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April 2014


From Apophenia

Is the Oculus Rift sexist? (plus response to criticism)

Is the Oculus Rift sexist? (plus response to criticism)

Last week, I wrote a provocative opinion piece for Quartz called “Is the Oculus Rift sexist?” I’m reposting it on my blog for posterity, but also because I want to address some of the critiques that I received. First, the piece…


From My Biased Coin

Postdocs in Copenhagen

Postdocs in Copenhagen

I apologize for the short notice, but my occasional co-author Rasmus Pagh is looking for postdocs for a big data project he recently had funded, with an application deadline on April 14th. For more information, you can seethis…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

NSF Announces Irene Qualters as Division Director of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure

NSF Announces Irene Qualters as Division Director of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure

On April 3, 2014, Farnam Jahanian, Assistant Director at the National Science Foundation (NSF) for the Computer & Information Science & Engineering (CISE) Directorate, released the following letter to the community: Dear Colleagues…


From The Eponymous Pickle

On Storytelling with Data

On Storytelling with Data

Good thoughts.  Telling the story beyond what actually happened.  That's good, but how do you also allow interaction and ensure objectivity?  And connect to analytic tools? My concern with a story is that it is by its nature,…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Data Analytics Handbook

Data Analytics Handbook

In process, being developed by young students.    Free with registration.  " .... We're a group of UC Berkeley students and we're launching the Pt.1of our handbook series! We interviewed a group of Data Analysts and Data Scientists…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Managing Business Intelligence

Managing Business Intelligence

In TDWI:  A good goal and a  graphic that brings a number of important issues to mind.  But does not emphasize the key issue:  How does the Intelligence map with key business processes? Good points:  " ... Managing big-picture…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Stopping Brainstorming

Stopping Brainstorming

Most of my career was delineated by brainstorming to do innovation in many contexts.  This is an interesting anti brainstorming view.  I agree that sticky voting was overplayed and sometimes it is just better to walk a woodland…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Augmented Reality Using Physical Maps

Augmented Reality Using Physical Maps

An augmented reality game that uses physical maps.  We examined an application that had similarities, well before the smartphone era.  It explored and utilized blue prints and knowledge maps  using an image scanning device.  The…


From The Eponymous Pickle

P&G Innovates in Asia, Opens Singapore Innovation Center

P&G Innovates in Asia,  Opens Singapore Innovation Center

Another new center to add to dozens more global centers.  See here for earlier innovation center coverage in this blog. The full article is a fairly detailed view.  In Consumer Goods Technology:P&G Accelerates Innovation in Asia…


From Writing

So long, and thanks for all the t-shirts

So long, and thanks for all the t-shirts

In 2009, I joined LinkedIn as a Software Engineer. 5 years, 25 t-shirts, 50 hackdays, 4000 employees, several hundred million members, a billion dollars in revenue, and 1 IPO later, I'm moving on to my next play. My last dayLinkedIn…


From Computer Science Teachers Association

NJ CSTA Chapters Join Forces!

NJ CSTA Chapters Join Forces!

CSTA-Central NJ and CSTA-Northern NJ are working together with their advocacy efforts. A few members from each chapter focus on state-wide advocacy. The mission of this small advocacy group (CSNJ) is to establish K-12 Computer…


From The Eponymous Pickle

First CPG Brand Using In-Store Beacon from InMarket

First CPG Brand Using In-Store Beacon from InMarket

After I mentioned iBeacon, I was sent a link to an example of a CPG in store use,  appears to be the first major CPG brand doing this beyond test.   InMarket's Mobile to Mortar Beacon.   Again, consider the potential data from…


From Geeking with Greg

Quick links

Quick links

What has caught my attention lately:

  • Dilbert on A/B testing: "Bend to my will and choose the orange button, you mindless click-puppets!" ([1])
  • Major performance increases on smartphones are disappearing, which will slow sales…


    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Practical Operational Details on iBeacon: An emergent Minority Report?

    Practical Operational Details on iBeacon: An emergent Minority Report?

