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Spotify’s Discovery page

The Discovery page, the new start page in Spotify, is finally out to a fairly significant percentage of all users. Really happy since we have worked on it for the past six months. Here’s a screen shot: Some cool features Artist/al...

Fermat’s principle

I was browsing around on the Internet and the physics geek in me started reading about Fermat’s principle. And suddenly something came back to me that I’ve been trying to suppress for many years – how I never understood why there’s anyth...

Snakebite

Just promoting Spotify stuff here: check out the Snakebite repo on Github, written by Wouter de Bie. It’s a super fast tool to access HDFS over CLI/Python, by accessing the namenode directly over sockets/protobuf. Spotify’s developer bl...

Stuff that bothers me: “100x faster than Hadoop”

The simple way to get featured on big data blog these days seem to be Build something that does 1 thing super well but nothing else Benchmark it against Hadoop Publish stats showing that it’s 100x faster than Hadoop $$$ Spark...

Being data driven

I picked up an issue of Foreign Affairs while flying back to NYC from SFO. It features this long interview with U.S. General Stanley McChrystal and I thought it was pretty interesting how striking some of the similarities are between fig...

Annoy

Annoy is a simple package to find approximate nearest neighbors (ANN) that I just put on Github. I’m not trying to compete with existing packages, but Annoy has a couple of features that makes it pretty useful. Most importantly, it uses ...