Making big data manageable

Making big data manageable

Software
One way to handle big data is to shrink it. If you can identify a small subset of your data set that preserves its salient mathematical relationships, you may be able to perform useful analyses on it that would be prohibitively time consuming on the full set. The methods for creating such “coresets” vary according to application, however. Last week, at the Annual Conference on Neural Information Processing Systems, researchers from MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory and the University of Haifa in Israel presented a new coreset-generation technique that’s tailored to a whole family of data analysis tools with applications in natural-language processing, computer vision, signal processing, recommendation systems, weather prediction, finance, and neuroscience, among many others. “These are all very general algorithms that are used in so…
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Forty years of the internet: how the world changed for ever

Forty years of the internet: how the world changed for ever

Business, Internet, The Web
Towards the end of the summer of 1969 – a few weeks after the moon landings, a few days after Woodstock, and a month before the first broadcast of Monty Python's Flying Circus – a large grey metal box was delivered to the office of Leonard Kleinrock, a professor at the University of California in Los Angeles. It was the same size and shape as a household refrigerator, and outwardly, at least, it had about as much charm. But Kleinrock was thrilled: a photograph from the time shows him standing beside it, in requisite late-60s brown tie and brown trousers, beaming like a proud father. Had he tried to explain his excitement to anyone but his closest colleagues, they probably wouldn't have understood. The few outsiders who knew of the box's…
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How Intel Makes a Chip

How Intel Makes a Chip

Business, Tips & Tricks
The development of a microprocessor is one of the riskiest, costliest, and most technically complex feats in business. Inside Intel's Chip Factory Before entering the cleanroom in D1D, as Intel calls its 17 million-cubic-foot microprocessor factory in Hillsboro, Oregon, it’s a good idea to carefully wash your hands and face. You should probably also empty your bladder. There are no bathrooms in the cleanroom. Makeup, perfume, and cosmetics are forbidden. Writing instruments are allowed, as long as they’re special sterile pens; paper, which sheds microscopic particles, is absolutely banned. If you want to write on something, you’ll have to use what is known in the industry as “high-performance documentation material,” a paperlike product that doesn’t release fibers. After you put on a hairnet, your next stop is the gowning station,…
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How to Stop Microsoft from Collecting Your Data – Disable Keylogger

Software, Tips & Tricks
Microsoft openly puts a keylogger in its Windows 10 operating system to give users a personalized experience. Windows 10’s FAQs mention, “When you interact with your Windows device by speaking, writing (handwriting), or typing, Microsoft collects speech, inking, and typing information—including information about your Calendar and People (also known as contacts).” As long debated by our readers, this is not something that other tech companies haven’t engaged in previously. This post, however, is not about the debate around this topic or about how wrong or right (seriously, folks?) Microsoft is with its data collection attempts through Windows 10. In this guide, we help you turn off Windows 10 keylogger. Here is how: Disable Windows 10 keylogger: 1. Go to Start Menu > click on the Settings menu. 2. Click on Privacy.  3. Now under the General section,…
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Cheat sheet! Microsoft releases printable Windows 10 key shortcut list

Software, Tips & Tricks
Jared Newman | @onejarednewman PCWorld How well do you know your Windows key shortcuts in Windows 10? If you need a cheat sheet, Microsoft has just published one that you can download and print.While Microsoft already offers online documentation on keyboard shortcuts, the format of the page can be difficult to sift through. Fortunately, Microsoft now offers an offline version in Word .DOCX format. (Hat tip to ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley for spotting it.)There are 42 shortcuts in total, mostly dealing with window management, the Start menu, the Task view, and Cortana. Keep in mind the list only includes Windows key shortcuts, not shortcuts involving Ctrl or Alt. But Microsoft didn’t do a great job formatting its new document. The gigantic header takes up half of the first page, splitting the…
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Windows 10 Privacy Settings Worth Checking

Windows 10 Privacy Settings Worth Checking

Software
This screen shot provided by Microsoft shows Cortana, Microsoft’s voice-activated digital assistant, left, in Windows 10. Microsoft’s new Windows 10 system offers more personalization than before, but it also collects more data than people might be used to on PCs, from contacts and appointments to their physical location and even Wi-Fi passwords. (Microsoft via AP) Microsoft's new Windows 10 system offers more personalization than before, but it also collects more data than people might be used to on PCs, from contacts and appointments to their physical location and even Wi-Fi passwords. The information is used by Cortana, Microsoft's voice-activated digital assistant, and other new features that try to be helpful by remembering a user's likes and habits. Apple and Google have developed similar services for smartphones in recent years. Microsoft's…
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Windows 10: The best hidden features, tips, and tricks

Windows 10: The best hidden features, tips, and tricks

Tips & Tricks
Now that Windows 10 is out and millions of people are already running it, let’s take a look at some of the best hidden features, tips, and tricks in the operating system. If you’re still on the fence, take note: You really do want Windows 10, despite a lot of the gripes we’ve shared over the past several months. It’s worth getting on the list for (or downloading the Windows 10 ISO directly). It combines the best of Windows 8 — super-fast startup, improved security — with much of what made Windows 7 familiar and easy to use, and without trying to force you to buy a touch screen or learn a whole set of hidden UI gestures. And if you’re a computer nut like me, tweaking the OS is…
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Why don’t you email me the link?

Tips & Tricks
Copying and Pasting Hyperlinks in Email: Maybe you found a great educational website that you’d like to share with a colleague or maybe you just want to show your cousin in Montana a great internet game that someone just showed you.  Here’s how to put that hyperlink into an email: 1)      All web pages have an address.  You can find the address in the “address bar” of Internet Explorer.  For example, here is the address for WWOZ which is a Jazz radio station in New Orleans: 2)      To get the address for this radio station into an email all I have to do is copy and paste it.  RIGHT click on the address you want to copy and select "copy" from the list that appears: 3)      Open up a new email, type your message…
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