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July 2014


From The Eponymous Pickle

Riken Research

Riken Research

A long time research resource on Japan, Riken Research writes:" ... The latest printed edition of RIKEN Research, containing a selection of articles published on our website, has just come out. In our Perspectives and PlacesRIKEN


From The Eponymous Pickle

Big Data, Marketing and Finance

Big Data, Marketing and Finance

Some thin case studies in the HBR blogs.  But it is clear that the deeper use of analytics techniques on growing and complex gathered data will from now on be essential to running the marketing side of financial businesses.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Pipelines and Forecast Timing

Pipelines and Forecast Timing

In E-Commercetimes: The timing of forecast value is an important aspect.  It's part of the decision process that is often forgotten." ... Analytics should be able to tell you the likelihood of each deal's completion in time for


From Putting People First

When science, customer service, and human subjects research collide. Now what?

When science, customer service, and human subjects research collide. Now what?

Mary L. Gray wrote a long essay for ethnographymatters that argues that technology builders and interface designers, data scientists and ethnographers (working in industry and at universities alike) “are now, officially, doing


From Putting People First

Ethnography : an antifragile practice?

Ethnography : an antifragile practice?

Simon Roberts of Stripe Partners continues his three part series on ethnography. In the first two posts in this series he examined ethnography as practiced in two different contexts – the (1) market research (MR) industry and


From Computational Complexity

Elfdrive

New York Times, dateline June 11, 2019
With a near record-setting investment announced last week, the self-driving car service Elfdrive is the hottest, most valuable technology start-up on the planet. It is also one of the


From Schneier on Security

Hackers Steal Personal Information of US Security-Clearance Holders

Hackers Steal Personal Information of US Security-Clearance Holders

The article says they were Chinese but offers no evidence: The intrusion at the Office of Personnel Management was particularly disturbing because it oversees a system called e-QIP, in which federal employees applying for security


From The Eponymous Pickle

MOOCs and MBA Programs

MOOCs and MBA Programs

In Knowledge@Wharton, Interview and video:" ... In a new research paper, Christian Terwiesch, professor of operations and information management at Wharton, and Karl Ulrich, vice dean of innovation at the school, examine the


From Gödel's Lost Letter and P=NP

Constructive Sets

An approach to complexity lower bounds? Book source Kurt Gödel did it all, succinctly. His famous 1938 paper “The Consistency of the Axiom of Choice and of the Generalized Continuum-Hypothesis” was pages long. Since the Proceedings


From The Eponymous Pickle

IBM and Apple Partnership for Mobile

IBM and Apple Partnership for Mobile

I was struck by this announcement yesterday because it includes many of the needs we addressed in the enterprise when we understood that mobile capabilities would change the way we did work.  We would have to provide new functionality


From The Eponymous Pickle

Searching for Live Hangouts

Searching for Live Hangouts

Interesting idea to search for live events in Google Hangouts.  In test.  Have now used hangouts a number of times for small group communications.  Simple interface, and is usually without problems.


From Computer Science Teacher – Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Save The Date for the 2015 CSTA Annual Conference

Save The Date for the 2015 CSTA Annual Conference

Yes, we just finished the Computer Science Teachers Association conference. And it was a great one. You can get copies of many of the presentation decks at http://csta.acm.org/ProfessionalDevelopment/sub/CSTA14/Presentations.html


From The Eponymous Pickle

IT is Cracking the C Suite

IT is Cracking the C Suite

In the HBR Blog: Well yes, but it has been there selectively, for a long time.  Well understood for several decades that its values are not overhead, but essential. Just managed differently in different enterprises.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Creating Future IT Organizations

Creating Future IT Organizations

In CIOInsight:  Transformation yes, but also making things work efficiently." ...  If I have one major complaint about how IT executives have seen their role, it is that, generally speaking, they think too small. For many IT


From Schneier on Security

Security Against Traffic Analysis of Cloud Data Access

Security Against Traffic Analysis of Cloud Data Access

Here's some interesting research on foiling traffic analysis of cloud storage systems. Press release....


