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November 2014


From The Eponymous Pickle

Overlaying Journey Maps and Process Mapping

Overlaying Journey Maps and Process Mapping

In e-commerce Times: Have not used the idea, but how about linking the idea to Business Process models?   Why not have time flows and value flows in the same map?  " ... You can look at the journey map and its supporting tools


From The Eponymous Pickle

Mozilla Extending Global Web and Content Creation Tools

Mozilla Extending Global Web and Content Creation Tools

Mozilla had not come into my thoughts or work for some time, but this piece was brought to my attention." ... Mozilla has announced today that it is entering a partnership with the GSMA to help enable internet access and local


From The Eponymous Pickle

Business Excellence Function at Nestle

Business Excellence Function at Nestle

Late reporting this, but have never heard this being established as a function.  Will be interesting to follow it.  On the further reading it, is this about excellence or reorganization?" ... Over recent years, Nestlé has consistently


From The Eponymous Pickle

Time not Money is the Key to Happiness

Time not Money is the Key to Happiness

Video and text in Knowledge@Wharton." ... In a series of papers — “Happiness from Ordinary and Extraordinary Experiences,” co-authored with Dartmouth professor Amit Bhattcharjee; “How Happiness Affects Choice” and “The Shifting


From Computer Science Teacher – Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Microsoft takes .NET open source and cross-platform

Microsoft takes .NET open source and cross-platform

I'm still trying to wrap my head around this.


From Gödel's Lost Letter and P=NP

Three In The Room

A puzzle and a conference Zohar Manna is an expert on the mathematical concepts behind all types of programming. For example, his 1974 book the Mathematical Theory of Computation was one of the first on the foundations of computer


From The Eponymous Pickle

US Data Privacy Confidence at New Low

US Data Privacy Confidence at New Low

In the BBC:  Telling look at how US consumers are thinking about data privacy.  " ... The vast majority - 91% - of Americans believe that consumers have lost control over how personal information is collected and used by companies


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Privacy and Security Briefing on Capitol Hill

In honor of National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE-USA) sponsored a Capitol Hill briefing titled Privacy and Security in a


From The Eponymous Pickle

Checking out in the Aisle at Sainsbury

Checking out in the Aisle at Sainsbury

An approach we examined over the years in many forms.  In aisle checkout.  Recently took a close-up look at how Kroger was testing this idea with a handheld device.  The Sainsbury test will also include store item location and


From The Eponymous Pickle

Google's Culture of Innovation

Google's Culture of Innovation

In FastCompany: Very different from our approach.  Driven by the culture. The culture supported innovation, but did not itself create innovation.  You had to go outside for that. Even create specific places for it.


From Schneier on Security

Narrowly Constructing National Surveillance Law

Narrowly Constructing National Surveillance Law

Orin Kerr has a new article that argues for narrowly constructing national security law: This Essay argues that Congress should adopt a rule of narrow construction of the national security surveillance statutes. Under this interpretive


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

The hubris of teachers

The hubris of teachers

Today, kids left and right carry the label of some learning disability. Instead of telling kids that they are dumb or lazy, we narrow it down to some problem. It is clearly progress on the face of it. However, when I see that


From The Eponymous Pickle

Oracle on Modern HR in the Cloud

Oracle on Modern HR in the Cloud

We actively used analytics in HR since the 80s.  From Oracle: Analytics and faster onboarding will transform HRCompanies looking to differentiate themselves are turning to HR technology as it becomes clear that attracting and


From The Eponymous Pickle

Micro Robots Magnetically Driven

Micro Robots Magnetically Driven

Continuing to follow the use of very small or very many simple robotics solutions. In IEEE Spectrum:" ... An engineered scallop that is only a fraction of a millimeter in size and that is capable of swimming in biomedically relevant


From Computational Complexity

Non controversial thoughts on rankings

US News has a ranking of CS depts and various subcategories. Recently MohammadTaghi Hajiaghay and Luca Trevisan have suggested alternative rankings here (Moh) and here (Luca). These rankings inspire me to record some thoughts


From The Eponymous Pickle

Building User Models with Twitter

Building User Models with Twitter

An outline about how Bluemix Watson services can be used with Twitter data to do User Modeling.   With a fairly simple process.  This is ultimately quite a powerful idea.  Targeted advertising and loyalty engagement.   Create


From The Eponymous Pickle

Are Fingerprints Pins?

