Do Algorithms Discriminate?

http://cio.ittoolbox.com/groups/general/tech-news/do-algorithms-discriminate-5766423 Personally I think this is unfair. It fails to differentiate between what I might term loaded or even pre-loaded algorithms and pure algorithms Consider, if you will a Fibonacci sequence generator. Such a sequence is defined by the formula F(n) = F(n−1) + F(n−2) Normally the seed values are… Continue reading

Why switch to Windows 10 or a Mac when you can use Linux instead?

http://www.zdnet.com/article/why-switch-to-windows-10-or-a-mac-when-you-can-use-linux-mint-17-3-instead/ This guy is obsessive about Mint! There’s a plethora of minor things in that article which show up his limited experience with Linux. Many of the complaints about Windows and the MAC are about what, to put it in a short form, involve “dumping’ users. Every Windows upgrade has… Continue reading

Death to Bullet Points – maybe

I think this is an oversimplification or over-generalization: http://it.toolbox.com/blogs/original-thinking/death-to-bullet-points-67774 Well written prose is more engaging.  It all depends on context. Are you blogging or giving a presentation? One of my complaints about many of my teachers at school was that they taught in an unstructured manner. History was the worst…. Continue reading

Walmart: An economic cancer on our cities

http://www.salon.com/chromeo/article/walmart_an_economic_cancer_on_our_cities/ Not a new idea. Back in the last century I took a vacation to lake Placid and they had successfully passed a city ordinance banning Wal-mart and a few other ‘big box’ stores. Much has bee written on how the likes of Chapters/Indigo has destroyed the small bookstore. Reality… Continue reading

New evidence may shed light on mythical sea monter

http://ca.news.yahoo.com/blogs/geekquinox/kraken-rises-does-evidence-presented-ancient-sea-monster-180217269.html Let’s leave aside one of Clarke’s laws – the one about reputable scientists saying what is and isn’t so (heck, I’m an engineer and engineers take a dim view of the limitations imposed by physical laws) but lets just focus on how some scientific theories were pooh-poohed for a… Continue reading

Augmented Reality Contact Lenses

  http://www.businessinsider.com/augmented-reality-contact-lenses-2012-7 Add this to the iPhone app that you can point to the night sky and it overlays the names of the planets and constelations … http://www.businessinsider.com/the-top-20-disruptive-apps-2012-8#13-night-sky-8 or perhaps http://www.businessinsider.com/the-top-20-disruptive-apps-2012-8#16-robin-for-android-5   Related articles The contact lenses that could be the future of augmented reality (business.financialpost.com) Get Virtual Breast Implants… Continue reading

Print publishers have no idea who is buying their books

How I got a big advance from a big publisher and self-published anyway Related articles How to Market Your Book (bookshopblog.com) Self-publishing a book: 25 things you need to know (reviews.cnet.com) E-Books vs. The Written Word (christinecassimus.wordpress.com) Meeting Printing/Publishing Companies at Book Fairs (doriafreelancewriter.wordpress.com)

Could you live without your iPhone, Facebook or coffee?

http://www.zdnet.com/blog/igeneration/could-you-live-without-your-iphone-facebook-or-coffee/16415   Nearly 15 percent reported they would rather go without sex, and 40 percent would abstain from coffee instead of disconnecting.  18 percent wouldn’t mind forgoing their daily shower. That’s dedication to electronics. Related articles Apple to ditch iPhone YouTube app (seattlepi.com) iPhone more powerful than Curiosity Mars rover,… Continue reading