What I’m Reading on 08/11/2015

CVS Health, IBM plot Watson deployment | ZDNet “The companies on Thursday outlined a partnership where CVS Health will use Watson to allow practitioners to tap health information, medical records, pharmacy, claims and other data from fitness devices to track progress and goals.” tags: bs cvs ibm watson IBM buys…

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Daily Math and Data Science Reading for 05/11/2015

Watson Analytics Pro rolls out with added database, collaboration support | ZDNet “The professional edition comes with several upgrades IBM has been promising since it launched the commercialized analytics service last year, including increased collaboration capabilities, expanded database support and connectors to cloud storage providers.” tags: m watson analytics ibm…

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Daily Math and Data Science Reading for 05/08/2015

Why picking a college roommate is now like online dating – CNET “Some colleges are now using software programs and algorithms to pair up first-year students. Much like online dating, it’s all based on compatibility.” tags: m picking college online dating Perform text analytics with Bluemix analytics services “This tutorial…

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What I’m Reading on 05/07/2015

Battle over app analytics accelerates with Apple’s entry | PCWorld “With Apple offering its own tool for developers to see how their apps are selling, pressure is on specialist vendors to improve their offerings. On Wednesday, App Annie announced it had acquired mobile measurement company Mobidia to do just that.”…

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Daily Math and Data Science Reading for 05/04/2015

Solving The Hardest Sudoku In Python With DOcloud (IT Best Kept Secret Is Optimization) “The more I use Python, the more I like it. Here is yet another example of why. I looked for Sudoku solvers written in Python and found quite a few. I particularly like the one Peter…

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What I’m Reading on 04/28/2015

How to Configure Drupal with MongoDB Replica Set | Severalnines “Drupal’s modular setup allows for different datastores to be integrated as modules, this allows sites to store different types of Drupal data into MongoDB. You can choose to store Drupal’s cache, session, watchdog, block information, queue and field storage data…

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What I’m Reading on 04/05/2015

Karatsuba algorithm – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia “The Karatsuba algorithm was the first multiplication algorithm asymptotically faster than the quadratic “grade school” algorithm. The Toom–Cook algorithm is a faster generalization of Karatsuba’s method, and the Schönhage–Strassen algorithm is even faster, for sufficiently large n.” tags: bs karatsuba algorithm Multiplication US…

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What I’m Reading on 04/03/2015

Swift Standard Library: Documented and undocumented built-in functions in the Swift standard library – the complete list with all 74 functions | practicalswift.com “This article lists all built-in Swift functions – both documented and undocumented ones. The definition used for “built-in function” used in this article is a function available…

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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 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 12/10/2014

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 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 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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What I’m Reading on 07/24/2014

Apple’s alliance with IBM counters BYOD ‘nightmare’ for companies adopting iPhone “As many as 6 out of every 10 employees at one Wall Street firm have gone back to carrying a corporate BlackBerry alongside their personal iPhone thanks to “Bring Your Own Device” trouble, underscoring Apple‘s teething problems in the…

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What I’m Reading on 07/15/2014

Deploy a WordPress Application on IBM Bluemix – BlueMix Dev “WordPress is a free and open source blogging tool and a content management system (CMS) based on PHP and MySQL which runs on a web hosting service. Features include a plug-in architecture and a template system. WordPress is completely customizable…

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What I’m Reading on 07/13/2014

IBM News room – 2014-07-07 IBM Research Launches Project “Green Horizon” to Help China Deliver on Ambitious Energy and Environmental Goals – United States “Dubbed “Green Horizon”, the project sets out to leap beyond current global practices in three areas critical to China’s sustainable growth: air quality management, renewable energy…

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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 to constantly interrupt myself with “but, but, but” for policy…

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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 to constantly interrupt myself with “but, but, but” for policy…

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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 to constantly interrupt myself with “but, but, but” for policy…

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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 to constantly interrupt myself with “but, but, but” for policy…

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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 individual patient’s genome, and compare it to large volumes of…

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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 privately held database-as-a-service (DBaaS) provider that enables developers to easily…

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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 9.10 saying As a complement to my Life with Linux…

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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 aren’t any different from those that drove Edison and Westinghouse:…

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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, and even fall in love. But what appears to be…

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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. An Israeli startup called Infinity Augmented Reality, though, wants to…

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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 as a catalyst within the CentOS community will enable it…

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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 only in its understanding of food chemistry, but its ability…

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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 vacation? Somewhat chronologically, here are many of the languages I’ve…

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What I’m Reading on 12/10/2013

Goodbye athlete’s foot: IBM researchers craft nanomedicine to kill fungi where other meds fail | VentureBeat | Health | by Dean Takahashi “IBM researchers and a team in Singapore have taken common plastic and engineered it into a nanomedicine that is 1,000 times smaller than a grain of sand and…

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What I’m Reading on 12/07/2013

Restaurant on Google Glasser: Man-child stinking up the joint | Technically Incorrect – CNET News “A Seattle restaurant, the latest to ban Google Glass, tells those who insist on wearing the high-tech specs to “just shut up and get out.”” tags: restaurant google IBM will be bringing KVM Linux virtualization…

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What I’m Reading on 12/05/2013

Mashery Gets Into The Hackathon Business – ReadWrite “Mashery, which Intel acquired back in April, specializes in managing application programming interfaces, or APIs—bits of code that allow apps to communicate with cloud services and one another. Hacker League founder Mike Swift (aka Swift) announced the transaction in a round of…

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What I’m Reading on 11/15/2013

Amazon WorkSpaces delivers Windows desktops on demand | Virtual desktop – InfoWorld “WorkSpaces provides cloud-hosted Windows 7 desktops in four virtual machine configurations, but current VDI solutions may still have an edge in terms of flexibility” tags: windows amazon desktops IBM News room – 2013-11-14 IBM Watson’s Next Venture: Fueling…

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What I’m Reading on 10/24/2013

Japan Test-Fires ‘Space Cannon’ to Shoot Asteroid | Space.com “A “space cannon” scheduled to fire a metal bullet at an asteroid in 2018 has been successfully tested, according to press reports. A spokesman with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency’s (JAXA) told AFP that the Hayabusa2 project, set to carry the…

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My scale of cognitive computing

Last week I hosted a strategy session for my group at IBM Research and I used the following as a scale of how cognitive certain types of computing are: Bob’s Scale of Cognitive Computing Sentient “we can do without the humans” systems Learning, reasoning, inferencing systems Cognitive-enough systems Most analytics…

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What I’m Reading on 10/04/2013

UNIX tips: Learn 10 good UNIX usage habits “When you use a system often, you tend to fall into set usage patterns. Sometimes, you do not start the habit of doing things in the best possible way. Sometimes, you even pick up bad practices that lead to clutter and clumsiness.…

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What I’m Reading on 08/08/2013

IBM Develops Programming Language Inspired By The Human Brain – Forbes “Two years ago this month, IBM announced that it had developed a cognitive computer chip, inspired by human neural architecture. That chip was developed as part of the SyNAPSE project, which has a long term goal of building a…

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