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January 2015


From The Eponymous Pickle

Samsung and the Smart Home

Samsung and the Smart Home

Continue to follow Smart Home directions.  At CES Samsung promotes its Tizen OS. I have said before I am unimpressed with Samsung software in the Smart TV realm.  Here I will see. " ... Samsung Hopes Software Will Make It the


From U.S. Public Policy Committee of the ACM

FCC Invites Nominations for the 4th Annual Chairman’s Awards for Advancement in Accessibility

The FCC invites nominations for the 4th Annual FCC Chairman’s Awards for Advancement in Accessibility. The Chairman’s Awards aim to highlight and encourage innovation in accessible technologies, standards, and best practices


From U.S. Public Policy Committee of the ACM

FCC Invites Nominations for Disability Advisory Committee

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) invites nominations for a new Disability Advisory Committee. Appointees will serve a two-year term and will be compensated. The FCC anticipates appointing 25 people. Appointees should


From The Eponymous Pickle

Digital Shopper Marketing Magazine

Digital Shopper Marketing Magazine

From the Path to Purchase Institute.  Contains the 2015 trends report for Shopper Marketing.  Good resource.   See also their Linkedin Group.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Couponing and Retailing

Couponing and Retailing

Some of the earliest data analyses I did in CPG were evaluating the efficacy of coupons.  The debate continues about their value, now in many different media.  In Retailwire.


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Young Scientists Invited to Apply for Third Heidelberg Laureate Forum

Preparations for the third Heidelberg Laureate Forum (HLF) are in full swing, and applications from young researchers to attend are now being accepted. HLF will once again bring together winners of the Abel Prize and Fields Medal…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Protective Swarmware

Protective Swarmware

As expected we are seeing the application of swarms for military and defense applications.  We saw the application suggested a long time ago.  Expect there to be many more such examples.  See the link below for much more


From U.S. Public Policy Committee of the ACM

President Signs Cybersecurity Legislation

The President signed several cybersecurity bills toward the end of 2014.  Much of the legislation signed by President Obama affects various cybersecurity functions within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS): Federal Information


From Schneier on Security

Loitering as a Security System

Loitering as a Security System

In Kyoto, taxi drivers are encouraged to loiter around convenience stores late at night. Their presence reduces crime. In Kyoto about half of the convenience stores had signed on for the Midnight Defender Strategy. These 500


From Computer Science Teacher – Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Interesting Links 5 January 2015

Interesting Links 5 January 2015

First interesting links post of the new year! I hope your year is off to a good start. Classes started back up for me today. I think I’m ready even though I didn’t get all the grading done that I planned. Oh well I needed the


From The Eponymous Pickle

Data Architecture and Big Data

Data Architecture and Big Data

An overview of the challenges." ... The big data onslaught will continue for the foreseeable future, and is only going to grow more intense from exponential data growth.  But here’s the challenge: the human mind tends to think


From Gödel's Lost Letter and P=NP

Mathematics: It’s About the Future

How some predictions fared in 2020 and other years Zimbio source Simon Donaldson, Maxim Kontsevich, Terence Tao, Richard Taylor, and Jacob Lurie (photo order) won the 2015 Breakthrough Prize in Mathematics. This did not happen


From The Eponymous Pickle

The New Investor Rush to AI

The New Investor Rush to AI

In the Financial Times (May require registration)    A look at investment in AI style systems today. Excellent comparative numbers. Emphasizing the largest investments.  I was involved with the last wave, in the late 1980s which


From Wild WebMink

A Europe Of Treaties?

A Europe Of Treaties?

