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wpshout.com

by Alex Denning

December 24, 2012

Last week I friend of mine who's a mathematician was helping me out with a formula I was trying to create which could predict how successful a post from a brand page on Facebook was going to be.

We worked for a couple of hours on what I had already and he changed it around a little and added some distributions I didn't really understand, but by the time we were done we had a formula which we thought would do the trick. We ran a couple of randomly selected posts through the formula and... yep, as we'd hoped, it was working pretty much perfectly and scoring the posts on a scale of 0 - 100, with 0 being the least successful post possible and 100 being wildly successful.

The American Spectator

by Peter Hannaford

October 18, 2012

Since we know it's not, what can be done about it?

Call it the Law of Robot Customer Service. As ever more companies adopt endlessly complicated automated telephone systems, ever more customers become ever more frazzled. You know the symptoms (translations in parentheses): "Your call is important to us, so please wait for the next available associate" (after three minutes the line goes dead, followed by a new robot voice saying, "If you want to make a call, hang up and dial again); or,

reason.com

by Ronald Bailey

December 17, 2012

How the surveillance state co-opted personal technology

Big Brother has been outsourced. The police can find out where you are, where you've been, even where you're going. All thanks to that handy little human tracking device in your pocket: your cellphone. There are 331 million cellphone subscriptions-about 20 million more than there are residents-in the United States. Nearly 90 percent of adult Americans carry at least one phone. The phones communicate via a nationwide network of nearly 300,000 cell towers and 600,000 micro sites, which perform the same function as towers. When they are turned on, they ping these nodes once every seven seconds or so, registering their locations, usually within a radius of 150 feet. By 2018 new Federal Communications Commission regulations will require that cellphone location information be even more precise: within 50 feet. Newer cellphones also are equipped with GPS technology, which uses satellites to locate the user more precisely than tower signals can. Cellphone companies retain location data for at least a year. AT&T has information going all the way back to 2008.

Hot Air

by Jazz Shaw

March 9, 2013

At the moment you read this, you may want to consider running outside if you're on the east coast of the US. For the folks further west, you have a few hours left to plan.

Assuming that the clouds aren't covering the sky, there is a bit of hopefully spectacular science coming up on the western horizon. While the Southern Hemisphere has had some great views of Comet Pan-STARRS for several weeks, it's now everyone else's turn to have a shot. Starting tonight and lasting through March 20th, Pan-STARRS will start to make it's way up the western horizon - with tomorrow evening (March 10th) marking its brightest point.

money.cnn.com

by Erica Fink and Laurie Segall

June 28, 2013

Your child's school knows just about everything about your kid. Now, many school districts are storing all that information in the cloud. InBloom, a cloud-based database system for schools, is storing students' data on their servers.

Non-profit inBloom offers an Internet database service that allows schools to store, track and analyze data on schoolchildren. If you think about it, that information is more than just test scores. It's whether kids receive free lunch -- a telling indicator of the family's finances. It's the time a student got into a fight in the schoolyard. And it could be a child's prescription medication. The upshot of storing all that data in one location is that it can be used to tailor specific curricula to each child. If Johnny's data suggests that he's a tactile learner and he's failing math, inBloom's analytic engine might suggest a particular teaching approach.

Michelle Malkin

by Doug Powers

August 15, 2012

Yesterday Joe forgot which state he was in. Not to be outdone, today in Virginia he forgot what century he's in.

bloomberg.com

by Shannon Pettypiece and Jordan Robertson

July 5, 2014

You may soon get a call from your doctor if you've let your gym membership lapse, made a habit of picking up candy bars at the check-out counter or begin shopping at plus-sized stores.

That's because some hospitals are starting to use detailed consumer data to create profiles on current and potential patients to identify those most likely to get sick, so the hospitals can intervene before they do.

bastiatinstitute.org

June 4, 2012

The Los Angeles Times notes that Boeing Co. recently tested a new kind of hydrogen-propelled drone capable of staying in flight for four days. Currently most drones can stay aloft for about 30 hours, which is obviously already superior to manned aircraft.

There's obviously nothing inherently scary about this sort of thing - technology, freedom, etc. It would be nice if this just meant a cool new piece of technology that humans are having fun with. But considering the still-shaky status of drones and safety and not crashing, not to mention the domestic repercussions for technology that can let this baby hang out in the air for four days...It's a bit unnerving. Until we all have our drones and nobody has any privacy, of course.

theatlantic.com

September 9, 2013

A kind of politics we have not seen for more than 150 years

Two big examples of problematic self-government are upon us. They are of course the possible partial shutdown of the federal government, following the long-running hamstringing of public functions via "the sequester"; and a possible vote not to raise the federal debt ceiling, which would create the prospect of a default on U.S. Treasury debt. The details are complicated, but please don't lose sight of these three essential points: Now a few details:

Google Webmaster Central Blog

April 19, 2011

Security checks are nobody's cup of tea. We've never seen people go through airport baggage checks for fun. But while security measures are often necessary, that doesn't mean they have to be painful.

In that spirit, we've implemented several major improvements to make the Google Site Verification process faster, more straightforward, and perhaps even a pleasure to use-so you can get on with the tasks that matter to you.

      
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