From The Eponymous Pickle

Samsung and SmartThings

Samsung and SmartThings

In GigaOM: Samsung is in negotiation to buy home automation company SmartThings.   The connection makes lots of sense.  Though as I have mentioned here before, I do hope that the user experience under Samsung is improved" ...


From Don't Panic

The Saga Of The Stank

The Saga Of The Stank

My hand is over my mouth, my eyes are watering, and I'm trying to hold my breath, but every few seconds, my throat tries to turn itself inside out. Most smells, after a little while, fade into the background -- you become desensitized


From Computer Science Teacher – Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

CSTA 2014 Day Two

CSTA 2014 Day Two

CSTA like so many great conferences is as much about learning from face to face informal conversations as it is about formal sessions. I’ve been able to talk with a bunch of CS teachers about a bunch of topics. The picture on


From Schneier on Security

Risks of Keyloggers on Public Computers

Risks of Keyloggers on Public Computers

Brian Krebs is reporting that: The U.S. Secret Service is advising the hospitality industry to inspect computers made available to guests in hotel business centers, warning that crooks have been compromising hotel business center


From The Eponymous Pickle

Thermoelectric Materials

Thermoelectric Materials

In Tech Review: Turning waste heat into energy.  With an abundantly available material.  " ... California-based Alphabet Energy plans to begin selling a new type of material that can turn heat into electricity. Unlike previous


From The Eponymous Pickle

New Compounds from Microbe Interaction

New Compounds from Microbe Interaction

Synthetic biology (WP Overview)  is of interest for product development, some readers of this blog have indicated an interest in how this domain could link to analytic methods.  You will see some pieces like the below appearing


From Computer Science Teacher – Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

My Big Learning at CSTA 2014 Day 1–Not From A Session

My Big Learning at CSTA 2014 Day 1–Not From A Session

Usually I’m good about writing up the events of a conference at the end of the day and putting up a blog post. Not this time. I blame it on Peli de Halleux from Microsoft Research. Peli is running a Code Hunt Contest for CSTA


From BLOG@CACM

The Perfect Candidate

The Perfect Candidate

What makes a good candidate for a research position?


From The Eponymous Pickle

Major Urban Data Observatory

Major Urban Data Observatory

Interesting concept, in Venturebeat:  A means to observe and compare data about major cities.  And I hope visualizing related analytics.   Sounds akin to work that was done with P&G's Business Sphere.TED co-founder Richard Saul


From Schneier on Security

Legal Attacks Against Tor

Legal Attacks Against Tor

Last week, we learned that the NSA targets people who look for information about Tor. A few days later, the operator of a Tor exit node in Austria has been found guilty as an accomplice, because someone used his computer to transmit


From The Eponymous Pickle

Apple's Swift Langauge

Apple's Swift Langauge

In Wired: Have heard of it, but never even looked at the code. Will it remake computer programming?  I like new ways of thinking about the process of logical control.  Now available to some outside Apple.' ... Chris Lattner spent


From The Eponymous Pickle

Why Hire More People?

Why Hire More People?

How to know if you should hire more people?Organizational psychologist and leadership specialist David Javitch said there are several signs employers should look for when determining whether to expand their staff. Evaluating


From The Eponymous Pickle

Computing Now: The Web at 25

Computing Now:  The Web at 25

The World Wide Web is now only 25 years old.  It seems much longer.  IEEE Computing Now discusses the birthday, and the future of the Web. It will be here for some time, but what will it look like, connect and deliver? " ...This


From The Eponymous Pickle

D-Wave Gets more Funding

D-Wave Gets more Funding

Have followed D-Wave Quantum computing since its inception.   The WSJ reports on new funding it has received.   I talked to them about potential applications in the enterprise.  They are still the only quantum computing company


From The Eponymous Pickle

Big Data in Sports

Big Data in Sports

In Linkedin: How Germany Beat Brazil. And how Big Data Helped.  Via my colleague : Ali Rebaie: Big Data Analyst and Consultant , Top Big Data Influencer, Public Speaker and Trainer.   See also SAP's alleged involvement with World