A Phoenix Rises

The EWD Files

This is the third in a series of articles which explores a way forward for the future of the Mumps database and a solution to recruiting a new generation of developers to support, maintain and onwardly-develop the vast and important legacy of healthcare applications that have been developed using the Mumps language and database.

In summary, the direction I’m suggesting is to:

  • replace the Mumps language with Javascript, a hugely popular and highly-capable modern language that happens to share the key characteristics of and has a similar free-and-easy feel to the Mumps language;
  • tightly integrate the Mumps database with Javascript in a way that has an equivalent level of intimacy as found between the Mumps language and database.  In doing so, the Javascript community can benefit from the Universal NoSQL database capabilities afforded by the Mumps database technology, but do so in terms that are meaningful and relevant to them.

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Oracle adds BlueKai to its marketing automation hit list


Oracle’s(s orcl) voracious appetite for marketing technology companies appears unslaked. On Monday it announced the acquisition of BlueKai, a data management company that collects information about what consumers are looking for on the internet and in the real world and selling that information to marketers. Terms were not disclosed, although Business Insider, which first reported rumors of the acquisition on Sunday, pegged it at around $400 million.

Oracle will tie BlueKai into its Responsys B2C marketing automation package — Oracle bought Responsys for $1.5 billion in December– and into Eloqua on the B2B side. Oracle bought Eloqua for $861 million in December 2012.

The stated goal of all that integration is for Oracle to be able to “deliver orchestrated and personalized customer interactions across all marketing activities and channels,” according to the press release announcing the BlueKai deal.

Cupertino, Calif.-based BlueKai claims to run the world’s biggest third-party data…

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ICYMI: Rackspace president on why cloud is important but it’s not everything


Taylor Rhodes, who’s been Rackspace’s president for about a month,talked to us this week about his vision for the company. Here are a few key takeaways from this week’s Structure Show.

1: There are clouds and then there are clouds

Rackspace(s rax) sees two components to cloud — the platform and the services which run atop that platform.  Rhodes characterized Amazon(s amzn) Web Services as a proprietary stack which customers use to run things for themselves.

Rackspace’s job is to provide the services and know-how to run applications optimally atop the platform — whether that platform is internal to the customer, Rackspace hosting, private or public cloud. “Cloud is another form factor, just as dedicated [hosting] is a form factor. We say it’s not just the platform but what runs on top and how much service you want atop that.”

Cloud is “excellent for many things but it doesn’t…

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Facebook rebuilds and re-open-sources its cross-language Thrift framework


On Thursday, Facebook announced via a post on its engineering page that it has revamped the Thrift framework it built in 2006 (which has since become an Apache project) and is re-releasing it as open source code via GitHub under the fbthrift moniker. Thrift was created as a tool for helping build distributed applications that need to call different services written in different languages. Although it has been very useful, the post’s author explains, Facebook and other Thrift users ran into performance issues and feature deficiencies that have been resolved with fbthrift.

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Call to Action: Tell Medicare and Medicaid to Cover Lung Cancer Screening


Anyone can get lung cancer. Screening for lung cancer with low dose CT scans (LDCT) can save thousands of lives every year. Many private health insurers already provide coverage for this screening.

Tell the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) you want them to provide coverage too. On February 10, CMS opened a 30-day comment period to support their national coverage analysis on Lung Cancer Screening with LDCT. This comment period closes on March 12, 2014.

Please sign this petition to tell CMS to provide coverage for LDCT, and ask everyone you know to sign it too. The results of this petition will be submitted to CMS as a comment on March 11, 2014. You can help save thousands of lives!
Petition: http://www.change.org/petitions/centers-for-medicare-medicaid-services-cms-provide-coverage-for-lung-cancer-screening-with-ldct

People might also want to provide a comment directly to CMS — especially those who are Medicare or Medicaid-eligible and who were either diagnosed with…

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Increasing Longevity – Can It Be Done?


Do YOU want to live a Longer, Healthier Life?

Doesn’t Everyone?

Have you heard it’s ALL Genetic? [Not Likely]

Is Exercise the answer? [Not necessarily] 

Or Luck? [Why risk it?]

Could it be Nutritional? [More than Likely ;~]

Have you heard that Calorie Restriction [CR] increases longevity?

There is some suggestion it might.

Did You hear about the recent Monkey study?

It didn’t seem to work in Monkeys. 

A little disappointing to the CR crowd.

Confusing? Yes

Explanable? Yep

But, There is Good News !!

Read On…


The original Calorie Restriction studies done in 1934 by Clive McCay and Mary Crowell at Cornell University.

Rats that were fed 30% fewer calories lived 50% longer than their well-fed counterparts.

Repeat – the calorie restricted animals lived 50% longer!

Exciting Stuff – Everybody wants to live longer!! [even rats]

This sounds like compelling evidence that calorie restriction increases lifespan.

However, on…

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