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August 2014


From The Eponymous Pickle

Supply Chain Transparency Visualization

Supply Chain Transparency Visualization

From Deloitte. Data visualization of risk. Good piece that looks at the application of descriptive analytics for supply chain risk." ... Supply chain transparency is critical for managing rising levels of risk in an environment


From Schneier on Security

Chapter 137 of My Surreal Life

Chapter 137 of My Surreal Life

Someone wrote Sherlock-Schneier fan fiction. Not slash, thank heavens. (And no, that's not an invitation.)...


From Schneier on Security

The Onion on Passwords

The Onion on Passwords

Funny....


From The Eponymous Pickle

Local Short Course on Web Analytics

Local Short Course on Web Analytics

Just reminded of this, I know the people involved and it will be quality.  Useful for anyone involved in the space.The UC Center for Business Analytics is pleased to announce its next short course:Fundamentals of Web Analytics


From The Eponymous Pickle

Need for Stepping up Security in Healthcare IT

Need for Stepping up Security in Healthcare IT

CIO writes on the obvious increased need and compliance complexity.   " ... "We're learning through experience, and what we see happening out there, that more and more of the focus of breaches and attempts to get into systems


From The Eponymous Pickle

Unilever Brand Experiences

Unilever Brand Experiences

Short piece in The Hub on the Unilever Brand experience.  Regarding such topics as sustainability. I followed and reported on Unilever as a competitor and technology innovator for a number of years. See external posts on Unilever


From Computer Science Teacher – Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

CSTA 2015 CALL FOR PROPOSALS

CSTA 2015 CALL FOR PROPOSALS

Time flies when you’re having fun. It seems like just yesterday I got home from this summer’s CSTA conference. But it has actually been a while. And then yesterday I saw the call for proposals for the Annual CSTA conference.


The


From The Eponymous Pickle

Collection of Big Data and Analytics Presentations

Collection of Big Data and Analytics Presentations

David Pittman's selection of recent slide shares on Big Data and Analytics.  He writes:" ... To close out our week of looking at the most popular content from the first half of 2014, we turn to the royalty of shareable content


From The Eponymous Pickle

On Google+ Value

On Google+ Value

I have been on Google+ nearly since its formation, posted now and then. Have participated in Hangouts, which work well.  It integrates well, as you would expect, into a mostly Google ecosystem. But I have not been convinced in


From The Eponymous Pickle

Dealing with Supply Chain Complexity

Dealing with Supply Chain Complexity

Short piece with four simple ideas.  Good place to start, but many details to be completed.   " ... Organisations of all shapes and sizes are faced with their supply chains becoming more complex to support the diverse levels


From The Eponymous Pickle

An Anthropologist at Intel Labs

An Anthropologist at Intel Labs

How and why do companies use anthropologists?    Here a conversation with one at Intel Corp.    Last I know our enterprise had one, though that was not the title used.    Answering questions like "What is the future of technology


From The Eponymous Pickle

Coolest Toys on Earth

Coolest Toys on Earth

Brought to my attention and meeting with: Coolest Toys on Earth.  See their About for more.   Local Cincinnati store.  Could gamification be connected?  See previously here on the Tamagotchi.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Tracking Workforce Fitness

Tracking Workforce Fitness

Probably inevitable.  But the fairness of how this data will ultimately be used and shared could be a problem.  A clear place for wearable sensor use.  Will you get a badge and a wrist watch/sensor when you show up for a job?


From Computer Science Teachers Association

a first post from Fred Martin, your new University Representative

Dear CSTA members,

I am delighted and honored to be elected for a 2-year term to the CSTA board, which began this July.

I was with all of you who attended the annual conference in St. Charles this summer. Then I stayed the


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Cloud Computing Testbeds to be created for the Research Community

On August 20, 2014, the National Science Foundation (NSF) Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) announced two new $10 million projects for cloud computing testbeds.  These new testbeds will enable…


From Putting People First

E-Government for the post-2015 era: the usage perspective

E-Government for the post-2015 era: the usage perspective

E-Government for the post-2015 era: the usage perspective is the title of the 7th chapter of the recent report “United Nations E-Government Survey 2014 – E-Government for the Future We Want“. The chapter outlines the current


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

Expert performance and training: what we really know

Expert performance and training: what we really know

Movies such as Good Will Hunting tell beautiful stories about young people able to instantly master difficult topics, without any effort on their part. That performance is unrelated to effort is an appealing belief. Whether you


From My Biased Coin

Hashing Summer School

Hashing Summer School

Back in July I took part in the Hashing Summer School in Copenhagen.  This was nominally set up by me, Rasmus Pagh, and Mikkel Thorup, though Mikkel was really the host organizer that put it all together.The course materials


From Computational Complexity

Turing's Oracle

My daughter had a summer project to read and summarize some popular science articles. Having heard me talk about Alan Turing more than a few times, she picked a cover story from a recent New Scientist. The cover copy says "Turing's


From The Eponymous Pickle

Sensor Operated Augmented Fingers

Sensor Operated Augmented Fingers

In CACM:  More in the sensor and robotic space space.  The advances continue.  Human augmentation.  " ...  Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers have developed a robotic extension to the human hand that could make


From BLOG@CACM

Recursion and Language at ICER 2014: A Conference Report

Recursion and Language at ICER 2014: A Conference Report

Recursion and the unique challenges of programming languages were highlighted at ICER 2014


From Schneier on Security

Disguising Exfiltrated Data

Disguising Exfiltrated Data

There's an interesting article on a data exfiltration technique. What was unique about the attackers was how they disguised traffic between the malware and command-and-control servers using Google Developers and the public Domain


From The Eponymous Pickle

Simon: The First Smartphone

Simon: The First Smartphone

A look in Time Mag at the first phone that could be called 'Smart':  Simon, offered in 1994, at about $900.   Link includes usage videos.  Only about 50K units were sold.  With a lot less capabilities than we have today.  Had


From Computer Science Teacher – Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Hacking Away at Little Problems

Hacking Away at Little Problems

We have a fairly nice system for student information and the like. It is not perfect but then what system is? For example, our student management system will output class rosters as PDF, Word or Excel files. The problem with


From The Eponymous Pickle

Decide What you Need from Big Data

Decide What you Need from Big Data

Podcast from Knowledge@Wharton. Data has value, and the analytics that uses the data to improve process has value.  Now everyone can have the data and analytics they need." ... Big data and predictive analytics are creating a


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Recent ISAT/DARPA Workshop: Rethinking CAD: New Design Paradigms in the Age of 3-D Printing

The following is a special contribution to this blog by CCC Executive Council Member Mark Hill and workshop organizer Wade Shen of MIT Lincoln Laboratory. Recently DARPA ISAT organized a workshop on the future of Computer Aided…


From Putting People First

Facebook uses ethnography to deliver more relevant ads

Facebook uses ethnography to deliver more relevant ads

“As researchers focusing on Facebook’s advertising, we led research trips with a cross-functional team of product managers, marketers, and engineers to Indonesia, Turkey, and South Africa to develop a solid understanding of cultural


From The Eponymous Pickle

Analytics Languages in Use

Analytics Languages in Use

KDNuggets, always a great resource, I often referred to it from the enterprise, surveys the principal analytics and data mining languages in use today.  Nicely done article.  I would further like to see how cognitive interaction


From The Eponymous Pickle

Heirs Get Digital Asset Rights

Heirs Get Digital Asset Rights

Thinking the implications of this.  A further recognition that data is an asset.   " .... Delaware becomes first state to give executors broad digital assets access Meet the "Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets and Digital Accounts


From The Eponymous Pickle

Negotiating Mistakes

Negotiating Mistakes

In Fast Company: Good points, but not not quite enough about how to achieve them.  A particular sales mistake I remember well:   " ... Talking too much is a sure-fire way to kill a deal. In fact, Lewis-Fernandez says it’s not