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May 2016


From Putting People First

Experientia white paper: “Conducting clinical trials is about working with patients”

Experientia white paper: “Conducting clinical trials is about working with patients”

Patient-centricity is one of the defining issues facing clinical trials in the pharma industry. The past few years have seen a growing awareness by pharmaceutical companies of the importance of patient-centricity – but they have


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Computer-Aided Personalized Education Report

Computer-Aided Personalized Education Report

The organizing committee for the Computing Community Consortium (CCC) sponsored Computer-Aided Personalized Education has released their workshop report. The workshop, held in November 2015, brought together over 50 researchers


From insideHPC

ISC High Performance Announces Conference Chairs for 2017

ISC High Performance Announces Conference Chairs for 2017

Today the ISC Group announced the appointment of Prof. Dr. Jack Dongarra of University of Tennessee, USA, as the program chairman for ISC 2017. This appointment underlines the international dimension of this conference. "I am


From Phys.org Technology News

EgyptAir MS804: search and rescue at sea is never easy

EgyptAir MS804: search and rescue at sea is never easy

The disappearance of EgyptAir flight MS804, presumed lost over the eastern Mediterranean on a flight between Paris and Cairo with all 66 on board, is the latest passenger aircraft to go missing. The loss of Malaysia Airlines


From Schneier on Security

State of Online Tracking

State of Online Tracking

Really interesting research: "Online tracking: A 1-million-site measurement and analysis," by Steven Englehardt and Arvind Narayanan: Abstract: We present the largest and most detailed measurement of online tracking conducted


From Computer Science Teacher – Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Interesting Links 23 June 2016

Interesting Links 23 June 2016

It’s getting to be the end of the school year. I know teachers who are finished already and others who finish up this week. I have about three weeks to go. Trying to keep up the energy level at this time of year can be tough


From updated sporadically at best

"We run things, things don't run we"

"We run things, things don't run we"

Yesterday was Porchfest, an annual event where local musicians perform on their porches all around Somerville, MA. My friend Stefan Anderson, who performs as the solo act Stefan Banderson, performed his cover of Miley Cyrus's


From The Eponymous Pickle

A Condensed Guide to Data Science

A Condensed Guide to Data Science

Nicely done introduction by Vincent Granville of DSC,  links to many useful resources.  Good list, condensed, but still lots there, and considerable variability in technical depth,  Which if you discuss computing languages, is


From The Eponymous Pickle

Body Cameras for All

Body Cameras for All

Do Police Body Cameras Really Work?Sometimes police body cameras accomplish their intended purpose, but other times they backfire. And nobody knows why  ....  By Barak ArielA considerable IEEE analysis piece on the use of body


From insideHPC

CIPRES Offers Gateway to Supercomputing Life Sciences

CIPRES Offers Gateway to Supercomputing Life Sciences

In this special guest feature, Lance Farrell from Science Node writes that CIPRES is a web-based gateway that allows researchers to easily explore evolutionary relationships between species using NSF supercomputers. "In the six


From insideHPC

Exascale Architecture Trends and Implications for Programming Systems

Exascale Architecture Trends and Implications for Programming Systems

John Shalf presented this talk at EASC2016 in Stockholm. "This talk will describe the challenges of programming future computing systems. It will then provide some highlights from the search for durable programming abstractions


From The Eponymous Pickle

Technology Behind Viv

Technology Behind Viv

In Medium.  A system that writes its own code.  Though what exactly that means is unclear to me. Not classic machine learning.   My first question is always, to what specific goals and in whatcontext?  Examining" ... Viv uses


From The Eponymous Pickle

Sales People Embracing Silence

Sales People Embracing Silence

In Customerthink.  More silence anyway.   Words still need to get across but listening is primary to understand which ones.    " ..... They say you have two ears and one mouth for a reason, but why is it so difficult for many


From The Eponymous Pickle

Anti Drone

Anti Drone

Not unexpected.  Reminds me of a number of anti RFID blocking methods that were sold, but not widely.    Privacy here is more physical.   In ArsTechnica:  Dronebuster will let you point and shoot command hacks at pesky drones


From insideHPC

Video: The Vital Importance of HPC to U.S. Competitiveness and National Security

Video: The Vital Importance of HPC to U.S. Competitiveness and National Security

In this video, ITIF hosts a hearing on the The Vital Importance of High-Performance Computing to U.S. Competitiveness and National Security. Their recently published report urges U.S. policymakers to take decisive steps to ensure


