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What I’m Reading on 04/10/2014

How to protect yourself from the ‘Heartbleed’ bug – CNET “A new security bug means that people all across the Web are vulnerable to having their passwords and other sensitive data stolen. Here’s what consumers can do to protect themselves.” … Continue reading

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What I’m Reading on 04/05/2014

ProgrammableWeb To Launch API Conference For Developers, Providers, and Strategists “For over eight years, ProgrammableWeb has served as the Web’s defacto journal of the API economy; offering news, advice, API directories, research data, and other information when it comes to the world of Internet-based APIs. … Continue reading

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What I’m Reading on 04/04/2014

96 Stocks APIs: Bloomberg, NASDAQ and E*TRADE “Our API directory now includes 96 stocks APIs. The newest is the Eurex VALUES API. The most popular, in terms of directory page views, is the Bloomberg API. Below you’ll find some more … Continue reading

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What I’m Reading on 04/01/2014

Mobile health devices can increase patient adherence | Medical Economics “According to a study by Mobile Future and Infield Health, the wireless pill bottle, a device that digitally monitors the amount of pills in a bottle and can send Health … Continue reading

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What I’m Reading on 03/31/2014

GNU Octave “GNU Octave is a high-level interpreted language, primarily intended for numerical computations. It provides capabilities for the numerical solution of linear and nonlinear problems, and for performing other numerical experiments. It also provides extensive graphics capabilities for data … Continue reading

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For the Love of Big Data: What is Big Data?

Several weeks ago I was on the panel “Privacy and Innovation in the Age of Big Data” at the International Association of Privacy Professionals in Washington, DC USA. My role was to present the attraction and value of data but not … Continue reading

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For the Love of Big Data: Why do data scientists want more data, rather than less?

Several weeks ago I was on the panel “Privacy and Innovation in the Age of Big Data” at the International Association of Privacy Professionals in Washington, DC USA. My role was to present the attraction and value of data but not … Continue reading

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For the Love of Big Data: What issues can analytics present?

Several weeks ago I was on the panel “Privacy and Innovation in the Age of Big Data” at the International Association of Privacy Professionals in Washington, DC USA. My role was to present the attraction and value of data but not … Continue reading

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For the Love of Big Data: Approach to policy can determine outcomes

Several weeks ago I was on the panel “Privacy and Innovation in the Age of Big Data” at the International Association of Privacy Professionals in Washington, DC USA. My role was to present the attraction and value of data but not … Continue reading

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What I’m Reading on 03/27/2014

Presentation Software that Inspires | Haiku Deck “Meet Haiku Deck, a completely new kind of presentation software. We make telling your story simple, beautiful, and fun.” tags: bs presentation software ipad Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links … Continue reading

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What I’m Reading on 03/24/2014

Lego Robot Smashes Its Own Rubik’s Cube Record, 40% Faster in 3 Years | Singularity Hub “A Lego robot just crushed the Rubik’s cube speed world record. David Gilday and Mike Dobson’s Cubestormer 3, posted a mark of 3.253 seconds … Continue reading

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What I’m Reading on 03/20/2014

20 essential WordPress plugins | Econsultancy “This is the eighth and final instalment (for now) in a series of posts discussing how to set up and run a WordPress blog from a relatively experienced expert, which will feature many helpful … Continue reading

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What I’m Reading on 03/19/2014

IBM’s Watson, New York Genome Center partner on brain cancer treatment – The Washington Post “The two will collaborate on a computing prototype that could suggest treatment options for patients with glioblastoma, an aggressive brain cancer. Watson would analyze an … Continue reading

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What I’m Reading on 03/18/2014

How to make a bootable Mavericks install drive | Macworld “Like Mountain Lion (OS X 10.8) and Lion (OS X 10.7), Mavericks (OS X 10.9) doesn’t ship on a disc—it’s available only as an installer app downloadable from the Mac … Continue reading

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What I’m Reading on 03/14/2014

Dual-boot phones: The answer to a question that nobody is asking | Ars Technica “Huawei is planning to introduce a combo Android/Windows Phone device this year.” tags: bs phones Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.

