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November 2014


From The Eponymous Pickle

Alan Turing Year and now the Movie

Alan Turing Year and now the Movie

" ... June 23, 2012, was the Centenary of Alan Turing’s birth in London. During his relatively brief life, Turing made a unique impact on the history of computing, computer science, artificial intelligence, developmental biology


From The Eponymous Pickle

Watson Academic Perspective

Watson Academic Perspective

From Jim Spohrer of the Cognitive Systems Institute:  " ... Check out this presentation by Prof. Jim Hendler (RPI) entitled "Watson: An Academic Perspective"   ... ".    The group also just started a speaker series,more on that


From The Eponymous Pickle

Intel Edison Chip

Intel Edison Chip

In CNet:"Intel meets its 'makers,' with chips for DIY set and the firms they'll found (Q&A)The next wave of consumer electronics could come from the maker movement and indie developers. Intel's Edward Ross wants to make the company's


From Schneier on Security

Friday Squid Blogging: The Story of Inventing the SQUID

Friday Squid Blogging: The Story of Inventing the SQUID

The interesting story of how engineers at Ford Motor Co. invented the superconducting quantum interference device, or SQUID. As usual, you can also use this squid post to talk about the security stories in the news that I haven't


From The Eponymous Pickle

Edge on AI

Edge on AI

On the Edge:  A conversation with Jaron Lanier on the Myth of AI.   Can or will a recommendation engine fool us into thinking it has real content?  Is that the promise of AI?  No, but he makes some good points about being vigilant


From The Eponymous Pickle

Google includes Flu Trend Data

Google includes Flu Trend Data

Interesting.  Perhaps an admission that these kinds of patterns cannot be derived this way.  Recall we were also involved in a related project, which looked at retail pharma sales to predict bioterrorism. " ... Finding that aggregate


From The Eponymous Pickle

Naturally Intelligent Interaction

Naturally Intelligent Interaction

Recently received, The BabyX piece at the link is very interesting.    " ... One of my gigs is commercial licensing advisor to Auckland UniServices working with Dr. Mark Sagar Director ​of The Laboratory for Animate Technologies


From Schneier on Security

The Return of Crypto Export Controls?

The Return of Crypto Export Controls?

Last month, for the first time since US export restrictions on cryptography were relaxed two decades ago, the US government has fined a company for exporting crypto software without a license. News article. No one knows what


From Apophenia

Heads Up: Upcoming Parental Leave

Heads Up: Upcoming Parental Leave

If you’ve seen me waddle onto stage lately, you’ve probably guessed that I’m either growing a baby or an alien. I’m hoping for the former, although contemporary imaging technologies still do make me wonder. If all goes well,


From The Eponymous Pickle

Kroger Smart Shelf

Kroger Smart Shelf

In Smartbrief: An idea that combines electronic shelf labels and small shelf edge displays.  Saw this demonstrated by NCR some years ago.Kroger tests smart shelf technologyKroger has launched a test of smart shelf technology


From The Eponymous Pickle

Popular Slideshare Presentations on Data Mining

Popular Slideshare Presentations on Data Mining

In KDNuggets:  A list of the most popular Slideshare presentations on data mining.   Slideshare can be a nice way to get an overview of a method, or even basic training for the self-motivated, or filling in your own understanding


From The Eponymous Pickle

Kawsaki Thoughts on Innovation

Kawsaki Thoughts on Innovation

Gartner promotes Guy Kawasaki's top ten tips for innovation, given at a recent conference.  Not bad, easily digested, OK as top level possibilities for consideration.  But also, really and basically: trite.  Each of these things


From The Eponymous Pickle

Steve Ballmer on Machine Learning

Steve Ballmer on Machine Learning

In CWorld:Steve Ballmer, who headed Microsoft from 2000 to 2014, said when looking at what's ahead in computer science research, he's most excited about machine learning, the science of building algorithms so that computers can


From The Eponymous Pickle

P&G Details on Duracell Divestiture

P&G Details on Duracell Divestiture

I had covered this previously due to its technology component. Now Via the P&G Alumni Network:Announcement from P&G In line with our strategy to explore all options to exit the battery category, we have announced today our plan


