I'm back from Las Vegas and VMworld. I loved the energy at the event last week. It was great talking with vendors and attendees about technology and events. There were a handful of announcements, of course, but for me the real excitement is when you can sit down and talk to others that are using technology in interesting ways to solve interesting problems.

 

Anyway, here are the items I found most amusing from around the Internet. Enjoy!

 

VMware Reassembles Cloud Stack as New VMware Cloud Foundation

The key point in this article has to do with how the Cloud Foundation is built upon existing cloud providers such as Azure, AWS, and Google. Going forward, that's the model I see everyone adopting, the leveraging of existing cloud and not trying to build your own.

 

Nashville Hotel Suffered POS Breach For Three Years

Three. Years. That's not just a breach, that's gross negligence. Then again, considering how data breaches are so prevalent these days, maybe it's just average negligence.

 

AI, Machine Learning, and The Hitchhiker’s Guide

Nice summary of machine learning versus artifical intelligence, with a touch of Douglas Adams for good measure.

 

What Facebook Data Center Team Learned from Shutting Down Entire Facilities

Back in the day, when I was involved in DR testing, we just did failovers. We didn't power down an entire data center! Hat tip to Facebook for going through this pain, and for helping to make the world a better place, one cat video at a time.

 

The Self-Driving Car Race

I was thinking about self-driving cars while in Las Vegas last week, and a report that Singapore is deploying them as taxis in a restricted zone of the city. I believe that self-driving cars are going to be here sooner than we might think, and the tech behind them will be used elsewhere.

 

Autonomous Tractor Concept Takes The Farmers Out Of Farming

For example, self-driving tractors. There's no reason why we can't automate these as well as cars.

 

NASA to develop rules for flying small drones

And then we have drones. There is no reason they can't be autonomous as well. And once they get big enough to carry hundreds of pounds of cargo? Flying cars, dear reader.

 

When I arrived in Las Vegas, this was my assigned taxi stand number, which made me think "maybe I shouldn't gamble this week":

 

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