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What I’m Reading on 03/13/2014

Five tips for creating a successful presentation with an iPad – TechRepublic “With a few tips and tricks, you can ditch your laptop and use just your iPad to create presentations that are both fun and educational. “ tags: bs … Continue reading

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What I’m Reading on 03/11/2014

US NSF – CISE – IIS Staff Announcement “The Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) announces a nationwide search to fill the position of Director, Division of Information and Intelligent Systems (IIS). Formal consideration of interested applicants … Continue reading

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What I’m Reading on 03/10/2014

Apple releases iOS 7.1 for iPhone, iPad with bug fixes, new features | ZDNet “The latest version for iPhones and iPads landed on Monday, with new features, user interface tweaks, and a number of bug fixes that aims to appease … Continue reading

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What I’m Reading on 03/07/2014

Report: IBM Global Business Services Ranked #1 in Thought Leadership – WSJ.com “IBM (NYSE: IBM) announced today that its consulting organization was named the top provider of thought leadership materials by Source for Consulting, a leading provider of research about … Continue reading

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Presentation: For the Love of Big Data

This is a presentation I gave yesterday at the International Association of Privacy Professionals in Washington, DC USA, on March 6, 2014. This short presentation was meant to stimulate ideas that would then be complemented by discussions about privacy policies … Continue reading

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What I’m Reading on 03/06/2014

RIT launches nation’s first minor in free and open source software and free culture – RIT News “Responding to student interest and a growing industry demand for workers with such skills, Rochester Institute of Technology is launching the nation’s first … Continue reading

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What I’m Reading on 03/03/2014

Mobile World Congress 2014: Winners And Losers – InformationWeek “The Mobile World Congress, the wireless industry’s most important yearly event, drew a record 85,000 attendees — a 20% jump from the previous year. The week was filled with smartphones, tablets, … Continue reading

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What I’m Reading on 02/27/2014

The Most Powerful Sales Tool at Lowe’s: Satellites – Businessweek “Lowe’s said on Wednesday that it has been gauging traffic at its almost 1,900 stores from space, scanning satellite images of its parking lots to find out how many shoppers … Continue reading

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What I’m Reading on 02/25/2014

IBM News room – 2014-02-24 IBM to Acquire Cloudant: Open, Cloud Database Service Helps Organizations Simplify Mobile, Web App and Big Data Development – United States “IBM (NYSE:IBM) today announced a definitive agreement to acquire Boston, MA-based Cloudant, Inc., a … Continue reading

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What I’m Reading on 02/24/2014

IBM Accessibility – Improving the User Experience by Standardizing on EPUB “To help consumers easily read documents and educational materials, IBM is standardizing on EPUB as its primary packaged portable document format, making its documentation and content more accessible on … Continue reading

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What I’m Reading on 02/23/2014

Getting Real World Terrains into OpenSim: A Tutorial by Brian A. White | Be Cunning and Full of Tricks “I named my first opensim region Orcas after a real world island.  I decided to try and see if I could get the actual Orcas … Continue reading

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Virtual Life with Linux: Standalone OpenSim on Ubuntu 13.10

This post is a great example of why you should never say that you are starting a new series of blog entries. In February of 2010, I wrote a blog post called Virtual Life with Linux: Standalone opensim on Ubuntu … Continue reading

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Second Life and OpenSim revisited

Several years ago I spent quite a bit of time in Second Life when it was the hot 3D social world. The promise was that you could build and visit worlds that had been uniquely constructed by the users. As … Continue reading

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What I’m Reading on 02/21/2014

Ubuntu’s ditching Unity’s global menu, returning to in-app menus | PCWorld “There’s a major change coming to the Unity interface this April when Canonical releases Ubuntu 14.04, Trusty Tahr: Application menus are going back into their separate windows instead of … Continue reading

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What I’m Reading on 02/18/2014

