IBM introduces a blockchain to verify the jewelry supply chain

Every time I talk to someone about the viability of blockchain, I get challenged to show a real project beyond the obvious bitcoin use case. IBM has been working to build large enterprise projects blockchain and today they offered an irrefutable example that they have dubbed TrustChain, a blockchain that proves the provenance of jewelry by following the supply chain from mine to store.
As you might expect the TrustChain is built on IBM blockchain technology and includes a consortium of companies involved in every step of the supply chain: Asahi Refining, the precious metals refiner; Helzberg Diamonds, a U.S. jewelry retailer; LeachGarner, a precious metals supplier and The Richline Group, a global jewelry manufacturer. It even includes some third-party verification with UL Labs for the skeptical among you.
“What we are announcing and bringing forward has been in the works for some time. It’s the first end-to-end industry capability on blockchain that


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SCO, the Not-Walking Dead, Returns

It appears that the once cancelled SCO Show has again been rebooted after a federal judge okays an appeal.

SCO. There’s a name I’ll bet you thought you’d never hear again. Guess what? It’s back.
Wasn’t there a Bond film called “Live to Die Another Day.” Even if there wasn’t, that applies here.
When last we talked about SCO, in March, 2016, we told you this might happen, although Judge David Nuffer had all but put a bullet through the already dead and bankrupt company’s brain (there’s an oxymoron if ever I wrote one) on February 29, 2016. But exactly a month after the judge’s ruling, the company had somehow managed to scrape together enough spare change to pay the filing fee for an appeal. Today, the 10th US Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that that the appeal could go on, on a claim of misappropriation, but upheld Judge Nuffer’s other two orders.
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IBM launches blockchain collaboration to improve food safety

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in ten people in the US falls ill each year from contaminated food. The source of such problems can be hard to identify due to a lack of traceability. Blockchain is an ideal technology to help address these challenges because it establishes a trusted environment for all transactions and IBM is launching a collaboration with major industry players to strengthen consumer confidence in the global food system. The consortium includes Dole, Golden State Foods, Kroger, McCormick and Company, Nestlé, Tyson Foods and Walmart, all of whom will work with IBM… [Continue Reading]


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After 25 Years, ‘Lost’ OS/2 2.0 Build 6.605 Finally Re-Discovered

“In a fascinating example of poor timing, disk images of OS/2 2.0 pre-release level 6.605 from July/September 1991 were missing for over 25 years, only to show up literally one day after after the 25th anniversary of the OS/2 2.0 release,” writes the site OS/2 Museum. An anonymous reader writes:

It’s the last OS/2 2.0 pre-release which didn’t use the Workplace Shell (WPS), but “instead utilized the same old Desktop Manager as OS/2 1.2/1.3, which makes it the closest surviving relative of the Microsoft OS/2 2.0 SDK.” Featuring a 16-bit/32-bit hybrid kernel and a “DOS Window” icon (as well as a few games like Reversi and Klondike Solitaire), “the look and feel was not quite the same as OS/2 1.3 and in fact was a cross between OS/2 1.3 and Windows 3.1.”

The elusive 6.605 pre-release fell between 6.149 and 6.167 — and “It is not known what possessed IBM to


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IBM Launches New Linux, Power8, OpenPower Systems

An anonymous reader writes:IBM on Thursday rolled out its latest Power8 processor, which is designed to move data faster, and new servers with OpenPower features. For IBM, the OpenPower Foundation community is critical for its Power8 processor. A bevy of companies are in OpenPower, a group that aims to be a counterweight to x86-based servers. With the new systems, IBM is hoping to target more artificial intelligence, analytics, and deep learning workloads. The systems will be lumped into the Power Systems LC family of Linux servers. Big Blue’s Power S822LC for High Performance Computing server is the headliner of the group, with the Power8 processor with Nvidia’s Tesla P100 Pascal GPUs. The system also has Nvidia’s NVLink processor that allows for high-speed bidirectional interconnects. IBM said the combination of IBM and Nvidia technology allows data to flow five times faster than an x86-based system.

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What Carrie Underwood’s success teaches us about IBM’s Watson failure

I have a TV producer friend I worked with years ago who at some point landed as one of the many producers of American Idol when that singing show was a monster hit dominating U.S. television. She later told me an interesting story about Carrie Underwood, the country-western singer who won American Idol Season 4. That story can stand as a lesson applicable to far more than just TV talent shows. It’s especially useful for the purposes of this column for explaining IBM’s Watson technology and associated products. You see the producers of American Idol Season 4 knew before the… [Continue Reading]


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IBM expands its cloud with SugarCRM platform integration and VMware Horizon Air deal

 IBM has been trying to carve out a place for itself as a go-to cloud repository for all enterprise software services — not just those IBM builds itself. And today, two of its earliest partners in that realm announced new services that take their relationships to the next phase. VMware, a big player in desktop virtualization, will now offer its Horizon Air cloud-hosted desktops and… Read More


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Upcoming OS/2 Release Will Be Called ArcaOS 5.0

At the annual convention of OS/2 users, Arca Noae announced their new OS/2-OEM distribution will be released in the fourth quarter of 2016, and the project, codenamed “Blue Lion”, will officially be called ArcaOS 5.0. “The significance of the version number relates to IBM OS/2 4.52 — the last maintenance release of the platform released by IBM in 2001,” reports TechRepublic. martiniturbide writes: The article discusses the features of ArcaOS like USB bootable installer, USB (1.1 and 2) , ACPI, AHCI, and network card drivers, new OS installer, etc. It will be sold in two editions: ArcaOS Commercial Edition [with 12 months of priority support and updates] and ArcaOS Personal Edition…
Anyone have fond members of OS/2? Are there any Slashdot readers who are still using it?


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The problem with analytics

There is a difference between knowledge and understanding. Knowledge typically comes down to knowing facts while understanding is the application of knowledge to the mastery of systems. You can know a lot while understanding very little. Just as an example, IBM’s Watson artificial intelligence system that defeated the TV Jeopardy champs a few years ago knew all there was to know about Jeopardy questions but didn’t really understand anything. Ask Watson to apply to removing your appendix its knowledge of hundreds of medical questions and you’d be disappointed and probably dead. That’s the problem with most analytics, which is why… [Continue Reading]


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