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November 2012


From Schneier on Security

Friday Squid Blogging: Possible Squid Eyeball Found in Florida

Friday Squid Blogging: Possible Squid Eyeball Found in Florida

It's the size of a softball. No sign of the squid it came from.

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 Eponymous Pickle

Big Data in Ohio

Big Data in Ohio

In Adage:  More on the IBM Big Data and analytics center in Ohio.


From The Eponymous Pickle

DemandTec/IBM Shopper Insights

DemandTec/IBM  Shopper Insights

Our own enterprise was devoted to the art and science of being shopper centric.   Decades of research allowed us to leverage that capability against the needs of the consumer.   Centricity was the key to making the system work…


From Computer Science Teacher – Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Microsoft’s Imagine Cup

Microsoft’s Imagine Cup

One of the really interesting events that Microsoft runs is a set of competitions called the Imagine Cup.  These competitions are international events that challenge students to create serious and meaningful projects for a chance…


From Wild WebMink

GitHub and Open Source Licenses

GitHub and Open Source Licenses

Are you ar risk if you use code from GitHub? There’s a lot of code shared on GitHub. But surprisingly, much of it is “all rights reserved”, meaning despite being public you have no specific rights to use it. GitHub don’t require…


From Schneier on Security

Hacking by the Syrian Government

Hacking by the Syrian Government

Good article on how the Syrian government hacked into the computers of dissidents:

The cyberwar in Syria began with a feint. On Feb. 8, 2011, just as the Arab Spring was reaching a crescendo, the government in Damascus suddenly…


From Computer Science Teacher – Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

A Day With a Windows 8 Slate

A Day With a Windows 8 Slate

One the the farewell presents from Microsoft (actually something I won in a company promotion) was a Samsung Series 7 slate running Windows 8. It’s a very nice slate PC with touch capability and a stylus. Windows 8 is of course…


From The Eponymous Pickle

What Does Big Data Mean?

What Does Big Data  Mean?

Michael Stonebraker continues his useful set of of articles on the meaning of the term, which directly includes the volume part, but where we frequently forget other frequently present  aspects of its complexity.   In talks I…


From Computer Science Teachers Association

The Power of 15

The Power of 15

We all have them, it is the rare person who doesn't. I am talking about those dreaded days were our energy is low, where we can't get started, where even the simplest tasks seem like moving a mountain regardless if they are personal…


From Schneier on Security

Advances in Attacking ATMs

Advances in Attacking ATMs

Cash traps and card traps are the new thing:

[Card traps] involve devices that fit over the card acceptance slot and include a razor-edged spring trap that prevents the customer’s card from being ejected from the ATM when the…


From The Female Perspective of Computer Science

Proof Overtime Is Bad

Proof Overtime Is Bad

I am against overtime. I do as little of it as possible. And now I have proof that this philosophy actually makes sense!

The Sleeping Geek Kitten - Angers - / Nathonline-Beta
Before any potential future employers find this and…


From Gödel's Lost Letter and P=NP

Barriers to P=NP Proofs

Why TSP resists being mapped to a small linear program Sebastian Pokutta just gave a beautiful colloquium talk on proving lower bounds on the size of linear programs. He is a recent addition to the Georgia Tech faculty, but alas…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Real Time Shopper Feedback

Real Time Shopper Feedback

In Progressive Grocer:  How BJ's is using a real-time shopper feedback system.  " ... BJ's Wholesale Club is using a survey platform from On The Spot Systems that provides real-time feedback from members who use mobile devices…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Sales: Amazon vs Wal-Mart

Sales: Amazon vs Wal-Mart

In Adage:  A competitive interaction that we are likely to see more of.  As you might expect, some demographic layering here.


