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Francesco Biscani

Google Reader Being Retired - 3 views

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    And this, kids, is why cloud computing is bad.
Francesco Biscani

Former Google CIO says business misses key people marks | ITworld - 2 views

  • There is a whole cottage industry of people talking about innovation, including all kinds of garbage
  • the more project management you do the less likely your project is to succeed
  • Everyone knew we shouldn't build our own hardware as it was 'dumb', but everyone was wrong.
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  • Just because you can do something with technology that doesn't mean you should do something with technology,
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    Some juicy sound bites from the former Google CIO.
Francesco Biscani

PLoS ONE: Editorial Peer Reviewers' Recommendations at a General Medical Journal: Are T... - 4 views

  • reject vs. accept/revise at levels barely beyond chance
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    Apparently the peer review process is no better than chance.
Francesco Biscani

xkcd: The Cloud - 4 views

shared by Francesco Biscani on 09 Jun 11 - No Cached
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    Cloud computing explained.
Francesco Biscani

TinKode - Security Blog » Blog Archive » NASA Goddard Space Flight Center - F... - 0 views

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    The same guy that got ESRIN's server apparently got also a NASA one... An example of ESA leading the way, for once.
Francesco Biscani

The Great Linux World Map - 6 views

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    Friday afternoon geeky humour.
Francesco Biscani

xkcd: Future Timeline - 5 views

shared by Francesco Biscani on 18 Apr 11 - No Cached
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    Our job is now useless :P
Francesco Biscani

[1104.1824] Simulating Spiking Neural P systems without delays using GPUs - 4 views

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    Might be interesting for Giusy...
Francesco Biscani

What Larry Page really needs to do to return Google to its startup roots - 0 views

  • I worked at Google from 2005-2010, and saw the company go through many changes, and a huge increase in staff.  Most importantly, I saw the company go from a place where engineers were seen as violent disruptors and innovators, to a place where doing things “The Google Way” was king, and where thinking outside the box was discouraged and even chastised.
  • Let engineers do what they do best, and forget the rest.
  • This is probably the most important single point.  Engineers at Google spend way too much time fussing about with everything other than engineering and product design.
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  • Meetings.  Seriously, people are drenched in “status update” and “team” meetings.
  • Weekly Snippets, perf, etc. I was continually amazed by the amount of “extra cruft work” that goes on.  I know it sounds important, but engineers should be coding & designing.
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    An opinion piece by an ex-Googler, talking, among other things, about how corporate culture is creeping into Google. I've highlighted some snippets which I've found eerily familiar :)
Francesco Biscani

Eco - "Writings: IBM vs. Mac" - 5 views

  • The fact is that the world is divided between users of the Macintosh computer and users of MS-DOS compatible computers. I am firmly of the opinion that the Macintosh is Catholic and that DOS is Protestant.
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    An amusing opinion piece by Italian writer Umberto Eco.
Francesco Biscani

Amount of profanity per programming language - 7 views

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    And the winner is... C++ :) Love the comment on Slashdot:

    "C++ Templates will turn the most pious programmer into a curse-slinging, chain-smoking alcoholic."
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    Fair enough :)
Francesco Biscani

Why I don't care very much about tablets anymore - 5 views

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    There it goes :)
Francesco Biscani

Infertility Could Impede Human Space Colonization - Slashdot - 0 views

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    For Giusy...
Francesco Biscani

How one man tracked down Anonymous - and paid a heavy price - 3 views

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    HIGHLY suggested read if you are interested in the Anonymous phenomenon.
Francesco Biscani

Lonely Planet's top 10 countries for 2011 - 7 views

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    Albania is Lonely Planet's top country to visit in 2011. Ah! The ACT confirms its ability to detect trends and to be ahead of the curve.
Francesco Biscani

The Semicolon Wars » American Scientist - 2 views

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    Pretty interesting piece on computer languages.
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    Fool! You can pry my templates from my cold dead hands!
Francesco Biscani

Rooting for swarm intelligence in plants - 2 views

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    Pretty nifty... we should look into this.
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    Trolled :)
Francesco Biscani

Kitware Blog - VTK: an example on how to fix the crisis of scientific software - 2 views

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    A nice blog post about a recent Nature paper highlighting the problems of scientific software.
Francesco Biscani

Apple sending Xserve to giant server farm in the sky - 3 views

  • After more than eight years on the market, Apple is euthanizing the Xserve.
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    YES YES YES! And good riddance! :)
Francesco Biscani

Quadrocopters can now fly through thrown hoops, the end really is nigh (video) -- Engadget - 2 views

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    Impressive video!
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