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August 2015


From The Eponymous Pickle

New Normal OS Privacy Policies

New Normal OS Privacy Policies

In ArsTechnica: Criticisms about the normal state of how operating systems are communicating back to their builders.  Under the guise of helping them improving design,  but also useful for leveraging advertising." ... Windows


From The Female Perspective of Computer Science

HLF2015 / Foghor Tanshi – This Year’s Women In Technology Pass-It-On Award Winner and HLF Attendee

HLF2015 / Foghor Tanshi – This Year’s Women In Technology Pass-It-On Award Winner and HLF Attendee

This blog post originates from the Heidelberg Laureate Forum Blog. The 3rd Heidelberg Laureate Forum is dedicated to mathematics and computer sciences, and takes place August 23-28, 2015. Abel, Fields, Turing and Nevanlinna Laureates


From Computational Complexity

PACM

I serve on the conference committee of the ACM publications board and we've had extensive discussions on the question of the role of journals in publication venues. A number of CS conferences, though notably not in TCS, are moving


From Schneier on Security

Defending All the Targets Is Impossible

Defending All the Targets Is Impossible

In the wake of the recent averted mass shooting on the French railroads, officials are realizing that there are just too many potential targets to defend. The sheer number of militant suspects combined with a widening field of


From The Eponymous Pickle

Mysteries, Experiences and Value of Unsupervised Learning

Mysteries, Experiences and Value of Unsupervised Learning

I am reminded of  a conversation with a manager  early in my data analytics career when I mentioned using "unsupervised learning" ... .  He asked in essence:   "How can you find a result if you don't supervise the process?  We


From insideHPC

Intel Invests in BlueData for Spinning Up Spark Clusters on the Fly

Intel Invests in BlueData for Spinning Up Spark Clusters on the Fly

Today Intel Corporation and BlueData announced a broad strategic technology and business collaboration, as well as an additional equity investment in BlueData from Intel Capital. BlueData is a Silicon Valley startup that makes


From The Eponymous Pickle

Wi-Fi Aware as Beacon

Wi-Fi Aware as Beacon

Don't know where it is  currently being used, but Wi-Fi Aware can be used like a beacon in retail like those using Bluetooth Smart, the technology behind Apple iBeacon and Google Eddystone.   We experimented with Wi-Fi triangulation


From insideHPC

From Grand Challenges to Critical Workflows

From Grand Challenges to Critical Workflows

Geert Wenes writes in the Cray Blog that the next generation of Grand Challenges will focus on critical workflows for Exascale. "For every historical HPC grand challenge application, there is now a critical dependency on a series


From The Eponymous Pickle

GMDC Connection

GMDC Connection

Brought back to my attention:  GMDC   

" ... GMDC is the premier nonprofit global trade association dedicated to serving Health Beauty Wellness and General Merchandise Retailers, Wholesalers and Suppliers. GMDC promotes critical


From insideHPC

Video: Parallella – The Most Energy Efficient Supercomputer on the Planet

Video: Parallella – The Most Energy Efficient Supercomputer on the Planet

"Supercomputing should be available for everyone who wants it. With that mission in mind, a team of engineers created Parallella, an 18-core supercomputer that’s a little bigger than a credit card. Parallella is open source hardware


From insideHPC

China May Develop Two 100 Petaflop Machines Within a Year

China May Develop Two 100 Petaflop Machines Within a Year

"Within the next 12 months, China expects to be operating not one but two 100 Petaflop computers, each containing (different) Chinese-made processors, and both coming on stream about a year before the United States’ 100 Petaflop


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Understanding the Google computer, and making it better

Understanding the Google computer, and making it better

The following is a special contribution to this blog by CCC Executive Council Member Mark D. Hill of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Internet-based services that we have all come to love (e.g., search, email, social networks


From The Eponymous Pickle

The Aha Moment and Working Memory

The Aha Moment and Working Memory

Fascinating.   Have had a handful of such aha moments.  Never tried to manage them.  How can that be done, or should it be?   How are our devices now a part of working memory?    Looking at the use of working memory.  In:


From The Eponymous Pickle

Making Smarter Long term Decisions

Making Smarter Long term Decisions

In K@W:   A classic issue.  And with the rocking of the market lately, an important one.If we were rational, we would make choices based on our long-term goals, not our short-term desires. Spoiler alert: We’re not, and we don’t


From The Eponymous Pickle

CSIG Algorithm

CSIG Algorithm

CSIG "Algorithm" and tracking cognitive system performance levelsThe CSIG (Cognitive Systems Institute Group) is interested in tracking cognitive computing components and their performance relative to novice and expert humanCSIG


