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October 2014


From Schneier on Security

How Did the Feds Identity Dread Pirate Roberts?

How Did the Feds Identity Dread Pirate Roberts?

Last month, I wrote that the FBI identified Ross W. Ulbricht as the Silk Road's Dread Pirate Roberts through a leaky CAPTCHA. Seems that story doesn't hold water: The FBI claims that it found the Silk Road server by examining


From Computer Science Teacher – Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Interesting Links 19 October 2014

Interesting Links 19 October 2014

You know those school weeks with lots of interruptions, strange schedules and little normal routine? Yep, had one last week. I also managed to record a good number of Office Mixes on various programming topics. I’ll post a list


From The Eponymous Pickle

Invention of Google Scholar

Invention of Google Scholar

Now ten years old.    Contains 160 million documents. " ... Making the world’s problem solvers 10% more efficient ... Ten years after a Google engineer empowered researchers with Scholar, he can’t bear to leave it  .. " " ... Some


From The Eponymous Pickle

Redesigning Bill Gates Favorite Data Visualization

Redesigning Bill Gates Favorite Data Visualization

From Perceptual Edge:  A 3D Treemap is at the link ..." .... Colorful space filling graphs are visually attractive, they do gather your attention.  But are they good ways to visualize data and really understand it?  It is still


From The Eponymous Pickle

Free Piston Engines

Free Piston Engines

Toyota's remarkable new approach to the gas piston engine, the first in 134 years.  I was truck by the visuals used.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Forecasting Net Site and Blog on Ebola

Forecasting Net Site and Blog on Ebola

George Boretos, Strategy & Marketing ExpertJust posted an update, including the most recent cases for October and a forecast of the expected Ebola deaths and mortality rate, also based on actual data up to Oct 1st 2014. ....The


From The Eponymous Pickle

Autodesk Prints 3D Virus

Autodesk Prints 3D Virus

Did not know that Autodesk had a genetic engineer.  Worked with them in the area of displaying marketing data for the enterprise.  From 3D Print: " ... Weaving his way through a virtually invisible and widely unknown world of


From The Eponymous Pickle

History of Mail and Things Communicating

History of Mail and Things Communicating

Recall using mail on the Arpanet in those early days, but it was never seen then as a means to stay generally connected.  Only to answer very specific questions.Network Trailblazer: A Conversation with Eric AllmanEric AllmanIf


From The Eponymous Pickle

Smart Systems Services

Smart Systems Services

Brought to my attention.  Nothing very new here, but a good overview of the topic.  Enabling Smart System Services in Smart Cities by Dr. Ko-Yang Wang, CTO and Executive Vice President Institute for Information Industry With


From The Eponymous Pickle

Need for Practical Anthropology

Need for Practical Anthropology

While I was at the enterprise we had precisely, and rather informally, one anthropologist.  Was always fascinated by the role.  Understanding human behavior is important, but is retail behavior in their realm?  So do we needExperienta


From The Eponymous Pickle

Robotic Explorers

Robotic Explorers

Without sensors or GPS a group of robots can explore.  " .... The system uses stereo vision depth-sensing to provide the obstacle map, and other image-processing methods to identify and track all the agents in the system.The


From Putting People First

Hospitable Hospice, Redesigning Care for Tomorrow

Hospitable Hospice, Redesigning Care for Tomorrow

Design for good death Hospitable Hospice, Redesigning Care for Tomorrow An IDEA 2014 Award winner research project Free download: issuu, pdf Existing healthcare systems can make the end-of-life experience more frustrating and


From Putting People First

Event: Why the world needs anthropologists

Event: Why the world needs anthropologists

An upcoming event is encouraging anthropologists to “come out of their ivory towers” and work more closely with their colleagues in the field, in order to bridge the gap between “pure” and “applied” anthropology. The international


From Putting People First

Update on EU research on energy efficient built environments

Update on EU research on energy efficient built environments

The European Commission funds research on a lot of important thematic areas, and in recent years the themes of sustainability and participatory approaches have received a lot of attention. This has made way for companies like


From The Eponymous Pickle

Stop Controlling Ex Employees Knowledge?

Stop Controlling Ex Employees Knowledge?

