Today is January 21, 2021. Yesterday was the United States presidential inauguration. As you know I do not like politics. That said; I like facts so later when something does not seem right I will be able to make my own educated decision as to what the real reasons were for the results we are observing. That said; I would invite you to find out about the executive orders signed yesterday by Joe Biden. Then put aside your political associations, and think what would the effects of the executive orders be for the future of the USA and for the citizens of the USA and the free and democratic world?
As I was generating this post I checked and the blog has exceeded the 6,000 followers mark!!! Thank you all for making this happen. Hopefully it is having some type of positive impact on your learning journey. Continue reading “Halloween Party in Java”
Today is January 20, 2021 and is the United States presidential inauguration. Not sure what to expect today or in the following days. Hope all goes well and we can move forward. I believe most of the people in our country are tired of reading and watching political news and propaganda.
Yesterday I attended an ACM webinar “Agent-Human Collaboration and Learning for Improving Human Satisfaction” by Sarit Kraus. She is a professor of computer science at the Bar-Ilan University in Israel.
What called my attention was the concept of having agents for both the automation and the human. I can easily see how that would work in a healthcare or a disaster scenario I do not see how that could work well with autonomous cars. I will go over the slides tomorrow and see if I missed something; otherwise I will send her a message. Hopefully she will have time to respond. Will let you know my findings. Continue reading “Merge Sort in Java”
Good morning. Hope you are doing well and keeping safe. Not sure what is happening with the COVID-19 pandemic. In some parts of the world i.e., Peru, hospitals are full and people are dying out of control. On the other hand in Sicily, Italy most people are socializing and not wearing masks. In Israel the entire population is receiving the second shot of the COVID-19 vaccine.
Close to home, my wife and I continue to practice social distancing. On Sunday we had family members visiting. No one wore masks but we all kept at a distance from each other. Of course, we will not know if something happened for a couple weeks. Continue reading “Minimum Remove to Make Valid Parenthesis in Java”
It is Monday morning. The cleaning lady who could not make it last Friday due to the snow storm in the area, called to reschedule for this upcoming Friday. Her car is in need to new tires. She will wait for the local side roads in Minneapolis to be cleared before venturing on roads and highways which typically are cleared hours after a snow storm fades. In general roads in Minneapolis and St. Paul are cleaned a day or more after a storm. They typically clean in two consecutive days in order for residents to move their cars from one side of the road to the other.
I had scheduled a video call today at 12:00 PM CST. At least that is what I recall. This morning around 07:00 AM I was down in my home office working. At some point I checked my Gmail and I had received a message to reschedule. Apparently I had missed the call. Continue reading “Vectors in Java”
Good morning. Hope you are doing well. It is a dark, foggy and cold morning in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul. I woke up around 05:00 AM. I finished reading the article Does Facebook Use Sensitive Data for Advertising Purposes? article in the Communications of the ACM magazine. I though the article was interesting. Apparently Facebook has a set of several thousand categories of which up to 1000 can be applied to each user. Not sure if there is an opt out setting. The authors of the paper suggested a tool that can be used in a couple browsers to check and delete the advertising labels assigned to your account. Continue reading “Can you solve it? Java Solution”
It is about quitting time for today Friday January 15, 2021. Due to the snow storm the cleaning lady called to postpone for today. She will be here Monday morning. I guess different cities received different amounts of snow. I am not sure how much fresh snow fell during this storm. My guess is that we received between 2 to 3 inches. That said; the service that cleans our driveway and paths was here around 01:00 PM.
For lunch my wife prepared a Chinese meal with products from Trader Joe’s. It was quite good taking into consideration that it came from a super market. It took my wife about 30 minutes to prepare lunch from start to finish. Continue reading “Design Tic-Tac-Toe in Java”
Today it is Friday. I woke up around 04:30 AM. I wanted to generate this post before breakfast. In addition the cleaning lady will be here around 08:00 AM. In addition I have to prepare breakfast for my wife and me and shower.
I started to read an article regarding Facebook on the last issue of Communications of the Association for Computer Machinery. The article Does Facebook use sensitive data for advertising purposes? called my attention. I have not finished reading the article. I will make some comments when done. Continue reading “Balanced Split”
It is Thursday morning in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul. The weather forecast called for a winter storm that should have started around 03:00 AM CST. When I got up around 05:00 AM it was pitch dark and no storm yet. I did check later when it started clearing up and no signs of the storm yet. I find it interesting that different weather services make forecasts by the hour which include temperature, humidity, precipitation, and wind direction to list a few. I understand weather forecasting is not accurate but …
As I mentioned in a previous post, I am watching the video Advanced Data Structures and Algorithms in Java 9 by Debasish Ray Chawdhuri produced by Packt and published by O’Reilly. That was a mouthful. I just felt to refresh my understanding on a few algorithms. Continue reading “Quicksort”
Yesterday morning I attended a one hour webinar sponsored by the Association for Computing Machinery titled ACM Queue Case Study Q&A: Always-On Time-Series Database. It was very interesting. There was no presentation segment. There were only questions. The presenter, Theo Schlossnagle which is the founder of Circonus was very eloquent and seems very versed in the technology and their products.
During the conference I made several notes and searched for several topics that I found of interest. I will be reading the associated pages later this week. Continue reading “Reverse Operations Revisited”
Good evening. It is Tuesday January 12, 2021. We are still in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic. For some reason vaccination in the USA and specific in Minnesota is not progressing at a reasonable pace. Hopefully when all political issues clear, things will start progressing at a better pace. Continue reading “Balance a Binary Search Tree”