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February 2015


From Schneier on Security

AT&T Charging Customers to Not Spy on Them

AT&T Charging Customers to Not Spy on Them

AT&T is charging a premium for gigabit Internet service without surveillance: The tracking and ad targeting associated with the gigabit service cannot be avoided using browser privacy settings: as AT&T explained, the program


From Computer Science Teacher – Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Simulations Are More Fun

Simulations Are More Fun

One of my favorite computer science teachers, Judy Hromcik from Texas, posted a link to a video called “The last banana: A thought experiment in probability.” The video outlines a particular statistical problem.

“Imagine a game


From U.S. Public Policy Committee of the ACM

Hill Tech Happenings, Week of February 23

Hill Tech Happenings, Week of February 23

February 25 Hearing: The Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee will hold a hearing titled “Preserving the Multistakeholder Model of Internet Governance.” 10 a.m., 253 Russell Building The Communications and Technology


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

NIH Data Science wants to hear from YOU! 

NIH Data Science wants to hear from YOU! 

The new NIH Data Science blog needs your help to start a conversation about Computational and Quantitative Collaborative Projects. Excerpt from their blog: Many biomedical challenges require collaborations between biomedical


From The Female Perspective of Computer Science

One Instructor's Flipped Classroom Philosophy

One Instructor's Flipped Classroom Philosophy

Earlier this month, our Education Development Centre hosted a teaching round table on the flipped classroom.  At the session, engineering instructor Shermeen Nizami shared her philosophy for flipping her own fourth year undergraduate


From insideHPC

Video: OpenACC Interoperability with CUDA C and Fortran

Video: OpenACC Interoperability with CUDA C and Fortran

"Developed by PGI, Cray, and NVIDIA, the OpenACC directives are a shared vision of how directives can simplify the programming model for accelerators, where each vendor is committed to support a common programming standard."


From insideHPC

UMBC Powers Climate Research with Dell | Terascala HPC Storage

UMBC Powers Climate Research with Dell | Terascala HPC Storage

Today Terascala announced that the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) HPC Facility is using the company's software to manage Lustre-based parallel storage.


From Computational Complexity

Eliminate the Postal Service

It's gotten very difficult to mail a letter these days. There are no mailboxes along my ten mile commute. Georgia Tech has contracted with an outside company to handle outgoing mail. To send a piece of mail requires filling out


From Schneier on Security

Cell Phones Leak Location Information through Power Usage

Cell Phones Leak Location Information through Power Usage

New research on tracking the location of smart phone users by monitoring power consumption: PowerSpy takes advantage of the fact that a phone's cellular transmissions use more power to reach a given cell tower the farther it


From insideHPC

Pearl Hacks Event to Promotes Women Programmers

Pearl Hacks Event to Promotes Women Programmers

RENCI is sponsoring this year's Pearl Hacks, a two-day event designed to encourage college and high-school age women to develop their interest in technology.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Technology Disruption in Health Care

Technology Disruption in Health Care

Video interview: Dr. Robert Wachter, chief of hospital medicine at UCSF Medical Center and a noted expert on quality and safety, says information technology is disrupting healthcare in unexpected and sometimes unfortunate ways


From The Eponymous Pickle

An Adaptive Dance of Drones

An Adaptive Dance of Drones

In NewScientist: Drones continue to advance, their cooperation, adaption and autonomy is particularly interesting.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Visualizing Sound

Visualizing Sound

In the CACM:" .... In the movies, people often discover their room is bugged when they find a tiny microphone attached to a light fixture or the underside of a table. Depending on the plot, they can feed their eavesdroppers false


From The Eponymous Pickle

Multi Sensory Computer

Multi Sensory Computer

In Forbes, on the IBM Chip:Meet The Brain-Inspired Computer Chip That Can Smell, Feel And Hear By Dharmendra S. Modha, Ph.D., IBM ResearchBuilding a computer that could match the power of the human brain has long been a goalIn


From The Eponymous Pickle

Storeless Generation

Storeless Generation

How can the 'storeless' generation be won back?   Good thoughts important to retail." .... But can a big-box store truly be a third space in the classic Oldenburg sense? Recent research suggests yes, but stores need to make a