Profiling Python Programs | Red Hat Developer Blog “For RHEL6 and newer distributions tools are available to profile Python code and to generate dynamic call graphs of a program’s execution. Flat profiles can be obtained with the cProfile module and … Continue reading

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Map and Elevation Data

For a small personal project I’m starting, I wanted to get elevation data for the area surrounding our property in upstate New York. A quick web search yielded the The National Map website, a service of the US Geological Survey. … Continue reading

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What I’m Reading on 02/16/2014

After Linux civil war, Ubuntu to adopt systemd | ZDNet “It was an ugly fight at times. On one side you had Ubuntu favoring its Upstart program to replace the old Unix/Linux init daemon, which oversees the operating system’s start-up … Continue reading

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What I’m Reading on 02/13/2014

StackMob Is Shutting Down – ReadWrite “StackMob is shutting down to focus its resources on PayPal, the company announced Wednesday. The payments company acquired StackMob in December. ” tags: stackmob paypal mobile Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links … Continue reading

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What I’m Reading on 02/12/2014

Mobile Design Internship in Austin,TX, Cambridge,MA, New York,NY – Jobs at IBM – Powered by netMEDIA “The IBM IT team is looking for creative and innovative interns to join our team to rapidly develop and deploy apps that will show … Continue reading

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What I’m Reading on 02/11/2014

Impatience Has Its Reward: Books Are Rolled Out Faster – NYTimes.com “While the television industry has begun catering to impatient audiences by releasing entire series at once, the book business is upending its traditional timetable by encouraging a kind of … Continue reading

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What I’m Reading on 02/10/2014

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band Announce 2014 U.S. Tour | Music News | Rolling Stone “Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band have announced dates for their spring 2014 U.S. tour. It kicks off April 8th at Cincinnati, … Continue reading

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What I’m Reading on 02/07/2014

Why Makers Fail At Retail | TechCrunch “When you get traction with software, you fire up new servers and scale your infrastructure. It is fast and cheap. And traction alone can get you funding. With hardware, traction is sales, or … Continue reading

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A tale of two Aprils in the Adirondacks

This has been a long hard winter in the northeastern United States, and I don’t think we’re done yet. Earlier this week New York and Philadelphia got several inches of snow topped by ice. More upstate in New York where … Continue reading

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What I’m Reading on 02/06/2014

The Standards Wars and the Sausage Factory “Today no one dies from standard wars, not that you’d know it from Internet comments. But years, millions of dollars, and endless arguments are spent arguing about standards. The reason for our fights … Continue reading

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What I’m Reading on 02/05/2014

Computers May Someday Beat Chefs At Creating Flavors We Crave : The Salt : NPR “Computer scientists at IBM have already built a computer that can beat human contestants on the TV quiz show, “Jeopardy.” Now it appears they’re sharpening … Continue reading

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What I’m Reading on 02/04/2014

Microsoft Names Engineering Executive as New Chief – NYTimes.com “Microsoft on Tuesday announced that Satya Nadella would be its next leader, betting on a longtime engineering executive to help the company keep better pace with changes in technology.” tags: microsoft … Continue reading

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What I’m Reading on 01/30/2014

Hal Varian and the “New” Predictive Techniques | Business Forecasting “Big Data: New Tricks for Econometrics is, for my money, one of the best discussions of techniques like classification and regression trees, random forests, and penalized  regression (such as lasso, … Continue reading

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What I’m Reading on 01/28/2014

The RedMonk Programming Language Rankings: January 2014 – tecosystems “The aspect of these rankings that most interests us is the trajectories they may record: which languages are trending up? Which are in decline? Given that and the adoption curve for … Continue reading

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What I’m Reading on 01/27/2014

Android’s Favorite Keyboard Could Be Coming to iOS “SwiftKey, Android‘s most popular keyboard app, could soon be coming to iOS in the form of a note-taking app.” tags: android ios mobile Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links … Continue reading

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What I’m Reading on 01/25/2014

How Real is Spike Jonze’s ‘Her’? Artificial Intelligence Experts Stephen Wolfram and Google’s Peter Norvig Weigh In – Digits – WSJ “In Spike Jonze’s Oscar-nominated, futuristic film “Her,” computers compose music, carry on seamless conversations with humans, organize emails instantaneously, … Continue reading

