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November 2011


From Wild WebMink

? Foundations, Babies and Bathwater

? Foundations, Babies and Bathwater

There was quite a


From The Eponymous Pickle

Companies and Big Data

Companies and Big Data

A long post on how companies can use data to be disruptive.   Scattered but useful information to scan.  All companies create data, and you might as well leverage that to be more efficient and profitable.


From Computational Complexity

Matrix Mult (you heard it here... third?)

(INNOVATIONS CONFERENCE: here)

(While preparing this two other bloggers wrote on the same topic, Scott here and Lipton/Regan here. Our slogan: Complexity Blog: You heard it here THIRD.)

Let w be the exponent for matrix…


From The Eponymous Pickle

On Creating Flavors

On Creating Flavors

I worked for some time on using business analytics methods to create coffee flavors.  Here CBS 60 Minutes  talks about creating flavors.    As might be expected for them they develop a 'hit' angle regarding the addictive aspect…


From Computer Science Teachers Association

Good Teaching is Not About the Programming Language

Good Teaching is Not About the Programming Language

After working for a number of years as a commercial programmer, I decided to become a teacher here in New Zealand. As part of my teacher training, I had to chose three subjects to teach and the main subject I chose was Maths…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Google Business Photo Tours

Google Business Photo Tours

Google giving business tours.  Stepping inside from just giving the street view.   I like the general idea.


From The Eponymous Pickle

More on Procter & Gamble Virtual Retail

More on Procter & Gamble Virtual Retail

I mentioned in a previous post P&G building virtual retail spaces and using this idea to better understand the shopping consumer.  Now an article about how they are outsourcing the management of some 20 P&G virtualization centers…


From Schneier on Security

Full Disclosure in Biology

Full Disclosure in Biology

The debate over full disclosure in computer security has been going on for the better part of two decades now. The stakes are much higher in biology:

The virus is an H5N1 avian influenza strain that has been genetically altered…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Applied Concept Mapping

Applied Concept Mapping

I recently met with Brian Moon of Perigean Technology,  practitioner of the what is called 'Concept Mapping', an advanced form of what is also called mind mapping.  We have used it in the enterprise for years and it a well worn…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

DEBUT, Gig City

DEBUT, Gig City

Two relevant challenges announced recently that are placing emphasis on prize-based innovation: DEBUT Challenge (for undergraduate students): The National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) has announced…


From Schneier on Security

Bad CIA Operational Security

Bad CIA Operational Security

I have no idea if this story about CIA spies in Lebanon is true, and it will almost certainly never be confirmed or denied:

But others inside the American intelligence community say sloppy "tradecraft" -- the method of covert…


From Computer Science Teacher – Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

The Perfect Educational Computer Lab

The Perfect Educational Computer Lab

I had the following question via Twitter the other day


From Apophenia

NOTICE: Email sabbatical will start December 15

NOTICE: Email sabbatical will start December 15

It’s that time of the year again. If you don


From Schneier on Security

Security Systems as a Marker for High-Value Targets

Security Systems as a Marker for High-Value Targets

If something is protected by heavy security, it's obviously worth stealing. Here's an example from the insect world:

Maize plants, like many others, protect themselves with poisons. They pump their roots with highly toxic insecticides…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

DARPA May Pursue Crowdsourced Software Testing

DARPA May Pursue Crowdsourced Software Testing

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s (DARPA)


From The Eponymous Pickle

Neuromarketing Grows in China

Neuromarketing Grows  in China

Steve Sands of SandsResearch reports on neuromarketing activity in China.  The link below constains considerable detail: It's the fastest growing market and neuromarketing's the fastest growth area of market research.  A great…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Visualizing Lots of Data Artfully

Visualizing Lots of Data Artfully

I like doing things artfully, but I always prioritize being able to objectively understand and interact with data first beyond sheer 'Form'.  Nevertheless the following TED talk  shows some useful techniques that might be used…


From Wild WebMink

Koha Shows We Need Foundations

Koha Shows We Need Foundations

Apache has been criticised for preventing new Incubator projects using Git. In its defence, some have claimed this is a criticism of the idea of the Foundation. It’s not, and I use the case of the Koha community to explain why…


From The Female Perspective of Computer Science

Gamifying College

Gamifying College

Gamification is certainly a hot topic these days.  Jesse Schell opened Pandora's Box with his Visions of the Gamepocalypse talk.  Sebastian Deterding discussed the promises and pitfalls of gamification.  Ian Bogost came right…


From BLOG@CACM

Enrollment and Quality: Does it Matter to Measure?

Enrollment and Quality: Does it Matter to Measure?

CS is declared to be the hottest major on campus based on enrollment at the top institutions.  But is it rising everywhere? We don't really know how to measure computing knowledge. Is that a problem? 


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

An interesting computer security research result making news this morning — and stirring some controversy — courtesy of msnbc.com: Could a hacker from half-way around the planet control your printer and give it instructions so…


From Schneier on Security

Shopper Surveillance Using Cell Phones

Shopper Surveillance Using Cell Phones

Electronic surveillance is becoming so easy that even marketers can do it:

The cellphone tracking technology, called Footpath, is made by Path Intelligence Ltd., a Portsmouth, U.K.-based company. It uses sensors placed throughout…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Know What Your Customers Want

Know What Your Customers Want

The power of knowing what your customers want before they do.


From Putting People First

On the Value of Social Proof (Informal Social Influence)

On the Value of Social Proof (Informal Social Influence)

Aileen Lee, partner at venture firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, believes that the best way to cost-effectively attract valuable users is harnessing a concept called social proof. “What is social proof? Put simply, it’s…


From Computer Science Teacher – Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

12th Annual Computer Science & Information Technology Conference.

12th Annual Computer Science & Information Technology Conference.

The Computer Science Teachers Association runs what I consider the single best and most important professional development events of the year for computer science educators - the Annual Computer Science & Information Technology…


From The Eponymous Pickle

iPads in Marketing

iPads in Marketing

Keith Weed, Chief Marketing and Communications Officer of Unilever writes:


From The Eponymous Pickle

Aetna Sponsors an RFP Challenge

Aetna Sponsors an RFP Challenge

The Speaker is BJ Fogg head of Stanford's Persuasive Technology lab who we used in several projects in the enterprise:  Aetna sponsors a Challenge: " ... Seniors are plagued by disability, declining health, and social isolation…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Towards a Taxonomy of All Things

Towards a Taxonomy of All Things

Towards a taxonomy of all things.  Which would be a very useful thing but turns out to be quite difficult.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Guy Kawasaki Visits Cincinnati and P&G

Guy Kawasaki Visits Cincinnati and P&G

Innovative Guy Kawasaki visits Cincinnati and P&G and takes pictures of the background and industrial processes.  I did something like this years ago but they didn't let me take pictures. Security has mellowed considerably.  Via…


From Geeking with Greg

What mobile location data looks like to Google

What mobile location data looks like to Google

A recent paper out of Google, "Extracting Patterns From Location History" (PDF), is interesting not only for confirming that Google is studying using location data from mobile devices for a variety of purposes, but also for the…

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