Monday, February 28, 2011


Housing Agency’s Computer Woes Put Aid Recipients in Limbo

The Bloomberg administration is grappling with yet another embarrassing technology malfunction. This time, the glitch is plaguing the agency charged with providing shelter to poor New Yorkers.

The agency, the New York City Housing Authority, is struggling to install a $36 million computer system intended to process information related to thousands of New Yorkers who hold federal housing vouchers. As a result, some expecting to move into apartments with the help of the housing authority are now in limbo, while others seeking to reduce their share of housing payments are wondering how they will make rent
In the case of the housing authority, the glitches are connected to the latest phase of an ambitious program called NYCHA Improving the Customer Experience, or NICE. The program is designed to enable housing employees to access as much information as is available about tenants all at once, instead of using the current scattershot system, which has long been criticized as being slow and inefficient.

It seems "the gods" love those new computer systems that Bloomberg loves to install.

Also one could say  "beware of "GEEKS" bearing gifts of technology"

Before there was the "Oracle at Delphi" there was Count Vampire J. Machiavelli

VJ Machiavelli

Sunday, February 27, 2011


The news is all a buss with stories on Donald "Ego Manic" Trump

Will he run or is it just a publicity stunt ?

I for one prefer "WATSON" for President

Before there was the "Oracle at Delphi" there was Count Vampire J. Machiavelli

VJ Machiavelli

Saturday, February 19, 2011


Watson's humility — and humanity

Boston Globe - Joanna Weiss - ‎1
WHAT MADE “Jeopardy: The IBM Challenge'' so riveting last week wasn't the fact that Watson the computer clobbered his two human opponents. It seems a given that a computer on a TV game show would know a decent amount of trivia and have ...

'Watson' lawmakers might pull us out of jeopardy

Trading Markets (press release) - 
Watson for president! Better yet, let's make clones of Watson -- the computer IBM engineers built to clobber two human Jeopardy! champions last week -- and put them to work in Congress and state legislatures. Machines programmed to make decisions based ...

Watson 'Jeopardy!' victory: What is just the beginning?

Chicago Tribune (blog) - 
IBM's Watson wiped the floor with them. In your pod-bay doors, humans! You think that impresses other computer systems, like the software used to map the human genome ("Quiz show, huh?") or a Vegas video poker program ("You won a $1 million prize. ...

IBM's Watson: Smart Enough to Say, 'Yes, Doctor'

Huffington Post (blog) - 
IBM CEO Thomas J. Watson, Jr. -- son of the IBM CEO for whom this computer was named -- put it this way in 1965: "The widespread use [of computers] ... in hospitals and physicians' offices will instantaneously give a doctor or a nurse a patient's ...

IBM Watson Jeopardy analysis, computer wins over humans

Khabrein - 
IBM Watson Jeopardy analysis, computer wins over humans. The Jeopardy! Showdown has a lot to talk about. Reports have surfaced that the showdown that has grabbed headlines for reasons that humanity was pitted against IBM's Watson supercomputer did not ...

“Smartest Machine on Earth” Wins On Jeopardy - Frank Barron - 
In the quiz show's first-ever man vs. machine competition, Watson, the “smartest machine on earth,” played against Jeopardy's two most celebrated and successful players, Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter. It was a spirited and often funny game, ...

I'll Take 'New Computer Overlords' For $1000, Alex

NPR - Scott Simon - 
I so note because the victory of Watson, the IBM supercomputer, on Jeopardy! this week is another occasion that prompts us to contemplate where our species stands in relation to computers. Ken Jennings, one of the Jeopardy! champions competing against ...

IBM's Watson computer wins on 'Jeopardy!' but has future without games shows ... - Bob Holt - 
Borrowing the line from "The Simpsons," that's all Ken Jennings had left to offer on his video screen at the end of his match with IBM computer Watson this week on "Jeopardy!." Watson is a computer that can understand questions posed in ...

Elementary, Watson: Machines may soon surpass man

National Post - 
Watson, a supercomputer developed by IBM, defeated past champions of the television game show Jeopardy! this week Adam McDowell, National Post, with files from Agence France-Presse · Friday, Feb. 18, 2011 The experiment sounded like something a mad ...