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What I’m Reading on 01/24/2014

SkySQL goes after Oracle MySQL with enterprise release | ZDNet “SkySQL, the MariaDB MySQL fork company, isn’t just for open-source database management system (DBMS) experts anymore. With the release of its MariaDB Enterprise product, SkySQL is going straight for Oracle’s MySQL … Continue reading

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What I’m Reading on 01/23/2014

Infinity AR: We’ll fulfill sci-fi promise of augmented reality | Cutting Edge – CNET News “Augmented reality has so far been mostly a sci-fi vision that overlays information from the virtual world atop what we see in the real world. … Continue reading

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What I’m Reading on 01/22/2014

Watertown Daily Times | Community strategizes on rebuilding Wanakena footbridge “Teamwork will be key to rebuilding the Wanakena footbridge, which was mangled by slabs of drifting ice last week, community members agreed at a meeting Monday.” tags: wanakena Mark Zuckerberg … Continue reading

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What I’m Reading on 01/20/2014

Google Removes Two Chrome Extensions Amid Ad Uproar – Digits – WSJ “Internet message boards were abuzz this weekend over the two extensions — “Add to Feedly” and “Tweet This Page” — each of which had fewer than 100,000 users. … Continue reading

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Treadmill Desk

For several weeks my wife has been asking me to convert our old Proform treadmill into a treadmill desk. The idea, exercise-wise, is to be on the treadmill for several hours a day at speeds less than 2 mph. This … Continue reading

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What I’m Reading on 01/18/2014

An Open-Source, Nest-Like Thermostat, Built In One Day | Fast Company | Business + Innovation “Spark wanted to show it could create an open-source Nest-like thermostat using Spark Core, its Arduino-compatible development platform for building Internet-connected hardware. The result isn’t … Continue reading

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What I’m Reading on 01/17/2014

Red Hat | Red Hat and the CentOS Project Join Forces to Speed Open Source Innovation “This collaboration strengthens Red Hat‘s proven business model by extending the Red Hat open source development ecosystem. Red Hat anticipates that taking a role … Continue reading

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What I’m Reading on 01/16/2014

The Scientifically Proven Way To Get Your Kickstarter Project Funded | Co.Design | business + design “Kickstarter, the crowdsourced funding platform, is an all-or-nothing proposition. Either your project reaches its funding goal, and you get to work developing your product, … Continue reading

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What I’m Reading on 01/15/2014

Google Buys Nest for $3.2 Billion in Cash | Wired Business | Wired.com “Today, the web giant announced that it’s spending $3.2 billion to acquire Nest, a successful home hardware tech startup founded by Tony Fadell, one of the fathers … Continue reading

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Monday Dylan: Mr. Tambourine Man, Two Ways

This is a Dylan classic from 1965′s Bringing It All Back Home album. This first video of the song is from the 1964 Newport Folk Festival where Dylan is introduced by Pete Seeger. Move forward 26 years to 1990 and … Continue reading

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What I’m Reading on 01/07/2014

A Makeover for Maps – NYTimes.com “Nowadays, devices and people are unceasingly uploading all kinds of information about the economy, locations, weather and even what sweater makes them happy. With this flood of data, some believe traditional ways of displaying … Continue reading

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What I’m Reading on 01/06/2014

Siri Gets Sassy When You Ask About ‘Her’ “”Her,” a movie about a man falling in love with a piece of voice software, has been in theaters for about three weeks. (The premise is more plausible than you think.) So … Continue reading

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What I’m Reading on 01/04/2014

Phil Everly, Half of Pioneer Rock Duo, Dies at 74 – NYTimes.com “Phil Everly, who formed an influential harmony duo with his brother, Don, that touched the hearts and sparked the imaginations of rock ‘n’ roll singers for decades, including … Continue reading

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What I’m Reading on 01/03/2014

