Category Archives: Data

World’s ‘first data storage system’ discovered

Prehistoric CDs! Scientists have discovered the world’s “very first data storage system” – 5,500-year-old clay balls unearthed in Iran that were used for record-keeping in Mesopotamia.

The clay balls, often called “envelopes”, excavated in the 1960s, were made about 200 years before writing was invented.

The balls were sealed and contain tokens in a variety of geometric shapes, varying from golf ball-size to baseball-size.

Researchers used high-resolution CT scans and 3D modelling to look inside more than 20 examples that were excavated at the site of Choga Mish, in western Iran, in the late 1960s, ‘LiveScience’ reported.

The clay balls were created about 5,500 years ago at a time when early cities were flourishing in Mesopotamia.

The clay balls may represent the world’s “very first data storage system,” said Christopher Woods, a professor at the University of Chicago’s Oriental Institute, in a lecture at Toronto’s Royal Ontario Museum.


Fluent 2013: Irene Ros, “The ABC of Data Visualization”

When we think about modern interfaces on the web, just about most of them are driven by data. They invite user interaction, exploration and engagement, but are we doing it right? In this talk, Irene will start from the basics — the data, and go over the process of turning it into valuable visual interfaces and visualizations. From basic concepts in data visualization to common pitfalls, this talk will provide a foundation for learning how to create data visualization.

via YouTube.

Carrier Battle: Fight for coverage becomes race for speed

Mobile carriers’ commercials used to feature big bright maps showing how many regions were covered by that carrier’s cell towers. Cheesy spokesmen would show the maps side by side, making it easy to see that their respective company covered the most area in the country. Verizon was the clear winner of that battle, but as time went on, there was only so much room to improve, and the fight is almost evening out. It’s almost over.

However, the carriers have something new to argue over. Who’s network is the fastest?

Expect T-Mobile to be making that case very soon. The company is about to kill global data roaming rates in over 100 countries, and it’s currently seeing speeds between 6Mbps and 20Mbps on its LTE network.

This information led CEO John Legere to tell the media at a recent NYC event that its network is currently faster than AT&T’s. But is it the fastest?

In an interview with AllThingsD, Legere said, ”I’m not announcing we’re the fastest,” Legere said.  “I’m announcing we will be announcing that.”