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February 2013


From The Eponymous Pickle

3D Desktops

3D Desktops

More from TED:  The next logical step in interface?   Or does this go a dimension too far?  Even a real desktop is flattened, unless you are dealing with 3D architectural models.  It reminds me too of using 3D to present visualization…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Txt Speak as Linguistic Miracle

Txt Speak as Linguistic Miracle

Ars Technica on a TED Talk.   I am still skeptical that our languages will evolve into a simpler, acronym ridden shortening of tokens and meme pointers.   The article and talk think that this is emerging art.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Naked Statistics

Naked Statistics

Part of my role long ago was to explain analytics to executives.  That included many things, from analytical methods, predictive systems to statistics.  So I was always on the lookout for good introductory books I could handNaked…


From The Female Perspective of Computer Science

What We're Not Doing to Tackle the Women in Tech Issue

What We're Not Doing to Tackle the Women in Tech Issue

Venture Beat recently ran an article about tackling tech's gender problem the right way (according to them, by teaching women to code). Part of the article discusses how initiatives like Hackbright Academy (a 10 week all-female…


From Schneier on Security

The Court of Public Opinion

The Court of Public Opinion

Recently, Elon Musk and the New York Times took to Twitter and the Internet to argue the data -- and their grievances -- over a failed road test and car review. Meanwhile, an Applebee's server is part of a Change.org petition…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

CCC Sponsored Workshop on Extreme Scale Design Automation (ESDA)

CCC Sponsored Workshop on Extreme Scale Design Automation (ESDA)

The following is a special contribution to this blog from Patrick H. Madden, Associate Professor of Computer Science at Binghamton University. In this blog entry Patrick highlights the CCC-sponsored visioning activity on Extreme…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Social Marketing Analytics

Social Marketing Analytics

An interesting set of examples, from GE and others:  " ... Offloading content development has allowed the company to develop an overarching social media strategy that plays to each platform's strength. Marcum considers Facebook…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Revolutionizing Disease Treatment

Revolutionizing Disease Treatment

Via a social network.  Noted in the CACM:  Relates to some of my own writings on health care networks,    " ... The social network PatientsLikeMe plans to build an open science platform that would aid users in measuring the progression…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Online Grocery Shopping

Online Grocery Shopping

Interesting connections that are driving the increasing use of online for grocery shopping.  " ... According to a Hartman Group report, 18% of households purchased groceries online in the past three months, and the market could…


From Putting People First

How teachers are using technology at home and in their classrooms

How teachers are using technology at home and in their classrooms

A survey by the Pew Internet & American Life Project of teachers who instruct American middle and secondary school students finds that digital technologies have become central to their teaching and professionalization. At the…


From Putting People First

Future Imperfect: Evgeny Morozov vs. Steven Johnson

Future Imperfect: Evgeny Morozov vs. Steven Johnson

A couple of weeks ago Evgeny Morozov and Steven Johnson had a very public spat (writers’ favorite kind), prompted by Evgeny’s review of Johnson’s latest book in the New Republic. The result was predictable: two geeky boys with…


From Putting People First

On legitimacy, place and the anthropology of the Internet

On legitimacy, place and the anthropology of the Internet

In this thoughtful piece for Ethnography Matters, Sarah Kendzior (@sarahkendzior) discusses the ways in which the internet has transformed the relationship between the writer and the people about whom he or she writes. Sarah…


From Putting People First

Computer interfaces: tech’s next great frontier

Computer interfaces: tech’s next great frontier

Since the invention of personal computing three decades ago, how we interact with computers has remained about the same: monitor, keyboard, mouse. Monitors have gotten a bit bigger, keyboards are smaller, and mice are wireless…


From Computational Complexity

Our Government at Work

Barring a surprise deal, the sequester goes into effect tomorrow. NSF Director (and soon to be CMU President) Subra Suresh announced a sequestration impact statement. At NSF, the major impact of sequestration will be seen in…


From Schneier on Security

Brazen Physical Thefts

Brazen Physical Thefts

Three brazen robberies are in the news this week.

