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enWolfram Alpha Can Now Reduce Your Social Life to a Series of Graphs
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<!--paging_filter--><p><img src="/files/u46173/facebookwolf.jpg" alt="FaceWolf" width="228" height="77" style="float: right;" /><a href="http://www.facebook.com">Facebook</a> is a great place to follow the lives of friends, and family, but it’s also an amazing repository of your personal information. Even casual users would be surprised how much data they have poured into the service over the years, and now you finally have a way to put it into perspective. Wolfram Alpha, the world’s greatest computational knowledge engine, has launched a service that will reduce your Facebook <a href="http://www.wolframalpha.com/input/?i=facebook">social life to a series of mathematical charts</a>.</p>
<p>To get started just type “Facebook” into the search field, click the analyze button, and create a Wolfram Alpha account. The data gives you a good idea of how much you participate on the service, and will even give you an interesting breakdown of your friends by country, age, and a visualization of how you all know each other.</p>
<p>If you ever wanted to see your entire life broken down into a series of mathematical charts, you owe it to yourself to check this out.</p>
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http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/wolfram_alpha_can_now_reduce_your_social_life_series_graphs#commentsfacebookmathSocial NetworkingSoftwarewolfram alphaNewsSun, 02 Sep 2012 19:08:34 +0000Justin Kerr24101 at http://www.maximumpc.comThe Foolproof Captcha: Advanced Math
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<!--paging_filter--><p><img src="/files/u94712/math.png" alt="math" width="228" height="93" style="float: right;" />Anyone that has ever used the internet has experienced the scourge that is spam bots. If you want to protect your favorite site from spammers, the folks at Croatia's Ruđer Bošković Institute have the answer. It is absolutely guaranteed to <a href="http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/technology/2011/03/web-security-against-hackers-and-spammers-advanced-math-captcha.html">keep non-humans out</a>. The site presents visitors with a bit of advanced math they must work out.</p>
<p>This isn't just a captcha, this requires real know how and the vast majority of humans (forget the bots) won't be able to do it. The site helpfully lets you know that if you can't make heads or tails of the problem, you can reload and "you'll (probably) get another, easier question." The science-types at Ruđer Bošković Institute seem pretty keen on keeping out the riffraff. </p>
<p>The LA Times does point out that Wolfram Alpha can solve the problem for you, but that still relies on you knowing how to input the problem correctly. Is there a good middle ground here?</p>
http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/foolproof_captcha_advanced_math#commentscaptchamathPrivacySecuritywolfram alphaNewsFri, 04 Mar 2011 23:05:57 +0000Ryan Whitwam17490 at http://www.maximumpc.comWolfram Alpha Now Offers Free API Access
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<!--paging_filter--><p>Attention math nerds everywhere. Everyone's computational knowledge engine, Wolfram Alpha, has just <a href="http://blog.programmableweb.com/2011/01/21/wolfram-alpha-api-now-free-and-open-to-all/">opened up version 2.0 of their developer API</a>. This version brings many improvements to help you cheat at math and statistics even faster. For instance, API 2.0 supports asynchronous operation, so data that is simpler will be returned immediately, while data that requires more computation will be delivered later. Best of all, it's now free.</p>
<p>Developers just need to sign up to get an API key to start working with Wolfram Alpha. There is extensive documentation for devs as well. All data is returned in XML by default, but plain text, HTML, or images can be specified. This is a smart way of returning results that should be well-suited to any number of applications. If you build anything great with Wolfram Alpha, make sure to clue us in.</p>
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http://www.maximumpc.com/wolfram_alpha_now_offers_free_api_access#commentsapicomputingdevelopersmathmaximum techsearchSoftwarestatisticswolfram alphaNewsFri, 21 Jan 2011 23:14:08 +0000Ryan Whitwam16789 at http://www.maximumpc.comNo BS Podcast #126: Google's Prime Directive
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http://www.maximumpc.com/article/no_bs_podcast/no_bs_podcast_126_googles_prime_directive#commentsBingGoogleNo BS Podcastrant of the weekwolfram alphaNo BS PodcastFri, 04 Dec 2009 20:00:07 +0000The Maximum PC Staff9528 at http://www.maximumpc.comWolfram|Alpha Ensures a Generation of Kids Will Never Learn Algebra
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<!--paging_filter--><p>Everyone’s favorite computational knowledge engine, Wolfram|Alpha, has rolled out a new feature. Now, when entering an equation for Wolfram|Alpha to solve, <a href="http://blog.wolframalpha.com/2009/12/01/step-by-step-math/">users can press the “Show steps” link</a>. It does just what it sounds like; it provides a step-by-step method for obtaining the solution. The Wolfram|Alpha blog post says, ““Show steps” feature allows you to learn basic mathematics on your own, or it can simply be a nice way to check your work!” This effectively makes it the machine we all wished we had while learning algebra in junior high school.</p>
<p> The option works for equations of many difficulty levels from simple algebra, all the way to complex integrals and derivatives. No more can math teachers assure honest homework by requiring students to show their work. But this is actually a very useful tool for honest students to more effectively learn mathematics. Go forth and use it wisely.<br />
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</p>http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/wolframalpha_ensures_generation_kids_will_never_learn_algebra#commentseducationmathweb appswolfram alphaNewsThu, 03 Dec 2009 02:27:40 +0000Ryan Whitwam9481 at http://www.maximumpc.comBing Licenses Wolfram|Alpha for Computational Searches
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<!--paging_filter--><p>Microsoft’s Bing search engine <a href="http://www.bing.com/community/blogs/search/archive/2009/11/11/how-many-calories-in-a-burger-what-s-2-2-2-2-2-bing-and-wolfram-alpha-have-the-answers.aspx">has announced the roll out of a new feature</a>. Now when you search from Bing, you can get access to the Wolfram Alpha computational knowledge engine. The Wolfram Alpha engine was developed by noted scientist Stephen Wolfram. It launched in May of 2009.</p>
<p> Wolfram Alpha tends to be a little on the confusing side. It makes sense to integrate it into a more consumer oriented engine where people might get some use out of it. One possible use scenario highlighted by Microsoft is that of tracking health and nutrition. </p>
<p> Say you need to know the nutritional value of a steak, now Bing can tell you in detail. Already ate it? Bing can also use the Wolfram Alpha algorithms to determine your BMI and compare it to the rest of the population, thus making you sorry you ate the steak. Of course, you can still do all the complex math calculations that Wolfram Alpha is known for, but who really needs that in Bing? So, does any of this sound useful to you?<br />
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