COLUMN: Winter driving does not compute

StarPhoenix - Cam Fuller - 
Watson, a supercomputer developed by IBM, defeated past champions of the television game show Jeopardy! this week Don't be discouraged, humanity. Watson can't do everything. The IBM computer that kicked ...

It's elementary, dear Eliza

Brantford Expositor - Syd Bolton - 
You may have heard about how IBM's supercomputer dubbed "Watson" (after IBM's founder, Thomas J. Watson) won a special edition of Jeopardy!, the long-running television game show. Some people were surprised, while others felt that it was ...

Watson? Commercial – not super – computer

Register - Dan Olds - 
Now that IBM's Watson has pounded the best human Jeopardy competitors into a fine slurry, let's take stock. Our human proxies took their ass-kicking in good spirits, with Ken Jennings writing ...

Watson offers a glimpse of possibilities

Longmont Daily Times-Call - 
That a computer dubbed Watson could capture a $1 million prize by correctly interpreting clues to give quick and accurate answers should not have come as too large of a surprise. Every day, millions of computer users access similar technology by asking ...

Will mankind and 'WATSON" become one in 2045 thats what Ray Kurzweil says will happen.

VJ Machiavelli


Suit Suggests Political Party Knew of Fraud

New York Times - John Eligon - ‎Feb 17, 2011‎
The documents, in which the district attorney's office is suing the Independence Party for $1.1 million, accuse party leaders of trying to keep secret the name of the consultant, John F. Haggerty Jr., who was supposed to provide on Election Day ...

Political Party Hit By Suit

Wall Street Journal - Michael Howard Saul - ‎Feb 17, 2011‎
In court papers, prosecutors accuse the state's third-largest political party of participating in a cover-up to conceal Queens political operative John Haggerty's alleged theft of $1.1 million of the mayor's personal fortune. ...

Bloomy testifies in case against John Haggerty - Howard Koplowitz - ‎Feb 17, 2011‎
The spokeswoman said Manhattan Assistant District Attorney Eric Seidel did not disclose when Bloomberg testified or what he told the grand jury investigating GOP operative and Forest Hills resident John Haggerty, who had been involved in the mayor's ...

The more that comes out the more you just scratch your head and ask how did a smart business man like Bloomberg get fooled by "HAGGERTYGATE ?

Before there was the "Oracle at Delphi" there was Count Vampire J. Machiavelli

VJ Machiavelli


Crooked politicos Alan Hevesi, Hank Morris should serve maximum time for ...

New York Daily News - ‎Feb 18, 2011‎
As engineer of the worst corruption scandal in Albany history - which is saying a lot - Hank Morris should count himself lucky to get off with 1-1/3 to four years in prison. After all, he pocketed a breathtaking $19 million by shaking down Wall Street ...

NY pension scammer is heading to prison

Fortune - Dan Primack - ‎Feb 17, 2011‎
Henry "Hank" Morris, one of the masterminds of a pay-to-play scandal involving the New York state pension system, today was sentenced to up to four years in prison. He also agreed to repay $19 million in ill-gotten gains, and to be permanently banned ...

'It's Time to Go': Hevesi Adviser To Serve Up To Four Years In Pay-To-Play Scandal

Wall Street Journal (blog) - Chad Bray - ‎Feb 17, 2011‎
AP Hank Morris, right, former top political adviser of New York Comptroller Alan Hevesi, is escorted in handcuffs into Manhattan criminal court, Thursday, March 19, 2009, in New York. (AP Photo/ Louis Lanzano) This just in: Henry “Hank” ...

On why they endorsed Alan Hevesi for re-election the weekend before election day in 2006



So come clean and tell us the WHY--WHY---WHY--ALAN HEVESI 

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VJ Machiavelli

Wednesday, February 16, 2011


  1. IBM WatsonHow much did it cost to develop IBM's Watson? - Quora

    Jan 23, 2011 ... How much did it cost to develop IBM's Watson... it took 20 engineers 3 years to build it. With an average cost of $300k per engineer, ...

    I know this is not a "FAIR" question but it does make a point.

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Sunday, February 13, 2011


The machine age

This week, Watson takes on humans at "Jeopardy!" But how close are we to a computer that thinks? Google's director of research explains how far we've come ...

