This is the crap we're developing in 2015



  • Apparently, TechCrunch is launching some sort of entrepreneurs contest or something:

    Some of the "technologies":

    push real-time machine learning-driven recommendations directly to sales reps


    Raspberry Pi based laptop


    does for big data what spreadsheets did for small data


    doing what massive online courses failed to do


    CaseHub crowdsources legal battles


    If this aren't signs that IT has stagnated I don't know what else.


  • sockdevs

    …whatever happened to just writing code?

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  • Aren't these just randomers ideas though? Not really representative of anything wider...


  • BINNED

    Ok, I'm probably the 3×1019th person to ask this, but where's the line between "small data" and "big data"? I mean, I saw some Excel sheets that would take weeks to read. To my simpleton brain that's "big". Not saying there's nothing bigger, but damn it, it's big enough for me.

    Is it like a weight category? Everything weighing at more than 500 kilos when printed out is big or something?

    Oh well, who cares, we'll just put it all in "the cloud". You know, now that we stopped using off-site storage.


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  • sockdevs

    @Onyx said:

    but where's the line between "small data" and "big data"?

    The line's probably in the crease of the trousers of the pendantic dickweed sales type that decided there should be a difference because BUZZWORDS!

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  • This are the things the entrepreneurs are making that get the attention at TechCrunch. IDK if that is worth something. Let's see what goes on with YC.



  • @Onyx said:

    where's the line between "small data" and "big data"?

    This is the modern version of the Sorites paradox.



  • push real-time machine learning-driven recommendations directly to sales reps

    That sounds marginally useful, but only for companies with a HUGE range of products. It's useless if the sales rep already has your product database memorized, which is probably 95% of the time.

    Raspberry Pi based laptop

    That's dumb as shit. Netbooks are still around; just buy one.

    does for big data what spreadsheets did for small data

    Tableau has been doing this for years. They'd better have a pretty goddamned excellent product if they're trying to displace Tableau.

    doing what massive online courses failed to do

    Too vague to comment on. (What is it, exactly, they failed to do?)

    CaseHub crowdsources legal battles

    For the purpose of... making class actions easier? So you can recruit the general public to help find evidence to support some big corporation suing another? There might be the gem of a good idea here, but it's hard to tell.



  • I dunno.
    Is a 20,000 XML-file 'database' "big data", or merely Enterprisey?


    Filed under: I does big data me


  • BINNED

    @lightsoff said:

    Is a 20,000 XML-file 'database' "big data", or merely Enterprisey?

    I believe the word you're looking for is "nightmare".


  • Discourse touched me in a no-no place

    Big data is when you move the executable code to the data. Small data is when you move the data to the executable code.

    Where you draw the line is entirely a matter of architecture and problem domain.

    In my world, anyway.

    Incidentally, IBMs hadoop solution has a fucking spreadsheet UI in the package. It's goddamn fantastic. Almost a killer app.

    Of course we didn't buy that one, we bought the more expensive shitty one from a vendor that kicks back the right executive.



  • @blakeyrat said:

    >doing what massive online courses failed to do

    Too vague to comment on. (What is it, exactly, they failed to do?)

    What does "massive online course" even mean?

    I've taken courses with massive textbooks, but not online. Online anything doesn't really have mass, unless you're including the mass of the servers hosting it.



  • @blakeyrat said:

    That's dumb as shit. Netbooks are still around; just buy one.

    Yeah... "Look, there's that little power-efficient cheap computer with GPIO pins to build all sorts of stuff around it! How do we use it?"

    "Well, maybe... we'll just make it into a rather shitty regular computer?"

    "GENIUS! SHIP IT NAO!"



  • > doing what massive online courses failed to do

    Too vague to comment on. (What is it, exactly, they failed to do?)

    Well, they didn't produce a raspberry pi-based laptop.


  • Discourse touched me in a no-no place

    @HardwareGeek said:

    What does "massive online course" even mean?

    Lots (many times what you can fit in a lecture theatre) of people taking the same course over the internet, all at once. Typically delivered with a mix of videos, conventional websites and automatically-administered tests.

    I wonder how they handle tutorials?



  • @dkf said:

    Lots ... of people taking the same course over the internet, all at once.

    Ah, that makes sense. I hadn't encountered that before.



  • My suggestion:

    Leverage cloud synergies to promote end-to-end business growth outcomes. Also spreadsheets.

    You may start throwing money at me at your earliest convenience.


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