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Saturday, April 15, 2006
"When we left, our hosts followed us. As we left the local township, they used their fists to stop the officials from detaining us and confiscating our notes and film. Despite the high hopes the villagers placed in us, our article did nothing to help their cause." Update of a previous article on a Chinese village- National Geographic
"With the settling of the Americas, modern humans had conquered most of the planet. When Eurpoean explorers set sail 700 years ago, the lands they 'discovered' were already full of people. The encounters were often wary or violent, but they were the reunions of a close-knit family." James Shreeve, "The Greatest Journey" for National Geographic- National Geographic excerpt

This is an interesting perspective.

Monday, April 10, 2006
"Defining relations between the various elements is hard. Available datasets are not themselves in anything like normal relational form, and so have potential internal inconsistencies. And that gets in the way before you even have the chance to try to form intelligent inferences based on relations between data sets, which of course are terribly inconsistent." [1]

"If you'ev got subject matter experts working closely with you then you can at least make some constructive guesses as to some directions that will be profitable, and some directions that definitely will not be, but in between is a vast space where you simply cannot know." [2]

"Pretending that this is a new and growing field is actually somewhat of a lie. It's avery very old field which people have been working on for a very long time, to the point where the problems that remain to be solved are incredibly difficult." [3]

Slashdot users on data mining- Slashdot

Sunday, April 09, 2006
"There’s an assumption that as Internet technologies reach Africa, they’ll be used in the most basic ways possible - accessing information on the web, sending email. But the rise of the mobile phone on the continent should serve as a hint that technology adoption doesn’t always happen the way we think it’s going to." Ethan Zuckerman's speech notes on wireless technology adoption in Africa- My Heart's in Accra



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