Big Data is used to describe data sets so large and complex that they become awkward to use. The difficulties include capture, storage, search, sharing, analysis, and visualization. An often quoted fact about Big Data is a variation of – Every day, we create 2.5 quintillion bytes of data — so much that 90% of the… Continue reading Can I Super Size Your Data?
Watching TV through an antennae has always been “free”. In return for watching advertisements you could watch the programs. A company called Aereo has extended that concept. It established hundreds of TV antennas that pick up free broadcast TV and post live feeds to the Internet. The idea is that consumers with antennas do not normally… Continue reading Taxes, TVs and the Law of the Land
In this age of transition, who is best to take the lead; an optimist or a pessimist? As G.K. Chesterton said: … optimists are more practical reformers than pessimists. Superficially, one would imagine that the railer would be the reformer; that the man who thought that everything was wrong would be the man to put… Continue reading The Paradox of Improvement
NASA has recently announced they have found evidence of dark matter by, um, not finding it. After studying over year’s worth of data, positrons — the antimatter partner particles of electrons — that suggest they were created when particles of dark matter collided and annihilated each other. In this time of vast data accumulation, much… Continue reading Finding Something by Looking at Nothing
There are two main ways we access memory: Recognition Recall Recognition requires a simple familiarity decision. Recognition is the association of an event or physical object with one previously experienced. It involves a process of comparison of information with memory. Recall of an item from memory requires a two-stage process; the search and retrieval of… Continue reading Recall by Proxy
When you think about it, nuclear technology is quite old. At one time, magnets were the height of science. Now they hold up art work on your fridge. Many people reading this will remember when lasers were the stuff of science fiction. Today you probably came into contact with six devices that use lasers. Despite… Continue reading Nuclear Rednecks
Cyprus is my island When the going’s rough I would love to find you Somewhere in a place like that David Bowie, ‘Move On’ I wonder how many retirees in Cyprus imagined they would be facing the possibility that their life savings would be either, arbitrarily taken by the government, or vanish in a run… Continue reading A Rainy Day in Cyprus?
There are many well known, treasured beliefs that direct how we make decisions, apply time, money and materiel in order to solve problems. Is all of this effort well spent? It is not uncommon to hear various laments about “the good ol’ days” shortly after some unspeakable act of violence is splashed across the media.… Continue reading We All Know That ……..
One of the primary purposes of Business Intelligence is to learn something about an organization. Like all learning, it never ends. An answer leads to new questions. In essence, Business Intelligence is like perpetual motion – it never ends. It is this spiraling causality that makes Business Intelligence activities different. Projects have a defined goal and an… Continue reading The Perpetual Motion of Business Intelligence
My response to the question “What kind of people do you hire?” Also refer to the Agnostic Pirates.