IDG Contributor Network: Going Interstellar With Microsoft Cosmos

At Microsoft’s Build developer conference last week, the company announced Cosmos DB, a new cloud database offering that, if you believe the hype, entirely changed the database game. Before reelecting on what this means for developers and organizations, it’s worth taking a look at what Cosmos is.

Cosmos is a schema-free database service built with the aim of delivering high performance, fault tolerance, automatic indexing of data and truly globally distributed scalability. Cosmos is, at least in part, the evolution of Microsoft’s previous DocumentDB offering. DocumentDB was Redmond’s first foray into the NoSQL world. And while DocumentDB was a NoSQL choice in contrast to Microsoft’s relation offerings, Cosmos DB is multi-modal, offering developers the options to store relational or non-relational data. Scott Guthrie, Microsoft’s perennially red-shirted Executive Vice President of the Cloud and Enterprise group, described Cosmos as, “the first globally distributed, multi-model database service delivering turnkey global horizontal scale out with guaranteed uptime and millisecond latency at the 99th percentile.”

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The Doomsday Vault Isn’t Flooded But We’re All Still Going to Die

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Google’s Project Ara Was Going to Offer a Tardigrade Aquarium Module

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9 Ways to Tell if a New TV Show Is Going To Be Worth Watching

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What do you think of this Idea, Im 18 and going on a business trip !!?

Question by : What do you think of this Idea, Im 18 and going on a business trip !!?
Im 18 and I’m starting my own Social Network, I already have the logo and everything but the problem is that I’m from Amsterdam. And there aren’t any web designers which can do that !!

so I JUST PAID 700 Euro for tickets to LA !! 🙁
I know its a lot, but i have a budget of 2500 Euro, i already bought the domain name website. but without the hosting. so I’m going to LA to meet with a web design company.

I need a social network where people can be members and sign up, plus it needs a video format like youtube my own video format with the logo on it and sound file like the one of sound cloud.

Please tell me what i can hear, I’m afraid to hear big prices. because I’m still a student and i only have 2500 Euro which is 3345 $

Im doing all of this and I’m going for it completely, its like my life hangs out of it and its my dream to make this website. Its a big social network which is going to be a really new hit. And i believe in it.

So, how much would they ask for money, Plus the website is connected to a Dutch domain service, without hosting,
Are the people in LA helpful ?, Maybe i can move it to or any other server.
Should i switch it first to a hosting package or should i wait and see what they will say ?

Im going alone to LA, And I’m staying in my friends garage,
so I’m doing all of this just to reach my goal. So if you won’t motivate me and bring me down please don’t say anything.

Thank You

Best answer:

Answer by Jo W
It’s great to have goals, but if they are unattainable you’ll create your own disappointment. Trying to set up the sort of project you have in mind is probably going to need a budget of hundreds of thousands, and with no guarantee of success.

Be very clear what you are trying to achieve and then see if anyone else is already doing it…I think Facebook, LinkedIn and YouTube might have got there first!

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Q&A: Wearing a Topshop Tutu skirt, need suggestions on accessories etc! Going clubbing x?

Question by : Wearing a Topshop Tutu skirt, need suggestions on accessories etc! Going clubbing x?
Okay so i’m 20 (totally legal where I come from) and i’m going clubbing.
Soo suggestions on hair, makeup and accessories would be awesome!
It is a High-wasted Tutu Black skirt from topshop (to give you a little example of my taste).
I’m not sure what kinda top I want to wear with it, i’m thinking something fitted because I don’t wanna look too much like a gigantic cloud. Should the top be black, (also don’t wanna look too much like black swan.)
What kinda jewelry if any?
I have some platform heels in mind, Lost my ankle boots thought i’d think they’d be a better fit.
Makeup? Heavy smokey eye make up nude lips, ORR nuder eyes and bright red lips?
Hair? Curly, Straight, Wavy, Up or Down?? (trying to steer clear of looking too much like a ballerina with the tutu and make it look sexy and edgy instead of uber girly)

Best answer awarded to the most helpful answer! Piccies would be great but not a must! Please help this Girl in need! I need to get to the ball looking Fabulous! xo

Best answer:

Answer by Jenna
I would go with a black tank with metallic accents. If you have long hair, do it down and wavy. you have enough going on in your outfit to have a crazy hair do, but dont want to look like plain jane so put in some jeweled bobby pins or something. and throw on one of those strip leather bracelets with the crystals on them, its tough but cute. and for sure a smokey eye and nude lips. go with a gun metal chain necklace but not too big, just a little something and no earrings. or no necklace and a cute pair of feather earrings

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