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December 2014


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

NSF US Ignite Deadline Fast Approaching

The National Science Foundation (NSF) Directorate for Computer & Information Science & Engineering (CISE) announced in October a new solicitation, entitled US Ignite, that is a big step forward in the US Ignite Administration…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Smarter Algorithms

Smarter Algorithms

In CWorld:  " ... Researchers are working on a new version of an algorithm that will power better search, autonomous cars, smarter smartphones and the Internet of Things.  Deep-learning algorithms, which are based on loose simulations


From Schneier on Security

Over 700 Million People Taking Steps to Avoid NSA Surveillance

Over 700 Million People Taking Steps to Avoid NSA Surveillance

There's a new international survey on Internet security and trust, of "23,376 Internet users in 24 countries," including "Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Egypt, France, Germany, Great Britain, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Italy


From Computer Science Teacher – Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Interesting Links 15 December 2014

Interesting Links 15 December 2014

This week is the last week of school for my school this calendar year. We start our Christmas break with Saturday the 20th and will be off until January. I’m looking forward to the break. Though of course like many teachers I


From The Eponymous Pickle

Service Science from Informs

Service Science from Informs

I have been reminded by Jim Spohrer about the importance of services, tasks and the allied sciences to provide what we call intelligence, artificial or otherwise.  Now often being called Cognitive Science.  I had never before


From The Eponymous Pickle

Machine Learning in Python

Machine Learning in Python

SciKit-Learn: Was given an arrangement of algorithms in Python awhile back for examination and could have used this.   Tutorials, examples and more. " ... Open source, commercially usable - BSD license " . Below their often quoted


From The Eponymous Pickle

Don't Forget Point of Sale

Don't Forget Point of Sale

It is still a very important, vibrant place.  Even understood after I spent all of today shopping online.  In Marketing Mag.    " .... Everyone might going crazy for digital these days but that shouldn’t mean we neglect bricks


From The Eponymous Pickle

Simplification of NoSQL Databases

Simplification of NoSQL Databases

Nice simple introduction with examples.  The WP defines " ... A NoSQL (often interpreted as Not Only SQL  database provides a mechanism for storage and retrieval of data that is modeled in means other than the tabular relations


From The Eponymous Pickle

A Virtual Agent Who Thinks Like Me

A Virtual Agent Who Thinks Like Me

Recently have seen the emergence of mirror style systems, where a system can look like me and I can use that idea to market and advertise.  But suppose I had a system that could think like me?  Logically (or not) , but also include


From The Eponymous Pickle

Morphology and Emergence

Morphology and Emergence

An area we examined. Has potential application to non quantified but constraint specified problems. problems. For those who are interested in the principle of “emergence” and/or general morphological analysis (GMA), the following


From Gödel's Lost Letter and P=NP

Chats

Error correction for chatting Bernhard Haeupler is an Assistant Professor in Computer Science at CMU. He previously spent a year as a postdoc at Microsoft Research, Silicon Valley, and a year visiting Bob Tarjan at Princeton.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Grocery Delivery Options

Grocery Delivery Options

Have recently been asked to look at grocery delivery capabilities.   We saw these as common components of the future home, but they have not developed as quickly as expected. Now here a practical recent comparison. In GigaOM.


From The Eponymous Pickle

What CIO's Need to know about Prediction

What CIO's Need to know about Prediction

Good thoughts about the topic.  Not much difference between classic forecasting, analytics, or the use of Big Data. Caution and careful testing in comparison to current approaches in a given business model is always needed.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Linking Multiple Services to Advice

Linking Multiple Services to Advice

via Jim Spohrer" ... Probably the most interesting related business idea is Adam Cheyer's (co-creator of SIRI)  (http://viv.ai) which is trying to what you are describing below - sort of, first for "apps" in a way they get combined


From The Eponymous Pickle

New Gamification Blog

New Gamification Blog

In IEEE Computing Now, a new effort of very broad application.  Look forward to following this.Gamification:  Inspired by Games Blogby Joann Hoffman and Wanda MeloniTechnology is born of inspiration, of dreaming the impossible


From The Eponymous Pickle

Storyboard Approach to Big Data Insights

Storyboard Approach to Big Data Insights

Plan to take a further look at the idea.  " ... Big data by itself is just a worthless collection of numbers and characters. To make big data work, you need to show how the information is meaningful. Taking a storytelling approach