The first was a theft at a small museum of gold nuggets worth $750,000:

Police said the daring heist happened between daytime tours, during a 20-minute window. Museum employees…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Your ideas needed: Coding is to computer science as X is to Y

Your ideas needed: Coding is to computer science as X is to Y

Yesterday we posted a link to a terrific new video by code.org extolling the virtues of learning to program. Despite the “learn to code” rhetoric, code.org is really about “computer science is cool” and “let’s make AP computer…


From Computer Science Teachers Association

CSTA Annual Conference News

CSTA Annual Conference News

Planning is well underway for 2013 CSTA Annual Conference, formerly known as the CS&IT Symposium. This year's conference will be held in Quincy, MA (just outside of Boston) on July 15-16. You can check out the program at:


From The Eponymous Pickle

GMDC

GMDC

Brought to my attention:  GMDC.org   " ... GMDC is the premier non-profit global trade association dedicated to serving Health Beauty Wellness and General Merchandise retailers, wholesalers and suppliers. GMDC promotes critical…


From The Eponymous Pickle

CPGs Replace Likes with Call to Action

CPGs Replace Likes with Call to Action

In Adage:  " ... RB, Lever Add Interactive Games, Digital Deals to Online Branding Efforts ... " ... After studying effects of brand advertising on e-commerce sites and elsewhere, the U.S. chief strategy and marketing officer…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Beyond Supermoms

Beyond Supermoms

In Adage:  CPG starts to advertise without the supermom stereotypes. With some examples from recent Superbowl ads.   " ... Advertising's legacy of depicting women in commercials has seemingly veered between two supermom cliches…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Measuring Stress Levels in an Unmanageable World

Measuring Stress Levels in an Unmanageable World

An insightful piece in the HBR.  Which came up in a lunch conversation today.   Many of us are managing multiple devices now.   Will the number of devices creep upwards or downwards?  Do we need device free zones?  An unmanageable…


From Schneier on Security

Alan F. Westin Died

Alan F. Westin Died

Obituary here. His 1967 book, Privacy and Freedom, almost single-handedly created modern privacy law.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Amazon vs WalMart Sales

Amazon vs WalMart Sales

In Wired: Intriguing comparison between Walmart and Amazon.   An indicator for the future?  Pointing to new Walmart activities:  " ... Walmart recently reported net sales of more than $466 billion for its fiscal year 2013, which…


From My Biased Coin

Discussing STOC 2013 PC with Joan Feigenbaum

Discussing STOC 2013 PC with Joan Feigenbaum

Joan Feigenbaum is the Program Committee Chair for STOC 2013, where papers decisions were recently announced;  I served as part of the Executive Committee.  Joan did an excellent job running the entire process, and experimented…


From Schneier on Security

How Complex Systems Fail

How Complex Systems Fail

Good summary list. It's not directly about security, but it's all fundamentally about security. Any real-world security system is inherently complex. I wrote about this long ago in Beyond Fear.


From Computer Science Teacher – Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

2013 CSTA Annual Conference Registration Open

2013 CSTA Annual Conference Registration Open

Just announced via the CSTA member email system – registration is now open for this summer’s Annual CSTA conference. Some great sessions in the line up. Something for just about everyone in computer science education. Oh andYou…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Cheesecake Factory Restaurant Analytics

Cheesecake Factory Restaurant Analytics

The Cheesecake Factory delivers an exceptional brand experience with IBM Big Data analytics http://goo.gl/Mfn5c #IBMPWLCI had yet to see a restaurant application of this type, so it was fun to see the linked to video.  I have…


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

Does academic research cause economic growth?

Does academic research cause economic growth?

In most developed countries, government massively funds through academic grants, government laboratories, tax credits and research contracts. In Canada, the government loves tax credits. In the US, the government spends about…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Partner World

Partner World

IBM colleagues inform me that Partner World has started.The agenda  can be found here.  You can also watch sessions online.  #IBMPWLC Lots of interesting work that connects with analytics, will report on some of it here.I see…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Upcoming Free Seminars

Upcoming Free Seminars

I intend to attend these: ... University of Cincinnati's research seminars organized by the Operations, Business Analytics, and Information Systems (OBAIS) department at the Carl H. Lindner College of Business. Please reply to…

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