stephen Gold, Watson Solutions, IBM Software Group. Structure Data 2014 Love at first sight? AlchemyAPI CEO Elliot Turner (left) and IBM Watson vice president Stephen Gold (center) at Structure Data 2014.

Compared with Watson’s primary ability to draw connections and learn from analyzing textual data, AlchemyAPI excels at analyzing text for sentiment, category and keywords, and for recognizing…

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