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Will the Cloud Save Genomics?

I’ve blogged before about some of the technical issues surrounding how we can handle the massive increase in the size of genomics datasets. There’s also a need to grapple with the

In the midst of all the chatter about Google+, many people seem to have ignored what this is really about: monetizing the cloud. What Google wants to do is make easy for you to store all of your documents and files on their servers, for which they will charge a small fee and/or use your…

Which for those of you who don’t know what the Mad Biologist’s Pentultimate Political Philosophy is, it’s very simple: people have to like this crap. Recently, I upgraded to Firefox 4 and I’ve been having ‘stability issues’, although they seem to have decreased in frequency somewhat. Which brings me to this excellent post about the…

Creationism and Cybervitalism

Every so often, a creationist will start babbling about “information theory”, and thereby defaming a perfectly legitimate line of research. While I’m at the airport, waiting for my flight back from ASM2011, here’s something from the archives, “Creationists, “Biological Information”, and Cyber-Vitalism” about that topic: In response to us foul-mouthed evolutionists, Casey Luskin asks, “Yet…

It might come as a shock to some readers, but I actually don’t mind investing–that is, long-term value investing–as long as it’s not valued more than labor through the tax code (Got Capital Gains Tax?). But this isn’t value investing, but surfing electrons: The most striking periodicity involves large peaks of activity separated by almost…

It’s a little bigger than an iPhone. A while back, I came across this Wall Street Journal article about the Computer Museum. I found this handy-dandy computer to help housewives cook a delicious meal! It’s very practical:

The National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) recently announced that it will shut down the Short Read Archive (SRA). The SRA stored the semi-processed data for genomics projects, so researchers could examine the raw data for a genomics project. The reason given by NCBI is “budget constraints.” While I’m saddened by this, I’m not surprised,…

No, We Don’t Need to Slow Down Moore’s Law

Matthew Yglesias writes regarding Moore’s Law, which states that CPU transistor counts double every two years: My pet notion is that improvements in computer power have been, in some sense, come along at an un-optimally rapid pace. To actually think up smart new ways to deploy new technology, then persuade some other people to listen…

The exciting thing about the recent technological advances in genomics is that we have a massive amount of data. The terrifying thing about the recent technological advances in genomics is that we have a massive amount of data. A while ago, I brought this up in the context of bacterial genomics: Most of the time,…

Genome Biology recently published a review, “The Case for Cloud Computing in Genome Informatics.” What is cloud computing? Well: This is a general term for computation-as-a-service. There are various different types of cloud computing, but the one that is closest to the way that computational biologists currently work depends on the concept of a ‘virtual…