Stephen E. Arnold: Procurement Bias Favors Microsoft over Amazon?

Procurement Bias Alleged in Amazon Microsoft Procurement Competition DarkCyber noted “Trump Ordered Mattis to “Screw Amazon” Out of Pentagon Contract, Book Alleges.” If the allegation is accurate, the Federal procurement process is not above influence. If the allegations are not accurate, firing people who get quoted may be a bad idea. Maybe both statements are …

Stephen E. Arnold: Is It Time to Terminate Microsoft?

Phi Beta Iota editor created above title.  Below is original title and an extract. Talking Down: A Specialty of High-Tech? What problems? First, Microsoft has warned 800 million users to install a specific patch in order to avoid terminating with extreme prejudice one’s computer. You can get ore information from the capitalist tool here. Will …

Stephen E. Arnold: Microsoft & Oracle – Until Death…

Microsoft and Oracle: Fear Helps Make New Friends I found “Microsoft, Oracle Team Up on Cloud Services in Jab at Amazon” amusing. The real news outfit Thomson Reuters reported this unusual big company relationship when I was making my way through torrential rain in lovely West Virginia coal country. The mist did disguise the land …

Stephen E. Arnold: Amazon Policeware Outpacing Oracle, Microsoft

Amazon: Policeware Capability Microsoft May Not Be Able to Duplicate New partners, new data, and new outputs — Amazon is moving forward, and I am not sure Microsoft as well as fellow travelers like Google and Oracle can match Amazon’s forced march in its effort to reword the intelligence and law enforcement intelligence ecosystem. Read …

Penguin: Microsoft About to Fuck the Entire World — You (and Your Data) Are Hostage to 24/7 Microsoft Monitoring and 24/7 Microsoft Compliance

The new services agreement includes two big changes: 01 Microsoft reserves the right to censor your language and can cut off services if they judge you to have violated their speech guidelines. 02 Microsoft reserves  the right to cut off your use of their software and deny you access to all your documents if you …

Event: 3-5 April 2018 Internet Identity Workshop — The Cure for #GoogleGestapo — Help End Amazon, Facebook, Google, MeetUp, Microsoft, Twitter, YouTube, and Wikipedia…

Phi Beta Iota: What this innocuous announcement does not say is that the four rights that this group has been working on for over 20 years are the rights of Anonymity, Identity, Privacy, and Security, at the individual “you own your own data” level, and that they are therefore the anti-thesis to Amazon, Facebook, Google, …

Stephen E. Arnold: AI Is Stupid — Microsoft Says So….

Microsoft Says That AI Is Stupid I know there is a difference among: What senior managers believe about their minions’ innovations What marketers say about the technology the engineer wizards are crafting in the innovation microwave What “real” journalists angling for a job with some tailwind write What the reality of an innovation is, right …

Yoda: Microsoft Open Sources Artificial Intelligence Toolkit

Microsoft Open Sources Artificial Intelligence Toolkit Microsoft says its toolkit is “more efficient” than other solutions used to create deep learning models. The software giant has open sourced its Computational Network Toolkit, or CNTK, which the company says is “more efficient” than four other popular solutions used to create deep learning models for things like …

Stephen E. Arnold: Could Microsoft’s Machine Learning in the Cloud Help Clean Up Legacy Big Data?

Microsoft Puts Machine Learning in the Cloud Machine learning is ascending to the cloud. The Register asks, “Do Data Centers Dream of Electric Sheep? Microsoft Announces Machine Learning Cloud.” As competition in the world of SaaS and remote hosting continues to escalate, this move may set Microsoft ahead of Amazon and Google (for now). Our …