Infer this, Cortana!

I’ve needed a personal assistant for a long time, but I don’t rate one here at Microsoft. (I married powerful woman with her own agenda and a workload *at least* triple my own who needs her own personal assistant, so I won’t get any sympathy there.) Enter Cortana. Windows Phone 8.1 will be bringing a…

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More upcoming webcasts

If you’re intrigued by data mining or wonder how your SQL Server certifications will be affected, these are for you: TechNet Webcast: Mastering Time Series Prediction with SQL Server 2008 Data Mining (Level 300), Thursday, Jan. 24, 8 a.m. – 9 a.m. Pacific Time TechNet Webcast: Building and Validating Advanced Mining Models with SQL Server…

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Nominate your SQL Server wins for the 2008 TDWI Best Practices Awards!

Vote early and often for your favorite implementations on your favorite platform! (Hint: your favorite platform is SQL Server.) Have you completed a data warehouse or business intelligence implementation that you think other organizations could learn from? Would you like some recognition for your accomplishment? Are you a vendor with successful customers who deserve recognition?…

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Data mining from casinos to counterterrorism...

I guess DHS has figured out that bad guys are bad guys and existing expertise and technology probably will translate from fraud prevention to terrorism prevention. Casinos have tried to use facial-recognition software to identify known cheats in real time, but with little success. Casino lighting is often dim, and a player who wants to…

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