Sunday, January 17, 2016

Data science

Earlier, I wrote about "big daddy" data. Up until now, I have not been looking closely, rather my approach has several motivations.

So, before proceeding, I need to catch up on the world, in this sense. It looks like a bubble just like the early days of artificial intelligence. A boot camp of a few days, even weeks, is enough to become what is called a "data scientist?"

Aside: In all of the blogs, you will find reference to entrapping enmesh-ments which seem to be growing daily. But, we'll get back to that.

Some pointers to material:
Aside: One of the big splits relates to the computer as the focus. That is, we live in a world where real people touch real things in order for the coddled set to languish about. Yet, it is the computer types who seem to drive things, many times relegating those who touch things to some lower-level class of being. The uppers ride a magic carpet born on the sweat of millions. ... Jumping ahead, so, then, the computer as the basis for a whole lot of mathematical finagling is reality? Much to discuss there. 

Aside: Numerics, and its bridging over trouble waters, does not alleviate the problems that are inherent with the artificial. No one seems to be interested. Why?  

Remarks: Modified: 01/18/2016

01/18/2016 -- Hotten'd the links. Also, will be introducing crass commercialism into the discussion. This ought not be the driver of our internet or of our knowledge repositories.

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Operational concerns

This blog will take an operational (many connotations) mode for awhile. I made some system changes the past couple of days. In doing so, one vendor changed my settings which I did not look at the time.

Shame on me. But, shame on these arses, too. Anyway, it got me to thinking about how all of these providers are stepping on our toes as they try to dance their way into our hearts. Look brothers and sisters, such behavior will no get no love from us, the beleaguered users.

Related to this are all of the pitfalls that keep arising. Great job on the internet DOD and all of the follow on developers. Way to go.

And so, truth engineering is crucial to safe computing and other things.

Remarks: Modified: 01/17/2016

01/17/2016 -- The "cloud" not only is muddy, it fosters storms. I noticed someone arguing that companies have their personal "cloud."

Monday, January 4, 2016

Summary, 2015

In 2015, there were 33 posts.

See Summary, 2014. The "All time" reads are the same as last year. Three of the "Last 30 days" reads are of this year's posts.

Top 5 posts 

Prior years:  201120122013.

See "4th December" in 2010 and "Last post for 2008" (for 7'oops7, this same post has been popular). 

Remarks: Modified: 01/04/2016

01/04/2016 --

Monday, December 28, 2015

Good Nazi

In the WSJ, book reviews, Sat, 12/26/2015, Adam Tooze reviews Martin Kitchen's Speer: Hitler's Architect (see "The Myth of the Good Nazi").

This image comes from that review.

Comment about Hitler's best and brightest,
namely, their processes and foci
To quote: they "lived and died by the standard of performance" and considered little "ethical examination of the methods" being used. Now, of course, Speer was tried and made an effort to show his activities in a good light.

Too, progress comes from focused effort. Yet, that bit of text struck me as being very applicable to STEM's shortcomings which I call everyone having their heads in STEM sand.

No, this is not a view from loosey-goosey space. Take all of the hype about AI taking over. Of course, it's the best-and-brightests who are pushing the state of the art. Some observers are saying, wit a minute, perhaps. Yet, that is only one of many technological moments which on a close look are very much deleterious to those involved, especially the workers. The buyers only their souls to worry about.

Question: Does STEM-ness obviate ethical issues? Why the STEM thrust as if we have no other ways to look at truth?

Remarks:  Modified: 12/28/2015

12/28/2015 --

Thursday, December 17, 2015

AI and commonality

Of late, there were a lot of bucks put into coordinating AI.

Let's hope that Asimov's little robot rules are remembered and extended out as they ought to be. Say what?

Yes, human intelligence trumps the artificial. Again, say what?

Well, the team will be incomplete without someone talking to them from a real position. I understand that they are SV heavy hitters. Are not those who have been entrapping us all?

So, we'll be weighing in more here. Still doing Quora (going on 5 months).

Remarks:  Modified: 12/17/2015

12/17/2015 --

Sunday, October 25, 2015

About Albert

In September of this year, the Scientific American had a special issue on Relativity which, then, featured Albert. As one article noted, Relativity is going strong after 100 years.

Some of the other articles were: How Einstein discovered General Relativity, What Einstein really though about Quantum Mechanics, and more. One in particular is related to the theme of this blog: Does Einstein's Theory of Gravity Hold Near Black Holes?

Note: All of article pointers are to previews, however the comments are visible. Also, there are some links to additional material.


Albert's work is one example of the support that mathematics gives to science (physics, et al) and our views of the universe. As such, it is a place where quasi-empirical issues can be brought forth and discussed. There will be more of a focus toward that.

For now, there is a tie-in with the earlier post on psychether. Waiting in the wings is a better appreciation of human talent and what it means in this type of work.When we see a breakthrough there, some of the current controversy will abate. But, then, a whole new bunch will ensue.

Remarks:  Modified: 10/25/2015

10/25/2015 --

Friday, October 23, 2015

Quora, again

As of today, I have been three months on Quora. So, it's time to stop and review. The analysis will compare the Quora experience to FB (the metaphor).

Quora stats, two months

Quora stats, three months
These two have different approaches. Facebook is for the visual crowd. Quora is supposedly more intellectual, being oriented toward question and answers. However, one can embed image and video. As well, Quora allows one to build blogs and to post to these.

As one would expect, some questions and many answers leave a lot to be desired. There is a be nice policy for answers. But, some questions seem to be confessional. Or, they are out-and-out trolls, even if anonymous. As the anon types are still known to Quora.

... in the works

Remarks:  Modified: 10/23/2015

10/23/2015 --