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ACM A.M. Turing Centenary Celebration

ACM A.M. Turing Centenary Celebration | Complex Insight  - Understanding our world | Scoop.it

Thanks to Franz Dill (Eponymous Pickle blog) for this link. On Friday, June 15 and Saturday, June 16, more than 30 Turing Award recipients will gather to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Alan Turing's birth with personal remembrances, talks, and panel discussions. The ACM is webcasting the entire event live (and a stream will be available after the event).  This is a great way to get an insisight into computing's past and future, from the unique perspectives of its pioneers and leading contemporary thinkers. Please note that all times listed are Pacific Daylight Time (PDT). Worth Watching.

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Flash Drives Replace Disks At Amazon, Facebook, Dropbox

Flash Drives Replace Disks At Amazon, Facebook, Dropbox | Complex Insight  - Understanding our world | Scoop.it

The unsexy part of big data to most news folks is where the data actually gets stored. Good article at Wired on increasing use of solid state drives (SSD) to replace traditional disk drives. SSD's are currently more expensive and have some other limitations but they offer speed and versatility over traditional disk drives and as a result are starting to get adopted into the big name data centers. Interesting article - learn more...

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Fabien Sanglard's website: Deep magic explained.

Fabien Sanglard's website: Deep magic explained. | Complex Insight  - Understanding our world | Scoop.it

Booking marking this so i don't misplace it. Personnal website of Fabien Sanglard: Articles about C,Java,OpenGL and security - some great code articles, especially Fabien's review of Doom3 and Doom for ios code bases. Huge amount of value in the articles for those interested in 3D development and programming, great resource. Worth reading...

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Python for Data Analysis

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Despite the explosive growth of data in industry after industry, learning and accessing data analysis tools has remained a challenge.

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A review of High Performance Computing foundations for scientists

The increase of existing computational capabilities has made simulation emerge as a third discipline of Science, lying midway between experimental and purely theoretical branches [1, 2]. Simulation enables the evaluation of quantities which otherwise would not be accessible, helps to improve experiments and provides new insights on systems which are analysed [3-6]. Knowing the fundamentals of computation can be very useful for scientists, for it can help them to improve the performance of their theoretical models and simulations. This review includes some technical essentials that can be useful to this end, and it is devised as a complement for researchers whose education is focused on scientific issues and not on technological respects. In this document we attempt to discuss the fundamentals of High Performance Computing (HPC) [7] in a way which is easy to understand without much previous background. We sketch the way standard computers and supercomputers work, as well as discuss distributed computing and discuss essential aspects to take into account when running scientific calculations in computers.


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GTC 2012 Keynote (Part 1): Introduction video and welcome with NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang

Watch the rest of the GTC 2012 Keynote here: http://bit.ly/gtc2012keynote GTC 2012 Keynote (Part 1) - Introduction video and welcome with NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun...
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Heat maps with Python and Inkscape | oCoCarbon

Heat maps with Python and Inkscape | oCoCarbon | Complex Insight  - Understanding our world | Scoop.it

Nice article on using inkscape and python to gnerate data visualizations.

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Multiple Django and Flask Sites with Nginx and uWSGI Emperor - tghw

Multiple Django and Flask Sites with Nginx and uWSGI Emperor - tghw | Complex Insight  - Understanding our world | Scoop.it

Really good article on using Python with Nginx and uWSGI Emperor mode. The example spins up a Django app using Flask and shows how to relaunch an app - simply by touching a file monitored with uWSGI in Emperor mode. Lots of good stuff. Read more...

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Python for Data Analysis

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Despite the explosive growth of data in industry after industry, learning and accessing data analysis tools has remained a challenge.

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Programming Python, Android, HTML5 Applications 05/12 | Codersky Magazine | Software Developer's Journal

Programming Python, Android, HTML5 Applications 05/12 | Codersky Magazine | Software Developer's Journal | Complex Insight  - Understanding our world | Scoop.it

Codersky zine  has a good intro article on python and  a couple of useful articles on using sqlite and webviews on android. Learn more...

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Python Libraries and Tools for Remote Sensing under Windows

Posting this as a reminder under code tag and Python- list of various python projects used in remote sensing workflows

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Vert.x- Effortless asynchronous application development for the modern web and enterprise

vert.x is an interesting development that addresses similar areas to node.js and the actor framework Akka. Vert.x provides an alternative to node.js for asynchronous scalable server with integrated distributed event bus and support for persistance and worker queues. Initial testing shows for certain classes of application - its a lot faster than node.js and takes advantage of the JVM. Using an event bus for message passing (in something similar to Erlang's actors) the system apps can scale over the number of the available cores, without having to allow multi-threaded execution of any verticle code. POtentially very important and worth following. Learn more...

