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February 2015


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


From The Eponymous Pickle

NGrams, Data and Patterns in Human Culture

NGrams, Data and Patterns in Human Culture

A data lens to human culture.  As yet unread, but of interest.  Uncharted: Big Data as a Lens on Human Culture  Hardcover – December 26, 2013 by Erez Aiden  (Author), Jean-Baptiste Michel (Author)  See also here." ... Between


From The Eponymous Pickle

Liquid Metal Electronics

Liquid Metal Electronics

In Gizmag: Possible application to 3D printing,  reminds me of a product development fabrication experiment long ago.  Probably not useful in my realm, but fascinating.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Simple Graph Plotting

Simple Graph Plotting

Brought to my attention, a simple way to deliver plots.  Not perfect or anywhere near complete, but I like to collect simple means.  I have Tableau, Excel and half dozen other means at hand too.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Realtime Strategic execution

Realtime Strategic execution

Trends in 2015, the need for real time" ... Project teams will deliberate less and plan in real-time more. Companies will recognize a cultural difference as a point of strength, rather than a source of confusion. And, more than


From U.S. Public Policy Committee of the ACM

President and FAA Act On Drone Activity

President and FAA Act On Drone Activity

On February 15th the President issued an Executive Memorandum on the domestic use of unmanned aerial systems (UAS/drones).  That same day the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) proposed new regulations for the routine use


From Schneier on Security

Friday Squid Blogging: Squid Can Recode Their Genetic Makeup

Friday Squid Blogging: Squid Can Recode Their Genetic Makeup

This is freaky: A new study showcases the first example of an animal editing its own genetic makeup on-the-fly to modify most of its proteins, enabling adjustments to its immediate surroundings. As usual, you can also use this


From Schneier on Security

Man-in-the-Middle Attacks on Lenovo Computers

Man-in-the-Middle Attacks on Lenovo Computers

It's not just national intelligence agencies that break your https security through man-in-the-middle attacks. Corporations do it, too. For the past few months, Lenovo PCs have shipped with an adware app called Superfish that


From The Eponymous Pickle

Shopping Through the Lens of IT

Shopping Through the Lens of IT

In the ACM    " ... Pennsylvania State University (PSU) researchers are studying how smart cameras could eventually guide visually impaired shoppers to find the items they need.The researchers are using a $10-million U.S. National


From The Eponymous Pickle

Watson Preps the Data

Watson Preps the Data

A prediction that Watson Analytics will also prepare the data.  Often a tedious and error prone activity.  There are many aspects of preparing and scrubbing data.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Simulating Architectures in a Game World

Simulating Architectures in a Game World

From today's CSIG talk. Slides at the link. The use of simulation and game technologies to understand the operation of alternative architectures. Here specifically about cognitive (reasoning) technology, but once you present


From The Eponymous Pickle

What Does the Term Cognitive Assistant Mean?

What Does the Term Cognitive Assistant Mean?

A Linkedin discussion on the topic, which includes some comments of my own on several systems we built that have been mentioned here.  Assistance can mean to augment someone's skills, using data or knowledge. It can also scale


From Computer Science Teacher – Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Today’s BASIC Is Not Your Father’s BASIC

Today’s BASIC Is Not Your Father’s BASIC

A post at Doug Peterson’s blog (A Different Time) sent me to a site that has a collection of old BASIC programs. And by old I mean the 1970s. I remember many of these programs as I was starting my programming career back then


From insideHPC

Job of the Week: Principal HPC Architect at Aberdeen Proving Ground

Job of the Week: Principal HPC Architect at Aberdeen Proving Ground

The Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland is seeking a Principal HPC Architect in our Job of the Week. The candidate will performs studies and develops new HPC technology architecture recommendations for the DSRC enterprise in


From insideHPC

Video: HPC Transforms Students with Mentorships at SC15

Video: HPC Transforms Students with Mentorships at SC15

In this video, Ken Kraft from Intel describes his experiences as a participant in SC Conference Mentor-Protege program. "The SC15 conference is broadening its mission to build a strong and diverse HPC student community at both


From insideHPC

OpenPOWER Summit Announces Speaker Lineupfor March Conference

OpenPOWER Summit Announces Speaker Lineupfor March Conference

This week the OpenPOWER Foundation announced their lineup of speakers for the inaugural OpenPOWER Summit at the GPU Technology Conference in San Jose, March 17-19.


From Putting People First

Understanding people’s financial behaviors

Understanding people’s financial behaviors

Erin Taylor and Gawain Lynch of the Institute for Money, Technology and Financial Inclusion (UCI) lead a research project aimed at understanding people’s financial behaviors. Their project, Consumer Finance Research: Global Approaches


From Apophenia

Why I Joined Dove & Twitter to #SpeakBeautiful

Why I Joined Dove & Twitter to #SpeakBeautiful

I’ve been online long enough to see a lot of negativity. I wear a bracelet that reads “Don’t. Read. The. Comments.” (a gift from Molly Steenson) to remind myself that going down the path of negativity is not helpful to my soul