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July 2016


From Computer Science Teacher – Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Computer Science Should Be Its Own Requirement

Computer Science Should Be Its Own Requirement

There is an idea that high school curriculum is a bit of a zero sum game. In other words that adding something new can only happen if something else is removed. To some extent that is true. A lot depends on various graduation…


From The Noisy Channel

FizzBuzz Recipe

FizzBuzz Recipe

For a while I’ve been determined to make a cocktail called a FizzBuzz. Beyond being tasty, it needed to have enough fizz and buzz to merit…


From Putting People First

[Book] The Class: Living and Learning in the Digital Age

[Book] The Class: Living and Learning in the Digital Age

The Class: Living and Learning in the Digital Age Sonia Livingstone and Julian Sefton-Green New York University Press May 2016, 368 pages > Read online for free Do today’s youth have more opportunities than their parents? As …


From The Eponymous Pickle

Procter. Whats Next in a Club Marketing Era?

Procter.  Whats Next in a Club Marketing Era?

A number of my readers are interested in my former employers activities in marketing and those relationships to technology.  In the latest Cinci Enquirer,  (you may have to register for access) an extensive article on where P&G…


From insideHPC

Record Participation Sets Stage for next NVM Express Plugfest

Record Participation Sets Stage for next NVM Express Plugfest

Today NVM Express, Inc. released the results of its fifth NVM Express (NVMe) Plugfest. The event was a distinct success, with the highest attendance to date. "NVM Express is quickly being adopted as a high performance interface…


From insideHPC

Video: PASC16 Poster on Peptide Simulation

Video: PASC16 Poster on Peptide Simulation

In this video from PASC16, Annick V. Renevey from ETH Zurich describes her award-winning poster on peptide simulations at CSCS.

The post Video: PASC16 Poster on Peptide Simulation appeared first on insideHPC.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Capital One Advances Alexa Finance Skills

Capital One Advances Alexa Finance Skills

Always looking for ways to advance the idea of using a virtual assistant.  Here new work by Capital One.  To what is this marketing versus assistance?    What else use is useful for hands free interaction?In Business Insider:…


From Putting People First

Why Mozilla conducts qualitative user research: the homophilic bubble

Why Mozilla conducts qualitative user research: the homophilic bubble

Bill Selman, Lead UX researcher at Mozilla, starts this most inspiring post with a quote from a former colleague who now works for a major social network: You know, we have all the data in the world. We know what our users are…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Creating Omni Encounters

Creating Omni Encounters

Its always about creating as many encounters as possible.   In the old days of advertising these were created in your head.  Now there are just many more possibilities.The Store of the Future Creates Omni-EncountersA look at…


From Putting People First

Examining cultural need: discussing design anthropology with Amélie Lamont

Examining cultural need: discussing design anthropology with Amélie Lamont

Designer Erin Lynch recently interviewed Amélie Lamont, a NYC-based design anthropologist, and the result is quite stimulating, particularly also on the topic gender and racial gaps in the design industry. According to Amélie…


From The Eponymous Pickle

SAP on Digital Transformation

SAP on Digital Transformation

Useful thoughts, always cautious about the hype versus reality view ...  So what does it mean when pushed by a major vendor?   Long term engagement?Digital Transformation: Separating Reality from the HypeJonathan Becher Chief…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Interview with Mobileye

Interview with Mobileye

Getting the data right is the most important part.Vision Sensors by Mobileye.     An interview.Though Google has become the US face of the driverless car movement, other companies have been developing similar technology for more…


From Putting People First

Can ‘user experience’ experts become ‘customer experience’ experts?

Can ‘user experience’ experts become ‘customer experience’ experts?

For those of us who are puzzled about what exactly the difference is between UX and CX, Toby Bottorf, principal at continuum, situates the difference as one of scale: “The difference is one of scale. You’re not designing a thing…


From The Eponymous Pickle

A History of Data Mining

A History of Data Mining

In Dataconomy.  Quite a few things left out based on my own experience.  A little too much emphasis paid to neural methods.    Patterns of all sort were being driven by statistics since regression and Bayesian.    Still a good…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Towards IoT Standards Alliances

Towards IoT Standards Alliances

Towards IoT alliances to create useful standards for the smart home.  Will this lead to improved security as well?    Could also lead to more standardized data for analytics.


