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September 2020


From The Eponymous Pickle

Siemens Covid Resources

Siemens Covid Resources

his was recently pointed out to me by a Siemens contact:

Siemens Healthineers:  COVID-19: Scientific publications
This collection of information about the COVID-19 pandemic from trusted sources offers useful information to clinicians…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Breakthrough Extends Quantum State Stability by 10,000 Times

Breakthrough Extends Quantum State Stability by 10,000 Times

More movement in improving results stability for Quantum.

Breakthrough Extends Quantum State Stability by 10,000 Times
UPI
Brooks Hays
August 14, 2029

Scientists at the University of Chicago (UChicago) have developed the means to



From The Noisy Channel

Coffee, Coffee, Coffee!

Coffee, Coffee, Coffee!

In 1984, Robin Williams starred in Moscow on the Hudson as a Russian saxophonist who decides to defect from the USSR during a shopping trip to a New York department store. One scene stands out, particularly to those of us who…


From insideHPC

insideHPC Special Report Optimize Your WRF Applications – Part 3

insideHPC Special Report Optimize Your WRF Applications – Part 3

A popular application that simulates climate change is the Weather and Research Forecasting (WRF) model. This white paper discusses how QCT can work with leading research and commercial organizations to lower the Total Cost of…


From insideHPC

SullivanStrickler Joins the Active Archive Alliance

SullivanStrickler Joins the Active Archive Alliance

BOULDER, Colo. – Sept. 21, 2020 – The Active Archive Alliance today announced that SullivanStrickler has joined the collaborative alliance, which promotes modern strategies to solve data growth challenges. SullivanStrickler joins…


From The Eponymous Pickle

YouTube in ChromeCast with Assistant

YouTube in ChromeCast with Assistant

I have  just noticed the business perspective of having Youtube more closely connected with Chromecast. You can create lots of business snippets for projects there.  And if the assistant provides another useful capability with…


From Computational Complexity

Baseball can go on forever, it doesn't just seem that way

 Most games have some way to make sure they cannot go on forever.

1) Chess: I had thought there was a 50-move rule and a 3-times-same-position rule, but its a byte more complicated than that, see here. There is also a chess clock…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Wal-Mart Testing Drone Delivery too

Wal-Mart Testing Drone Delivery too

Will drone retail delivery direct to consumer ever succeed? 

Walmart testing drones for deliveries in North Carolina city    by Anne D'innocenzio in TechExplore

Walmart launched a pilot program Wednesday using drones to deliver…


From The Eponymous Pickle

More Japanese Humanoid Robotics

More Japanese Humanoid Robotics

Why humanoid?  Impressive look and restocking a key retail problem.  Telepresence example.  In IEEE Spectrum

Video Friday: This Robot Will Restock Shelves at Japanese Convenience Stores

Your weekly selection of awesome robot videos…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Strategic Decisions from Wargaming?

Strategic Decisions from Wargaming?

In my early days worked with the DOD,  Used wargaming, but mostly about testing new technology as part of operational warfighting decisions.  Not broader strategy decisions.    So this interests me.

What Strategic Decisions on…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Uncertain Future of Corporate HQs

Uncertain Future of Corporate HQs

Questionable, though major HQs will likely still need the presence.   My guess is that many will be threatened. 

The Uncertain Future of Corporate HQs    in HBR by Richard Florida

The Covid-19 pandemic has seen tens of millions…


From The Eponymous Pickle

This Device Keeps Voice Assistants From Snooping on You

This Device Keeps Voice Assistants From Snooping on You

For those with concern about this.seems a reasonable solution.  Still a  prototype as mentioned.

This Device Keeps Voice Assistants From Snooping on You
Ars Technica
Dan Goodin
July 14, 2020

A team of researchers from Germany's Darmstadt…


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

Science and Technology links (September 19th 2020)

Science and Technology links (September 19th 2020)

A large city dating back 4,300 years has been discovered in China. It predates the Chinese civilization. At its center was a wide pyramid supporting a 20-acre palace. Little is known about the people living there other than the…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Cosmetic Surgery Goldmine?

Cosmetic Surgery Goldmine?

A look at consequences of behavior in pandemic, suggested by a former colleague.

