當網上瘋狂搶購、大量瀏覽湧入時，有機會令電貿網站癱瘓。「雙十一」期間，有網站的點擊率由平時的千萬暴增至億次，後台系統保護能力要求由原來的 100GB 跳升至 1TB，平時低峰期的故障恢復時間也由小時劇減至以分計算。
(This article is also published in Computerworld Hong Kong on August 1, 2016)
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Hong Kong appears to be invaded by Pokémon Go players. We’ll no doubt be bumping into avid players all over the place. In case you’ve been entirely cut off from news this month, Pokémon Go is a mobile game app, in which players move around in the real world looking for digital creatures overlaid on the streets around them.
Less than two weeks after the initial release, Pokémon Go has become the most successful mobile game ever. It is also generating newspaper headlines about users and their experiences on a daily basis. The share price of Nintendo – which originated the Pokémon characters back in the ‘90s but is just a part owner of the app – was doubled. But it has fallen back as in reality, its profits from the game will be limited.
There is much more in this groundbreaking game. Such application and massive acceptance in augmented reality is expected to trigger a wave of adoption in other areas. Meanwhile, however, Pokémon Go’s massive adoption has been accompanied by reports of server overloads, players being locked out and rumors of security issues.
While details have not been disclosed, it seems pretty clear that such issues have delayed the game’s rollout, especially to Japan and other game-crazy Asian markets, slowing down revenue generation. Simply put, it appears that the operation team was unprepared for the success of Pokémon Go.
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Anyone familiar with “Star Trek” knows that technology plays a central role in the science fiction franchise. On the Starship Enterprise, the onboard computer is almost a character in its own right, interacting naturally with the crew members through spoken language and thoroughly embedded in all activities like any other shipmate.
When the Romulans de-cloak off the starboard beam and prepare to attack, Mr. Spock asks the computer to divert more power to the forward shields and prepare a full spread of photon torpedoes in response. The computer does so instantly and effortlessly, casually responding, “All taken care of, Mr. Spock, is there anything else I can do for you today?”
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