    Covered here previously.  ClickZ provides some additional details.  I don't see it as revolutionary but its origin has made many people pay attention.   This article presents an outline of operational details at the management…


    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Making Sense of Big Data

    Making Sense of Big Data

    In Baseline: Regarding my favorite topic, how important visualization is to analytics.  While here the term Big Data is heavily used, the idea is broader than that. Visualization is always the best first step in understanding…


    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Expansion of Wal-Mart Labs

    Expansion of Wal-Mart Labs

    On expansions of Wal-Mart Labs.   I like to think that our many conversations with Wla-Mart led to some of the ideas and directions seen here. " .... One of the major projects this team is developing is our global platform, one…


    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Short Guide to Mobile Computing

    Short Guide to Mobile Computing

    In ClickZ: A short marketers guide to mobile computing.  Nicely done, covers a number of issues I had not seen stated.


    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Cisco Cloud Investment

    Cisco Cloud Investment

    Cisco makes cloud investments. " ... Cisco Systems says it will launch a cloud effort with a $1 billion investment over the next two years, including construction of data centers and the introduction of hosted services for businesses…


    From [email protected]

    Exciting Follow-up With an ACM-W Scholarship Recipient

    Exciting Follow-up With an ACM-W Scholarship Recipient

    It's exciting to see how these scholarships can shape careers.


    From Schneier on Security

    Ephemeral Apps

    Ephemeral Apps

    Ephemeral messaging apps such as Snapchat, Wickr and Frankly, all of which advertise that your photo, message or update will only be accessible for a short period, are on the rise. Snapchat and Frankly, for example, claim they…


    From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

    Too Much Forgiveness

    Too Much Forgiveness

    I’m teaching a little web development to my freshmen this week. Not a lot – it’s not a web development course – just enough to give them some idea of what is behind the screen. I’ve had students create a very simple profile page…


    From updated sporadically at best

    Run Your Research Demo Site on the Cloud

    Run Your Research Demo Site on the Cloud

    Last week, Travis Hance and I spent hours wading through the many blog posts of the internet to figure out how to set up a simple conference management site running on our Jeeves language. Because we want to spare you thisdefinitive…


    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Topic Modeling in Machine Learning

    Topic Modeling in Machine Learning

    I see that David Blei has been given the ACM-InfoSys award.  In reading about his work in textual analysis I saw this was related to work we had done in 'content analysis' years ago, analyzing text from consumer comments.   But…


    From The Eponymous Pickle

    On New TV Experiences and Technology

    On New TV Experiences and Technology

    In AdAge;  I am late to the use of smart HD TVs.  Started an experimental look at how shoppers could experience TV programming, both broadcast and on demand, and simultaneously interact with the content and fellow watchers.  Also…


    From Gödel's Lost Letter and P=NP

    Wait Wait… Don’t Fool Me!

    It’s that time of year again Altered from NPR source. Faadosly Polir is back in contact with us. We have encountered him before, but this time he has company. He has teamed up with two well-known radio personalities to launch…


    From Gödel's Lost Letter and P=NP

    Wait Wait… Don’t Fool Me!

    It’s that time of year again Altered from NPR source. Faadosly Polir is back in contact with us. We have encountered him before, but this time he has company. He has teamed up with two well-known radio personalities to launch…


    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Talent Analytics

    Talent Analytics

    Brought to my attention.  Talent Analytics. Via Mike Kennedy.   " ... Our unique dataset measures innate employee characteristics tied to business performance.  Our cloud base Rapid Data Collection (RDC) methodology gathers and…


    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Building Commerce Anywhere Models

    Building Commerce Anywhere Models

    In Retailwire: Good overview of the topic.  It is the big retailers that are starting to understand and leverage this." ... The classic multi-channel retail business model has recently been eclipsed by a "commerce anywhere" approach…


    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Seeking Deep Neighborhood Data

    Seeking Deep Neighborhood Data

    In Progressive Grocer:   what we often discovered, data is not complete enough to effectively leverage.  Its not only about siting, as covered here.  Answer is to integrate other kinds of data.    So the 'Big' here is not volume…


    From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

    DARPA Launches New Biological Technologies Office

    DARPA Launches New Biological Technologies Office

    Today, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) announced the launch of a new office that will merge biology, engineering, and computer science to harness the power of natural systems for national security. The Biological…