Archive for April, 2015

Pancakes in Space

NASA, Star Trek, Pancakes and IBM Watson

I spent the weekend before last doing the NASA SpaceApps Challenge, and for the second year in a row, my team won the local competition with a combination of seemingly trivial geeky knowledge and twisted thinking. Our challenge: To boldly make pancakes where no pancakes have ever been made before. More precisely, we answered the challenge, Print Your Own Space Food. Here’s a quote from the challenge description:

Think Food Replicators, from an early sci-fi show. Investigate the benefits and feasibility of allowing astronauts to print their own food on the International Space Station or other space facility. What would it look like? What will it be made of? How will it be possible? Create a recipe for a 3D printed meal.

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Not All Hadoop Users Drop ACID

In the age of businesses with data that lives on dozens or even hundreds of servers, expecting transactional integrity and data consistency and currency are old-fashioned notions. On Hadoop, you just have to settle for the new NoSQL standard of BASE and eventual consistency. That’s what they say. But, as usual, “they” are wrong. Not all Hadoop users have to drop ACID…

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