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Vincent Granville's Blog – October 2009 Archive (6)

The Las Vegas Counterfeiting Story: Is Your Privacy Worth More Than a Poker Chip?

By Ray Everett-Church

Last week in Las Vegas, a husband and wife team were indicted for putting $60,000 in counterfeit $100 bills into slot machines at Caesar’s Palace.

Apparently the fake bills were of such high quality that the bill scanners on the slot machines accepted about 600 of the bogus Benjamins over the course of four days before the money laundering plot was uncovered.

But what makes this story interesting from a privacy and security perspective is… Continue

Added by Vincent Granville on October 29, 2009 at 8:32pm — No Comments

Zementis and SAIC Sign Marketing Agreement

Companies work together to deliver breakthrough predictive analytics solutions to utility companies.

San Diego, CA (PRWEB) October 23, 2009 -- Zementis, Inc., a leading provider of predictive analytics solutions, today announced that it has signed a marketing agreement with Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) [NYSE:SAI, a FORTUNE 500® scientific, engineering, and technology applications company, to deliver real-time predictive analytics to utility… Continue

Added by Vincent Granville on October 24, 2009 at 4:09pm — No Comments

Dice throw: much less random than you think!

By Jon Wilner and Mark Emmons

Mercury News

Posted: 10/16/2009 06:28:06 PM PDT

Everyone knows the flip of a coin is a 50-50 proposition.

Only it's not.

You can beat the odds.

So says a three-person team of Stanford and UC-Santa Cruz researchers. They produced a provocative study that turns conventional wisdom, well, on its head for anyone who has ever settled a minor dispute with a simple coin toss.

It also could have… Continue

Added by Vincent Granville on October 19, 2009 at 9:29pm — 2 Comments

Hamburger Data Quality- data collection is the start

Author: James Standen

I have noticed that when I go to a fast food outlet no matter what I get to drink with my meal it is almost always listed as "Cola" on the receipt. But I didn't order Cola. Ever. Usually I get juice, or milk. So every time I order a burger, I'm clearly a source of bad quality data.

I have looked over the counter on many occasions while I was waiting for my burger and watched the server key in other peoples orders; their fingers flew accross the… Continue

Added by Vincent Granville on October 10, 2009 at 10:00am — 2 Comments

Netflix Prize Pioneer to Speak at Predictive Analytics World

The Netflix Prize competition attracted a well-earned, white-hot spotlight in recent years, awarding a $1,000,000 prize last month for advancement in product recommendations systems - the prediction of each consumer's movie ratings.

Predictive Analytics World speaker Istvan Pilaszy pioneered in this competition by cofounding the first "open collective" team that blended in any and all submissions by other teams willing to contribute. Just like the "Borg" on Star Trek, this team… Continue

Added by Vincent Granville on October 8, 2009 at 9:30am — No Comments

Project Gaydar: Identifying Gay Students Using Data Mining Techniques Applied To Facebook Profiles

By Carolyn Y. Johnson

Globe Staff / September 20, 2009

At MIT, an experiment identifies which students are gay, raising new questions about online privacy

By Carolyn Y. Johnson, Globe Staff / September 20, 2009

It started as a simple term project for an MIT class on ethics and law on the electronic frontier.

Two students partnered up to take on the latest Internet fad: the online social networks that were exploding into the mainstream. With people… Continue

Added by Vincent Granville on October 4, 2009 at 12:00am — 6 Comments

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