I’m in Redmond this week for the Microsoft MVP Summit. This will be my ninth Summit, but I’m as excited as if it was my first. The opportunity to meet with the people that make and ship the bits, provide valued feedback on their products, and connect with other data professionals is something I treasure. Here’s hoping they keep me around for another year.


As always, here are some links from the Intertubz that I hope will hold your interest. Enjoy!


Here’s How Much Money Dropbox Saved by Moving Out of the Cloud

Probably none, because the article does not talk about how much money it costs Dropbox to manage the infrastructure themselves.


China's hypersonic aircraft would fly from Beijing to New York in two hours

That sounds cool and all, but, um, what about the G-force felt during acceleration, deceleration, and turns at that speed? Well, that sounds cool, too. Sign me up.


AI vs. Lawyers

OK, forget self-driving cars. The first thing I want AI to replace are lawyers. These results are encouraging.


The Man Who Claimed to Invent Bitcoin Is Being Sued for $10 Billion

Oh, good. With this case heading to court there’s a chance that under oath someone might unwittingly admit to how Bitcoin is more scam than currency. And I love how they want to be paid in Bitcoin. By the time this case is settled they may get enough to buy a cup of coffee, and the transaction will take six hours to process.


GitHub Hit by 1.35Tbps Memcached DDoS

“Hey, let’s just use GitHub for our source control! It’s FREE!”


New Study Shows 20% of Public AWS S3 Buckets are Writable

Proof that the cloud is just as secure as your own data center. People are going to misunderstand technology no matter where it is hosted.


The Deadlock Empire Slay dragons, master concurrency!

Because I’m a database geek and I want y’all to understand that deadlocks are caused by application code, nothing more. The next time you have a deadlock, don’t blame the DBA. Instead, take a look in the mirror.


Being able to hang out with fellow Microsoft Data Platform geeks for three days is the highlight of my year: