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April 2015


From Computer Science Teacher – Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Trust and Computing

Trust and Computing

I’ve been thinking a lot about the issue of trust in computing lately. It’s actually something I started thinking about almost 40 years ago when I had my first job developing software. At one point in our design work a couple


From The Eponymous Pickle

CGT on Amazon Dash

CGT on Amazon Dash

In CGT:  Makes the argument that Amazon Dash creates an edge for major CPG brands.  Still awaiting the invitation to see one:" ... According to AdAge, Amazon hasn't said exactly how the model would work, but Dash could easily


From The Eponymous Pickle

Business Reliability with System Modeler

Business Reliability with System Modeler

I see that Wofram is starting to put out their system modeling software.    Here nicely described for reliability problems.   A number of times we used this basic concept for calibrating some business process models (BPM).  Reliability


From My Biased Coin

My (Positive) Apple Retail Repair Experience

My (Positive) Apple Retail Repair Experience

I switched to Apple machines several years ago, and have been very happy with them generally.One convenience is there is an Apple store in the mall about 10 minutes from my home, so when things go wrong, I know where to go. 


From The Eponymous Pickle

Future Predicting Neurons

Future Predicting Neurons

In Nature:  Future predicting neurons. An odd idea, but poses an interesting thought.  If we could tap the output of such a neuron, is it the prediction of what we would do under particular conditions?   Is this akin to the fabled


From The Eponymous Pickle

Teradata Rolls out Warehouse Appliance

Teradata Rolls out Warehouse Appliance

New warehouse appliance that Teradata means to help with big data applications using virtualization. More data.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Update on Neuromarketing and Advertising

Update on Neuromarketing and Advertising

Have tracked the progress and evolution of neuromarketing for years.  Saw some decrease in the hype last year.  But this article takes another look.  It is still being used by major marketers, usually in conjunction with other


From The Eponymous Pickle

Mathematical Heart of Deep Learning

Mathematical Heart of Deep Learning

Technical piece in Pete Warden's blog. Nicely visualized.  I was unaware of the term GEMM, but taking a look at the post, he explains it well.  Mathematically it is how you multiply matrices.   A pretty common thing in applied


From The Eponymous Pickle

Machine Learning Education Opportunities

Machine Learning  Education Opportunities

Have never seen a technical topic with so many online learning opportunities.  DSC does a good job of summarizing some of the usefuk links in a short piece.  Do remember that Machine Learning, for all but academic purposes, is


From Schneier on Security

Counting the US Intelligence Community Leakers

Counting the US Intelligence Community Leakers

It's getting hard to keep track of the US intelligence community leakers without a scorecard. So here's my attempt: Leaker #1: Chelsea Manning. Leaker #2: Edward Snowden. Leaker #3: The person who leaked secret documents to Jake


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

NSF Smart and Connected Health Aspiring Investigators Workshop, 2015

NSF Smart and Connected Health Aspiring Investigators Workshop, 2015

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is holding a Smart and Connected Health (SCG) Aspiring Investigators Workshop in Arlington, VA on June 29. This workshop will be an informational and interactive opportunity for the Aspiring


From The Eponymous Pickle

Legal Issues of the Internet of Things

Legal Issues of the Internet of Things

Likely not complete, but a long piece on the legal issues to consider concerning the  internet of things. Global regulatory issues are likely also very important.  A legal minefield?  I will ask for specialist comment on this


From The Eponymous Pickle

More Tales of Chef Watson

More Tales of Chef Watson

Have spoken to several people recently on the now free and public cognitive demonstration system.   All the comments I have seen, by non professional cooks, have been positive.  Now here another use case.  Includes a recipe:Chef


From insideHPC

Open Computing: Vendor Landscape

Open Computing: Vendor Landscape

The Open Compute Project, initiated by Facebook as a way to increase computing power while lowering associated costs with hyper-scale computing, has gained a significant industry following. Several vendors have released, or will


From Schneier on Security

New Top Secret Information on the US's Drone Program

New Top Secret Information on the US's Drone Program

New operational information on the US's drone program, published by the Intercept and Der Speigel....


