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viernes, 12 de enero de 2018

Robots humanoides, que puedan integrarse mejor a nuestra sociedad


Fuente: Meet Kengoro, the Robotic Humanoid Capable of Sweating, By https://themerkle.com


En el papel, no hay absolutamente ninguna razón para que un robot realice quejidos o flexiones. Después de todo, un robot no tiene grasa para quemar, músculos para entrenar o una mente capaz de sentir el placer de ejercitarse. Todo esto plantea la pregunta, ¿por qué los ingenieros desean explorar la idea de crear un dispositivo capaz de hacer ejercicio?

La respuesta más lógica a esta pregunta sería "porque pueden".

Más específicamente, los investigadores de la Universidad de Tokio han creado un humanoide robótico que se ve mucho más realista que algunos otros artilugios que hemos visto este año. De hecho, la conexión entre humanos y máquinas nunca ha sido tan obvia. Este dispositivo no solo se ve como un ser humano, sino que también imita con éxito el movimiento de sus contrapartes humanas. Es un desarrollo bastante intrigante, ya que los humanoides a menudo se mueven como toros mecánicos en una tienda de porcelana.

Conocido como Kengoro, el robot es muy interesante de contemplar por muchas razones diferentes. Juega bádminton, te hace ver mal mientras hace ejercicio, y suda más cubos que la persona promedio en una sauna.

La última característica es bastante desconcertante, considerando que no hay ninguna razón aparente para que un robot sude. Al mismo tiempo, es natural que lo hagan, ya que haría que su integración en nuestra sociedad fuera mucho más fluida.

Ante las Elecciones Presidenciales en Costa Rica en este Febrero del 2018

Como lo había comentado días atrás, la opción del voto protesta es una opción que como ciudadanos de una sociedad democrática, tenemos a la mano. Como lo dice el editor de este artículo en un diario nacional: "... Cabe destacar que ninguno de los presidenciables llena nuestras expectativas, lo que sin duda alguna le da opción al voto nulo o voto en blanco de ninguna manera a la abstención."

Hace un par de días, escuche un comentario, de que los votos nulos ( no votos en blanco ), iban a formar parte de la matemática a la hora de determinar el ganador de la contienda electoral, lo cuál no es correcto. En resolución n.° 2618-E-2005 del 7 de noviembre de 2005, el TSE aclara que los votos en blanco, o votos nulos, no tienen peso, ni relevancia jurídica, por tanto, no suman a uno o otro mando.

La fuente y el párrafo relevante, lo pueden encontrar en el siguiente link:
...
Voto en blanco ineficaz. Existen sistemas electorales cuya
mecánica establece la posibilidad de una segunda ronda con
nuevos candidatos, excluyendo a los que no fueron de simpatía
en una primera vuelta y donde el voto en blanco sí tendría
peso y relevancia jurídica, dada la naturaleza excluyente
de la primera elección. Para Costa Rica, en lo presidencial,
parlamentario y municipal, no se recurre -constitucional ni
legalmente- a tal posibilidad; al contrario, se apuesta por un
sistema cuyas matemáticas están dirigidas a garantizar la
elección inexcusable de las autoridades.

A poco más de 20 días para las elecciones, sigo sin tener un opción real y clara, sobre los presidenciales de estas elecciones. Ninguno me enamora, ni me emociona. Por lo contrario, cada vez, me desmarco más de alguno de ellos. Por tanto, como lo he dicho una y otra vez, es NUESTRO DEBER presentarnos a la urnas electorales y emitir nuestro voto. Si no hay una presidencial que nos agrade, entonces es nuestro deber cívico protestar, pero hay que votar.

Les invito a que continúen la búsqueda de opciones. Si no tiene una opción clara o no tiene alguna del todo, VOTE PROTESTANDO, con su voto nulo.

The latest enhancements made to Oracle Scheduler is the introduction of Scheduler Resources and Incompatibilities.


Oracle Premier Support - Oracle Database Support News - Issue December 2017, Volume 82 (Doc ID 230.1)
12c New Scheduler Features



DBMS_SCHEDULER helps you schedule tasks in an Oracle Database. The latest enhancements made to Oracle Scheduler is the introduction of Scheduler Resources and Incompatibilities.

