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November 2012


From The Eponymous Pickle

View of the Future of Retail

View of the Future of Retail

Armen Najarian of IBM  points me to video and presentations from the recent Akami Edge customer conference.  General overview here.  Mobile is by definition about location context which we also addressed in the innovation center…


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

Should you follow the experts?

Should you follow the experts?

It is silly to say that ignorance is strength. However, the contrary statement is not follow the experts. The right knowledge is strength. The tricky part is that determining what you should know is just as hard as learning it…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Whats Next for Business Analytics

Whats Next for Business Analytics

Information Management on what is next in Business Analytics.  Fairly simplistic and obvious statements as I see it.  Its should all be about linking it to the decision process more closely.


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Rethinking Computers and Security

Rethinking Computers and Security

The New York Times article, “Killing the Computer to Save It,” takes a closer look at how Dr. Peter G. Neumann, a computer scientist who specializes in computer security, and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)…


From Wild WebMink

Downloads Prove There Are Downloaders

Downloads Prove There Are Downloaders

And nothing more. My experience at Sun showed me that, when you use downloads as a metric for project success, you’re missing the point and perhaps trying to distract people from other truths. I explain in my InfoWorld column…


From Schneier on Security

Loopholes

Loopholes

Interesting This American Life show on loopholes. The first part is about getting around the Church's ban against suicide. The second part is about an interesting insurance scheme.


From Schneier on Security

Friday Squid Blogging: Squid Costume

Friday Squid Blogging: Squid Costume

This is great.


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Computer Science Education Blog Roll

Computer Science Education Blog Roll

I thought I had moved a copy of this to my current blogging location but it appears not. Just an attempt to help others find great computer science education blogs. These are not really in any particular order.  If there areStacey…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Protected: Computing and Healthcare: New Opportunities and Directions

Protected: Computing and Healthcare: New Opportunities and Directions

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From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

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Computing and Healthcare (C&H) have been receiving a great deal of attention in recent years. For example the Institute of Medicine (IOM) Roundtable on Value & Science-Driven Healthcare has issued a series of reports, the most…


From Computational Complexity

Random thoughts on the election

Neither Lance and I have commented much on the Prez election. I only found one post from 2012 that mentioned Romney: Romney vs Aaronson. A few mentioned Obama but not with regard to the election. I give you some Random thoughts…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Twitter Visualization

Twitter Visualization

A holy grail:  How do I do something that looks like prediction using big data and high volume data like tweets? It does come back to the question:  How well can visualization do prediction?  And in what contexts?  Interesting…


From The Eponymous Pickle

P&G and ShopKick

P&G and ShopKick

In Adage:   Why and how P&G aided Shopkick.   Also hints about how large companies are connecting with technical startups these days.


From Wild WebMink

Open Means No Patents

Open Means No Patents

I’m delighted with the definitions the UK Government has chosen for “open source” and “open standards” in their new Open Standards Principles. They are using OSI as their benchmark for open source, and have a clear statement…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Coca Cola and Innovation

Coca Cola and Innovation

Note the Innovation beyond just product.  End to end innovation is important.   " ... Mel Landis, chief customer officer for Coca-Cola Refreshments, said the company will continue introducing new concepts to boost convenience…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

CCC Council Member Featured in Big Data Discussion in New York Times

CCC Council Member Featured in Big Data Discussion in New York Times

Microsoft is taking steps to position itself as a cutting-edge technology provider by offering services that can analyze big data. That type of technology is being developed by Microsoft Research, Microsoft’s advanced research…


From My Biased Coin

Posts from FOCS (Part 1)

Posts from FOCS (Part 1)

Justin Thaler went to FOCS, and managed to arrange for various people to write up their thoughts on various parts of the conference.  So Justin is the famed Editor below.  We haven't seen much posted about FOCS, so hopefully

Missing…


From Schneier on Security

Peter Neumann Profile

Peter Neumann Profile

Really nice profile in the New York Times. It includes a discussion of the Clean Slate program:

Run by Dr. Howard Shrobe, an M.I.T. computer scientist who is now a Darpa program manager, the effort began with a premise: IfThe…


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Intersection of Art and Tech

Intersection of Art and Tech

Two of the things that have driven a lot of computing innovation are games and graphics. The two are closely related of course and who university programs have grown up around computer graphics for video games. It seems as though…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Softlines Markdown Webinar

Softlines Markdown Webinar

Though most of my career in inventory analytics has dealt with package goods categories, I also studied and applied softlines inventory science.  Softlines are goods categories, like clothing, where the introduction of new styles…

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