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March 2015


From The Eponymous Pickle

Apple ResearchKit

Apple ResearchKit

Watched Apple's announcement of Researchkit today, and the inclusion of a number of diagnostic and research supporting Apps.  To be made available Open Source.   Impressive announcement, will be looking more deeply.   Will follow


From insideHPC

Mellanox Releases OpenOptics MSA Specifications for Open Compute Project

Mellanox Releases OpenOptics MSA Specifications for Open Compute Project

Today Mellanox and RANOVUS, today announced that the OpenOptics MSA is contributing the developed wavelength specifications to the Open Compute Project (OCP).


From insideHPC

Izmir Institute of Technology Manages HPC with Bright Computing

Izmir Institute of Technology Manages HPC with Bright Computing

Today Bright Computing announced that Izmir Institute of Technology (IYTE) is using the company's software to manage its HPC infrastructure.


From insideHPC

Slidecast: Software Defined Infrastructure for HPC

Slidecast: Software Defined Infrastructure for HPC

"Imagine an entire IT infrastructure controlled not by hands and hardware, but by software. One in which application workloads such as big data, analytics, simulation and design are serviced automatically by the most appropriate


From The Eponymous Pickle

Five Data Visualizations in R

Five Data Visualizations in R

It is instructive, especially for those with professional coding experience, to see a complete example of code in another language that does something that is clearly defined.    Visualizations are a good example.  You want to


From The Eponymous Pickle

Social Case Worker Cognitive Assistant

Social Case Worker Cognitive Assistant

CUNY Students Envision a Watson Social Case Worker Cognitive Assistant for NYC.  Reported in the Cognitive Systems Institute group site.  More at the link.


From Schneier on Security

Attack Attribution and Cyber Conflict

Attack Attribution and Cyber Conflict

The vigorous debate after the Sony Pictures breach pitted the Obama administration against many of us in the cybersecurity community who didn't buy Washington's claim that North Korea was the culprit. What's both amazing -- and


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

White House Internship, PIF, and other Fellowship Opportunities

White House Internship, PIF, and other Fellowship Opportunities

Check out these upcoming internship and fellowship opportunities for students. White House OSTP Internship- Deadline: Sunday, March 15th The Office of Science and Technology Policy is currently accepting applications for its


From Computer Science Teacher – Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Interesting Links 9 March 2015

Interesting Links 9 March 2015

Last week was SIGCSE in Kansas City. From all reports it was a great conference. I wasn’t there but I followed as close as I could via Twitter. The twitter stream was active with lots of links, pictures and interesting comments


From The Eponymous Pickle

Azure Machine Learning Examination

Azure Machine Learning Examination

Taking a closer look for a client at the MS Azure offerings.   Mentioned here previously, as with most methods of these type, the introductory free and startup pricing is attractive on the Cloud.   Reactions?   See their blog


From The Eponymous Pickle

Observatory of the Brain

Observatory of the Brain

Stepping into the Digital Brain Library, the Google Earth of neuroscience.  Part open science, part art project, Ars meets the future of open access brains. ... 'An Observatory of the brain'  ...   Not yet a library of digital


From insideHPC

Agenda Posted for Open Fabrics Workshop, March 15-18 in Monterey

Agenda Posted for Open Fabrics Workshop, March 15-18 in Monterey

The OpenFabrics Alliance has published the agenda for their Developers' Workshop in Monterey, CA. Beginning with a March March 15 keynote by Katie Antipas from NERSC, the agenda will center around three major themes: Applications…


From insideHPC

Housing Registration Opens for SC15 in Austin

Housing Registration Opens for SC15 in Austin

The SC15 housing site is now open through October. "Get your reservations in early! Hotels are looking to be a bit more expensive than we've seen at past conferences and the places with reasonable rates will go fast."


From BLOG@CACM

And That's a Wrap - SIGCSE 2015 Ends

And That's a Wrap - SIGCSE 2015 Ends

The third and final day of the 46th annual ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education concluded with more technical information and a very informative closing keynote.


From The Eponymous Pickle

GE Innovation Insight

GE Innovation Insight

An interesting, but fairly thin, infographic on how GE does innovation.  Worth a look.  Have always been impressed by how GE innovates.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Editing DNA?

