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April 2015


From The Eponymous Pickle

Managing Beyond the Probable, to the Possible

Managing Beyond the Probable, to the Possible

Good piece.   Much innovation does not do what is suggested.  It drives towards the possible in an uncertain world.  How can executives manage this?  I see a place for more predictive analytics methods, with a strong look at"


From The Eponymous Pickle

Choosing Average v Beautiful

Choosing Average v Beautiful

In AdAge:  Newest episode in Unilever Dove's real beauty Ad campaign sets up a very simple experiment.  Sets up two doors heading to the same location in a city setting, in many countries.   One marked  Beautiful, the other


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

NIST Invites Comments on Challenges in Protecting Consumer Data

NIST Invites Comments on Challenges in Protecting Consumer Data

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) invites the public to comment on a draft report from the Feb. 12, 2015, Executive Technical Workshop on Improving Cybersecurity and Consumer Privacy. The workshop, a collaboration


From insideHPC

Spectra Logic Enhances BlackPearl Deep Storage

Spectra Logic Enhances BlackPearl Deep Storage

Today Spectra Logic announced updates and enhancements to its BlackPearl Deep Storage Gateway that allow data to move seamlessly into deep tape storage in a new and more efficient way.

The post Spectra Logic Enhances BlackPearl


From The Eponymous Pickle

Real Estate and Augmented Reality

Real Estate and Augmented Reality

An obvious application.  Has been tried a great deal.   But it still needs something sensory beyond simple 3D viewing.  What kind of sensory augmentation could make this happen?  Notes from a recent conference on disruptive technologies


From The Female Perspective of Computer Science

Spring Research Update

Spring Research Update

It's been a while since I last did a research update. With spring (sort of) arriving, there's no better time to reflect on a winter's worth of hard work.

First / Dean Gugler 
Coherent Emergent StoriesMost of my effort in the last


From insideHPC

Video: eScience Training and Education in Sweden

Video: eScience Training and Education in Sweden

"This talk will give an overview of training and graduate education initiatives in Sweden in the eScience and high performance computing areas and show why these are important but also different. Lessons learned from giving courses


From The Eponymous Pickle

McKinsey on the Rise of People Analytics

McKinsey on the Rise of People Analytics

Good McKinsey piece on a space we spent much time on, HR analytics.   Hardly completely new technique.  Was done long before 'Big Data', using Operations research analytics and simulation methods.   With a strong emphasis on"


From Putting People First

[Book] Practical Empathy

[Book] Practical Empathy

Practical Empathy: For Collaboration and Creativity in Your Work by Indi Young Rosenfeld Media, 2015 Synopsis Conventional product development focuses on the solution. Empathy is a mindset that focuses on people, helping you


From insideHPC

LUG 2015 Starts Next Week with Fresh Lustre 2.7 Release

LUG 2015 Starts Next Week with Fresh Lustre 2.7 Release

Today OpenSFS announced the release of Lustre 2.7, the latest version of the popular open source parallel file system. With continuing development funded by OpenSFS, Lustre 2.7 is now available for download with new features

The


From insideHPC

Nimbix Cloud Case Study Coming to HPC User Forum

Nimbix Cloud Case Study Coming to HPC User Forum

Dr. Mustafa Kara will underscore the value that HPC powered by Nimbix’s JARVICE platform brings to big data compute jobs such as CFD.

The post Nimbix Cloud Case Study Coming to HPC User Forum appeared first on insideHPC.


From Schneier on Security

Cell Phone Opsec

Cell Phone Opsec

Here's an article on making secret phone calls with cell phones. His step-by-step instructions for making a clandestine phone call are as follows: Analyze your daily movements, paying special attention to anchor points (basis


From The Eponymous Pickle

Linkedin Killing the Traditional Resume?

Linkedin Killing the Traditional Resume?

Yes, recent studies show that the use of online CVs in Linkedin are becoming a requirement. But it is still too early to expect the end of the classic resume.  I was asked this by a mentee recently: Should I even have a resume


From Computational Complexity

Two cutoffs about Warings problem for cubes

Known:

  1. All numbers except 23 can be written as the sum of 8 cubes
  2. All but a finite number of numbers can be written as the sum of 7 cubes 
  3. There are an infinite number of numbers that cannot be written as the sum of 3 cubes


From insideHPC

Video: Applications Performance Optimizations – Best Practices

Video: Applications Performance Optimizations – Best Practices

"To achieve good scalability performance on the HPC scientific applications typically involves good understanding of the workload though performing profile analysis, and comparing behaviors of using different hardware which pinpoint


From Computer Science Teacher – Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

To College or Not To College?

