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AlexK2009

Joined 6 years ago from Edinburgh, Scotland. Last activity 5 days ago.

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A polymath (an old fashioned word for someone skilled or learned in several areas),mathematician, physicist, published poet,  former Academic, translator, patent writer and currently an  IT professional, Amateur photographer  and capoeirista.

Private research covers various topics with particular interest in  current affairs and  anomalous phenomena and in the computer field modelling and simulation.

I recently found  one of my

articles http://alexk2009.hubpages.com/hub/Calculating-moving-averages-with-Hadoop-and-Map-Reduce

Had been pirated by an Indian Software training company.  Another article I had taken down then reupublished had been pirated in the interval.

I guess this means I am a fairly good writer. 

 

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  • 0

    Is something rotten in the state of agile? creativity, Wicked problems, process and creativity.

    12 days ago

    Creativity is crucial for software development problem-solving since software development is a wicked problem that requires creativity, innovation and risk taking. Agile can be implemented in a way that destroys, or at...

  • 2

    Beginners guide to SQL Injection

    7 months ago

    SQL Injection involves getting a server that executes SQL to run unintended code. It is not a hard attack, needing patience and skill and needs many layers of defence to protect the enterprise

  • 0

    Using HDFS, MapReduce, Python, Pyspark and Eclipse together with a hint of IPython

    7 months ago

    Pyspark makes using MapReduce easier, Eclipse and Pydev simplify Python programming and IPython allows visialisation of results. I describe using the first three together and speculate on the fourth

  • 2

    The Statue of the Fallen Angel Madrid

    2 years ago

    The statue of the Fallen Angel in Madrid is said to be the only one dedicated to Satan. It won first prize in the National Exhibition of 1878 and is exactly 666 metres above sea level

  • 2

    The Mind-Body Problem: The Brain as filter for universal Mind

    23 months ago

    Viewing Brain as a filter for experience implies existence of a collective unconscious, explains mystical or psychic experience in quietened brain and may lead to a new philosophy for consciousness

  • 6

    Slavery and Capitalism in the 18th Century

    7 months ago

    The late 1700s and the late 1900s/early 2000s are different but similar worlds. Many similarities can be attributed to Capitalism and human nature, neither of which changed. The Slave trade arose when Planters...

  • 8

    Why Conspiracy theorists and Priests call people sheep

    17 months ago

    Conspiracy theorists call those following the mainstream sheep. But why not ducks or chickens?. Investigation leads down some strange alleyways showing the image of the sheep involved is ancient.

  • 2

    Accessing MongoDB from Android apps.

    23 months ago

    This note describes a first pass at accessing MongoDB , a popular NoSQL database from an Android app and the lessons learned from this exercise Development was in Eclipse using the Android plugin.

  • 0

    Using Java Big Decimal to compute square roots of large numbers

    2 years ago

    A problem on Project Euler involved finding the Square Root of a number too large for the standard classes. Two iterative algorithms were implemented and compared. One method, the Heron method, is a special case of...

  • 0

    How to reverse a Java List: recursion, Multithreading, Permutations and parallel hardware

    2 years ago

    In accordance with the rule that a good software architect should investigate various ways of implementing code for any given task the problem of how to reverse a Java List is tackled in a number of ways. Starting ...

  • 1

    Calculating moving averages with Hadoop and Map-Reduce

    5 months ago

    The moving average or sliding mean is commonly used technique for smoothing noisy data. Unlike for example, Kalman filtering, it is easy to understand implement. If data points arrive one by one sliding mean...

  • 2

    Thinking like a software Architect

    2 years ago

    Moving from Developer to Architect means changing the way you think. Architecture is the high level description of a system in terms of components and how they interact. The architecture of a simple project to...

  • 0

    The Mackenzie Poltergeist injuries and fires

    2 years ago

    Poltergeists are anomalies. Edinburgh's Mackenzie Poltergeist is an anomalous poltergeists. The Methuselah of poltergeists it roams a relatively large area that includes the Greyfriars Kirkyard and attacks people....

