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Rapperr DMX has announced that he will be hitting the road for a series of dates in Germany and Switzerland. X is kicking off the âDMX Undisputed Comeback Tour 2012â from March 29th thru April 8th, performing eight dates throughout Germany.
DMX will also make a stop in Switzerland.
DMX Undisputed Comeback Tour 2012 dates:
Mar 29 Essigfabrik Cologne, Germany
Mar 31 Universal D.O.G Lahr, Germany
Apr 03 Uebel & GefÃ¤hrlich Hamburg, Germany
Apr 04 Union Halle Frankfurt Frankfurt Am Main, Germany
Apr 05 Eventstage Zizers, Switzerland
Apr 06 Index Schuttorf, Germany
Apr 07 Proton Stuttgart, Germany
Apr 08 C-Halle Berlin, Germany
Rapper Waka Flocka Flame has announced the release date for his upcoming album. The Atlanta hip hop star has been prepping the project, which will be his sophomore release, for months, and he took to his Twitter account to let fans know the big news.
"#NewsFlash my album dropping on June 12," Waka tweeted.
There are few details currently available regarding the project, which is tentatively titled Triple F Life: Friends, Fans & Family.
Funkmaster Flex and DJ Clue may have engaged in a war of words this week over New York hip hop radio supremacy, but it looks like at least one of him got over it fast. Clue hopped on Twitter last night (March 21st) to make it clear he's not preoccupied with Flex.
"ThingsJealousyDoes," he tweeted. "I'd rather keep my mouth shut then be a d*ck rider or a liar. I'd Rather that."
The two had a falling out over who was supposed to debut a new Nicki Minaj record.
"And for the record..I don't have "Beef" with anyone or anybody," Clue also decided to add. "Beef over Tv,Radio & Social formats is Corny.B*tch n*ggaz do that. I'm good"
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In an interview with Forbes' Zack O'Malley Greenburg, hip hop superstar T.I. revealed that he's thinking of doing some work with comic books in the near future. Tip says that Marvel Comics is interested in collaborating, but he didn't reveal too many details.
âThere is a Marvel Comics franchise that has been inquiring about my availability for quite some time," he said. "I will not let any cats out of the bag prematurely, however, there is a Marvel Comics franchise that has been requesting about my availability.â
He also revealed that he has big Hollywood projects in the works.
"We also have a new Tom Cruise film with Doug Liman who made The Bourne Identity, Swingers," he added. "I have that as well on the horizon...aside from that, I have some other film things that I'm looking into, something with Kevin Hart that I'm looking into, something with Omar Epps that I'm looking into."
In the same way a microscope helps augment the innate ability of the human eye, Quid is trying to create tools to augment how we as humans process unstructured data and visualize it, said Sean Gourley, co-founder and CTO of Quid, on stage at Structure:Data 2012 Wednesday.
"We still don't have a tool to see the very, very complex," Gourley said. An example of this complex problem, he said, is understanding gigantic global conflicts like the situation in Afghanistan." For that, he said, "we need a 'macroscope'," a term he defines as a combination of big data and algorithms as well as the ability to create visualizations of that data.
The visualizations are key -- they are the part necessary in order for humans to be able to process the information. "Ultimately, a human has to be in the loop for the most difficult problems" to be solved, he said.
Continuing his Afghanistan example, he demonstrated how Quid can help people process unstructured data from news sources through visualizations that show how the data is connected and who is talking about what.
It's this combination of humans with machines that can actually make a difference in solving problems, Gourley argued.
Watch the livestream of Structure:Data here.
It's tough to overcome some of the biases that have become second nature in most businesses. But if you're John Lucker, a principal at Deloitte, overcoming the "human factor" can be critical to the success of driving organizational change.
One example Lucker used was Moneyball: The story of the Billy Beane's Oakland A's, the premise behind the book was that using data could be a better predictor of wins and the overall success of the team than the scouts who thought they knew everything.
"The human brain is very bad at juggling decisions," Lucker told an audience at GigaOM's Structure: Data conference in New York Wednesday. Turns out that we humans are pretty biased about how we make decisions, which can get in the way of attaining a massive amount of value that could otherwise be unlocked -- if only we looked at pure numbers.
Lucker gave plenty of examples of how business processes were confounded by these biases -- how insurance agencies charged higher premiums for applicants who skydive or rock climb, when those who bike or run regularly are much more likely to die in an accident. Or how Lucker himself has received more than 250 credit card emails even though he's only had the same two credit cards over the last two decades.
As it relates to most businesses, those human factors get in the way of organizational change. Lucker pointed to the A's example, for instance: It wasn't enough just for Billy Beane to have the data to defend his decisions, but he also had to win over the hearts and minds of the organization to actually effect change in the way the team was run.
In the same way, Lucker said you need to have the data, but you also need to establish a clear link between what you’re doing with big data and analytics and what your corporate strategy is. Otherwise those new processes won't work.