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June 2016


From Schneier on Security

Crowdsourcing a Database of Hotel Rooms

Crowdsourcing a Database of Hotel Rooms

There's an app that allows people to submit photographs of hotel rooms around the world into a centralized database. The idea is that photographs of victims of human trafficking are often taken in hotel rooms, and the database


From The Eponymous Pickle

Authentically Engaging Your Customers

Authentically Engaging Your Customers

From Kellogg Insight: " ... For decades, one-off marketing campaigns were the biggest game in town.Since the rise of the internet, however—and, in particular, the rise of social media— customer behavior has changed dramatically


From The Eponymous Pickle

A Quantum Computer Primer

A Quantum Computer Primer

Via Andreessen Horowitz     A 28 minute video:" .... So what is a quantum computer and “qubits” — especially as compared to a traditional computer and bits? What is Grover’s Algorithm? And besides speed of processing, what are


From Computational Complexity

There is now a Bounded Discrete Envy Free Cake Cutting Protocol!

Lance: Bill, there is a new result on cake cutting that was presented at STOC! Do you want to blog about it? Bill: Do snakes have hips! Does a chicken have lips! Lance:  No to the first one and I don't know to the second one


From The Eponymous Pickle

Teaching Hard Math to Children

Teaching Hard Math to  Children

Adventures in math metaphors for teachers and parents.  How to you teach what most students fear, even to the very young?  Pass it on.    In Reddit. 


From Computer Science Teacher – Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Microsoft US MIE Forum 2016–Day 2

Microsoft US MIE Forum 2016–Day 2

Day two started with a keynote by Stephen Reid about game playing in education. It was very interesting and he showed samples of a lot of games. He spent the most time on Minecraft. It does seems like some interesting cross curriculum


From insideHPC

Video: How HPC Unlocks Competitive Advantage

Video: How HPC Unlocks Competitive Advantage

In this video, Addison Snell from Intersect360 Research shares how HPC can unlock innovations for a competitive advantage. "Dell HPC solutions are deployed across the globe as the computational foundation for industrial, academic


From insideHPC

Mellanox and PNNL to Collaborate on Exascale System

Mellanox and PNNL to Collaborate on Exascale System

Today Mellanox announced a joint technology collaboration with Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) to architect, design and explore technologies for future Exascale platforms. The agreement will explore the advanced


From The Eponymous Pickle

Performance Metrics

Performance Metrics

Bernard Marr concisely writes on the 'little data' of performance metrics.   This links well with my constant refrain, the data, big or otherwise, however cleverly analyzed, is only good as far as it relates to business process


From The Eponymous Pickle

Rethinking Design Thinking

Rethinking Design Thinking

Rethink Design ThinkingPublished on May 20, 2016  by Subbu IyerDesign Thinking is not a Problem Solving Tool.Start believing that it is one of the most natural ways in which one can imagine growth. It is a method that generates


From The Eponymous Pickle

Teaching Journalists About Data

Teaching Journalists About Data

Although this seems more about writing it very large than getting it correct and interactive and usable by everyone.The Office of Creative Research, a New York data lab, has a lot to teach journalists  By Melody Kramer ....


From Computer Science Teacher – Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Microsoft US MIE Forum 2016–Day 1

Microsoft US MIE Forum 2016–Day 1

I’m in Denver for the Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert Forum this weekend. I’ve spent some time at these events in the past but those times I was there as a Microsoft employee. This time I am there as one of the teachers


From The Eponymous Pickle

Graphs in Smart Data Lakes

Graphs in Smart Data Lakes

Just lately noticed the similarity between the concept of a graphical databases and data visualization.  So why not use graph visualization to best understand broad, rich  and dynamic data resources in a data lake?    Make them


From updated sporadically at best

Counter-Advice for the PhD

Counter-Advice for the PhD

Recently I attended the Programming Languages Mentoring Workshop, a program to introduce advanced undergraduates and early-stage PhD students to research in general and research in our field. While listening to advice from other


From The Eponymous Pickle

Turning Your mail into a Personal Assistant

Turning Your mail into a Personal Assistant

Interesting piece out of the IFTTT blog. Here with GMail.   This shows a pretty trivial example of how to look at a stream like your GMail, apply some logic intelligence to it, and alert you to related needs.    I don't think


