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August 2015


From insideHPC

Video: Computer Science – America’s Untapped Opportunity

Video: Computer Science – America’s Untapped Opportunity

"Software and computers are everywhere, revolutionizing every field around us. But the majority of schools don't teach computer science. Code.org believes every student should have the opportunity to shape the 21st-century and


From insideHPC

Interview: An Exhibits Preview of SC15

Interview: An Exhibits Preview of SC15

With Summer winding down, SC15 is just around the corner. With a smaller exhibits space than previous years, the SC15 Exhibits Chair Trey Breckenridge was faced with a number of challenges going into this year's Supercomputing


From insideHPC

Video: Intel Announces Collaborative Cancer Cloud

Video: Intel Announces Collaborative Cancer Cloud

In this video from IDF 2015, Intel and Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) announce the Collaborative Cancer Cloud, a precision medicine analytics platform that allows hospitals and research institutions to securely share


From Computer Science Teachers Association

Bottom-Up Advocacy

Bottom-Up Advocacy

If you look back through American history for examples of successful grassroots movements that led to policy changes you may notice a few common threads. Trade unions emerged due to the industrial revolution, urbanization, and


From The Eponymous Pickle

Learning Machine Learning for Programmers

Learning Machine Learning for Programmers

May have mentioned this before, but here is a good post by Jason Brownlee.  Somewhat pictorial.   This takes it to a process 'how' level, but not all the way to coding itself.  The assumption is that you are a skilled developer


From Schneier on Security

SS7 Phone-Switch Flaw Enabled Surveillance

SS7 Phone-Switch Flaw Enabled Surveillance

Interesting: Remember that vulnerability in the SS7 inter-carrier network that lets hackers and spies track your cellphone virtually anywhere in the world? It's worse than you might have thought. Researchers speaking to Australia's


From Computer Science Teacher – Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

How I Spent My Summer Break From School

How I Spent My Summer Break From School

I'm in school today - first day back for teachers. I guess that means that summer is over for me. Every fall and through the year I always tell myself that I’m going to spend the summer doing what my friend Lou Zulli calls “retirement


From The Eponymous Pickle

IRI on Private Label and National Brands

IRI on Private Label and National Brands

In Retailwire:  And discussion." .... IRI in their latest Times & Trends report offers this advice: "Ensure that price is a lever that creates demand without diminishing margin." In the previous Business Tip, we discussed factors


From The Eponymous Pickle

Lessons from Google's Anouncement

Lessons from Google's Anouncement

In Bob Herbold's Blog.  Quite a considerable interest in this lately.  Here from a former Microsoft and Procter&Gamble executive.  Insiders perspective.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Significance and Uncertainty

Significance and Uncertainty

In Flowingdata: Short lesson in significance.   Is the p value being misused to determine publishable significance for correlation?  ( I don't know the truth of that statement, but will follow up )  Is this like grade inflation


From Computer Science Teachers Association

Must-read (and Share) Report on US K-12 CS Education

Must-read (and Share) Report on US K-12 CS Education

They say you can have data without information, but not the other way around.  So for those of you seeking data on why CS in K-12 matters there is good news today.  There is a new report out from Google … Continue reading


From insideHPC

Alan Alda to Keynote SC15

Alan Alda to Keynote SC15

The Austin Business Journal reports that actor Alan Alda will keynote the SC15 conference. "Alda is a seven-time Emmy winner and science enthusiast. Most widely known for his role as Captain Hawkeye Pierce on M*A*S*H, Alda has


From Schneier on Security

Snake-Oil Cryptography Competition

Snake-Oil Cryptography Competition

Funny....


