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April 2014


From The Eponymous Pickle

Updates on ChoreMonster

Updates on ChoreMonster

A former colleague's startup, new updates:" ... ChoreMonster, the platform that wants to encourage your kids to do their household tasks by rewarding them for achieving goals, has today released a major update for its Web and


From BLOG@CACM

The Benefits of Working on Research As An Undergraduate Student

The Benefits of Working on Research As An Undergraduate Student

This article presents three practical benefits of working on research as an undergraduate student.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Making a Microscope Out of Paper

Making a Microscope Out of Paper

An interesting example of how devices can be redesigned in unexpected ways.   Here a microscope made out of paper.  An example of how remote 3D manufacture might require this kind of innovative design.


From Schneier on Security

"Unbreakable" Encryption Almost Certainly Isn't

"Unbreakable" Encryption Almost Certainly Isn't

This headline is provocative: "Human biology inspires 'unbreakable' encryption." The article is similarly nonsensical: Researchers at Lancaster University, UK have taken a hint from the way the human lungs and heart constantly


From Computer Science Teacher – Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Summer Hackers Immersion Program 2014

Summer Hackers Immersion Program 2014

Mike Zamansky announced this program on his blog yesterday. (Announcing SHIP) It sounds amazing. It’s being run at St Joseph’s College in Brooklyn and is for students from all over New York City. Mike and his team are amazing


From Putting People First

[Book] A Web for Everyone: Designing Accessible User Experiences

[Book] A Web for Everyone: Designing Accessible User Experiences

A Web for Everyone: Designing Accessible User Experiences by Sarah Horton & Whitney Quesenbery Rosenfeld Media, 2013 288 pages In their new book, A Web for Everyone: Designing Accessible User Experiences, Sarah Horton and Whitney


From The Eponymous Pickle

Kroger is #3 In InformationWeek

Kroger is #3 In InformationWeek

Via Robert Migliara:  Retailer Kroger is #3 in the 2014 InformationWeek Elite 100 Winners.   (My former enterprise is #75)


From The Eponymous Pickle

Digital Receipts

Digital Receipts

In Supermarket News: Simple idea.  For loyalty purchases only.  Searchable.  I recall a number of test shoppers asking for this capability. At ShopRite.


From Computer Science Teachers Association

Computer Science as a School District Marketing Tool

We are seeing many indications these days that administrators are realizing that a strong computer science curriculum for students is a critical aspect of providing high quality education. Now it seems that school district are


From The Eponymous Pickle

Big Data Roundtable Replay

Big Data Roundtable Replay

Last week attended my first Spreecast for an IBM Big Data Roundtable.  You can see a replay of the entire event.  An overview of impressions by practitioners, sellers and observers of the evolution of the technology.  Not a introduction


From The Eponymous Pickle

Dealing with an Always On IT Culture

Dealing with an Always On IT Culture

In CWorld:  It is clearly a culture.  It is learned in school now, and at home, and utilizes multiple strata of communications and analysis and alerting capabilities.  It blurs the state of business versus personal activity.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Facebook and Advertising

Facebook and Advertising

In AdAge:  Came up in a recent conversation.  How can Facebook drive advertising?  And in particular, how do they appeal to the small and medium sized business?


From Schneier on Security

The Youngest Security Researcher

The Youngest Security Researcher

Five-year-old finds login vulnerability in Microsoft Xbox....


From The Eponymous Pickle

Forecasting Tournaments

Forecasting Tournaments

Interesting term, similarity to predictive markets and wisdom of the crowds.  We ran some models in this space.  Government reactions to use of related methods,  by Mark J Perry


From The Eponymous Pickle

Metadata Lifecycle Models

Metadata Lifecycle Models

For some proposed research I had been asked to look at metadata lifecycle models.  Here is an interesting high level model for metadata lifecycle management.    Similar to some methods we used in enterprise.   See metadata tag


From Computer Science Teacher – Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Interesting Links 7 April 2014

Interesting Links 7 April 2014

Spring has sprung. Well at least the last of the snow is gone. Seems like late here but it hardly matters as I’ve been busy with school anyway. Seems like last week was slow for me on the Internet at least. Not to fear though


From Computational Complexity

How free is Randomness?