Last Updated: 5:17 AM, February 13, 2011
Posted: 10:34 PM, February 12, 2011

Forty years ago this December, President Nixon declared a war on cancer, pledging a “total national commitment” to conquering the disease. Fifty years ago this spring, President Kennedy declared a space race, promising to land a man safely on the moon before the end of the decade. And 54 years ago, Artificial Intelligence pioneer Herbert Simon declared that “there are now in the world machines that think” and predicted that a computer would be world chess champion within 10 years.
How have these bold efforts fared? We all know that Neil Armstrong made the giant leap for mankind in 1969, on schedule, and by the mid-1970s the sight of astronauts walking and driving on the moon became so routine that people impatiently started switching their TVs back to baseball. But to the layman it seems that efforts in cancer and artificial intelligence have failed; there have been no breakthroughs giving us the cure or the answer.
Read more: 

With IBM's Watson on 'Jeopardy!,' how trivial is trivia?

Washington Post - 
Trebek has made a good living testing his contestants' knowledge for almost three decades, but an upcoming match against the IBM-designed Watson ...

'Jeopardy' invites supercomputer Watson to destroy all humans

Los Angeles Times - ‎Feb 12, 2011‎
They'll get their chance Monday, when "Jeopardy" champs Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter face off against Watson, the world's most advanced question-answering ...

IBM Supercomputer Watson Takes on Jeopardy! Champions (VIDEO)

Slate Magazine (blog) - ‎Feb 11, 2011‎
What is Watson? Answer: the IBM super computer that will take on Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter, the most successful Jeopardy! champions of all time. ...

IBM's 'Watson' to take on Jeopardy! champs

Daily Times - ‎Feb 11, 2011‎
This photo courtesy of IBM shows Watson, powered by IBM POWER7, a work-load optimised system that can answer questions posed in natural language over a ...

IBM's Watson Faces Human Competitors on 'Jeopardy' Next Week

PC Magazine - Jill Duffy - ‎Feb 11, 2011‎
Three pre-recorded shows set to air February 14, 15, and 16 will pit IBM supercomputer Watson against Jeopardy's two all-time biggest champions, ...

Computer just another contestant for Trebek

Vancouver Sun - Alex Strachan - ‎Feb 12, 2011‎
Who is Watson? If this were a game of Jeopardy!, that would be the answer - answered in the form of a question - and the clue would read: This name, ...

IBM's Watson to appear on 'Jeopardy' - ‎Feb 12, 2011‎
The company's Watson will match its mechanical wits in episodes taped at an IBM Research facility in New York.Watson won a practice round against two past ...

Ah, puny mortal, I will crush you with my brain

Los Angeles Times - ‎Feb 11, 2011‎
You can guess who wins, although Watson does have vulnerabilities. By Melissa Maerz, Los Angeles Times Will supercomputers one day crush our puny mortal ...

Inside IBM's Thomas J. Watson Research Center

Wired News (blog) - Sam Gustin - ‎Feb 11, 2011‎
IBM supercomputer Watson will compete against Jeopardy champions Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter in a first-of-its-kind competition to be aired ...

Inside IBM's Thomas J. Watson Research Center

Wired News (blog) - Sam Gustin - ‎Feb 11, 2011‎
IBM supercomputer Watson will compete against Jeopardy champions Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter in a first-of-its-kind competition to be aired ...

IBM to collaborate with universities on Watson's QA tech

ZDNet UK - Larry Dignan - ‎Feb 11, 2011‎
IBM and eight universities from around the world will collaborate on developing the company'sWatson ...

I'll take 'computers' for $200, Alex

Toronto Star - Seth Wenig - ‎Feb 11, 2011‎
contest Ken Jennings, who won a record 74 consecutive games, refers to his opponent, an IBM computer called "Watson", while being interviewed after a ...

So to Speak | Joe Blundo commentary: Contestants will need to process data quickly

Columbus Dispatch - ‎11 hours ago‎
In case you haven't heard: Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter - two Jeopardy! superstars - will play against an IBM computer named Watson on the game show, ...

IBM's 'Watson' to take on Jeopardy! champs

AFP - Chris Lefkow - ‎Feb 10, 2011‎
Watson, a supercomputer named for IBM founder Thomas Watson, is to take on two human champions of the long-running Jeopardy! television quiz show in two ...

