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April 2015


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…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Thinking about Marketing Context with 6 Ws

Thinking about Marketing Context with 6 Ws

Rules for thinking about how to communicate. Contextual market planning.  The 6 Ws.  Who-what-when-where-how-why.  I never took a journalism class.  Now I often read many articles these days that do not provide all the basic


From The Eponymous Pickle

Thumbnail Trackpad

Thumbnail Trackpad

Have not seen a new idea on the pointer space for some time. in CWorld:" ... Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have developed a tiny wireless trackpad that can be worn on a thumbnail.Called NailO, the prototype


From Computer Science Teacher – Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Learning From Tic Tac Toe

Learning From Tic Tac Toe

The other day I created some teams (3 to 4 students per team) and asked them to create a program to play tic tac toe – a human player against the computer. I have asked students to create a human vs. human version of tic tac


From The Eponymous Pickle

Streetlights Watch Residents

Streetlights Watch Residents

Not a new thing,  ten years ago was approached by a company that was planning similar, multi functional devices.  We are in a surveillance society.


From Don't Panic

The Competent Programmer

The Competent Programmer

In literature, The Competent (Wo)man is a character who exhibits a very wide range of abilities and knowledge. The idea is similar to a Polymath or a Renaissance (Wo)man, and captured beautifully in this quote by Robert A.


From Schneier on Security

Friday Squid Blogging: Squid Hoodie

Friday Squid Blogging: Squid Hoodie

This is neat. As usual, you can also use this squid post to talk about the security stories in the news that I haven't covered....


From The Eponymous Pickle

Microsoft PowerBI

Microsoft PowerBI

Walter Riker points me to the Microsoft PowerBI site.   Free trial.  Which adds data visualization and dash boards to many MS and other data sources.    "Power BI works for your role ... Reduce risk and increase rewards - unlock


From The Eponymous Pickle

Innovation and Strategic Focus

Innovation and Strategic Focus

In Forbes Future of CIO:Will Innovation Enhance or Distract you from Strategic Focus?Someone obviously needs to innovate otherwise the world will come to a standstill.  Innovation is the light every organization is pursuing,


From The Eponymous Pickle

Google, Apple Fight for Car Dashboard

Google, Apple Fight for Car Dashboard

In the NYT,  Registration may be required.  Another screen is in play for communications and consumer engagement.


From The Eponymous Pickle

HBS launches HBX, Learns Online Collaboration

HBS launches HBX, Learns Online Collaboration

What Harvard Business School Has Learned About Online Collaboration From HBXIn June 2014, Harvard Business School launched HBX, its new online education initiative. At the time, the norm, increasingly, in many online courses


From The Eponymous Pickle

Talk About Fast Data

Talk About Fast Data

Upcoming ONline Talk via ACM:  April 30, 2015   11:30 AM ET  Register. ... The Fast Data Challenge and Picking the Right Database: Why One Size Doesn’t Fit AllInteracting with fast data, data that is in motion, is a fundamentally


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Cyber-Physical Systems Week 2015

Cyber-Physical Systems Week 2015

The following guest blog post is from Tho Nguyen, AAAS Fellow in Computer Systems Research in the Directorate for Computer & Information Science & Engineering (CISE) at the National Science Foundation (NSF). Today marks the end


From insideHPC

Key Benefits of SGI UV 2000 Architecture for Life Sciences

Key Benefits of SGI UV 2000 Architecture for Life Sciences

The SGI UV system is uniquely suited for bioinformatics and genomics by providing the computational capabilities and global shared memory architecture needed for even the most demanding sequencing and analytic tasks, including


From insideHPC

Call for Submissions: James Reinders to Keynote OpenMPCon 2015

Call for Submissions: James Reinders to Keynote OpenMPCon 2015

The OpenMP Architecture Review Board today announced the Call for Submissions for OpenMPCon 2015, its annual gathering focused on the practical application of the OpenMP API. The event takes place Sept. 28-30 in Aachen, Germany


From insideHPC

Video: Shared File Performance in Lustre – Challenges and Solutions

Video: Shared File Performance in Lustre – Challenges and Solutions

"Large scale HPC IO is usually done either with a file per process or to a single shared file. Single shared file IO does not scale well in Lustre compared to file per process. This presentation from Cray's Patrick Farrell will


From insideHPC

HPC People on the Move – April Edition

HPC People on the Move – April Edition

Dr. Lewey Anton brings us the scoop on who’s jumping ship and moving on up in high performance computing.

