October 19, 2014
the nature of academic papers presented some opportunities for more powerful ranking, particularly making use of the citations typically included in academic papers. Those same scholarly citations had been the original inspiration for PageRank, the technique that had originally made Google search more powerful than its competitors. Scholar was able to use them to effectively rank articles on a given query, as well as to identify relationships between papers.
After a number of tests and tweaks, the team showed the prototype to Larry Page. The co-founder’s reaction: “Why is this not live yet?” On November 18, 2004, Scholar was indeed live.
Source: Backchannel — Medium.
August 16, 2014
After police in Kenosha, Wis., shot my 21-year-old son to death outside his house ten years ago — and then immediately cleared themselves of all wrongdoing — an African-American man approached me and said: “If they can shoot a white boy like a dog, imagine what we’ve been going through.”
Source: POLITICO Magazine.
August 9, 2014
At the heart of these incredulous statements about the poor decisions poor people make is a belief that we would never be like them. We would know better. We would know to save our money, eschew status symbols, cut coupons, practice puritanical sacrifice to amass a million dollars.
Source: Talking Points Memo.
August 9, 2014
If you’re like most men, you’ve probably been wearing clothes your entire life that are too large for you.
“Most guys are used to wearing baggy clothes,” Veeral Rathod, CEO of the men’s clothing e-retailer J. Hilburn, told us in a recent interview. “They want to dress properly and they want to present themselves well, but they just don’t know how.”
Source: Business Insider.