• Ever wonder what YouTube thinks of your ISP?

    by  • September 8, 2014 • 0 Comments

    Google Video Quality Report - NE DAS

    The other night I was experiencing issues with playing a YouTube video (terminal buffering) and a link appeared beneath the video offering me an “explaination” for why I was having trouble. That link took me to the Google Video Quality Report. I’m guessing it’s been around for a while but this is the first...

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    What can we learn from 800,000 public comments on the FCC’s net neutrality plan?

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    FCC Open Internet Comments

    On Aug. 5, the Federal Communications Commission announced the bulk release of the comments from its largest-ever public comment collection. We’ve spent the last three weeks cleaning and preparing the data and leveraging our experience in machine learning and natural language processing to try and make sense of the hundreds-of-thousands of comments in the...

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    The Smithsonian Wants You! (To Help Transcribe Its Collections)

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    Transcriptions of artists' letters, like the one above from Georgia O'Keeffe, will form the basis of a new book from the Smithsonian's Archives of American Art called The Art of Handwriting. (Smithsonian Archives of American Art)

    Many myths surround the Smithsonian Institution’s archives—from legends of underground facilities hidden beneath the National Mall to rumors of secret archaeological excavations. One underlying truth persists amid these fallacies: the Institution’s archives are indeed massive. Preserving these collections in a digital age is a gargantuan task, especially when it comes to handwritten documents. Ink...

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