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October 2015


From The Eponymous Pickle

HP Splits in Two

HP Splits in Two

Worked with them for a long time, since they ran our plant systems:Afterwards with HP Labs. " ... When HP splits in two on Sunday after a year of planning, what is left will bear little resemblance to the engineering-driven company…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Watson Provides Health on Apple Watch

Watson Provides Health on Apple Watch

In Fortune:  IBM's Watson makes its health care debut on the Apple Watch  by  Laura Lorenzetti" ... The app, developed by Welltok of Denver, takes advantage of Watson’s natural language capabilities to allow CaféWell Concierge…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Chatham House Rules

Chatham House Rules

This was brought to mind during planning for a meeting, I researched the background of the 'Chatham house rules', which we used at times when working with external experts:  From the Wikipedia:" ... The Chatham House Rule orAt…


From insideHPC

Halloween Podcast: Radio Free Shares their Biggest Fears for HPC

Halloween Podcast: Radio Free Shares their Biggest Fears for HPC

In this special Halloween podcast, the Radio Free HPC team shares their biggest fears for HPC. From cybersecurity to a lack of funding for important research, what's the worst that could possibly happen?

The post Halloween Podcast…


From insideHPC

Job of the Week: Lead Specialist for HPC at Celgene

Job of the Week: Lead Specialist for HPC at Celgene

Celgene in San Diego is seeking a Lead Specialist for HPC in our Job of the Week.

The post Job of the Week: Lead Specialist for HPC at Celgene appeared first on insideHPC.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Instrumenting the Human

Instrumenting the Human

A rapid convergence of human and machine work processes.  Happening now." ... When it comes to the digital workplace, the popular opinion, and fear, is that machines are encroaching upon human work activities and taking an ever…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Think Tanks on Demand

Think Tanks on Demand

Was just exposed to   Convetit:   " ... ThinkTanks On Demand  .... Custom research in days instead of months ... ... How we work ... From a single scoping discussion with your team .. Convetit Certified Facilitators orchestrate…


From XRDS

First Things First

First Things First

       It’s been an autumn of firsts.        I went to my first User Experience symposium a few weeks ago.  It was a good conference, two full days, and I learned a lot and met a number of smart and interesting people. ……


From Schneier on Security

Friday Squid Blogging: Baby Giant Squid Found

Friday Squid Blogging: Baby Giant Squid Found

First ever examples of a baby giant squid have been found. As usual, you can also use this squid post to talk about the security stories in the news that I haven't covered....


From Computer Science Teachers Association

CSTA2016 Submissions and Reviews

CSTA2016 Submissions and Reviews

The review period for next summer’s annual conference just ended, and we will have an amazing program for you! For this conference we will have workshops, one hour sessions, 20 minute short talks and birds of a feather networking…


From Putting People First

[Book] Digital Ethnography

[Book] Digital Ethnography

Digital Ethnography: Principles and Practice By Sarah Pink, Heather Horst, John Postill, Larissa Hjorth, Tania Lewis and Jo Tacchi (RMIT University) SAGE Publications October 2015, 216 pages Abstract This sharp, innovative book…


From Putting People First

[Book] Digital Ethnography

[Book] Digital Ethnography

Digital Ethnography: Principles and Practice By Sarah Pink, Heather Horst, John Postill, Larissa Hjorth, Tania Lewis and Jo Tacchi (RMIT University) SAGE Publications October 2015, 216 pages Abstract This sharp, innovative book…


From Schneier on Security

The Onion on the State of IT Security

The Onion on the State of IT Security

"China Unable To Recruit Hackers Fast Enough To Keep Up With Vulnerabilities In U.S. Security Systems." It's only funny because it's true....


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

House Science Committee Reviews Federal IT Research

House Science Committee Reviews Federal IT Research

The following is a Computing Research Policy Blog post by Peter Harsha, CRA Director of Government Affairs.  Experts from academia and government, including Computing Community Consortium (CCC) Council Chair Greg Hager, told…


From Blog@Ubiquity

Imitators and Innovators Adopt RISC

Imitators and Innovators Adopt RISC

While it may come as a surprise, today RISC architecture computer systems dominate the mobile computing landscape. It has been 40 years in the making.

The post Imitators and Innovators Adopt RISC appeared first on BLOG@UBIQUITY…


From insideHPC

HPC People on the Move: Halloween Edition

HPC People on the Move: Halloween Edition

Lewey Anton reports on who’s jumping ship and moving on up in high performance computing. Familiar names this month include Ron Blessing, Rick Friedman, Karl Freund, and Mark Woodyard.

