And Another Thing About AWS …

… and their outage. In case you haven’t noticed already, this is what the internet looked like for a while this past week.

Well, there wasn’t really much to say at the time, so the chaps shut up even though Amazon has cropped up a couple of times recently here and here where we are beginning the dialogue on the ‘humanity of AI’.

And then we read that the outage was actually caused by a human error. Have to say, this chaps ears pricked up a tad because he is old enough to remember that one of the original ‘sales bennies’ of the ‘interwebs’ was that there was no single point of failure. Seemingly, that is no longer the case. Who knew that in 2017 some nameless wonk in Amazon could wrongly type a single character and bring down the internet? This chap didn’t. Apparently neither did Amazon – which is why they are now saying they are going to fix that little wrinkle. Continue reading “And Another Thing About AWS …”

It Looks Innocent Enough Doesn’t It?

John saw an article a few weeks ago ….

… literally gushing with enthusiasm about The Wynn Hotel in Vegas installing an Amazon Echo in every room. I wasn’t so enthused. Imagine someone stationed in your room, 24*7 jumping up to your every instruction … “James-open the drapes”, “James – get me some coffee”, “James – put on Fox News” – ok – just checking – nobody would ever say that – would they?

Turns out someone at Wynn thought it would be a great idea to replace ‘James’ with ‘Alexa’ … “Alexa -open the drapes”, “Alexa – get me some coffee” .. you get the drift.

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Don’t Point The Finger Too Quickly

John thinks we were writing about this just the other day …

… you know about large companies buying up small companies and then wondering what to do – and getting all confused …. well I know it wasn’t exactly that – but close enough. Here is what we said.

Anyway, on a similar and related topic – this is GothamGal rapping on the state of retail as we enter 2017 and noting both Macys and Sears cutting their brick and mortar stores back significantly – and ‘The Limited’ closing all stores completely. Continue reading “Don’t Point The Finger Too Quickly”