'Jeopardy!' champs compete against computer

USA Today - Craig Wilson - ‎Feb 11, 2011‎
AP Photo, Jeopardy Productions, Inc. Host Alex Trebek, left, poses with contestants Ken Jennings, center, and Brad Rutter and a computer named Watson on the ...

IBM's collaboration with universities to enable computer Watson to play ...

International Business Times - ‎Feb 12, 2011‎
By IBTimes Staff Reporter | February 12, 2011 4:36 AM EST IBM's famous Watson computing system will be creating history as it competes in a special edition ...

Jeopardy! Champ Ken Jennings

Washington Post - ‎Feb 11, 2011‎
15, at 11 am, to discuss his match-up against Watson, an IBM computing system, and the popular game show. Have a question? Submit it now and watch live on ...

IBM Computer Faces Off Against 'Jeopardy' Champs

NPR - ‎Feb 11, 2011‎
Four years in the works, IBM's supercomputer "Watson" will compete against Jeopardy! champions from Feb. 14-16. To win, the computer will have to process ...

IBM's Watson's Goals Far Beyond 'Jeopardy'

Investor's Business Daily - Julie Vallone - ‎Feb 11, 2011‎
"Jeopardy" champions Ken Jennings, left, and Brad Rutter watch IBM's Watson beat them to the buzzer in a Jan. 13 practice round. AP View Enlarged Image Eric ...

Three cheers for Watson

University of Texas at Austin News - Tim Green - ‎Feb 11, 2011‎
Challenge, which pits two human Jeopardy! champions against Watson, a computer built by IBM Corp. Watson will take on Ken Jennings, who had the show's ...

'Jeopardy' champs face off against IBM computer

Seattle Times - Kristi Heim - ‎Feb 11, 2011‎
champion Brad Rutter played against Watson, an IBM computer built specifically to rival a human's ability to answer questions in natural language. ...

Watson on Jeopardy

WBGH - ‎Feb 11, 2011‎
On Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, the Watson machine will challenge Jeopardy's top two contestants, Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter. ...

For Jennings, it's a man vs. man competition

Vancouver Sun - Alex Strachan - ‎Feb 12, 2011‎
Jennings knew going into the game that Watson was designed to be fast on the draw -or quick on the buzzer, in Jeopardy! parlance. Jennings saw the challenge ...

CMU's Watson Computer To Take On 'Jeopardy' Greats

WPXI Pittsburgh - ‎Feb 11, 2011‎
PITTSBURGH -- "Jeopardy" champions Brad Rutter and Ken Jennings are all set to take on the talking IBMWatson computer, designed by Carnegie Mellon ...

IBM's Watson to Battle Jeopardy!'s Brightest Humans: Stunt or Stunning?

TechNewsDaily - Adam Hadhazy - ‎Feb 11, 2011‎
For three nights next week, an IBM computer called Watson will compete on "Jeopardy!" against the popular quiz ...

Why 'Watson' matters to lawyers

The National Law Journal - ‎Feb 11, 2011‎
You've probably heard of "Watson," a computer named after IBM's first chief executive, Thomas J. Watson Sr., which will compete on TV's Jeopardy! against ...

IBM's Watson Heads to School

CTO Edge - ‎Feb 11, 2011‎
In case you don't have plans for Valentine's Day, consider this a friendly reminder that IBM's Watsonsupercomputer will be making its debut Feb. ...

IBM Watson taps university smarts ahead of Jeopardy! battle

Network World - ‎Feb 11, 2011‎
If you have seen any of the video of its preliminary bouts on Jeopardy! you know that IBM's Watson computer is pretty amazing. One of the main reasons it ...

Scott D. Pierce: Can Ken Jennings defeat a computer?

Salt Lake Tribune - Scott D. Pierce - ‎Feb 11, 2011‎
Jennings and Rutter are onstage with a monitor representing the enormous computer named Watson. They play two games over three days (Monday-Wednesday, ...

Students at conference get peek of special IBM project

Bloomington Pantagraph - ‎Feb 12, 2011‎
IBM's Bruce Cather shared a video about the IBM Watson, a computer that will compete with all-time champions Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter on the televised ...

Will "Watson" be our first-Computer President ?

Or will  "Watson" merge with man in 2045 to create the IMORTAL MAN as futurist Ray Kurzweil predicts ?

Before there was the "Oracle at Delphi" there was Count Vampire J. Machiavelli

VJ Machiavelli