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    Video: Ars talks Civilization with the man himself: Sid Meier / ArsTechnica – Monday, 23 September - 15:10

Video shot and edited by Justin Wolfson. Click here for transcript .

Although he comes from that wild time in gaming that gave us Trip Hawkins and the concept of "rock star developers," Sid Meier is not loud and brash. Nor is he looking to make anyone his bitch . These days he's more like your friendly gaming grandpa—as we spoke, he placed his words carefully and deliberately, as if he were positioning game pieces on a hex grid. He became animated as we discussed game mechanics but otherwise answered questions almost laconically, with a slight smile—after all, he's been dealing with the press for decades.

Meier spent a few hours walking us through the birth of Civilization , one of the most famous and lauded franchises in the history of gaming. It's among those rarest of titles that effectively mainstreamed an entire genre—in this case, the "4X game" (which stands for "eXplore, eXpand, eXploit, and eXterminate"). Although Civilization wasn't the first strategy game on the market, it was the proverbial 800-pound gorilla—and it did for turn-based strategy games what Doom would do for the FPS genre a few years later.

But as so often happens with genre-defining games, Civilization started out as a very different experience.

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    Can artificial intelligence make enterprise hybrid storage better? / ArsTechnica – Thursday, 19 September - 12:00

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Enlarge / As far as we know, none of the storage vendors using AI have gone neuromorphic yet—let alone biological. (credit: Aurich Lawson / Getty)

While the words "artificial intelligence" generally conjure up visions of Skynet, HAL 9000, and the Demon Seed, machine learning and other types of AI technology have already been brought to bear on many analytical tasks, doing things that humans can't or don't want to do—from catching malware to predicting when jet engines need repair. Now it's getting attention for another seemingly impossible task for humans: properly configuring data storage.

As the scale and complexity of storage workloads increase, it becomes more and more difficult to manage them efficiently. Jobs that could originally be planned and managed by a single storage architect now require increasingly large teams of specialists—which sets the stage for artificial intelligence (née machine learning) techniques to enter the picture, allowing fewer storage engineers to effectively manage larger and more diverse workloads.

Storage administrators have five major metrics they contend with, and finding a balance among them to match application demands approaches being a dark art. Those metrics are:

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    “Everything as a service” is coming—but we’re not there quite yet / ArsTechnica – Wednesday, 4 September - 13:00


Enlarge / Artist's impression of the datacenter as a service. (credit: Aurich Lawson / Getty)

For the past decade, information technology and cloud computing vendors have increasingly pushed the virtualization and abstraction of every possible part of IT infrastructure further and further, turning what used to be things you bought and paid for into services that you subscribe to. First there was software as a service, and then compute and infrastructure as a service, then platforms as a service, and now even storage and databases as a service. The "private cloud" brought the same models into enterprise data centers. And the "hybrid cloud" blew the data center walls out and mixed everything together. But managing each decoupled element of this brave new world of randomly distributed infrastructure has become increasingly complex. Arguably, it hasn't really changed the business of running enterprise IT as much as it has made things complex in new ways.

But what if there was an "as a service" to fix that, too?

Today's leading edge of enterprise IT pushes further toward automated deployment of everything from bare-metal servers to "containerized" workloads, juggling the networking and storage and system-management support through one portal or another, even internally, and cloud providers have started to drop not-so-little outposts of their infrastructure into their biggest customers' data centers. Even the definition of "cloud" versus "on-premises" has gotten foggy, thanks to such private cloud options as Microsoft's Azure Stack , Google's Anthos , and Amazon's upcoming Outposts that let enterprise clients move cloud resources back into local data centers .

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    You can now quickly take pictures in Movim and publish them in an article. I'll also add the feature soon in the Chat. 😛 #movim #feature #HTML5 #camera

    people Timothée Jaussoin 19 June

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  • 22 June fish

    What does it mean?

  • 22 June Timothée Jaussoin

    Check the original article. It's a feature added to Movim that allows you to trigger your device webcam/camera to shoot quick pictures and publish them in the post/discussion :)

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    Timothée Jaussoin – Wednesday, 19 June - 11:05

    You can now quickly take pictures in Movim and publish them in an article. I'll also add the feature soon in the Chat. FACE WITH STUCK-OUT TONGUE #movim #feature #HTML5 #camera

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  • 19 June Marzanna

    You look tired…

  • 19 June Timothée Jaussoin

    Thanks, it's the AI based filter included in the feature. Makes everyone face tired… :p

  • 21 June Nicolas Vérité

    Cool stuff! ;-)
    So huh... you can't comment a post with the picture, the same way?

  • 21 June Timothée Jaussoin

    No sorry, for the moment comments are text only, it will be quite difficult to handle UX wise

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    Movim is the first #XMPP client that supports #message reactions! PARTY POPPER

    Timothée Jaussoin – / Movim – Monday, 1 April, 2019 - 12:02 edit

We are using the recent XMPP standard XEP-0367: Message Attaching to provide this #feature in the project. You can already try it out on the official pod

This feature is available for the one to one conversations but also the chatrooms 😊 Have fun!

To continue to build #Movim and introduce awesome new features such as message reactions we need your help. Please visit our Patreon page to help cover our expenses and fund new ideas and projects around Movim.

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    Timothée Jaussoin – Wednesday, 7 June, 2017 - 06:30 edit

    Hey, did I told you that Movim now automatically save your publication as a draft while you are writing it? #movim #draft #feature

    Also, a nice drawing by Dibumac :)

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    This one was used as a poster for a local newspaper.