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February 2016


From Schneier on Security

Security vs. Surveillance

Security vs. Surveillance

Both the "going dark" metaphor of FBI Director James Comey and the contrasting "golden age of surveillance" metaphor of privacy law professor Peter Swire focus on the value of data to law enforcement. As framed in the media,


From insideHPC

LLNL Teams with Industry to Advance Energy Technologies using HPC

LLNL Teams with Industry to Advance Energy Technologies using HPC

Today Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) announced the selection of six industry projects for the advancement of energy technologies using high performance computing. Called the "hpc4energy incubator," this pilot program


From The Eponymous Pickle

On the Benefits of the Data Lake

On the Benefits of the Data Lake

In DSC: Overview of major benefits of Data Lakes.    " ... And in nutshell Data Lake is a data store and processing data system, where an organization can place internal data, external data, partner’s data, competitor data, business


From Gödel's Lost Letter and P=NP

The 2016 Knuth Prize

A non-annoucement annoucement Crop from Farkas Prize src Michel Goemans is the chair of this year’s ACM/IEEE Knuth Prize committee. He teaches at MIT and among many wonderful achievements co-won the 2000 MOS/AMS Fulkerson Prize


From The Eponymous Pickle

Gimball Drones in Ice Caves

Gimball Drones in Ice Caves

This piece in IEEE Spectrum   shows the use of a Flyability Gimball drone being flown in an ice cave. Impressive video, that shows how the drone can survive collisions.    This has similarities to an industrial inspection and


From Schneier on Security

Paper on the Going Dark Debate

Paper on the Going Dark Debate

I am pleased to have been a part of this report, part of the Berkman Center's Berklett Cybersecurity project: Don't Panic: Making Progress on the "Going Dark" Debate From the report: In this report, we question whether the "going


From The Eponymous Pickle

We Don't Understand the Language of the Brain

We Don't Understand the Language of the Brain

Despite all the success in artificial neural networks for pattern recognition, we still don't understand how the brain works.   A number of efforts are underway.  An overview in Scientific American.  What do we really know about


From The Eponymous Pickle

Freezers Reading your Emotions?

Freezers Reading your Emotions?

A retail freezer reading your emotions?  " ... Then there's a grocery store freezer case that can help you decide what you want to buy by reading your facial expression through cameras installed on top of it. It makes suggestions


From insideHPC

High Performance Computing for Energy Project Kicks off at BSC

High Performance Computing for Energy Project Kicks off at BSC

High Performance Computing for Energy (HPC4E) project officially launched this week with a kick-off meeting for partners at the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC). Coordinated by BSC and running through November 2017, the


From insideHPC

John Zannos to Chair OpenPOWER Foundation

John Zannos to Chair OpenPOWER Foundation

Today the OpenPOWER Foundation announced the election of John Zannos from Canonical as Chair and Calista Redmond from IBM as President of the OpenPOWER Foundation Board of Directors, effective January 1, 2016. Zannos and Redmond


From Putting People First

The secret UX issues that will make (or break) self-driving cars

The secret UX issues that will make (or break) self-driving cars

In an unassuming research lab, Volkswagen is solving problems that Tesla and Google haven’t come close to cracking. Cliff Kuang reports for Fast Company. In his article he features the work of Brian Lathrop, who runs the UX group


From insideHPC

Video: Storage Architecture for Innovation & Research at the University of Florida

Video: Storage Architecture for Innovation & Research at the University of Florida

In this video from the DDN booth at SC15, Dr. Erik Deumens of the University of Florida describes why unpredictable and less standard architectures and system configurations are necessary to meet the agility, availability and


From Putting People First

Do patients really want to be empowered?

Do patients really want to be empowered?

Katherine Benjamin, digital services manager at NHS England, asks some clever questions in this Medium piece: “Digital health services and wearable technologies are meant to empower users to change behaviours and become better


From insideHPC

Seismic Processing Places High Demand on Storage

Seismic Processing Places High Demand on Storage

Oil and gas exploration is always a challenging endeavor, and with today's large risks and rewards, optimizing the process is of critical importance. A whole range of High Performance Computing (HPC) technologies need to be employed


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Great Innovative Idea- Querying Historical Maps as a Unified, Structured, and Linked Spatiotemporal Source

Great Innovative Idea- Querying Historical Maps as a Unified, Structured, and Linked Spatiotemporal Source

The following Great Innovative Idea is from Yao-Yi Chiang from the University of Southern California. His Querying Historical Maps as a Unified, Structured, and Linked Spatiotemporal Source paper was the first place winner at


