TED Talk: How Algorithms Affect Shape Our World

60 Minutes said most stock trades are made by computers without human involvement designed by math wizards for pennies of profits per trade over billions of trades. Milliseconds become important to beating the competition (other computers) by being faster. Getting close to or in the stock exchange buildings has physical effects. Of course, a bad algorithm… Continue reading TED Talk: How Algorithms Affect Shape Our World

Special Characters Are Meaningful Too

Dear Google, When you treat special characters such as underscores, colons, and hyphens as a space, you corrupt my search for a single term into multiple terms, aka not what I sought, so I get too many useless results. Function names, class names, or file  names ought to be treated as a single word not… Continue reading Special Characters Are Meaningful Too

I Write Like Me

Check which famous writer you write like with this statistical analysis tool, which analyzes your word choice and writing style and compares them with those of the famous writers. Not trusting a single sample, I tested fifteen writing samples including stories and blog posts (excluding those with block quotes). The Cory Doctorow result was the… Continue reading I Write Like Me

Racist Camera?

This is actually kind of amusing. Dark skinned Desi and light skinned Wanda demonstrate the HP’s MediaSmart webcam tracking software can track her but not him. HP says: We are working with our partners to learn more. The technology we use is built on standard algorithms that measure the difference in intensity of contrast between… Continue reading Racist Camera?

JPG Lossable

Why you should never use ‘Save’ when working on a jpg image – SympleByte In typical ‘you never get something for nothing’ fashion, the greatest asset of a jpg image is also its greatest downfall. Most people know that a jpg image is a compressed image, which means that it has been compressed using an… Continue reading JPG Lossable

Machines Better Programmers than Humans

… Computers now create programs that solve complex problems better than programs designed by people…. Grasemann and Miikkulainen applied genetic algorithms to solve the fingerprint compression puzzle in work supported by the National Science Foundation’s Computer and Information Science and Engineering directorate. They provided their computer with the basic programming instructions needed to compress graphic… Continue reading Machines Better Programmers than Humans