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DesignVerb! – The Difference Between UX and UI: Subtleties Explained in Cereal

Very fun infographic between the difference between UI, UX, and the rest of what makes many things work.

 

Designverb: Get Inspired! Covering mind-provoking elements in design that captivate, inspire, excite, and rattle our goofy curious minds.


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SourceForge.net: PyCX Project: PyCX 0.2 now available

SourceForge.net: PyCX Project: PyCX 0.2 now available | Complex Insight  - Understanding our world | Scoop.it

The PyCX Project aims to develop an online repository of simple, crude, yet easy-to-understand Python sample codes for dynamic complex systems simulations, including iterative maps, cellular automata, dynamical networks and agent-based models. Learn more...


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Core Python Programming, 2nd Edition | Free eBook Share

Core Python Programming, 2nd Edition | Free eBook Share | Complex Insight  - Understanding our world | Scoop.it
It combines the power of compiled languages with the simplicity and rapid development of scripting languages. In Core Python Programming, Second Edition, leading Python developer and trainer Wesley Chun helps you ...

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IronSpread

IronSpread is a plugin for Excel 2010 that lets you script your excel spreadsheets in python rather than VBA. The benefits of this are - smaller and cleaner code to achieve same results and ability to use python libraries to get advanced  functionality that is not included in VBA. If you use excel and need fast powerful scripting and are familiar with Python - this code be very helpful. Learn more...

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Akka STM - Playing PingPong with STM Refs and Agents - Java ...

Akka STM - Playing PingPong with STM Refs and Agents - Java ... | Complex Insight  - Understanding our world | Scoop.it

Akka STM provides two constructs Refs and Agents. Refs (Transactional References) provide coordinated synchronous access to multiple identities. Agents provide uncoordinated asynchronous access to single identity. Ping Pong is a great way of considering memory access in a mulithreaded environment. Interesting article. Akka looks more and more promising as an actor framework on the JVM.

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Mathematical framework formalizes oddball programming techniques | R&D Mag

Mathematical framework formalizes oddball programming techniques | R&D Mag | Complex Insight  - Understanding our world | Scoop.it

A group of Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers will present a new mathematical framework that allows computer scientists to reason rigorously about sloppy computation. Interesting. Learn more...

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GraphicSpeak » Nvidia launches the Kepler era of virtual GPU computing and accessible HPC

GraphicSpeak » Nvidia launches the Kepler era of virtual GPU computing and accessible HPC | Complex Insight  - Understanding our world | Scoop.it
Previously unobtainable performance opens the door to a variety of possibilities including streaming games like movies or doing sophisticated simulations from the cloud. Power efficiency gains are as important as the graphics gains.
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Making a Business Intelligence Case for Columnar Databases - Enterprise Apps Today

Wayne Kernochan of Infostructure Associates says columnar databases are making a comeback and for good reason. Wayne's article in ITBusinessEdge gives a great overview of why columnar databases are again attracting attention. Read more...

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iQ by Intel

iQ by Intel | Complex Insight  - Understanding our world | Scoop.it

iQ by Intel narrates the impact of technology on our lives. It connects readers to the trends and discussions that are moving our planet forward. Interesting new online zine from Intel. Learn more...

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nltk 2.0.1 : Python Package Index

Python's NLTK - Natural Language Toolkit - is an essential piece of kit for data mining and natural language parsing. (For those getting into language parsing there is also a brilliant book from oreilly on using NLTK and Python). The NLTK libs just got a point release with 2.0.1 coming out. Very Cool. Learn more.

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python-wordpress-xmlrpc 2.1 : Python Package Index

If you ever have to integrate WordPress which is written in PHP and Python scripts - then the Python-Wordpress XML-RPC API Integration Library is the very thing you need... 

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Alternative Approaches to Parallel GIS Processing — Nathan Kerr

Alternative Approaches to Parallel GIS Processing — Nathan Kerr | Complex Insight  - Understanding our world | Scoop.it

Nathan's MS Thesis reviews current approaches to parallel GIS processing. It is a great thesis and very handy reference to recent approaches to largescale GIS spatial data processing and many of the challenges which need to be overcome. 

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Seagate hits 1 terabit per square inch, 60TB hard drives on their way | ExtremeTech

Seagate hits 1 terabit per square inch, 60TB hard drives on their way | ExtremeTech | Complex Insight  - Understanding our world | Scoop.it

Seagate has demonstrated the first terabit-per-square-inch hard drive. Initially this will result in 6TB 3.5-inch desktop drives and 2TB 2.5-inch laptop drives, but Seagate is promising up to 60TB and 20TB respectively.


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