From The Eponymous Pickle

Real Time Computing

Real Time Computing

Interesting piece on real time computing and in particular how it relates to the Internet of Things. Real time interaction with data means more than just the need for faster computers and real time data, it also means knowing


From Schneier on Security

Regularities in Android Lock Patterns

Regularities in Android Lock Patterns

Interesting: Marte Løge, a 2015 graduate of the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, recently collected and analyzed almost 4,000 ALPs as part of her master's thesis. She found that a large percentage of them­ -- 44


From insideHPC

SDSC Gets One-year Extension for Gordon Supercomputer

SDSC Gets One-year Extension for Gordon Supercomputer

The National Science Foundation has awarded the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) a one-year extension to continue operating its Gordon supercomputer, providing continued access to the cluster for a wide range of researchers


From The Eponymous Pickle

Common Sense Reasoning in Cognitive AI

Common Sense Reasoning in Cognitive AI

Excellent piece in the ACM.  You need membership to read the full article, but even the abstract introduction makes the point very well.  To intelligently reason about the real world you need to have at hand a large amount of


From The Eponymous Pickle

YouTube Gaming Arrives

YouTube Gaming Arrives

Launching tomorrow.  YouTube streaming games.   A place for for short interactive training games?   Ways to score to indicate results?    Ease of rewinding and reviewing results.  Rules to create a context for specifics.   Games


From Computer Science Teacher – Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Are You Ever Really Ready?

Are You Ever Really Ready?

Last year I changed (improved I hope) every PowerPoint deck I used based on how the presentation when and how I realized I could make things more clear. Over the summer I revisited many of them and improved them some more. This


From My Biased Coin

CACM Viewpoints on Theory and Experiments

CACM Viewpoints on Theory and Experiments

There's a fun pair of viewpoints in the September CACM by Jeffrey Ullman and myself on experiments in computer science research, with him addressing systems conferences(/people) being far too focused on experiments as the research


From The Eponymous Pickle

New Head of UC Center for Business Analytics

New Head of UC Center for Business Analytics

My former colleague, Glenn Wegryn has been appointed director of the UC Center for Business Analytics. See  Much more about that announcement here.  Congratulations.   @UCBusAnalytics


From Schneier on Security

Movie Plot Threat: Terrorists Attacking US Prisons

Movie Plot Threat: Terrorists Attacking US Prisons

Kansas Senator Pat Roberts wins an award for his movie-plot threat: terrorists attacking the maximum-security federal prison at Ft. Leavenworth: In an Aug. 14 letter to Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter, Roberts stressed that


From insideHPC

Intel Updates Developer Toolkit with Data Analytics Acceleration Library

Intel Updates Developer Toolkit with Data Analytics Acceleration Library

Today Intel released Intel Parallel Studio XE 2016, the next iteration of its developer toolkit for HPC and technical computing applications. This release introduces the Intel Data Analytics Acceleration Library, a library for


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Travis Deyle, Former CI Fellow, Current Innovator

Travis Deyle, Former CI Fellow, Current Innovator

Last week we published a blog post highlighting the MIT Technology Review’s 2015 list of 35 innovators under the age of 35. This list included Travis Deyle who was a member of the Computing Community Consortium’s (CCC) CI Fellow


From insideHPC

Dell Posts Agenda for La Jolla Genomics Data Workshop

Dell Posts Agenda for La Jolla Genomics Data Workshop

Dell has posted the Agenda for their upcoming Genomics Data Workshop. Entitled "Enabling discovery and product innovation with Dell HPC and Big Data Solutions," the event will take place Sept. 15 in La Jolla, CA.

The post Dell


From The Eponymous Pickle

Coke Trials Beacons in Theaters

Coke Trials Beacons in Theaters

Evan Schuman on:  Coke's movie theater trial shows beacon potential ... Retail beacons have huge potential, but it can only be met when chains move beyond seeing beacons solely as tiny ad broadcasters. Coca-Cola is starting to


From insideHPC

Video: Democratizing Data Science

Video: Democratizing Data Science

"CDSW's organizers are professional programmers and data scientists and several of us have experience teaching data science in more traditional university and corporate settings. Our talk will describe how "democratized" data


From insideHPC

IBTA Publishes RoCE Interoperability List from Plugfest

IBTA Publishes RoCE Interoperability List from Plugfest

Today the InfiniBand Trade Association (IBTA) announced the completion of the first Plugfest for RDMA over Converged Ethernet (RoCE) solutions and the publication of the RoCE Interoperability List on the IBTA website. Fifteen

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