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July 2020


From The Eponymous Pickle

Combining iPhone Videos for 4D Viz

Combining iPhone Videos for 4D Viz

Another example of gathering more data that you would normally with a sensor, then combining the data in order to make it useful for more than normal, purely typical human-visual needs.   Also to  create manipulative and illusional…


From The Eponymous Pickle

A Problem with Google's Open Usage Commons

A Problem with Google's Open Usage Commons

IBM Suggests there is a Problem:

IBM has a problem with Google’s Open Usage Commons
The ties between the Open Usage Commons and Google may be too strong and clear.  By Jim Salterin in ArsTechnia

This Wednesday, Google announced

From…


From The Eponymous Pickle

SAS And Microsoft Azure

SAS And Microsoft Azure

Intriguing to see the linking of Azure and SAS.  Some particularly novel sample problems.

3 world-changing examples of SAS® on Azure   by  Oliver SchabenBerger

Last week we announced a new strategic partnership with Microsoft to…


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

Science and Technology links (July 11th 2020)

Science and Technology links (July 11th 2020)

Some upcoming Mercedes cars will have augmented reality head-up displays. Intel’s new standard for high-speed cables (thunderbolt) supports 3 GB/s bandwidth. (This is very fast: internal disks usually cannot sustain such speeds…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Bio-Ink for 3D Printing Inside the Body

Bio-Ink for 3D Printing Inside the Body

Quite a remarkable possibility when linked to medical robotics.

Bio-Ink for 3D Printing Inside the Body
IEEE Spectrum
Charles Q. Choi
July 1, 2020

Researchers at The Ohio State University (OSU) have developed a bio-ink that can be…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Tesla Close to Level 5

Tesla Close to Level 5

The legendary level 5 means completely autonomous, no driver input.   Once we get that level there is likely to be an explosion of data to gather, and answering questions like how safe is it versus car with driver?

Elon Musk says…


From Schneier on Security

China Closing Its Squid Spawning Grounds

China Closing Its Squid Spawning Grounds

China is prohibiting squid fishing in two areas -- both in international waters -- for two seasons, to give squid time to recover and reproduce. This is the first time China has voluntarily imposed a closed season on the high…


From ACM-W supporting, celebrating and advocating for Women in Computing

Greetings from the ACMW Communications Co-Chairs: Bettina Bair and Sarah McRoberts

Greetings from the ACMW Communications Co-Chairs: Bettina Bair and Sarah McRoberts

The goal of the Communications Committee is to empower the communications of all chapters and levels of leadership with tools, frameworks, and our global platforms. We are growing our organizational communication to bring in…


From ACM-W supporting, celebrating and advocating for Women in Computing

Interview about ACM-W Scholarships

Interview about ACM-W Scholarships

In this column we have conversations with the members of our panels about the Scholarship program and it's history.


From ACM-W supporting, celebrating and advocating for Women in Computing

ACM-W Scholarship for Attendance of Research Conferences

ACM-W Scholarship for Attendance of Research Conferences

The ACM-W Scholarship for Attendance of Research Conferences program provides support for women students in Computer Science and related programs who wish to attend research conferences.


From The Eponymous Pickle

A New Kind of Open Source: Open Commons

A New Kind of Open Source:  Open Commons

Google Open Usage Commons.   Considering this, there will be more to follow.  Thoughts?

Announcing a new kind of open source organization
Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Google has deep roots in open source. We're proud of our 20 years

One…


From Schneier on Security

EFF's 30th Anniversary Livestream

EFF's 30th Anniversary Livestream

It's the EFF's 30th birthday, and the organization is having a celebratory livestream today from 3:00 to 10:00 pm PDT. There are a lot of interesting discussions and things. I am having a fireside chat at 4:10 pm PDT to talk…


From Gödel's Lost Letter and P=NP

Ron Graham, 1935–2020

Ron Graham passed away, but he lives on… Cropped from tribute by Tom Leighton Ron Graham just passed away Monday at the age of in La Jolla near UCSD. Today Ken and I wish to say a few words about Ron. Tributes are being written…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Recorded Webinar: Opportunity Marketplaces

Recorded Webinar:  Opportunity Marketplaces

Brought to my attention by Michael Schrage, a correspondent at MIT:

Organizations constrained to offer workers financial incentives might consider a new approach: opportunity marketplaces.

The COVID-19 crisis has made organizations…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Testing Robotic Lab Assistants

Testing Robotic Lab Assistants

Robotic Lab assistants are being tested broadly, here some initial results.

