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New Paradigm and Thinking Required for Massively Distributed and Complex Systems – Part 1

New Paradigm and Thinking Required for Massively Distributed and Complex Systems – Part 1

In addition to the tutorial I attended at NoSQL Now 2013, I heard two keynote speech sessions. They had similar themes but different emphases. The power grid transmits not just power but also a vast amount of data/information about power delivery. This is similar to the telephone system’s consisting of signaling (control) and voice transmission [...]

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Christians Tweet More Happily, Less Analytically Than Atheists

Christians Tweet More Happily, Less Analytically Than Atheists

A computer analysis of nearly 2 million text messages (tweets) on the online social network Twitter found that Christians use more positive words, fewer negative words and engage in less analytical thinking than atheists. Christians also were more likely than atheists to tweet about their social relationships, the researchers found.   The findings are reported [...]

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Disease Outbreaks Trackable With Twitter

Disease Outbreaks Trackable With Twitter

This flu season you’ve probably seen a number of friends on social media talking about symptoms. New research from Brigham Young University says such posts on Twitter could actually be helpful to health officials looking for a head start on outbreaks. The study sampled 24 million tweets from 10 million unique users. They determined that [...]

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Study Examines How News Spreads On Twitter

Study Examines How News Spreads On Twitter

Nearly every major news organization has a Twitter account these days, but just how effective is the microblogging website at spreading news? That’s the question University of Arizona professor Sudha Ram set out to answer in a recent study of a dozen major news organizations that use the social media website as one tool for [...]

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What happens to your online presence when you die?

What happens to your online presence when you die?

Most people assume that a family member or another designee will handle our physical belongings and liquid assets when we die. But what about our online affairs? Who will respond to important emails, pay our online bills and deactivate our Facebook account so it stops notifying friends every time a birthday comes around? In the [...]

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The Controversy of Sweden’s Twitter Feed

The Controversy of Sweden’s Twitter Feed

Recently, the country of Sweden has taken a unique approach to Twitter. In short, the country is picking a new citizen each week to run their twitter account – @Sweden. The government initiative entrusts the country’s Twitter account to a new citizen every seven days, providing evidence to the world there really is no “typical [...]

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Should employers be able to ask for employee’s Facebook passwords?

Should employers be able to ask for employee’s Facebook passwords?

An AP story reported last month a situation in which a company asked a potential hire for their password after learning that their Facebook account was set to private.             Many people are up in arms about the invasion of privacy, calling it ludicrous and unreasonable for management to think [...]

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Are social media and networking a waste of time?

Are social media and networking a waste of time?

Are social media and networking including twitter, blogs, google+ and linkedin among other venues and mediums a waste of time or only for those who have nothing else to do? As with most things, the answer is it probably depends. However IMHO the answer is NO, social media and networking when incorporated as a part [...]

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Google+: A “social” assault on Facebook & Twitter

It’s no secret that Google wants to be social. It attempted at doing so numerous times already. First came orkut which failed to catch on here in the US, then came Google Buzz which didn’t seem to catch on anywhere. Then came the short-lived Google Wave, which was the biggest disaster of them all. But [...]

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Drama In Middle East Drives Global Internet Expansion

Drama In Middle East Drives Global Internet Expansion

Access to information drives human destiny.  However, democracy, not so much. As we witnessed in North African nations like Tunisia and Egypt, and now, to a certain extent, Libya, the ability to speak truth to power and to get information from the source, sans top-down censorship, may be enhanced by the tools of the Internet, [...]

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