In the HBR:   This issue has come up a number of times recently.  Here a  good overview of the topic.  Not everyone agrees.   The coverage of the legal, compliance and regulatory knowledge by US state is particularly interesting


From The Eponymous Pickle

Marketing and the Internet of Things

Marketing and the Internet of Things

It is about data.  Its about reach.    Anna Russell writes:" .... Let’s take a step back and look at just what the Internet of Things contains that might excite marketers.  IoT, the result of a growing number of M2M and internet


From The Eponymous Pickle

IPad Friendly Kid Augmented Reality Game

IPad Friendly Kid Augmented Reality Game

Have seen a number of augmented reality games.   These use real world spaces as a playing field. Here Osmo has received considerable funding." ... Osmo, the iPad-powered gaming device built by former Googlers (and dads) as aThe


From Gödel's Lost Letter and P=NP

A New Provable Factoring Algorithm

Factoring, factoring, the whole day through, keeps on my mind—apologizes to Hoagy Carmichael and Stuart Gorrell Waterloo Mathematics source Michael Rubinstein is an expert on number theory, who is on the faculty of the University


From Schneier on Security

Friday Squid Blogging: 1,057 Squid T-Shirts

Friday Squid Blogging: 1,057 Squid T-Shirts

That's a lot. As usual, you can also use this squid post to talk about the security stories in the news that I haven't covered. And commenting was broken for a couple of days. It's fixed now, I hope....


From The Eponymous Pickle

Integrating Work and Life

Integrating Work and Life

The ultimate goal. Successfully integrating work and life.  From Knowledge@Wharton.  Book interview and text.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Open Sourcing the Internet of Things

Open Sourcing the Internet of Things

In ReadWriteWeb:  An overview piece about setting standards for the IoT, and how those standards should be open sourced.  Agree, have been through this with the same (and related)  RFID work.  The article makes a good case of


From The Eponymous Pickle

Future Software Will be Cognitive

Future Software Will be Cognitive

Will the next generation of software be cognitive?  Good piece in Forrester.  I am a keen student of the reasons for the partial success and failures of AI as advisory systems in it's previous wave.  Plan to continue to watch


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

NSF CISE Funding Opportunities

The National Science Foundation (NSF) Directorate for Computing & Information Science & Engineering (CISE) has a number of new funding opportunities. National Robotics Initiative (NSF  15-505)  Full Proposal Due: January 14,

      


From The Eponymous Pickle

Stream Data Processing

Stream Data Processing

In Infoq:The demand for stream processing is increasing a lot these days. The reason is that often processing big volumes of data is not enough. Data has to be processed fast, so that a firm can react to changing business conditions


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

DCL From NSF Director Dr. France Córdova

The following is a National Science Foundation (NSF) Dear Colleague Letter (DCL) by Director Dr. France A. Córdova.  October 16, 2014 Dear Colleague, In light of the recent emergence of the lethal Ebola virus in the US, the National…


From Schneier on Security

Hacking a Video Poker Machine

Hacking a Video Poker Machine

Kevin Poulsen has written an interesting story about two people who successfully exploited a bug in a popular video poker machine....


From The Eponymous Pickle

Supply and Demand of Data Scientists

Supply and Demand of Data Scientists

Bruce Langos, COO of Teradata gave a spirited talk today in the atrium of Wright State University today on the nature of the data scientist.   The talk was also transmitted to some area high schools.  The emphasis of the talk


From The Eponymous Pickle

3D Printing Your Big Data for Understanding

3D Printing Your Big Data for Understanding

In Technology Review: Fascinating idea. As 3D printing becomes cheaper, you can quickly create a 3D physical data representation. (You can add more 'Ds' with indicators like color or shape). We did this for displaying real spaces


From Computer Science Teacher – Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Help Me Win Surface Pro 3s for My School

Help Me Win Surface Pro 3s for My School

OK so the good news is that I am one of 15 finalists to win 15 Surface Pro's for my favorite school. The winners are chosen by community voting, so please vote for my mix at https://mix.office.com/Gallery/Category/vote Mine is


From U.S. Public Policy Committee of the ACM

Heading Into Midterms, USACM Re-emphasizes Role Of Technology In Elections

With mid-term Congressional elections fast approaching, USACM released a statement to emphasize the importance of voting technology in elections.  It echoes past statements from USACM on voting, including its 2013 remarks to

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