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The Big-Data Tool Spark May Be Hotter Than Hadoop, But It Still Has Issues

Hadoop is hot. But its kissing cousin Spark is even hotter. Indeed, Spark is hot like Apache Hadoop was half a decade ago. Spawned at UC Berkeley’s AMPLab, Spark is a fast data processing engine that works in the Hadoop ecosystem, replacing MapReduce. Show More Summary

Occupy the Syllabus!

(Steven Hayward) It appears the writers at The Onion have snuck one by the The Daily Californian, the student newspaper of UC Berkeley.  An op-ed published last week entitled “Occupy the Syllabus” complains about a course in “classical...Show More Summary

Berkeley Chancellor on Maher Uproar: Education Isn’t About Making You Comfortable

6 days agoNews : Mediaite

Nicholas Dirks, the chancellor for UC Berkeley, today defended letting Bill Maher give a commencement address on campus last month despite student protests over his supposedly bigoted views on Islam.

UC Berkeley Chancellor Explains Why He Wouldn't Let Students Stop Bill Maher's Speech

Some University of California, Berkeley students attempted, unsuccessfully, in October to stop comedian and HBO TV host Bill Maher from speaking at their winter commencement ceremony, due to his controversial comments about Islam. Maher...Show More Summary

Conservatives Can't Stop Re-Framing: MLK... Civil Rights... Jesus?

Ten years ago, UC Berkeley Professor George Lakoff defined the concept of political framing in Don't Think of an Elephant -- The Essential Guide to Progressives. Yet, conservatives "out-frame" progressives: Estate taxes are" death" taxes. Show More Summary

Cookie-Based Research Suggests Powerful People Are Sloppier Eaters

2 weeks agoGenres / Sci Fi : io9

This week's video in UC Berkeley's Fig. 1 YouTube series (tag line: "Get inside the mind of a researcher!") offers a bite-sized lesson in why, exactly, powerful people tend to be so selfish. Read more...

L.A.'s choice of UC Berkeley institute to study wage plan is criticized

2 weeks agoSports / Baseball : Dodgers Now

A research team that provided a largely favorable analysis of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti's plan for raising the citywide minimum wage has been tapped by city leaders to conduct a politically sensitive review of his proposal — and a move to push base pay even higher.

Biggest TV Controversies Of 2014 – Photo Gallery

The year 2014 was so chock-a-block with TV controversies that, long before Bill Maher delivered his commencement speech to UC Berkeley, and CNN's Don Lemon showed off his really big balls to Kathy Griffin and Anderson Cooper, TV industry execs already were walking around looking as if they'd recently been caught in powerful machinery. Show More Summary

Apache Spark’s journey from academia to industry

Three projects from UC Berkeley’s AMPLab have been enthusiastically embraced by industry: Apache Mesos, Apache Spark, and Tachyon. As an early user, it’s been fun to watch Spark go from an academic lab to the most active open source project …

We Are Built to Be Kind

UC Berkeley psychologist Dacher Keltner doesn’t believe that humans evolved – or will progress further – through “survival of the fittest” schemes. On the contrary, it appears our bodies are built for cooperation and compassion.

Look At How Much The Tech Boom Has Changed The Face Of San Francisco

Cities are constantly changing, but it's hard to see just how much without going back in time. Janet Delaney, who teaches at UC Berkeley, captured a completely different San Francisco in her photos of the city's SOMA (South of Market Street) neighborhood from the 1980s. Show More Summary

Watch: Maher tells UC Berkeley grads to fight ‘the devastation that pollution is causing’

last monthNews : The Raw Story

Comedian Bill Maher spoke at the University of California, Berkeley’s winter commencement on Saturday, despite calls for the school to cancel his appearance over his perceived Islamaphobia, the San Jose Mercury-News reports. Maher was greeted by loud cheers before his 15-minute address, in...

[9:51:02 AM] Roxanne Cooper: Watch: Maher tells UC Berkeley grads to fight ‘the devastation that pollution is causing’

last monthNews : The Raw Story

Comedian Bill Maher spoke at the University of California, Berkeley’s winter commencement on Saturday, despite calls for the school to cancel his appearance over his perceived Islamaphobia, the San Jose Mercury-News reports. Maher was greeted by loud cheers before his 15-minute address, in...

Golden-Winged Warblers Can Predict When Tornados Will Strike

last monthGenres / Sci Fi : io9

A recent study out of UC Berkeley has discovered that tiny golden-winged warblers can predict impending storms — or rather, they can actually hear them approaching. Scientists hope to use what they've learned to help save lives ahead of violent weather. Read more...

Berkeley effigies' powerful racial message was hurt by unclear intent

Early last Saturday, as students prepared for finals, two effigies were discovered hanging from UC Berkeley's famous Sather Gate. They were cardboard cutouts of blown-up photos: a black man and a black woman with the words "I can't breathe" stenciled across them. A similar figure was found...

This j school has a pretty great Christmas card

UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism has mailed out its Christmas card, and it’s a good one. The idea for the card came from the school’s new dean, Edward Wasserman, said Roia Ferrazares, assistant dean. It was designed by a student. Show More Summary

Sadly There Will Be No Exam Delay For Traumatized Students at Oberlin College

Last week students at Columbia Law School, Harvard, UC Berkeley and Georgetown were excused from finals due to the trauma they experienced reading about the Michael Brown and Eric Garner grand jury decisions. But at least one liberal institution will … Continue reading ?

UC Berkeley hack: Personal data on 1,600 people possibly compromised

The personal information of about 1,600 people–including Social Security and credit card numbers–may have been hacked from UC Berkeley servers, a university official said.

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