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May 2015


From Schneier on Security

Friday Squid Blogging: Nutty Conspiracy Theory Involving Both the NSA and SQUID

Friday Squid Blogging: Nutty Conspiracy Theory Involving Both the NSA and SQUID

It's almost as if they wrote it for me. These devices, which are known as super conducting quantum interference devices (SQUIDS for short), can be attached to NSA signals intelligence satellites and used to track the electromagnetic…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Google Cardboard VR on IOS

Google Cardboard VR on IOS

Loaded the Google cardboard VR App just now available for IOS.   A year after its original App announcement. Not enough content yet,  some review negatives, but getting there. Viewers start at about $20.  Worth it to at least…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Mobile, Beacons and Evolving Measures

Mobile, Beacons and Evolving Measures

In AdAge: More on beacons:  In particular about strategy, measures and retail business process. " ... Fortunately, marketers don't have to wait for beacons to mature to realize their full promise of offline-to-online marketing…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Strange Appeal of Public Unboxing

Strange Appeal of Public Unboxing

I was alerted to the fact that there are people making real money unboxing new products of many kinds.   A New Technical Theater?   In this article.   And it works better than talking about arcane technical subjects.  Noted.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Computers Redefining Roots of Math

Computers Redefining Roots of Math

Not a new thing.  Proof by computer has had a number of famous examples.   Use of formal logic as part of AI has a long history.   Now easier to use programming frameworks have been established. Good, largely non technical description…


From insideHPC

Senai CIMATEC Installs Latin America’s Fastest Supercomputer

Senai CIMATEC Installs Latin America’s Fastest Supercomputer

BG Brasil has unveiled the fastest supercomputer in Latin America at the Senai CIMATEC Supercomputing Center for Industrial Innovation in Salvador, Brazil.

The post Senai CIMATEC Installs Latin America’s Fastest Supercomputer


From insideHPC

Video: Building the Rice Cluster at Purdue

Video: Building the Rice Cluster at Purdue

"Named in honor of Professor Emeritus John R. Rice, the Rice supercomputer will be used by researchers to develop new treatments for cancer, improve crop yields to better feed the planet, engineer quieter aircraft, study global…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Internet of Things Kit

Internet of Things Kit

Internet Of Things Hardware Kit May Be A Maker's Best FriendDesigned for companies, but priced and ready for tinkerers.  ....  In ReadWriteWeb: Two leading technology companies have joined forces to concoct a speedier way ofThe…


From The Eponymous Pickle

First Solve the Human Problem

First Solve the Human Problem

Don't just send Technology to Solve a Human Problem.   In Bain Insights.  " ..... Andreas Dullweber explains what makes a strong customer experience. ... "


From The Eponymous Pickle

Ontology for Data Science

Ontology for Data Science

In DSC: Interesting, albeit wordy, post about the concept.  True, everything that humans do when they communicate with each other, or with data, or with systems ... implies an operational ontology. Most every ontology is constantly…


From CERIAS Blog

Short, Random Thought on Testing

Short, Random Thought on Testing

In the late 1980s, around the time the Airbus A340 was introduced (1991), those of us working in software engineering/safety used to exchange a (probably apocryphal) story. The story was about how the fly-by-wire avionics software…


From CERIAS Blog

Short, Random Thought on Testing

Short, Random Thought on Testing

In the late 1980s, around the time the Airbus A340 was introduced (1991), those of us working in software engineering/safety used to exchange a (probably apocryphal) story. The story was about how the fly-by-wire avionics software…


From insideHPC

LLNL Breaks Ground on New Supercomputing Facility

LLNL Breaks Ground on New Supercomputing Facility

This week Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory broke ground on a modular and sustainable supercomputing facility that will provide a flexible infrastructure able to accommodate the Laboratory’s growing demand for HPC.