Three Reasons Your Startup Will Suffer Without DevOps – ReadWrite “The term “DevOps” emerged from the fast-paced “agile” software development movement. Agile practices encourage short iteration cycles, frequent new function releases and close collaboration between development and business stakeholders. It’s … Continue reading

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What I’m Reading on 01/02/2014

Ford gets ready to unveil the aluminum F-150 – Jan. 2, 2014 “The new F-150 is expected to use 600 pounds of aluminum, replacing about 1,000 pounds of steel, according to industry consultant Ducker Worldwide. The move accounts for a … Continue reading

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What I’m Reading on 01/01/2014

How to Recover a Forgotten Password on a Galaxy Note Tablet Without a Factory Reset | Everyday Life – Global Post “If you have forgotten your Galaxy Note’s password, you can unlock the device without a factory reset, but only … Continue reading

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What I’m Reading on 12/31/2013

Once science fiction, it’ll be reality in 2014 | Cutting Edge – CNET News “As we prepare for a new year, we’re excited about gear that brings to life for the first time ideas that have long been only future … Continue reading

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What I’m Reading on 12/28/2013

Homemade Sriracha “The keys to this much-improved homemade Sriracha were a longer fermentation and the addition of smoked sea salt and xanthan gum. The change that made the biggest difference, however, was mixing in some green jalapeños and serranos. The … Continue reading

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What I’m Reading on 12/25/2013

U.S. Mobile Internet Traffic Nearly Doubled This Year – NYTimes.com “Two big shifts happened in the American cellphone industry over the past year: Cellular networks got faster, and smartphone screens got bigger. As a result, people’s consumption of mobile data … Continue reading

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Monday Dylan: Thunder on the Mountain

I think this song has some of the best lyrics from the most recent phase of Dylan’s career: I got the porkchops, she got the pie She ain’t no angel and neither am I Shame on your greed, shame on … Continue reading

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What I’m Reading on 12/19/2013

Why iRobot’s CEO Welcomes Our New Google Robot Overlords “”The autonomous car’s first commercial appearance will not be at your local dealership,” Angle insists. “The obvious low-hanging fruit is package delivery, a $50 billion industry. Why not challenge UPS or … Continue reading

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What I’m Reading on 12/18/2013

Amazon Raises Its Game Against Alibaba, Will Expand AWS Cloud Services To China In 2014 | TechCrunch “Another step ahead for Amazon in its bid to become the world’s biggest cloud computing platform for businesses, and to specifically take aim … Continue reading

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What I’m Reading on 12/17/2013

Bob Dylan – Musician or Poet? – NYTimes.com “Each week in Bookends, two writers take on pressing and provocative questions about the world of books. This week, Dana Stevens and Francine Prose discuss whether Bob Dylan’s lyrics make him more … Continue reading

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Monday Dylan: Things Have Changed

As a much later counterpoint to the album and song The Times They Are A-Changin’, this song was part of the soundtrack for The Wonder Boys film soundtrack in 2000 and is on the The Essential Bob Dylan album. I … Continue reading

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What I’m Reading on 12/15/2013

Are we in the Matrix? Science looks for signs we’re not real | Crave – CNET “In the past decade, philosophers and physicists have started to take the idea a bit more seriously, led by philosopher Nick Bostrom, who first … Continue reading

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What I’m Reading on 12/12/2013

When Machines Get Creative « A Smarter Planet Blog A Smarter Planet Blog “The system uses text mining, analytics, and statistical reasoning similar to that of the Watson system. Where the virtual chef differs with its cognitive cousin is not … Continue reading

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What I’m Reading on 12/11/2013

After Setbacks, Online Courses Are Rethought – NYTimes.com “Two years after a Stanford professor drew 160,000 students from around the globe to a free online course on artificial intelligence, starting what was widely viewed as a revolution in higher education, … Continue reading

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My annotated programming language history

I’ve been coding, a.k.a programming, since I was 15 years old. Since then I’ve used many programming languages. Some of them have been for work, some have been for fun. I mean, really, who hasn’t done some programing while on … Continue reading

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