From Computer Science Teacher – Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Interesting Links 20 April 2015

Interesting Links 20 April 2015

Daffodils are blooming, golf courses are opening, and buds are appearing on trees and bushes. Looks like we’re going to have spring in New Hampshire after all.  We’re well into the fourth and final quarter at my school. It’s


From Don't Panic

Migrating from Blogger to GitHub Pages and launching the new ybrikman.com

Migrating from Blogger to GitHub Pages and launching the new ybrikman.com

Around 2007, I created my home page on a free PHP host and a blog on Blogger. The two websites have served me well for nearly 8 years, but they were long past due for an update. Last week, I finally sat down and rebuilt my home


From CERIAS Blog

Buy a book for entertainment and for charity

Buy a book for entertainment and for charity

I’ve known Carey Nachenberg, a Fellow at Symantec, for many, many years. He’s one of the driving forces behind Symantec’s anti-malware software. He’s creative and passionate about cyber security. He’s also an avid rock climber


From Putting People First

Nudging to improve public policy, health care and our relationship with technology

Nudging to improve public policy, health care and our relationship with technology

On Nudging In Public Policy By Alon M. August, University of Redlands (USA) April 6, 2015 This thesis examines nudging, a technique aimed at making individuals act, choose, and behave in the ways deemed rational by policy makers


From The Eponymous Pickle

Goggle Technologies for VR

Goggle Technologies for VR

Brought to my attention  Goggle Tech looking at hardware and software. VR possibilities are continuing to expand. Some interesting examples at the link." ... Goggle Tech Inc. is a subsidiary of Go4D Technolgy Corp. We have aOur


From The Eponymous Pickle

Freeman Dyson Interview

Freeman Dyson Interview

Interview in the NYTimes,  ".... The physicist, mathematician and author, most recently, of “Dreams of Earth and Sky” says the best books he knows about mathematics and physics are nearly a hundred years old. ... " . A favorite


From insideHPC

Video: Lustre HSM in the Cloud

Video: Lustre HSM in the Cloud

"The combination of the ephemeral nature of the cloud and directly addressable archives such as S3 suggest novel methods for using the Lustre HSM interface. Persistent data sets in the cloud need to be managed independently from


From insideHPC

Job of the Week: Linux HPC Engineer at TEKsystems

Job of the Week: Linux HPC Engineer at TEKsystems

Teksystems LogoTEKsystems is seeking a Linux HPC Engineer in our Job of the Week.

The post Job of the Week: Linux HPC Engineer at TEKsystems appeared first on insideHPC.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Damaging Effects of Envy

Damaging Effects of Envy

My former manager Bob Herbold on the damaging effects of envy.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Visualization Tells the Focused Story of Data

Visualization Tells the Focused Story of Data

In CIO Insight:  Perhaps obvious, but it is a very useful way to show the usefulness and value of your data.   Also to do this in some standardized way, so you can quickly understand how your data relates to your business, your


From The Eponymous Pickle

Enterprise Agility through Culture

Enterprise Agility through Culture

Have been involved in a company with a strong and sometimes difficult culture for years. Worth understanding, In InfoQ:" .... Culture plays an important role in organizational change. Successful agile adoption tends to depend


From The Eponymous Pickle

End of the Automobile License Plate

End of the Automobile License Plate

Replacing the classic license place with an RFID tag.  An early idea that is getting new interest.     Visual and RF tagging will probably be combined.   Article.


From insideHPC

ISC Cloud & Big Data Keynote to Focus on IT Transformation at DZ Bank

ISC Cloud & Big Data Keynote to Focus on IT Transformation at DZ Bank

Today the ISC Cloud & Big Data Conference announced that Dr. Jan Vitt from DZ Bank will keynote their event in September.

The post ISC Cloud & Big Data Keynote to Focus on IT Transformation at DZ Bank appeared first on insideHPC


From insideHPC

Video: Preparing the Cray XC40 for Shipment to KAUST

Video: Preparing the Cray XC40 for Shipment to KAUST

Today's large-scale compute clusters take a lot of preparation for shipping. "Logistics planning for the KAUST shipment started months in advance, and it took 12 Cray personnel almost five days to prepare and pack the system.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Androids in Retail

Androids in Retail

Short Retailwire discussion piece on the use of androids (human-like robots or interactive images) for interactions in retail. Recall our deep diving Mr Clean effort, link below.  How well do we trust images and interactions…