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May 2016


From The Eponymous Pickle

Amazon Fresh Moves Forward

Amazon Fresh Moves Forward

It was thought that Amazon could not provide fresh delivery and experience at scale. SpartanNash looks toward growth with Amazon partnershipSpartanNash has teamed with Amazon to distribute dry and chilled groceries for the online


From The Eponymous Pickle

More Virtual Reality Consumer Engagement

More Virtual Reality Consumer Engagement

Kellogg sponsors Captain America VR gameKellogg is capitalizing on the box office success of "Captain America: Civil War" by sponsoring a mobile virtual reality game. Loyalty program members who make purchases from partner outlets


From Schneier on Security

Friday Squid Blogging: More Squids

Friday Squid Blogging: More Squids

This research paper shows that the number of squids, and the number of cephalopods in general, has been steadily increasing over the past 60 years: Our analyses revealed that cephalopod abundance has increased over the last six


From Schneier on Security

Skein in FreeBSD

Skein in FreeBSD

The Skein hash function is now part of FreeBSD....


From The Eponymous Pickle

Blockchain Disruption of Financial Services

Blockchain Disruption of Financial Services

How Blockchain Technology Will Disrupt Financial Services FirmsIn the second article of the series, “The Network Revolution: Creating Value through Platforms, People and Technology,” authors Barry Libert, Megan Beck and Jerry


From The Eponymous Pickle

Elemence

Elemence

Brought to my attention.   Consulting for innovation, valued change.   Adjacency.Who We AreThe premise for Elemence is that innovation is able to thrive when ideas are allowed to connect and recombine across traditional boundaries


From The Eponymous Pickle

Critical Importance of Subject Matter Experts

Critical Importance of Subject Matter Experts

Absolutely.  I usually call it context understanding.  And that  understanding comes from having subject matter expertise close at hand.   In Information Management.  " .... "Know thy self, know thy enemy" says Sun Tzu in 'The


From The Eponymous Pickle

When Wifi Finds You

When Wifi Finds You

In Sloan Review:" ... If WiFi can find you — instead of you trying to locate a signal for it — the result could be smarter homes, more efficient businesses, and password-free WiFi. According to researchers at MIT’s Computer Science


From insideHPC

Video: Whither Hard Disk Archives?

Video: Whither Hard Disk Archives?

In this video from the 2016 MSST Conference, Dave Anderson from Seagate presents: Whither Hard Disk Archives? The talk was part of a panel discussion on Data-intensive Workflows.

The post Video: Whither Hard Disk Archives? appeared


From insideHPC

Open-source vs. Proprietary – Keeping Ideology Out of the Equation

Open-source vs. Proprietary – Keeping Ideology Out of the Equation

"One of the most recurrent themes is that of open-source vs. proprietary code. This debate is often painted with the idealistic open-source evangelists on one side, and the business-focused proprietary software advocates on the


From insideHPC

Insilico Applies Deep Learning to Drug Discovery

Insilico Applies Deep Learning to Drug Discovery

"The world of artificial intelligence is rapidly evolving and affecting every aspect of our daily life. And soon this progress will be felt in the pharmaceutical industry. We set up the Pharma.AI division to help pharmaceutical


From insideHPC

Vela Software Acquires Tecplot Fluid Dynamics Software

Vela Software Acquires Tecplot Fluid Dynamics Software

Today Vela Software announced that it has acquired Tecplot, a leading provider of fluid dynamics visualization and analysis software for engineers and scientists in the aerospace and oil & gas vertical markets.

The post VelainsideHPC


From The Eponymous Pickle

Google Launches Free Data Viz Tool

Google Launches  Free Data Viz Tool

In CWorld:" ... Google is doubling down on its commitment to the business analytics market with the launch of a new free data visualization tool. The company has launched Data Studio, a free version of the data visualization


From Computer Science Teacher – Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

You’re the Variable

You’re the Variable

One of my big goals this year has been to make my classes more interactive. I want to get kids involved and not be just passive listeners. Surprisingly students seem resistant to participate. They like sitting back and pretending


From Schneier on Security

The Unfalsifiability of Security Claims

The Unfalsifiability of Security Claims

Interesting research paper: Cormac Herley, "Unfalsifiability of security claims: There is an inherent asymmetry in computer security: things can be declared insecure by observation, but not the reverse. There is no observation


From The Eponymous Pickle

Misunderstanding Positive Emotions

Misunderstanding Positive Emotions

Misunderstanding Positive Emotion A Conversation With June Gruber" ... This work we've been doing in positive emotion and psychopathology has the potential to change the way we think about all kinds of emotions. I'm focusingThat's


From Phys.org Technology News

Hang up: Dutch look at banning use of cellphones on bikes

Hang up: Dutch look at banning use of cellphones on bikes

The Dutch government is considering banning the country's millions of cyclists from using their cellphones while riding, saying pedaling and phones are a dangerous mix.