Incompatibility, introduced in Oracle Database 12c Release 2, helps identify incompatible jobs or incompatible programs in the database. As the name suggests, two incompatible jobs cannot execute at the same time. Once has to wait for the completion of the other. Similarly, incompatible programs means jobs with incompatible programs cannot execute at the same time. This logic helps specify mutually exclusive jobs or programs that have to wait for the completion of one.

For example: The application schedules jobs whenever there is a request for bulk data extraction (data_extraction), insertion (data_insertion) or deletion (data_deletion). Considering that data extraction should not be scheduled when either insertion of deletion jobs are in progres two incompatibilities can be created to prevent this. One to mark data the extraction job and data deletion job as incompatible, and the second incompatibility to mark the data insertion job and data extraction job as incompatible.

In this case, if the data extraction job is scheduled to run while the data insertion is in progress, the former will wait until the completion of the latter.

You can use the CREATE_INCOMPATIBILITY, REMOVE_FROM_INCOMPATIBILITY and ADD_TO_INCOMPATIBILITY procedures available with the DBMS_SCHEDULER package to create an incompatibility, remove a job or program from the incompatibility and add a job or program to an incompatibility, respectively.

Another enhancement made to Oracle Scheduler in 12c Release 2 is the introduction of Scheduler Resource Queues. Here, you can define your own scheduler resource queues. While defining, you can mention the name and the number of units for your resource queue. It’s as simple as that. Please note, these units do not relate to any of the OS or database resources (like CPU, memory, I/O, processes etc). You can consider the number or units specified for scheduler resources as any random unit. The significance of this unit is that you can associate that with a scheduler job. For example, job1 requires 2 units of resource_queue 1 and 3 units of resource_queue 2 and so on.

You can decide the units required for your resource, based on the constraints you want to implement. Consider the above example of data extraction, insertion or deletion jobs. You can implement this constraint using the resource queues as well.

The following describes this scenario:
  • Create a resource queue, for example, resource1 with 4 units
  • Specify 2 units of resource1 for data_insertion and 2 units for data_deletion jobs (meaning they can execute simultaneously, if required)
  • Specify 3 units of resource1 for data_extraction (if the data_insertion job is executing, it utilizes 2 units of resource1)
  • At this point, the data_deletion job can execute (if required) as there are 2 more units of resource1 available
  • The data_extraction job will have to wait, as it requires 3 units of resource1, whereas the total available units for resource1 resource queue is just 4
You can create a scheduler resource queue using DBMS_SCHEDULER.CREATE_RESOURCE procedure. The resource constraint for the jobs can be set using DBMS_SCHEDULER.SET_RESOURCE_CONSTRAINT procedure.

Additional Details 

The details of the Job resource queue and Job Incompatibilities, along with the steps to create and modify them, are covered in the Advisor Webcast - Optimizing Scheduler Jobs Using 12.2 Features and Automated Troubleshooting. The Q&A during the webcast is available here and the downloadable pdf with the powerpoint slides is available here.

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Global B2C and B2B Businesses Achieve Success with Oracle Commerce Cloud


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Oracle Commerce Cloud empowers business innovation and sales growth for organizations across the world

Redwood Shores, Calif.—Jan 12, 2018

Global B2C and B2B businesses of all sizes have invested in Oracle Commerce Cloud, part of the Oracle Customer Experience (CX) Cloud Suite to drive sales, customer loyalty and growth. Oracle Commerce Cloud customers include Denby Pottery, Komori American Corporation, Laura Ashley, Lenox, Team Sportia and Vermont Country Store.

Oracle Commerce Cloud is the industry’s only unified enterprise-grade B2C and B2B commerce platform built on modern cloud architecture and deep industry expertise. With a proven heritage for performance, scalability and flexibility, Oracle Commerce Cloud empowers online businesses to take advantage of artificial intelligence technology. Innovative personalization tools enable brands to deliver targeted offers and recommendations to shoppers that can increase customer loyalty and sales by providing personalized and connected customer journeys.

Lenox Corporation is the only major manufacturer of bone china in the United States selling tabletop, giftware and collectible products. It moved from the Oracle ATG Web Commerce on-premise platform to Oracle Commerce Cloud in October 2015 with the implementation taking just six months.