The post HPC People on the Move – April Edition appeared first on insideHPC.


From Computer Science Teacher – Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Self Taught Coders and Ugly Code

Self Taught Coders and Ugly Code

I love this cartoon from xkcd. Of course some self taught programmers write really nice looking code. And some formally taught programmers write ugly code.  The message I take away from this is that learning how to write clear


From Schneier on Security

The No-Fly List and Due Process

The No-Fly List and Due Process

The Congressional Research Service has released a report on the no-fly list and current litigation that it violates due process....


From The Eponymous Pickle

Moore's Law is 50

Moore's Law is 50

In Recode.  Been reading about Moore's law for many years.    Now over 50 years old, it maps how  " ...  the number-crunching capacity of our computers and the number of transistors on silicon chips double roughly every two years


From insideHPC

Video: Application-optimized Lustre Solutions for Big-Data Workflows

Video: Application-optimized Lustre Solutions for Big-Data Workflows

In this video from LUG 2015 in Denver, Robert Triendl from DDN presents: Application-optimized Lustre Solutions for Big-Data Workflows.

The post Video: Application-optimized Lustre Solutions for Big-Data Workflows appeared first


From The Eponymous Pickle

More Robo Hotels, Robo Behavior

More Robo Hotels, Robo Behavior

In the CACM:  Update on the use of robotics in hotels globally.    Have yet to see it personally.    A challenge we discussed:  " ... One of the challenges is building systems that people perceive as friendly. "The behavior component


From The Eponymous Pickle

Amazon Analytical Web Services

Amazon Analytical Web Services

This was mentioned previously, AWS makes anaytical services available in new and powerful, and scalable ways.  Much more detail at the link:" .... The science of Machine Learning (often abbreviated as ML) provides the mathematical


From The Eponymous Pickle

Ferrari Augmented Reality POS

Ferrari Augmented Reality POS

Good example via Metaio:  Expanding showroom experience.  " ... Ferrari Australia commissioned developer ZSPACE to create an awesome showroom companion that overlays cinematic 3D animations right onto the vehicles themselves.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Experience Design

Experience Design

Doing Design effectively, and efficiently:Experience design gives you the competitive edge ...The O'Reilly Radar Podcast: Andy Budd on the rising value of design, the bright future of agencies, and designers on the brink.   .


From The Eponymous Pickle

GE and Industrial Internet

GE and Industrial Internet

Based on my own interactions with them. thought GE was aligned with industrial internet standards for some time,  but now more:   " ...  The Industrial Internet lets machines communicate over the Internet with their makers. They


From The Eponymous Pickle

Cognitive Architecture for Expertise Delivery

Cognitive Architecture for Expertise Delivery

FORR: A Cognitive Architecture for Expertise, by Susan EpsteinCity University of New York (CUNY). Major support by the NSFAttended this presentation today.  Very nicely done, especially how it examined the broad  architecture


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Great Innovative Ideas!

Great Innovative Ideas!

The Computing Community Consortium (CCC) is delighted to announce a new feature on our website! Great Innovative Ideas are a way to showcase the exciting new research and ideas generated by the computing community. Once a month


From insideHPC

Appy Now: ISC High Performance Conference Needs Student Volunteers

Appy Now: ISC High Performance Conference Needs Student Volunteers

The ISC High Performance Conference is seeking Student Volunteers. The event takes place July 12-16 in Frankfurt, Germany.

The post Appy Now: ISC High Performance Conference Needs Student Volunteers appeared first on insideHPC


From insideHPC

NCDS Takes Action on Big Data

NCDS Takes Action on Big Data

In this special guest feature from Scientific Computing World, Stan Ahalt from the National Consortium for Data Science discusses how and why the organization came into being.

The post NCDS Takes Action on Big Data appeared first