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August 2016


From The Eponymous Pickle

Language Modeling a Billion Words

Language Modeling a Billion Words

This is a technical, but interesting, tutorial on how to use noise-contrastive estimation (NCE) to train a multi-GPU recurrent neural network language model on the Google billion words data set.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Not all Data Created Equal

Not all Data Created Equal

Interesting piece that gets to my mantra of data assets.  And combining data for additional and profitable leverage. Requires free registration.Some of the most profitable decisions are made by combining data in novel ways, but


From The Eponymous Pickle

Macy's and Mall Intelligence

Macy's and Mall Intelligence

n CustomerThink.   Previously mentioned. 
" ... If you follow retail trends, you know that department stores are in trouble.
As shoppers have headed online and to discount stores, traditional mall department stores are struggling


From The Eponymous Pickle

Internet IoT everywhere

Internet IoT everywhere

In ReadWrite:  Good review, nontechnical and even addressing part of the CPG space:" ... The Internet of Things is taking over the world. Well, maybe not in a literal global domination kind of way, but just about every “thing”


From The Eponymous Pickle

One Click Product Placement

One Click Product Placement

When I first read this I was confused.  What does this mean?  We had studied product placement approaches since Soap Boxes in the silent era. And the general idea has existed for a long time.  But now take it further and make


From insideHPC

Spack Tool Eases Transition to Next-Gen Scientific Simulations

Spack Tool Eases Transition to Next-Gen Scientific Simulations

"Spack is like an app store for HPC,” says Todd Gamblin, its creator and lead developer. “It’s a bit more complicated than that, but it simplifies life for users in a similar way. Spack allows users to easily find the packages


From Putting People First

New Human Centred Design toolkit launched for African context

New Human Centred Design toolkit launched for African context

Future by Design, a Human Centred Design (HCD) and customer-centricity consultancy focused on the African continent, has produced an HCD Toolkit (download link) that’s especially appropriate for an African context, and intended


From Putting People First

[Book] The Routledge Companion to Digital Ethnography

[Book] The Routledge Companion to Digital Ethnography

The Routledge Companion to Digital Ethnography Edited by Larissa Hjorth, Heather Horst, Anne Galloway, Genevieve Bell Routledge, December 2016 536 pages With the increase of digital and networked media in everyday life, researchers


From insideHPC

Video: Exploring I/O Challenges at Exascale

Video: Exploring I/O Challenges at Exascale

"Clear trends in the past and current petascale systems (i.e., Jaguar and Titan) and the new generation of systems that will transition us toward exascale (i.e., Aurora and Summit) outline how concurrency and peak performance


From insideHPC

Finalists Announced for Gordon Bell Prize in HPC

Finalists Announced for Gordon Bell Prize in HPC

"High performance computing continues to underwrite the progress of research using computational methods for the analysis and modeling of complex phenomena,” said Vint Cerf and John White, ACM Award Committee co-chairs, in a


From insideHPC

Mellanox Open New Singapore Headquarters to Strengthen HPC in Asia

Mellanox Open New Singapore Headquarters to Strengthen HPC in Asia

Today Mellanox announced the opening of its new APAC headquarters and solutions centre in Singapore. The Company’s new APAC headquarters will feature a technology solution centre for showcasing the latest technologies from Mellanox


From Schneier on Security

Interesting Internet-Based Investigative Techniques

Interesting Internet-Based Investigative Techniques

In this article, detailing the Australian and then worldwide investigation of a particularly heinous child-abuse ring, there are a lot of details of the pedophile security practices and the police investigative techniques. The


From insideHPC

The Evolution of HPC

The Evolution of HPC

When the history of HPC is viewed in terms of technological approaches, three epochs emerge. The most recent epoch, that of co-design systems, is new and somewhat unfamiliar to many HPC practitioners. Each epoch is defined by


From Computer Science Teacher – Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Cutler-Bell Scholarship Deadline November 1 2016

Cutler-Bell Scholarship Deadline November 1 2016

Dave Cutler and Gordon Bell have funded an amazing CS competition for American high school students. Last year’s winners had some truly impressive projects. Do you have a student doing some out of the box thinking and building


From Phys.org Technology News

Researchers work to predict the future of transit

Researchers work to predict the future of transit

Haris N. Koutsopoulos believes that our ability to predict the future has the potential to enable various innovations in public transit. The short-term future, that is.


