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February 2015


From The Eponymous Pickle

Spontaneous Discovery

Spontaneous Discovery

Thoughtful piece work a scan from the Tom Peters Blog:Surprise, Transformation & Excellence through “Spontaneous Discovery”:A Personal Saga,  this is a revision of an antique—but arguably more relevant than ever (PDF version


From Putting People First

Steve Portigal’s insider view of corporate user research

Steve Portigal’s insider view of corporate user research

The acclaimed UX researcher Steve Portigal hosts the DollarsToDonuts podcast series [iTunes | Twitter] where he talks with the people who lead user research in their (corporate) organization. Six programs so far: Carol Rossi,


From Computational Complexity

Selecting the Correct Oracle

After my post last week on the Complexity accepts, a friend of Shuichi Hirahara send Shuichi an email saying that I was interested in his paper. Shuichi contacted me, sent me his paper and we had a few good emails back and forth


From The Eponymous Pickle

Book: Big Data Revolution is Big Data at work.

Book: Big Data Revolution is Big Data at work.

Just received a preview copy of: Big Data Revolution: What farmers, doctors and insurance agents teach us about discovering big data patterns  by Rob Thomas and Patrick McSharry.  To be published next week.Will read shortly."


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

NSF Research Opportunities in Europe

NSF Research Opportunities in Europe

The National Science Foundation (NSF) recently released two Dear Colleague Letters (DCL) describing research opportunities in Europe. Dear Colleague Letter: Research Opportunities in Europe for NSF Postdoctoral Research Fellows


From The Eponymous Pickle

Favorite Data Science Books from Kirk Borne

Favorite Data Science Books from Kirk Borne

Correspondent Kirk Borne posts a selection of his favorite books on Data Science, Machine Learning and Analytics.    Taking a look now.  Met Kirk at a recent conference and was impressed by his mingling of the learnings of physical


From insideHPC

Spanish Meteorological Procures 168 Teraflop Bull Supercomputer

Spanish Meteorological Procures 168 Teraflop Bull Supercomputer

A new supercomputer, provided by the French company Bull, will be predicting accurately whether or not the rain in Spain falls mainly on the plain.


From insideHPC

DownUnder GeoSolutions Dives Into Liquid Submersion Cooling

DownUnder GeoSolutions Dives Into Liquid Submersion Cooling

Today Green Revolution Cooling announced the latest installation of its CarnotJet System at the Australian geosciences company DownUnder GeoSolutions.


From insideHPC

Interview: E4 Computer Engineering Gears Up for ISC High Performance

Interview: E4 Computer Engineering Gears Up for ISC High Performance

The E4 Computer Engineering team has garnered a solid reputation in Europe with high performance computing solutions for customers like CERN. To learn more, we caught up with Simone Tinti, who heads up the E4 HPC Team.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Planograms for Profits

Planograms for Profits

Planograms are diagrams of where goods are placed in a physical retail store.   We did much work on how to implement them consistently and to comply with manufacturer - retailer agreements, and produce value.   Linking them to


From insideHPC

HP Sports AMD FirePro GPUs in ProLiant DL380 Gen9 Servers

HP Sports AMD FirePro GPUs in ProLiant DL380 Gen9 Servers

"Featuring the first AMD Graphics Core Next (GCN) architecture specifically with compute workloads in mind, the AMD FirePro S9150 server GPU supports enhanced double precision floating point computation and breaks the 2.0 TFLOPS


From insideHPC

Call for Papers: ISC Cloud & Big Data

Call for Papers: ISC Cloud & Big Data

The inaugural ISC Cloud & Big Data conference has announced its Call for Research Papers. The event takes place Sept. 28-30 in Frankfurt, Germany. The organizers are looking forward to welcoming international attendees – IT professionals


From Computer Science Teacher – Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Lessons in Time

Lessons in Time

The other day I was microwaving some food to heat it up. Ten seconds seemed like forever. I was actually able to do several other things while I waited. The microwave has changed my perception of time in some ways. As I thought


From The Eponymous Pickle

How Enterprises Use AI

How Enterprises Use AI

In CWorld:   Good overview of the expansion of the use of cognitive, AI and links to Machine learning.  Based on learnings at the recent AAAI meeting.   My experience and connections, have led to getting lots of queries about


From The Eponymous Pickle

Service Innovation in a Digital World

Service Innovation in a Digital World

In McKinsey Quarterly:  New Business models for services.  Discussion of key technologies that are modifying service delivery." ... New digital upstarts are threatening the bottom lines, growth prospects, and even business models


