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January 2015


From The Eponymous Pickle

DashDB Announced as Sandbox Solution

DashDB Announced as Sandbox Solution

In particular,  presenting the sandbox idea for connecting analytics to data warehouses.  Analytics often requires the ability to test multiple methods and data sets.Bluemix Announces dashDB is Now Open for Business IBM dashDB™


From The Eponymous Pickle

Computing Now Startup Channel

Computing Now Startup Channel

A Channel, ok a blog, that includes posts and links about computing startups. Have followed the parent Computing Now magazine for years, always very well done. " ... TV shows like Shark Tank, Project Startup, and Silicon Valley


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

NSF CISE CAREER Proposal Writing Workshop

The following is a guest blog post by Thyagarajan Nandagopal, National Science Foundation (NSF) Program Director for Computer and Network Systems (CNS).  The NSF Directorate for Computer & Information Science & Engineering (CISE)…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Customization Nation with Services and Supply Chain

Customization Nation with Services and Supply Chain

In Retailwire:   Thoughts about the meaning of services in retail.  Beyond the classic offering of a selection of products.  New changes in the relationship of retailer and manufacturer.  I like the idea that customers are building


From The Eponymous Pickle

Metamind vs Watson

Metamind vs Watson

Useful piece in KDNuggets:   In recent conversations with decision makers in the enterprise, see they are always emphasizing the need for more technology as a service.  " ... MetaMind Competes with IBM Watson Analytics and Microsoft


From U.S. Public Policy Committee of the ACM

Washington News – Alerts and Updates

General News • USACM issued a press statement on President Obama’s comments on privacy and security in his State of the Union address. • ACM’s Annual Report FY2014, published this month in the Communications of the ACM, features


From The Eponymous Pickle

Changing Role of the CIO

Changing Role of the CIO

The changing role.  But consider the role too of formulating and directing technical  innovation strategy  as it applies to the needs of the company.


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Extensible Distributed Systems Workshop

Contributions to this post were made by Lorenzo Alvisi, Computing Community Consortium (CCC) Council Member and Professor in the Department of Computer Science at UT Austin and Robbert van Renesse, Principal Research Scientist…


From Schneier on Security

Subconscious Keys

Subconscious Keys

I missed this paper when it was first published in 2012: "Neuroscience Meets Cryptography: Designing Crypto Primitives Secure Against Rubber Hose Attacks" Abstract: Cryptographic systems often rely on the secrecy of cryptographic


From The Eponymous Pickle

Reinventing Supply Chains

Reinventing Supply Chains

From Bain:  Reinventing.  Something we did every few years, and quite successfully.   Most recently just a few years ago.   Here are two public examples:  A Data visualization optimization aided simulation model, with gamingan


From Schneier on Security

Police Using Radar that Sees Through Walls

Police Using Radar that Sees Through Walls

In the latest example of a military technology that has secretly been used by the police, we have radar guns that can see through walls....


From The Eponymous Pickle

Brands Want Actionable Insight

Brands Want Actionable Insight

In AdAge:  What we have said for a long time, and why we are still uncertain about the BigData term.  " ... Agencies: Does Your Data Pass the 'So-What' Test? ... ".  Also, I would add, analytics is the driving force to find insight


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Computer Scientist Recipient of 2015 NAS William O. Baker Award

Congratulations to Benjamin Recht, assistant professor of electrical engineering, computer science, and statistics at the University of California, Berkeley, for receiving the 2015 William O. Baker Award for Initiatives in Research in…


From Putting People First

Big Data and Small: Collaborations between ethnographers and data scientists

Big Data and Small: Collaborations between ethnographers and data scientists

In the past three years, Heather Ford — an ethnographer and now a PhD student — has worked on ad hoc collaborative projects around Wikipedia sources with two data scientists from Minnesota, Dave Musicant and Shilad Sen. In this


From Putting People First

New Wikipedia page on “Design for behaviour change”

New Wikipedia page on “Design for behaviour change”

The new Wikipedia page on “Design for behaviour change” starts as follows: “Design for behaviour change is a sub-category of design, which is concerned with how design can shape, or be used to influence human behaviour. All approaches


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

CCC Council Nominations Due Next Friday!

