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2014 Hot Interconnects Highlight: Achieving Scale & Programmability in Google’s Software Defined Data Center WAN

August 31, 2014
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An image of Google's Andromeda Controller diagram.

Introduction: Amin Vahdat, PhD & Distinguished Engineer and Lead Network Architect at Google, delivered the opening keynote at 2014 Hot Interconnects, held August 26-27 in Mt View, CA. His talk presented an overview of the design and architectural requirements to bring Google’s shared infrastructure services to external customers with the Google Cloud Platform. The wide…

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Shared Automation – Up to 90% Reduction in Vehicles

August 25, 2014
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A screen shot from Dan Fagnant's presentation at the July 2014 Automated Vehicle Symposium.

Removing up to 9 of every 10 cars from the road is the promise of sharing automated vehicles, according to University of Texas, Austin research from Dan Fagnant and Dr. Kara Kockelman. In the above interview, Fagnant, now an assistant professor of civil engineering at the…

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Viodi View – 08/22/14

August 22, 2014
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Viodi View – 08/22/14

It’s obvious by the look on their faces, that people could be thinking that this guy is from another planet. This is the feeling I have when talking about my latest obsession, the autonomous vehicle. The obsession first manifested itself in the fictional story of what life will be like…

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Autonomous Vehicles and the Law

August 15, 2014
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Ken Pyle interviews autonomous car expert, Brian Walker Smith.

“You can look forward to automation as a similar set of local and national tensions and developments and opportunities,” said Bryant Walker Smith. Smith was comparing the early days of…

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Sony Vegas 13 – Catalyst for a New Computer

August 14, 2014
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When the GPU option is enabled on the NewBlue FX, occasional noise would be introduced, as seen in this screen capture. This noise would be seen in the rendered output. Interestingly, the noise was only visible in the edit line when it was in draft quality. Even if it couldn't be seen in the edit mode, it was still there in the rendered output.

PC hardware manufacturers should love Sony Vegas 13, as it will drive new sales, at least if the experience of this author is typical. Granted, this author’s two-plus year old…

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Tohisba Satellite S55t B5233 as a Video Editing Machine

August 12, 2014
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The Toshiba Satellite S55t B5233 lap-top.

The following post provides a high-level view of the Toshiba S55t B5233 lap-top and its performance as a video editing laptop. The intent isn’t to provide a comprehensive review, but…

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Lenovo Y50 – Almost, but No Cigar

August 10, 2014
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The following are my notes from trying the Lenovo Y50, Intel Core i7-4700HQ, 15.6″ 4K Resolution Display, Notebook With 16GB Memory, 256GB SSD, Windows 8.1. The intent of this  post…

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Viodi View – 08/09/2014

August 9, 2014
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Computer on top of a Prius optimized for best WiFi reception.

“High speed and reliable broadband is becoming as essential as water and electricity,” to paraphrase what I heard last week from a general manager of a provider that offers all…

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Network Neutrality is Dead: Netflix deal with AT&T; VZ Throttling- FCC?

July 31, 2014
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Netflix announced Tuesday that it had agreed to pay AT&T for a direct “peering” connection to AT&T’s network. The two companies arranged the deal this past May and have been working…

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