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August 2016


From The Eponymous Pickle

Is AI Becoming Mainstream?

Is AI Becoming Mainstream?

Good Bloomberg article.  It still depends on the definitions involved,  If by machine learning we mean better analytics, and if by AI, we mean more embedded logic in systems that improve business process, yes I agree.   But if


From Schneier on Security

Microsoft Accidentally Leaks Key to Windows Backdoor

Microsoft Accidentally Leaks Key to Windows Backdoor

In a cautionary tale to those who favor government-mandated backdoors to security systems, Microsoft accidentally leaked the key protecting its UEFI Secure boot feature. As we all know, the problems with backdoors are less the


From Computer Science Teacher – Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Interesting Links 15 August 2016

Interesting Links 15 August 2016

Teachers report on Friday this week for back to school. The College Board was making a big thing about Advanced Placement Computer Science Principles starting for real last week. Are you back yet? Seems like just yesterday we


From The Eponymous Pickle

Fundamentals of Evaluating Data Science Models

Fundamentals of Evaluating Data Science Models

Via DSC: Good overview of the basic methods for evaluating models.  Posted by Sandeep Raut.  Not complete, but these are the fundamentals that every modeler should know and understand, and be able to explain to decision making


From The Eponymous Pickle

Weka Mini Course

Weka Mini Course

A 14 step mini course by Jason Brownlee on using the machine learning system Weka.  Notable because it uses no code or math.  Nice for those procedurally rather than code oriented.  I can see some people liking this approach


From The Noisy Channel

Enterprise Intelligence: Putting the Pieces Together

Enterprise Intelligence: Putting the Pieces Together

Today I had the honor to keynote the Workshop on Enterprise Intelligence, held in conjunction with the 22nd ACM SIGKDD Conference on…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Real Pins for Pinterest

Real Pins for Pinterest

In AdWeek:  Pinterest's Real-World Pins Let In-Store Shoppers Save Real Items to Virtual Boards DM9DDB tests the app in Brazil's biggest furniture store By Tim NuddI like the deal of connecting the real world to the virtual.


From Gödel's Lost Letter and P=NP

A Surprise For Big-Data Analytics

A simple but interesting issue with analyzing high-dimensional data Peter Landweber, Emanuel Lazar, and Neel Patel are mathematicians. I have never worked with Peter Landweber, but have written papers with Larry and Laura Landweber


From insideHPC

Video: How the HPC Environment is Different from the Desktop (and Why)

Video: How the HPC Environment is Different from the Desktop (and Why)

"High performance computing has transformed how science and engineering research is conducted. Answering a question in 30 minutes that used to take 6 months can quickly change the way one asks questions. Large computing facilities


From The Eponymous Pickle

Should Your Business Be in the Cloud?

Should Your Business Be in the Cloud?

Good, non technical overview of the positives and negatives of moving your business into the cloud, by Richard Smith.


From The Eponymous Pickle

The Robot You Really Want

The Robot You Really Want

Butlers, Bartenders, Maids, Window-washers, Clothes washing, drying and folding and putting them away.   Its not the specification of the tasks, but doing them physically in varying contexts in a home that remains hard.The Robot


From Putting People First

The psychology of scarcity: what behavioral economics can teach design

The psychology of scarcity: what behavioral economics can teach design

Eldar Shafir, professor of psychology and public affairs at Princeton University and coauthor, with Sendhil Mullainathan, of the book Scarcity: The New Science of Having Less and How It Defines Our Lives (Picador, 2013), talks


From The Eponymous Pickle

Cisco and Retailer of the Future

Cisco and Retailer of the Future

In the Cisco Blog:" ... More than ever before, today’s consumers have more options about what to buy and where to buy it. With each interaction, they choose which retailers they support with time, attention, personal data, dollars


From Putting People First

New book on how corporate anthropology can help businesses grow

New book on how corporate anthropology can help businesses grow

On the Brink: A Fresh Lens to Take Your Business to New Heights by Andi Simon PhD Greenleaf Book Group Press July 2016, 184 pages Abstract Innovation has become such a ubiquitous value, it’s in danger of becoming cliché. Companies


From insideHPC

Post K Supercomputer Delayed in Japan

Post K Supercomputer Delayed in Japan

Nikkei in Japan writes that the Post K supercomputer is facing 1-2 year delay for deployment as part of the Flagship2020 project. Originally targeted for completion in 2020, the ARM-based Post K supercomputer has a performance


