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July 2014


From Putting People First

The touch-screen generation

The touch-screen generation

Young children — even toddlers — are spending more and more time with digital technology. Hanna Rosin wonders what will it mean for their development? “As technology becomes ubiquitous in our lives, American parents are becoming


From Schneier on Security

Friday Squid Blogging: Build a Squid

Friday Squid Blogging: Build a Squid

An interactive animation from the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. As usual, you can also use this squid post to talk about the security stories in the news that I haven't covered....


From The Eponymous Pickle

Vision Correcting Displays

Vision Correcting Displays

In Mashable:" ... Those of us who need glasses to see a TV or laptop screen clearly could ditch the eyewear thanks to a display technology that corrects vision problems.The technology uses algorithms to alter an image based on


From The Eponymous Pickle

Cognitive Computing Webinar and Resources

Cognitive Computing Webinar and Resources

New World of Cognitive Computing. Yesterday attended a webinar on Cognitive Computing.  Which was a fairly good introduction, non technical and suitable for an extended technical executive introduction.  Recorded one hour presentation


From Gödel's Lost Letter and P=NP

An Old Galactic Result

A cautionary tale Karl Sundman was a Finnish mathematician who solved a major open problem in 1906. His solution would have been regarded as paradigm-“shifty” had it been a century or so earlier. It employed power series to represent


From The Eponymous Pickle

iPhone as Future Wallet

iPhone as Future Wallet

More indications that Apple will be pushing the idea of a convenient phone-wallet in future mobile.  An idea that has been around for years. Talked to credit card companies about integrating promotion offers and shopping lists


From Schneier on Security

Building a Legal Botnet in the Cloud

Building a Legal Botnet in the Cloud

Two researchers have built a botnet using free anonymous accounts. They only collected 1,000 accounts, but there's no reason this can't scale to much larger numbers....


From The Eponymous Pickle

Kinds of Regressions

Kinds of Regressions

Vincent Granville maps alternate regression types and their applications.  Nicely done.  It's very useful to know alternative tools and what they are good for.  After you know your business problem, the data needed and available


From The Eponymous Pickle

KNIME Analytics

KNIME Analytics

Brought to my attention, have not looked at closely, but one of a large number of packages available today.KNIME - Professional Open-Source SoftwareKNIME is a user-friendly graphical workbench for the entire analysis process:


From Computer Science Teacher – Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Geeks Pick Nits Even On Jokes

Geeks Pick Nits Even On Jokes

I posted this following image on my Facebook page.

Comments came immediately. First one was something like “only one step?” Another said the method should be called inside a loop. Another suggested a more involved loop.

while


From Computational Complexity

Need some book reviewed- faster than usual

I have been the SIGACT NEWS book review editor since 1997. I have tried to get about 10 books reviewed per column. I have succeeded- perhaps too well! I have gotten so many reviews out that I only have six reviews left. I DO


From The Eponymous Pickle

Maximum Flow

Maximum Flow

In CACM:  Maximum flow algorithms in a network under under constraint are a classical application of mathematical programming.  It has many applications.  This article covers advances in the methods.   Can also be used strategically


From Putting People First

HeadCon ’13: What’s new in social science?

HeadCon ’13: What’s new in social science?

In July, 2013, Edge invited a group of social scientists to participate in an Edge Seminar at Eastover Farm focusing on the state of the art of what the social sciences have to tell us about human nature, entitled “HeadCon ’13


From The Eponymous Pickle

Defining Digital Shoppers

Defining Digital Shoppers

Interesting statistics in Retail Wire. " ... Ernst & Young and Havas Worldwide are just two of numerous firms attempting to classify the still-emerging digital consumer in recently published reports. What questions are most important


From The Eponymous Pickle

Pageviews Dead?

Pageviews Dead?

