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August 2014


From The Eponymous Pickle

Coolest Toys on Earth

Coolest Toys on Earth

Brought to my attention and meeting with: Coolest Toys on Earth.  See their About for more.   Local Cincinnati store.  Could gamification be connected?  See previously here on the Tamagotchi.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Tracking Workforce Fitness

Tracking Workforce Fitness

Probably inevitable.  But the fairness of how this data will ultimately be used and shared could be a problem.  A clear place for wearable sensor use.  Will you get a badge and a wrist watch/sensor when you show up for a job?


From Computer Science Teachers Association

a first post from Fred Martin, your new University Representative

Dear CSTA members,

I am delighted and honored to be elected for a 2-year term to the CSTA board, which began this July.

I was with all of you who attended the annual conference in St. Charles this summer. Then I stayed the


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Cloud Computing Testbeds to be created for the Research Community

On August 20, 2014, the National Science Foundation (NSF) Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) announced two new $10 million projects for cloud computing testbeds.  These new testbeds will enable…


From Putting People First

E-Government for the post-2015 era: the usage perspective

E-Government for the post-2015 era: the usage perspective

E-Government for the post-2015 era: the usage perspective is the title of the 7th chapter of the recent report “United Nations E-Government Survey 2014 – E-Government for the Future We Want“. The chapter outlines the current


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

Expert performance and training: what we really know

Expert performance and training: what we really know

Movies such as Good Will Hunting tell beautiful stories about young people able to instantly master difficult topics, without any effort on their part. That performance is unrelated to effort is an appealing belief. Whether you


From My Biased Coin

Hashing Summer School

Hashing Summer School

Back in July I took part in the Hashing Summer School in Copenhagen.  This was nominally set up by me, Rasmus Pagh, and Mikkel Thorup, though Mikkel was really the host organizer that put it all together.The course materials


From Computational Complexity

Turing's Oracle

My daughter had a summer project to read and summarize some popular science articles. Having heard me talk about Alan Turing more than a few times, she picked a cover story from a recent New Scientist. The cover copy says "Turing's


From The Eponymous Pickle

Sensor Operated Augmented Fingers

Sensor Operated Augmented Fingers

In CACM:  More in the sensor and robotic space space.  The advances continue.  Human augmentation.  " ...  Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers have developed a robotic extension to the human hand that could make


From BLOG@CACM

Recursion and Language at ICER 2014: A Conference Report

Recursion and Language at ICER 2014: A Conference Report

Recursion and the unique challenges of programming languages were highlighted at ICER 2014


From Schneier on Security

Disguising Exfiltrated Data

Disguising Exfiltrated Data

There's an interesting article on a data exfiltration technique. What was unique about the attackers was how they disguised traffic between the malware and command-and-control servers using Google Developers and the public Domain


From The Eponymous Pickle

Simon: The First Smartphone

Simon: The First Smartphone

A look in Time Mag at the first phone that could be called 'Smart':  Simon, offered in 1994, at about $900.   Link includes usage videos.  Only about 50K units were sold.  With a lot less capabilities than we have today.  Had


From Computer Science Teacher – Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Hacking Away at Little Problems

Hacking Away at Little Problems

We have a fairly nice system for student information and the like. It is not perfect but then what system is? For example, our student management system will output class rosters as PDF, Word or Excel files. The problem with


From The Eponymous Pickle

Decide What you Need from Big Data

Decide What you Need from Big Data

Podcast from Knowledge@Wharton. Data has value, and the analytics that uses the data to improve process has value.  Now everyone can have the data and analytics they need." ... Big data and predictive analytics are creating a


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Recent ISAT/DARPA Workshop: Rethinking CAD: New Design Paradigms in the Age of 3-D Printing

The following is a special contribution to this blog by CCC Executive Council Member Mark Hill and workshop organizer Wade Shen of MIT Lincoln Laboratory. Recently DARPA ISAT organized a workshop on the future of Computer Aided…


From Putting People First

Facebook uses ethnography to deliver more relevant ads

Facebook uses ethnography to deliver more relevant ads

“As researchers focusing on Facebook’s advertising, we led research trips with a cross-functional team of product managers, marketers, and engineers to Indonesia, Turkey, and South Africa to develop a solid understanding of cultural