From The Eponymous Pickle

Drone Code Project

Drone Code Project

aaIn CWorldThe Dronecode Project will unite thousands of coders to build an aerial operating system for drones ... Drones have just found their new best friends: coders. On Oct. 13, the Linux Foundation unveiled a nonprofit organization


From Schneier on Security

Friday Squid Blogging: Recreational Squid Fishing in Washington State

Friday Squid Blogging: Recreational Squid Fishing in Washington State

There is year-round recreational squid fishing from the Strait of Juan de Fuca to south Puget Sound. A nighttime sport that requires simple, inexpensive fishing tackle, squid fishing-or jigging-typically takes place on the many


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

NSF/Intel Partnership on Visual and Experiential Computing (VEC) Program Webinar

The National Science Foundation (NSF) Directorate for Computer Science and Engineering (CISE) in partnership with Intel announced a joint funding opportunity called Visual and Experiential Computing (VEC), aimed at fostering

      


From Schneier on Security

Incident Response Webinar on Thursday

Incident Response Webinar on Thursday

On 12/18 I'll be part of a Co3 webinar where we examine incident-response trends of 2014 and look ahead to 2015. I tend not to do these, but this is an exception. Please sign up if you're interested....


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

NSF Algorithms in the Field Webinar

Recently, the Computing Community Consortium (CCC) posted an article about Algorithms in the Field (AitF) a new program in the Directorate for Computer Science and Engineering (CISE) at the National Science Foundation (NSF).

      


From The Eponymous Pickle

Google Lets Devices Commune

Google Lets Devices Commune

In NetworkWorld:" ... A new Google project aims to create nothing less than an open standard for the entire “Internet of Things,” which the company’s Chrome team is calling the Physical Web. ....The idea is to create a comparatively


From Schneier on Security

Who Might Control Your Telephone Metadata

Who Might Control Your Telephone Metadata

Remember last winter when President Obama called for an end to the NSA's telephone metadata collection program? He didn't actually call for an end to it; he just wanted it moved from an NSA database to some commercial database


From Computer Science Teacher – Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Dot and Dash–My New Robots

Dot and Dash–My New Robots

I got some robots the other night. Dot and Dash come from Wonder Workshop which is a Kickstarter project I backed. That is Dot on the right and Dash on the left in the picture below.

Right now I am programing them using aBlockly


From Computer Science Teacher – Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

International 3D Game Creation Activity for CSEdWeek

International 3D Game Creation Activity for CSEdWeek

I saw this on the CSTA mailing list this morning. Looks like fun.


A collaboration between the University of Colorado, USA, Tecnológico de Monterrey, Mexico, and the University of Applied Sciences and Arts, Nordwestern Switzerland


From The Eponymous Pickle

Cognitive Advising Veterans

Cognitive Advising Veterans

Finally got a bit closer look at this effort.  A good example of an advisory system.    Announced this past July.  " ... IBM and USAA announced Wednesday that IBM Watson is taking on the challenge of advising US military personnel


From The Eponymous Pickle

Infrastructure for Data Driven Science

Infrastructure for Data Driven Science

A very good direction,  working with infrastructure is often more complex than it should be.Laying the groundwork for data-driven scienceNSF announces $31 million in awards to develop tools, cyberinfrastructure and best practices


From Schneier on Security

Comments on the Sony Hack

Comments on the Sony Hack

I don't have a lot to say about the Sony hack, which seems to still be ongoing. I want to highlight a few points, though. At this point, the attacks seem to be a few hackers and not the North Korean government. (My guess is that


From The Eponymous Pickle

Biologically Inspired Design

Biologically Inspired Design

Attended a talk today in the Cog Sci Institute on the status of work being done at Ga Tech on Biologically Inspired design, or Biomimicry.  Given by Prof. Ashok Goel    Most often examples in this space look at how designs in


From BLOG@CACM

Yet Another Major Data Breach, But Will This Time Be Any Different?

 Yet Another Major Data Breach, But Will This Time Be Any Different?

Why is our community having such an anemic response to all of these major data breaches? What can we do differently? What should we be doing differently?