“Moving to Oracle Commerce Cloud has given us more control of our business and enabled us to reduce our cost of ownership and IT complexity,” said Ravi Kurumety, CIO, Lenox Corporation. “During our second holiday season on Oracle Commerce Cloud, we saw double digit increase in year-over-year sales as well as in mobile conversion,” said Kurumety. 

Founded in 1946 and based in Vermont, The Vermont Country Store is an American catalog, retail and e-commerce business selling practical and hard to find products such as Vermont maple syrup, sleepwear, apparel and home goods. The Vermont Country Store has productively run its e-commerce business with Oracle since 2010 and after successfully moving to Oracle Commerce Cloud, it has further improved and personalized the online customer experience.

“We wanted to deliver an online customer experience that was authentic and consistent with what someone would experience if they came into our store in person. So in early 2017, we successfully moved to Oracle Commerce Cloud,” said Jim Hall, president, The Vermont Country Store. “This holiday season, we celebrated 10% growth in online sales and increased customer satisfaction. I am particularly pleased with the improvement in mobile results and our mobile shopping experience.”

Successful sporting lifestyle retailer, Team Sportia owns and operates a chain of sports retail stores in the Nordics, focusing on fitness and training, running, outdoor, cycling and cross-country skiing products. This holiday season was the second year for the retailer using Oracle Commerce Cloud.

“We have continued to see growth over our most important shopping season with Oracle Commerce Cloud,” says Mikael Öhrn, CXO, Team Sportia. “We saw 100% growth in 2017 and have plans to continue to expand our CX solution footprint with Oracle.”

“It is important for businesses to invest in a modern commerce platform that can seamlessly scale to business conditions and remain flexible with ever-evolving customer expectations,” said Katrina Gosek, senior director, digital customer product strategy, Oracle. “Oracle is the leading cloud vendor with unified B2B and B2C capabilities in its commerce platform and also provides more out of the box features than most vendors. This combination enables businesses to scale to enterprise needs and rapidly achieve business value.”

Oracle CX Cloud Suite empowers organizations to take a smarter approach to customer experience management and business transformation initiatives. By providing a trusted business platform that connects data, experiences and outcomes, Oracle CX Cloud Suite helps customers reduce IT complexity, deliver innovative customer experiences and achieve predictable and tangible business results. The Oracle CX Cloud Suite includes Oracle Commerce Cloud, Oracle Marketing Cloud, Oracle Sales Cloud and Oracle Service Cloud. 

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Kimberly Guillon
Oracle
+1.209.601.9152

Samsonite Europe Extends Alliance and Upgrades with Oracle Retail



Press Release 

Global Luggage Retailer Begins the Journey to the Cloud with Order Broker

Redwood Shores, Calif.—Jan 12, 2018

Today, Oracle announced that Samsonite Europe is extending their alliance with Oracle Retail to adopt the Order Broker Cloud Service to enable more consumer shopping journeys. Samsonite will also take advantage of the innovation in the latest release by upgrading Oracle Retail Xstore Point-of-Service and Oracle Retail Customer Engagement.

Samsonite is the worldwide leader in travel bags, luggage, and accessories. Samsonite sells products in over 100 countries in Asia, North America, Europe and Latin America through authorized resellers, company-operated stores and online through a spectrum of global brands including Samsonite®, Tumi®, American Tourister®, Hartmann®, High Sierra®, Gregory®, Speck® and Lipault®.

“As our direct-to-consumer channel sales continue to grow, we want to ensure we can meet the rising expectations of our customers across our multi-brand and multi-channel portfolio. These new journeys will allow us to convert sales at the point of intent and deliver the product how the customer chooses,” said Dirk de Smyter, IT Director Europe, Samsonite Europe. “The Oracle Retail solutions provide us a path to seamlessly integrate online and instore channels.”

With this new functionality, Samsonite Europe will be able to support key retail buying behavior and preferences including buy online pick up in store, in-store ordering and buy online ship from store. Oracle Retail Consulting has teamed with Samsonite to implement Order Broker Cloud Service while upgrading the Oracle Retail Xstore and Oracle Retail Customer Engagement solutions. 

“Samsonite is a long-standing customer of Oracle Retail through the acquisition of MICROS. We sincerely appreciate the relationship and look forward to continuing to support their business as they expand the direct-to-consumer channel,” said Ray Carlin, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Oracle Retail.

