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October 2013


From The Eponymous Pickle

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For the purposes of an experiment, some posts of my blog are now being echoed into Google+ here: http://www.google.com/+FranzDill    Feel free to link with me there.


From Schneier on Security

NSA Eavesdropping on Google and Yahoo Networks

NSA Eavesdropping on Google and Yahoo Networks

The Washington Post reported that the NSA is eavesdropping on the Google and Yahoo private networks -- the code name for the program is MUSCULAR. I may write more about this later, but I have some initial comments:

It's a measure…


From Computer Science Teacher – Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Get Involved in Hour of Code 2013

Get Involved in Hour of Code 2013

Last week, Code.Org and others announced the Hour of Code to the world. Now backed by Microsoft, Google, Apple, Amazon, LinkedIn, Mark Zuckerberg, CSTA, the College Board, Boys & Girls Clubs, and over 100 other partners, we’re…


From The Eponymous Pickle

App Stores for the Defense Enterprise

App Stores for the Defense Enterprise

Enterprises are looking for ways to ride the ease of use and simplicity of task partitioning and integration in App stores.   Even the US Department of Defense. 


From The Eponymous Pickle

Samsung Design America

Samsung Design America

Samsung Putting Design First.  A new era of design connectivity.  " ... Dennis Miloseski, head of the design studio for Samsung Design America, said that Samsung’s new design arm is “in the business to turn science fiction into…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Focusing Effort with Data, Leveraging it with Analytics

Focusing Effort with Data, Leveraging it with Analytics

In preparation now for a talk to local executives on the use of analytics in the enterprise I reviewed some of the work done with Business Sphere.   Its been some thirty years since I arrived at a global soap company, degreesee…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Engineering Software Development

Engineering Software Development

In Computer.org:  Software development fails more often than most other engineering endeavors.   How can this be better addressed with engineering principles?


From Gödel's Lost Letter and P=NP

Pretending In Number Theory

A definition is often more important than a theorem Andrew Granville is a British mathematician and a world expert in analytic number theory. He came to Canada for his PhD, and after a postdoc in Toronto and time at IAS in Princeton…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Continued Progress of Design Thinking

Continued Progress of Design Thinking

Our enterprise added a design function, and I was involved in a number of introductory meetings.   There was a slight skepticism between the groups that were design oriented versus those that were had been pushing quantifiedMore…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering, Special Issue on Cloud Robotics and Automation, Calling for Submissions

IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering, Special Issue on Cloud Robotics and Automation, Calling for Submissions

The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Robotics and Automation Society (IEEE-RAS) will be publishing a special edition of Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering (T-ASE) that is focused on Cloud Robotics…


From BLOG@CACM

Data Science Workflow: Overview and Challenges

Data Science Workflow: Overview and Challenges

I provide an overview of the data science workflow and highlight some challenges that data scientists face in their work.


From Schneier on Security

The Battle for Power on the Internet

The Battle for Power on the Internet

We're in the middle of an epic battle for power in cyberspace. On one side are the traditional, organized, institutional powers such as governments and large multinational corporations. On the other are the distributed and nimble…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Data Variety as a Dimension

Data Variety as a Dimension

Data variety is one of the key dimensions of Big Data applications.   Which are said to deal with Volume, Variety and Velocity of data.  Here a post about how it is often an issue.  Variety of data is often a problem in many…


From Computer Science Teachers Association

Computer Science History

Computer Science History

Computer science tends to be a very forward looking field. We are constantly looking at the newest things including the future of computers, of programming languages and paradigms, the future of applications and of careers. This…


From Computer Science Teacher – Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

We Are the Faces of Computing Poster Contest!

We Are the Faces of Computing Poster Contest!