From U.S. Public Policy Committee of the ACM

NTIA Multistakeholder Meeting on Consumer Privacy and Facial Recognition on June 15

NTIA Multistakeholder Meeting on Consumer Privacy and Facial Recognition on June 15

The U.S. National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) will convene a multistakeholder meeting on the commercial use of facial recognition technology on Wednesday, June 15, from 1-5 pm in Washington, DC. The


From insideHPC

Video: Developing, Configuring, Building, and Deploying HPC Software

Video: Developing, Configuring, Building, and Deploying HPC Software

"The process of developing HPC software requires consideration of issues in software design as well as practices that support the collaborative writing of well-structured code that is easy to maintain, extend, and support. This


From XRDS

Exascale computing: Why we need it and some of the challenges to conquer it.

Exascale computing: Why we need it and some of the challenges to conquer it.

Exascale computing, the ability of a computer system to perform a million trillion operations per second, has been long anticipated as the next major step in computer engineering. The unprecedented levels of computing power offered


From The Eponymous Pickle

Flu Prediction Cognitive System

Flu Prediction Cognitive System

Using Watson, Twitter and CDC Data for predicting flu epidemics. Modeling under specific contexts. By Prof. Dr. Gordon Pipa, University of Osnabrueck  Embedded in the slide presentation.....    Audio recording.   Reminiscent


From insideHPC

Teratec Forum to Spotlight HPC and IoT

Teratec Forum to Spotlight HPC and IoT

The TERATEC Forum 2016 will host a June 29 workshop on HPC, Connected Objects, and IoT Infrastructures. The full event takes place June 28-29 in Palaiseau, France. "Many innovations and new generation systems are based on connected


From insideHPC

Weather Prediction and the Scalability Challenge

Weather Prediction and the Scalability Challenge

"Weather prediction using high performance computing relies on having physically based models of the atmosphere that can deliver forecasts well in advance of the weather actually happening. ECMWF has embarked on a scalability


From The Eponymous Pickle

Future of Food Supply in the Hands of AI

Future of Food Supply in the Hands of AI

Any complex system that requires the direction and interaction of many people and machines. And whose output also depends on many uncontrollable external variables and influences, continuous changes in context, market dependencies


From The Eponymous Pickle

Detecting Bias in Algorithms

Detecting Bias in Algorithms

In Engadget:   Pointers to a paper from Carnegie.  Though a quick read would say that this would address only certain kinds of algorithmic bias.  Technical.  Worth a read.


From insideHPC

Vectorization Steps

Vectorization Steps

The process to vectorize application code is very important and can result in major performance improvements when coupled with vector hardware. In many cases, incremental work can mean a large payoff in terms of performance.


From Computational Complexity

Theory Jobs 2016

In the fall we point to theory jobs, in the spring we see who got them. How is the CS enrollment explosion affecting the theory job market? We've seen some big name moves but that's only part of the picture. Like last year and


From Schneier on Security

Suckfly

Suckfly

Suckfly seems to be another Chinese nation-state espionage tool, first stealing South Korean certificates and now attacking Indian networks. Symantec has done a good job of explaining how Suckfly works, and there's a lot of good


From Schneier on Security

Companies Not Saving Your Data

Companies Not Saving Your Data

There's a new trend in Silicon Valley startups; companies are not collecting and saving data on their customers: In Silicon Valley, there's a new emphasis on putting up barriers to government requests for data. The Apple-FBI


From insideHPC

Ansys SeaHawk Brings Big Data Analytics to EDA

Ansys SeaHawk Brings Big Data Analytics to EDA

Ansys, a provider of engineering simulation technology, has announced the release of its SeaScape architecture to help engineers accelerate the optimization of designs using a combination of elastic computation, machine learning

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