The post HPC People on the Move: Halloween…


From insideHPC

Agave Platform Provides Science as a Service

Agave Platform Provides Science as a Service

Work began recently on the Agave Platform, an open ‘Science-as-a-Service’ (ScaaS) cloud platform for reproducible science. Funded by a $4 Million NSF grant, the Agave Platform will leverage the success of what originated in 2011…


From insideHPC

PASC16 Conference in Switzerland Issues Call for Papers

PASC16 Conference in Switzerland Issues Call for Papers

The PASC16 Conference in Switzerland has issued its Call for Papers. The event takes place June 8-10 in Laussane.

The post PASC16 Conference in Switzerland Issues Call for Papers appeared first on insideHPC.


From insideHPC

Kyoto University Orders SGI UV Supercomputer for Life Sciences

Kyoto University Orders SGI UV Supercomputer for Life Sciences

Today SGI Japan announced that the Institute for Chemical Research (ICR) at Kyoto University has ordered an SGI UV 2000 supercomputer. "The large-scale hybrid supercomputer system will combine two of the SGI UV 2000, 16 terabyte…


From insideHPC

Interview: Baidu Speeds Deep Learning with GPU Clusters

Interview: Baidu Speeds Deep Learning with GPU Clusters

"Deep neural networks are increasingly important for powering AI-based applications like speech recognition. Baidu's research shows that adding GPUs to the data center makes deploying big deep neural networks practical at scale…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Even Wal-Mart is Thinking about Drones

Even Wal-Mart is Thinking about Drones

Google, Amazon and Wal-Mart join FAA drone task forceGoogle, Amazon and Wal-Mart have joined the government's task force charged with figuring out a registration and identification system for drones.The companies, all three of…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Example Use of Watson for Social Benchmarking

Example Use of Watson for Social Benchmarking

Always looking for good, simple examples of the use of cognitive methods, and thus also Watson. Just recently connected with Eric Santos, of Benchmark Intelligence,  and he writes how they use Watson for their social intelligence…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

New CRA Blog- The CRA Bulletin

New CRA Blog- The CRA Bulletin

The Computing Research Association (CRA) has launched a new blog! The CRA Bulletin is a news and announcement blog that focuses on topics of interest to the computing research community. The blog will highlight interesting opportunities…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Clorox Mapping Flu Real Time with Social

Clorox Mapping Flu Real Time with Social

This relates to some work we did in the 90s on detecting epidemics and bioterror.  See the tag,Clorox analyzes social media to predict flu outbreaks Clorox is promoting its sanitation products with an online push called Clorox…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Games, Visualization and the Supply Chain

Games, Visualization and the Supply Chain

Nice idea, recall doing a similar thing with a simulation.   Any visualization can be seen as a simple game. You interact, see changes visually and repeat. A 'score' is recorded.  Constraints can often be seen well visually.Visualizing…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Quotes from a Data Science Pioneer

Quotes from a Data Science Pioneer

There is truth in these 30 quotes.   But many are debate-able depending on context. My favorite is the very first:1.) Data science without sustainable, measurable added value, is not data science ...... Worth a further scan.


From Schneier on Security

Weaknesses in the PLAID Protocol

Weaknesses in the PLAID Protocol

In 2009, the Australian government released the Protocol for Lightweight Authentication of Identity (PLAID) protocol. It was recently analyzed (original paper is from 2014, but was just updated), and it's a security disaster.…


From The Eponymous Pickle

IOT, a Nightmare?

IOT, a Nightmare?

This points back to needing better IOT standards and methods.   I am seeing this already as I attach a few new devices to a still relatively simple smart home." ... You’ve heard the hype: The Internet of Things (IoT) will transform…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Clorox Bets on Programmatic Advertising

Clorox Bets on Programmatic Advertising

Another example of automation, widely underway." ... Cleaning supply company Clorox is a big believer in programmatic online advertising, despite industry-wide challenges around fraud, viewability and transparency.This year,


From Putting People First

[Paper] Who Benefits From Civic Technology?

[Paper] Who Benefits From Civic Technology?

Who Benefits From Civic Technology? Demographic and public attitudes research into the users of civic technologies Rebecca Rumbul, Head of Research, mySociety October 2015 mySociety, 31 pages mySociety’s longterm mission is to…

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