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March 2015


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…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Global City Teams Challenge Tech Jam Resources

Global City Teams Challenge Tech Jam Resources

The Global City Teams Challenge Tech Jam was a success! The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and US Ignite initiative designed to advance the deployment of Internet of Things (IoT) technologies within a smart


From The Eponymous Pickle

On the State of Neuromarketing as Science

On the State of Neuromarketing as Science

Via Forbes,  by Roger Dooley.  He examines the status of a long running ARF study, which he says includes both positive and negative results for neuromarketing.  I have been part of neuromarketing tests, both inside a large enterprise


From The Eponymous Pickle

Shopping in Virtual Reality

Shopping in Virtual Reality

Spent some time looking at how people might shop using virtual reality.  In particular was part of a retail innovation group that looked at Second Life for this.  That broader 3D environment there did change the result. Our outcome


From insideHPC

Predictions for HPC in 2015 from Intersect360 Research

Predictions for HPC in 2015 from Intersect360 Research

Intersect360 Research has published their Top Six Predictions for HPC in 2015.


From insideHPC

ARM Joins OpenMP ARB

ARM Joins OpenMP ARB

ARM has joined the OpenMP Architecture Review Board (ARB), a group of leading hardware and software vendors and research organizations creating the standard for the most popular shared-memory parallel programming model in use


From insideHPC

Slidecast: John Gustafson Explains Energy Efficient Unum Computing

Slidecast: John Gustafson Explains Energy Efficient Unum Computing

"Written by one of the foremost experts in high-performance computing and the inventor of Gustafson’s Law, The End of Error: Unum Computing explains a new approach to computer arithmetic: the universal number (unum). The unum


From Putting People First

Human-centered design should be a CMO’s best friend

Human-centered design should be a CMO’s best friend

The average tenure of a CMO is just 45 months, according to a recent study released by executive recruiting firm Spencer Stuart. Fortunately, for CMOs in need of help, there’s an elegant and simplistic process called “human-centered


From The Eponymous Pickle

Linear vs Jackknife Regression

Linear vs Jackknife Regression

A technical and practical  piece on the topic.  I recall a project in the enterprise that could have used this explanation.  The idea is not used often enough, perhaps because it is not taught fundamentally in analytics overviews