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The Majesty of Air Travel - VR helmets and standing seats

                Margins in the airline industry are horrible. Truly awful. And that’s not hyperbole; it’s a sober reflection on the facts. Depending on whom you ask airlines’ profit is between 1.0 and 2.6 percent, and that in an industry which relies on owning hundreds of airplanes, costing between $80 million and $390 million depending on size. Th...

The Home Depot gets itself hacked - The sorry state of cyber-security

                It seems that The Home Depot has fallen victim to the same kind of attack that had Target and eBay headlining the news earlier this year. While it is still too early to quantify the breach, estimates suggest that this event is more extensive than the 100 million-customer Target hack, which cost the company upwards of $400 million an...

Unlock and analyze – Big Data adventure

Carly Fiorina, former chief executive of Hewlett-Packard once said, “The goal is to turn data into information, and information into insight.” We all spend a lot of time working on spreadsheets containing data of all sorts. I personally spend a lot of time working on them and find myself quite organized and structured with the use of this tool. The...

Nuclear Power If it was a Nintendo game, it’d be called “Smash ‘em Smoosh ‘em”

                I am a nuclear power enthusiast. In fact, if I ever sell an app to Facebook, or find out I’m the long-lost heir apparent of the King of Saudi Arabia, I’m almost certainly going to start a company that makes all kinds of nuclear reactors. Despite the scientific challenges and PR problems associated with nuclear power, I do believe it...

‘Doing the right thing’ - An insight to modified California smart lighting standards.

Sustainable communities and smart infrastructure have been buzzwords for the last few years. As strong supporters of smart infrastructure, we expect to see market growth in smart building systems and technologies. Construction companies with a focus on sustainable building are working towards 60% of revenue from green projects by 2020. In the evolu...

Siemens Automation Summit - Part 1/3 - Re-organization around Industries

The automation summit by Siemens was a well attended event with many end-users cutting across process and discrete industries. Due to our schedules, we were not able to attend the key note by Anton Huber, President and CEO - Siemens Industry Automation. However, we attended many of the break-out sessions. Following is my 1/3 posting on its re-organ...

Smart technologies can’t replace humans - Plane crash caused by overreliance on autopilot

                Slow news days seem to be characterized by the blogosphere reaching into its bag of social-injustice-topics and gleefully ranting about whichever it blindly selects. On every fifth iteration or so of this charming cycle, in between politicians breaking the economy and the top ten blah-blah-blah, we get to hear about how the machines...

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