Anglo-French combo announce fastest broadband passes muster

Alcatel-Lucent and BT have announced trial speeds of up to 1.4Tb/s with a record spectral efficiency of 5.7 bits per second per Hertz (b/s/Hz)on an existing core fiber connection. 

Difficult Task: Placing an Economic Value on GPS

“With other industries fighting for the finite raw material of spectrum, the GPS industry must continue to generate and update its economic valuation work or risk being marginalized in policy debates.” Bartlett Cleland Share via: Slashdot Technorati Difficult Task: Placing an Economic Value on GPS (Inside GNSS)Twitter Facebook The nation’s leading GPS experts are struggling to quantify how the world’s premier navigation and timing system affects the U.S.

Data Mining Exposes Embarrassing Problems For Massive Open Online Courses

Not only does student participation decline dramatically throughout the new generation of web-based courses but the involvement of teachers in online discussions makes it worse.

Stanford researchers to open source model they say has nailed sentiment analysis

Stanford Ph.D. student Richard Socher appreciates the work Google and others are doing to build neural networks that can understand human language. He just thinks his work is more useful — and he’s going to share his code with anyone who wants to see it.Along with a team ...

This botnet stole over a million Social Security numbers

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and ...

How Social Influence Significantly Manipulates 'The Wisdom Of The Crowds'

Digital ratings platforms proliferate our lives and influence the consumption of wide ranges of goods and services. Given their widespread use and relative transparency, most users have come to expect that the comments and ratings onsites such as TripAdvisor, Angie’s List or Open Table accurately portray the wisdom ...

Big Data for Dummies—or at Least Product Managers

A few years ago, data scientists didn’t exist. Now it seems everyone in Silicon Valley either is a data scientist, claims to be one, or wants to be one. And why not? These people get paid $200,000-plus per year because they’re viewed as the wizards who actually know ...

Data Shows No Link Between Syrian Electronic Army and Iran

The Syrian Electronic Army is not receiving help from hacking groups linked to Iran, according to a firm that helps large Fortune 500 companies track emerging cyber threats. 

Tweets Are The Fruit Flies Of Consumer-Facing Data Science—For Better and Worse

Businesses are plunging headlong into the age of social listening analytics without fully thinking through the many issues surrounding the quality of this intelligence. There is plenty of valuable customer intelligence to be had from filtering the social firehose. However, the overwhelming volume, velocity and variety of noise ...

DataFu 1.0: open source functions for large scale data

DataFu is an open-source collection of user-defined functions for working with large-scale data in Hadoop and Pig.

Solving America's Big Health Care Challenges With Big Data

I have type-1 diabetes. Along with almost 30 million other Americans, I manage my symptoms and wait for the next technological innovation that will help me live better. However, unlike most of my fellow patients, I work in the technology sector, so I have the privilege of watching ...

Obsessive-Compulsive Data Quality

In a recent eLearningCurve MDM and Data Governance webinar, Dan Power quoted former U.S. President Calvin Coolidge:“Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence.Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent.Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb.Education will not; the ...

Nordstrom Drives Innovation With Big Data Experiments

Nordstrom is an American upscale fashion retailer with 225 stores and doing over $ 10 billion in annual sales. John W. Nordstrom founded it in 1901 and it embraces new technologies, including big data. Nordstrom understands the possibilities of big data and is willing to experiment with it.

Tech giants may be huge, but nothing matches big data

When Nasdaq stopped trading this week, it again showed how global firms are at the mercy of a power that created them.

The Rise of the Period Apps: Where Big Data Meets Girly Graphics

Period technology has come a long way since the first pad — complete with straps, suspenders, buckles, and a belt — made it into stores in the late nineteenth century. Meet the period app: Women are now using their smartphones to help them do everything from graphing their ...