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April 2014


From Gödel's Lost Letter and P=NP

In Praise Of P=NP Proofs

Why they can be important Advertising source Joe Bloggs is not a computer scientist, at least not one that we know. As noted by Wikipedia, Joe Bloggs is a “placeholder name” like “John Doe” or “Jane Roe” in the US, or “Ashok


From The Eponymous Pickle

Social Robotics and AI

Social Robotics and AI

What are the implications for improving AI?   In an internet of things and people ... with things getting more intelligent and being able to take the initiative more often, what will the rules of interaction be?  Examined this


From The Eponymous Pickle

A Mess in Communications Among an Internet of Things

A Mess in Communications Among an Internet of Things

In CWorld:   Of interest, in particular standards are key to making this approach work.   Lack of interoperability, in particular in home automation, are key problems.  On the commercial side see my posts on background and status


From The Eponymous Pickle

Twitter Classifications

Twitter Classifications

As part of a recent project about twitter feed relevancy. I found this short mention of content classification of Tweets in the wikipedia.    See the link for further references:"Content ClassificationSan Antonio-based market


From The Eponymous Pickle

Infographic on Workplaces of the Future

Infographic on Workplaces of the Future

Yes, there are useful numbers in this graphic.  The topic is very interesting. And has a pointer to the origin of the sources.  But I count only 8 readily usable numbers from the several page document.   Its's bloat, and I cannot


From The Eponymous Pickle

Speedier Checkouts

Speedier Checkouts

Always a big labor and satisfaction consideration for physical retail:Kroger takes retail technology of the year:" ... While the bigger retail technology buzz last year went to data tracking devices, augmented reality and drones


From The Eponymous Pickle

Visualization of Telecommuting Data

Visualization of Telecommuting Data

A good data visualization of information about US telecommuting, with a strong ability to interact with the data.  In the Tableau Public site.  Much better than an infographic in display and adaptability for further study.  Answering


From Schneier on Security

Friday Squid Blogging: Squid Jigging

Friday Squid Blogging: Squid Jigging

Good news from Malaysia: The Terengganu International Squid Jigging Festival (TISJF) will be continued and become an annual event as one of the state's main tourism products, said Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Said. He said


From Schneier on Security

Metaphors of Surveillance

Metaphors of Surveillance

There's a new study looking at the metaphors we use to describe surveillance. Over 62 days between December and February, we combed through 133 articles by 105 different authors and over 60 news outlets. We found that 91 percent


From The Eponymous Pickle

Shoppers Want More Value

Shoppers Want More Value

Pretty obvious stuff.  Shoppers want an exchange of value.  The specific statistics are of interest.Grocery shoppers want more from mobile apps, survey finds  ... About two-thirds of grocery shoppers who own smartphones have


From The Eponymous Pickle

Giving Up Your Right to Sue

Giving Up Your Right to Sue

In the press recently.  Users apparently giving up their right to sue via user agreements. Unclear how binding this is legally,  and the broader implications, but the I would be surprised if the bad PR does not cause General


From Computer Science Teachers Association

A New Phenomenon Cropping Up

A new phenomenon cropping up certainly among college age students that is trickling down to the K12 arena is the concept of a hackathon. Often the events take place over 24-48 hours and are sponsored by a college or university


From Computer Science Teachers Association

Hackathons as Possible Student Motivators

A new phenomenon cropping up certainly among college age students that is trickling down to the K12 arena is the concept of a hackathon. Often the events take place over 24-48 hours and are sponsored by a college or university


From The Eponymous Pickle

Individual Data for Health

Individual Data for Health

In the CACM:   Not a new idea, but more value as we leverage analytics against bigger data.  Even for our own N=1." ... Consider a new kind of cloud-based app that would create a picture of your health over time by continuously


From The Eponymous Pickle

Mission Critical Lesson from P&G

Mission Critical Lesson from P&G

Edward Burghard comments on the A.G. Lafley speech to the Association of National Advertisers 10-15-2000.    Had not seen this, quite good.  A Mission Critical Lesson From P&G.  On What The Economic Development Profession Can


From Computational Complexity

Announcements

Time for a short rundown of announcements.

  • STOC will be held May 31-June 3 in New York City. Early registration and hotel deadline is April 30. Student travel support requests due by this Monday.
  • The newly renamed ACM Conference


From The Eponymous Pickle

Resource Revolution

Resource Revolution

 In McKinsey:   Good overview of the challenge.  The emergence of a resource revolution to feed the technological changes created by innovation.  Lots of needs, and new allocations will be required.  " ... The resource revolution


From The Eponymous Pickle

Where will the Knowledge come From?

Where will the Knowledge come From?

Recent conversations have brought this to mind.  People resource definitions in particular have become specialized and necessary.  Companies are ready to pay, but also need to fit them into still tight budgets.  The knowledge


From Schneier on Security

Reverse Heartbleed

Reverse Heartbleed

Heartbleed can affect clients as well as servers....


From Schneier on Security

Overreacting to Risk

Overreacting to Risk

This is a crazy overreaction: A 19-year-old man was caught on camera urinating in a reservoir that holds Portland's drinking water Wednesday, according to city officials. Now the city must drain 38 million gallons of water from


From The Eponymous Pickle

A Smart Business Notebook Network

A Smart Business Notebook Network

In FastCompany:  As a long time user of Evernote, this was interesting. Pointing towards the Moleskin physical notebook.  So not paperless.  Had been unaware of the former version of this.  " ...  The two companies have partnered


From Schneier on Security

Tails

Tails

Nice article on the Tails stateless operating system. I use it. Initially I would boot my regular computer with Tails on a USB stick, but I went out and bought a remaindered computer from Best Buy for $250 and now use that...


From The Eponymous Pickle

Negative Questions Managers Should Ask

Negative Questions Managers Should Ask

In the HBR Blog (Registration required):   The kind of questions that a good manager should ask, and most do.  Still it is one of those things that is worth repeating.   It is relatively rare to ask the negative question, posed


From CERIAS Blog

A Special Opportunity to Support CERIAS

Purdue University is a land-grant university, founded in 1869. As a land-grant university, our focus has always been on service to the public good — providing excellent education and research results for the betterment of the


From CERIAS Blog

A Special Opportunity to Support CERIAS

Purdue University is a land-grant university, founded in 1869. As a land-grant university, our focus has always been on service to the public good — providing excellent education and research results for the betterment of the


From CERIAS Blog

A Special Opportunity to Support CERIAS

Purdue University is a land-grant university, founded in 1869. As a land-grant university, our focus has always been on service to the public good — providing excellent education and research results for the betterment of the


From Computational Complexity

Should you reveal a P = NP algorithm?

A reader asks
What would you do if you could prove that P=NP with a time-complexity of n2 or better... moreover, would you publish it?  
There are all these statements of the good that could come of it. But how would the government


From The Eponymous Pickle

Experfy Big Data Consulting

Experfy Big Data Consulting

Received a note from Harvard Innovation Lab.   Regarding Experfy, which was new to me.   Interesting, taking a closer look.Big Data Consulting Marketplace in Harvard Innovation Lab Invites Applications ... Experfy is a consulting


From The Eponymous Pickle

Intro to Unstructured Data

Intro to Unstructured Data

Good short piece on the increasingly important topic, by Radhika Subramanian.   The article also points to a free eBook on the topic.  Have not looked at that yet.   Its also important to understand two conundrums on this. One


From The Eponymous Pickle

Analytic Methods and Massive Data

Analytic Methods and Massive Data

What are the limitations of analytic methods against increasingly massive amounts of data?  A Linkedin Discussion of interest. 

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