Four short links: 12 October 2009

DSL for NLP Task, Insider Tradespotting, Outsource Fail, Cloud Fail

  1. Snowballa small string processing language designed for creating stemming algorithms for use in Information Retrieval. (via straup on delicious)
  2. Insider Trades — a Yahoo! Hack Day app that turned out to be worth continuing. Scans SEC systems every 30 seconds and alerts you if the stock you track has been traded by an insider. (via straup on delicious)
  3. Air New Zealand Slams IBM — central point of failure in the outsourced IT. “In my 30-year working career, I am struggling to recall a time where I have seen a supplier so slow to react to a catastrophic system failure such as this and so unwilling to accept responsibility and apologise to its client and its client’s customers is not the glowing endorsement you want.
  4. Danger/Microsoft Loses Sidekick Customers’ DataRegrettably, based on Microsoft/Danger’s latest recovery assessment of their systems, we must now inform you that personal information stored on your device – such as contacts, calendar entries, to-do lists or photos – that is no longer on your Sidekick almost certainly has been lost as a result of a server failure at Microsoft/Danger. This cloud had a brown lining.
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  • Hi Nat – cheers for the links but I’ve got to wade in about #4. Your contention that “the cloud has a brown lining” is partly misguided – the sidekick issue was one of bad (or non-existent) backup procedures. As such it is more of an IT issue than a cloud one per-se.

    While it may seem a semantic argument, what occurred is no different to the the legion of people who backup their phone data to a local machine every day, only to have a hard drive fail and their data mis-synced and lost – it’s a systems error rather than a systemic one….

    Just my two pennies worts anyway…

  • @Ben Kepes: I think you miss the point; If somebody fails to backup their own data on their own server then that is their fault. If, however, they are expecting their data held on a third party server to be backed up, and it isn’t, then that is the fault of the third party.

    The first case is within their control, the second is not. That is the danger of cloud computing where essential and critical data is concerned.