Posts tagged computing

Watson gets a new job.
After taking on a few small jobs after a successful Jeopary! win, the IBM supercomputer is back at work again, this time advising US soldiers on life choices after service.
The computer analysed thousands of documents related to the topic, and can answer plain, spoken-language questions, according to the USAA, which provides insurance, investment, retirement and other financial services to members of the US armed forces

"Putting Watson into the hands of consumers is a critical milestone toward improving how we work and live," IBM Watson Group senior vice president Mike Rhodin said in a release Tuesday.
"We believe this new service can help men and women who served their country gain timely and relevant insights into the steps they need to successfully move to civilian life."

Watson gets a new job.

After taking on a few small jobs after a successful Jeopary! win, the IBM supercomputer is back at work again, this time advising US soldiers on life choices after service.

The computer analysed thousands of documents related to the topic, and can answer plain, spoken-language questions, according to the USAA, which provides insurance, investment, retirement and other financial services to members of the US armed forces

"Putting Watson into the hands of consumers is a critical milestone toward improving how we work and live," IBM Watson Group senior vice president Mike Rhodin said in a release Tuesday.

"We believe this new service can help men and women who served their country gain timely and relevant insights into the steps they need to successfully move to civilian life."

Free games, in a time long before Steam sales…

Free games, in a time long before Steam sales…

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Microsoft demos real-time translation with Skype.

Image: The insecure internet.
A security researcher scanned the internet for unprotected embedded devices, and here’s the graphical result: 420,000 clients which were able to be accessed and analysed. The animated graphic above shows day/night variations in the number of available connections.
This scan was done in 2012 using IPv4 addresses. According to the researcher, “with a growing number of IPv6 hosts on the Internet, 2012 may have been the last time a census like this was possible”.

Image: The insecure internet.

A security researcher scanned the internet for unprotected embedded devices, and here’s the graphical result: 420,000 clients which were able to be accessed and analysed. The animated graphic above shows day/night variations in the number of available connections.

This scan was done in 2012 using IPv4 addresses. According to the researcher, “with a growing number of IPv6 hosts on the Internet, 2012 may have been the last time a census like this was possible”.

See-through electronics developed.

imageThis postage stamp sized piece of glass is actually a thin-film transistor, capable of speeds matching some traditional silicon transistors. Its developers hope it will be able to be used to

Sightsmap is a neat use of Google Maps data.
Sightsmap.com shows the places people like, based on the number of panoramio photos at each place in the world. The dark areas have few photos, the red areas have more and the yellow areas have a large number of photos geotagged.
The hottest places have markers linking photos, streetview, wikipedia, wikivoyage, foursquare and google plus articles about the site. The place names are selected by the wikipedia readership numbers and foursquare checkins. Area populations are based on the geonames database.

Sightsmap is a neat use of Google Maps data.

Sightsmap.com shows the places people like, based on the number of panoramio photos at each place in the world. The dark areas have few photos, the red areas have more and the yellow areas have a large number of photos geotagged.

The hottest places have markers linking photos, streetview, wikipedia, wikivoyage, foursquare and google plus articles about the site. The place names are selected by the wikipedia readership numbers and foursquare checkins. Area populations are based on the geonames database.

61% of web traffic is non-human.
A study by Incapsula reports that bots account for 61.5 of all web traffic - up from 51% last year.
50.5% of the non-human traffic was from “good” sources, such as search engines.
The study sourced data from 20,000 sites worldwide, observing 1.45 billion visits.

61% of web traffic is non-human.

study by Incapsula reports that bots account for 61.5 of all web traffic - up from 51% last year.

50.5% of the non-human traffic was from “good” sources, such as search engines.

The study sourced data from 20,000 sites worldwide, observing 1.45 billion visits.