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January 2015


From The Eponymous Pickle

SAP Complex Event Processing

SAP Complex Event Processing

In Statupfocus: Brought to my attention by a colleague. who is working with SAP Hana.  This lays out the reasons for dealing with more and more complex events.


From Schneier on Security

Friday Squid Blogging: Large Squid Washes up on Greek Beach

Friday Squid Blogging: Large Squid Washes up on Greek Beach

No mention of the species, but the photo is a depressing one. As usual, you can also use this squid post to talk about the security stories in the news that I haven't covered....


From Schneier on Security

Co3 Systems Is Expanding into Europe

Co3 Systems Is Expanding into Europe

This was supposed to be a secret until the middle of February, but we've been found out. We already have European customers; this is our European office. And, by the way, we're hiring, primarily in the Boston area....


From The Eponymous Pickle

Sharing Data is Crucial

Sharing Data is Crucial

Something we knew for a long time.  This often also requires the expertise available to make the case that sharing data is valuable for both parties.  That alone is an interesting decision process.  Mapping it out is a greata


From The Eponymous Pickle

Bayesian Networks as Expert Systems

Bayesian Networks as Expert Systems

Modeling causal reasoning is a favorite topic for me. Bayesia has posted another easy to understand demo of how a Bayesian network can be used to model a system of expertise.  Nicely done.  My former enterprise uses this methodology


From The Eponymous Pickle

Bill Gates on Dangers of AI

Bill Gates on Dangers of AI

In the Wash Post.  He makes some good points about the need for concern. He points to work by MS on personal agents.  And warns: " ... I think we should be very careful about artificial intelligence. If I were to guess like what


From The Eponymous Pickle

Working Ontologist

Working Ontologist

Had reason to go back and look at ontologies and semantic web solutions, first I had since 2008.  See the Working Ontologist site.  Thought not recently updated.


From Schneier on Security

Operating a Fake Bank

Operating a Fake Bank

Here's a story of a fake bank in China -- a real bank, not an online bank -- that stole $32m from depositors over a year. Pro tip: real banks never offer 2%/week interest....


From The Eponymous Pickle

Driverless Cars and Traffic

Driverless Cars and Traffic

Design and Efficiency.  Some simulation work seems to show that driverless cars would make traffic worse.  Early thought assumed that cars could travel closer together and thus decrease traffic. But cars could also be used as


From The Eponymous Pickle

Unified Decision Processes Drive with Data

Unified Decision Processes Drive with Data

At the Webinar today from Innovation Excellence by Julie Anixter on Big Data and New Product development,  Maor Gershoni and Tom Davenport highlighted the work done over the years by Procter & Gamble in driving analytics towards


From The Eponymous Pickle

Coke to Open Innovation Center at GA Tech

Coke to Open Innovation Center at GA Tech

Coke and Ga Tech start Center in Atlanta. A favorite topic in these pages.  We established innovation centers starting in 2001.  As places to provide the infrastructure for innovation and link to our regional partners and the


From The Eponymous Pickle

Crowdflower Crowdsourcing

Crowdflower Crowdsourcing

I was asked to take a look at Crowdflower  in order to construct a database of HR data.  Previously we had used Mechanical Turk for a related need.   To provide a crowdsourced way to construct a derived database.   Background


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Blue Sky Ideas Track Held at AAAI-15

The Computing Community Consortium (CCC) sponsored another track in its Blue Sky Ideas Conference Track series at the 29th Association for the Advancement of Article Intelligence (AAAI) Conference on Artificial Intelligence (AAAI…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Older Style Prolog AI Still in Use

Older Style Prolog AI Still in Use

I just got a note from LPA. relating how their version of the declarative language Prolog is being used to power an Ebola trial in West Africa.  We used Prolog Style declarative languages to deliver successful expert systemsvalidations


From Computer Science Teacher – Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

The Queen of Code – Grace Hopper

The Queen of Code – Grace Hopper

There is a new movie about Grace Hopper out in the Internet. The movie is about 16 minutes look and I think it is pretty good. I’m looking for a place in my schedule to show it to my students. Grace Hopper is a long time inspiration


