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June 2016


From Schneier on Security

Using Social Media to Discover Hidden Wealth

Using Social Media to Discover Hidden Wealth

Stories of burglars using social media to figure out who's on vacation are old hat. Now financial investigators are using social media to find hidden wealth....


From The Eponymous Pickle

Classroom Centaurs for Education

Classroom Centaurs for Education

Talk this week on educational technology:" .... Kurt VanLehn, Diane and Gary Tooker Chair for Effective Education in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math in the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering at Arizona State University


From The Eponymous Pickle

Discussion on Samsung's $5799 Digital Frig

Discussion on Samsung's $5799 Digital Frig

Good discussion on Samsung's smart Frig.  Apparently not a prototype and is for sale.  The the cost is hefty   Is the refrigerator the place for the home hub?


From The Eponymous Pickle

Wal-Mart Decides on Fun Stories

Wal-Mart Decides on Fun Stories

Akin to Story telling,  Recall my mention of the local grocery chain Jungle Jim's.  Personally I think they should do more in that space to tell fun stories to attract and engage customers. Maybe with screens or ultimately with


From The Eponymous Pickle

Google Magenta AI Makes Music

Google Magenta AI Makes Music

Like the idea.  When we will see a library of these efforts to consider?   What are the bounds of its innovation, creativity? Google enters the Artificial Intelligence race with MagentaThe words Artificial Intelligence can bring


From The Eponymous Pickle

An AI Primer. What do we think it is Today?

An AI Primer.  What do we think it is Today?

Good primer in a talk  AI, Deep Learning, and Machine Learning:   – in  Andreessen Horowitz" .... Things are clearly progressing rapidly when it comes to machine intelligence. But how did we get here, after not one but multiple


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

The Importance of CS Education Research

The Importance of CS Education Research

Contributions to this post were provided by Andrew Ko, University of Washington. Andrew J. Ko is an Associate Professor at the University of Washington Information School and an Adjunct Associate Professor in Computer Science


From The Eponymous Pickle

Not all Things Should be Connected

Not all Things Should be Connected

Agreed, recall in my Defense department experience, the only way to have complete security was to have an unconnected network.   With emphasis on being truly unconnected.  Which means also not able to be sensed by current orIn


From The Eponymous Pickle

Semantic Ecosystems

Semantic Ecosystems

Continuing a look at modern ontology capabilities,  We did work with Stanford's KSL to build ontologies of corporate data.Semantic EcosystemsCreate a semantic ecosystem—evolve from disparate data to actionable knowledge.TopQuadrant’s


From The Eponymous Pickle

Emoji Based Targeting

Emoji Based Targeting

Not unexpected, but how well will it work compared to broader prediction?Twitter Introduces Emoji-Based TargetingIt's Exactly What You Think It Is    By George Slefo


From insideHPC

Allinea Programming Tools Release for Intel Xeon Phi Processor

Allinea Programming Tools Release for Intel Xeon Phi Processor

"Our latest product enhancements will solidify our customers’ investment in the next generation Intel Xeon Phi processor," said Mark O'Connor, VP Product Management at Allinea. "Knights Landing’ has the potential to unleash new


From insideHPC

Penguin Computing adds Intel Xeon Phi Processors to Tundra Supercomputers

Penguin Computing adds Intel Xeon Phi Processors to Tundra Supercomputers

Penguin Computing, a provider of high performance, enterprise data center and cloud solutions, announced its transition from pre-production deployments last year of systems based on the Intel Xeon Phi processor to full production


From Computational Complexity

STOC 2016

I attended the 2016 STOC Conference earlier this week in Cambridge, Massachusetts. No shortage of awesome results highlighted by László Babai's new quasipolynomial-time graph isomorphism algorithm. Babai didn't have a chance


From Schneier on Security

Comparing Messaging Apps

Comparing Messaging Apps

Michah Lee has a nice comparison among Signal, WhatsApp, and Allo. In this article, I'm going to compare WhatsApp, Signal, and Allo from a privacy perspective. While all three apps use the same secure-messaging protocol, they


From insideHPC

Latest Irish Supercomputer List Reflects Growing Capabilities

Latest Irish Supercomputer List Reflects Growing Capabilities

"The June 2016 Irish Supercomputer List represents a seismic shake-up in the Irish HPC landscape. After a 2015 that saw only three new machines, the list has experienced a turnover of over 50% with three new Top500-class machines


