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May 2015


From Geeking with Greg

Quick links

Quick links

Some of the best of what I've been thinking about lately:

  • Amazon now has 109 warehouses and 165k employees. Wow. ([1])
  • Amazon cloud computing has 17% operating margins, surprisingly high given all the competition ([1] [2])


From Schneier on Security

Digital Privacy Public Service Announcement

Digital Privacy Public Service Announcement

I thought this was very well done....


From BLOG@CACM

Meet A.I. Joe

Meet A.I. Joe

In the 70 years since the end of World War II, AI has advanced enormously, and the military has continued to show a steady appetite for acquiring lethal robots.


From The Eponymous Pickle

A Fast Data Challenge

A Fast Data Challenge

From the ACM, viewed yesterday, technical, note its application to the IOT, which will produce lots of fast data.  This all gets fast, and thus interesting above 100K messages per second. The Fast Data Challenge and Picking the


From Schneier on Security

Ears as a Biometric

Ears as a Biometric

It's an obvious biometric for cell phones: Bodyprint recognizes users by their ears with 99.8% precision with a false rejection rate of only 1 out of 13. Grip, too. News story....


From insideHPC

Petascale Comet Supercomputer Enters Early Operations

Petascale Comet Supercomputer Enters Early Operations

"Comet is really all about providing high-performance computing to a much larger research community - what we call 'HPC for the 99 percent' - and serving as a gateway to discovery," said SDSC Director Michael Norman, the project's


From insideHPC

Numerical Optimization for Deep Learning

Numerical Optimization for Deep Learning

"With the advent of massively parallel computing coprocessors, numerical optimization for deep-learning disciplines is now possible. Complex real-time pattern recognition, for example, that can be used for self driving cars and


From Computer Science Teacher – Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Office Mixes for Learning C#

Office Mixes for Learning C#

Over the last few months I have recorded a few Office Mixes for use in my C# class. I’ve also built up a nice collection of PowerPoint presentations which I have used and updated as I have presented to various sections of my

I


From insideHPC

Thomas Lippert Elected Chairman of Gauss Supercomputing Centre

Thomas Lippert Elected Chairman of Gauss Supercomputing Centre

Today GCS announced that Professor Dr. Dr. Thomas Lippert has been elected Chairman of the Board of Directors at the Gauss Centre for Supercomputing. Professor Lippert also serves as Director of the Institute for Advanced Simulation


From The Eponymous Pickle

Tesla Home Battery Systems

Tesla Home Battery Systems

Tesla Battery Systems.  Announced yesterday. We looked at the basic idea here for enterprise commercial manufacturing applications.  Buy cheaper power and store it.   Relatively inexpensive.  With the intention to link to sources


From The Eponymous Pickle

HTML5 Browser Adoption

HTML5 Browser Adoption

For a while we were looking at the HTML5 standard for use as a means to deliver interactive visualizations online.  A number of new embedded environments made this less useful for our applications.  You can follow that on the


From The Eponymous Pickle

Microsoft and Big Data via Azure

Microsoft and Big Data via Azure

More on how MS is addressing Big Data via Azure.     Interesting hints on direction.  " .... At Build 2015 yesterday, Microsoft unveiled three new ways it's making Azure into a haven for big data, whether it was born in one's


From insideHPC

Video: HPC Transforms Parkinson’s Disease

Video: HPC Transforms Parkinson’s Disease

"By using high performance visualization systems, researchers at the Scientific Computing and Research Institute are using deep brain stimulation to treat several disabling neurological symptoms—most commonly the debilitating


From insideHPC

Video: Growth of Lustre Adoption and Intel’s Continued Commitment

Video: Growth of Lustre Adoption and Intel’s Continued Commitment

"We are now working with over 100 channel partners globally. You can get access to Intel Lustre from almost everyone who sells storage or compute worldwide. We're expanding this to include software partners, cloud partners. We


From Putting People First

The most important part of self-driving cars will be human control

The most important part of self-driving cars will be human control

Until now, the public dialogue about self-driving cars has centered mostly on technology, writes Michael Nees, Assistant professor, Lafayette College. The public’s been led to believe that engineers will soon remove humans from


From The Eponymous Pickle

Data Science Shortage?

Data Science Shortage?

In Retailwire.   I don't think so.  Saw this claim in the AI days as well.  An outgrowth of the over expectations of hype.  Properly trained to deal with methods and real business problems, supported with context data experts

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