Friday, July 11, 2014

Machine Learning | Microsoft Azure

Machine Learning | Microsoft Azure:
"The limit of human understanding is a numbers game. A doctor can only consume so much information on a chart, a business analyst only so many rows, an Operations team only so much sensor and equipment data. With machine learning, computers can approach human performance in perception and understanding across vast amounts of data. Expensive and disconnected tools stood in the way of this innovation, but today Microsoft is democratizing machine learning."

To be announced very soon... an Azure service,
likely similar to Google Prediction API

SolarCity: solar panels New York Gigafactory

DailyTech - Elon Musk's SolarCity Buys Silevo, Plans New York Gigafactory for 2016:

SolarCity Corp. (SCTY), America's largest solar power systems firm, made a bold step forward this week into the realm of panel manufacturing, announcing it has come to terms to acquire top startup Silevo, Inc.

Elon Musk $1M for Tesla Science Center

DailyTech - Elon Musk Donates $1M to Help Complete Tesla Science Center:
Tesla Motors Museum

Tesla Model S

Microsoft CEO: "Bold ambition and our core"

Satya Nadella's email to employees: Bold ambition and our core:
"At our core, Microsoft is the productivity and platform company for the mobile-first and cloud-first world. We will reinvent productivity to empower every person and every organization on the planet to do more and achieve more."

Microsoft Corporation (MSFT)’s New CEO is Making a Big Policy Shift : Former Executive | Tech Insider

Prepare for layoffs – we translate Microsoft CEO's coma-inducing memo • The Register
With 25000 people from Nokia, not surprising that some streamlining is needed.

Machine Learning is mentioned, but Internet of Things is not. Would be too early.
The core is "Productivity", that would be Office and the like, and "platforms", like Windows, Azure, and devices.

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella talks about memo that hints at big changes to come | Microsoft Pri0 | Seattle Times

Skulpt: Python in web browser


Skulpt is an entirely in-browser implementation of Python.
No preprocessing, plugins, or server-side support required, just write Python and reload.

Interestingly, it does not seem to be Python VM (C-based) cross-compiled to JavaScript. It appears to be Python compiler and byte-code interpreter written in JavaScript directly. 

The compiler part of skulpt reads python code and generates a Javascript program. If you want to change the syntax of Python these are the files to look at. The syntax used in skulpt is taken right from the Python 2.6.5 distribution.
When you run the program in the browser the javascript part is 'evaled' by javascript.

Amazon Zocalo (vs. Box, DropBox, Google Docs...)

Amazon Zocalo:

"Amazon Zocalo is a fully managed, secure enterprise storage and sharing service with strong administrative controls and feedback capabilities that improve user productivity. 

Users can comment on files, send them to others for feedback, and upload new versions without having to resort to emailing multiple versions of their files as attachments. Users can take advantage of these capabilities wherever they are, using the device of their choice, including PCs, Macs, and tablets. Amazon Zocalo offers IT administrators the option of integrating with existing corporate directories, flexible sharing policies, audit logs, and control of the location where data is stored. Customers can get started using Amazon Zocalo with a 30-day free trial providing 200 GB of storage per user for up to 50 users."

Amazon Zocalo rocks Box, socks DropBox, clocks Google Docs • The Register