Now, You Can Draw Facts from Wikidata Repository

Wikidata, a centralized structured data repository for facts and Wikimedia’s first big new project in the last 7 years, is now feeding the foundation’s main project, Wikipedia. The Wikidata project was kicked off around a year ago by the German chapter of Wikimedia, which is still steering its gradual development. For Wikipedia, the advantage is simple and powerful – if there’s a central, machine-readable source for facts, such as the population of a city, then any update to that data can be instantly reflected across all the articles in which the facts are included.
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Where Is My Personal Data?

It turns out that I’ve given authorization to apps and websites which I don’t remember why and when I gave to them. I don’t even remember what these do. Now, I remember that I don’t need these apps and websites anymore. So, the action is to revoke the access. If you ever wonder why I should revoke the access, here’s why: these apps and sites (that I’ve given my authorization) are using oAuth service so that you (and I) get an easy way to handle authorization process.
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Will this service read my personal data?

The moment I heard about it I went out to my browser and Google it. Found the link, I clicked and read what’s on the page to know what is it all about. Don’t understand much, I decided to sign-up and take a chance. It’s free. So, why not? Sign-up process is easy, and very simple. Filling up my first and last name, email, picked up password, and a custom URL.
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[Paper] Availability in Globally Distributed Storage Systems

Information: open this post in Google Chrome to view PDF file attached. ABSTRACT Highly available cloud storage is often implemented with complex, multi-tiered distributed systems built on top of clusters of commodity servers and disk drives. Sophisticated management, load balancing and recovery techniques are needed to achieve high performance and availability amidst an abundance of failure sources that include software, hardware, network connectivity, and power issues. While there is a relative wealth of failure studies of individual components of storage systems, such as disk drives, relatively little has been reported so far on the overall availability behavior of large cloud-based storage services.
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