Sunday, June 14, 2015

I wonder if the evidence gets free shipping? I'd like to know more about their review process. What makes them say no?
Amazon Releases First Transparency Report: Here Are The Numbers
… During the six-month period between January and May this year, Amazon says [pdf] it received a total of 813 subpoenas and provided all the information requested in 542 of them. One hundred and forty-five subpoenas did not receive any response from the e-commerce firm.
Amazon says it also received 25 search warrants and fully responded to 13 of them, while court orders numbered 13, to which Amazon provided full information to only four of them. National security requests numbered between zero and 249, but Amazon does not state how many of these it complied with.

Rave review, so I'll read the article to see what I can steal.
What I learned by reading Businessweek's incredible 38,000-word article on code
Bloomberg Businessweek has devoted an entire issue to a single article: Paul Ford's "What is Code?"
… It takes something both very important and hard to understand, and makes it understandable to an audience of smart but non-expert readers. It does this incredibly well. It mostly feels like fun, not work.
It also contains the best use of interactive elements in a story that I've ever seen. The demos aren't just there to show off. They're embedded in the story and make it better

For my Risk Management students.
FEMA Launches New Data Visualization Tool
by Sabrina I. Pacifici on Jun 13, 2015
[June 11, 2015] “the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) launched a new data visualization tool that enables users to see when and where disaster declarations have occurred across the country. As hurricane season kicks off, the tool helps provide important information about the history of hurricanes and other disasters in their communities and what residents can do to prepare. The data visualization tool is accessible at and allows users to view and interact with a wide array of FEMA data.
… The data visualization tool builds on FEMA’s commitment to transparency by making it easy to convert historical data – already available via the OpenFEMA initiative – into a readable and interactive map.

Should I make my classes tweet?
Research – How Twitter Users Can Generate Better Idea
by Sabrina I. Pacifici on Jun 13, 2015
New research suggests that employees with a diverse Twitter network — one that exposes them to people and ideas they don’t already know — tend to generate better ideas: “Can Twitter make employees more innovative? In particular, does having a greater diversity of virtual Twitter connections mean that good ideas are more likely to surface, as in the face-to-face world? To answer this question, we used a technique called organizational network analysis (ONA) to create visual representations of employee Twitter networks. We studied ten employee groups across five companies in a range of industries.”

Is it a true improvement if WolframAlpha now returns song lyrics? Where's the math in that?

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