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December 2014


From The Eponymous Pickle

Internet of Things Heating Up

Internet of Things Heating Up

In Knowledge@Wharton:  Good overview of the current state of the IOT.  " ,,, Stories about the Internet of Things — everyday objects that have been upgraded to send and receive data — are growing ever more common in the media


From My Biased Coin

Stress, Continued: Jobs

Stress, Continued:  Jobs

Continuing from last post, I aim to focus on some of the issues related to stress in academia.  Today's post will be related to stress and the nature of academic employment.The most stressful issues I can think of in academia


From The Eponymous Pickle

Future of Cognitive Computing

Future of Cognitive Computing

A video view of the future of cognitive computing in Japan.   With an emphasis about the cognitive interaction between people and devices.   In the retail and food service and financial sectors.  Very nicely done.  A strong assumption


From The Eponymous Pickle

Multi Sided Platforms

Multi Sided Platforms

Was unaware of this classification.   Here a working paper on a choice model for this approach.  " ... There is growing interest in the economics of multi-sided platforms (MSPs), which-like eBay, Uber, and Xbox-get two or more


From The Eponymous Pickle

Skills and Practical Considerations for Data Science

Skills and Practical Considerations  for Data Science

On the must have skills for the data scientist.   A pretty good overview, including some information about where to get more detail.   I will emphasize:  Either direct experience in the use of business data in that business sector


From Schneier on Security

Effects of Terrorism Fears

Effects of Terrorism Fears

Interesting article: "How terrorism fears are transforming America's public space." I am reminded of my essay from four years ago: "Close the Washington Monument."...


From The Eponymous Pickle

Why BI Projects Fail

Why BI Projects Fail

In Infoworld: Interesting review piece, bottom line its always about focusing on the business need.  If you don't know that clearly, you cannot fix it.


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

The Smartest Kids in the World: stories from Finland, Poland and South Korea

The Smartest Kids in the World: stories from Finland, Poland and South Korea

I have always been interested in what makes us smart. So I read Amanda Ripley’s The Smartest Kids in the World in almost a single sitting. She is a good writer. The core message of the book is simple and powerful. Entire countries


From The Female Perspective of Computer Science

An Update on Our CS2 Experiment with C++ and Java

An Update on Our CS2 Experiment with C++ and Java

Back in September, I reported on an experimental course design I was trying out for our CS2 class.  The main idea was to start with C++ and slowly transition to Java so that we could use the explicit nature of C++ to better understand


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Blue Sky Ideas Track Held at Foundations of Software Engineering Symposium

The Computing Community Consortium (CCC) sponsored another track in its Blue Sky Ideas Conference Track series at the 22nd ACM SIGSOFT International Symposium on Foundations of Software Engineering (FSE), November 16-22, 2014 in…


From Computer Science Teacher – Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Tech Companies and Computer Science Education

Tech Companies and Computer Science Education

It’s Computer Science Education week and my social media streams (blogs, Facebook and Twitter) are full of the news. The president was part of an event at the White House yesterday and wrote a line of code for example. Some of


From The Eponymous Pickle

Request for Open Source Exemplars of Watson Analytics and Bluemix

Request for Open Source Exemplars of Watson Analytics and Bluemix

Jim Spohrer,  Director, Global Top University Programs at IBM, writes:" ... A number of faculty and student researchers have begun trying out these services:Try IBM Watson Analytics on your datahttp://gizmodo.com/anyone-can-now


From The Eponymous Pickle

Personalized Food Portals

Personalized Food Portals

In SNews: A prediction that:" ... 2015 will be the year that true shopper-centricity finally moves from concept to reality. How?A few leading food retailers will succeed in combining the one-on-one capability of loyalty marketing


From Apophenia

Data & Civil Rights: What do we know? What don’t we know?

Data & Civil Rights: What do we know? What don’t we know?

From algorithmic sentencing to workplace analytics, data is increasingly being used in areas of society that have had longstanding civil rights issues.  This prompts a very real and challenging set of questions: What does the


From The Eponymous Pickle

Make an Offer on Amazon

Make an Offer on Amazon

Press release. Amazon competing with auction houses.  But not an auction.   Are there regulatory implicatons?;  Continued following of auction structures in this blog.  See the Auction link below." ... Here’s how it works: Sellers


From Computational Complexity

Godel and Knuth Prize Nominations due soon. Which would you rather win? Or ...

