I used to think that Privacy mattered - that it was a big deal.
I've come to the conclusion that privacy is a very complex, multi-dimensional
thing. People willingly give up their privacy all the time. Privacy is
increasingly "not a big deal".
Evolution of "Privacy"
As people go on-line more and more, there's an evolution in how people view
People willingly give up their current location on FourSquare, their opinions
on Twitter, their friends on Facebook their business background on LinkedIn.
People are ok with giving up astonishing amounts of their privacy.
The "Third Rail of Privacy"
People are willing to share more and more information about themselves - in
essence "trading" it for some sort of value received (which may or may not be
tangible) - so long as they're not surprised by what comes out of it.
What people really hate is being surprised.
In survey after survey, about half of IT executives consistently agree that
data quality and data consistency is one of the biggest roadblocks to them
getting full value from their data.
This has been consistently true all since the Chinese invented the abacus. I
suspect it will be true long after quantum computing has solved every other
problem that humanity faces.
Incorrect, inconsistent, fraudulent and redundant data cost the U.S. economy
over $3 Trillion a year - an astounding figure that is over twice the amount
of the 2011 Federal Deficit.
Similarly, many experts estima... (more)
Boomberg's Cliff Edwards reported the facts well:
Netflix Inc. (NFLX) dropped the most in seven years after the video-rental
service said it lost 800,000 U.S. subscribers in the third quarter, more than
expected, and predicted more cancellations over a price increase.
Netflix plunged 37 percent to $75.28 at 9:39 a.m. New York time, for the
biggest intraday decline since October 2004. The stock closed at an all-time
high of $298.73 on July 13, according to Bloomberg data.
The outlook suggests Netflix has been unable to contain a subscriber revolt
over a price increase and aborted p... (more)
To Heck with “Big Data”, “Little Data” is the Problem Most Face
"Big data" gets all the press - but for the vast majority of people who work
with data, it's the proliferation of "little data" that impacts us the most.
What do I mean by little data? I'm referring to the proliferation of
various SaaS and Cloud-based applications, on-premises applications,
databases, spreadsheets, log files, data files and so forth. Many
organizations are plagued with multiple instances of the same applications or
multiple applications from different vendors that do essentially the same
thing. ... (more)
Wearables - Will 2015 Be the Year They Take Off?
Luxury Swiss watchmaker Mont Blanc shows off their "smart watch band" for
your fussy $5000 mechanical watch - what an potentially foreshadowing
development in the wearable market. To date, wearables have been such a
disappointment in the market. It seems like every year for the past 3 years
has been "the year Apple might ship an iWatch", and the market is rife with
ugly and semi-functional wearable devices that rarely manage more than a
3-star rating on Amazon.
Will 2015 be any different?
When the first generation of smart watch... (more)