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March 2015


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

CS Students will be Honored Guests at White House Science Fair

CS Students will be Honored Guests at White House Science Fair

Be sure to tune into the White House Science Fair on Monday to see future computer science researchers like Sreya Atluri, Maureen “Reeny” Botros, and Sophia Sánchez-Maes. They are honored guests at the fifth White House Science


From Schneier on Security

New Paper on Digital Intelligence

New Paper on Digital Intelligence

David Omand -- GCHQ director from 1996-1997, and the UK's security and intelligence coordinator from 2000-2005 -- has just published a new paper: "Understanding Digital Intelligence and the Norms That Might Govern It." Executive


From Computer Science Teacher – Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Interview Questions for Computer Science Teachers

Interview Questions for Computer Science Teachers

As I looked into why several posts from a while back were getting so many page views lately I realized that search values similar to “interview questions for computer science teachers” were probably responsible. The two pages


From insideHPC

IBM’s Dave Turek on the First Look at OpenPOWER Hardware for HPC

IBM’s Dave Turek on the First Look at OpenPOWER Hardware for HPC

This week at the OpenPOWER Summit in San Jose, the OpenPOWER Foundation showed off real hardware for the first time with 13 systems including a a prototype HPC server from IBM and new microprocessor customized for China. Built


From The Eponymous Pickle

TAG Heuer Competes with Apple Smart Watch

TAG Heuer Competes with Apple Smart Watch

Not unexpected.  Apple will sell many watches because it is Apple.  Then  It comes down to what the user experience will be like, which is where Google can provide value.  Is it a techno fashion statement or a UX statementTAG


From The Eponymous Pickle

A Peek at University Watson

A Peek at University Watson

A good slideshare on what Watson is all about. From the RPI University perspective. See also the Cognitive Systems Institute for many additional university and research resources.


From insideHPC

Nvidia Showcases Deep Learning Technology

Nvidia Showcases Deep Learning Technology


From insideHPC

Radio Free HPC Wraps up the 2015 GPU Technology Conference

Radio Free HPC Wraps up the 2015 GPU Technology Conference

In this episode, the Radio Free HPC team wraps up the GPU Technology Conference. The theme of the show this year was Deep Learning, a topic that is heating up the market for GPUs with challenges like image recognition and self


From ACM News

Battling Bias

Battling Bias

A regional Grace Hopper Celebration event this week focused on "advancing a gender diverse technology workforce in New York."


From The Eponymous Pickle

Value and Risk of Data in Context. Open Group on Risk

Value and Risk of Data in Context.  Open Group on Risk

Open Group on Data Risk.  An notes on data asset/risk architecture.The broader task has been to look at both the VALUE and the RISK of data in CONTEXT Knowing that accurately would be very valuable. But further, it came to mind


From Schneier on Security

Cisco Shipping Equipment to Fake Addresses to Foil NSA Interception

Cisco Shipping Equipment to Fake Addresses to Foil NSA Interception

Last May, we learned that the NSA intercepts equipment being shipped around the world and installs eavesdropping implants. There were photos of NSA employees opening up a Cisco box. Cisco's CEO John Chambers personally complained


From The Eponymous Pickle

Thinfilm NFC Bottle Labels

Thinfilm NFC Bottle Labels

The use of RFID to replace bar codes always run into the fact that packaging form is so variable. Here is an interesting example.in RFID Journal.    " ... Printed electronics company Thin Film Electronics (Thinfilm) has announced


From Schneier on Security

More Data and Goliath News

More Data and Goliath News

Right now, the book is #6 on the New York Times best-seller list in hardcover nonfiction, and #13 in combined print and e-book nonfiction. This is the March 22 list, and covers sales from the first week of March. The March 29


From The Eponymous Pickle

Book: Marketing Research Using R

Book:  Marketing Research Using R

Had not seen a book yet that looked at marketing research problems using the analytics language R, This is written by a Wharton Customer Analytics Initiative (WCAI) fellow and colleague.  Plan to get a copy.R for Marketing Research


From insideHPC

Video: Tesla Model S Goes Driverless with Software Update

Video: Tesla Model S Goes Driverless with Software Update

In this video, Tesla does a field test of a software update that will bring powerful auto-steering functionality to its Model S fleet.


