“A large universe of documents”

w3c and buzzfeed2

“The WorldWideWeb (W3) is a wide-area hypermedia information retrieval initiative aiming to give universal access to a large universe of documents.” That’s how the Web first defined itself to the world. Today is apparently the 20th anniversary of the moment when Tim Berners-Lee and his colleagues at CERN, the advanced physics lab in Geneva, made […]


burning cash

Buried near the end of John Markoff’s front-page feature in the Times today about “deep learning”, neural-net-inspired software, this tidbit, which I think requires no further elaboration, but is worth noting, and noting again: One of the most striking aspects of the research led by Dr. [Geoffrey] Hinton is that it has taken place largely […]

Journal’s Sarb-Ox goof, Kos’s flawed polls: New kinds of errors demand new kinds of corrections

wsj sarbox

Once upon a time in journalism, an error was a mistake in a story, and a correction was a notice published after the fact fixing the error. This kind of errror and correction still exists, but in the new world of news the error/correction cycle keeps mutating into interesting new forms. Consider these two recent […]