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October 2014


From The Eponymous Pickle

Nanotech Assembly Lines

Nanotech Assembly Lines

Used to follow nanotechnology for potential product manufacturing applications.  Less so now, but there are some areas where breakthroughs are key.  Now a new one:  " ... To develop a productive nanosystem for molecular manufacturing


From Putting People First

Reflections on Capital One’s acquisition of Adaptive Path

Reflections on Capital One’s acquisition of Adaptive Path

This week Toronto-based UX strategist Rami Tabbah and I discussed Capital One’s acquisition of Adaptive Path. We were both a bit surprised by the lack of real reflection on the pros and cons of this development (with a few exceptions)


From The Eponymous Pickle

Women of the Eniac

Women of the Eniac

Fascinating piece and images.   I worked with a person at the University of Pennsylvania who had been an electrician working with the Eniac.  We have come a long way from a room full of tubes and wires.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Tom Peters on 21st Century Organization

Tom Peters on 21st Century Organization

In McKinsey:   An interview that takes some interesting directions: ' ...  " ... Well, one answer to that, as far as I’m concerned, is “I don’t know.” My real bottom-line hypothesis is that nobody has a sweet clue what they’re


From Wild WebMink

Behind The Bullying Epidemic

Behind The Bullying Epidemic

I was very sad to hear that Kathy Sierra has decided to withdraw from online interactions again. Her insights into how technical communication and collaboration happen are among the finest I have read, and losing her voice again


From Schneier on Security

Friday Squid Blogging: Flash-Fried Squid Recipe

Friday Squid Blogging: Flash-Fried Squid Recipe

Recipe from Tom Douglas. As usual, you can also use this squid post to talk about the security stories in the news that I haven't covered....


From The Female Perspective of Computer Science

Technology and How It Is Evolving Storytelling in Our Entertainment Experiences / GHC14

Technology and How It Is Evolving Storytelling in Our Entertainment Experiences / GHC14

What luck! An invited technical speaker at GHC wants to talk about storytelling and games! As Bonnie Ross' abstract states, "stories spill into every aspect and facet of our lives; narrative leaps between nations, and stories


From The Eponymous Pickle

Coca-Cola Gathers Streams of Big Data

Coca-Cola Gathers Streams of Big Data

Another example of the broadening use of Splunk for analyzing data streams.Coca-Cola gets inspiration for IT automation from its bottling plantsAble to tell what people are buying from vending machines and whenCoca-Cola, theMichael


From The Female Perspective of Computer Science

Games to Get Girls Interested in Programming, and Animation for Music and Dance Games / GHC14

Games to Get Girls Interested in Programming, and Animation for Music and Dance Games / GHC14

I started my last morning of GHC with two presentations in the GFX track, which covers games and graphics.  I enjoyed both talks, though the first is particularly relevant to our Gram's House project.

Image from the virtual world


From Schneier on Security

Online Activism and the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act

Online Activism and the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act

Good essay by Molly Sauter: basically, there is no legal avenue for activism and protest on the Internet. Also note Sauter's new book, The Coming Swarm....


From The Eponymous Pickle

Vinimaya and Procurement Success

Vinimaya and Procurement Success

Have worked with Vinimaya a number of times.  Impressive capabilities in context sensitive procurement improvement.   By creating marketplaces to focus procurement decisions. They have started a webinar series.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Honda Robotic Chair

Honda Robotic Chair

Saw this demonstrated in a retail setting.  The Honda Uni Cub.  But apparently still not available for purchase.  In Engadget.    An example of a one wheeled personal transportation device, but with a seat rather than requiring…


From The Eponymous Pickle

GUI Package for R Analytics

GUI Package for R Analytics

A GUI package for R analytics.   From what is called the PLS institute.  Now taking a closer look at R for packaging solutions for analytics.  Ideas?


