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August 2015


From Blog@Ubiquity

Why Physical Cyber Security is Broken

Why Physical Cyber Security is Broken

The physical Internet is evolving away from resiliency toward fragility and vulnerability. A broken Internet means flawed cybersecurity.

The post Why Physical Cyber Security is Broken appeared first on BLOG@UBIQUITY.


From insideHPC

Experts Focus on Code Efficiency at ISC 2015

Experts Focus on Code Efficiency at ISC 2015

In this special guest feature, Robert Roe from Scientific Computing World explores the efforts made by top HPC centers to scale software codes to the extreme levels necessary for exascale computing. "The speed with which supercomputers


From insideHPC

Dell Opens Line of Business for Hyperscale Datacenters

Dell Opens Line of Business for Hyperscale Datacenters

Today Dell announced a new business unit aligned around hyperscale datacenters. "The Datacenter Scalable Solutions (DSS) group is designed to meet the specific needs of web tech, telecommunications service providers, hosting


From Schneier on Security

The Advertising Value of Intrusive Tracking

The Advertising Value of Intrusive Tracking

Here's an interesting research paper that tries to calculate the differential value of privacy-invasive advertising practices. The researchers used data from a mobile ad network and was able to see how different personalized


From Computer Science Teacher – Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Interesting Links 24 August 2015

Interesting Links 24 August 2015

I meet my freshmen today! Yeah! I am excited. I’m pretty sure I’m ready. I’ve even got a new LCD projector. Although as someone pointed out it is a little sad that I am excited about getting the kind of equipment that just about


From The Eponymous Pickle

Introduction to Bayesian Inference

Introduction to Bayesian Inference

Good technical introduction to Bayesian modeling.   Integrated with three generations of AI ... 2 lectures from a summer schoolhttp://research.microsoft.com/en-us/um/cambridge/projects/infernet/Used with applications like XBox


From Computational Complexity

Interesting properties of the number 24 on someone's 24th wedding anniversary

The story you are about to read is true. Only the names have been changed to protect the innocent. The Alice and Bob below are not the crypto Alice and Bob. ------------------------------------------------------ BOB (to ALICE)


From The Eponymous Pickle

Analytics Tools in Bluemix

Analytics Tools in Bluemix

IBM adds analytics (Watson Analytics,etc), data warehousing tools to Bluemix"With built-in Netezza analytics libraries, and integration with Watson Analytics, R, Cognos and third party BI toolsets including Looker, Aginity Workbench


From The Eponymous Pickle

Things we Document in Process: Pictures of Food

Things we Document in Process: Pictures of Food

A very odd thing at first, when I saw it happening it on FourSquare,   Before the phone camera, never saw it happen,  but it quickly became common.  Now Google wants to make it easier. To connect to their maps. Their logic driven


From The Eponymous Pickle

Governance, Risk and Compliance

Governance, Risk and Compliance

Gartner discusses,especially about the key foundations.  Details require Gartner Sign in. This is a very big topic,  clearly related but also thought of separately.  Especially risk, which I have always thought of as a portfolio


From insideHPC

Video: A Systems View of Machine Learning

Video: A Systems View of Machine Learning

"Despite the growing abundance of powerful tools, building and deploying machine-learning frameworks into production continues to be major challenge, in both science and industry. I'll present some particular pain points and


From insideHPC

SC15 Announces Finalists for Gordon Bell Prize

SC15 Announces Finalists for Gordon Bell Prize

SC15 just announced the finalists for the the ACM Gordon Bell Prize in High Performance Computing. The $10,000 prize will be presented to the winner at the conference, which takes place Nov. 15-20 in Austin.

The post SC15 Announces


From The Female Perspective of Computer Science

HLF2015 / The Calm Before the Forum

HLF2015 / The Calm Before the Forum

This blog post originates from the Heidelberg Laureate Forum Blog. The 3rd Heidelberg Laureate Forum is dedicated to mathematics and computer sciences, and takes place,August 23-28, 2015. Abel, Fields, Turing and Nevanlinna Laureates


From The Eponymous Pickle

Reinventing the Mouse Cursor for the VR Age

Reinventing the Mouse Cursor for the VR Age

In FastCodesign: " .. The mouse cursor—that oft-pixelated, 2-D arrow that's constantly hovering over your computer screen—hasn't really changed much since it emerged from the labs of Xerox Parc. But the mouse cursor is getting


From The Eponymous Pickle

Managing Freelance

Managing Freelance

Collaborator Steve King, of Small Business Labs,  pulls together some excellent material on managing freelancers.  Referring to research work that his group has done and is about to publish.