Editing DNA?

In Technology Review:    An exploration of today's capabilities. The ethics are vast. Engineering the Perfect Baby ...  Scientists are developing ways to edit the DNA of tomorrow’s children. Should they stop before it’s too late


From The Eponymous Pickle

Nausea and Virtual Reality

Nausea and Virtual Reality

Although I am more prone to nausea than most in situations like sea sickness,  my  own experiences with virtual reality have not had me experience it there.    In the NYT, looking for a way to address the problem.  It will be


From The Eponymous Pickle

Myths and Mistakes in Research

Myths and Mistakes in Research

Informative piece in O'Reilly.  Good examples given.  I can think of examples of these occurring even in a quite sophisticated company.    " ... I can’t tell you how often I hear things from engineers like, “Oh, we don’t have


From The Eponymous Pickle

Global Innovation Moving to Asia?

Global Innovation Moving to Asia?

Innovation moves east." ... This is also the first time that a Chinese company, Huawei, has made the list. Huawei is a company in the telecommunications sector. One reason for China’s absence in previous lists could be that,The


From The Eponymous Pickle

Machine Learning to Solve General Programming Problems

Machine Learning to Solve General Programming Problems

Peter Norvig of Google talks  " ... keynotes on using machine learning techniques to solve more general software problems, helping both the advanced programmer and the novice .... ".   Fascinating thought.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Digital Assurance: Seamless Customer Experience

Digital Assurance: Seamless Customer Experience

In K@W:  A term and approach I had not heard of, but it does make sense," ...  digital technologies envelop all spheres of business operations, the need for assurance of near-flawless performance in user experience and security


From The Eponymous Pickle

Linkedin and Twitter Contribute Machine Learning Libraries

Linkedin and Twitter Contribute Machine Learning Libraries

In Infoq: Linkedin and Twitter contribute machine learning libraries.  " ... Twitter’s engineering group, known for various contributions to open source from streaming MapReduce to front-end framework Bootstrap recently announced


From insideHPC

Podcast: TACC Scientists and Geeks to Unite at SXSW

Podcast: TACC Scientists and Geeks to Unite at SXSW

In this South by Southwest podcast, Maytal Dahan from the Texas Advanced Computing Center describes an upcoming meet up: Science and Tech Meet Up: Scientists and Geeks Unite!


From insideHPC

Call for Papers: Hot Interconnects 2015

Call for Papers: Hot Interconnects 2015

The Hot Interconnects 2015 Conference has issued its Call for Papers. The event takes place Aug. 26-28 in Santa Clara.


From BLOG@CACM

SIGCSE Day 2 Highlights

SIGCSE Day 2 Highlights

Reporting on the second day of the 46th annual ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education. An entertaining keynote and the most popular topics of the symposium so far are discussed.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Digital Attribution

Digital Attribution

Former colleague Damon Ragusa on marketing complexity. In Linkedin:" ... A growing chorus of articles recently have extolled the virtues of various attribution models and derides the notion of the last click model. You’ve read


From The Eponymous Pickle

Cognitive Computing Repository

Cognitive Computing Repository

A Cognitive computing, cognitive systems, other applications knowledge repository,  Considerable information I am just starting to explore. Via Jim Spohrer


From Putting People First

Why most customer experience efforts fail

Why most customer experience efforts fail

It is no secret among Customer Experience (CX) professionals that most CX efforts fall flat. Forrester found that only 25% of CX professionals say their companies’ CX programs actually improve customer experience, and Avaya recently


From Putting People First

[Book] Ethnography for the Internet: Embedded, Embodied and Everyday

[Book] Ethnography for the Internet: Embedded, Embodied and Everyday

Ethnography for the Internet: Embedded, Embodied and Everyday by Christine Hine Bloomsbury Academic, 2015 The internet has become embedded into our daily lives, no longer an esoteric phenomenon, but instead an unremarkable way


From The Eponymous Pickle

Japan's LINE: Social Media with Personality

Japan's LINE:  Social Media with Personality

A Japanese colleague pointed this out to me.  In FastCompany. Creative idea.  Its a kind of digital/analog idea.   Its making value of emojis.   Does that work outside of Japan?" ... In Japan, the mobile messaging app LINE is