Skype can translate spoken Spanish to English in near real-time

Kif Leswing  Dec. 15, 2014 – 9:17 AM PST

Microsoft started rolling out a new feature for Skype on Monday: Skype Translator will translate communications from users using different languages in near real-time — that is, as you’re chatting. At first, Skype Translator will work with spoken English and Spanish, as well as forty written languages over instant messaging.

To try it out, you’ll need a computer running Windows 8.1 or a current Windows Phone. You can sign up for the preview here. Users of Skype Translator will need to manually activate the feature for each person they speak to in order to hear their conversation automatically translated. The software will also provide an on-screen transcript of the call.

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Enjoy machine learning with Mahout on Hadoop

You can use the Hadoop ecosystem to manage your data. Now put that data to good use and apply machine learning via Mahout

John Hunter Memorial Fund

Tue 28 August 2012

By Travis (Source – http://numfocus.org/johnhunter.html)
 
John Hunter 
 
John Hunter, author of Matplotlib, founding board member of NumFOCUS, husband to Miriam, and father to three daughters: Clara, Ava, and Rahel, was diagnosed with cancer in late July 2012 after returning from his keynote address at SciPy in Austin, TX. He passed away on August 28th from complications arising from necessary cancer treatment. See the announcement email by his good friend, Fernando Perez.John has given so much to all of us in the Python community, now is our time to give something back to his family by providing for the education and support of his children. We have setup the John Hunter Memorial Fund to provide a mechanism for individuals and companies who have appreciated John’s work, to give back to him by ensuring that his children have funds available for their education.

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Donations are gifts to Miriam and her girls. They will be used for the care and education of Clara, Ava, and Rahel. As of A PayPal account has been set up so that you may give to John’s family directly. You may also send a check directly to the family made out to Miriam Sierig and mailed to the address below.  Thank you for your generosity!

PayPal:

Please visit to Source – http://numfocus.org/johnhunter.html

Checks:

Miriam Sierig
953 E Hyde Park Blvd #2
Chicago, IL 60615

Beyond caching: Google engineers reveal secrets to faster websites

Joab Jackson@Joab_Jackson

In the fiercely competitive world of Internet services, Google constantly seeks ways to speed up the delivery of content to its hundreds of millions of users.

At the O’Reilly Velocity conference this week in New York, two Google engineers presented some of their favorite tips and research for expediting delivery of web pages and applications. Such knowledge could be handy for other web developers looking to make their products more responsive.

Google developer advocate and performance expert Colt McAnlis tackled one of the thorniest problems for mobile web developers today: JavaScript performance.

Web-based JavaScript applications can suffer from performance issues, especially on mobile clients, because JavaScript parsing engines use garbage collection (GC) to manage memory. “You shouldn’t rely on garbage collectors,” McAnlis told the audience of web developers.

GC helps programmers by automatically returning to the operating system the memory a program no longer needs. Writing code to manage memory in low-level languages such as C and C++ is a laborious process, though, and such languages aren’t natively supported by browsers anyway.

The problem with many JavaScript web apps is that JavaScript engines will launch their garbage collection routines at seemingly random times, which will cause applications to momentarily slow down. The frame rate of a video application, for instance, may decrease. Or the time it takes an application to execute an operation may jump to a noticeable 20 milliseconds, up from a typical 3-to-5 milliseconds.

Overall, for GC to work without being noticed by the user, the system memory must be six times as large as the amount of memory being used, said McAnlis, referring to a well-known study. This can be a demanding requirement given the limited memory of mobile devices and the number of memory-hungry applications they run. Read more of this post

Review: Zotero makes research easier, faster, more robust

Yaara Lancet@ylancet

Everyone researching with electronic sources knows the pains of collecting articles, managing a library, and, worst of all, creating citations. Zotero is a veteran (and completely free) browser add-on that solves nearly all these problems. Originally available only for Firefox, cross-platform tool Zotero has recently become available for Chrome and Safari as well via its standalone desktop version.

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