The Computing Community Consortium (CCC) council nomination deadline is next Friday, February 6, 2015.   See complete details — including nominating instructions — below: The Computing Community Consortium (CCC) is charged with…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Data Science for the Masses

Data Science for the Masses

Paper by a colleague. Kirk Borne.  This is not just about Astronomy science data, but broadly applicable to science and industryThe Revolution in Astronomy Education: Data Science for the MassesKirk D. Borne (George Mason University)


From The Eponymous Pickle

High Speed 3D Microscope

High Speed 3D Microscope

In Kurzweil:   A microscope to take high speed 3D recordings of living things.  " ... A Columbia University scientist has developed a new microscope that can image freely moving living things in 3D at very high speeds — up to


From The Eponymous Pickle

Content Engineering and AI

Content Engineering and AI

Short piece by Omri Astel made me think about how ad content can be engineered based upon the audience.  Early steps have been taken in this direction.  For example, with Watson User Modeling. See this Description/Documentation


From The Eponymous Pickle

Smart Phones Altering Brains

Smart Phones Altering Brains

In the BBC:   Based on EEG studies.     It is notable that this is a small N study:    " .. Study author Arko Ghosh, from the Institute of Neuroinformatics of the University of Zurich, said: "I was really surprised by the scale


From Schneier on Security

The IDEA Encryption Algorithm with a 128-bit Block Length

The IDEA Encryption Algorithm with a 128-bit Block Length

Here's an IDEA-variant with a 128-bit block length. While I think it's a great idea to bring IDEA up to a modern block length, the paper has none of the cryptanalysis behind it that IDEA had. If nothing else, I would have expected


From Apophenia

Baby Boaz

Baby Boaz

Boaz Lotan Boyd saw the blizzard coming and knew it was time for him to enter this world. At 4PM on Monday, January 26, a little ball of fuzzy cuteness let out a yelp and announced his presence at a healthy 6 pounds 14 ounces


From U.S. Public Policy Committee of the ACM

Hill Tech Happenings, Week of January 26

January 27 Conference: The 2015 State of the Net Conference takes place. 8 a.m., The Newseum, 555 Pennsylvania Avenue Hearing: The Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade Subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee will


From The Eponymous Pickle

Ontologies of Jobs and their Related Tasks and Data

Ontologies of Jobs and their Related Tasks and Data

Last year I posted the text below.  Am now in the midst of working on an effort to  classify jobs and included tasks to determine how they can be linked to cognitive and data focused solutions.  Below I link to a very useful-


From Computational Complexity

A nice problem from a Romanian Math Problem Book

(All of the math for this problem is here)My Discrete Math Honors TA Ioana showed me a Romanian Math Problem book(She is Romanian) and told the following problem: (All ai in this post are assumed to be natural numbers) Show


From The Eponymous Pickle

EU Internet of Things Architecture Project

EU Internet of Things Architecture Project

I was pointed to this site which reports on the completion of an EU project on IOT architecture.   I like its form.   Its first goal: " ... an architectural reference model for the interoperability of Internet-of-Things systems


From The Eponymous Pickle

Wrist Smart Marketing

Wrist Smart Marketing

In Retailwire:  In-store broadcasting to Smart Watches.  More from InMarket.  I see they are looking at the behavioral interaction between shopper and wearable.  We were also most concerned with what the shopper really wanted


From The Eponymous Pickle

Platfora Solution

Platfora Solution

This Platfora solution was recently mentioned to me.  Examining." ... The only complete solution out there. Platfora is the only end-to-end software platform to run natively on Hadoop and provide raw data preparation, in-memory


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Benefits and Risks of Artificial Intelligence

The following is a guest blog post by Tom Dietterich, current president for The Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI) and Eric Horvitz, former president of AAAI. The first winter AAAI meeting is occurring now…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Can Big Data Give us Bionic Brains?

Can Big Data Give us Bionic Brains?

Deloitte Analytics report talks about "Bionic Brains"Juha Hulkkonen,  Business Development Leader at IBM, writes:  "The So What" section in Deloitte Analytics report is good plain language discussion of how cognitive computing

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