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July 2011


From The Noisy Channel

Upcoming Information Retrieval Conferences

Upcoming Information Retrieval Conferences

I hope everyone who attended the recent SIGIR 2011 in Beijing had an excellent experience. I didn’t manage to make it to that side of the globe myself, but I’m looking forward to hearing back from my LinkedIn


From The Eponymous Pickle

Neural Prosthetics

Neural Prosthetics

Good piece on neural prosthetics, prompted by military injuries, considerable progress is being made.


From The Eponymous Pickle

The Hubble and Enterprise Planning

The Hubble and Enterprise Planning

I have been reading Eric J Chaisson's Book: The Hubble Wars, a detailed view of the launch and operation of the Hubble Space Telescope. My background is in astrophysics, so the details of goals and scheduling ring true. My later…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Google Maps Changing the Look of Data

Google Maps Changing the Look of Data

in GigaOm. Good example of using Google maps based mashups to visualize data. I have seen a number of good examples of this. Simple representations.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Whats the Value of a Facebook Fan?

Whats the Value of a Facebook Fan?

How many friends they have. Obvious answer but the piece makes a reasonable justification.


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

An Online AI Course

An Online AI Course

This fall, our colleagues Sebastian Thrun and Peter Norvig are offering a free, online version of their popular Stanford University course, “Introduction to Artificial Intelligence”: A


From Schneier on Security

Friday Squid Blogging: 25-foot Giant Squid Caught in Fishing Net

Friday Squid Blogging: 25-foot Giant Squid Caught in Fishing Net

A 25-foot (or maybe 23-foot) giant squid was caught off the coast of Florida.

Also, I'm going to try something new. Let's use this weekly squid post to talk about the security stories in the news that I didn't cover. I'll…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Gartner's Value Chain Transformation Imperatives

Gartner's Value Chain Transformation Imperatives

A very good piece in the Informs Analytics Magazine.  I agree.  Have been recently involved in looking analytically at the transformation of major supply chain operations.   Lots of interesting opportunities exist.Organizations…


From Computer Science Teacher – Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Innovative Education Forum–Judging Day

Innovative Education Forum–Judging Day

Wow! Just WOW! I spent yesterday judging teacher projects as part of the US Innovative Educator Forum in Redmond. It was absolutely inspiring. In fact I would go as far as to say this was the most encouraging day in regards to…


From Computer Science Teacher – Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Innovative Education Forum

Innovative Education Forum

Wow! Just WOW! I spent yesterday judging teacher projects as part of the US Innovative Educator Forum in Redmond. It was absolutely inspiring. In fact I would go as far as to say this was the most encouraging day in regards to…


From Schneier on Security

Luggage Hack

Luggage Hack

Bypassing the lock on luggage.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Google Maps and the London Underground

Google Maps and the London Underground

I have navigated London by the Underground with the usual paper in hand and surveying the overhead route maps.  This new development gives you mobile direction finding I would love to try.  Now if they would only update some…


From Schneier on Security

Hacking Apple Laptop Batteries

Hacking Apple Laptop Batteries

Interesting:

Security researcher Charlie Miller, widely known for his work on Mac OS X and Apple's iOS, has discovered an interesting method that enables him to completely disable the batteries on Apple laptops, making them[…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Sands Neuromarketing Alliance in China

Sands Neuromarketing Alliance in China

Just received, an impressive partnership and direction: Sands Research and Brain Intelligence Establish Neuromarketing Alliance in China and GloballyPartnership to assist clients in fast growing consumer market  El Paso, Texas…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Vision for Digital Public Library

Vision for Digital Public Library

The DPLA:   Taking some of the Google scanning work further and non profit:  " ... Last year, Robert Darnton, a cultural historian and director of Harvard University


From Apophenia

The Unintended Consequences of Obsessing Over Consequences (or why to support youth risk-taking)

The Unintended Consequences of Obsessing Over Consequences (or why to support youth risk-taking)

Developmental psychologists love to remind us that the frontal lobe isn’t fully developed until humans are in their mid-20s. The prefrontal cortex is responsible for our ability to assess the consequences of our decisions, our…


From Putting People First

Review: Paul Dourish & Genevieve Bell

Review: Paul Dourish & Genevieve Bell

Michiel De Lange has published a very long and somewhat critical review of the book Divining a Digital Future: Mess and Mythology in Ubiquitous Computing by Paul Dourish and Genevieve Bell. “In Divining a Digital Future D&B reiterate…


From Putting People First

Good mobile experiences unfold and progressively reveal their nature

Good mobile experiences unfold and progressively reveal their nature

Successful PC and mobile experiences are built on fundamentally different conceptual models and leverage different psychological functions of the user, argues Rachel Hinman. Understanding these differences will help you create…


From Putting People First

Art that interacts if you interface

Art that interacts if you interface

The New York Times reviews Paola Antonelli’s “Talk to Me” show at the Museum of Modern Art. “At its best


From Putting People First

Digital fluency: empowering all students

Digital fluency: empowering all students

Liz Losh writes on DMLCentral on an inclusive and interdisciplinary approach to


From The Eponymous Pickle

P&G Minimizes Management Meddling

P&G Minimizes Management Meddling

By Michael Schrage in HBR Blogs: Was somewhat both proud of and  surprised by this revelation.    I saw some of both behaviors.  And still think more could have been done with even less meddling.  Yes, though to innovative analytics…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Children Play Like Scientists

Children Play Like Scientists

In Wired, the results of a study.  They appear to isolate variables in play.  But is the scientific method all that influences scientists?  Or Children?


From Schneier on Security

ShareMeNot

ShareMeNot

ShareMeNot is a Firefox add-on for preventing tracking from third-party buttons (like the Facebook "Like" button or the Google "+1" button) until the user actually chooses to interact with them. That is, ShareMeNot doesn't disable…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Live Right Now: NSF Announcing New Innovation Corps

Live Right Now:  NSF Announcing New Innovation Corps

In just a few minutes, during a special session of the National Science Board — and before a large gathering of senior leadership from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the White House Office of Science and Technology…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Unilever and Groupon Work with Retail

Unilever and Groupon Work with Retail

In Progressive Grocer:" ... Supervalu, Inc.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Wal-Mart Shares Data with Nielsen

Wal-Mart Shares Data with Nielsen

After being out of the process for a long time, it is reported that Wal-Mart will start sharing data with Nielsen again. We were always told that Wal-Mart did not feel that it was of value to them to share data.  Has a deal been…


From Computational Complexity

The Problems of LaTeX

By request a post that may create the biggest backlash since I declared myself Unix free. \begin{rant} LaTeX is a great system for mathematical documents...for the 1980s. But the computing world changed dramatically and LaTeX…


From BLOG@CACM

What We Owe Google, and What Google Owes Us

What We Owe Google, and What Google Owes Us

We rely on online information sources--maybe too much. What is our responsibility to make sure that they're accurate, and what responsibility do the sources have to us?


From Schneier on Security

Data Privacy as a Prisoner's Dilemma

Data Privacy as a Prisoner's Dilemma

Good analysis:

Companies would be better off if they all provided meaningful privacy protections for consumers, but privacy is a collective action problem for them: many companies would love to see the ecosystem fixed, but no…


From Putting People First

Are we becoming too analytical?

Are we becoming too analytical?

Or, why did Google PowerMeter fail? In his latest post, James Landay questions whether over-analysis of data gets in the way of designing a product that truly understands the needs of its users. He provides several examples of…

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