From The Eponymous Pickle

Google for the Enterprise

Google for the Enterprise

We participated in several Google tests at work, starting with internal search and knowledge organization methods.  Now they are taking another run at the enterprise workplace via Android: " ... On Wednesday, Google Inc. announced


From The Eponymous Pickle

Bluetooth Weaving a Mesh

Bluetooth Weaving a Mesh

In CWorld:     A natural next step is outlined.   " ... Bluetooth starts weaving its mesh for IoT ... Low-power Bluetooth devices should get a standard way to organize themselves in networks next year .... " 


From Schneier on Security

Everyone Wants You To Have Security, But Not from Them

Everyone Wants You To Have Security, But Not from Them

In December, Google's Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt was interviewed at the CATO Institute Surveillance Conference. One of the things he said, after talking about some of the security measures his company has put in place post


From insideHPC

Performance Challenges Using OpenACC to Port O&G Apps

Performance Challenges Using OpenACC to Port O&G Apps

"John Levesque is the Director of the Cray’s Supercomputer Center of Excellence based at Oakridge National Laboratory. He is responsible for the group performing application porting and optimization for break-through science


From The Eponymous Pickle

Good Bad and the Ugly about Big Data

Good Bad and the Ugly about Big Data

What is next? Wondering what to expect? Check out this presentation from Juan Miguel Lavista, Principal Data Scientist. Bing.  'The Good, the Bad and the Ugly about Big Data & Data Science':   Requires registration.


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

The Future of Work in the Age of the Machine

The Future of Work in the Age of the Machine

The evolution of smart machines has transformed and will continue to transform our economy. As smart machines become more advanced, the human and the machine will become even closer coworkers. This has sparked much needed conversations


From Schneier on Security

Snowden-Greenwald-Poitras AMA

Snowden-Greenwald-Poitras AMA

Glenn Greenwald, Laura Poitras, and Edward Snowden did an "Ask Me Anything" on Reddit. Point out anything interesting in the comments. And note that Snowden mentioned my new book: One of the arguments in a book I read recently


From The Eponymous Pickle

Sample Naive Bayes Text Classification in Python

Sample Naive Bayes Text Classification in Python

Via O'Reilly: Nice Python example of using Naive Bayes for text classification.  With actual code, and links to talk and slides." ... Full repo here: https://github.com/arnicas/NLP-in-PythonThis is an example of going from labeled


From The Eponymous Pickle

Gamification for Testing and Learning Analytic Tools

Gamification for Testing and Learning Analytic Tools

In the HBR: Gamification Can Help People Actually Use Analytics Tools ... We did this to test a supply chain design alternatives ...  since any game includes a simulation to evaluate a particular set of parameters, typically


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

The hopeless ones become college professors.

The hopeless ones become college professors.

Many people justify their choice of pursuing graduate school by a desire to explore new ideas and satisfy their intellectual curiosity, an euphemism for goofing off. These students use graduate school as a cultural hack… they


From The Eponymous Pickle

Pringles as Global Kelloggs Snack Equity

Pringles as Global Kelloggs  Snack Equity

Was a participant in the design of Pringles supply chain.  I saw first hand how widely it was sold in Japan.  In clothing stores?   It is interesting to see how this very global brand,  after its sale to Kellogg, has changedin


From insideHPC

Mellanox Shows Record Performance with ConnectX-4 100Gb/s Interconnect Adapters

Mellanox Shows Record Performance with ConnectX-4 100Gb/s Interconnect Adapters

Today Mellanox announced world-record performance on its ConnectX-4 EDR 100Gb/s InfiniBand adapters.


From insideHPC

DDN Powers Fight Against Ebola at VBI

DDN Powers Fight Against Ebola at VBI

Today DDN announced that the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute is using the company's GRIScaler storage solutions to perform rapid, accurate Ebola outbreak modeling for the U.S. Department of Defense’s Defense Threat Reduction


From The Eponymous Pickle

Status and New Product Adoption

Status and New Product Adoption

In Knowledge@Wharton: " ... Certain consumers are keen about adopting new products and are prone to mimicking the product choices of others. But when it comes to status-enhancing products, people in the middle of the status hierarchy


From The Eponymous Pickle

Hospitality Innovation at Starwood

Hospitality Innovation at Starwood

We worked with groups in the hospitality industry to brainstorm the future of business mobility.    So the industry has always fascinated me. Now in McKinsey:  " ... Redefining service innovation at Starwood. The head of theNotably

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