Imagine my surprise when reading the March 28, 2016 issue of BusinessWeek and
stumbling across the article titled “Lies, Damned Lies, and More
Statistics.” In the article, "BusinessWeek" warned readers to beware of
“p-hacking,” which is the statistical practice of tweaking data in ways
that generate low p-values but actually undermine the test (see p-value
definition below). One of the results of “p-hacking” is that absurd
results can be made to pass the p-value test, and important findings can be
overlooked. For example…
A study from the Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge
followed 17,000 Canadians over 12 years and found that those who sat for most
of the day were 54% more likely to die of heart attacks that those that
54%!? Yikes, that’s a scary fact. Proof that sitting kills you by heart
attack. As a person who spends a lot of time ... (more)
Every time I call up any customer support and hear the familiar 'all our
representatives are busy dealing with other customers,' that my call is very
important to them and from the more technologically advanced ones that I am
'fourth in the queue and my approximate wait time is 23 minutes,' I wonder
why can't they simply call me back when they are free? They already have my
contact number. Some of them actually play some music while I wait - which is
still better than those who actually take that opportunity to inform me about
their new products.
Have you realized that you might be flying an airline, staying in particular
hotel chain or visiting a retailer for ages but unless you sign-up for their
rewards / loyalty program you're actually invisible to them? I know there are
customer privacy issues at play and a customer might be using different
payment options ever... (more)
Last night I spent a couple of hours going over our personal finances which
included me spending some time on the American Express customer portal.
Amex does a good job of letting you on their portal where you could be buying
to maximize your membership rewards points. They will often tell you things
like “Buy at FTD.com and earn double points” (I don’t know if FTD.com
is actually a partner, I’m just using this as an example). The airlines
do this as well, letting you earn points if you purchase online from certain
I think its great that Amex, the airlines, and whomever else, is giving me
the chance to earn additional rewards points, but when I am going to purchase
something online, I never check americanexpress.com and AA.com before buying
whatever it is I am planning on buying. So I have no idea where I should be
buying to get these extra points. M... (more)
Plane overbooked? Denied boarding? Bumped? Know your rights.
Having an plane overbooked is not illegal, and most airlines overbook their
scheduled flights to a certain extent in order to compensate for
“no-shows.” Passengers are sometimes left behind or “bumped” as a
result. When an oversale occurs, the Department of Transportation (DOT)
requires airlines to ask people who aren’t in a hurry to give up their
seats voluntarily, in exchange for compensation. Those passengers bumped
against their will, with a few exceptions, are entitled to compensation.
Almost any planeload of airline passengers includes some people with urgent
travel needs and others who may be more concerned about the cost of their
tickets than about getting to their destination on time. DOT rules require
airlines to seek out passengers who are willing to give up their seats for
Was today the day the music died? (click here or here if you are not familar
with the expression)
Add another three letter acronym (TLA) to your IT vocabulary if you are
involved with server, storage, networking, virtualization, security and
related infrastructure resource management (IRM) topics.
That new TLA is Virtual Computing Environment (VCE), a coalition formed by
EMC and Cisco along with partner Intel called Acadia that was announced
today. Of course, EMC who also happens to own VMware for virtualization and
RSA for security software tools bring those to the coalition (read press
For some quick fun, twittervile and the blogosphere have come up with other
meanings such as:
VCE = Virtualization Communications Endpoint
VCE = VMware Cisco EMC
VCE = Very Cash Efficient
VCE = VMware Controls Everything
VCE = Virtualization Causes Enthusiasm
VCE = VMware... (more)
New Media Journal on Ulitzer
For better or worse, much of my life these days is spent online.
Don’t misunderstand – I’m not complaining! In fact, I like it this way.
The opportunity to reconnect with long-lost friends on Facebook, to keep
updated on ideas and insights via Twitter, to share my thoughts and opinions
on this blog – I think it’s great!
Naturally…as with anything…something you enjoy can become detrimental if
it is overdone. Research indicates you can enjoy a glass or two of wine in
the evening, and it’s good for your heart – but, if you start consuming
much more on a daily basis, you’ll ruin your health. Being online can open
up new vistas of knowledge and information — however, spend all of your
life there, and you blow up your personal relationships.
With that caution understood, imagine when I somewhat suddenly discovered
myself getting tons of work do... (more)
Economists have written about the law of unintended consequences. This is the
theory that the actions of people, governments and industries always have
effects that are unanticipated. Whether it’s the too-quiet Airbus A380 or
cell phones and bananas, unexpected outcomes often happen in pursuit of other
goals. One of the latest examples of this is […]
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FORT WORTH, Texas, Nov. 28 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Time-strapped and
idea-starved shoppers take heart. American Airlines is making it easier and
more convenient to give the perfect gift this holiday season or at any time
of year. The American Airlines gift card is now available in any denomination
between $50 and $1,500 when purchased on American's Web site, AA.com.
Previously, American Airlines gift cards were sold in denominations of $50 or
$100. Now, however, American is offering gift-givers who purchase gift cards
through AA.com more choices by allowing them to choose any amount they wish
to give (between $50 and $1,500), as well as how they want to give it --
either as a traditional plastic gift card or a virtual gift card sent
electronically. Visit http://www.aa.com/giftcard for more details.
Gift cards in general are fast becoming the gift-giving and gift-rec... (more)
MIAMI, Nov. 17 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- American Airlines has been selected
as the best airline in Latin America and the Caribbean by the Airports
Council International (ACI). A plaque commemorating the honor was presented
to American during ACI's recent meeting in Guayaquil, Ecuador.
ACI is the international association of the worlds' airports. Its mission is
to advance the interests of airports and to promote professional excellence
in airport management and operations. ACI has six regions throughout the
world. The Latin America and Caribbean region (ACI-LAC) honored American.
"We are very gratified to learn that airport managers throughout the region
selected us as the best airline. This is a testament to the work of our
employees in the more than 70 airports we serve in the region," said Peter
Dolara, American's Senior Vice President, Miami, Caribbean and Latin A... (more)
Tired of getting crappy seats at Southwest? Here's how to make sure you get a
better seat all the time using Free and Open Source software.
Much discussion in the cloud computing world has focused on a simple
question: Is a private cloud infrastructure worthy of the name? It's been
posed in many ways, with some going so far as claiming that there is no such
thing as a private cloud. Although discussions like these are all too common
in many areas, the question really amounts to little more than counting
angels dancing on pin heads. The key issue is whether private cloud-style
infrastructure can deliver real benefits like public clouds can.
First, let's set out some definitions:
The draft NIST definition, perhaps the best we have at this point, states
that "Cloud computing is a pay-per-use model for enabling available,
convenient, on-demand network access to a shared pool of configurable
computing resources (e.g., networks, servers, storage, applications,
services) that can be rapidly provisioned and rel... (more)