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March 2015


From The Eponymous Pickle

Digital to Overtake TV Ad Spending in 2 Years

Digital to Overtake TV Ad Spending in 2 Years

In Adage:  Comparing  digital to TV ads, a prediction.  But how about streaming TV via digital?


From The Eponymous Pickle

DebateGraph: Collective, Collaborative Wisdom in Action

DebateGraph: Collective, Collaborative Wisdom in Action

This week’s presenter for the ISSIP SIG Education & Research Service Evangelist Series was David Price, Ph.D. Organizational Learning (Cambridge University), Judge Business School, Consultant & Public Policy Advisor. He willCollaborative


From insideHPC

Video: Teachers Shoot a Visual Tour of SC14 in New Orleans

Video: Teachers Shoot a Visual Tour of SC14 in New Orleans

In this video from SC14, Arni Mittal and Ethan Oayne from the John Monash Science School in Melbourne embark on a journey to New Orleans to uncover the world of supercomputing.


From insideHPC

Supercomputing Frontiers to Explore Exascale in Singapore, March 17-20

Supercomputing Frontiers to Explore Exascale in Singapore, March 17-20

The inaugural Supercomputing Frontiers conference has announced its agenda and keynote speakers. The event will take place March 17 – 20, 2015 in Singapore.


From insideHPC

Cray XC40 Hornet Supercomputer Scales to 96K Cores on Scientific Applications

Cray XC40 Hornet Supercomputer Scales to 96K Cores on Scientific Applications

Today GCS in Germany announced that their new Hornet supercomputer at HLRS is ready for extreme-scale computing challenges. "To test its mettle, Hornet successfully completed six "XXL-projects" from computationally demanding


From insideHPC

NICE DCV 2014 Does Remote 3D Applications in the Cloud

NICE DCV 2014 Does Remote 3D Applications in the Cloud

Today NICE in Italy released the latest version of their DCV remote visualization technology.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Wallet is Marketing Platform of the Future

Wallet is Marketing Platform of the Future

In Adage:  Wallet as marketing platform.    And as more interaction occurs in the aisle, it is likely the power of this will expand.  " ....  Last year, just 14% of marketers and digital business executives used mobile wallets


From Schneier on Security

Tom Ridge Can Find Terrorists Anywhere

Tom Ridge Can Find Terrorists Anywhere

One of the problems with our current discourse about terrorism and terrorist policies is that the people entrusted with counterterrorism -- those whose job it is to surveil, study, or defend against terrorism -- become so consumed


From Computer Science Teacher – Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Can I Give You A Hint?

Can I Give You A Hint?

Last month I attended a workshop on CodeHunt at Microsoft Research. A talk there by Daniel Perelman on Hint generation in Code Hunt (you can watch a video of his talk here) really sparked some thinking on my part about how IPDF


From Putting People First

UX for technology used by an ageing population

UX for technology used by an ageing population

The trend of an ageing population is reflected across Europe. It is estimated that by 2035 nearly a quarter of the population in the United Kingdom will be over 65 years. Ageing is traditionally associated with a decrease in


From Putting People First

EU draft privacy law is useless, say digital rights orgs

EU draft privacy law is useless, say digital rights orgs

Activists have leaked the latest draft of Europe’s planned data protection law – which is supposed to safeguard Europeans’ personal information when in the hands of businesses and governments, reports The Register “The proposed


From The Eponymous Pickle

Analytics Magazine features Internet of Things

Analytics Magazine features Internet of Things

The March/April issue of Analytics Magazine features articles on a wide range of topics, including: intuitive analytics, the Internet of things, healthcare analytics, and a survey of statistical analysis software.  From Informs


From My Biased Coin

Hate EasyChair

Hate EasyChair

I just typed in a nice long review on EasyChair.  Yes, I prefer doing this with the online form when I'm just sitting around and have time to do a review. Apparently I didn't hit one of the score buttons (although I'm pretty


From Schneier on Security

Data and Goliath: Reviews and Excerpts

Data and Goliath: Reviews and Excerpts

On the net right now, there are excerpts from the Introduction on Scientific American, Chapter 5 on the Atlantic, Chapter 6 on the Blaze, Chapter 8 on Ars Technica, Chapter 15 on Slate, and Chapter 16 on Motherboard. That might