From insideHPC

Titan Supercomputer Powers the Future of Forecasting

Titan Supercomputer Powers the Future of Forecasting

Knowing how the weather will behave in the near future is indispensable for countless human endeavors. Now, researchers at ECMWF are leveraging the computational power of the Titan supercomputer at Oak Ridge to improve weather


From The Eponymous Pickle

Watson Analytics Linkedin Group

Watson Analytics Linkedin Group

Newly established and joined:The Official IBM Watson Analytics group is for individuals who want to learn more about using Watson Analytics to get answers and insights from their data. Have open conversations, share experiences


From insideHPC

Job of the Week: HPC Systems Engineer for Oil & Gas at DDN

Job of the Week: HPC Systems Engineer for Oil & Gas at DDN

DDN is seeking an HPC Systems Engineer for Oil & Gas in our Job of the Week.

The post Job of the Week: HPC Systems Engineer for Oil & Gas at DDN appeared first on insideHPC.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Psych of Human Robotic and AI Interactions

Psych of Human Robotic and AI Interactions

AI and expanding robotics will require us to better understand these interactions.RoboPsych: Exploring the Psychology of Human-Robot InteractionSteve Omohundro RoboPsych Podcast Show Notes ... 


From The Eponymous Pickle

Samsung Smart Hub and Echo

Samsung Smart Hub and Echo

Samsung's new SmartThings home automation Hub ships next month.    Word is out that this will also work via the Amazon Echo." ... Samsung quickly announced a second generation of SmartThings home automation hardware after acquiring


From The Eponymous Pickle

Real Time Data and in Store Experience

Real Time Data and in Store Experience

by Ritika Puri in Big Data Hub:" ... Today's shoppers are more connected than ever. Mobile technology blurred the lines between digital and offline experiences, with 86 percent of consumers using multiple channels to shop and


From The Eponymous Pickle

D-Wave Quantum Computing Claims Leap

D-Wave Quantum Computing Claims Leap

In CACM:   " ... D-Wave Systems, which makes computers with some quantum properties, announced its latest device, the D-Wave 2X, which the company claims is up to 15 times faster than regular PCs. However, as with many of D-Wave's


From The Eponymous Pickle

Illustrated Science

Illustrated Science

In the Verge:   I honestly like illustration that is more to the point and less artistic." ... Learning about science can be tedious at times. Scientists aren't always the best communicators, and they can struggle to presentJames


From The Eponymous Pickle

Enterra Solutions

Enterra Solutions

Enterra: Brought to my attention, a company offering cognitive solutions:" ... Enterra is bringing the promise and power of Big Data Analytics and Insights to industry, organizations, and governments. Through the Enterra Cognitive


From The Eponymous Pickle

Jaunt VR Camera Rig

Jaunt VR Camera Rig

In Wired: Fully immersive 3D filmmaking for virtual reality." ... Jaunt VR officially announced Neo, which it’s calling “a series of professional-grade camera systems specifically designed for capturing fully-immersive, 360-degree


From My Biased Coin

SIGACT Meeting, Some Stuff

SIGACT Meeting, Some Stuff

As some of you know, I was recently elected to the position of SIGACT (ACM Special Interest Group on Algorithms and Computation Theory) Chair.  So some part of this blog will be devoted to issues related to SIGACT for the next


From Schneier on Security

Friday Squid Blogging: Calamari Ripieni Recipe

Friday Squid Blogging: Calamari Ripieni Recipe

Nice and easy Calamari Ripieni recipe, along with general instructions on cooking squid: Tenderizing squid is as simple as pounding it flat -- if you're going to turn it into a steak. Otherwise, depending on the size of the squid


From insideHPC

SUPER Project Aims at Efficient Supercomputing for Scientists

SUPER Project Aims at Efficient Supercomputing for Scientists

"SUPER builds on past successes and now includes research into performance auto-tuning, energy efficiency, resilience, multi-objective optimization, and end-to-end tool integration. Leading the project dovetails neatly with Oliker’s


From The Eponymous Pickle

Cognitive Systems Institute: Request for Engagement

Cognitive Systems Institute: Request for Engagement

Been writing at the Cognitive Systems Institute Linkedin site for more than a year.  Based on my experiences with Enterprise AI.   The site is a good place to see how researchers and enterprises are looking at implementing practical


From Schneier on Security

NSA Plans for a Post-Quantum World

NSA Plans for a Post-Quantum World

Quantum computing is a novel way to build computers -- one that takes advantage of the quantum properties of particles to perform operations on data in a very different way than traditional computers. In some cases, the algorithm

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