To College or Not To College?

One of the ongoing arguments in computer science is if a university degree or study is necessary in computer science. Basically I think it boils down to “do you need a college degree to be a good programmer.” Of course computer


From Putting People First

Bosch uses UX approach to spark enthusiasm for electric driving

Bosch uses UX approach to spark enthusiasm for electric driving

Bosch, the German multinational engineering and electronics company, is applying a UX approach to help spark enthusiasm for electric driving, and to develop a “fascinating” user interface for electric vehicles. The project website


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

Evil abbreviations in programming languages

Evil abbreviations in programming languages

Programming language designers often abbreviate common function names. The benefits are sometimes dubious in an era where most programmers commonly use meaningful variable names like MyConnection or current_set as opposed to


From The Eponymous Pickle

Google Wants You Online, All the Time

Google Wants You Online, All the Time

In Wired:Google's Business Only \ works when people are online. It doesn’t care how you get there. But Google has every incentive to make connecting to the internet as easy as possible. And now it’s looking at a few new waysBy


From The Eponymous Pickle

Challenge and Opportunity of CPG Innovation

Challenge and Opportunity of CPG Innovation

The CPG Innovation Challenge Is Really An OpportunityBy Jonathan Salem Baskin  in Forbes:See also his book and more in his supporting blog." ... Consumers don’t want to have conversations with their toothpaste brands. ... That’s


From The Eponymous Pickle

Commercializing Virtual Reality

Commercializing Virtual Reality

The idea of integrated and interactive Augmented Reality has been around for some time.  We looked at it for applications like machine maintenance.  And interacting with complex data. What will it take to really commercialize


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

NSF CISE Distinguished Lecture – Multiple Antenna Wireless – An Enduring Frontier

NSF CISE Distinguished Lecture – Multiple Antenna Wireless – An Enduring Frontier

The National Science Foundation (NSF) Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) is pleased to announce a Distinguished Lecture on Thursday, April 9, 2015 at 2:30 pm EST by Dr. Arogyaswami J. Paulraj titled Multiple


From insideHPC

Open Compute Solutions

Open Compute Solutions

The Open Compute Project partners with leading CPU vendors such as Intel, AMD and ARM-based vendors to create reference designs that may be used by board and system vendors. These designs are bare-bones systems, with expansion


From The Eponymous Pickle

Failed Personalization

Failed Personalization

Have been involved in a number of projects that were aimed at customizing response to consumers based on a technical segmentation or personalization.  I agree that many of these attempts are poorly done. Look at some of my recent


From The Eponymous Pickle

Why Procurement Matters

Why Procurement Matters

From Bain&Company, an article on procurement.  A key cost component of any enterprise.   A video:" ... Procurement is often a company's biggest cost item, accounting for as much as 80% of total costs in some industries. Companies


From insideHPC

Video: Datacenter Computers – Modern Challenges in CPU Design

Video: Datacenter Computers – Modern Challenges in CPU Design

"Computers used as datacenter servers have usage patterns that differ substantially from those of desktop or laptop computers. We discuss four key differences in usage and their first-order implications for designing computers


From The Eponymous Pickle

Rethinking EMail. Security and Communications

Rethinking EMail. Security and Communications

Correspondent Evan Schuman on rethinking EMail.   It needs it, even when inside the enterprise I dealt with many outside people, and that led to lots of problems managing threads among people I corresponded with.   Most of the


From Schneier on Security

Bluetooth Doorlock

Bluetooth Doorlock

Neat, but I'll bet it can be hacked....


From insideHPC

Video: IT4Innovations National Supercomputing Center

Video: IT4Innovations National Supercomputing Center

In this video from the 2015 HPC Advisory Council Switzerland Conference, Branislav Jansík from the Technical University of Ostrava presents: IT4Innovations National Supercomputing Center. "Our mission is to deliver scientifically


From Computer Science Teacher – Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Interesting Links 6 April 2015

Interesting Links 6 April 2015

Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a great weekend. For me it was a three day weekend. One of the benefits of teaching at a Catholic school is having Good Friday off. I do worry that some students may think that is the reasondon’t