Nine Problems With Big Data –

The first thing to note is that although big data is very good at detecting correlations, especially subtle correlations that an analysis of smaller data sets might miss, it never tells us which correlations are meaningful.

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Big data: are we making a big mistake? –

Cheerleaders for big data have made four exciting claims, each one reflected in the success of Google Flu Trends: that data analysis produces uncannily accurate results; that every single data point can be captured, making old statistical sampling techniques obsolete; that it is passé to fret about what causes what, because statistical correlation tells us what we need to know; and that scientific or statistical models aren’t needed because, to quote “The End of Theory”, a provocative essay published in Wired in 2008, “with enough data, the numbers speak for themselves”. Unfortunately, these four articles of faith are at best optimistic oversimplifications.

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Deploying & Scaling OpenShift on OpenStack using Heat – OpenStack S…

Deploying & Scaling OpenShift on OpenStack using Heat – OpenStack Seattle MeetUp 2014-01-23 by Diane Mueller @pythondj

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What If You Combined Co-Working And Daycare? – Fast Company

Rothschild made her dream a reality last summer when she opened NextKids. NextKids is an offshoot of the popular co-working company NextSpace, which has eight locations in California and one in Chicago. NextKids, at the Potrero Hill, San Francisco location is like co-working meets daycare–with a community of working adults–graphic designers, biomedical engineers, app developers–and their kids. It’s like ‘it takes a village,’ only with more Wi-Fi.

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git – the simple guide

just a simple guide for getting started with git.

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Red Hat CEO addresses big data’s big chicken-and-egg question

Big data offers huge benefits that can’t be fully understood until you have some actual data to analyze.

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Type 1 vs Type 2 Workers – Quora Answer

If you’re a worker in a village who supplies said village with water, you are valuable to its people. There are two types of workers: Type 1 worker: Grabs an empty bucket or two, goes to the sweet water lake, fills them up, comes back and makes twenty people happy. He gets to drink some of that water along the way, and once he gets back, takes some of the water home.


Type 2 worker: Disregards how much of a “fair share” of water he’s getting. Instead of grabbing a bucket, grabs a shovel and a little cup, and disappears for a while. He’s digging a stream from the lake towards the village. Often he disappoints people for having returned from weeks of work with an empty cup. But the elders in the village for some reason believe in him and want to keep him (and throw him a bone so that he doesn’t starve for a little while). Some day, suddenly he shows up with a constantly flowing stream of water behind his back. He puts the Type 1 workers out of water delivery business. They’ll have to go find a different activity and “team” to work with. Type 2 worker, depending on how much control they retained on that stream, get to own a good chunk of it. Because the village wants to acquire and integrate that stream, they compensate the ownership of Type 2 worker in that stream with on par ownership in the village itself, typically land or such.

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Unlocking the Power of Stable Teams with Twitter’s SVP of Engineering

1. Build strong teams first. Assign them problems later. 2. Keep teams together. 3. Go modular. Remove dependencies. 4. Establish a short, regular ship cycle.

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Killing the Crunch Mode Antipattern – Chad Fowler

In the software industry, especially the startup world, Crunch Mode is a ubiquitous, unhealthy antipattern. Crunch Mode refers to periods of overtime work brought on by the need to meet a project deadline. Developers stereotypically glorify the ability and propensity to stay up all night grinding through a difficult problem. It’s part of our folklore. It’s part of how we’re measured. It’s something companies and leaders take advantage of in order to accomplish more with less. And it’s stupid.

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Orchestrate gives you instant access to the query types central to building responsive apps and games.

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