It is suggested in Smart Data Collective. Engagement has always been king.  Well not really engagements, but purchases.  Pageviews are easily measured, and though always suspect in direct value, can be useful.  Views are the


From The Eponymous Pickle

Innovation Idea Prioritization

Innovation Idea Prioritization

Some simple ideas to address the portfolio of innovation ideas.  In particular I don't see this done very often at startups, where it is assumed that you can just internalize the ideas and keep their value and risks straight.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Digitizing Consumer Decision Journeys

Digitizing Consumer Decision Journeys

In McKinsey: It's back to understanding the decision process.   " ... Many of the executives we speak with in banking, retail, and other sectors are still struggling to devise the perfect cross-channel experiences for their customers—experiences


From Computer Science Teacher – Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Whack A Mole Project

Whack A Mole Project

I’ve done variations in Whack A Mole over there years. I did a Whack Something Game for Windows Phone 7 some years ago for example. But somehow I put it aside and didn’t think about it when I was teaching the last year and a

What


From Putting People First

Persona Power

Persona Power

Article by Shlomo Goltz on “integrating the hero’s journey as part of the user-centered design process”: “There are many prominent and outspoken members of the design community, such as Steve Portigal and Jason Fried, who feel


From The Eponymous Pickle

IBM and Apple Partnership and the IOT

IBM and Apple Partnership and the IOT

In CWorld:  An angle that I had not considered, but the connection makes sense.  It also strengthens the connection to enterprise sources of big data. The partnership announced last week isn't just about selling more iPhones.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Taking a Deeper Dive in Splunk

Taking a Deeper Dive in Splunk

Mentioned to me some time ago, as an interesting solution, now taking a deeper dive. See Splunk.com  ... Will follow with some impressions.  See the elevator control analytics example previously mentioned." .... Splunk is an


From The Eponymous Pickle

Millennials and Food Shopping

Millennials and Food Shopping

In Smartblogs.   How will they be won over? " ... Millennials are much like the young versions of previous generations, except they grew up in a digital age and lived through the Great Recession, circumstances that affect the


From The Eponymous Pickle

Importance of Emotional Machines

Importance of Emotional Machines

Facebook AI director Yann LeCun on the importance of emotional machines   " ... “Emotions are often the result of predicting a likely outcome. For example, fear comes when we are predicting that something bad (or unknown) isInteresting


From Schneier on Security

Security Vulnerability in the Tails OS

Security Vulnerability in the Tails OS

I'd like more information on this....


From The Eponymous Pickle

Network as Nervous System

Network as Nervous System

A reasonable analogy for digital enterprise.    And Analytics should be the brain, placing the network n contexts to gather as much useful data as possible.  " ... Business and network strategies will become more integrated as


From The Eponymous Pickle

Evaluating the Concept of Web Rank

Evaluating the Concept of Web Rank

Simple game based demonstration video about how search and in particular how web sites can be evaluated via their interconnections with hyperlinks.  Good to show kids, but also for adults to demonstrate how math about probabilities


From Computer Science Teacher – Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Scalable Programming Projects

Scalable Programming Projects

One of the things I look for in a project is that it is extensible. That means that a reasonable and simple version can be done but that students who want to do more or who want to challenge themselves can make a very special


From The Eponymous Pickle

July August Analytics Magazine

July August Analytics Magazine

July August 2014 Analytics MagazineWhy Do Analytics Projects Fail? by Haluk Demirkan and Bulent DalNot just another IT project: Key considerations for deep analytics on big data, learning and insights.Real-Time Text Analytics


From The Eponymous Pickle

Dysfunctional Teams and Healthy Ecosystems

Dysfunctional Teams and Healthy Ecosystems

In FastCompany: An interesting view.   Somewhat over segmented.  Have seen some of these examples.   It then suggests healthier ecosystems.  Good idea, but also harder to implement in many cultures.   Ans where are the rewards


From The Eponymous Pickle

Augmented Collaboration: Cisco Spring Roll

Augmented Collaboration: Cisco Spring Roll

Some of this discovered rather late, but Cisco provides new a prototype of collaboration features for its Telepresence brand.  Called Spring Roll.  Eweek discusses.  And a demonstration.  Collaborative and interactive sharing…

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