From The Eponymous Pickle

Hub for Data Analysts and Scientists Launched

Hub for Data Analysts and Scientists Launched

A Hub for Data Scientists.It will serve two main purposes:1) It will promote sharing of models and code publicly or privately across a company to save Data Scientists and Analysts from “reinventing the wheel” every time and increase


From The Eponymous Pickle

Location is Still Everything

Location is Still Everything

Book brought to my attention:  Location is Still Everything, By David R. Bell.In Retailwire: " .. Wharton School professor David Bell, whose specialist subject is digital marketing and e-commerce, has made headlines with a new


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Computing from Virtual to Physical (and Back Again)

The following is a special contribution to this blog from CCC Chair Gregory Hager (Johns Hopkins University). These days, there are daily prognostications about the world-changing implications of devices, computing, data, and…


From Putting People First

The future of UX leadership: radical transformation

The future of UX leadership: radical transformation

Jim Nieters and Pabini Gabriel-Petit have started a series of columns that offers insights on how to help companies progress from delivering mediocre user experiences, as is all too common, to producing truly great experiences


From Putting People First

Peter Morville on creating a cultural fit

Peter Morville on creating a cultural fit

Interesting reflection by acclaimed information architect Peter Morville: “As a consultant for two decades, I’ve been a tourist in all sorts of cultures. I’ve worked with startups, Fortune 500 companies, nonprofits, Ivy League


From Putting People First

The false promise of actionable insight

The false promise of actionable insight

Abby Margolis, Director of Research at Claro Partners, has become worried that consultants risk becoming a ring of human insight traffickers, rather than the researchers, designers and business problem solvers they strive to


From Schneier on Security

Dynamic Encryption for Voice

Dynamic Encryption for Voice

This article reads like snake oil. But the company was founded by Lars Knudsen, so it can't possibly be. I'm curious....


From The Eponymous Pickle

So What is Watson Anyway?

So What is Watson Anyway?

A good compact video on how IBM Watson works, and also how it is different from the 'rule based' expert systems methods we developed in the 90s. In particular the natural language ingesting of resources like documents, images


From The Eponymous Pickle

Data Mining Blog

Data Mining Blog

A blog by Richard A Denman on analytics.  Some interesting points about data mining and its use in systems.  Short pieces on important concepts.  Also a rare mention of how analytics should pay attention to relevant process.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Cloning your Best Decision Makers

Cloning your Best Decision Makers

This was an approach we attempted during the early 90s, in the era of expert systems.  Even in the C-Suite. I am in the process of reviewing those attempts now, to see how they might be revived.  Now,  in an era of cognitive


From The Eponymous Pickle

Site of Google Brand Lab

Site of Google Brand Lab

Compelling data. Big ideas. Creative juice. Put Google research and insight behind your thinking.Digital innovation continues to propel the marketing industry forward, and the pace is mind-blowing. As marketers, we rely on data


From The Eponymous Pickle

Shinkansen Anniversary

Shinkansen Anniversary

Recent 50th anniversary of the Shinkansen - Japanese bullet train, have ridden it a number of times, which incorporates a number of transportation innovations.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Most Data Rich Companies

Most Data Rich Companies

Have recently been looking at the value of data.  And also the volume of valued data held by companies.  This article looks at which companies hold the most.  Not unexpected result.  Some interesting details included.


From Computational Complexity

2014 Fall Jobs Post

Tis the season for the fall jobs post. Please list any jobs, academic or industrial, in theoretical computer science broadly construed in the comments to this post. If you are a job seeker check this page often as new jobs get


From Schneier on Security

USB Cufflinks

USB Cufflinks

Just the thing for smuggling data out of secure locations....


From Computer Science Teacher – Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

How to Run a Computing Summer Camp - Logistics Workshop

How to Run a Computing Summer Camp - Logistics Workshop

I saw this announcement on the SIGCSE mailing list. If you’ve thought about running a computer science summer camp this may be the training you need to get it going. If you are from some states (Alabama, California, Georgia,


From Putting People First

Psych-savvy product management for truly human technology

Psych-savvy product management for truly human technology

What is the role of psychology, neuroscience or social behavioral study in real product management? How can it be harnessed to build better products? In this article Janna Bastow of ProdPad and Mind the Product takes a look at