1- eating out isn't healthy no matter how you cut it, particularly panini and BLT (two of the cards)
2 - spending an inordinate amount of money on marketing is unconscionable.
3 - this is a company that wants $200/mo for a critical maintenance drug that I use for asthma
Just how screwed up are this companies priorities? Instead of focusing on providing a valuable insurance product that is useful, easy to use and a good value, they think I will love them if I am eating out at their encouragement.
This sort of behavior (I am sure my company is not unique) should be criminalized.
I don't agree with quite everything but he's on the right track...
Google+ as We Knew It Is Dead, But Google Is Still a Social Network
"Google as a social network is very much alive. Pichai told Forbes that Google+ was always at least as much about identity as socializing—the goal was to connect and cohere who you are across all its different products.
In that sense, Google+ worked; from your horrifically racist YouTube comments to your Blogger blog to your Gmail, you’re the same person everywhere. That helps Google know more about you so that it can place more and better ads in front of you. And it makes your social experience more cohesive.
The difference with these changes is that your social, interactive experience isn’t relegated to a single screen with too much white space and not enough people.
It’s everywhere, on every platform, based around what we want to share, where, and with whom. And it makes automatic GIFs out of your photos. If that can’t be a successful social network, well, I don’t know what can..."
Read the article in full: WIRED http://wrd.cm/1N9VOGr
#Googleplus #Changes #Photos #Communications #Social
My health insurance company, BlueCross Blue Shield of Western New York wants $200/mo for a critical maintenance drug that sells in Canada without insurance for $62.
They are obviously using the extra profit to move into crazy expensive and bs marketing to me. (Not sure why they need to market to me as I can't switch plans for another year)
One of my "health benefits" is this coupon card pack offering 2 for 1 discounts on "healthy" food like panninis at restaurants 70 miles away.
What a resource sink of our insurance dollars
where is #singlepayer when you need it?
A paper by @pmika, @roiblanco, @rmeusel
Which discusses preliminary findings on the potential impact/benefit of using Prioritized (Focused) Crawling of Web Pages Based Upon Richness Of Structured Data on a web page.
In the spirit of looking at how Semantic Technologies might impact all stages of the search process, the one arena we have not yet seen impacted, is that of prioritizing what web pages are crawled based on the existence of structured markup on a webpage.
Amongst many other interesting & significant items of information revealed in this paper (and it needs a careful read through) , I found the following to be of particular interest:
The crawler was designed:
" to maximize the value of the data collected as opposed to maximizing the number of pages crawled"
One of the more significant conclusions/outcomes, reads as follows: "10% more relevant pages (were crawled) within the same budget than approaches making use of pre- trained static classifiers. "
“The selection policy of (existing) web crawlers typically use variations of the PageRank algorithm with the aim to collect the most popular pages within the Web, as they are also more likely to be searched for."
In the experiment, one of the criteria used was: "reward only pages that embed at least five statements using the markup standard Microdata " (a rough quality criteria)
And a primary component of the conclusion reads as follows:
“The current implementation, which is publicly available, is designed to replace the selection policy of existing crawlers. We have shown that the use of online classification, in comparison to static classifiers, can achieve better results in this domain being able to collect over 10% higher numbers of relevant pages for a given objective function. Furthermore, our results show that grouping pages based on their host and making use of features shared by this group empowers the selection strategy for pages and improves considerably the resulting percentage of relevant crawled pages"
Here we have yet another reason one can provide to add semantic markup to webpages, and provide pages with high value semantic markup. It could affect how your web pages get crawled. This may be research at this point, but with results this interesting, I am sure we will be seeing more along these lines.
#semanticsearch #focusedcrawler #webcrawler #highvaluewebpages #semanticweb #schemaorg #LinkedData #schemaorg #structuredmarkup
Woke up one morning two weeks ago when it was -5 F and the dew point was -12. Brutally cold and brutally dry.
Google is splitting Google+ apart, breaking the social network's photo element away from what it's now calling "Streams." Bradley Horowitz, a longtime Google VP of product, announced that he had become the new lead for both new products, Google Photos and Streams, in a post on Google+ today.
I'm not quite sure that's what announced but it certainly seems likely that a large shake-up is happening in the near future.
This will allow G+ to become a digital ID service will the Google stream is the social service.
Photos and hangouts are already mobile apps so that won't change much. And it will allow Hangouts to be refined promoted and perhaps even split further.
“Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?"
"That depends a good deal on where you want to get to."
"I don't much care where –"
"Then it doesn't matter which way you go.”
― Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland
"As long as it's back to Google"
- Larry Page
A new option to see hotel average rates by rating, or select view hotels to trigger a [city + state + hotels] Google Search query.
I'm very surprised I wasn't led to #GoogleHotelFinder; maybe a feature coming soon...do you see this in Google when you search for a city?
#travel #googletravel #googleknowledgegraph
According to http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg22530102.600-google-wants-to-rank-websites-based-on-facts-not-links.html#.VPLTqMutvqD, it's coming soon:
"Instead of counting incoming links, the system – which is not yet live – counts the number of incorrect facts within a page. "A source that has few false facts is considered to be trustworthy," says the team."
Here's the paper on which the article is based http://arxiv.org/abs/1502.03519v1
"We call the trustworthiness score we computed Knowledge-Based Trust (KBT). On synthetic data, we show that our method can reliably compute the true trustworthiness levels of the sources. We then apply it to a database of 2.8B facts extracted from the web, and thereby estimate the trustworthiness of 119M webpages. Manual evaluation of a subset of the results confirms the effectiveness of the method."
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