From The Eponymous Pickle

Wal-Mart and Jet

Wal-Mart and Jet

Podcast on Knowledge@Wharton:" .... Wal-Mart this week brought more muscle to its competition with Amazon by buying online shopping site Jet.com. Wal-Mart Stores will pay $3.3 billion for the two-year-old Hoboken-based firm.Opinions


From The Eponymous Pickle

AWS IoT Button

AWS IoT Button

Had heard of this recently, but just started to take a look.   Like the Dash buttons I still have in test for retail.  Consider it for the simple acquisition of data for analytics.Post by Mihai Corbuleac:The AWS IoT button provides


From The Eponymous Pickle

Microsoft Flow

Microsoft Flow

On the arrival of Microsoft's IFTTT competitior, Flow.  Note the connection to Slack.  Examining. "... Flow works much the same way as IFTTT but focuses more heavily on integrating Microsoft's own products like Office 365 with


From The Eponymous Pickle

Still Looking for Full Featured Smart Mirrors

Still Looking for Full Featured Smart Mirrors

We featured the idea, and saw it at other consumer innovation labs a decade ago.  Mostly it dealt with using the mirror for cosmetics options and delivering basic 'news and weather' information in the morning. That alone is fairly


From Schneier on Security

Friday Squid Blogging: Squid Not Killing New Zealand Sea Lions

Friday Squid Blogging: Squid Not Killing New Zealand Sea Lions

Experts are blaming bacteria, not squid nets....


From insideHPC

Radio Free HPC Looks at HPE’s Pending Acquisition of SGI

Radio Free HPC Looks at HPE’s Pending Acquisition of SGI

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team looks HPE's pending acquisition of SGI. "Will the acquisition be good for SGI and HP customers? Our RFHPC team is in unprecedented agreement that indeed it will. The key, however, to HPE's


From Phys.org Technology News

California may beef up electric vehicle mandate

California may beef up electric vehicle mandate

A California lawmaker told The Associated Press on Friday that she's introducing legislation to require that 15 percent of new vehicles be emission-free in less than a decade, a significant escalation in the state's efforts to


From Schneier on Security

Cyberattacks via Submarine

Cyberattacks via Submarine

Some minimal information about the NSA's abilities to hack networks via submarine....


From The Eponymous Pickle

User Friendly and Visual Simulation Langauge

User Friendly and Visual Simulation Langauge

In the MIT News,  Faster and friendlier ... and thus more easily testable and maintainable, is always of interest.  Note the direct link to the visualization of the model.   Technical here, but I look forward to an applicable


From The Eponymous Pickle

Retailers and Brands Leverage Omnishopping

Retailers and Brands Leverage Omnishopping

Makes sense, brand can leverage product value and other marketing.  Link may require free registration. Why retailers, brands should team up in the omnishopping eraTechnology has made today's consumers "omnishoppers" who are


From insideHPC

New Report Looks at European Exascale Projects

New Report Looks at European Exascale Projects

"Between 2011 and 2016, eight projects, with a total budget of more than €50 Million, were selected for this first push in the direction of the next- generation supercomputer: CRESTA, DEEP and DEEP-ER, EPiGRAM, EXA2CT, Mont-


From insideHPC

Video: The Impact of the Computing and Data Revolution on Science an Society

Video: The Impact of the Computing and Data Revolution on Science an Society

Ed Seidel from NCSA presented this talk at The Digital Future conference in Berlin. "The National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) is a hub of transdisciplinary research and digital scholarship where University of


From insideHPC

Nvidia Expands GTC to Eight Global Events

Nvidia Expands GTC to Eight Global Events

Nvidia is expanding its popular GPU Technology Conference to eight cities worldwide. "We’re broadening the reach of GTC with a series of conferences in eight cities across four continents, bringing the latest industry trends


From Schneier on Security

Hacking Electronic Safes

Hacking Electronic Safes

Nice attack against electronic safes: Plore used side-channel attacks to pull it off. These are ways of exploiting physical indicators from a cryptographic system to get around its protections. Here, all Plore had to do was monitor


From The Eponymous Pickle

Build a Chat Bot in 10 Minutes

Build a Chat Bot in 10 Minutes

Though this is not quite the depth of conversation and language that I implied in my previous thoughts, it does represent some aspects of conversation like flow, intent and knowledge that are important. This takes you through

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