From The Eponymous Pickle

Japanese Hotel to Be Staffed by Robots

Japanese Hotel to Be Staffed by Robots

New robotic service application.  Here in Japan.  " ... This summer, a hotel will open in the Netherlands-themed Huis Ten Bosch amusement park in Nagasaki, Japan. It will have 72 rooms. Room fees will start at $60 per night.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Warning of a Digital Dark Age

Warning of a Digital Dark Age

Despite methods like the Internet Archive, in the BBC:" ... Vint Cerf, a "father of the internet", says he is worried that all the images and documents we have been saving on computers will eventually be lost. Currently a Google


From Putting People First

Changing behaviour for a better deal? Not as easy as it sounds

Changing behaviour for a better deal? Not as easy as it sounds

There are many areas of life – e.g. utility providers – where we could be getting a better deal by making what seems to be an easy switch. Behavioural scientist Nathalie Spencer of The RSA asks why we don’t do it more often.


From insideHPC

Radio Free HPC on Lenovo’s Slipup with Superfish

Radio Free HPC on Lenovo’s Slipup with Superfish

While Lenovo now scrambles into Damage Control mode in the wake of the Superfish scandal, the question for our readers is: how will this affect Lenovo's ability to sell to the U.S. Federal supercomputing market?


From Computer Science Teacher – Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Interesting Links 23 February 2015

Interesting Links 23 February 2015

It's February break for my school. I’m trying to take it easy this week. And catching up with grading of course. I suspect a lot of teachers use so-called vacation time to catch up on school work like grading and planning. I

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From insideHPC

LBNL Joins OpenMP ARB

LBNL Joins OpenMP ARB

This week Berkeley Lab 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


From BLOG@CACM

Computing Education Must Go Beyond Intuition: The Need for Evidence-Based Practice

Computing Education Must Go Beyond Intuition: The Need for Evidence-Based Practice

Computing educators' practice would dramatically improve if we drew on evidence, rather than intuition.


From The Eponymous Pickle

HBR: Data Scientist as Sexiest Job

HBR: Data Scientist as Sexiest Job

Probably, but still on a wave of hype, as currently defined .... Is Decision Scientist next?

Data Scientist; The Sexiest Job of the 21st Century. - HBR.https://hbr.org/2012/10/data-scientist-the-sexiest-job-of-the-21st-century


From Putting People First

The Emergence of Law and Behavioural Science: A European Perspective

The Emergence of Law and Behavioural Science: A European Perspective

The Emergence of Law and Behavioural Science: A European Perspective by Anne-Lise Sibony (Université de Liège) and Alberto Alemanno (HEC Paris; NYU School of Law) February 16, 2015 Introductory chapter to the forthcoming book


From The Eponymous Pickle

Watson and Jeopardy at the Brink

Watson and Jeopardy at the Brink

Jim Hendler mentions how close Ken Jenning's came to winning the Jeopardy competition over Watson - very true - check out his TED talk about after the event and his reflections  How much would this event have changed a new future


From The Eponymous Pickle

Microsoft Launches Azure Machine Learning

Microsoft Launches Azure Machine Learning

Newly announced:" ... Microsoft officially announced at the Strata Conference today, the general availability of the Azure Machine Learning service for big data processing in the cloud. It also announced some enhancements toAs


From insideHPC

Students: Apply Now for Summer of HPC in Europe

Students: Apply Now for Summer of HPC in Europe

PRACE is seeking students interested in spending the summer working abroad at a European High Performance Computing (HPC) Centre.


From insideHPC

New Algorithm Real-Time Simulations in Materials Research

New Algorithm Real-Time Simulations in Materials Research

Researchers at LBNL have have developed a new algorithm that opens the door for real-time simulations in atomic-level materials research.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Data Layers in Big Data

Data Layers in Big Data

Bernard Marr on data layers that comprise big data.   Very nice, instructive and non technical, this is the essential part of defining what Big Data is.


From The Eponymous Pickle

What Does the Term Cognitive Assistance Mean?

What Does the Term Cognitive Assistance  Mean?

A Linkedin Discussion started in the CSG group by Frank Stein, Director of Analytics Solution Center at IBM.  I have added some additional examples and commentsWhat Does the Term "Cognitive Assistance" mean? .... A US Government