Matthew Green had a great post on the topic how do you know a random number generator is working.  Gee, I just look at the sequence and see if it LOOKS random. Probably not the best idea. Actually people often found pattersn


From CERIAS Blog

Thoughts on the RSA Conference, Boycotts, and Babes

Not all of his answers went over with all of the crowd, but I think that showed he was giving some genuine answers of his own rather than trying to amuse.    Informal Connections Lots of the real business at the conference really


From The Eponymous Pickle

Google Zavers

Google Zavers

Zavers now about a year plus after launch:About Zavers by GoogleZavers is a fast and easy way to offer the right coupons to the right shoppers, and track  redemption in real time. Shoppers can find  manufacturer discounts onwebsites


From The Eponymous Pickle

IBM Watson Analytics Beta

IBM Watson Analytics Beta

I have asked about how Big Data Analytics would be connected to Watson Cognitive Computing, and this was brought to my attention:Beta - IBM Watson Analytics, Previously Project NeoDownloads and TrialsWatson Analytics beta program


From The Eponymous Pickle

Gamification for Engaging Job Candidates

Gamification for Engaging Job Candidates

In Mashable:  Hardly traditional.  We sent technical candidates 'to the board', to do things live, and that created dynamics.  But also difficult to measure.  And rarely used competitive dynamics, though all would agree that


From The Eponymous Pickle

Amazon's Magic Retail Wand

Amazon's Magic Retail Wand

Have always been impressed by Amazon's innovation work.  Now the new Amazon Dash Wand takes the effort further into physical retail.  How is it different from an App on a smartphone? See a picture and demo at the link.  Seeking


From The Eponymous Pickle

Collaborative Information Seeking

Collaborative Information Seeking

An abstract, but the challenge is interesting.  " ... Information searches based on expert-seeking technology can prove time-consuming or unsuccessful if search terms do not turn up extrinsic identifiers in profiles and saved


From The Eponymous Pickle

Statistical Challenges for Big Data

Statistical Challenges for Big Data

Covered in FlowinDdata:  Review of another article where the point is that using Big Data bears some of the same challenges that were in evidence before data got 'Big'.  So  you cannot ignore those issues, some unsolved, that


From The Eponymous Pickle

Kimberly-Clark on TV Advertising

Kimberly-Clark on TV Advertising

Kimberly-Clark CMO on the TV driven past.  " ... When it comes to digital marketing, marketers are like trapeze artists trying to grab the next bar without letting go of the last one, and the results could be embarrassing or


From The Eponymous Pickle

Alternative Machine Learning Environments

Alternative Machine Learning Environments

I am starting to examine Machine Learning Platforms for an application.  This post is mostly for my own and a few collaborators use.  Not complete or just open source.  Do not claim to be expert in any of these methods, but have


From Wild WebMink

More cautious excitement as Microsoft opens .Net

More cautious excitement as Microsoft opens .Net

Originally posted on Meshed Insights & Knowledge:The Microsoft news is coming thick and fast. A few days ago we discussed Office for iPad, Microsoft’s confession of unethical behaviour and its release of MS-DOS code under a prohibitive


From Gödel's Lost Letter and P=NP

Counting Is Sometimes Easy

Cases where we can count objects in polynomial time New Interim Dean source—our congrats Mike Sipser is one of the top theorists, especially in complexity theory, and has been Head of the Mathematics Department at MIT since 2004


From Gödel's Lost Letter and P=NP

Counting Is Sometimes Easy

Cases where we can count objects in polynomial time New Interim Dean source—our congrats Mike Sipser is one of the top theorists, especially in complexity theory, and has been Head of the Mathematics Department at MIT since 2004


From Schneier on Security

Friday Squid Blogging: Squid + Security in a Cartoon

Friday Squid Blogging: Squid + Security in a Cartoon

Funny....