What I’m Reading on 03/23/2015

Online Education in Analytics and Data Science | bicorner.com “Several people have asked me for advice about education and training in Analytics and Data Science, so I wrote this article. For our purpose here, I include Analytics, Data Mining, and Data Science degree program, certificate, training, and certification programs. This…

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What I’m Reading on 03/05/2015

To Bring Virtual Reality to Market, Furious Efforts to Solve Nausea – NYTimes.com “Few technologies have generated more attention than virtual reality, which promises to immerse people in 3-D games and video. Yet for the last couple of years, the companies building virtual reality headsets have begged for patience from…

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What I’m Reading on 02/10/2015

Swift 1.2 and Xcode 6.3 beta – Swift Blog – Apple Developer “Today Swift 1.2 was released as part of Xcode 6.3 beta. This beta release includes a significantly enhanced Swift compiler, as well as new features in the Swift language itself. For the complete list of changes, read the…

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What I’m Reading on 01/26/2015

The Strangely Competitive World of Sci-Fi Writing Workshops | WIRED “Each summer budding authors flock to writing workshops like Clarion, Clarion West, and Odyssey, which help prepare students for a career in fantasy and science fiction by offering them the chance to work closely with established pros in the field.…

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What I’m Reading on 01/17/2015

​Java and JavaScript rule but use of Apple’s Swift language skyrockets | ZDNet “Apple only released version 1.0 of Swift in September but the replacement to Objective-C is already the 22nd most popular language, up 46 spots from three months ago, according to analyst firm RedMonk’s language rankings for the…

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What I’m Reading on 01/13/2015

Artificial intelligence experts sign open letter to protect mankind from machines – CNET “AI experts around the globe are signing an open letter issued Sunday by the Future of Life Institute that pledges to safely and carefully coordinate progress in the field to ensure it does not grow beyond humanity’s…

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2015 is Not the Year of Big Data, Big Data Was and Is Here to Stay

It’s the beginning of a new year and we’re being flooded with predictions, retrospectives, and catchy headlines to make us read articles about our favorite topics. One that I have seen more than once is “2015: The Year of Big Data.” I thought 2013 and 2014 were the Years of…

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What I’m Reading on 01/02/2015 – Big Data Predictions Edition

No endorsements of any of these by me, but a roundup of what people think will happen in 2015. It’s always a good idea to subtract “my company, product, or open source project interests” from so-called objective predictions. Investment banks pile into big data analytics /Euromoney magazine “Goldman Sachs has…

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What I’m Reading on 01/01/2015

Breakthroughs in Artificial Intelligence from 2014 | MIT Technology Review “The holy grail of artificial intelligence—creating software that comes close to mimicking human intelligence—remains far off. But 2014 saw major strides in machine learning software that can gain abilities from experience. Companies in sectors from biotech to computing turned to…

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What I’m Reading on 12/29/2014

WordPress WordPress › P3 (Plugin Performance Profiler) « WordPress Plugins “This plugin creates a profile of your WordPress site’s plugins’ performance by measuring their impact on your site’s load time.  Often times, WordPress sites load slowly because of poorly configured plugins or because there are so many of them. By using…

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What I’m Reading on 12/16/2014

The fall of GPL and the rise of permissive open-source licenses | ZDNet “Instead, “The three primary permissive license choices (Apache/BSD/MIT) … collectively are employed by 42 percent. They represent, in fact, three of the five most popular licenses in use today.” These permissive licenses has been gaining ground at…

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What I’m Reading on 12/10/2014

Introducing a New Generation of Mobile Apps for the Enterprise « A Smarter Planet Blog A Smarter Planet Blog “Today, we’re delivering on that promise by announcing the first 10 mobile apps that will come to market–the first of many that we have on the drawing boards. I’m impressed by…

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What I’m Reading on 12/09/2014

R, Swift soar in language search popularity in 2014 | InfoWorld “Stalwarts like Java, PHP, and C++ remain highly popular but are dropping in Tiobe’s year-end ratings” tags: bs swift r USDA Announces 2015 Agricultural Outlook Forum Speakers, Theme “Smart Agriculture in the 21st Century” | USDA Newsroom “The plenary…

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What I’m Reading on 12/05/2014

My Computer Language is Better than Yours — Backchannel — Medium “The new languages give programmers some helpful legs up, to be sure. Google’s Go is structured to simplify the work of making code run “concurrently,” smoothing the way for programmers to create and juggle portions of a program that…

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What I’m Reading on 11/13/2014

Ballmer says machine learning will be the next era of computer science | Computerworld “Ballmer, who stepped down from Microsoft‘s board of directors in August, spoke about the future of computer science as he announced a donation to Harvard University that will enable the school to expand its computer science…

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What I’m Reading on 11/11/2014

First take: Apple’s Swift speeds programming — GCN “For government – and Apple – the timing couldn’t be better, as federal agencies are shifting rapidly to a mobile-first mindset. This means that the mobile user experience is becoming the primary or default interface for all applications, government and commercial alike,…

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What I’m Reading on 11/06/2014

Interactive notebooks: Sharing the code : Nature News & Comment “Designed to make data analysis easier to share and reproduce, the IPython notebook is being used increasingly by scientists who want to keep detailed records of their work, devise teaching modules and collaborate with others. Some researchers are even publishing…

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What I’m Reading on 10/31/2014

Tencent teams up with IBM to offer business software over the cloud | Reuters “Tencent Holdings Ltd said on Friday it would collaborate with International Business Machines Corp (IBM) on a new cloud software business for corporate customers, a marked departure for one of the dominant forces in China’s consumer…

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W3C 20th Anniversary: Memories

Today the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) is celebrating its 20th anniversary as an organization. Luminaries and participants in the open standards effort will be gathering in Santa Clara, CA, this afternoon for a Future of the Web Symposium and then a Gala Dinner. I’m in New York, unfortunately, but I’ll…

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What I’m Reading on 10/22/2014

Apple launches mini-site promoting Swift programming language | MacNN “Continuing its effort to promote its own streamlined object-oriented programming code Swift, Apple has followed up from its Swift blog with a full-blown mini-site on Apple.com. The new site takes a similar approach to Apple’s dedicated mini-sites for education and business,…

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What I’m Reading on 10/21/2014

Install Python 2.7 to your account “HostMonster uses the preinstalled version of Python that ships with CentOS. Because of this it is often not the latest release. This article will explain how to install an updated version of python locally.” tags: bs python hostmonster PyDbLite — PyDbLite 3.0 documentation “PyDbLite…

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What I’m Reading on 09/16/2014

IBM’s New Watson Analytics Wants To Bring Big Data To The Masses | TechCrunch “Watson Analytics is a cloud application that does all of the the heavy lifting related to big data processing by retrieving the data, analyzing it, cleaning it, building sophisticated visualizations and offering an environment for communicating and…

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