Software

Python BlackJack

Here is the next instalment of the python assignments from the “Introduction to Interactive Programming in Python” course: The game’s feature set is small and basic. For example, there is no insurance, doubling down, splitting hand, or bet adjustment. However, the concepts developed in this assignments in include tiled imaging, and more sophisticated use of lists. BlackJack: http://www.codeskulptor.org/#user25_pDERTxmfWx_26.py Again, you have to click on the PLAY button on the top left-hand corner (shown below).

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Data Analysis in R – Setting Loan Interest Rates

The following chart is the result of a data analysis of loan data for 2500 peer lending loans. The caption at the bottom explains the analysis results. This analysis was performed for the course: Data Analysis from Johns Hopkins University offered through Coursera. So far, it is a great experience. Figure Caption: All of the non-FICO factors that had significant ANOVA p-values are included in the stand-alone figure. Those factors are: (1) loan length, (2) amount requested, (3) amount funded, (4) debt to income ratio, (5) loan purpose, and (6) home ownership. In all charts, interest rate is shown on the Y-axis. Charts 1-3 depict factors confirmed to have significant impact on interest rates using a Tukey-HSD test, while figure 4-6 show factors that had significant ANOVA p-value, but were then determined to have an insignificant impact on interest rate. The overall correlation between FICO score level and interest rate…

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Try a game of memory to exercise your bain

It’s important to keep your brain fresh and running in tip top condition. On the other hand, leisure helps our brain relax, flush critical chemicals and perform hard-disk-utility-like maintenance on our memory systems. I’ve heard that the flash card game ‘memory‘ is a good way to sharpen your mind and it can be a little fun. If you want, try out this version of memory that I recently programmed in a massive open online course (MOOC): http://www.codeskulptor.org/#user24_pnI46SyY82_14.py When you get to this page, you have to click on the play button located in the top left-hand corner, which looks like this:

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Why Netflix has kicked ass

I propose three main reasons for Netflix rapid growth: (1) broad device and software architecture support, (2) contracts with top content producers, and (3) optimal timing with respect to scaling, product deployment and technology road mapping. I will outline the ways these three factors have contributed to Netflix growth below. 1. Broad device and software architecture support Netlflix supports a huge range of devices and operating systems. The astounding list includes: Windows and OSX, , ChromeOS, iOS, Android, and Windows Phone, Amazon Kindle, and Nook, which pretty much rounds out the entire PC, notebook, smartphone, and tablet markets. Netflix was also able to secure streaming capabilities in a wide array of Blue-ray players, and smart TV’s and set-top-boxes. Once you include XBox, Playstation, Nintendo Wii, 3D, WiiU, TiVO and Boxee, it’s hard to find a digital device that doesn’t support Netflix. Forbes reports that Playstation is the most used device…

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What are the big TV networks scared of most?

Major TV networks in several cases have been acquired by or merged with cable providers. Their business model is heavily integrated with cable and internet service. With respect to internet technology, their biggest fear may be the realization of a technology race coined “The Last Mile” (Cordeiro, 2003). The goal of ‘the last mile’ is for telecoms to deliver broadband wireless internet to homes. Intel had plans to help make that happen with WiMax but luckily for ISP’s have come up short so far. If telecoms were to successfully develop a superior last mile solution, consumers may switch from Comcast or AOL cable internet to Verizon or AT&T. So, wireless broadband is a potentially disruptive technology for cable service providers (Goodwins, 2005; The Economist 2002). With respect to online video content being a disruptive technology, TV networks biggest fear may that global broadband penetration, significant improvements in broadband speeds and…

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Here are two charts to show the proportion of software patent grants of all patent grants issued by year since 2008, and software patent grants share of all litigation since 2008. Both are increasing at a steady rate. These facts correspond with the importance of software in corporate strategy in the past decade. Software has also dominated M&A deals in terms of value and volume. Figure 1: Patent Grants from software-related UPC subclasses as a share of all patent grants issued (2008-2012) Figure 2: Patent Grants from software-related UPC subclasses as a share of all patent litigation (2008-2012)

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Hon Hai Accumulating Intelligent Auto Patents

Luxgen is a new Taiwanese independent auto brand seeking to grow and add market share in Taiwan and abroad. Luxgen has shown propensity towards selling intelligent automobiles in a global market. More broadly, in the US autonomous vehicles have been licensed for testing in two US states to date, and Google’s Sergey Brin has publically predicted that autonomous vehicles will be ready for market in 5 years. Luxgen is owned by parent company Hon Hai Precision Industry Ltd. Hon Hai has started to accumulate patents related to autonomous vehicles starting in 2010 and their transportation related patent awards and their details are below in Figure 2 and Table 4. Secondly, top litigated software UPC classes for 2012 include several classes related to transportation technology. These litigation trends indicate that technological innovation in the transportation industry is high-value at this time. Figure: Hon Hai Transportation Related Patent Grants by Award Year…

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    Click on the image below to see the full report:   Link to Annual Report of Software Patent Litigation for 2012: https://www.ripplesoftware.ca/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/annual-report-data-1.jpg Link to PwC 2012 M&A Outlook: http://www.pwc.com/en_US/us/transaction-services/publications/assets/pwc-technology-mergers-acquisitions-q4-2011-outlook.pdf Link to PwC 2012 Patent Litigation Report: http://www.pwc.com/en_US/us/forensic-services/publications/assets/2012-patent-litigation-study.pdf Link to PwC 2012 China M&A Outlook: http://www.pwcblogs.be/transactions/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/2012-China-MA-Review-and-Outlook.pdf

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Technology cycle time is a measure of the pace of technological turnover by measuring the average age of patent citations. The following table shows the UPC subclasses with the fastest moving TCT for 2010. Only subclasses that have received at least 100 patent grants during 2010 are included. Results show communications IT, big data, vehicles navigation, computer conferencing constitute most of the classes.

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