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Interning with LinkedIn’s Analytics Team

Open house opening speech and breakout session   To summarize, each of the aspects of our hiring strategy yielded exposure to top-notch candidates, and collectively resulted in a wonderful summer intern class. Additionally, the hands-on experiences like the campus recruiting and open house helped us further our goal of expanding our ties to the data science community.  Looking forward to next year, we’d like to continue implementing these techniques. Additionally, we’ll be brainstorming other ways we can showcase to students…

200 years of the bicycle—computer scientists electrify historic ‘dandy horse’

Professor Holger Hermanns riding the Dandy Horse, in the background Florian Schiessl, on the right the Belgian bicycle engineer Dries Callebaut. Credit: Oliver Dietze In honor of the inventor, their prototype is still made completely of wood, but it also contains an electric motor, battery, sensors and mini-computer. As soon as the rider pushes off from the ground, the motor starts and provides additional power during the entire ride. With their “Draisine 200.0” the computer scientists are testing the validity…

Evolving the Netflix Data Platform with Genie 3 – Netflix TechBlog – Medium

by Tom Gianos The big data space continues to change at a rapid pace. Data scientists and analysts have more tools than ever at their disposal whether it be Spark, R, Presto, or traditional engines like Hive and Pig. At Netflix the Big Data Platform team is responsible for making these tools available, reliable and as simple as possible for our users at massive scale. For more information on our overall architecture you can see our talks at QCon 2016,…

Tumblr Engineering — Introducing Graywater for Android

As a platform that prides itself on being a home for artists and creatives alike, it only makes sense that we allow our users to fully customize their Tumblrs to fully express themselves. Here at Tumblr, the world is your oyster not only in terms of looks but also in how you create your theme. I wanted to demonstrate how you too can develop a theme using Redux and React. Since there are plenty of docs and tutorials on how…

Meet our engineers – Charlie Pastuszenski

What’s your name and where are you from? My name is Charlie and I come from the US and grew up in Massachusetts. Before moving to Stockholm, I lived and worked for Spotify in New York City. What do you do at Spotify? I am a machine learning engineer. I spend my time writing data pipelines to generate training data for the machine learning models that my team and I implement. I also work on building backend services that use…

Is Bitcoin a Viable Currency?

The recent rise in the value of Bitcoin has the captured the world’s attention with its recent meteoric price bubble. The value of Bitcoin has grown over 200% in 2017 alone. If you are considering jumping into the mania and purchasing a Bitcoin, here are five good reasons why you may want to sit on the sidelines a little longer. The Pro’s of Bitcoin Bitcoin does have some truly unique characteristics. One of the most attractive points is the fact…

Counting things, a lot of different things…

Back in April we announced Rate Limiting of requests for every Cloudflare customer. Being able to rate limit at the edge of the network has many advantages: it’s easier for customers to set up and operate, their origin servers are not bothered by excessive traffic or layer 7 attacks, the performance and memory cost of rate limiting is offloaded to the edge, and more. In a nutshell, rate limiting works like this: Customers can define one or more rate limit…

Combatting weeds with lasers

Tim Wigbels (left) and Dr. Julio Pastrana (right) with their weed recognition software which is detecting a plant and how the laser system is shooting and damage its foliage. Credit: Volker Lannert/Uni Bonn A robot automatically identifies weeds in a field and combats them with a short laser pulse. Sustainable agriculture, which avoids the use of herbicides as far as possible, could benefit from this smart idea. Dr. Julio Pastrana and Tim Wigbels from the Institute of Geodesy and Geoinformation…

Scientists recommend drones for pipeline monitoring

The use of aerial drones to monitor oil and gas pipelines could bring significant benefits to operators, according to research carried out by scientists at the University of Aberdeen. Pipeline networks require regular inspection and monitoring for maintenance, safety and security. Monitoring is traditionally carried out on foot or by helicopter, but scientists believe the use of drones would bring new efficiencies that would work especially well in remote or hard to reach areas. David R. Green and…

Oregon city approves permit for US’ first all-wood high-rise

This Nov. 15, 2016, file photo shows a piece of cross-laminated timber, or CLT , in Portland, Ore. City officials in Portland have approved a construction permit for the first all-wood high-rise building in the nation. The building uses the new technology called cross-laminated timber that tests have shown can withstand the worst earthquakes. Developers worked with scientists at Portland State University and Oregon State University to prove through testing that the materials meet all building and fire safety codes.…