From The Eponymous Pickle

Crowd Governance Using the Wikipedia

Crowd Governance Using the Wikipedia

This upcoming talk is intriguing:OBAIS Seminar SeriesOBAIS Seminar SeriesCrowd Governance: The Monitoring Role of Wikipedia in the Financial Market.Ms Weifang Wu. Phd Candidate at Hong Kong University of Science and TechnologyWednesday


From Computational Complexity

Reusing Data from Privacy

Vitaly Feldman gave a talk at Georgia Tech earlier this week on his recent paper Preserving Statistical Validity in Adaptive Data Analysis with Cynthia Dwork, Moritz Hardt, Toniann Pitassi, Omer Reingold and Aaron Roth. Thisread


From Schneier on Security

Canada Spies on Internet Downloads

Canada Spies on Internet Downloads

Another story from the Snowden documents: According to the documents, the LEVITATION program can monitor downloads in several countries across Europe, the Middle East, North Africa, and North America. It is led by the Communications


From The Eponymous Pickle

DashDB Announced as Sandbox Solution

DashDB Announced as Sandbox Solution

In particular,  presenting the sandbox idea for connecting analytics to data warehouses.  Analytics often requires the ability to test multiple methods and data sets.Bluemix Announces dashDB is Now Open for Business IBM dashDB™


From The Eponymous Pickle

Computing Now Startup Channel

Computing Now Startup Channel

A Channel, ok a blog, that includes posts and links about computing startups. Have followed the parent Computing Now magazine for years, always very well done. " ... TV shows like Shark Tank, Project Startup, and Silicon Valley


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

NSF CISE CAREER Proposal Writing Workshop

The following is a guest blog post by Thyagarajan Nandagopal, National Science Foundation (NSF) Program Director for Computer and Network Systems (CNS).  The NSF Directorate for Computer & Information Science & Engineering (CISE)…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Customization Nation with Services and Supply Chain

Customization Nation with Services and Supply Chain

In Retailwire:   Thoughts about the meaning of services in retail.  Beyond the classic offering of a selection of products.  New changes in the relationship of retailer and manufacturer.  I like the idea that customers are building


From The Eponymous Pickle

Metamind vs Watson

Metamind vs Watson

Useful piece in KDNuggets:   In recent conversations with decision makers in the enterprise, see they are always emphasizing the need for more technology as a service.  " ... MetaMind Competes with IBM Watson Analytics and Microsoft


From U.S. Public Policy Committee of the ACM

Washington News – Alerts and Updates

General News • USACM issued a press statement on President Obama’s comments on privacy and security in his State of the Union address. • ACM’s Annual Report FY2014, published this month in the Communications of the ACM, features


From The Eponymous Pickle

Changing Role of the CIO

Changing Role of the CIO

The changing role.  But consider the role too of formulating and directing technical  innovation strategy  as it applies to the needs of the company.


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Extensible Distributed Systems Workshop

Contributions to this post were made by Lorenzo Alvisi, Computing Community Consortium (CCC) Council Member and Professor in the Department of Computer Science at UT Austin and Robbert van Renesse, Principal Research Scientist…


From Schneier on Security

Subconscious Keys

Subconscious Keys

I missed this paper when it was first published in 2012: "Neuroscience Meets Cryptography: Designing Crypto Primitives Secure Against Rubber Hose Attacks" Abstract: Cryptographic systems often rely on the secrecy of cryptographic


From The Eponymous Pickle

Reinventing Supply Chains

Reinventing Supply Chains

From Bain:  Reinventing.  Something we did every few years, and quite successfully.   Most recently just a few years ago.   Here are two public examples:  A Data visualization optimization aided simulation model, with gamingan


From Schneier on Security

Police Using Radar that Sees Through Walls

Police Using Radar that Sees Through Walls

In the latest example of a military technology that has secretly been used by the police, we have radar guns that can see through walls....


From The Eponymous Pickle

Brands Want Actionable Insight

Brands Want Actionable Insight

In AdAge:  What we have said for a long time, and why we are still uncertain about the BigData term.  " ... Agencies: Does Your Data Pass the 'So-What' Test? ... ".  Also, I would add, analytics is the driving force to find insight

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