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February 2007

Article by Dad

A new article by my dad popped up in my Google Alerts yesterday. First paragraph quoted below. Click through for the rest.

Don’t replay Iraq in Horn of Africa
(William Minter, The Providence Journal)

AS CONGRESS debates how to withdraw from a failed war in Iraq and President Bush begins his troop surge, U.S. policymakers seem determined to replicate the Iraq debacle in Africa. In the last two months, Washington has backed an overwhelming Ethiopian invasion of neighboring Somalia and has launched air strikes on alleged terrorists, killing an unknown number of Somali civilians. The United States is now counting on the African Union to replace Ethiopia as the military sponsor of a weak Somali government.

Kids at the Mall

Help Find Jim Gray: Mechanical Turk

One of the reasons I like working where I do is cool stuff like this. I just did one work unit. Only takes a few seconds.

Help Find Jim Gray

Computer science icon Jim Gray mysteriously disappeared after a solo trip with his sail boat outside San Francisco Bay. The coast guard has been searching for 4 days but has not been able to locate anything, not even debris. On Thursday 3 private planes searched through the coastal areas and they also returned unsuccessful.

Through a major effort by many people we were able to have the Digital Globe satellite make a run over the area on Thursday morning and have the data made available publicly. We have split these images into smaller tiles that can be easily scanned visually and stored into the Amazon S3 storage service. We then created tasks for reviewing these images and loaded then into the Amazon Mechanical Turk Service.

This is where you come in. We need your help in reviewing these images to see whether you can locate Jim’s boat in any of these images. Please go to the Amazon Mechanical Turk site and help us find Jim Gray.

Direct link to the MTurk hits to do this work is here. Do one or two.