From insideHPC

DDN Powers Medical Breakthroughs at Children’s Mercy Kansas City

DDN Powers Medical Breakthroughs at Children’s Mercy Kansas City

With DDN’s high-performance GRIDScaler platform, Children’s Mercy can scale up or out to handle massive data ingest, processing, storage and collaboration. Not only does DDN deliver performance and scalability unmatched by traditional


From insideHPC

Programming Many Tasks for Many Cores

Programming Many Tasks for Many Cores

"Tasks keep the CPUs busy. When a core is working, rather than waiting for work to be sent to it, the application progresses towards it conclusion. A caveat to all of this is to remember that tasking and threading models remain


From insideHPC

Video: Rolling Out the New Intel Xeon Phi Processor at ISC 2016

Video: Rolling Out the New Intel Xeon Phi Processor at ISC 2016

In this video from ISC 2016, Barry Davis from Intel describes the company's brand new Intel Xeon Phi Processor and how it fits into the Intel Scalable System Framework. "Eliminate node bottlenecks, simplify your code modernization


From The Eponymous Pickle

An AI Primer. What do we think it is Today?

An AI Primer.  What do we think it is Today?

Good primer in a talk  AI, Deep Learning, and Machine Learning:   – in  Andreessen Horowitz" .... Things are clearly progressing rapidly when it comes to machine intelligence. But how did we get here, after not one but multiple


From Computer Science Teacher – Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Do We Teach Design for Everyone?

Do We Teach Design for Everyone?

Summer is a time for me to think about how I want to teach better in the next school year. I’m always looking for ideas about this and recently came across this post about Designing Games for Everyone at Microsoft. Now I’ve been


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Computing as a Force for Social Good

Computing as a Force for Social Good

Computing has become a powerful tool for productivity and connectivity — it powers companies, it fuels scientific research, and it delivers entertainment and social engagement for billions. Could research-based innovations in


From Schneier on Security

Fraudsters are Buying IPv4 Addresses

Fraudsters are Buying IPv4 Addresses

IPv4 addresses are valuable, so criminals are figuring out how to buy or steal them. Hence criminals' interest in ways to land themselves IP addresses, some of which were detailed this week by ARIN's senior director of global


From The Eponymous Pickle

Bot Buttons in Slack

Bot Buttons in Slack

A very simple idea.  Developers can add interactive buttons in Slack.   Of really any level of intelligence they can 'develop', from very simple logic to far beyond.    Have been a user of Slack for a while and can see how this


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

National Week of Making!

National Week of Making!

Contributions to this post were provided by Meredith M. Lee, Executive Director of the West Data Hub from UC Berkeley. President Obama released a proclamation announcing June 17 through June 23, 2016 as National Week of Making


From The Eponymous Pickle

Inside the Mind of the Shopper, 2nd Edition

Inside the Mind of the Shopper, 2nd Edition

Much anticipated. 2nd edition.  Pre order it.   By a colleague who we used for shopping innovation.   An ideal companion to our new world of advancing analytics in retail.  This connects  science to store behavior in ways that


From Putting People First

A united energy economy: Experientia helps wrap up the CITYOPT Nice pilot project

A united energy economy: Experientia helps wrap up the CITYOPT Nice pilot project

Can behavioral change address local energy issues, raise people’s awareness energy consumption issues, and directly support non-profit organizations at the same time? With the Nice pilot of the CITYOPT project, we have seen strong


From The Eponymous Pickle

Machine Learning for Design

Machine Learning for Design

In O'Reilly.Nicely put, requires registration for full report.    I still prefer the term 'analytics' for this.   But ML is sexier these days.Machine Learning for DesignersThis report introduces contemporary machine learningBy


From The Eponymous Pickle

Robotic Housekeeping

Robotic Housekeeping

Elon Musk looks at a yet harder problem, the robotic housekeeper.  A problem of complex environments.


From Schneier on Security

Issues Regarding Lone-Wolf Terrorism Prevention

Issues Regarding Lone-Wolf Terrorism Prevention

Amy Zegert has some good questions, comparing the Orlando Pulse massacre to the Fort Hood massacre from 2009....


From insideHPC

Intel Omni-Path Deployed at Northumbria in the UK

Intel Omni-Path Deployed at Northumbria in the UK

Today Northumbria University announced that its has become one of the first UK sites to deploy Intel Omni-Path Architecture (Intel OPA) for their centralized HPC infrastructure. Deployed by BIOS IT, this is the first stage of

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