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Big Brother’s Big Cousins don’t want to control us, only to know us better

Monday March 26th, 2012

     Nineteen Eighty-Four is George Orwell’s masterpiece – a dark fable that anticipated “the surveillance society” by several decades.  In the book, the Proles (ordinary citizens) of Airstrip One (Great Britain) are subjugated by a totalitarian state, headed by the ubiquitous Big Brother.  The state controls every aspect of citizen’s lives – and monitors… Read More »

Double Dutch

Monday November 28th, 2011

In 2004, Teradata withdrew from the public TPC-H data warehousing benchmark. At the time we took a certain amount of heat for our decision – with various analysts claiming that our withdrawal was part of a strategy intended to deliberately obscure our pricing model; and various competitors claiming that it amounted to an admission that… Read More »

Teradata’s stream of innovation

Thursday March 31st, 2011

Martin Willcox reflects on the database advancements Teradata released last year boosting both performance and analytical capabilities. And he reveals a bit about this year’s.     Related PostsGetting clues from the smart grid One in four organizations have adopted real-time intelligence Special automotive track at the Enterprise Intelligence Summit Kick-starting Intelligence in Berlin Von… Read More »

It’s a numbers game (of two halves)

Monday June 28th, 2010

The world centre of football is… Zurich! South Africa may be getting all of the attention at the moment, but it is here in Switzerland’s largest city that most of the important decisions are made. Zurich is, of course, home to world governing body FIFA and it is here that decisions are taken about how the… Read More »

Infamy! Infamy! They’ve all got it in for me!

Friday June 25th, 2010

  I promised yesterday that normal service would be resumed, so the title of today’s post is a Kenneth Williams’ one-liner from the film “Carry on Cleo”. This gag was voted the funniest in film history – ahead even of Leslie Nielsen’s legendary “…and don’t call me Shirley” – in a poll conducted by Sky… Read More »

I know what Google really loves me for (and it’s not my brand new leopard-skin pill-box hat)

Wednesday June 16th, 2010

And so to Brussels. I’d be lying if I told you that I got to see much of the city on this trip, but you should have seen my room at the Plaza Hotel! As big as a penthouse flat, sumptuously appointed – and complete with a box of Belgian chocolates and a hand-written welcome… Read More »