From insideHPC

NSF to Invest $35 million in Scientific Software

NSF to Invest $35 million in Scientific Software

Today, the National Science Foundation (NSF) announced two major awards to establish Scientific Software Innovation Institutes (S2I2). The awards, totaling $35 million over 5 years, will support the Molecular Sciences Software…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Bayesian Learning Explained

Bayesian Learning Explained

In KDNuggets.  Good piece on Bayesian learning.  Comparison made to frequentist statistical reasoning.  Could have used this some time ago to explain the idea to some colleagues.   Still technical, but links well to real world…


From insideHPC

University of Maryland and U.S. Army Research Lab to Collaborate on HPC

University of Maryland and U.S. Army Research Lab to Collaborate on HPC

Today the University of Maryland (UMD) and the U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL) announced a strategic partnership to provide HPC resources for use in higher education and research communities. As a result of this synergistic…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Combining Human and Machine Knowledge

Combining Human and Machine Knowledge

Combining human and machine intelligence, a favorite thought.  People as peripheral.   How do we do it effectively?System predicts 85 percent of cyber-attacks using input from human expertsVirtual artificial intelligence analyst…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Predictive Maintenance

Predictive Maintenance

In O'Reilly.  Nicely done introduction.  Uses Cortana Intelligence Suite.Predictive maintenance meets predictive analyticsDanielle Dean introduces the landscape and challenges of predictive maintenance applications in the manufacturing…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Supply Chain Lessons

Supply Chain Lessons

Via Matt Waller.  Practical thoughts.Seven Supply Chain Lessons from a Former Walmart CEOby Alexa CheaterInheriting an organization facing one of the toughest retail environments in history, Mike Duke helped Walmart, the world…


From XRDS

a place for students to shine at the ACM UIST conference 2016 in Tokyo

a place for students to shine at the ACM UIST conference 2016 in Tokyo

The UIST student innovation contest (aka the “SIC”) is one of those rare moments in a student’s life: a chance to present work at the heart of one of the top venues in Human Computer Interaction (HCI). In fact, UIST …Continue…


From Schneier on Security

Friday Squid Blogging: Glow-in-the-Dark Finger Tentacles

Friday Squid Blogging: Glow-in-the-Dark Finger Tentacles

Archie McPhee sells glow-in-the-dark finger tentacles. 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

How to Build a Slack Bot

How to Build a Slack Bot

I was intrigued by the idea of constructing an 'intelligent' bot in Slack.    Have used Slack already for some time., Here is a nicely done example.  Using a Python API.   Programming skill required, but you can get the idea.…


From Schneier on Security

How Altruism Might Have Evolved

How Altruism Might Have Evolved

I spend a lot of time in my book Liars and Outliers on cooperating versus defecting. Cooperating is good for the group at the expense of the individual. Defecting is good for the individual at the expense of the group. Given…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Marketing Your Personal Data

Marketing Your Personal Data

A old idea, but new ways of making it happen.   Digi Me: " ... started out in 2009 as an innovative tool that enabled users to gather their social content. We won Le Prix d'Argent from over 700 entrants at the LeWeb Startup Competition…


From insideHPC

ORNL Supercomputers to Boost National Cancer Moonshot

ORNL Supercomputers to Boost National Cancer Moonshot

The Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory will add its computational know-how to the battle against cancer through several new projects recently announced at the White House Cancer Moonshot Summit. "ORNL brings…


From insideHPC

Tony Hey Presents: The Fourth Paradigm – Data-Intensive Scientific Discovery

Tony Hey Presents: The Fourth Paradigm – Data-Intensive Scientific Discovery

Tony Hey from the Science and Technology Facilities Council presented this talk at the The Digital Future conference in Berlin. "Increasingly, scientific breakthroughs will be powered by advanced computing capabilities that help…


From insideHPC

White House Releases Strategic Plan for NSCI Initiative

White House Releases Strategic Plan for NSCI Initiative

This week the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy released the Strategic Plan for the NSCI Initiative. "The NSCI strives to establish and support a collaborative ecosystem in strategic computing that will support…


From insideHPC

Video: Andrew Lumsdaine on Computing Trends at PASC16

Video: Andrew Lumsdaine on Computing Trends at PASC16

In this video from PASC16, Andrew Lumsdaine from Indiana University gives his perspectives on the conference. "The PASC16 Conference, co-sponsored by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and the Swiss National Supercomputing…

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