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October 2014


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


From Putting People First

New ebook details Seoul’s Sharing City project

New ebook details Seoul’s Sharing City project

With its official, city-wide commitment to the sharing economy, Seoul’s metropolitan government has emerged as a leader in the global sharing movement. Recently, Creative Commons Korea released an ebook detailing many of the


From The Female Perspective of Computer Science

The basics of contributing to open source with GitHub / GHC14

The basics of contributing to open source with GitHub / GHC14

My first session after the plenary opener was about how to use GitHub, presented by John Britton.  I was interested in getting some better insight into effective use of Git, a distributed version control system, so I could eventually


From Schneier on Security

BadUSB Code Has Been Published

BadUSB Code Has Been Published

In July, I wrote about an unpatchable USB vulnerability called BadUSB. Code for the vulnerability has been published....


From Apophenia

Frameworks for Understanding the Future of Work

Frameworks for Understanding the Future of Work

Technology is changing work. It’s changing labor. Some imagine radical transformations, both positive and negatives. Words like robots and drones conjure up all sorts of science fiction imagination. But many of the transformations


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

National Coordination Office for NITRD Seeks Director

The National Coordination Office (NCO) for the Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD) Program seeks a Director. The NCO Director oversees all aspects of the NCO, providing executive and technical…


From Computer Science Teacher – Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

2014 We Are the Faces of Computing Contest Information

2014 We Are the Faces of Computing Contest Information

The Equity Committee of the Computer Science Teachers Association is sponsoring a contest to celebrate the many different kinds of faces that we see in the computing world.  For the past two years, students have created posters


From The Eponymous Pickle

Watson Expanded to Multiple Industries

Watson Expanded to Multiple Industries

In CWorld:  Good view of where they are doing tests. Mostly about Watson Analytics being applied. Nothing in grocery retail as yet, an opportunity.  " ... IBM on Tuesday revealed details of how several customers are putting Watson


From The Eponymous Pickle

On the Digital Economy

On the Digital Economy

I see that Don Tapscott has a new book out.   We toured him through our newly minted innovation center in 2000.  The Digital Economy: Promise and Peril in the Age of Networked Intelligence  by Don Tapscott.  Plan to read.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Data and Fashion

Data and Fashion

In O'Reilly:     " .... What the data world can learn from the fashion industry?  ... How generating conversations can become one of the most important data assets for any organization. .. " 


From The Eponymous Pickle

Skills of a Data Scientist

Skills of a Data Scientist

What are the required, or even very useful skills of a data scientist?  From the always interesting Data Science Central.   Here a recent aggregation and pointer to lots of examples:" .... here has been a number of interesting


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Arizona Computing Postdoc Academy Introductory Conference October 17-18, 2014

You are invited to the Postdoc Best Practices Arizona introductory conference bringing together postdoctoral scholars from Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University, and University of Arizona. Featured Speakers will…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Virtual Reality and Empathy

Virtual Reality and Empathy

Can a set of goggles make you nicer?   In the BBC:  At the Stanford Virtual Human Interaction Lab.  Quite a long look at experiments with the idea of altering behavior using VR. " ... to see for myself just how powerful virtual


From The Eponymous Pickle

Unlocking Big Data with AI

Unlocking Big Data with AI

AI as the key to unlocking big data.  " ... Big data and how best to utilise it has become a perennial subject, and the endless debates around it rarely come to a satisfactory conclusion. However, it is technology that will unlock


From CERIAS Blog

Donate to the Ada Initiative!

I just heard about the fund drive for the Ada Initiative. There are only a few days left in their fund drive supporting women in the tech community. Their efforts are certainly in line with some of my earlier blog posts (including


From The Eponymous Pickle

Lauren Polo Tech Shirt

Lauren Polo Tech Shirt

From Ralph Lauren:  A shirt full of biometric sensors.  Activity tracking woven in.  More in Wired.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Hyperlayer for Computer Vision

Hyperlayer for Computer Vision

Just brought to my attention.   I noticed because of the applications to human behavior analysis in retail.  And seeing that Herb Sorensen is an adviser. They include some of his book illustrations at about retail sensing at"


From The Eponymous Pickle

Tracking Epidemics

Tracking Epidemics

App sources and access to Big data about Ebola and other communicable diseases, data visualization examples.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Your Spying Apps

Your Spying Apps

I remember thinking, long ago, why are there so many flashlight apps?  Are these App writers just showing off?  That is what I thought, but it seems the simpler the App, the more likely it is spying on you.  A report on the humble


From Computer Science Teacher – Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Programming and Math and Computer Science

Programming and Math and Computer Science

During my first few years I worked at Microsoft the focus of my job was higher education computer science. In that role I visited many computer science departments at different universities. I found that computer science programs


From Schneier on Security

Data and Goliath Is Finished

Data and Goliath Is Finished

Data and Goliath: The Hidden Battles to Collect Your Data and Control Your World is finished. I submitted it to my publisher, Norton, this morning. In a few weeks, I'll get the copyedited manuscript back, and a few weeks after


From The Eponymous Pickle

Gartner's View of 2025 Automation and CIOs

Gartner's View of 2025 Automation and CIOs

In CWorld: One in three jobs will be taken by software or robots by 2025.    Provocative, hard to say, but close I would say.  Also includes an interesting view of CIOs: " ...  "The door is open for the CIO and the IT organization


From The Eponymous Pickle

L'Oreal Uses Games for Recruitment

L'Oreal Uses Games for Recruitment

In Gamification: Have not seen games for recruitment lately.   Are there any other examples out there?    I remember this being done before, but more as a contest.   I assume this is being used as a filter.  " .... “Reveal


From The Eponymous Pickle

Big Data Education for CMOs

Big Data Education for CMOs

This could be of value to many parts of the executive suite.   Have asked for an outline of the areas of coverage and approaches.  How much will this provide beyond the many resources online and published today?  Was involved


From Computational Complexity

The Complexity of NIM. Open?

Recall 1-pile NIM: Let A be a finite set of Naturals. NIM(A) is the following game: There are n stones on the board. Players I and II alternate removing a\in A stones. The first player who can't win loses. Note that if 1\in


From The Eponymous Pickle

Kroger Invests Beyond Grocery

Kroger Invests Beyond Grocery

In Barrons:   Summarizes a number of data oriented plays.  " ... No. 2 food retailer Kroger is trying to break out of mass retail by investing in everything from e-commerce to natural foods. The stock could rise 20%. ... “On