Archiv 17. August 2010

Dienstag, 17. August 2010

MIGROS‘ Logistik macht auf Ameise

Migros, a Swiss supermarket chain, and Barilla, Italy’s leading pasta-maker, both manage their daily deliveries from central warehouses to local retailers using AntRoute. This is a piece of software developed by AntOptima, a spin-off from the Dalle Molle Institute for Artificial Intelligence in Lugano (IDSIA), one of Europe’s leading centres for swarm intelligence. Every morning the software’s “ants” calculate the best routes and delivery sequences, depending on the quantity of cargo, its destinations, delivery windows and available lorries. According to Luca Gambardella, the director of both IDSIA and AntOptima, it takes 15 minutes to produce a delivery plan for 1,200 trucks, even though the plan changes almost every day.

Quelle: Artificial intelligence: Riders on a swarm | The Economist

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Labels: IT, Wirtschaft, Wissenschaft

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Dienstag, 17. August 2010

Wie Geldautomatenhersteller es den Kartendieben einfach machen

The thieves who designed these admittedly ingenious tools had a much easier job of it because, like the ATMs onto which they’re attached, skimmers don’t have to look like they do anything that you would understand. They just need to look like they might do something you don’t understand.

Quelle: Take the Money and Stand Still

Erhellender — und leider völlig zutreffender — Artikel über Skimmer, die die Kreditkarten ihrer Opfer mittels an Geldautomaten angebrachten Magnetscannern klonen und mit der Kopie dann munter-fröhlich Geld abheben gehen.

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Dienstag, 17. August 2010

Mathematica — noch so eine eierlegende Wollmilchsau?!

By far my #1 tool is Mathematica. Which, of course, I built so I could have it to use! These days I use it not just to compute, but also to keep notes, to create presentations, and to do all sorts of other things.

Quelle: An interview with Stephen Wolfram : The Setup

Ich habe Mathematica zwar noch nie benutzt, mit dieser Aussage ist es aber schnurstracks in diejenige Kopf-Schublade gewandert, in welcher auch Microsoft Office und Adobe-Produkte rumlungern. Deren Gemeinsamkeit: Bloatware mit akuter Featurities.

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Dienstag, 17. August 2010

Android wird wohl für immer ein Nischenprodukt bleiben

One problem I see is that Google is making a bet on those same vendors who are now squeezed in the middle of that last pie chart: Samsung, LG, Motorola and Sony Ericsson. Nokia, Apple and RIM will certainly not take the OS over what they already have as it dilutes their differentiation and margins. That means Android is aligned with the biggest losers in the industry.

… In other words, Android’s licensees won’t have the profits or the motivation to spend on R&D so as to make exceptionally competitive products at a time when being competitive is what matters most.

Quelle: asymco | Android’s Pursuit of the Biggest Losers

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Labels: Apple, Wirtschaft

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