Are Fingerprints Pins?

Good piece by Evan Schuman on the physical elements of security.  " ... A judge’s ruling that a person can be forced to open his phone with his fingerprint ignores the fact that the fingerprint scan is just a substitute PIN,


From The Eponymous Pickle

Datawatch Wins Hackathon

Datawatch Wins Hackathon

I happened to be at a small portion of this Hackathon last week.  Was an interesting experience. In CNN: " ... Datawatch .... a leading global provider of visual data discovery solutions, was the winner of a recent Internet of


From The Eponymous Pickle

Stressed Out by Work

Stressed Out by Work

In Knowledge@Wharton: " ... If you had asked any worker since the Industrial Revolution whether he or she was experiencing stress on the job, the answer would likely have been in the affirmative—and emphatic. But workplace experts


From My Biased Coin

Veterans Day

Veterans Day

Veterans Day is a federal holiday, but, at Harvard classes go on.  This year, the holiday is observed for staff, but we'll be teaching.I can't easily find out when the practice of having classes on Veterans Day became standard


From Schneier on Security

Sophisticated Targeted Attack Via Hotel Networks

Sophisticated Targeted Attack Via Hotel Networks

Kaspersky Labs is reporting (detailed report here, technical details here) on a sophisticated hacker group that is targeting specific individuals around the world. "Darkhotel" is the name the group and its techniques has been


From The Eponymous Pickle

Amazon Echo and Shopping

Amazon Echo and Shopping

In Retailwire:  A look at how the Echo assistant and speaker and its implications for a new mode of shopping.  Think of the potential cognitive interactions with a device anywhere in the home.  A new Smart Home connection?  "


From Schneier on Security

Hacking Internet Voting from Wireless Routers

Hacking Internet Voting from Wireless Routers

Good paper, and layman's explanation. Internet voting scares me. It gives hackers the potential to seriously disrupt our democratic processes....


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Robotics for Ebola Response

The following is a special contribution to this blog from Computing Community Consortium (CCC) Chair Gregory Hager (Johns Hopkins University). Imagine you have to change the IV on a writhing patient while wearing two layers of…


From Apophenia

me + National Museum of the American Indian

me + National Museum of the American Indian

I’m pleased to share that I’m joining the Board of Trustees of Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) in 2015.  I am honored and humbled by the opportunity to help guide such an esteemed organization full


From The Eponymous Pickle

Japan's Robot Week

Japan's Robot Week

A report from Japan's 2014 Robot Week in October.  Which makes the case that software is becoming more important.   It has always been important, in particular as we expect more contextual autonomy than ever before in applications


From The Eponymous Pickle

Bringing Clarity to Cognitive Computing

Bringing Clarity to Cognitive Computing

An overview of the topic of cognitive computing, from the recent Dataversity webinar.  Via Steve Ardire." ... DATAVERSITY’s™ Cognitive Computing Forum is taking place this August in San Jose, and in advance of the event, the2014


From The Eponymous Pickle

Moving Data Fast in Disaster

Moving Data Fast in Disaster

Several recent communications have led us to thinking about how data can be moved quickly and reliably in complex times.  Which led to this piece:" ... Prototype technology developed by AT&T, IBM, and Applied Communications Sciences


From Schneier on Security

The Future of Incident Response

The Future of Incident Response

Security is a combination of protection, detection, and response. It's taken the industry a long time to get to this point, though. The 1990s was the era of protection. Our industry was full of products that would protect your


From Computer Science Teacher – Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Interesting Links–10 November 2014

Interesting Links–10 November 2014

Parent teacher conferences last week made for a couple of long nights. I confess though that I enjoy meeting parents and talking about their children. Some interesting stuff came though my sources last week as well. Here are

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