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April 2014


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 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. 


From Gödel's Lost Letter and P=NP

The More Variables, the Better?

Ideas from algebraic geometry and arithmetic complexity Hyman Bass is a professor of both mathematics and mathematics education at the University of Michigan, after a long and storied career at Columbia University. He was one


From U.S. Public Policy Committee of the ACM

Open Source Coq Wins ACM Software System Award

ACM today selected open source Coq as the recipient of the ACM Software System Award for its influential and critical role as a primary programming and certification tool. Coq is a software tool for the interactive development


From U.S. Public Policy Committee of the ACM

ACM Paris Kanellakis Theory and Practice Award Winners – Robert D. Blumofe and Charles E. Leiserson

The Paris Kanellakis Theory and Practice Award honors specific theoretical accomplishments that significantly affect the practice of computing. Paris Kanellakis was a leader in theoretical computer science. ACM today recognized


From U.S. Public Policy Committee of the ACM

ACM Grace Murray Hopper Award Winner – Pedro Felipe Felzenszwalb

The Grace Murray Hopper Award recognizes the outstanding young computer professional of the year. Rear Admiral Dr. Grace Murray Hopper was a computer pioneer who developed the first computer compiler and whose work led to the


From U.S. Public Policy Committee of the ACM

ACM Karl V. Karlstrom Outstanding Educator Award – Susan H. Rodger

The Karlstrom Award recognizes educators who advanced new teaching methodologies; effected new curriculum development in Computer Science and Engineering; or contributed to ACM’s educational mission. ACM today recognized Susan


From The Eponymous Pickle

HR Strategy. Hiring Specialties or Growing Them?

HR Strategy. Hiring Specialties or Growing Them?

In CWorld.    Self serving yes, but an alternate strategy for lack of specific IT skills.  Instead of hiring college trained people, probably younger people.  Hire older skilled people and train them intensely in the specialty


From The Eponymous Pickle

On Metadata Introduction

On Metadata Introduction

Been examining the state of metadata, here is a book with good background, if not completely up to date.  Mostly document oriented.   A good example where on line resources can be useful. Metadata: For Information Management 


From The Eponymous Pickle

Police Robotics

Police Robotics

In Time: With video.  An old idea, but here apparently a commercial available system.   I always ask, how are these different from a remote movable camera?  How much autonomy is involved?  A number of relevant sensors are included


From Schneier on Security

Book Title

Book Title

I previously posted that I am writing a book on security and power. Here are some title suggestions: Permanent Record: The Hidden Battles to Capture Your Data and Control Your World Hunt and Gather: The Hidden Battles to Capture


From The Eponymous Pickle

Capturing Ambient Intelligence

Capturing Ambient Intelligence

In CWorld:   Related to other work recently posted on.   Had not heard the term 'ambient intelligence' used before, but it fits.   An interesting step by Microsoft.   Again, its about sensors, data and delivering intelligent"


From The Eponymous Pickle

Deep Learning Innovation from Mobile Sensors

Deep Learning Innovation from Mobile Sensors

Out of Research at Purdue:   Interative contextual learning and reasoning is a powerful concept that will radically change how we use computing.  It will bring sensors to many new environments.   And analytics to the data gathered


From The Eponymous Pickle

Data Culture and Business Sphere Focus

Data Culture and Business Sphere Focus

In Ars Technica:  The idea of a 'data culture' is something that Microsoft is promoting heavily.  " ... Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella was in San Francisco today to talk about data and Microsoft's data platform. Nadella repeatedly


From Computer Science Teachers Association

Texas SBOE Requires Districts to Offer Two Computer Science Courses

This blog piece is reposted with permission from the TCEA Advocacy Network Blog. Please see http://tceaadvocacy.wordpress.com/2014/04/15/texas-sboe-requires-districts-to-offer-two-computer-science-courses/ for the original blog


From BLOG@CACM

Those Who Say Code Does Not Matter

Those Who Say Code Does Not Matter

Often, you will be told programming languages do not matter much. It is a pretty general rule that people arguing language does not matter are simply trying to justify their own choice of language.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Using Mind Maps to Support Exit Interviews

Using Mind Maps to Support Exit Interviews

We suggested this, but it was never widely utilized.  In Biggerplate.  A good case study of the idea. The question that always came up: Does the additional complexity add knowledge to the result?  Or is it just the equivalent


From The Eponymous Pickle

On the Value of Social Data: Gnip Acquisition

On the Value of Social Data: Gnip Acquisition

In AdAge:  "  In Gnip Buy, Twitter Grabs Control of Key Data Middleman ...The Acquisition is Yet Another Indicator of the Value Corporations and Investors See in Social Data ... "   Data has value that is driven by analytical


From BLOG@CACM

The Danger of Requiring Computer Science in K-12 Schools

The Danger of Requiring Computer Science in K-12 Schools

We are not ready to make CS a requirement for all children in the U.S., even if that's where we want to be one day.


From The Eponymous Pickle

P&G Singapore Innovation Center

P&G Singapore Innovation Center

More on P&G's Singapore innovation center.  Including lots of images and descriptions of what goes on there.  Nicely done piece from P&G itself.  " ... Get a First Look at Our New Innovation Center in Singapore ... New high-tech


From The Eponymous Pickle

The Loom, Robots, Innovation and Jobs

The Loom, Robots, Innovation and Jobs

In the WaPo: The Loom and Innovation.  Anyone who has followed the history of computing knows the connection between the mechanical loom and computing in general.  This article takes the connection further.  " ... Will robots


From The Eponymous Pickle

Kroger Digitizing Stores

Kroger Digitizing Stores

In Retailing TodayOn how Kroger is digitizing retail.  Retail is the ideal industry to make this happen.  It operates an internet of things that closely integrate with an internet of increasingly connected people.  Analytics


From Schneier on Security

Schneier Speaking Schedule: April–May

Schneier Speaking Schedule: April–May

Here's my upcoming speaking schedule for April and May: Stanford Law School on April 15. Brown University in Providence, RI -- two times -- on April 24. The Global Summit for Leaders in Information Technology in Washington, DC


From Schneier on Security

Schneier Talks and Interviews

Schneier Talks and Interviews

Here are three articles about me from the last month. Also these three A/V links....

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