Archived; click post to view. Excerpt: Finally someone stood up and said what I was feeling all my live! Tim Harford is an expert on complex systems and realized that most of them evolve by trial and error and not by some authority saying we have to do it in this and that way. He [...]

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René Pickhardt on July 18th, 2011

Archived; click post to view. Excerpt: I have wanted to write about Google’s data liberation front from some time. The data liberation front is an effort by Google to make your data from Google products available to you once you decide not to use them any more. Today my former student Martin was faster in [...]

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René Pickhardt on July 18th, 2011

Archived; click post to view. Excerpt: Over the last weeks I did some more work on neo4j. And I am ready to present some more results on the speed (In my use case neo4j outperformed MySQL by a factor of 377 ! That is more than two magnitudes). As known one part of my PhD thesis [...]

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René Pickhardt on July 5th, 2011

Archived; click post to view. Excerpt: Hey everyone! Last week I sent out over 100 invitations to Google Plus. I know some of you are still waiting to be allowed to join. But for those who have seen G+ I would love to hear your oppinion on Google Plus. Do you think it will become [...]

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René Pickhardt on July 2nd, 2011

We all know that the review process of scientific journals is a good thing that served a certain purpose in the time it was created. In this video Jimmy Wales – well known as the Wikipedia founder – talks about the impact of new technologies and the web on the traditional concept of scientific journals [...]

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René Pickhardt on July 1st, 2011

Archived; click post to view. Excerpt: Finally Google made the big step to enter the social networking market. (Here my first thoughts and impressions on Google+. ) There were quite a lot of rumors about it and of course everyone saw it coming. In the actual discussions, there seems to be a lot of confusion [...]

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René Pickhardt on July 1st, 2011

Archived; click post to view. Excerpt: Yesterday I was finally able to receive an invitation to Google+ (thanks to Lisa!). After seeing it from the inside, I am convinced that this is the killer application that will stop Facebook. Google+ feels totally comfortable. It also allows you to make your communication much more effective. When [...]

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