(Alg Decision Theory conference in Kentucky: here.) Knuth Prize Nominations are due Jan 20, 2015. For info on the prize see here, if you want to nominate someone go here. Godel Prize Nominations are due Jan 31, 2015. For info


From The Eponymous Pickle

Google on MOOC Research

Google on MOOC Research

Overview report on a recent Google sponsored conference in China on improving MOOC, with an aim to innovation.   Particularly interesting, mention of measurement of hybrid learning models.   Also the inclusion of better social


From The Eponymous Pickle

Visible Light Communications

Visible Light Communications

In Phys.org: We looked at this as a potential solution for laboratory spaces.   It had its limitations, but has evolved to be a more intelligent process.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Creating a Category is Educating an Audience

Creating a Category is Educating an Audience

Obvious, but worth emphasizing:" ... You have to focus on educating your target audience if you are trying to create an industry, says Mark Organ, who founded marketing-automation company Eloqua. Try to engage with your early


From My Biased Coin

Stress

Stress

I've seen lots of news and posts recently on the general theme of stress in academia. Daniel Lemire blogs about Stefan Grimm, a professor who recently committed suicide, and talks about academia as an anxiety machine.  More


From Schneier on Security

NSA Hacking of Cell Phone Networks

NSA Hacking of Cell Phone Networks

The Intercept has published an article -- based on the Snowden documents -- about AURORAGOLD, an NSA surveillance operation against cell phone network operators and standards bodies worldwide. This is not a typical NSA surveillance


From The Eponymous Pickle

ROI Value for Personalized Retail Data

ROI Value for Personalized Retail Data

In Retailwire: Lately have been looking at methods for determining the value of data.    So this is a nice example that relates to the value of data for retail.    It is a good case of linking value to business process where


From The Eponymous Pickle

Nielsen and Measuring Media Change

Nielsen and Measuring Media Change

In Adage:  Nice piece that covers what Nielsen can and cannot measure.  " .... Nielsen at a Tipping Point? Accelerating Change Confronts Methodical Researchers ... Viewers Falling Out of Nielsen's Core Competency: Live TV  ..


From The Eponymous Pickle

Audi RFID Development

Audi RFID Development

A very simple example of RFID use in manufacturing.  Simple examples make the best case for improvement.  They can be extended later.   " .... Audi Launches RFID Deployment for Tracking Assembled Vehicles Worldwide .... The carmaker


From The Eponymous Pickle

Supply Chains and the Internet of Things

Supply Chains and the Internet of Things

Thoughts by Microsoft and others.   This was an area we examined assuming that RFID tagging would become ubiquitous.  Tagging in some of the supply chain exists today.  And we now have devices of all sorts showing their locations


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Computer Science Education Week is Here

Computer Science Education Week (CSEdWeek) is an annual program designed to engage students of all ages in computer science.  It is observed each year, in recognition of the birthday of computing pioneer Rear Admiral Grace Murray…


From My Biased Coin

CS 50 Fair (Live)

CS 50 Fair (Live)

The madness that is the CS50 Fair at Harvard is going on now.  Hundreds of students demo-ing their final projects.  If you can't be there, you can watch the live stream.  I did a brief stop-by this morning and saw some fun and


From Schneier on Security

Rapiscan Full-Body Scanner for Sale

Rapiscan Full-Body Scanner for Sale

Government surplus. Only $8,000 on eBay. Note that this device has been analyzed before....


From The Eponymous Pickle

Beacons Proliferating Fast

Beacons Proliferating Fast

An update on the use of solutions like the iBeacon.   Expanding quickly." ... It matters that Apple's other retail-focused solutions -- Apple Pay, TouchID and iOS devices, including Apple Watch, mean the company now sits at the


From Schneier on Security

Corporate Abuse of our Data

Corporate Abuse of our Data

Last week, we learned about a striking piece of malware called Regin that has been infecting computer networks worldwide since 2008. It's more sophisticated than any known criminal malware, and everyone believes a government