Microsoft: Cloud services demand up 775 percent; prioritization rules in place

Credit: ZDNetMicrosoft officials say the company has seen a 775 percent increase in demand for its cloud services in regions enforcing social distancing and/or shelter-in place due to the COVID-19 coronavirus. Last week, officials acknowledged the company has been throttling some "non-essential" Office 365 services so as to continue to meet demand. In the March 28 post, Microsoft officials elaborated a bit more on how its prioritization criteria is impacting Azure customers. When I asked Microsoft officials about these SQL on Azure issues, they pointed me to last week's Azure blog post that discussed needing to prioritize healthcare workloads. Microsoft officials said in the March 28 post that in spite of the significant increase in demand, the company has not had any significant cloud service disruptions.

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AWS Ground Station

AWS Ground Station is a fully managed service that lets you control satellite communications, process data, and scale your operations without having to worry about building or managing your own ground station infrastructure. Ground stations form the core of global satellite networks. With AWS Ground Station, you have direct access to AWS services and the AWS Global Infrastructure including a low-latency global fiber network. You can save up to 80% on the cost of your ground station operations by paying only for the actual antenna time used, and relying on the global footprint of ground stations to download data when and where you need it. There are no long-term commitments, and you gain the ability to rapidly scale your satellite communications on-demand when your business needs it.

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ZipGrow: Vertical farming/urban agriculture system

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How to burn the most money with a single click in Azure

Warming upThe first thing any sane person would try to do when attempting to burn money using any cloud provider is to buy a very large and expensive virtual machine. Breaking 1M (Azure Blob Storage)How about Azure Blob Storage? Breaking 1M (Azure Databricks)Our next candidate is Azure Databricks. At 0.53 EUR per brick, I honestly don’t know if this is a good deal or not. CheatingSome of you dear readers are now probably asking: why would you limit yourself to a single petabyte of data?

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Sorting 1M 8-digit numbers in 1 MB of RAM (2012)

The first sublist holds numbers from 0 to 127, the second sublist holds numbers from 128 to 255, etc. Each sublist consists of a 2-bit sublist header followed by a sublist body. My 3 sublist header values will be "A", "B" and "C", so I need a way to represent D-type sublists. With 3 sublist header values represented by "00", "01" and "1", I can assign "1" to the most popular sublist type. In the worst case, changing the sublist header mapping results in a space usage of 2*781250 + 7*entries - 781250/3 bits.

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Show HN: From Markdown to Video

From Markdown to VideoVideo Puppet makes it easy to script videos using plain text (Markdown) files. We recommend using Markdown for manually created files (as it’s human-friendly), and JSON or YAML for automatically created script files (more machine-friendly). When working with Markdown files, make sure to name the file so it has the .md or .mkd file extension. Video Puppet created the video below based on that script. Change the global video voiceYou can add global video properties in the script header, starting the script file with a scene separator ( --- ).

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Show HN: Colors.lol – Overly descriptive color palettes

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DIY electronic leadscrew for metalworking lathe [video]

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Italy: 101-year-old influenza survivor beats Covid-19

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Maza – Like Pi-hole but local and using your operating system

Maza ad blocking - Like Pi-hole but local and using your operating systemSimple, native and efficient local advertising blocker. You don't have to install any browser extensions or applications, you just use the tools of your operating system. 📡 Update databasemaza update🔨 Startsudo maza start🛠 Stopsudo maza stop⚖️ Statusmaza status⚙️ Install👀 Requirementsbash 4.0 or higher4.0 or higher curlOnly OSX users, gsed: brew install gnu-sedThen you do this. sudo brew services stop dnsmasq sudo brew services start dnsmasq3 Tell your OS to use your DNS serverDelete the list of OSX DNS servers and add the 3 addresses. The first one will be your local server, and the other 2 belong to OpenDNS, which you can use any other.

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