Zoom has turned into a goldmine... for the cosmetic surgery industry

Martin Lindstrom   Brand and Culture Transformation Expert and Founder of Lindstrom…


From insideHPC

Cambridge Quantum Computing with IBM Launches 1st Cloud-Based Quantum Random Number Generator

Cambridge Quantum Computing with IBM Launches 1st Cloud-Based Quantum Random Number Generator

Cambridge Quantum Computing (CQC) has launched the world’s first cloud-based Quantum Random Number Generation (QRNG) Service with integrated verification for the user. Randomness is an essential and ubiquitous raw material in…


From insideHPC

SUSE Announces Third Quarter Financial Results

SUSE Announces Third Quarter Financial Results

LONDON –SUSE, the world’s largest independent open source company, today announced financial results* and highlights from the third quarter of its fiscal year 2020 ended July 31. SUSE’s Q3 revenue increased 14% year over year…


From Schneier on Security

Nihilistic Password Security Questions

Nihilistic Password Security Questions

Posted three years ago, but definitely appropriate for the times.


From The Eponymous Pickle

3D Printing Poses a "Grave and Growing Threat" to Privacy

3D Printing Poses a "Grave and Growing Threat" to Privacy

Had never thought of the premise suggested here, but yes is a consideration.   Grave?  Also mentions watermarking which we also studied for retail applications.

3D Printing Poses a "Grave and Growing Threat" to Privacy, Experts…


From The Eponymous Pickle

The Story of 'Have I Been Pwned'

The Story of 'Have I Been Pwned'

Rather late saw this mentioned in TWIT Security Now.  Where Steve Gibson comments from a security point of view.  Deserves a read by people attempting to innovate and sell the results.  Considerable blog post below after a quick…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Grocery

Grocery

Pointed out to me.  Book that links to my past technical life. With some interesting links into our current situation.  Probably a good read for those getting into this space.

The Secret Life of Groceries: The Dark Miracle of …


From The Eponymous Pickle

Dreams

Dreams

Seems we have done little in the space since Freud.  Is interesting to see Nokia in the space.  Gathering data is again a good place to start.   AI I assume to mine and classify in new ways.

Insights Into Dreams and What They
The…


From BLOG@CACM

The Laughing is Over

The Laughing is Over

Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the first U.S. Computer Chess Championship in 1970.


From insideHPC

Accelerate Your Development of GPU Based Innovative Applications

Accelerate Your Development of GPU Based Innovative Applications

In this sponsored post by our friends over at AMD, we take a deep into how GPUs have become an essential component of innovative organizations that require the highest performing clusters, whether one server or thousands of servers…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Fourth Industrial Revolution and Manufacturing’s Great Reset

Fourth Industrial Revolution and Manufacturing’s Great Reset

Manufacturing rushes towards a fourth industrial revolution.

The Fourth Industrial Revolution and manufacturing’s great reset by McKinsey
By Francisco Betti, Enno de Boer, and Yves Giraud

Manufacturers that are ahead in scaling

Since…


From The Eponymous Pickle

IFTTT Lets You Set Price Forever

IFTTT Lets You Set Price Forever

And from IFTTT expands their offering, pricing, with demonstrations and a contest.

....Set your price, forever

You spoke, we listened. No more confusion on the length of IFTTT Pro pricing. Set your price before October 7th and

Watch…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Approximately Correct is Useful

Approximately Correct is Useful

Brought to my attention, and made me smile.  Al, as all human decision making, is approximately correct.   Yes you can define problems tightly enough so that they will be exactly correct.  Say that 2+2 =4.   But in the real world…


From Schneier on Security

Friday Squid Blogging: Nano-Sized SQUIDS

Friday Squid Blogging: Nano-Sized SQUIDS

SQUID news:

Physicists have developed a small, compact superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID) that can detect magnetic fields. The team l focused on the instrument’s core, which contains two parallel layers of graphene…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Alibaba Blockchain Patents

Alibaba Blockchain Patents

How much are patents driving this competition?

Alibaba on Track to Be the Largest Blockchain Patent Holder by End of 2020: Study
In Coindesk by Paddy Baker

 Alibaba is on track to supersede U.S. computer giant IBM as the single-largest…


From The Eponymous Pickle

The Sciences of Reflection

The Sciences of Reflection

Another example of advanced sensory analysis that can improve 'seeing' in multiple complex  environments. 

Research reflects how AI sees through the looking glass   by Cornell University

AI learns to pick up on unexpected clues…


From insideHPC

insideHPC Special Report Optimize Your WRF Applications – Part 2

insideHPC Special Report Optimize Your WRF Applications – Part 2

A popular application that simulates climate change is the Weather and Research Forecasting (WRF) model. This white paper discusses how QCT can work with leading research and commercial organizations to lower the Total Cost of…

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