  • 0

    Wage Labour Wage Slavery

    13 months ago

    The similarities between wage labour and slavery have been known for millennia. Unfortunately wage slavery still exists today with unscrupulous or insensitive employers exploiting the poorest. Cultural and economic...

  • 3

    Setting up a Hadoop minicluster in mac OS X snow leopard

    24 months ago

    It is often convenient to have a single machine hadoop cluster for development and testing purposes. It also provides an initial insight into the perhaps confusing world of cluster configuration that may be useful if...

  • 0

    Random passphrase generator in C# using monodevelop

    2 years ago

    Snippets of code intended to generate secure but pronounceable passphrases, written in c# on an apple mac using mono.net and monodevelop are presented. The algorithm is given and some results are discussed....

  • 2

    Introduction to the economics of slavery and slave owning

    2 years ago

    Analysing the microeconomics of slavery shows that widespread slave ownership is largely driven by market forces. Parallels between slaves and machines reveal the nature of these forces but the wider picture reveals...

  • 3

    How to store images and other large objects in MongoDB using Python pymongo and mongo Gridfs

    2 years ago

    MongoDB can only store objects up to a certain size. The gridFS API allows larger objects to be stored as chunks of data. Storage and retrieval is transparent to the user but a separate collection may be needed to...

  • 4

    Starting with Python Introspection and reflection

    2 years ago

    The ability to determine an objects meta properties by inspection is called reflection in Java and introspection in Python. Use of introspection can result in code that needs less (sometimes zero) maintenance and is...

  • 0

    Using Rubbish

    21 months ago

    The Banker and Government generated recession makes it important to find new ways to save money. Reducing the amount we throw away and reusing or recycling it has a number of benefits: saving money, helping the...

  • 15

    Rich people telling middle class people to hate poor people

    2 years ago

    The rich have always used the middle class as cannon fodder in a war against the poor. IN order to pay for the bankers bailout bonus and justify making the poor poorer Government has to prevent any sympathy for the...

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    Bee legends and myths

    4 days ago

    Bees are vegetarian wasps, evolved from insectivorous wasps they shifted to eating pollen. Humans seem to have interacted with, and possibly venerated, bees for a very long time. Honey has medicinal properties and...

  • 6

    Wine, its nature, history gods and goddesses

    20 months ago

    Wine has been around for nearly 8000 years and, used sensibly, is one of the major pleasures of life, being praised by Martin Luther. The varieties of grape wine are briefly presented and some hints to matching wine...

  • 12

    Could real giant humans exist?

    7 months ago

    The possible existence of giants in earlier times is a highly charged field with religion, atheism and scientific conservatism all in play. Solid evidence tends to vanish and the field is plagued by hoaxes. A...

  • 17

    Phantom Clowns

    3 years ago

    Phantom Clowns appeared worldwide over a period of at least 30 years, causing panic but harming no one. No one was ever caught. In this they are like other mysterious strangers and assailants. If these clowns are in...

  • 4

    Monogamy is not natural

    24 months ago

    there is a widespread consensus that humans are naturally monogamous. This ignores a great deal of evidence to the contrary. Some aspects of human behaviour are discussed in the light of the fact we are apes, and the...

  • 10

    Do psychopaths rule the world?

    7 months ago

    At the highest level business and politics provide sheltered employment for psychopaths by requiring and rewarding behaviours commonly exhibited by psychopaths. Some corporations actively recruit psychopaths for senior...

  • 0

    From Jargon to Mumblefug and Bafflegab

    3 years ago

    Jargon is the technical language of a profession or working community. Sometimes Jargon becomes Bafflegab, a tortuous form of prose that hides the meaning of the utterance. When Bafflegab is used to cover spurious...

  • 9

    Adam Smith: Free Trade not free markets.

    2 years ago

    Adam Smith's wealth of Nations has become the bible of a certain type of economic activist.: an inquiry into the state of a vastly different past world, are taken as inerrant and justifying the prejudices of the...

  • 3

    The Great Unrest and strikes in Britain from 1910 to 1914

    3 months ago

    You won't hear about the Great Unrest from your history teacher - an endangered species. Between 1910 and 1914 what would now be called corporate greed on one side and a need to be competitive by those benefiting from...