Robotic lab assistant is 1,000 times faster at conducting research
Working 22 hours a day, seven days a week, in the dark   By James Vincent

Researchers…


From Schneier on Security

Business Email Compromise (BEC) Criminal Ring

Business Email Compromise (BEC) Criminal Ring

A criminal group called Cosmic Lynx seems to be based in Russia: Dubbed Cosmic Lynx, the group has carried out more than 200 BEC campaigns since July 2019, according to researchers from the email security firm Agari, particularly…


From insideHPC

Call for Papers for In-Memory Computing Summit 2020

Call for Papers for In-Memory Computing Summit 2020

FOSTER CITY, Calif., July 09, 2020 — GridGain Systems, provider of enterprise-grade in-memory computing solutions based on Apache Ignite, today announced the call for papers for the In-Memory Computing Summit 2020 virtual worldwide…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Google Earth: 15 Years and Still Mapping

Google Earth:  15 Years and Still Mapping

Been a fan since the very beginning.  Used it at work.  It has replaced very messy geography.  The ability to answer geographic questions visually very quickly.      Here some good examples of use:

Here’s to you: 15 years of Google…


From Computational Complexity

Reflections on Ronald Graham by Steve Butler

Ronald Graham passed away on July 6 at the age of 84. We present reflections on Ronald Graham by Steve Butler.



Getting to work with Ron Graham

Ron Graham has helped transform the mathematics community and in particular…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Teams Improving Capabilities with Cortana, Stadium Seating

Teams Improving Capabilities with Cortana, Stadium Seating



Teams adds group meeting features.   More competition putting together useful capabilities for group remote meetings.   Transcripts.    Like to see what kind of assistance Cortana might give,  could be just the thing to get people…


From insideHPC

Lenovo Standing Up Liquid-cooled Neptune System at Max Planck Society

Lenovo Standing Up Liquid-cooled Neptune System at Max Planck Society

Lenovo is installing a Neptune liquid cooled supercomputer at the Max Planck Society, a delivery that began two months ago and is scheduled to be completed early next year. The €20 million project includes a 100,000-core Neptune…


From insideHPC

Inspur Introduces Leading Designs of A100 Servers for AI and HPC

Inspur Introduces Leading Designs of A100 Servers for AI and HPC

In this special guest feature, our friends over at Inspur write about how the company is delivering new servers that address the most demanding performance from companies that are implementing AI and ML into their workflows. …


From The Eponymous Pickle

How Have People Responded to Pandemic?

How Have People Responded to Pandemic?

Fascinating piece, recall using data from 'discovered' cameras to determine  city walking traffic patterns.   Also using data from public cameras, with scrubbed facial images, could be acquired for similar analysis.  Today with…


From Schneier on Security

Traffic Analysis of Home Security Cameras

Traffic Analysis of Home Security Cameras

Interesting research on home security cameras with cloud storage. Basically, attackers can learn very basic information about what's going on in front of the camera, and infer when there is someone home. News article. Slashdot…


From The Eponymous Pickle

New Lab to Tackle Ethical Implications of Tech

New Lab to Tackle Ethical Implications of Tech

Another effort in the space.   Good to have multiple efforts addressing this problem to get competing analyses and solutions.

Notre Dame, IBM Launch Tech Ethics Lab to Tackle the Ethical Implications of Technology
Notre Dame News…


From The Eponymous Pickle

AI gets a Poor grade of B- in Covid-19 Fight

AI gets a Poor grade of B- in Covid-19 Fight

A look about how AI is helping with vaccine development efforts. Sounds like a reasonable criticism, mainly that the event is too novel to learn from.   But is it that novel, or have we just never seen it in the modern world.…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Biomimicry for Regenerative Medicine

Biomimicry for Regenerative Medicine

Could the cells in these simple worms point towards a mechanism for regeneration of organs in humans?  Considerable,  non technical article with links to more .....

Flatworms muscle new eyes' wiring into their brains

Peter Reddien's…


From The Eponymous Pickle

IBM to Buy WDG Automation

IBM to Buy WDG Automation

IBM linking process to detect AI opportunities to approaches like RPA.   And they already have integrated BPL capabilities.  WDG Automation is in the process of building/using RPA methods.

IBM to buy Brazil's WDG Automation to…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Walmart+ vs Amazon Prime

Walmart+  vs Amazon Prime

Good expert comments on the just announced Walmart+ vs Amazon Prime.   With some more details and comments by experts in the area.  Like I have said, the competition is good.

Will Walmart’s best shoppers ditch Amazon Prime for…


From The Eponymous Pickle

The Need for Loaded Dice

The Need for Loaded Dice

I remember having to explain to managers why dice had to be 'loaded' in some of the simulations we built.  Isn't that biased?  Yes, but being loaded is required in accurate models.   The article in Quanta Magazine shows why. …

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