From The Eponymous Pickle

Analytics Languages in Use

Analytics Languages in Use

KDNuggets, always a great resource, I often referred to it from the enterprise, surveys the principal analytics and data mining languages in use today.  Nicely done article.  I would further like to see how cognitive interaction


From The Eponymous Pickle

Heirs Get Digital Asset Rights

Heirs Get Digital Asset Rights

Thinking the implications of this.  A further recognition that data is an asset.   " .... Delaware becomes first state to give executors broad digital assets access Meet the "Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets and Digital Accounts


From The Eponymous Pickle

Negotiating Mistakes

Negotiating Mistakes

In Fast Company: Good points, but not not quite enough about how to achieve them.  A particular sales mistake I remember well:   " ... Talking too much is a sure-fire way to kill a deal. In fact, Lewis-Fernandez says it’s not


From Computer Science Teacher – Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

New Widget–CS Teaching Tips

New Widget–CS Teaching Tips

I added a new widget to my blog last night. It is connected to CS Teaching tips which is a webpage and Twitter account – @CSTeachingTips. The widget provides a different teaching tip when ever this blog is opened in a web browser


From The Eponymous Pickle

Gartner Hype Cycle and Digital Business

Gartner Hype Cycle and Digital Business

In the Informs Analytics Magazine: " .... The journey to digital business is the key theme of Gartner, Inc.'s “Hype Cycle Report for Emerging Technologies, 2014.” According to Gartner, for enterprises setting out on the journey


From My Biased Coin

Reviewing Scales

Reviewing Scales

I'm just about finished reviewing for CoNEXT (Conference on Emerging Networking Experiments and Technologies), and am starting reviewing for ITCS (Innovations in Theoretical Computer Science).  One notable variation in the process


From The Eponymous Pickle

Free Supermarket for Advertising

Free Supermarket for Advertising

In Retailwire: An idea that has been tried a number of times, including in stand alone sample machines. Also called 'tryvertising'.  Imagine the potential data from associated promotional message, or linked to loyalty data.  Or


From The Female Perspective of Computer Science

Gram's House Project Team Receives Two NSF Pathways Grants!

Gram's House Project Team Receives Two NSF Pathways Grants!

Gram's House is a research project I started several years ago with a prototype originally designed for Microsoft's Imagine Cup competition.  Since then, a core research team has formed around the project: me (Carleton University)


From Gödel's Lost Letter and P=NP

The Derivative Of A Number

Are you kidding? Edward Barbeau is now a professor emeritus of mathematics at the University of Toronto. Over the years he has been working to increase the interest in mathematics in general, and enhancing education in particular


From Putting People First

Consumer Insights: The Music Experience in 2014

Consumer Insights: The Music Experience in 2014

Today, music is as emotionally relevant as ever – and consumers have a myriad of ways to experience it, from streaming and downloading to live concerts and more. Thanks to social media, fans also have unprecedented access to


From The Eponymous Pickle

Internet of Things Rising

Internet of Things Rising

Statistics on how the Internet of things is increasing in traffic and concern for the implications.  especially resource needs and security.  In Baselinemag:  " ...  By 2020, the Internet of things (IoT) is expected to interconnect


From Schneier on Security

The Security of al Qaeda Encryption Software

The Security of al Qaeda Encryption Software

The web intelligence firm Recorded Future has posted two stories about how al Qaeda is using new encryption software in response to the Snowden disclosures. NPR picked up the story a week later. Former NSA Chief Council Stewart


From Computer Science Teacher – Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Why AP

Why AP

Sometimes you miss something by reading a blog post too early. Such is the case with a recent post by Mark Guzdial - Python is the most popular intro language: But what about CS Principles? There have been some 37 comments worth


From The Eponymous Pickle

Reaching the Customer in Real Time

Reaching the Customer in Real Time

To reach the right customer, in the right place and time, with the right offerperhaps a chicken dinneryou need real-time actionable insight ...   From IBM.Watch as a grocery store uses this insight to sell more chicken dinners