Techerous

My name is Bill, I am a recent graduate in Information Sciences and Technology from Penn State University and this is a place for me to post or give my 2 cents on the fascinating world of technology. I am now working for a pretty big technology related company whose name I will leave out just to avoid any possible complications, however far-fetched them happening may be. Music gets included from time to time as well.

July 21, 2014 12:48 pm
Some Universities Crack the Code in Drawing Women to Computer Science

I think the study that shows women being more into application while men are into coding is skewed more so from there being a higher amount of men and therefore there are more of them in every mindset. I am a man that is certainly much more into the “application” side, part of the reason I chose the major I did was that I didn’t have to focus on coding.  That said, it seems like the women I have encountered in IT seem to have that mindset as they tend to occupy middle management levels of managers and directors having moved from other parts of the company.  Basically the women currently in IT seem to understand how to apply technology to the business but are not as interested in building the technology themselves, which in the age of automation is perfectly fine. That’s not saying this is the case for everyone.

July 18, 2014 8:09 pm

Why Music Is The Next Big Battle For The Tech Titans | Forbes

mediaor:

Reposted from http://ift.tt/1mkuWmi on July 17, 2014 at 05:54AM

What is the big attraction in music to the global tech-titans? It might be that we are on the cusp of redrawing e-commerce.

It seems that it’s agreed-upon that human curation is the focus of music platforms for now.  It’s not clear how that will solve what at least I see as the main issue which is that artists need to be fairly compensated, but it could be a start.  I hope that we find a different way besides advertising to make money on internet content in general soon though.

July 17, 2014 10:26 am July 14, 2014 8:41 pm

Taylor Swift Gets It From Her Perspective… But Not Mine | Digital Music News

mediaor:

Reposted from http://ift.tt/1mPGjHi on July 14, 2014 at 07:18PM

Let me first start off by saying that I’m a fan of Swift’s. Now, before you chastise this 29 year old dude for his music…

The post Taylor Swift Gets It From Her Perspective… But Not Mine appeared first on Digital Music News.

Nails everything I found wrong with her editorial.

7:24 am
Jean-Louis Gassée Decodes Satya Nadella's Email

stoweboyd:

The other day, Satya Nadella releases a sprawling memo, ostensibly to clarify Microsoft’s strategy under his leadership, and it positions the company as a ‘productivity and platform’ company, not the ‘devices and services’ orientation that Ballmer introduced in 2012, and reorganized the company…

I’m sure if you asked most Microsoft employees what they decoded it as it would be 3 words, “layoffs are probable.”

July 12, 2014 12:24 pm July 7, 2014 11:26 pm
Taylor Swift: Forming a bond with fans in the future will mean constantly providing them with the element of surprise.

I’m not going to lie, I was actually expecting to be pleasantly surprised. I’m not a fan of her music, but seeing her published in the WSJ I thought maybe this was a well-researched, thought out piece by an industry insider who has exposure to the most successful sectors of it at the moment. Instead, Taylor Swift comes off as naive and pompous, completely disregarding that at least a portion of her success comes from the amount of money and resources being poured into placing her music in every outlet through which people discover music.  She almost gets there when she mentions her Myspace following a decade ago, and I certainly don’t disagree with her belief on how artists need to connect with the fans in the digital age, but Taylor Swift becomes Taylor Swift through her label promotions, not simply because her music is “truer” than everything else out there.  She shows no attempt to really explain the economics of the modern music industry or what will really keep it going in the future.  Surprising your audience has been around since The Grateful Dead were spending 90% of their show on a jam session, The Who were smashing their instruments, Elvis was shaking his hips and much much more. If creative surprises were the single solution to the music industry The Mars Volta would have been the biggest band in the world 4 years ago.

9:54 pm
polygondotcom:

Potato salad Kickstarter reaches goal, promises better mayonnaise
Appropriately enough for the July 4 holiday weekend, a crowdfunded campaign to make a batch of tasty potato salad is more than 180 times over its goal and, with 27 days left in the fund drive, is already one of the most successful projects in Kickstarter history.
Potato Salad, to be developed by Zack Danger Brown of Columbus, Ohio, surpassed its $10 funding target within hours of being listed on Kickstarter on Friday, and as of publication time has gathered $1,803 from more than 350 backers.
(Link to the full story)

Even I think the irony might be going too far.  But really there should be legitimate philosophical discussion on what people “value” in the modern world.

polygondotcom:

Potato salad Kickstarter reaches goal, promises better mayonnaise

Appropriately enough for the July 4 holiday weekend, a crowdfunded campaign to make a batch of tasty potato salad is more than 180 times over its goal and, with 27 days left in the fund drive, is already one of the most successful projects in Kickstarter history.

Potato Salad, to be developed by Zack Danger Brown of Columbus, Ohio, surpassed its $10 funding target within hours of being listed on Kickstarter on Friday, and as of publication time has gathered $1,803 from more than 350 backers.

(Link to the full story)

Even I think the irony might be going too far.  But really there should be legitimate philosophical discussion on what people “value” in the modern world.

July 6, 2014 7:28 pm June 28, 2014 4:57 pm

(via Romantic relationship simulator – DI14)
This work explores how forecasting through simulations and the modeling of human behavior might influence the way we manage and maintain relationships. This machine predicts the satisfaction in time one can expect to get out of a given romantic relationship. By applying a psychological model and a mathematical/predictive model this instrument learns to recognize patterns in the users behavior and desires and thereby learns to evaluate the relationship. The combination of user input, data input and embeddedness in the larger context allows for a fine-granular adjustment and feedback of desires, 

(via Romantic relationship simulator – DI14)

This work explores how forecasting through simulations and the modeling of human behavior might influence the way we manage and maintain relationships. This machine predicts the satisfaction in time one can expect to get out of a given romantic relationship. By applying a psychological model and a mathematical/predictive model this instrument learns to recognize patterns in the users behavior and desires and thereby learns to evaluate the relationship. The combination of user input, data input and embeddedness in the larger context allows for a fine-granular adjustment and feedback of desires, 

(via stoweboyd)