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July 2014


From Gödel's Lost Letter and P=NP

The Cantor-Bernstein-Schröder Theorem

And whose theorem is it anyway? Georg Cantor, Felix Bernstein, and Ernst Schröder are each famous for many things. But together they are famous for stating, trying to prove, and proving, a basic theorem about the cardinality…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Pepsi Spire: Late Stage, on Shelf Customizaton.

Pepsi Spire: Late Stage, on Shelf Customizaton.

We saw early versions of Coke's Freestyle machine, an example of fashionable late stage drink differentiation that is now common in the marketplace.  An example of good engagement, provided by on site customization, but how profitable…


From Computational Complexity

How NOT to bet

(True Story, but names are changed for no good reason.) Alice, Bob, and Carol are betting on who will be the Republican Nominee in 2016. Alice bets on Jeb Bush. Alice's reasoning is that in the past the Republicans always …


From Schneier on Security

The Fundamental Insecurity of USB

The Fundamental Insecurity of USB

This is pretty impressive: Most of us learned long ago not to run executable files from sketchy USB sticks. But old-fashioned USB hygiene can't stop this newer flavor of infection: Even if users are aware of the potential for…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Social Therapeutic and Robotic Systems (STARS) Lab: a Computing Research in Action Showcase

Social Therapeutic and Robotic Systems (STARS) Lab: a Computing Research in Action Showcase

The Computing Community Consortium (CCC) is releasing its fourth segment in the Computing Research in Action Series.   Researchers at Mississippi State University are studying human-robot interaction − how people respond to robotic…


From Putting People First

The importance of user-focused research in medical device design

The importance of user-focused research in medical device design

“The human factors activities that deliver safety and effectiveness [in medical devices] do not necessarily deliver a good user experience or, ultimately, a good product,” argues Martin Bontoft in MDDI. In fact, he writes, “some…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Who is the Employer?

Who is the Employer?

In Retailwire: This leads to some 'unintended' consequences for small business, franchises and drives litigation.   The comments also have some good points.    Is McDonald's a 'joint employer' with its franchisees?


From The Eponymous Pickle

A Closer Look at Crowdsourcing

A Closer Look at Crowdsourcing

Crowds are biased.  So what does that mean for crowdsourcing? In HBS Working Knowledge: " ... At the Open and User Innovation Workshop, several hundred researchers discussed their work on innovation contests, user-led product…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Gamifying Intelligent Digital Signage

Gamifying Intelligent Digital Signage

A concept we looked at in the innovation centers.  How do you engage with participants in alternative contexts?  Here, from RMG Networks.   A thoughtful white paper on the integration of gamification concepts with digital signage…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Mistakes Futurists Make

Mistakes Futurists Make

Often collaborator Steve King in his Small Business Lab's Blog.  A must to follow.  Never considered myself a futurist, but an innovator connected to short term understanding of needs and emerging technology solutions.  Some…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Future Proofing the Supply Chain

Future Proofing the Supply Chain

Procurement futures considered: " ... Sustainable sourcing and procurement are key factors in "future-proofing" or protecting supply chains against future problems. Sustainable sourcing helps reduce procurement delays, improve…


From Schneier on Security

Debit Card Override Hack

Debit Card Override Hack

Clever: Parrish allegedly visited Apple Stores and tried to buy products with four different debit cards, which were all closed by his respective financial institutions. When his debit card was inevitably declined by the Apple…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Walmart Labs Buys Luvocracy

Walmart Labs Buys Luvocracy

In RetailWire:  " ... Yesterday, Walmart Labs announced it had acquired Luvocracy, an online community that helps members find products based on the recommendations of family, friends and other influencers. Members can then make…


From Apophenia

Goodbye Avis, Hello Uber

Goodbye Avis, Hello Uber

Only two hours before the nightmare that would unfold, I was sitting with friends sharing my loyalties to travel programs. I had lost status on nearly everything when I got pregnant with my son (where’s parental leave??), forcing…


