Do Vulcans express sentiment without emotion? With the power of Machine Learning, we can find out. We shall evaluate famous Spock Quotes using this (yet another) basic guide to Natural Language Processing (NLP) and Sentiment Analysis (SA) methods.
“Once you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth” — Mr Spock & Sherlock Holmes
Google “HBR Agile” (or “McKinsey Agile”) and you will find pages of articles — while I don’t consider either as gospel, it does mean the business world has taken serious notice of Agile in and beyond software. I suspect Agile & Scrum may be in a bubble as an answer to all development methods — either way it is worthy of a historical interlude.
The simple origin is Jeff Sutherland who invented the software version of Scrum and Harvard Researchers that coined the term 9yrs prior. However, the roots of Agile & Scrum go much further back to Japan and…
I love reading about the scientists and engineers who have contributed to computer science over the years. It inspires me to learn about their amazing work — some had no formal education and most had less access to research than we do now. This is not a list of the best just some of my favorites.
Johnny (as his friends call him) would have undoubtedly won a Turing Award had he not passed away before the era of the award. There is a great article on Johnny published by Cantor’s Paradise that details a lot of his background.
Boeing is just one example of a firm under fire due to software defects that at least partly caused lives to be lost. They aren’t alone — there is a history of high-impact software failures from today’s 737-MAX and 787 glitches to the Therac-25 defect decades ago that roasted patients alive at the doctor’s office. This article explores software testing and why it remains so difficult to get right.
Some people, when confronted with a problem, think “I know, I’ll use regular expressions.” Now they have two problems. — Jamie Zawinski
Like most programmers, I’ve been using simple regular expressions/pattern matching like “/^Foo(bar).*/” for years, but I admit when I need a complex one like a basic email checker:
This article explores the fundamentals of regex that solid engineers must know, but also dives into the less known details of how they are implemented…
I worked on a few of these trading floors just like the photo above. Somewhere in the maze of monitors and screaming sales & trading sits a humble programmer like myself.
The environment is quite snobbish with bigshot traders running the show (and earning all the money) — everyone else there to serve the money makers. You can have a PhD in Physics from MIT but to the trader, you aren’t much different from the telephone help or the person who dumps the trash.
I have many dozens of these stories, but here are a few:
There was a futures…
I honestly had not heard of Firebolt until last week. I think this is probably the case with most of the tech community. Their performance claims over the data warehousing competition are something this article aims to dive into in a technical way.
“Firebolt has spent several years innovating at the file format, indexing, and query engine levels “ — CEO Eldad Farkash
Materials on their tech is a bit sparse given their startup and stealth nature, but some highlights:
It intrigues me how a small startup like Snowflake can almost come out of stealth mode to taking away $1 billion in sales mainly from Redshift (but also Azure, GCP and Oracle) using the same ecosystem on AWS.
In this article, we do an in-depth analysis of how Snowflake differs and why it is doing so well. We’ll start with a little history of Data Warehouse platforms so we can really understand the evolution. (TLDR: It is native cloud meaning not a hack on top of existing RDBMS engines).
I was a hands-on technologist 20 years ago, turned to management ten years ago, and am now hands-on again as a consultant. I’m amazed by some changes and surprised by others. Here is a basic rundown of what almost caused my early demise.
In the ‘80s and early ‘90s, a lot of professional software was developed on expensive Unix workstations like a Sun Sparc or NeXT Station. …
Austin Schlessinger | Gritty & Curious
Great article -- btw can I borrow your photo of the 3 firms ? I'll link to your page as (c) if you dont mind