Friday, June 2, 2017

What is In-Stream Processing?

In-Stream Processing is a powerful technology that can scan huge volumes of data coming from sensors, credit card swipes, clickstreams and other inputs, and find actionable insights nearly instantaneously. For example, In-Stream Processing can detect a single fraudulent transaction in a stream containing millions of legitimate purchases, act as a recommendation engine to determine what ad or promotion to display for a particular customer while he or she is actually shopping or compute the optimal price for a car service ride in only a few seconds. Read the rest of the article here.

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Friday, April 28, 2017

Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law Issues Statement on President Trump’s First 100 Days in Office


WASHINGTON, D.C. — Kristen Clarke, president and executive director of the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, issued the following statement on the “first 100 days” of the administration of President Donald Trump:
“In the first 100 days of this administration, we have seen a series of unlawful and misguided executive orders, the imposition of a discriminatory Muslim Ban, a massive rollback on federal civil rights enforcement and a resulting wave of litigation across the country challenging this administration’s unlawful actions. This administration must reverse course before causing further damage to American democracy.  The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law will continue to mount litigation, as it has already done, challenging discriminatory actions taken by this administration.  We will use the courts as the forum to check this administration’s efforts to turn the clock back on fragile civil rights gains that have been made.”

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Bidding a sad farewell to Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus

From ring to ring, you have entertained. From generation to generation, you have brought families together. You have invited us in to witness and be a part of the Greatest Show on Earth.
But, you have also become one of America's great tragedies. After nearly a century and a half in business, doing what you do best, you will vacate your place in the entertainment space.
There will be other circuses. But there will never be another Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus.
(And please note that where I live, in Manatee County, FL, the circus closure means significant layoffs, because this is where it's headquartered.)

Friday, March 10, 2017

Donald Trump is wiretapping my home

I live in a (mostly) over 55 trailer park in Florida. For some reason, Donald Trump has recently been bugging
my little hou
se trailer.   

You may scoff, but I have the same amount of proof Trump has that Obama has bugged Trump Tower. What do you think I should do?


Thursday, September 15, 2016

Carla Shroder: On Farming and Linux: Video Interview

Carla Schroder sometimes describes herself as an “Ace Linux guru,” which is as good a way to tell you who she is as any — at least in the Linux context. She’s written so much, in so many places, that it’s easier to give you a single Google link to her work than to list a whole stack of articles, plus three O’Reilly books. The single article I’ll point you to on its own is one Schroder wrote for Opensource.com in July, 2016, titled I’ve Been Linuxing Since Before You Were Born. 


Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Trump’s history of corruption is mind-boggling. So why is Clinton supposedly the corrupt one?

In the heat of a presidential campaign, you’d think that a story about one party’s nominee giving a large contribution to a state attorney general who promptly shut down an inquiry into that nominee’s scam “university” would be enormous news. But we continue to hear almost nothing about what happened between Donald Trump and Florida attorney general Pam Bondi. READ THE REST

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Overpopulation!


We have too many people. I know, cutting population will wreak havoc on the "always must grow" capitalist mantra, but so it goes. Make no mistake about it... human population *will* be cut, either through our own actions or because of a disaster of some sort. What kind of disaster? I have no idea, but this is a harsh universe, and one is sure to come along sooner or later. If you don't believe me, ask any dinosaur.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

How FOSS Influences All Aspects of Our Culture

“Paul Jones,” according to the University of North Carolina, “is the director of ibiblio, a contributor-run, digital library of public domain and creative commons media in the Office of Information Technology Service at UNC. He is also a clinical professor in the UNC School of Information and Library Science.” He’s also been known to write erotic poetry, but we didn’t discuss that in this interview — which isn’t so much an “interview” in the traditional sense as it is a 24 minute soliloquy by professor “call me Paul” Jones on the nature of free/libre and open source software (FLOSS; his preferred term) and its relationship with other forms of human intellectual endeavor ranging from academic research to folk music. (Read the Rest; Watch the Video.)

Sunday, March 6, 2016

MY HOMEMADE TRIKE HEADREST and HOW IT GREW

My trike headrest has been drawing a lot of notice, curiosity, and even admiration. This is its story...



My trike headrest didn't start life as a headrest, but as a solution to the chronic recumbent bike & trike, "How do I mount taillights?" problem. I have a mesh seat so I needed clamps that didn't go all the way around the frame tubes, and I found them. Yay!