RDBMS vs. NoSQL

Before studying the features of a variety of NoSQL systems, it would be useful to learn the background history of the NoSQL storage system.

NoSQL as antithesis

Here is a little mnemonic device. If NoSQL is No SQL, it must be an anti-RDBMS system. The logical flow explaining why NoSQL is the opposite of RDBMS is as…



Big Data Hiring: Unorthodox Advice

Building a data science team? As a first step, swap in subject-matter experts from the business to help you formulate the right questions. Next, consider hiring physicists and music majors as well as statisticians and computer scientists.

These are the key, and in some ways unorthodox, data-science hiring pointers offered by Josh Sullivan, VP of the…



The Science Behind the Netflix Algorithms That Decide What You’ll Watch Next

If you liked 1960s Star Trek, the first non-Trek title that Netflix is likely to suggest to you is the original Mission: Impossible series (the one with the cool Lalo Schifrin soundtrack). Streaming the latest Doctor Who is likely to net you the supernatural TV drama Being Human (the UK version). Watch From Dusk Till…



Bahamas Diving Essentials

While we love diving for its ability to transport us to an alien world, defy gravity and commune with nature, we also love it for the gear. Diving may be the most gear-intensive sport out there, with the possible exception of mountain climbing. Without your mask, you don’t see, without your tank and regulator, you…



5 Best Places to Swim With Sharks – Gear Patrol

Despite the fact that that the world’s shark population is perilously shrinking, it is still possible to find places to dive with these magnificent creatures. And that may be just what they need most: seeing them at eye level cruising effortlessly against a strong current, always wary, always watchful, one learns to appreciate sharks for…



Climbing the Volcano « Gear Patrol

Unlike heat or cold or wind or fatigue, which had all made themselves unpleasantly known in raw physical ways, gravity was more insidious, creeping inside my bones, my brain and deep in my belly. Though I couldn’t see the 45-degree drop over my left shoulder in the predawn blackness, it was as real as a…



To Catch a Tiger Shark

Sharks are hot right now, despite, or perhaps because of, their scarcity. People love them, vilify them, study them or eat their fins. Discovery Channel’s “Shark Week” is one of the year’s most highly anticipated television events, up there with the Super Bowl or finale of “The Bachelor.” Still, they’re very endangered. Some estimates say…



How To Perform Spatial Analytics with Hive and Hadoop

One of the big opportunities that Hadoop provides is the processing power to unlock value in big datasets of varying types from the ‘old’ such as web clickstream and server logs, to the new such as sensor data and geolocation data.

The explosion of smart phones in the consumer space (and smart devices of all kinds…



An Introduction to Windows Azure BLOB Storage

Windows Azure BLOB storage service can be used to store and retrieve Binary Large Objects (BLOBs), or what are more commonly known as files. In this introduction to the Windows Azure BLOB Storage service we will cover the difference between the types of BLOBs you can store, how to get files into and out of…



Hadoop’s Linux Analogy is Wearing Thin as the Market Evolves

Big data is an industry ecosystem in which the open-source approaches have great momentum. Open-source platforms—including Hadoop, NoSQL and R—are expanding their footprint in advanced analytics. As the enterprise Hadoop market continues to mature and many companies deploy their clusters for the most demanding analytical challenges, data scientists are migrating toward this open-source-centric platform.

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