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September 2014


From The Eponymous Pickle

Mining Medical Data

Mining Medical Data

On mining medical data.  " .... Your Doctor Knows You're Killing Yourself. The Data Brokers Told Her - in Bloomberg  ... ""  .... You may soon get a call from your doctor if you’ve let your gym membership lapse, made a habitThat’s


From Schneier on Security

Detecting Robot-Handwriting

Detecting Robot-Handwriting

Interesting article on the arms race between creating robot "handwriting" that looks human, and detecting text that has been written by a robot. Robots will continue to get better, and will eventually fool all of us....


From The Eponymous Pickle

On Rewards for Motivation

On Rewards for Motivation

An overview of motivational rewards as used in gamification.  In particular a comparison of instrinsic and extrinsic methods.   What works in which conditions.  Which leads to the typical methods of Points, Badges and Leaderboards


From Schneier on Security

Lesson in Successful Disaster Planning

Lesson in Successful Disaster Planning

I found the story of the Federal Reserve on 9/11 to be fascinating. It seems they just flipped a switch on all their Y2K preparations, and it worked....


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Computer Scientists in Popular Science’s “Top Ten of 2014″

Popular Science has released their Top Ten of 2014 which honors the brightest young minds reshaping science, engineering, and the world. Computer scientists Prabal Dutta and Roxana Geambasu made the Top Ten! In Dr. Dutta’s lab…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Buildings and Innovation

Buildings and Innovation

How much do buildings influence creativity?  Apparently they have at MIT.  An interesting study of a particular building that provided a locus for innovation for 55 years.  Chance or not?    There was hope for this at our innovation


From The Eponymous Pickle

Google Balloons will Ring the Globe

Google Balloons will Ring the Globe

In Tech Review:  Though I heard of it, its progress was new to me.  " .... The boss of the Google X research lab, Astro Teller, says his company’s experimental wireless Internet balloons will deliver Internet access throughout


From The Eponymous Pickle

Future of Data Science

Future of Data Science

In the NYT: A look at the future of Data Science.   " ... “Current knowledge bases are full of facts,” Mr. Etzioni observed, “but they are surprisingly knowledge poor.” ...  the long-range goal is computer systems that can reason


From Schneier on Security

Kill Switches for Weapons

Kill Switches for Weapons

Jonathan Zittrain argues that our military weapons should be built with a kill switch, so they become useless when they fall into enemy hands....


From Computer Science Teacher – Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

American Computer Science League Programming Competition

American Computer Science League Programming Competition

If you didn’t see this in the recent CSTA email blast read below about the ACSL Programming Competition:

ACSL has offered a unique programming competition for 36 years. Here are some excellent reasons to participate this year


From The Eponymous Pickle

Anticipating Value of Analytic Oracles and Advisors

Anticipating Value of Analytic Oracles and Advisors

In ClickZ:  Thoughts on analytics advisory and automating functions:" ... Could the "Analytics Oracle" Be the Next Evolution of Convergence Analytics?  ... A new ascendance of smart platforms that clean and converge data sets


From The Eponymous Pickle

Presentations on the Future of AI

Presentations on the Future of AI

On the Future of AI, In GigaOM.  " .... Gigaom recently hosted a meetup featuring thought leaders and entrepreneurs in the world of artificial intelligence and deep learning. Watch the videos of their presentations here. ...Interesting


From Computer Science Teachers Association

CS EdCamp Anyone?

Some of the more interesting professional development events I have been to is recent years have been called EdCamps. Many of these are organized via the EdCamp wiki (http://edcamp.wikispaces.com/). EdCamps are a form of unconference


From Gödel's Lost Letter and P=NP

Evolution: A Complexity View

The role of sex? Cropped from source Christos Papadimitriou has a joint paper with Adi Livnat, Aviad Rubinstein, Gregory Valiant, and Andrew Wan that will appear soon at FOCS 2014. The conference is October 19–21 in Philadelphia


From The Eponymous Pickle

Kroger Private Label Growth

Kroger Private Label Growth

Continued growth of retail private label, statistics:How Kroger's private-label brands fuel growth Kroger's Simple Truth natural private-label brand is on track to reach $1 billion in annual sales, and its Kroger brand is the


