No Indispensable Man

Today is 1st May, Labour’s Day – an annual holiday all over India that celebrates the achievements of workers. But with AI(Artificial Intelligence), robots and machines trending in I fear Labour is put back by machines, not completely, though.

Yes! but future talks about taking it  over completely. Some thoughts on the same and also when you are in need of introspection, this is the poem by Saxon White Kessinger

Sometime when you’re feeling important
Sometime when your ego’s in bloom
Sometime when you take it for granted,
You’re the best qualified in the room
Sometime when you feel that your going,
Would leave an unfillable hole,
Just follow these simple instructions
And see how they humble your soul.  

Take a bucket and fill it with water,
Put your hand in it up to the wrist
Pull it out and the hole that’s remaining,
Is a measure of how much you’ll be missed.
You can splash all you wish when you enter,
You may stir up the water galore,
But stop, and you’ll find that in no time,
It looks quite the same as before.  

The moral of this quaint example,
Is to do just the best that you can,
Be proud of yourself but remember,
There’s no indispensable man.

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The air is still free

“Out of the city and over the hill,
Into the spaces where Time stands still,
Under the tall trees, touching old wood,
Taking the way where warriors once stood;
Crossing the little bridge, losing my way,
But finding a friendly place where I can stay.
Those were the days, friend, when we were strong
And strode down the road to an old marching song
When the dew on the grass was fresh every morn,
And we woke to the call of the ring-dove at dawn.
The years have gone by, and sometimes I falter,
But still I set out for a stroll or a saunter,
For the wind is as fresh as it was in my youth,
And the peach and the pear, still the sweetest of fruit,
So cast away care and come roaming with me,
Where the grass is still green and the air is still free.”

By Ruskin Bond

Round, ceil, floor : Decimal to integer

Javascript has inbuilt functions for converting decimal number to an integer value.

Math.round function is used to round a number to its nearest integer. If fractional part of the number >=0.5 then the argument is rounded to next higest integer.
If fractional part of the number < 0.5 then the argument is rounded to lowest integer.
Syntax: Math.round(number)
eg. Math.round(7.5) = 8
Math.round(7.2) = 7

Math.ceil function returns integer greater than or equal to a given number. Ceil means think of the ceiling of the room which is above your head.
Syntax: Math.ceil(number)
eg. Math.ceil(7.5) = 8
Math.ceil(7.2) = 8
Math.ceil(7) = 7
Math.ceil(-7.5) = -7
Math.ceil(-7.2) = -7

Math.floor function returns integer lesser than or equal to a given number. Floor means think of the floor of the room which is below you
Syntax: Math.floor(number)
eg. Math.floor(7.5) = 7
Math.floor(7.2) = 7
Math.floor(7) = 7
Math.floor(-7.5) = -8
Math.floor(-7.2) = -8

Gloomy Grey

When the sky is grey
And you have that feeling, that gloominess gonna stay
To your dismay…

Remember that, somewhere there
The Sun is still shining on the other side
All Alone…

Making its way through gloomy grey
The healing rainbow rays…

Composed by Vinit Desai

 

Sun, Earth, Sky

Even after all this time

The Sun never says to the Earth,

“You Owe Me”

And look what happens with a love like that

It lights the whole sky.

Big Data: how big is it and what is the Big Deal ?

Data, A collection of facts from which conclusions may be drawn. Data can be words, numbers, observations or description of things. Data can be categorized in many forms: text, sound, picture, video etc. The world is awashed and updating with electronic information, be it social networking sites, blogs, news or any other form.

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How can value be gained from data?
The big question is that the large volumes of data need to be stored for retrieval. The massive growth in data offers a great technology breakthroughs, better business models with better retrieval from this massive storage.

This is what happened on Facebook in the last few minutes so many things at one time – links shared, event invites, friend requests, photos uploaded, messages sent,tags, status updates and comments.

There are many data giants like Facebook that are being exposed to massive amounts of data like above. Such companies and agencies have to support, store, analyze and make decisions using large amounts of data is called Big Data.

Its a Big Deal because, using Big Data one can build better products, offer better services and predict the future better. All this means Big Money. So Big Data is a Big Deal.