Remember when machine learning was hard? That’s about to change

Gigaom

A few years ago, there was a shift in the world of machine learning.

Companies, such as Skytree and Context Relevant, began popping up, promising to make it easier for companies outside of big banks and web giants to run machine learning algorithms and to do it at a scale congruent with the big data promise they were being pitched. Soon, there were many startups promising bigger, faster, easier machine learning. Machine learning became the new black as it became baked into untold software packages and services — machine learning for marketing, machine learning for security, machine learning for operations, and on and on and on.

Eventually, deep learning emerged from the shadows and became a newer, shinier version of machine learning. It, too, was very difficult and required serious expertise to do. Until it didn’t. Now, deep learning is the focus of numerous…

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Cloud hosting services and the future of lock-in

Gigaom

For a software product, identifying a product–market fit, getting to market, and then scaling to meet business demands needs to happen instantaneously. Time is still money and we’re now thinking in terms of dozens of deploys per day that need to happen. Optimizing your time and staying focused on your core product is essential for your business and your customers.

With that increased need for moving fast, many teams started using the cloud to get a large infrastructure off the ground quickly. But those cloud services, and especially the latest iteration of services built on top of the cloud, can lead to a level of lock-in that many teams aren’t looking for.

Cloud revolution, service evolution

Over the past few years, cloud and virtualization have revolutionized how we build applications and the speed with which we can build them. These innovations have leveled the playing field and enabled small development teams…

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NASA satellite image shows record-breaking frozen Eastern US

Deepak verma

NASA’s Terra satellite has captured an image of the current status of the Eastern United states, with “Arctic and Siberian air masses have settled in over the Eastern U.S. triggering many record low temperatures in many states.”Read more…
February 21, 2015 at 10:16AM
http://sploid.gizmodo.com/nasa-satellite-image-shows-record-breaking-frozen-easte-1687069139
By Deepak verma

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Unannounced Microsoft Lumia 640 Dual SIM with Digtal TV is headed to Brazil

AIVAnet

Earlier today, evidence came forward for an unreleased RM-1109 Lumia phone destined for Brazil. Unfortunately, no other information about the device was found except something related to battery size. Speculation suggested it could be the rumored ‘Lumia 1330′.

Now, the same site that trekked through Anatel’s documents have churned up another record connecting RM-1109 to the unannounced Lumia 640. Janela Tech is reporting that this device is dual SIM and sports integrated digital television (DTV), something that is increasingly popular in that region.

It is currently unknown if the Lumia 640 is an exclusive to Brazil, which seems likely, or another mass-market lower-midrange Lumia. More information about the phone is under embargo at Brazil’s regulatory agency, Anatel, until after Mobile World Congress in March. The timing suggests we will hear more about this device during Microsoft’s conference. Alternatively, it may only receive a local announcement, due to the smaller…

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We talked to our kids about souls

Butterfly Mind

Swinging Bridge at Babcock State Park, West Virginia, autumn on andreabadgley.com Swinging Bridge at Babcock State Park, West Virginia

“Hey Mom, are trees living things or living beings?”

Our nine year old son looked into the forest then up at me as we hiked side by side along a gurgling brook. His dad and sister walked a few steps ahead of us. Upstream was the Glade Creek Grist Mill in West Virginia, a rustic wooden building with a pitched roof. Today its wet planks were framed by yellowing autumn trees.

“I guess that depends on what you mean by living being,” I said. “I think of a being as — ” I tried to think of words that would be familiar to him. I failed. “As a sentient being — something that has a soul.” The path was littered in gold, red, and toast brown leaves, and I kicked at a drift with my leather hiking shoe.

“Personally, I think of trees…

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