Profile cover photo
Profile photo
John Williams
126 followers
126 followers
About
John's posts

Post has attachment
Just posted a presentation on pixels, pts, and why they behave so strangely.

Post has shared content
This is a really good talk. Direct and constructive advice about how Big Data is going to find itself with great responsibility now that it has great power. 
From privacy to taxation: big data and government. Watch The Economist's Ken Cukier's Strata keynote #bigdata #datascience  

I'd really hoped Google Plus would take over from Facebook because I thought they were less likely to intrude on privacy. That assumption seems to have been wrong.

Post has attachment
This is what happens when you think Apple's appeal just about style: everything starts to look like an Apple knockoff.

Post has attachment
Something about this just doesn't ring true:
-----
"[UC Davis Police Chief Annette Spicuzza] said officers were forced to use pepper spray when students surrounded them. They used a sweeping motion on the group, per procedure, to avoid injury, she said.

"There was no way out of that circle," Spicuzza said. "They were cutting the officers off from their support. It's a very volatile situation."
-----
It's hard for me to believe that armed police wearing riot gear and helmets are scared of unarmed students who have not offered violence. And if they were it seems strange to me that they would not also think that using pepper spray on a small minority of the group would be an escalation, making the situation even more "volatile."

Post has attachment
Marco's review of the Kindle Fire is sad. I listened to a podcast with him shortly after the announcement and he was genuinely excited about what the KF might mean, and so was I. But I am glad I did not preorder...

Post has shared content

Post has attachment
Quote: "For all the talk I hear about excessive regulation, what I read a lot of are stores about insufficient regulation."

The really interesting thing is that neither side is anti-regulation when it comes to protecting their corporate interests. SOPA would add massive amounts of regulation: forcing software developers to change how they write software, ISPs to log massive quantities of data, and everyone involved in hosting websites to respond almost immediately to content takedown notices. It will be lots of new regulation in support of the commercial interests of a relative few, but most congress critters seem to be fine with that.

Post has attachment
Android 4's face-recognition security defeated by a picture of a face.

Long string of Google failures, Adobe abandons their primary programming platform, Steve Jobs is dead. I can't help shake the feeling we're in for a long period of technology suckiness.
Wait while more posts are being loaded