Sunday, October 12, 2014

We will add this to our Data Mining and Data Analytics course. Perhaps we can create some Open Source tools for smaller businesses. (And of course, my Ethical Hacker are interested!)
How GE generates $1 billion from data
The company can now offer predictive maintenance and optimization services for more than $1 trillion worth of Internet-connected industrial equipment, ranging from medical equipment to jet engines.
… For GE, this is the next phase of the “Industrial Internet,” its in-house phrase for what others call the Internet of Things—the ever-growing collection of connected devices “talking” to businesses with valuable data.
This phenomenon is worth an estimated $1 billion in incremental revenue for the company this year alone, mostly in the form of advanced asset performance management services, according to GE’s top executive.
… Using its Predix technology, GE already captures 50 million data points collected and communicated by 10 million sensors installed on $1 trillion worth of equipment ranging from medical imaging systems to locomotives to jet engines, Immelt said.
… By the end of 2014, there will be more than 40 applications and services based on GE’s platform but the company hopes to spur many others by making Predix available to businesses interested in developing industry-specific solutions.

This could be amusing.
UH Law Center debuts first database of Fortune 500 company codes of conduct
“The University of Houston Law Center today released a searchable database that contains the compliance codes for Fortune 500 companies. The project was led by Houston attorney Ryan McConnell, an adjunct professor at the University of Houston Law Center. McConnell worked with a team of recent graduates and current students to develop the database, which covers 42 different topics.
“The free database allows any company to conduct benchmarking on virtually every compliance area covered in a code of conduct and to spot compliance trends within their industry,” McConnell explained. “In addition to proactively building a program, when compliance failures occur, whether a foreign bribery violation or environmental issue, stakeholders – whether they are shareholders in a lawsuit or criminal investigators – frequently scrutinize the company’s compliance program. This database provides a powerful tool for anyone to evaluate the strength of a company’s compliance program, including subject matters addressed in the code and the organization’s core values.”
The Wall Street Journal has already dubbed the online tool as “catnip for compliance officers.”

Perhaps something my next Statistics class could tackle?
No One Knows How Teens Listen to Music
… After surveying a national group of 7,200 teens, analysts at the research arm of Piper Jaffray discovered that teens like listening to music the 2000-and-late way, through downloaded music onto iTunes libraries or MP3 players:
That's 42 percent of teens listening to music through MP3s, according to the bank. But what does that statistic mean? Piper Jaffray told us that the "42 percent" figure was compiled from four survey questions, but it hasn't revealed how. Nor has it indicated what that percentage indicates—whether it's 42 percent of teens preferring MP3s over other options, or if it's that, 42 percent of the time they listen to music, teens are using MP3s to do it.
… That's a 13 percent increase this year for MP3s. Given those stats, maybe Apple shouldn't have discontinued the iPod.

This game would be better if we could overwrite the face of the lawyer. (You can play these games on your PC.)
Free Android Game: Play A Scumbag Lawyer In RPG Devil’s Attorney
… Devil’s Attorney, a game set in the 1980s and starring a defense attorney dedicated to keeping criminals on the streets, is free until the end of next week as part of a Humble Mobile Bundle promotion. All the games offered are worth checking out, but even if you’re not interested in the bundle, there’s no reason to not pick up this gem.

For my Ethical Hackers (and six-year-olds everywhere).
– is a place for the world to share photo-driven disassembly guides. It is a place to see how to take apart everyday things, and to find things to do once inside. It will void the warranties of devices, but in the process, you may learn a lot about how a device works internally. It can be a simple Zippo lighter or a complicated MacBook Air.

Optimism. Sometimes it's really funny.

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