From insideHPC

Altair Releases PBS Pro Source Code

Altair Releases PBS Pro Source Code

Open source licensing for Altair’s market-leading HPC workload manager, PBS Professional, is now available. PBS Pro development communities are now forming and the full-core open source version of PBS Pro can be downloaded at


From insideHPC

Intel to Distribute SUSE High Performance Computing Stack

Intel to Distribute SUSE High Performance Computing Stack

"The SUSE and Intel collaboration on Intel HPC Orchestrator and OpenHPC puts this power within reach of a whole new range of industries and enterprises that need data-driven insights to compete and advance. This is an industry


From The Eponymous Pickle

Placemeter for Predictive Analysis

Placemeter for Predictive Analysis

I had mentioned this idea before, because it could detect both traffic and the type of traffic being experienced.   We examined methods of this type.  Now, how to use that kind of data for predictive analytics.


From Phys.org Technology News

US Navy keeps electromagnetic cannon in its sights

US Navy keeps electromagnetic cannon in its sights

The US Navy is quietly pushing ahead with a radical new cannon that one day could transform how wars are fought, even though some Pentagon officials have voiced concerns over its cost and viability.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Seeking More Robotic Servants.

Seeking More Robotic Servants.

Its still hard to do many of the 'simple' tasks that are done in the home.  But at least we can prototype a number of them with robot like machines.  But when will the robot sweeper learn to fold clothes, do and put away theMore


From insideHPC

Context Matters: Distributed Graph Algorithms and Runtime Systems

Context Matters: Distributed Graph Algorithms and Runtime Systems

In this video from the PASC16 conference, Andrew Lumsdaine from Indiana University presents: Context Matters: Distributed Graph Algorithms and Runtime Systems. "The increasing complexity of the software/hardware stack of modern


From insideHPC

SGI Pangea is Industry’s Top Commercial Supercomputer on TOP500 List

SGI Pangea is Industry’s Top Commercial Supercomputer on TOP500 List

At ISC 2016 this week, SGI announced that Total’s SGI ICE X supercomputer, Pangea, was recognized as the industry’s top commercial supercomputer in the prestigious TOP500 list. "Our SGI ICE XA systems lead in delivering application


From Schneier on Security

Friday Squid Blogging: Bioluminescence as Camouflage

Friday Squid Blogging: Bioluminescence as Camouflage

Interesting: There is one feature of the squid that is not transparent and which could act as a signal to prey ­ the eyes. However, the squid has a developed protection here as well. The large eyes of the squid are camouflaged


From The Eponymous Pickle

Microsoft Flow

Microsoft Flow

Was reminded of Microsoft Flow today  (See also IFTTT)Microsoft FlowWork less, do moreCreate automated workflows between your favorite apps and services to get notifications, synchronize files, collect data, and more. Automate


From The Eponymous Pickle

SAS Guide to Cognitive Computing

SAS Guide to Cognitive Computing

Nicely done and non technical via SAS.  It is interesting that I do not hear the term 'cognitive computing' too often by vendors, except for IBM.  Gotten into some mild arguments about what cognitive means here.   I take it fairly


From The Eponymous Pickle

IFTF Writes A Handbook for the Maker City

IFTF Writes A Handbook for the Maker City

I note that the Institute for the Future: IFTF, a nonprofit company I worked with for years, wrote for as well, has a Maker City Project underway.   They are publishing a handbook on the topic chapter by chapter.   The aim is


From The Eponymous Pickle

Future of Textbooks

Future of Textbooks

My recent connections to developing curriculums and teaching have made me think about all aspects of teaching and supporting teaching.  With all the technologies possible today ...  What is the future of textbooks?    Work out


From The Eponymous Pickle

Virtual Assistant for Documents

Virtual Assistant for Documents

Fileee is an intelligent, personal assistant that automatically organizes all of your paper and digital documents in one system. It’s the new filing cabinet of the future, including personal assistance that recognizes the structures


From The Eponymous Pickle

Crowdsourcing as a Weapon

Crowdsourcing as a Weapon

Hardly a secret weapon.  And managing it and understanding how well is works is still an issue.  But its always worth examining.  What is particularly nice is that is is relatively easy to scale these days with new tools andFurther


From Schneier on Security

Using Social Media to Discover Hidden Wealth

Using Social Media to Discover Hidden Wealth

Stories of burglars using social media to figure out who's on vacation are old hat. Now financial investigators are using social media to find hidden wealth....

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