From Schneier on Security

Pew Research Survey on Privacy Perceptions

Pew Research Survey on Privacy Perceptions

Pew Research has released a new survey on American's perceptions of privacy. The results are pretty much in line with all the other surveys on privacy I've read. As Cory Doctorow likes to say, we've reached "peak indifference


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Getting Serious about the Design of Social Computing Systems

This is a guest post, written by David W. McDonald, Chair and Associate Professor in the Human Centered Design and Engineering Department at the University of Washington. Designing a good application is hard. Designing a good…


From Computational Complexity

From Homework Solution to Research Paper

Inspired by the Dantzig Story  I occasionally put an open problem on a class assignment. Never worked, though I did have a student get a research paper from solving a homework question the hard way. Teaching in the early 90's


From My Biased Coin

The News Is Out

The News Is Out

Harvard Computer Science was given a sizable gift from Steve Ballmer;  we're excited at the opportunity to grow this gift will provide us over the next several years.  For more news, see the Crimson article, the Boston Globe,


From The Eponymous Pickle

Twitter Says it gets Largest Daily Audience

Twitter Says it gets Largest Daily Audience

Conversation with colleague yesterday about Twitter and its use.  In some contexts it is still not well thought of, but I have long been a convert for its value for technical connects.   It all depends on if the people you need


From Schneier on Security

ISPs Blocking TLS Encryption

ISPs Blocking TLS Encryption

It's not happening often, but it seems that some ISPs are blocking STARTTLS messages and causing web encryption to fail. EFF has the story....


From The Eponymous Pickle

Apple Moves for the Enterprise

Apple Moves for the Enterprise

Funny, I remember previous attempts at this.  In one case where the enterprise had to crack down to keep their personal and mobile systems from becoming too fragmented and expensive to maintain.  Now another attempt.   Apple


From The Eponymous Pickle

Overlaying Journey Maps and Process Mapping

Overlaying Journey Maps and Process Mapping

In e-commerce Times: Have not used the idea, but how about linking the idea to Business Process models?   Why not have time flows and value flows in the same map?  " ... You can look at the journey map and its supporting tools


From The Eponymous Pickle

Mozilla Extending Global Web and Content Creation Tools

Mozilla Extending Global Web and Content Creation Tools

Mozilla had not come into my thoughts or work for some time, but this piece was brought to my attention." ... Mozilla has announced today that it is entering a partnership with the GSMA to help enable internet access and local


From The Eponymous Pickle

Business Excellence Function at Nestle

Business Excellence Function at Nestle

Late reporting this, but have never heard this being established as a function.  Will be interesting to follow it.  On the further reading it, is this about excellence or reorganization?" ... Over recent years, Nestlé has consistently


From The Eponymous Pickle

Time not Money is the Key to Happiness

Time not Money is the Key to Happiness

Video and text in Knowledge@Wharton." ... In a series of papers — “Happiness from Ordinary and Extraordinary Experiences,” co-authored with Dartmouth professor Amit Bhattcharjee; “How Happiness Affects Choice” and “The Shifting


From Computer Science Teacher – Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Microsoft takes .NET open source and cross-platform

Microsoft takes .NET open source and cross-platform

I'm still trying to wrap my head around this.


From Gödel's Lost Letter and P=NP

Three In The Room

A puzzle and a conference Zohar Manna is an expert on the mathematical concepts behind all types of programming. For example, his 1974 book the Mathematical Theory of Computation was one of the first on the foundations of computer


From The Eponymous Pickle

US Data Privacy Confidence at New Low

US Data Privacy Confidence at New Low

In the BBC:  Telling look at how US consumers are thinking about data privacy.  " ... The vast majority - 91% - of Americans believe that consumers have lost control over how personal information is collected and used by companies


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Privacy and Security Briefing on Capitol Hill

In honor of National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE-USA) sponsored a Capitol Hill briefing titled Privacy and Security in a


From The Eponymous Pickle

Checking out in the Aisle at Sainsbury

Checking out in the Aisle at Sainsbury

An approach we examined over the years in many forms.  In aisle checkout.  Recently took a close-up look at how Kroger was testing this idea with a handheld device.  The Sainsbury test will also include store item location and

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