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

NSF Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) in Engineering and Computer Science

NSF Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) in Engineering and Computer Science

The National Science Foundation (NSF) Directorate for Engineering (ENG) and the Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE), have joined to support the Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) in Engineering


From The Eponymous Pickle

Network Economics of Cybercrime and Data Assets

Network Economics of Cybercrime and Data Assets

In Analytics Magazine:  This connects with some of my recent work looking at data asset and risk value.  Technical details at the link, reviewing. 

" ... A new computer-based model examining cybercrimes adds an important way of


From The Eponymous Pickle

Google Advnces in Facial Recognition

Google Advnces in Facial Recognition

In Forbes:   " .. Google: Our new system for recognizing faces is the best one ever ... Last week, a trio of Google  ...  researchers published a paper on a new artificial intelligence system dubbed FaceNet that it claims represents


From insideHPC

Podcast: Alex Bouzari on How DDN Helps Customers Solve their Toughest Data Challenges

Podcast: Alex Bouzari on How DDN Helps Customers Solve their Toughest Data Challenges

In this podcast, Michael Yorba from the Traders Network Radio Show interviews Alex Bouzari, Co-Founder & CEO of DataDirect Networks. Bouzari discusses how DDN helps customers solve their toughest problems.


From insideHPC

QCT to Develop First x86 Servers with Nvidia’s NVLink Interconnet

QCT to Develop First x86 Servers with Nvidia’s NVLink Interconnet

Today Quanta Cloud Technology (QCT) announced plans to build the first x86 CPU-based servers with Nvidia’s NVLink high-speed GPU interconnect technology. "NVLink unlocks the full potential of GPU accelerators by enabling CPUs


From The Eponymous Pickle

Challenge of Cognitive Assistants for Knowledge Workers

Challenge of Cognitive Assistants for Knowledge Workers

Just attended a talk by Hamid R Motahari Nezhad of IBM Almaden, on Cognitive Work Assistants. His slides here.  As part of the Cognitive Systems Institute series.  This relates to the overall problem of how we will see AI at…


From insideHPC

Better Concurrency with HMB

Better Concurrency with HMB

Ocean modelling is complex from an algorithm standpoint and can require significant amounts of computing power to arrive at a simulation endpoint. However, many of the calculations that are contained in the simulation can be


From Schneier on Security

Understanding the Organizational Failures of Terrorist Organizations

Understanding the Organizational Failures of Terrorist Organizations

New research: Max Abrahms and Philip B.K. Potter, "Explaining Terrorism: Leadership Deficits and Militant Group Tactics," International Organizations. Abstract: Certain types of militant groups -- those suffering from leadership


From insideHPC

Livestream: GTC Keynote on Deep Learning at Baidu at 11:00am PT

Livestream: GTC Keynote on Deep Learning at Baidu at 11:00am PT

"Deep Learning has transformed many important tasks, including speech and image recognition. Deep Learning systems scale well by absorbing huge amounts of data to create accurate models. The computational resources afforded by


From Computational Complexity

Feeling Underappreciated

As academics we live and die by our research. While our proofs are either correct or not, the import of our work has a far more subjective feel. One can see where the work is published or how many citations it gets and we often


From The Eponymous Pickle

Smart Machines Now Seen at Work

Smart Machines Now Seen at Work

Good look at how machines replace people at work.   Similar concerns were written about in the late 80s.   Clearly AI will change how we work,  the systems are augmenting and thus changing the nature of jobs and their component


From The Eponymous Pickle

Shopper Anonymity not Possible

Shopper Anonymity not Possible

In Retailwire:  Good piece on how little information it takes to reveal an account.     " ... A new study led by researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology found that even with names and account numbers deletedThe


From U.S. Public Policy Committee of the ACM

Washington News – Alerts and Updates

Washington News – Alerts and Updates

* Congress continues to hold budget hearings. * The White House invites nominations for the National Medal of Science. The deadline is April 27. * The White House invites nominations for the National Medal of Technology and Innovation


From The Eponymous Pickle

What Went Wrong with Glass?

What Went Wrong with Glass?

Thoughts from a former Google exec.  Will Microsoft's HoloLens learn from this experience?  I still want a workable means to do augmented reality.   I have seen attempts to do it since 1990.   Doing it on a smartphone is interesting


From The Eponymous Pickle

Rebooting the Retail Beacon for Experience

Rebooting the Retail Beacon for Experience

In Retailwire: A look at beacons and their purpose. from SXSW.  Certainly you don't want them to assault you,  or erode your privacy.  Now how can they serve you?  A panel discussion.  " ... A key theme to the panel was how technologies