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

“Recent Developments in Deep Learning”

“Recent Developments in Deep Learning”

Scientists have seen significant progress in developing software that can perform human activities like seeing, listening and thinking. A New York Times article recently highlighted advances in this type of cutting edge technology…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Columbus Ohio IBM Analytics Center

Columbus Ohio IBM Analytics Center

Announced today.  Columbus, Ohio event.   Brought to my attention recently and of interest.  There was an online video session today I was unable to attend.   " ... This partnership between Columbus 2020 and IBM will help grow…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Neurons Interact without Synapses

Neurons Interact without Synapses

We were all taught that brain neurons interact through synapses.  Now apparently, at least in some cases, they can communicate without using synapses.   A study with insects that points to other ways of brain function.


From My Biased Coin

STOC Goings-On

STOC Goings-On

Joan has permitted/encouraged me to post on the STOC PC process this year.  So far, all seems to be running smoothly. Despite pre-conference suggestions by some naysayers that the formatting rules would be a problem, it doesn't…


From Computer Science Teacher – Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

What Do You Want To Make?

What Do You Want To Make?

As I mentioned yesterday (Cool Toys For Teaching Software and Engineering) I am attending the Christa McAuliffe Technology Conference this week. Not a lot of computer science here which is true of most education technology conferences…


From Putting People First

Nestor’s World, a Belgian social design tool

Nestor’s World, a Belgian social design tool

The full service design agency Pars Pro Toto in Ghent, Belgium built the “Wereld van Nestor” [Nestor's World], a social design tool meant to help local governments in Flanders to create a better world for their elderly citizens…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Robots for IPad

Robots for IPad

IEEE Spectrum has just published an publication App that surveys a number of robots and robotic applications.   This appears to be only available for the iPad systems at this time.    Costs $4.99    " ... Robots have long captured…


From Computational Complexity

App Love

First a shout out to our friends up north on the 30th anniversary of the New York Theory Day this Friday. Just two years ago I wrote a post Gadget Love but now I don't use many gadgets any more, it's all built into my iPhone…


From Schneier on Security

James Bond Movie-Plot Threats

James Bond Movie-Plot Threats

Amusing post on the plausibility of the evil plans from the various movies.


From Putting People First

The rise of the sharing communities

The rise of the sharing communities

As the sharing economy picks up momentum, its reach has become global. In cities and towns around the world, people are creating ways to share everything from baby clothes to boats, hardware to vacation homes. There are also…


From Computer Science Teacher – Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Cool Toys For Teaching Software and Engineering

Cool Toys For Teaching Software and Engineering

I’m attending the Christa McAuliffe Technology Conference this week and spent the morning in the exhibit hall. Most of the hall is stuff I’m not that interested in. I’m not looking for student management systems or projectors…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Thomas Malone on Collective Intelligence

Thomas Malone on Collective Intelligence

Thomas W Malone was a consultant for us for a number of years. here  he writes in the Edge on collective intelligence.  Of course our intelligence has always been collective, but now the opportunity is so much deeper and broader…


From Schneier on Security

The Psychology of IT Security Trade-offs

The Psychology of IT Security Trade-offs

Good article. I agree with the conclusion that the solution isn't to convince people to make better choices, but to change the IT architecture so that it's easier to make better choices.


From Putting People First

The skyscrapers of tomorrow: Experientia features in eVolo 2012 competition

The skyscrapers of tomorrow: Experientia features in eVolo 2012 competition

Working together with Marco Visconti architects, Experientia has created a forward-looking skyscraper concept, addressing the theme of global warming. The Visconti/Experientia skyscraper was created for the eVolo 2012 Skyscraper…


From Computer Science Teachers Association

Try Going a Day Without Technology!

Try Going a Day Without Technology!

It's no doubt that most of us have become dependent (if not addicted) to technology. We rely on our cell phones, texting, Facebook, Twitter, and Internet searches each day. In fact, sometimes our work requires such communications…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Privacy Implications of Cyborg Eyepieces

Privacy Implications of Cyborg Eyepieces

Much has been heard about the 'Google Glasses' idea of letting someone experience a place overlaid with a computer screen.  We examined eye tracking and Neuromarketing approaches that overlay what a person is looking at and non…

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