From Computational Complexity

Goodbye MSR-SVC

This week I'm back at Dagstuhl for the Workshop on Algebra in Complexity Theory. Bill is here as well and we hope to have a typecast for you later this week. The big discussion is the closing of Microsoft Research in Silicon


From The Female Perspective of Computer Science

How Beyond the Code Attendees Found Their Spark with Anita's Quilt

How Beyond the Code Attendees Found Their Spark with Anita's Quilt

Recently, Shopify put on a super cool conference called Beyond the Code.  Hosted at the Ottawa Convention Centre, the event's main goal was to highlight the role of women in technology.  All types of folks were there,  from devs


From The Eponymous Pickle

Lean Innovation at Amazon

Lean Innovation at Amazon

In Innovation Excellence:  Fascinating piece.  Reporting on a piece in the McKinsey Quarterly.    " ... The company’s information technology was always very good at understanding what the customer wanted and passing the right


From The Eponymous Pickle

Apple Pay vs the Wallet

Apple Pay vs the Wallet

In Adage:   A long time examination.  In particular, what are the retail implications of having an easy to use,  location aware system for payment and information access.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Google Goes Darpa

Google Goes Darpa

More on innovation strategies.The famously innovative search company has taken a page from the Pentagon’s radical ideas factory. Here’s what’s brewing in Silicon Valley’s coolest skunkworks.Today Dugan is leading a cadre of big


From Schneier on Security

Security for Vehicle-to-Vehicle Communications

Security for Vehicle-to-Vehicle Communications

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has released a report titled "Vehicle-to-Vehicle Communications: Readiness of V2V Technology for Application." It's very long, and mostly not interesting to me, but there


From Computer Science Teacher – Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Interesting Links 22 September 2014

Interesting Links 22 September 2014

Last week ended with International Talk like a Pirate day. I doubt this would have spread as far as it has without the Internet. Things were very busy for CS education on the Internet last week. I’ve got a lot to share today.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Cincinnati Business Intelligence Symposium

Cincinnati Business Intelligence Symposium

BUSINESS INTELLIGENCE SYMPOSIUMThe 11th Cincinnati Business Intelligence Symposium on October 9, 2014 will showcase presentations from thought leaders in business analytics. Each presenter will discuss how big-data analyticsBusiness


From The Eponymous Pickle

World Bank Data Visualization Tool

World Bank Data Visualization Tool

Visualization at the World Bank ...  in particular integrating visualization into communications and decision process is a good direction." ... The World Bank has launched a new website that allows users to track progress toward


From The Eponymous Pickle

Future of Work is Face to Face

Future of Work is Face to Face

In FastCompany:   Look at the future of work." ... Forget what you think you know about the office of the future.  No you won't all be working from home. The surprising reasons while Google's Bee keeping group and Instant messengers


From The Eponymous Pickle

Supply Chain Control Risks

Supply Chain Control Risks

More compliance hints, here in the supply chain.  Emphasized in our talk this past week at the SCCE conference.  Just keeping an accurate list of connections like suppliers can be of considerable value in understanding risks.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Media and Big Data

Media and Big Data

In Forbes:   Lots of rapidly changing data with great variety.   An excellent example of good place for applying big data analytics.  " ... Executives in nearly every industry are looking for ways to reap value from analytics


From updated sporadically at best

Some Cooking Updates from the Kitchen-Field

Some Cooking Updates from the Kitchen-Field

I've been making some slow and steady progress in expanding my cooking repertoire. I even got some plants! Here are some reports from the kitchen-field (because there are plants now, see) covering the main advances since I lasted


From The Eponymous Pickle

3D Printer Launch into Space

3D Printer Launch into Space

In Mashable:  A 3D printer is scheduled to be launched into space tomorrow.   I remember a number of plans to test manufacture in zero G.  Not sure of the results of those experiments.   A natural next step?


From The Eponymous Pickle

Blog Stats and Tags

Blog Stats and Tags

This blog is now nearly ten years old, has nearly 10,000 posts. It is supported by over 5,000 tweets.  @FranzD  ..  It grew out of an earlier enterprise blog that was started in 2001. Wanted to point out that all new posts are