  • 24

    Eagles carrying off children and babies

    6 weeks ago

    A little research shows that the reports of eagles abducting young children could have a basis in reality. It is also possible that some cases are projections of an archetypal memory from millions of years...

  • 1

    British Race Riots: Liverpool UK 1919

    24 months ago

    The common factors in the 1919 and 1958 race riots in the UK were the importation of labour from Afrcan colonies to deal with a supposed labour shortage and the exploitation of this by employers in order to drive wages...

  • 1

    How to Correct Image Perspective with the Gimp

    2 years ago

    The Gimp is an open source image editing tool that offers the ability to correct converging verticals in an image. The use of this tool is explained and illustrated. This article was written because, while the tool is...

  • 2

    White envy of black people: projection of repressed desires

    3 years ago

    Ever since the War of Independence a battle has been raging between people who want to enjoy their leisure time and the enemies of fun. In the course of this struggle various immigrant groups were percieved as...

  • 0

    Binary Bits and Decimal Digits: How we represent numbers

    21 months ago

    The difference between a number and its representation is often overlooked in teaching. explicitly showing this difference may help some people with basic arithmetic

  • 4

    Black People, Racism and Jung's Shadow Archetype

    2 years ago

    The shadow archetype often manifests as alien people: for whites as Black people (The Devil was known as a man in black in the middle ages), for Blacks as white people. The shadow represents unacknowledged desires...

  • 4

    Does Paracetamol (tylenol) cause Alzheimer's or memory loss?

    2 years ago

    Paracetamol (Tylenol®) is a painkiller to treat with respect. Chronic use may increase the risk of Alzheimer's, is associated with onset of memory problems and misuse and taking it with Alcohol can cause...

  • 0

    Overworking: mental and physical health dangers for the self employed

    7 months ago

    Work less work better. Working too long damages health & performance. Adam Smith said self employed burn out. Ways to counter this are suggested.

  • 13

    Ashtar Galactic Command hijacks TV transmitter. Hoax Message or Government Test?

    23 months ago

    In 1977 someone hijacked a local UK independent Television channel to broadcast a message from aliens concerned for Earth"s future. The perpetrators of the probable hoax were never identified.

  • 8

    Is this how the elephant got its trunk?

    19 months ago

    The elephant's trunk is it's arm and can pick up a pin or tear down a tree. The elephant can use it it to communicate, to smell a snake a mile away and as a snorkel. Creationists consider the Elephant's trunk a...

  • 9

    Varieties of Open Relationship: models of negotiated non-monogamy

    24 months ago

    Economics and resource management turn up everywhere. In any long term sexual relationship where resources are pooled and a couple face the world as a team the arguments will be about sex and money. Insecurity and...

  • 10

    Follow the money: who benefits from Conspiracy Theories?

    24 months ago

    Conspiracy theories, known and loved the world over. Act as social safety valves and lend a cover of kookiness allowing real conspiracies to be exposed safely without the risk they will be believed. The public ignore...

  • 10

    Is a one world government possible or stable?

    2 years ago

    A one world government could not last. Internal tensions and global diversity would mean it would have to devolve power and so look like the current world regime.

  • 6

    Openness mystical experience and creativity in the The Five Factor Personality Model

    2 years ago

    Openness to experience is the most intriguing of the traits in the five factor personality model. High scorers tightrope walk the thin line between creativity, genius, and insanity. The high openness scorer can see...

  • 11

    Low Conscientiousness: ignoring the rules in the five factor model of personality

    24 months ago

    Low conscientiousness measures both resistance to conforming and adaptability in the face of the unexpected. It is also associated with addictions and impulse. High scores measure conformity, conservatism and...

  • 6

    Agreeableness: sociability and near psychopathy in the five factor model of personality

    24 months ago

    Agreeableness is a personality dimension that rates how much you you care about other people. Unlike Autistics low scorers can work out what other people are feeling but don't care. They are low on trust and may...

