Gartner BI Bake-off

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Interesting news. This year’s first annual BI Bake-Off at the BI Summit will be in Las Vegas.

Reference: What we Learned at the Gartner BI Bake-off and How It Will Help Your Business

Volvo blames horrible ‘self-parking car accident’ on driver

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Last week, a gossip blog based in the Dominican Republic called Remolacha published a disturbing video of what it said was a “self-parking car accident.” A group of people stand in a garage watching and filming a grey Volvo XC60 that backs up, stops, and then accelerates toward the group. It smashes into two people, and causes the person filming the video with his phone to drop it and run. It is terrifying.

… The main issue, said Larsson, is that it appears that the people who bought this Volvo did not pay for the “Pedestrian detection functionality,” which is a feature that costs more money.

… Keeping the car safe is included as a standard feature, but keeping pedestrians safe isn’t.

Reference: Volvo blames horrible ‘self-parking car accident’ on driver

R vs Python for Data Science: The Winner is …

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If you look at recent polls that focus on programming languages used for data analysis, R often is a clear winner.

Reference: R vs Python for Data Science: The Winner is …

Someone did a statistical analysis of New Yorker cartoons, and it’s actually pretty depressing

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Recently, in a series of articles, the semi-satirical journal Proceedings of the Natural Institute of Science conducted a thorough statistical analysis of a very important topic: New Yorker cartoons.

Okay, so the basic idea of analyzing these alternately beloved and mocked cartoons is admittedly a little tongue-in-cheek in the first place.

But Matt J. Michel and the series’ other authors actually looked at real data — they coded every cartoon the magazine published in 2014 — and they came to some pretty depressing findings about the portrayal of nonwhite dudes in one of the country’s most liberal magazines.

Reference: Someone did a statistical analysis of New Yorker cartoons, and it’s actually pretty depressing

This startup has an algorithm that finds discount flight tickets ‘hidden’ on airline websites

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It is an interesting idea to consider airline connections involving different airlines to get a cheaper total price. But, if it involves extra stops or extra days to stay before the destination, it may not be worthwhile unless you are a leisure travelers.

Reference: This startup has an algorithm that finds discount flight tickets ‘hidden’ on airline websites

Magic Quadrant for Cloud Infrastructure as a Service, Worldwide

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The ranking is AWS, Microsoft, and others.

Reference: Magic Quadrant for Cloud Infrastructure as a Service, Worldwide

Seven Things Your IT Department Wishes You Knew About Tech Support

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Working in the IT department is often a thankless job. You’re like the invisible behind-the-scenes worker who is only noticed when something breaks—and then you’re blamed for it. Here are seven misconceptions about tech support reps and the IT department you should know so you can work better with the IT guy or gal.

Reference:Seven Things Your IT Department Wishes You Knew About Tech Support