(This post was written by Sandeep Sankarankutty)
Ever since we were young, we were told never talk to strangers. As children, this makes sense, it’s for your safety. But as adults why do we still follow this practice? It seems as if there is a lingering fear carried on from childhood, if you talk [...]
To get to my office, I have a round trip two-hour commute on the NYC subway each day (come see me on the F train). That means I’m free from the net during that time. It’s like taking a hike in the connection wilderness. And I love it.
Could one of New York City’s advantages [...]
When an education customer asked us for a solution to voice connect schools in the US with schools abroad where there was poor infrastructure we knew we had to test quality. The international schools included those in Kosovo, Qatar and Nigeria so we set out to make some test calls via our system using different [...]
In a speech at CalTech, Richard Feynman (Nobel Laureate in Physics and all-round wildman) talked about “Cargo Cult Science.” He was comparing pseudo-science in some industries to “cargo cults” that emerged in the South Pacific after WWII where isolated islanders would reenact the motions of flight controllers, hoping that would get cargo-laden planes to land [...]
If you read mailing lists, message boards, or anything online that involves many people commenting and reading each others comments, you might know Godwin’s Law.
I propose a new law, specifically for email lists. As the number of emails in one thread grows, the probability of someone requesting that others should not fill [...]
At an early age of 23 I declared myself done with all-nighters. Let me explain. I never pulled all-nighters in college but at age 22 I ended up in a high-pressure job that required them about five times a month. Economically, it made sense for me since I was getting paid overtime and the all-nighters [...]
I was fortunate enough to hear a presentation of data on hashtags and trending topics at the 140 Meetup yesterday. (Not so long ago that sentence would have made no sense.) But anyway, Liz Pullen @nwjerseyliz, a sociologist, presented data of three months of top ten trending topics on Twitter. Trending topics are updated every [...]
A few years back I heard an expert in analytics explain why automating the search for terrorists via looking at tons of data by scanning emails, video or other electronic means just doesn’t work that well. Even at an incredibly high rate of accuracy, the number of false positives mean that investigators spend inordinate amounts [...]