From The Eponymous Pickle

Nokia and IOT Security

Nokia and IOT Security

In CWorld:  " ... The NetGuard platform is designed to monitor and control all the security components on a network  .... The company's NetGuard Security Management Center is designed to monitor and control all the security components


From insideHPC

DDN WOS Object Storage Wins 2016 Storage Visions Award

DDN WOS Object Storage Wins 2016 Storage Visions Award

Today DDN announced that its WOS 360 v2.0 object storage software was named a Visionary Product in the Professional Class Storage category at the fifteenth Annual Storage Visions Conference. The groundbreaking WOS enables organizations


From The Eponymous Pickle

Macy's Taps Etsy

Macy's Taps Etsy

Recently did my first shop at Etsy recently for quality handmade items. Nice, simple, online experience. Surprised a retail giant like Macy's would engage.  To engage Millenials they say.   In Retailwire.


From insideHPC

UCLA Researchers Simulate Injured Human Leg

UCLA Researchers Simulate Injured Human Leg

Researchers at UCLA have created the first detailed computer simulation model of an injured human leg--complete with spurting blood. The simulation is designed to make training for combat medics more realistic. "To create the


From insideHPC

Interview: Sugon Looks to Grow New HPC Markets in the West

Interview: Sugon Looks to Grow New HPC Markets in the West

Sugon is one of the top HPC vendors in China. With plans to expand operations in the West, the company is once again sponsoring the ISC 2016 conference. "Sugon, use to be called Dawning, rooted from the Institute of Computing


From BLOG@CACM

Review a Draft of the K-12 CS Framework

Review a Draft of the K-12 CS Framework

ACM, CSTA, and Code.org are working jointly with more than 100 advisors within the computing community to steer a process to build a framework for K-12 CS Education. The first review period for the K-12 CS framework kicks off


From insideHPC

insideHPC Manufacturing Webinar

insideHPC Manufacturing Webinar

Manufacturing is enjoying an economic and technological resurgence with the help of high performance computing. In this insideHPC webinar, you’ll learn how the power of CAE and simulation is transforming the industry with faster


From Schneier on Security

More Details on the NSA Switching to Quantum-Resistant Cryptography

More Details on the NSA Switching to Quantum-Resistant Cryptography

The NSA is publicly moving away from cryptographic algorithms vulnerable to cryptanalysis using a quantum computer. It just published a FAQ about the process: Q: Is there a quantum resistant public-key algorithm that commercial


From Computer Science Teacher – Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

A Framework for K-12 Computer Science Education

A Framework for K-12 Computer Science Education

Last week about 25 or so computer science educators met in Austin TX for two days to work on A Framework for K-12 Computer Science Education. This was not the first meeting of course. Meetings have been taking place online and


From The Eponymous Pickle

Search Engines for Your Memories

Search Engines for Your Memories

In the Atlantic.   The kind of augmented reality we all need.A Search Engine for Your MemoriesAn inventor at IBM has patented technology for a cognitive assistant that could learn all about you, then remind you of a name youSee


From Computational Complexity

Math questions that come out of the Iowa Caucus

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/elections/2016/primary-caucus-results/iowa Jim Gilmore, republican, has 0% of the vote. Does that mean that literally NOBODY voted for him? Hillary beat Bernie , but BOTH get 21 delegates. Isuspended


From The Eponymous Pickle

Corning Makes Bets

Corning Makes Bets

Great piece on the long bet, we need to make more of them.  Who or what keeps us doing that?
Corning’s CEO reminds us that big corporate achievements rarely come overnight.
Creating value from long-term bets  by Wendell P. Weeks


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

Default random-number generators are slow

Default random-number generators are slow

Most languages like Java and Go, come with standard pseudo-random-number generators. Java uses a simple linear congruential generator. Starting with a seed value, it generates a new value with the reccurence formula: seed = (seed


From The Eponymous Pickle

Bots that Write

Bots that Write

Another example of cognitive interaction:Bots that write  via Cognitive Systems Linkedin Group."These automated text generators combined with the ideas you generate from [IoT and other sensors], might help you paint a futureARRIA


From Schneier on Security

NSA and GCHQ Hacked Israeli Drone Feeds

NSA and GCHQ Hacked Israeli Drone Feeds

The NSA and GCHQ have successfully hacked Israel's drones, according to the Snowden documents. The story is being reported by the Intercept and Der Spiegel. The Times of Israel has more....

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