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April 2015


From The Eponymous Pickle

Update on Neuromarketing and Advertising

Update on Neuromarketing and Advertising

Have tracked the progress and evolution of neuromarketing for years.  Saw some decrease in the hype last year.  But this article takes another look.  It is still being used by major marketers, usually in conjunction with other


From The Eponymous Pickle

Mathematical Heart of Deep Learning

Mathematical Heart of Deep Learning

Technical piece in Pete Warden's blog. Nicely visualized.  I was unaware of the term GEMM, but taking a look at the post, he explains it well.  Mathematically it is how you multiply matrices.   A pretty common thing in applied


From The Eponymous Pickle

Machine Learning Education Opportunities

Machine Learning  Education Opportunities

Have never seen a technical topic with so many online learning opportunities.  DSC does a good job of summarizing some of the usefuk links in a short piece.  Do remember that Machine Learning, for all but academic purposes, is


From Schneier on Security

Counting the US Intelligence Community Leakers

Counting the US Intelligence Community Leakers

It's getting hard to keep track of the US intelligence community leakers without a scorecard. So here's my attempt: Leaker #1: Chelsea Manning. Leaker #2: Edward Snowden. Leaker #3: The person who leaked secret documents to Jake


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

NSF Smart and Connected Health Aspiring Investigators Workshop, 2015

NSF Smart and Connected Health Aspiring Investigators Workshop, 2015

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is holding a Smart and Connected Health (SCG) Aspiring Investigators Workshop in Arlington, VA on June 29. This workshop will be an informational and interactive opportunity for the Aspiring


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

To be creative, work alone

To be creative, work alone

In his excellent book How to Fly a Horse, Ashton makes a case for working alone. He quotes Apple’s co-founder and technical genius Steven Wozniak: Work alone. You’re going to be best able to design revolutionary products and


From The Eponymous Pickle

Legal Issues of the Internet of Things

Legal Issues of the Internet of Things

Likely not complete, but a long piece on the legal issues to consider concerning the  internet of things. Global regulatory issues are likely also very important.  A legal minefield?  I will ask for specialist comment on this


From The Eponymous Pickle

More Tales of Chef Watson

More Tales of Chef Watson

Have spoken to several people recently on the now free and public cognitive demonstration system.   All the comments I have seen, by non professional cooks, have been positive.  Now here another use case.  Includes a recipe:Chef


From insideHPC

Open Computing: Vendor Landscape

Open Computing: Vendor Landscape

The Open Compute Project, initiated by Facebook as a way to increase computing power while lowering associated costs with hyper-scale computing, has gained a significant industry following. Several vendors have released, or will


From Schneier on Security

New Top Secret Information on the US's Drone Program

New Top Secret Information on the US's Drone Program

New operational information on the US's drone program, published by the Intercept and Der Speigel....


From Computer Science Teacher – Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Interesting Links 20 April 2015

Interesting Links 20 April 2015

Daffodils are blooming, golf courses are opening, and buds are appearing on trees and bushes. Looks like we’re going to have spring in New Hampshire after all.  We’re well into the fourth and final quarter at my school. It’s


From Don't Panic

Migrating from Blogger to GitHub Pages and launching the new ybrikman.com

Migrating from Blogger to GitHub Pages and launching the new ybrikman.com

Around 2007, I created my home page on a free PHP host and a blog on Blogger. The two websites have served me well for nearly 8 years, but they were long past due for an update. Last week, I finally sat down and rebuilt my home


From CERIAS Blog

Buy a book for entertainment and for charity

Buy a book for entertainment and for charity

I’ve known Carey Nachenberg, a Fellow at Symantec, for many, many years. He’s one of the driving forces behind Symantec’s anti-malware software. He’s creative and passionate about cyber security. He’s also an avid rock climber


From Putting People First

Nudging to improve public policy, health care and our relationship with technology

Nudging to improve public policy, health care and our relationship with technology

On Nudging In Public Policy By Alon M. August, University of Redlands (USA) April 6, 2015 This thesis examines nudging, a technique aimed at making individuals act, choose, and behave in the ways deemed rational by policy makers


From The Eponymous Pickle

Goggle Technologies for VR

Goggle Technologies for VR

Brought to my attention  Goggle Tech looking at hardware and software. VR possibilities are continuing to expand. Some interesting examples at the link." ... Goggle Tech Inc. is a subsidiary of Go4D Technolgy Corp. We have aOur


From The Eponymous Pickle

Freeman Dyson Interview

Freeman Dyson Interview

Interview in the NYTimes,  ".... The physicist, mathematician and author, most recently, of “Dreams of Earth and Sky” says the best books he knows about mathematics and physics are nearly a hundred years old. ... " . A favorite


From insideHPC

Video: Lustre HSM in the Cloud

Video: Lustre HSM in the Cloud

"The combination of the ephemeral nature of the cloud and directly addressable archives such as S3 suggest novel methods for using the Lustre HSM interface. Persistent data sets in the cloud need to be managed independently from


From insideHPC

Job of the Week: Linux HPC Engineer at TEKsystems

Job of the Week: Linux HPC Engineer at TEKsystems

Teksystems LogoTEKsystems is seeking a Linux HPC Engineer in our Job of the Week.

The post Job of the Week: Linux HPC Engineer at TEKsystems appeared first on insideHPC.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Damaging Effects of Envy

Damaging Effects of Envy

My former manager Bob Herbold on the damaging effects of envy.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Visualization Tells the Focused Story of Data

Visualization Tells the Focused Story of Data

In CIO Insight:  Perhaps obvious, but it is a very useful way to show the usefulness and value of your data.   Also to do this in some standardized way, so you can quickly understand how your data relates to your business, your


From The Eponymous Pickle

Enterprise Agility through Culture

Enterprise Agility through Culture

Have been involved in a company with a strong and sometimes difficult culture for years. Worth understanding, In InfoQ:" .... Culture plays an important role in organizational change. Successful agile adoption tends to depend


From The Eponymous Pickle

End of the Automobile License Plate

End of the Automobile License Plate

Replacing the classic license place with an RFID tag.  An early idea that is getting new interest.     Visual and RF tagging will probably be combined.   Article.


From insideHPC

ISC Cloud & Big Data Keynote to Focus on IT Transformation at DZ Bank

ISC Cloud & Big Data Keynote to Focus on IT Transformation at DZ Bank

Today the ISC Cloud & Big Data Conference announced that Dr. Jan Vitt from DZ Bank will keynote their event in September.

The post ISC Cloud & Big Data Keynote to Focus on IT Transformation at DZ Bank appeared first on insideHPC


From insideHPC

Video: Preparing the Cray XC40 for Shipment to KAUST

Video: Preparing the Cray XC40 for Shipment to KAUST

Today's large-scale compute clusters take a lot of preparation for shipping. "Logistics planning for the KAUST shipment started months in advance, and it took 12 Cray personnel almost five days to prepare and pack the system.


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.