I am no fan of elitist bureaucracy, but I am not a euro-sceptic. I am convinced the European Parliament and the civil service around it is close to the best available compromise for this part of history. Without getting too starry


From The Eponymous Pickle

Illusion Coatings

Illusion Coatings

Pretty scary ideas that have all sorts of implications.  But I suggest that this also lead to all sorts of countermeasures as well.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Oort Shop

Oort Shop

Brought to my attention.  quite a claim.Make Your World Smarter" ... Oort is a technology based upon intelligent connected devices that lets you control your whole living environment with a single app. ... "


From BLOG@CACM

Some Thoughts For Computer Science Teaching Assistants (and Faculty)

Some Thoughts For Computer Science Teaching Assistants (and Faculty)

Some musings on practices that can help create a positive educational environment for all students in a class.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Unilever and the Internet of Things

Unilever and the Internet of Things

A small part of my role in the enterprise was understanding and reporting on  how arch rival Unilever used data and technology.  Early interest looked at how primitive related methods, like RFID, were used.  So this article was


From The Eponymous Pickle

Watson Business Analytics

Watson Business Analytics

I happened to see a new ad about IBM Watson Analytics this evening on sports TV, very well done 15 second spot.  I was unable to find that ad, though I it will likely soon be online.  There is a short Youtube introduction out


From The Eponymous Pickle

NASA Printing Houses on the Moon

NASA Printing Houses on the Moon

In CACM: Once you get a 'printer' there, and have the necessary materials, it can be done." ... NASA envisions 3D printers serving as miniature on-site manufacturing plants creating replacement parts and tools, but the upcoming


From updated sporadically at best

Hello 2015!

Hello 2015!

When I was younger, I had no clue what it would be like to be in my 20s in the mid-2010s. I’d like to report that I never thought life would be so fun.For me, 2014 was a year of growth. I did some things I’m proud of: supervised


From The Eponymous Pickle

ChoreMonster Lauded by Parents Magazine

ChoreMonster Lauded by Parents Magazine

In Bizjournals, about colleague Chris Bergman's  startup ChoreMonster.  Congratulations Chris!' ... Cincinnati-made app lauded by Parents Magazine on 'Today' showA Cincinnati-made app was touted by Parents Magazine as one ofParents


From The Eponymous Pickle

Geeting Started with Hadoop

Geeting Started with Hadoop

Have had many people ask me, what is this Hadoop-Spark thing?    How does one get started?  Here is how you can get started in 10 minutes (they say).  From the always interesting Data Science Central. Note this is for the already


From Computer Science Teacher – Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Computer Science Education Predictions for 2015

Computer Science Education Predictions for 2015

Seems like a lot of people like to make predictions this time of year. I tend not to because I’m not that good at it. But I think I have some ideas so I’m going to try.

More states allow CS to count for graduation. The momentum


From The Eponymous Pickle

Experiential Products

Experiential Products

Experience and material goods." ... Past studies have found that people get more enjoyment and satisfaction from the purchase of experiential adventures or events — eating out, going to a concert, traveling, etc. — than fromThe


From The Eponymous Pickle

Value of Positive Workplace Culture

Value of Positive Workplace Culture

In FutureofCIO: Value of positive Culture.   " ... Organizations large or small are transforming from industrial silos to more holistic digital business, but a positive workplace culture is not less important, but more critical


From Schneier on Security

Friday Squid Blogging: Easy Squid Recipes

Friday Squid Blogging: Easy Squid Recipes

Stewed squid with tomatoes, sauteed squid with parsley and garlic, and braised squid with garlic and herbs. 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

On Completing a PhD Proposal

On Completing a PhD Proposal

In Mid-December, my PhD thesis proposal was accepted, leaving me ABD ("all but dissertation"). It was quite the journey to get there, and I have some hopefully useful insights to share from the experience.

if you've ever wondered


From The Eponymous Pickle

Online Grocery Sales Disrupting In-Store

Online Grocery Sales Disrupting In-Store

Watching Amazon closely.Report: Next 3 years to see major growth in online grocery sales E-commerce accounts for less than 1% of the food and beverage industry's $600 billion in sales due in part to complex logistics and a struggle


From The Eponymous Pickle

How to Find Needed Market Research Data

How to Find Needed Market Research Data

The data you need to make your company work efficiently is often hard to find.  A former colleague has a startup that addresses this.   It is being used by P&G.Can’t find your market research data? This startup can helpThat Diet