Here’s a Facebook post on how using AI has improved their language translation system by 11%.
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I use my favorite images as screensavers, and this “hoodie” image of Luke Skywalker from Star Wars Movie #7 is a recent favorite. I found an image online, then worked with it in Gimp to get a decent effect. This Luke Skywalker sketch shows another approach you can take with Gimp.
I needed to use Gnuplot a little bit over the last few days, mostly to create 2D line charts, and these are my brief notes on how to get started with Gnuplot. If you haven’t used it before, it’s a pretty amazing tool.
Jumping right in ...Back to top
Use MacPorts or Homebrew to install Gnuplot on Mac OS X systems:
port install gnuplot brew install gnuplotBack to top
Sample data files
My examples use the following 2-column and 4-column data files:Back to top
The Electronic Frontier Foundation has a report titled, Measuring the Progress of AI Research.
If you were ever interested in learning about research at Google, here’s their Research at Google website.
My new favorite website (ITHare.com) has this terrific infographic that demonstrates that all CPU operations are not equal.
Here are some details behind why O’Reilly no longer sells books and videos on oreilly.com.
If you’re interested in business, an important part of this is seeing that O’Reilly defines itself as a distributor of knowledge. When you think in terms like that, it’s probably easier to say, “We’re not just a seller of books.” If they defined themselves only as a book-seller, they might be out of business by now.
I thought it was great that you can donate any dollar amount you want to The Guardian to support professional journalism. I wrote the New York Times and Washington Post and said I don’t read their content enough to justify a subscription, and asked if I could either donate to them or use some form of micropayments, but they both wrote back to say they only offer (more expensive) subscriptions.
Update: Someone wrote on Twitter to note that these are for-profit organizations and therefore they can’t take donations. That’s not true, but even if they didn’t want to accept donations, they could offer micropayments or lower-cost subscriptions for a limited number of page views.
I’m sitting here writing a book on how to write better software using functional programming techniques, then I go to the Boulder Community Hospital website to pay my bill (powered by chase.com), and they don’t tell you how much you owe, you’re just supposed to type in how much you think you owe. It’s like calling Kramer on Seinfeld to get a list of movies: “Why don’t you just tell me where you want to see the movie?” *crazy*