Archive - 2004

August 10th


Never ever, ever, EVER try to work on Hidden Markov Models when you haven't slept for over 24 hours. Oh Viterbi!

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August 9th

busy wait

Today I was asked not to busy-wait. Awesome terminology.

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August 8th

tee nine

Some notes on T9. perl-fu used to prove interaction design-fu:

The patented iTap/T9 system uses a dictionary (does it also use a general language model?) to decode the string back into english characters. In the event of any ambiguity, the user uses scroll commands (embodied on one or more other keys) to select the desired word from a list offered by the machine.

I was curious to find out how good this code is for English. I could see it being bad in two possible ways.

1. Assuming that the user is purely typing words from a dictionary, how often will the user have to use the disambiguator, (Example: KISS = LIPS = 5477, and PUFFS = QUEER = 78337!)

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August 6th

freudian mumbaism

Just woke up from a rather strange dream that included a seemingly implausible scene about a Maruti 800 parked inside a bedroom. I'm not sure, but I think this has something to do with the tiny dimensions of Mumbai apartments. Perhaps I should read the book to find out more.


August 3rd

dot com vs beer

Korean superportal is buying Lycos from Terra Networks for 105 million dollars. Terra originally had paid 12 billion dollars for the portal, which means that they're giving it away at close to 1/100th at the cost they paid! In case you didn't know, Daum is the biggest portal in Korea and is the 11th most popular website in the world, according to Alexa. But how wise was this deal for Terra? Here's a comment from /.:

Hm... $12.5 billion can buy about 925 million 12-packs of bottled Guinness Draught. At the 5 cent per bottle recycling rate in NY state, that would net about $555 million.

August 1st

thick cars in deep space

New addition to the blog roll: Carthik Sharma!

July 31st

googul ipo page

The IPO Page is up. The first lines read:

In order to register for a bidder ID through this web site, you must be a U.S. person. An individual who is a resident of the United States is a U.S. person.

Two observations. First, that yours truly cannot help himself to a part of the pudding. Second, that lawyers suck majortime at writing simple English.


July 30th

email problems

People, if you have been emailing me at my personal email address, (addresses of this domain name), I haven't been getting any of it - since 2 days, I think. Apologies for the inconvenience, please feel free to use the Contact Page to communicate with me.

July 28th

readers post

Ok, your turn. comment away!


July 27th

misspelled namesakes

They might both live in California, USA, but Kasley is not Kalsey: they're two completely diferent people.