Big data – interpreting unstructured information

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One of the main points emphasized when describing big
data is that it processes large volumes of unstructured data. Some experts on this subject disagree with this. Log
files and click streams are not actually unstructured, according to them. They
lack clarity and have variable structures at times, they opine. It is a
different matter, however, that even if this data was structured and…

Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM) for dummies

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Although there is a lot of buzz
around cloud computing, it will not solve the problems of all the IT companies.
One size fits all is not yet valid in
the information technology world, which is disparate and needs several
solutions to address its various problems. The traditional data centers that
operate in-house will continue to be relevant to certain types of
organizations. It is also a fact…

An 8-minute video explaining everything good and bad about Gremlins

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Does It Hold Up is a chance to re-experience childhood favorites of books, movies, TV shows, video games, and other cultural phenomenon decades later. Have they gotten better like a fine wine, or are we drinking cork?

Every kid has a favorite stuffed animal or security blanket. For my childhood neighbor and best friend Alex, it was a stuffed replica of Gizmo, the fuzzy-faced critter from the children’s horror film Gremlins. Released a year before either of us were born, a Christmas didn’t go by without a screening of the film at Alex’s home. I remember the popcorn, the Cherry Coke, and the crustless sandwiches, prepared by his mom; but the movie, the story of a young man and his dangerous pet, is hidden beneath a nostalgic haze.

This…

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Google finishes building ‘first complete prototype’ of its own self-driving car

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Google has finished building the first complete prototype of its self-driving car. This latest prototype is said to have all of the parts that a self-driving car needs in order to hit the road, whereas the prototype that Google originally unveiled back in May was just an “early mockup” that even lacked headlights. The car’s design hasn’t changed dramatically since then, maintaining its unique smiley-face style front. The biggest difference is that the LIDAR system on top, which the vehicle uses to see the world, is now much tinier — it’s shrunk from a strange-looking mount to a sleek, black cap.

Since May, Google says that it’s been working with a number of different prototype cars, each meant to test a specific part of the vehicle, be…

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New concept art shows Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange

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We know that Benedict Cumberbatch will play Doctor Strange in 2016, but it’ll likely be some time before we see him in classic Strange attire. That doesn’t mean Marvel and co. can’t whet our appetites in the meantime. Director Scott Derrickson took to Twitter early this morning to give fans an early Christmas present in the form of what appears to be concept art for the film.

Here we see Cumberbatch as Strange himself, superimposed over what’s either a far off galaxy or the astral plane. The line Derrickson references is from the Talking Heads’ “Burning Down the House.” It turns out the reference…

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Here’s What Google’s First Custom-Built Self-Driving Car Looks Like Now

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v2 Google has been working on self-driving cars for a few years now — but up until recently, they were mostly modifying the heck out of existing cars, not building a vehicle from the ground up.
Back in May, they released a mockup of what they expected their first built-in-house vehicle to look like. Today, they’ve released a photo of the real deal. Read More

Meet the US Senate’s most important anti-environmentalist

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In 2003, Senator James Inhofe (R-OK) and then-chair of the Senate’s Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, took to the Senate floor and asked, “With all of the hysteria, all of the fear, all of the phony science, could it be that man-made global warming is the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the American people?” More than 10 years of science has been completed since Inhofe first posed his question. Nearly all of it shows climate change is definitely not a hoax. That hasn’t stopped Sen. Inhofe and other conservative politicians from waging a crusade against climate policy and science.

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The best e-reader you can buy

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Here’s how I read on a tablet: I open the Kindle app. I read for somewhere between four and nine seconds. A notification pops up: I have a new email or someone tweeted a funny link at me. I tap on that notification, and check out whatever’s come in. I check Twitter, and then maybe I’ll just play a quick game of FIFA before I get to my subway stop. Wait, was I doing something?

Here’s how I read on an e-reader: I open it up, and I read. And I keep reading.

Sure, it’s a device with exactly zero unique functionality, but an e-reader is perhaps a technologically inclined consumer’s last plausible defense against the onslaught of notifications and distractions that every other device has become. It’s the best way we have to get lost in…

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What The FAA Wants You To Know Before You Fly Your Drone

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2014-12-22_0840 I’m pretty sure there will be more drones sold this Christmas season than ever before. Having more drones in the air, though, also means there is a higher chance for things to go wrong. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), in partnership with the  Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International, Academy of Model Aeronautics and the Small UAV Coalition, launched a new… Read More

Apple Launches A New Tumblr Site Promoting iTunes

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Screen Shot 2014-12-22 at 12.42.13 PM Apple has expanded its social media marketing efforts to include Tumblr once again, with the launch of a new iTunes Tumblr site which is currently promoting the “best of 2014″ in music, movies, TV and books. The blog features “best of” videos for each category, combined with shareable GIFs, images, quotes and other content ideal for reblogging. We’re hearing,… Read More

North Korea’s internet is having serious problems

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North Korea is having serious connectivity issues this morning, North Korea Tech reports. The country has extremely limited web infrastructure to begin with, but reports from Dyn indicate the country’s infrastructure has suffered a series of major outages over the past 24 hours. As a result, anyone at a North Korean IP would have found it nearly impossible to connect to the web. “I haven’t seen such a steady beat of routing instability and outages in KP before,” said Doug Madory, director of Internet analysis at Dyn Research, told North Korea Tech. “Usually there are isolated blips, not continuous connectivity problems. I wouldn’t be surprised if they are absorbing some sort of attack presently.” The premise is particularly relevant…

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