From The Eponymous Pickle

Your Phone as an IoT Hub

Your Phone as an IoT Hub

In GigaOM:   The implications?    " ... Broadcom’s new Wi-Fi chip turns your phone into an IoT hub ...  While our phones can use Wi-Fi to connect directly to other devices such as wearables or home appliances, they can’t do so


From Schneier on Security

Google Backs Away from Default Lollipop Encryption

Google Backs Away from Default Lollipop Encryption

Lillipop encryption by default is still in the future. No conspiracy here; it seems like they don't have the appropriate drivers yet. But while relaxing the requirement might make sense technically, it's not a good public relations


From insideHPC

Video: HPC to Transform Grad Student Careers at SC15

Video: HPC to Transform Grad Student Careers at SC15

In this video, Tanzima Islam from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory discusses how her experiences as a graduate student at the SC conference propelled her career in HPC.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Delivering Bayesian Network Simulation Models

Delivering Bayesian Network Simulation Models

Bayesian network simulation was a favorite analytical method at our enterprise, they still maintain an active presence.   Now in a new release BayesiaLab has a means to Web deliver Bayesian network models. Nice idea.   Any simulation


From The Eponymous Pickle

Big Data and New Product Development

Big Data and New Product Development

Here is an update on this talk, given on 1/29." ... What does it mean to embed the intelligence from Big Data into new product development?How will Big Data power consumer products and services in the era of Analytics 3.0?InRecording


From The Eponymous Pickle

More on Automating Data Scientists

More on Automating Data Scientists

Good piece in the Technology Review.    A continued interest in the enterprise.    How automated can this be?   At minimum a means to extract potential patterns and pass them on to the decision scientists involved in the business


From The Eponymous Pickle

Data Driven Business Innovation Models

Data Driven Business Innovation Models

Thinking of what it means to drive innovation from data." ... Latest Paper on Data-driven business models from the Cambridge Service AllianceNews - Cambridge Service Alliance cambridgeservicealliance.orgIn this monthly paperVia


From The Eponymous Pickle

Live in Robotics

Live in Robotics

We would all like to live in a robot enabled world, with robots helping us substantially at home, still think it will be a while. In CACM, a view of the possibilities.


From insideHPC

Clusters For Dummies

Clusters For Dummies

Clusters FOR DUMMIES is an excellent read for both experienced and novice administrators, users, purchasing departments, and developers who are considering purchasing or specifying a cluster.


From insideHPC

HPC People on the Move: March Edition

HPC People on the Move: March Edition

Adaptive Computing has a new CEO. Get the scoop on who else is jumping ship and moving on up in high performance computing.


From insideHPC

Radio Free HPC Polarizes Over Net Neutrality

Radio Free HPC Polarizes Over Net Neutrality

In this episode, the Radio Free HPC team splits on the topic of Net Neutrality. The FCC will soon publish its new rules for ensuring an even playing field for Internet Bandwidth. "Dan doesn't like the idea one bit. Henry disagrees


From Computer Science Teacher – Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

It’s the Software Stupid

It’s the Software Stupid

Computers are magic. Well to a few people they are. To others they are annoying and useless pieces of hardware. At least until you add software. I was reading Audrey Watters’ post on “How Steve Jobs Brought the Apple II to the


From The Eponymous Pickle

Center for Neural Decision Making

Center for Neural Decision Making

Was referred to this recently.  I like the broader review of looking at decision making in general, not just that which can be detected by brain science."... The Center for Neural Decision Making at the Fox School of Business


From U.S. Public Policy Committee of the ACM

Hill Tech Happenings, Week of March 2

Hill Tech Happenings, Week of March 2

March 3 Markup: The House Judiciary Committee will markup legislation, and H.R. 1147, The Legal Workforce Act, is scheduled for review. This bill covers the expansion of mandatory electronic employment eligibility verification


From U.S. Public Policy Committee of the ACM

Administration Releases Discussion Draft for Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights

Administration Releases Discussion Draft for Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights

On February 27 the Obama Administration released its discussion draft for a Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights.  The Administration released a framework for a Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights in 2012, calling on Congress to enact


From Computational Complexity

Leonard Nimoy (1931-2015)

Bill and I rarely write joint blog posts but with the loss of a great cultural icon we both had to have our say. Bill: Leonard Nimoy (Spock) died last week at the age of 83. DeForest Kelley (McCoy) passed away in 1999. William…