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Matt Torres
Oracle PR
+1.415.595.1584

jueves, 11 de enero de 2018

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Groupe Dynamite Deploys Oracle Retail Planning and Optimization Cloud Services


Press Release 

Canadian Fast Fashion Retailer Propels Growth and Drives Inventory Productivity

Redwood Shores, Calif.—Jan 11, 2018

Today, Oracle announced that Group Dynamite deployed Oracle Retail Merchandise Financial Planning Cloud Service to propel teams forward with an integrated, science-based cloud planning solution. Groupe Dynamite operates more than 400 stores and online shopping experiences in 10 countries and employs more than 6,000 people with brands Garage and Dynamite.

As a fast fashion retailer, Groupe Dynamite delivers creative and fresh merchandising to drive customer engagement across multiple touch points. Groupe Dynamite required one unified global planning approach to drive inventory performance, the flexibility to configure the interface and the ability to infuse data science into assortment prioritization, all while supporting open-to-buy processes.

“Our current process and incumbent solution required an assortment planning process that was time consuming and cumbersome. By shifting to Oracle Retail, we are empowering our teams with an intuitive and modern interface, and a holistic planning solution that provides store level detail and allows us to make more strategic merchandise decisions” said Julie Fillion, Senior Director of Planning, Groupe Dynamite. 

“Currently we have a team of regional product intelligence professionals dedicated to analyzing data and identifying and transferring products into stores. With millions of items per year, we need to be more efficient with how we allocate time for products, especially in a highly competitive market.” said, Sylvain Duval, Chief Operating Officer, Groupe Dynamite. “We want to apply the science and optimization of Oracle Retail Cloud Services to drive efficiency and productivity today.” “The deployment of Oracle Retail Merchandising Financial Planning Cloud Service took three months and we stayed on time and on budget and look forward to the next phase to implement Oracle Retail Assortment Planning Cloud Service.”

Groupe Dynamite has a long-standing partnership with Oracle Retail. In 2011, Groupe Dynamite launched fast fashion women’s apparel retailer brands Garage and Dynamite in the U.S. supported by Oracle Commerce solutions. Underlying these applications is Oracle SOA Suite, which Groupe Dynamite is using to streamline real-time messaging processes. In 2014, Groupe Dynamite deployed Oracle Retail Merchandising, Stores and Financial Inventory Management solutions to accelerate international expansion with a single view of inventory.

“We are pleased to extend the partnership with Groupe Dynamite to the next step of their IT transformation. Our Oracle Retail Planning Cloud Services offer best-in-class solutions that enable retailers to drive profitability and remain flexible to the changing retail environment,” said Ray Carlin, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Oracle Retail. “With the minimized costs associated with cloud deployment retailers like Groupe Dynamite are able to experience return on investment more quickly.”
Oracle Retail at NRF 2018

Oracle Retail will be showcasing the full suite of Oracle Retail solutions and cloud services at the National Retail Federation Big Show Jan. 14-16, 2017, in New York City at the Jacob K. Javitz Convention Center. Oracle Retail will be located at booth #3521. For more information check out: www.oracle.com/retail

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Matt Torres
Oracle PR
+1.415.595.1584

Innovative Design Tech High School Opens Its Home on Oracle Campus


Three years, one hallway, and two makeshift buildings later, the students, faculty, and staff of Design Tech High School, or d.tech, now have a permanent home. And what a home: a purpose-built facility on the Oracle headquarters campus in Redwood Shores, California, designed and outfitted to foster the school’s innovative approach to learning and exploration. 

Nestled between Oracle’s iconic blue towers and an inlet of San Francisco Bay, the new, 64,000-square-foot d.tech facility officially opened on January 9 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony led by Oracle CEO Safra Catz, who, as chair of the board of directors of the Oracle Education Foundation, championed the new building. 

“I cannot tell you how proud I am right now,” an emotional Catz told the assembled crowd, an eclectic gathering of students, parents, and Oracle employees. 

“This is a massive and important collaboration,” Catz said, nodding at the gleaming $43 million facility, which would open moments later to 550 students and 40 staff embarking on a new semester. 

The state-of-the-art, LEED-certified building opens midway through the school’s fourth year of itinerant existence. School seniors have journeyed from a single hallway in the local Mills High School to a San Mateo County Office of Education building that was once an auto body shop. The school’s impressive new home, Catz said, “is a testament to the resources, the ideas, the willingness, the excitement that we all bring to this amazing endeavor.” 