From The Eponymous Pickle

Biometric Smart Shirt

Biometric Smart Shirt

In The Verge:  " ... Ralph Lauren's 'smart' shirt is the ultimate preppy tech ... A sensor-filled men's suit could be on the way   ... " 


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

35 Innovators Under the Age of 35, 2015

35 Innovators Under the Age of 35, 2015

Every year the MIT Technology Review publishes a list of 35 innovators under the age of 35. They recently published the list for 2015. Of the 35 innovators, 13 are working on problems related to computer science. This list includes


From The Eponymous Pickle

Intro to Data Visualization

Intro to Data Visualization

From DSC:   Uses Tableau which has a free public version. We used Tableau for years in the enterprise, after seeing it at a Stanford demo,  where it did bring visualization closer to the end user.   I pointed out Tableau to a


From The Eponymous Pickle

Kalman Filters for Data Uncertainty

Kalman Filters for Data Uncertainty

About data and uncertainty.    Though all  data is uncertain.    Easily implemented today.  This piece starts simple, but gets very technical.   The introduction though, is good.   We tested this once in the enterprise, but ended


From The Eponymous Pickle

Analyzing Commuting Habits

Analyzing Commuting Habits

In Datanami:  HP and Ford gather data, possible application to commuting efficiency improvement.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Hitachi Data Mining

Hitachi Data Mining

AI from Hitachi, have not heard of them in this space for some time,  but relevant from the hardware direction.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Ode to A&P

Ode to A&P

In Adage: An Ode to A&P, a Once-Proud Grocery Brand  ...The Sun Sets on a Chain With Personal SignificanceAn Ode to A&P, a Once-Proud Grocery BrandTo many people, the A&P brand today probably signifies high prices and middle-of


From insideHPC

D-Wave 2X Quantum Computer Goes GA with 1000+ Qubits

D-Wave 2X Quantum Computer Goes GA with 1000+ Qubits

Today D-Wave Systems announced the general availability of the D-Wave 2X quantum computing system. The D-Wave 2X features a 1000+ qubit quantum processor and numerous design improvements that result in larger problem sizes, faster


From insideHPC

Video: High Performance Computing for the LHC

Video: High Performance Computing for the LHC

In this video, Fermilab’s Dr. Don Lincoln gives us a sense of just how much data is involved and the incredible computer resources that make the LHC possible. "The LHC is the world’s highest energy particle accelerator and scientists


From insideHPC

OpenCL for Performance

OpenCL for Performance

"OpenCL is a fairly new programming model that is designed to help programmers get the most out of a variety of processing elements in heterogeneous environments. Many benchmarks that are available have demonstrated that excellent


From Computational Complexity

Crowdsourcing the Truth

A new project Augur aims to create a decentralized prediction market. If this post so moves you, Augur is in the midst of a reputation sale. Don't miss out if you would like to be an Augur reporter. A prediction market takes


From The Eponymous Pickle

IOT Recipes for Developers

IOT Recipes for Developers

In SIliconAngle: Recipes for developers.   " ...   Big Blue announced the launch of the IBM developerWorks Recipes, a community designed to help developers — from novice to experienced — quickly and easily connect IoT devices


From Schneier on Security

No-Fly List Uses Predictive Assessments

No-Fly List Uses Predictive Assessments

The US government has admitted that it uses predictive assessments to put people on the no-fly list: In a little-noticed filing before an Oregon federal judge, the US Justice Department and the FBI conceded that stopping US and


From insideHPC

Podcast: Supercomputing the Human Heart

Podcast: Supercomputing the Human Heart

Over at TACC, Jorge Salazar writes that new supercomputer simulations are helping doctors improve the repair and replacement of heart valves. "New supercomputer models have come closer than ever to capturing the behavior of normal


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

Computing in 2025… what can we expect?

Computing in 2025… what can we expect?

It is hot today in Montreal, so let me play my favorite game: (mis)predicting the future (2025). If the past is any guide, we shall still programming using Java, JavaScript, C, SQL, and so forth. Linux will still be everywhere


From Computer Science Teachers Association

Computer Science in K-8 at the 2015 CSTA conference

Computer Science in K-8 at the 2015 CSTA conference

This summer’s CSTA conference in Grapevine, Texas had far more K-8 sessions than any previous CSTA conference. A simple metric that measures the strong interest in K-8 Computer Science today. A K-8 computer science teacher like


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

CCC Uncertainty in Computation Workshop Report

CCC Uncertainty in Computation Workshop Report

The Computing Community Consortium’s (CCC) is excited to release a report titled Quantification, Communication, and Interpretation of Uncertainty in Simulation and Data Science, the result of the Uncertainty in Computation Visioning

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