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

Predicting your future performance

Predicting your future performance

The Matthew effect says that “the rich get richer and the poor get poorer”. With this sole principle in mind, you would think that the future is easily predicted. Whoever is rich or famous today is going to be rich or famous…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Tell a Great Story

Tell a Great Story

In the HBR: Very good piece on story telling in business.  I have covered this here many times, including pointers to some of my colleagues that were experts, both internally and externally on this method.  The idea has become…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Learning to Operate with Wearables

Learning to Operate with Wearables

In Engadget: Another example of  the potential use of Google Glass like wearables for augmentation.  Learning operating room procedure. Hands free and augmenting training that contains visual and highly tacit support for process…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

The Berkeley Center for Law & Technology and Microsoft have released an RFP for Research on the Implications of Open Data

The Berkeley Center for Law & Technology and Microsoft have released an RFP for Research on the Implications of Open Data

In 2009, President Obama issued a Memorandum on Transparency and Open Government.  That memorandum has been followed by additional memorandums and Executive Orders resulting in the Open Government Initiative.  As a result of …


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Farnam Jahanian’s tenure at NSF comes to an end

Farnam Jahanian’s tenure at NSF comes to an end

July 31, 2014 marks Farnam Jahanian’s final day as Assistant Director for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) at the National Science Foundation (NSF). In this position, which he has held since February 1,…


From The Eponymous Pickle

IdeaConnection Re Connect

IdeaConnection Re Connect

It has been a long time since I talked to them, but just reviewed their offerings.  A nice idea, whose newsletter is always worth examining for innovative ideas.  " ... IdeaConnection gives you access to a worldwide network of…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Internet of Everything Discussion

Internet of Everything Discussion

Cisco sponsored a panel discussion yesterday that I was pointed to.  Still, not sure I agree with the differences between the use of the term versus using 'Internet of Things', but do see what point they are are attempting to…


From Computer Science Teacher – Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

The Troubles with Tutorials

The Troubles with Tutorials

The first thing I ran into with regards to programming tutorials last week was this tweet and accompanying image.

99% of #programming tutorials on the web pic.twitter.com/lnU08BjBgC

— Jonathan Shariat (@DesignUXUI) July…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Quid

Quid

Quid. Just pointed to.  An augmented way for people to interact with information?


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

New Look for CRA Unveiled at the 2014 CRA Conference at Snowbird

New Look for CRA Unveiled at the 2014 CRA Conference at Snowbird

We are proud to announce the launch of a new brand for CRA and its committees. As the impact of CRA’s activities are becoming more widely recognized and valued across our industry, we decided to develop a new brand identity that…


From The Eponymous Pickle

CGT Execs Admit Lack of Digital Knowledge

CGT Execs Admit Lack of Digital Knowledge

Based on a survey in CGT .  Not universally, but I would generally agree.  In particularly regarding digital innovation. " ... The Consumer Goods Forum and KPMG International released the findings of their annual Global Top of…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

CCC at the 2014 CRA Conference at Snowbird

CCC at the 2014 CRA Conference at Snowbird

The biennial CRA Conference at Snowbird took place last week for Chairs, Department Heads, and Lab Directors from across North America.  Nearly 300 people gathered to participate in sessions ranging in topics from issues in government…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Need for an Open Source Internet of Things

Need for an Open Source Internet of Things

About an open source IOT.  In CWorld.  what we said all along in the RFID world, its careful establishment of standards." ... The only limit to the Internet of Things isn't imagination or technology. It's the vendors. Will your…


From Schneier on Security

The Costs of NSA Surveillance

The Costs of NSA Surveillance

New America Foundation has a new paper on the costs of NSA surveillance: economic costs to US business, costs to US foreign policy, and costs to security. News article....


From The Eponymous Pickle

Machine Learning Mastery

Machine Learning Mastery

Jason B has a blog on machine learning.  Good introductory piece: Why Machine Learning Matters.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Mass Marketing Days are Limited

Mass Marketing Days are Limited

A look at the future of mass marketing.   " ... Mass marketing no longer resonates with today's consumer and it must be replaced by one-on-one marketing with dedicated focus on pre-shop behavior, says Frito-Lay’s senior vice…

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