From Phys.org Technology News

Refugee who made it returns with drone to halt drownings

Refugee who made it returns with drone to halt drownings

Standing on a pebbled beach on the Greek island of Lesbos, Mehdi Salehi searches for a good spot to set his drone loose.


From Phys.org Technology News

Bags don't fly free: Charges have boosted airlines' departure performances, study finds

Bags don't fly free: Charges have boosted airlines' departure performances, study finds

When most major airlines began charging flyers for checked bags in 2008, travelers grumbled. Southwest Airlines—one of the most successfully run airlines in history—even resisted and seized a new marketing slogan "bags fly free


From The Eponymous Pickle

Data Snooping in Practice

Data Snooping in Practice

Good piece on the topic, though I had never called it that.    Thought it was something about security.  Another example of the lack of standards in the industry. Too many terms have come from different disciplines.   Here described


From The Eponymous Pickle

On Quantum Computing

On Quantum Computing

In the Edge,  a conversation with Seth Llyod, Professor, Quantum Mechanical Engineering, MIT; Principal Investigator, Research Laboratory of Electronics; Author, Programming the Universe.Non technical, practical and thoughtful


From insideHPC

Hewlett Packard Enterprise and Intel Alliance Delivers New Centers of Excellence for HPC

Hewlett Packard Enterprise and Intel Alliance Delivers New Centers of Excellence for HPC

Intel and Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) have recently created two new Centers of Excellence (CoE) to help customers gain hands-on experience with High Performance Computing (HPC). This plus collaboration with customers on


From XRDS

Positive Computing: a novel research field to promote human wellbeing

Positive Computing: a novel research field to promote human wellbeing

Technology has undoubtedly improved at vertiginous speeds in the last decades. However, there is no evidence that all this technology is helping increase the people’s general wellbeing. Calvo and Peters have attributed this to


From insideHPC

NSF Awards $110 Million for XSEDE 2.0

NSF Awards $110 Million for XSEDE 2.0

Today, the National Science Foundation (NSF) announced a $110 million award to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and 18 partner institutions to continue and expand activities undertaken through the Extreme Science


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

CCC Blue Sky Ideas Conference Tracks

CCC Blue Sky Ideas Conference Tracks

Are you helping organize a conference in the near future? Consider having a Blue Sky Ideas Conference Track!  The Computing Community Consortium (CCC) sponsors an initiative to bring special “Blue Sky Ideas” tracks to leading


From The Eponymous Pickle

Dangers of Marketing Optimization

Dangers of Marketing Optimization

Have been involved in a number of marketing optimization projects in the brands.   Are the new attempts at predictive analytics causing us to expect too much with these methods?   We called this 'analytics', and now its called


From insideHPC

Avere Systems Teams with Cycle Computing for High Performance Multi-cloud Orchestration

Avere Systems Teams with Cycle Computing for High Performance Multi-cloud Orchestration

Today Avere Systems and Cycle Computing announced a technology integration that enables hybrid high-performance computing (HPC) in popular public cloud computing environments. By integrating the Avere vFXT Edge filer cloud bursting


From insideHPC

Fujitsu Unveils Processor Details for Post-K Computer

Fujitsu Unveils Processor Details for Post-K Computer

The Fujitsu Journal has posted details on a recent Hot Chips presentation by Toshio Yoshida about the instruction set architecture (ISA) of the Post-K processor. "The Post-K processor employs the ARM ISA, developed by ARM Ltd


From The Eponymous Pickle

Samsung Scoop Speaker

Samsung Scoop Speaker

A competitor to the Amazon Echo?   Indications of voice activation.  Samsung Scoop.  Advanced cognitive skills are unclear.  But note Samsung previous devices like S Voice, and Otto, which hinted at cognitive AI skills." .. S


From The Eponymous Pickle

Visual Consulting Book

Visual Consulting Book

Friend and colleague David Sibbet who taught us many visualization techniques is writing a new book.  Many links below at the tab to his work." ...President and Founder of The Grove Consultants International—organizational consultant


From The Eponymous Pickle

Visual Consulting

Visual Consulting

Friend and long time colleague David Sibbet writes about visualization.   Read his site for insight and visual tools. " ... President and Founder of The Grove Consultants International—organizational consultant and information


From Schneier on Security

Privacy Implications of Windows 10

Privacy Implications of Windows 10

The EFF has a good analysis of all the ways Windows 10 violates your privacy....

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