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Hi my name is Francesco Nidito and I got my Ph.D. in Computer Science from the Dipartimento di Informatica of Pisa University in 2008.

During my Ph.D., I worked on topology control and data load-balancing in wireless sensor networks. My Ph.D. thesis is about the influence of non-uniformity in wireless sensor networks: if you are not able to sleep, this is the link.

While still a student, I started working for Ask.com R&D office in Pisa where I worked on multimedia indexing (mainly images) and news search.

For the Image Search, my job was to create and implement new ideas/algorithms for the processing of multimedia content and the features extraction from such documents.

For the News Search, I was one of the maintainers of part of the crawling infrastructure for the videos used in News search.

Moreover, I implemented various systems to monitor the execution of our processing infrastructure: 24/7 thousands of machines.

In November 2009, I joined the Search Technology Center of London working for Bing… yes, another search engine.

Just to maintain the good habits, I continued working on Multimedia search, focusing on the relevance/ranking of the results and on the triggering logic of the Multimedia instant answer (the one that presents images and videos inside the page of web results).

In 2010, I become the Development Lead of the Multimedia relevance team in London.

At the end of 2014, I resigned from Microsoft and concluded my adventure in the Search Engines land…

… not really as my new job is in Bloomberg LP with focus on News Search relevance 😉

Apart from my current work and past Ph.D., I am also interested in Operating Systems topics such as multi-threading and concurrency; Object Oriented programming; scripting and meta-programming (both template meta-programming and generative programming).

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Highlights

Fast moving 2016! After a week I already published my second write up! This time I try why having a stack trace attached to C++ exceptions is not such a good ideas as it can seem. Please, enjoy "I want my pony! Or why you cannot have C++ exceptions with a stack trace". (As a side note, I have been working to this since some time now, so do not expect a write up each week! 😊

The first post of 2016 is ready and it is about the worst Perversions, Cults and Fetishes of the Information Age. It is supposed to be fun and, if you recognize yourself in it, don't be too upset and do have a laugh 😊

After a long silence, some thoughts about Big Iron and why they still have a place in a market gone crazy for scaling out instead of scaling up.