From insideHPC

Job of the Week: Research Computing Facilitator at OSC

Job of the Week: Research Computing Facilitator at OSC

Ohio State University is seeking a Research Computing Facilitator in our Job of the Week. "The Ohio Supercomputer Center (OSC) provides high-performance computing (HPC) services for Ohio’s university researchers and industrial


From The Eponymous Pickle

RFID Intelligence on Toys

RFID Intelligence on Toys

In RFIDJournal.    Disney Research Explores Ways to Add RFID Intelligence to Robots, ToysWalt Disney Co.'s lab network, together with scientists from MIT, the University of Washington and Carnegie Mellon, has developed systems


From The Eponymous Pickle

Retail: Mortar vs Digital

Retail:  Mortar vs Digital

In Retailwire: "The best retailers will strike the balance between brick-and-mortar and digital. Some are already doing it.", Shep HykenChief Amazement Officer, Shepard


From updated sporadically at best

A Recent Exchange on Money and Time

A Recent Exchange on Money and Time

Below is a recent exchange with my friend Rob Ochshorn, who often writes emails instead of blog posts to work out his thoughts. Here I am borrowing not only his technique, but also his thoughts, on a topic I have recently begun


From The Eponymous Pickle

Kroger Expansion Plans

Kroger Expansion Plans

In the Cincinnati Enquirer  " .... Kroger's big $4 billion expansion plan ...  "     Kroger has big expansion plans in 2016.How big?Enough to build both the Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati and the Great American Tower at Queen City


From Phys.org Technology News

3-D candy-maker billed as world's first arrives in New York

3-D candy-maker billed as world's first arrives in New York

Now there's yet another market for 3-D printer-enthusiasts: candy.


From Schneier on Security

Friday Squid Blogging: Squid Kite

Friday Squid Blogging: Squid Kite

Video. Plus an octopus kite, with another squid kite in the background. 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

Google Declares an AI Spring

Google Declares an AI Spring

Words from Google's AI chief.  Driven by machine learning and specific advances in language and image understanding at Google. Cognitive knowledge interaction by Watson.    Retail voice channels by Amazon.  And others. And also


From Gödel's Lost Letter and P=NP

Making Public Information Secret

A way to recover and enforce privacy McNealy bio source Scott McNealy, when he was the CEO of Sun Microsystems, famously said nearly 15 years ago, “You have zero privacy anyway. Get over it.” Today I want to talk about how to


From The Eponymous Pickle

Another Messaging App or Service Concierge

Another Messaging App or Service Concierge

In Verge:   Did remind me of Hangouts at first, but then with AI and better voice recognition included.   More assistant like.    Concierge like.    A replacement of Apps?   That gets you to the service that you need.   Built


From Schneier on Security

Detecting Explosives

Detecting Explosives

Really interesting article on the difficulties involved with explosive detection at airport security checkpoints. Abstract: The mid-air bombing of a Somali passenger jet in February was a wake-up call for security agencies and


From insideHPC

Podcast: TACC Powers Zika Hackathon to Fight Disease

Podcast: TACC Powers Zika Hackathon to Fight Disease

In this TACC podcast, Ari Kahn from the Texas Advanced Computing Center and Eddie Garcia from Cloudera describe a recent Hackathon in Austin designed to tackle data challenges in the fight against the Zika virus. The Texas Advanced


From XRDS

42 Tips to Increase Your Website’s Rank from UConn Students

42 Tips to Increase Your Website’s Rank from UConn Students

At the University of Connecticut, undergraduate students majoring in Computer Science studied Google’s PageRank algorithm as a practice on stochastic processes and their applications. After their research on the algorithm along


From insideHPC

Nvidia M60 GPU to Speed Virtual Desktops on IBM Cloud

Nvidia M60 GPU to Speed Virtual Desktops on IBM Cloud

"With NVIDIA GPU technology on IBM Cloud, we are one step closer to offering supercomputing performance on a pay-as-you-go basis, which makes this new approach to tackling big data problems accessible to customers of all sizes


From The Eponymous Pickle

Apple Store and Modern Retail

Apple Store and Modern Retail

We used the Apple store as a model for potential future retail.   In Retailwire, recent look and criticism of its redesign and implications for complex technical retail.  Its still a crowded place, but is it now just aesthetics

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