The post…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Coursera Consumer Neuromarketing MOOC

Coursera Consumer Neuromarketing MOOC

By Copenhagen Business School and Neurons Inc.An Introduction to Consumer Neuroscience & NeuromarketingThis course will introduce you to the multidisciplinary field of consumer neuroscience and neuromarketing. It will go through…


From The Eponymous Pickle

More about the Human Brain Project

More about the Human Brain Project

In Mindhacks:   Have followed this for years, and always interested in progress.  This interview provides some new details.     Glad for the effort, but am still impressed that there is still very much to understand and we are…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Watson Tradeoff Analytics

Watson Tradeoff Analytics

Watson tradeoff analytics has become generally available on their Bluemix cloud.  An example of a cognitive service. Here is a good report on how it works and access instructions.   Good place to start, as the analytic concept…


From insideHPC

Job of the Week: PETTT Program Manager at Engility

Job of the Week: PETTT Program Manager at Engility

Engility is seeking a PETTT Program Manager in our Job of the Week.

The post Job of the Week: PETTT Program Manager at Engility appeared first on insideHPC.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Google and Levis Team up for Smart Clothes.

Google and Levis Team up for Smart Clothes.

Not a new idea, but once you have conductive yarn ...   Examined some years ago, where it included flashing displays. I was asked by the detergent folks how it might be cleansed. " ... Your jacket or pants could soon controlGoogle…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Neuroscience Methodologies

Neuroscience Methodologies

Innerscope's methodology page.    Nicely done summary of neuromarketing techniques.   They were just acquired by Nielsen.


From U.S. Public Policy Committee of the ACM

USACM Comments on Proposed Federal Accessibility Standards and Guidelines

USACM Comments on Proposed Federal Accessibility Standards and Guidelines

USACM yesterday submitted comments to the U.S. Access Board on updated federal accessibility standards and guidelines for information and communication technology (ICT) under Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act and Section…


From insideHPC

Silicon Mechanics Awards Research Clusters

Silicon Mechanics Awards Research Clusters

Today Silicon Mechanics announced the recipients of its fourth annual Research Cluster Grant (RCG). Dordt College and The City College of New York will receive HPC Clusters with a combined value of over $175,000 to support growing…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Apple Acquires Metaio

Apple Acquires Metaio

In CWorld: Apple acquires German augmented reality company Metaio.  I have written about Metaio a number of times in this blog.  Impressive application of the technology to real business problems. This shows real seriousness…


From insideHPC

Reducing Jet Noise with Large Eddy Simulations

Reducing Jet Noise with Large Eddy Simulations

Over at Argonne National Lab, John Spizzirri writes that GE researchers are using the Mira supercomputer to learn how noise propagates from jet propulsion and wind turbine systems. The team, lead by Umesh Paliath and Giridhar…


From insideHPC

Clusters Drive Design Simulation

Clusters Drive Design Simulation

As design challenges become more complex and time to product launches are reduced, it is important to understand how to use a cluster for simulation, as compared to just a single node. “HPC Clusters Drive Design Optimization…


From insideHPC

Video: Rescale Powers Cloud HPC for Engineering Simulation

Video: Rescale Powers Cloud HPC for Engineering Simulation

In this video, Rescale Founder & CEO Joris Poort describes how the company delivers a software platform and hardware infrastructure for companies to perform scientific and engineering simulations. "Rescale's mission is to provide…


From insideHPC

Slidecast: UCX – Unified Communication X Framework

Slidecast: UCX – Unified Communication X Framework

In this slidecast, Pavel Shamis from ORNL and Gilad Shainer from Mellanox announce the UCX Unified Communication X Framework. "UCX is a collaboration between industry, laboratories, and academia to create an open-source production…


From Schneier on Security

UN Report on the Value of Encryption to Freedom World-Wide

UN Report on the Value of Encryption to Freedom World-Wide

United Nation's Office of the High Commissioner released a report on the value of encryption and anonymity to the world: Summary: In the present report, submitted in accordance with Human Rights Council resolution 25/2, the Special…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Statistics as Big Data's Biggest Hurdle

Statistics as Big Data's Biggest Hurdle

Good piece.  There is danger on both sides here.  Data scientists ignoring statistics, and Statisticians ignoring how results can integrate with practical decisions.      Groups doing this kind of work should include access to…


From Computer Science Teacher – Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

You Get What You Pay For

You Get What You Pay For

I haven’t been blogging much this week. In part that is being busy with the year ending at school. In part it is because the connection between Windows Live Writer, which is the application I write my posts with, and Blogger,…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Google Developer Conference

Google Developer Conference

In Wired:  Good overview of activities at the Google developer conference.  A good mix of interesting innovation.  In particular new work on Google Now,  which attempts to integrate dynamic knowledge with mobile activities, and…

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