Ken Montgomery, d.tech’s executive director, agreed: “It’s thanks to the relentless work of so many…that we’re ready to unwrap this amazing gift.” 

Built For Design Thinking…and Doing 

The building itself is a reflection of the charter school’s curriculum, which embraces design thinking and project-oriented teamwork. 

To that end, the school’s interior and furnishings are designed to let students and educators rearrange classrooms for the activity at hand. The building also features acoustically differentiated spaces, some where students can have absolute quiet, others where they’re encouraged to speak up. 

The heart of the school, a model for developing the creative and technical talent of the future, is a two-story maker space and fabrication lab. Called the Design Realization Garage (DRG), it’s an homage to the many Silicon Valley companies started in garages and to the industrial space that d.tech has occupied since 2015. 

The DRG includes a ground floor of classic shop equipment, including workbenches, vices, band saws, sewing machines, and laser cutters, and a second floor for digital prototyping, including computers, 3D printers, and electronics. A large elevator connects the two, so that projects can move freely between phases of production. 

The school’s goal is for every student to make use of the DRG for his or her own creative purposes. For example, one student used laser cutters to create geometric visual aids to help answer a complex question in geometry class. Another made a quilt with panels representing historical events. 

A Break for Intersession 

Any high school-age student who lives in California can apply to d.tech, which adheres to the same set of curriculum standards as every other public high school in the state. 

In addition to its core classes, d.tech’s calendar is built around four “intersessions,” during which “students hit pause on their regular coursework for two weeks to explore subjects about which they are curious or passionate,” explained Colleen Cassity, executive director of the Oracle Education Foundation and the Oracle Giving and Oracle Volunteers programs. 

During intersessions, students explore a wide range of subjects taught by nonprofits, large and small businesses, and other local professionals. “That’s one of the coolest things about d.tech: it invites the local community into students’ educational experiences,” Cassity says. “Students learn technology from Oracle employees, financial literacy from employees at major financial services firms, and culinary skills from the likes of The Boneyard and Bon Appétit Management Co.” 

For example, Oracle Education Foundation staffers and the Oracle Volunteers who coach Education Foundation classes, help students design, build, code, and test prototypes of wearable technologies, IoT solutions, 3D designs, games, and more. “These classes immerse students in design thinking,” Cassity says. “That’s one of the main things that brought the Oracle Education Foundation and d.tech together in the first place—we’re all design thinkers.” 

So far, she said, 132 volunteers at Oracle have donated more than 6,400 hours of their time to the school. 


Aside from providing facilities and volunteer opportunities for its employees, Oracle has no say in the school’s curriculum or staffing. 

Oracle employees recently received emails detailing how parking, student pick-up and drop-off, and shared facilities will work. School staff will have access to Oracle cafes and the Oracle gym, just as Oracle employees do, meaning these public school teachers will enjoy the same amenities as technology professionals, which is bound to help d.tech attract and retain top talent. Students will be allowed to visit cafes only when escorted by d.tech staff or Oracle employees. Only the basketball court at the Oracle gym will be available to students for d.tech basketball teams’ practices and home games. Oracle employees will be allowed to visit the d.tech building only for approved activities, such as volunteering. 

A Long Road 

Two d.tech students also spoke at the ceremony. 

Senior Nick Hom discussed how the intersession program has changed his perspective on what students can accomplish, “I’m not talking about your typical science fair project volcano,” he said, “I’m talking about fully functional, fully tested projects that are ready for a final prototype, one of which is even undergoing a patent process.” 

Added senior Jadene Auerbach: “We’ve come so far from our home in that hallway at Mills…and then to an auto body shop on Rollins Road,” she said. “I don’t regret a moment of it.” 

Montgomery, the d.tech executive director, looked to the road ahead: “We have this amazing opportunity because of Safra’s vision and her philosophy of doing the good that’s in front of you. I want people who enter this building to do the good that is in front of them. This is going to be a place where people accomplish things that seem beyond their reach. This building is physical proof and a daily reminder of that possibility and that reality.” 

Jeff Erickson is editor-at-large for Oracle.


miércoles, 10 de enero de 2018

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