In honor of CSEdWeek, CSTA’s Equity Committee will be hosting its annual poster competition "We Are the Faces of Computing".  This contest invites students of any age to design a poster that highlights the diverse and creative…


From The Eponymous Pickle

P&G at Teradata Partners Session

P&G at Teradata Partners Session

Good piece that covers many of the issues of the large CPG enterprise today:Via Gib Bassett  Teradata Industry PartnersLessons the CPG industry can take away from Procter & Gamble’s 2013 Teradata Partners SessionThis (past) week…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Kroger Knows Your Shopping Habits

Kroger Knows Your Shopping Habits

In Forbes:  Good overview of what is fairly common practice in the use of analytics in retail/CPG today. " ... Working with dunnhumby, the customer data specialist which so impressed the UK’s Tesco that the grocer bought theThose…


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

People who make you feel stupid…

People who make you feel stupid…

In his latest book, David and Goliath, Gladwell points out not everything is as it appears with respect to prestige and strength. For example, when you look at the productivity of economics PhD, the average new doctor from Harvard…


From Schneier on Security

What the NSA Can and Cannot Do

What the NSA Can and Cannot Do

Good summary from the London Review of Books.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Solving a Big Data Conjecture

Solving a Big Data Conjecture

Interesting, but technical:  " ... A mathematical problem related to big data was solved by Jean-Francois Puget, engineer in the Solutions Analytics and Optimization group at IBM France. The problem was first mentioned on Data…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Reacting to Google Algorithm Changes

Reacting to Google Algorithm Changes

Another Algorithm Change.  Is there no other feasible reaction to the ongoing changes by Google?" ... Every online publisher and her brother has since rushed to spill ink on the topic because we all want to know: how can we please…


From My Biased Coin

Visiting UC Davis

Visiting UC Davis

Before returning home last week I spent a day at UC Davis giving a talk.  I got the spend the day talking to various people I've collaborated with there (like Raissa D'Souza, Nina Amenta, and John Owens), and enjoyed gettingCharles…


From Schneier on Security

Arguing for NSA-Level Internet Surveillance

Arguing for NSA-Level Internet Surveillance

Jack Goldsmith argues that we need the NSA to surveil the Internet not for terrorism reasons, but for cyberespionage and cybercrime reasons. Daniel Gallington argues -- the headline has nothing to do with the content -- that…


From Computer Science Teacher – Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Programmable Robots for Young Students

Programmable Robots for Young Students

Play-I is a new start up using crowd funding to develop a pair of programmable robots for young students. I have a thing for robots. And these robots are pretty cute.

Play-Is robots are called Bo and Yana. That’s Bo on the left…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Math and Music

Math and Music

An upcoming concert and lecture on patterns in math and music.  If you are nearby Santa Fe, drop in.  If you need to impress on someone the relationship between math and music, the link is also worth reading.  " ... "The Majesty…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Improving Application Development

Improving Application Development

Creating reliable systems is still quite inefficient.  McKinsey reports on enhancing efficiency and effectiveness. " ... Software has become critical for most large enterprises. They should adopt a reliable output metric that…


From The Eponymous Pickle

How Fast is Broadband Fast

How Fast is Broadband Fast

Its fairly rare that I need broadband inside a project.  Yes it is certainly useful for general browsing, or up and downloading files.  This Readwrite Web article is about a comparison of speeds.   A recent project made me think…


From Computational Complexity

University of Maryland Job Posting Mentions Quantum Computing explicitly!

The University of Maryland at College Park has its job posting up (its been up for a while). You can look at it here. I It lists THREE areas but says that they will take applicants from any area. This is believable since they…


From The Eponymous Pickle

No Such Thing as Electronic Privacy

No Such Thing as Electronic Privacy

In Compterworld:  With more stories coming out about NSA, this short post explains how there is no such thing as privacy in electronics. Privacy as a delusion.  Well OK, if the NSA is involved.  But reasonable personal privacy…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

New York Times Article Highlights Computer Science Research in Medical Devices

New York Times Article Highlights Computer Science Research in Medical Devices

Computer science has been an active component of medical devices for a long time, but has recently been brought to the spotlight by former Vice President Dick Cheney, when he spoke about turning off the wireless component of …

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