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Vincent Granville's Blog – February 2010 Archive (5)

Only one degree of separation with Barack Obama

I am connected (on LinkedIn) to at least one person who is directly connected to Barack Obama. That's one degree of separation. With Bill Gates, I have two degrees of separation.

Social networks have made it possible for people to be more closely related than ever before. Actually, I'm much closer to Bill Gates than Barack Obama, in real life. I'd expect (in real life, as opposed to online) that my degrees of separation with the US President would be 4 or 5, and 3 with… Continue

Added by Vincent Granville on February 15, 2010 at 11:30pm — 2 Comments

How to fight swine flu with digital technology?

By Deborah Yao, AP Business Writer , On Monday February 15, 2010, 11:36 am EST.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- A tap on the HealthMap iPhone application brings up a cluster of red pins on a map, representing nearby cases of swine flu. Another tap brings up a form for ordinary Americans to add to the collection by reporting bouts they have or know about.

HealthMap Outbreaks Near Me is among scores of iPhone apps, along with social networks, Wikipedia and flu-tracking sites, that give… Continue

Added by Vincent Granville on February 15, 2010 at 11:00pm — 1 Comment

Rise of the Machines: How "Quant" Trading Triggered the Credit Crisis

Posted Feb 11, 2010 04:19pm EST by Aaron Task


Added by Vincent Granville on February 14, 2010 at 8:51pm — 2 Comments

Fewer patents submitted in 2009: a sign that US is less innovative? Maybe just the contrary.

Companies have been cutting budgets, and lengthy/expensive patent applications is one of the easiest costs to cut. In the fast-moving economy, by the time your patent is accepted, the product is outdated. But there are other reasons for not submitting patents:
  1. By submitting a patent, your idea can get stolen (e.g. by the patent Attorneys)
  2. For analytic algorithms, it is much more important to be protected against reverse engineering (a…

Added by Vincent Granville on February 13, 2010 at 11:30pm — No Comments

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DARPA's New Plans: Crowdsource Intel, Edit DNA

Wired News (02/02/10) Drummond, Katie

The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's (DARPA's) future plans call for crowdsourcing military

intelligence, creating an immune system for Defense Department networks, and

conducting research that could lead to editing soldiers' DNA. DARPA wants to

improve how the… Continue

Added by Vincent Granville on February 7, 2010 at 12:42pm — No Comments

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