  • 1

    The Five Factor Personality Model: Extraversion – advantages and disadvantages

    21 months ago

    In some ways Extraversion is the complement of Neuroticism. The Extravert reacts strongly and positively to new experiences and may seek risks in order to get a buzz. Extraverts tackle everything with enormous energy...

  • 3

    Neuroticism causes unhappiness and reduces lifespan

    23 months ago

    Neuroticism in the 5 factor personality model is characterised by worry anxiety and exaggerated response to threat. It can be used positively to prevent overconfidence and boost self esteem and self confidence but can...

  • 1

    How to remove noise in digital photos with the gimp

    2 years ago

    Image noise, almost eliminated in high end DSLRs is a problem in lower priced cameras when shooting at high ISO or when large prints are required. It is possible to buy software to remove noise and top range image...

  • 7

    Alchemists and the Men in Black

    23 months ago

    The Men in Black are Mysterious Strangers often associated with UFOs. The Mysterious Stranger has appeared throughout history to workers at the fringes of knowledge, though in the middle ages the Devil was known to...

  • 2

    How to contact Loki Safely

    2 years ago

    If you want to contact Loki think what you want first. It seems he does not like curious visitors. Plan a ritual to contact him or take a shamanic trip. You may get a rough ride or a smooth one

  • 1

    What to know about Loki in lore and today before invoking him

    24 months ago

    Loki Lore tells us of Loki past and hints at Loki present. Fire god and trickster shapeshifter and change bringer he is the god to help you in the roller coaster 21st century: if you dare ask.

  • 7

    Loki: Spider god Brother of Odin

    24 months ago

     Loki, perhaps the most reviled of the norse gods is also the  most mysterious. More ink must have been spilt on Loki than all the other  gods put together. And still he remains a mystery. And the more...

  • 4

    The Holographic multiverse and consciousness

    2 years ago

    Performing magick requires an altered state of consciousness.  In “The Field” Lynne McTaggart notes the speculation that consciousness, like matter at the quantum level  can either be localised,...

  • 3

    An Evil Clown at midnight is no laughing matter.

    23 months ago

    Around 1980 clowns called Bobo haunted a man was, for over a year. Immediately after that was a wave of clowns trying to kidnap children. Still think clowns are funny?

  • 0

    Creating Spirits and magical thought forms

    24 months ago

    Created spirits they will be conscious entities and dealing with them will raises ethical issues. Alexandra David Neel created a Tulpa then decided it needed reabsorption. If the Tulpa was conscious this would be...

  • 16

    Mysteries of the Dashka Stone: chuvyrov's 123 million year old map found in the Ural area of Russia

    7 months ago

    An allegedly 123 million year old relief map of the Ural regions in Russia has been reported. Known as the Dashka stone it is supposedly made using technology not available before its discovery. Various reports of...

  • 3

    Telephone interviews: a must have guide

    2 years ago

    The telephone interview is increasingly common as a way to screen applicants. It seems more common for freelancers than for permanent employees. The convenience of a phone interview is deceptive. Most of the elements...

  • 4

    Ancient Advanced Technologies: too alien to recognise

    2 years ago

    Many believe in ancient civilisations with unknown advanced technologies. If there was such a civilisation the older it was the harder it would be to recognise it. Time would render most of the great achievements...

  • 9

    Griffin sightings in Brentford UK and the West London Dragons

    7 months ago

    in 1984 people in Brentford, West London, saw a griffin flying over the borough. The local football team is the griffins and the local brewery is the griffin brewery. The mystery remains unresolved

  • 6

    Reasons not to put a curse on someone

    2 years ago

    Even if magic is nonsense trying to curse someone is wasteful and damages you.

  • 4

    How to translate a document professionally for your business

    24 months ago

    Online translation pages can often do an adequate job of translating simple text for European languages ( but seem to flounder with non European languages), but it will be along time before the need for professional...

  • 5

    Convert images to Monochrome with the GIMP

    23 months ago

    Create stunning monochrome images from colour images with the Gimp, a free package for editing a photo offers as much as Photoshop with several options for black and white conversion.

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