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September 2011


From The Eponymous Pickle

Analytics for Neuromarketing

Analytics for Neuromarketing

In Mediapost: More must be more done to quantify how neuromarketing results are used.  What are useful metrics?


From Geeking with Greg

Blending machines and humans to get very high accuracy

Blending machines and humans to get very high accuracy

A paper by six Googlers from the recent KDD 2011 conference, "Detecting Adversarial Advertisements in the Wild" (PDF) is a broadly useful example of how to succeed at tasks requiring very high accuracy using a combination ofA…


From Schneier on Security

The Legality of Government Critical Infrastructure Monitoring

The Legality of Government Critical Infrastructure Monitoring

Mason Rice, Robert Miller, and Sujeet Shenoi (2011), "May the US Government Monitor Private Critical Infrastructure Assets to Combat Foreign Cyberspace Threats?" International Journal of Critical Infrastructure Protection, 4…


From The Female Perspective of Computer Science

Game Papers at SIGGRAPH 2011 (Part 1 of 2)

Game Papers at SIGGRAPH 2011 (Part 1 of 2)

Following up on my general impressions of SIGGRAPH I wanted to write about a few of the games paper presentations I enjoyed seeing at the conference.  I paid most attention to the first four talks that were focused on analyzing…


From Schneier on Security

Outing a CIA Agent

Outing a CIA Agent

Interesting article on how difficult it is to keep an identity secret in the information age.


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Windows Phone Mango Jump Start Workshop Now On Video

Windows Phone Mango Jump Start Workshop Now On Video

IF you missed it live (like I did) you can now view the recording of the Windows Phone Mango Jump Start training on Channel 9. I borrowed these direct links from the official announcement.

Microsoft MVPs Rob Miles and Andy…


From Putting People First

Stanford U: Introduction to human-computer interaction design

Stanford U: Introduction to human-computer interaction design

Through Stanford University lectures and a project, coordinated by Scott Klemmer, learn the fundamentals of human-computer interaction and design thinking. The setting for the course is mobile web applications. 43 video sessions…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Brandwashed Videos

Brandwashed Videos

A couple of videos sent to me that illustrate the topics in Martin Lindstrom's forthcoming book: Brandwashed: Tricks Companies Use to Manipulate Our Minds and Persuade Us to Buy I have finished a review copy and it is a useful…


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Interesting Links September 6 2011

Interesting Links September 6 2011

Labor Day in the US means a three-day weekend and I took advantage of it.  I’d like to make note of a couple of my recent posts that seem to have more in common now that I read all the comments on them than they did initially…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Fundamentals of Information Management

Fundamentals of Information Management

Thoughtful piece, a great place to start thinking about why you should manage information at all:The Path to Information Management NirvanaSimilar to Maslow


From The Eponymous Pickle

Peer Index Marketing

Peer Index Marketing

In GigaOM.  "Marketers have long believed that some customers have a disproportionate influence on others when it comes to purchase decisions, and they have tried different strategies to identify and target those customers. Indeed…


From Schneier on Security

Optimizing Airport Security

Optimizing Airport Security

New research: Adrian J. Lee and Sheldon H. Jacobson (2011), "The Impact of Aviation Checkpoint Queues on Optimizing Security Screening Effectiveness," Reliability Engineering & System Safety, 96 (August): 900


From Computer Science Teachers Association

What Did You Do This Summer?

What Did You Do This Summer?

Well, it's back to school time and most of us have done some professional development over the summer to rejuvenate and enhance what we are doing in the classroom.

I had the privilege of attending MIT's CS4HS offering in July…


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

Science is self-regulatory

Science is self-regulatory

Many systems are self-regulatory. For example, in a few market, prices will fluctuate until everyone gets a fair price. But free markets are a mathematical abstraction. The business of science should also be self-regulatory.…


From Computational Complexity

Knowing some History is a good thing- Why?

(FOCS registration is open: here. Note that there are tutorials on Sat Oct 22 and the conference talks are Sun Oct 23-Tues Oct 25.)

(Guest post by By Jeffery D. Stein, Chairman, IT History Society (info@ithistory.org), but…


From U.S. Public Policy Committee of the ACM

Hill Tech Happenings, Week of September 6

Hill Tech Happenings, Week of September 6

Congress has returned from its August recess. The Fiscal Year 2012 budget should be high on the agenda, as that year starts October 1. September 7 Hearing The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing to discuss updates…


From Schneier on Security

Where Are All the Terrorists?

Where Are All the Terrorists?

From Foreign Policy: "Why Is It So Hard to Find a Suicide Bomber These Days?" And from Stratfor: "Why al Qaeda is Unlikely to Execute Another 9/11."

Me from May 2010: "Where Are All the Terrorist Attacks?"


From The Eponymous Pickle

Very Tiny GPS Receivers

Very Tiny GPS Receivers

An intriguing short post on how location tracking devices based on GPS are getting very small.   Another example of the flexibility of small sensors.  Medical and many other applications are sure to expand.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Rise of Electronic Medicine

Rise of Electronic Medicine

The rise of electronic medicine.   Medicine today is a sea of paper and fax machines, privacy barriers, and unconnected data. The public is ready for a better system.  Some of recent medical experiences show how true this is.…


From The Female Perspective of Computer Science

Techniques for Telling Nonlinear Stories

Techniques for Telling Nonlinear Stories

At the beginning of October, I'll be participating in a digital narrative workshop for the GRAND NCE called 'Experiencing Stories with/in Digital Games.' The following abstract describes a round table talk I'll be giving asNon…


From Wild WebMink

links for 2011-09-05

links for 2011-09-05

Don


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Interesting Links September 6 2011

Interesting Links September 6 2011

Labor Day in the US means a three-day weekend and I took advantage of it. That is why this post is a day late. Hope it didn’t ruin anyone’s day. I’d like to make note of a couple of my recent posts that seem to have more in …


From The Eponymous Pickle

Packaging that Glows

Packaging that Glows

For a potential project I re-examined packaging work that we had looked at for shelf improving engagement.  The use of electroluminescence.  See a set of DuPont case studies.  Also related, smart packaging powered wirelessly. …


From The Eponymous Pickle

Eyeborg

Eyeborg

Document to eye, a documentary video.

  The future of an eye prosthetic?


From The Eponymous Pickle

Package Goods Volume Decreases

Package Goods Volume  Decreases

In AdAge: Price hikes and decreasing volume. Further opening the door to more private label offerings.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Speeding up Material Design

Speeding up Material Design

We spent considerable time and effort in doing packaging and product design via computer.  How do you understand how a package effects all parts of the supply chain, from manufacturing, to marketing to shelf, to consumer toIn…


From Wild WebMink

links for 2011-09-04

links for 2011-09-04

Board Elections: Nominations Open – The Document Foundation Mailing List Archives Nominations are now open for The Document Foundation board of directors. Anyone who is eligible to vote is also eligible to stand for election.…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Braun Design

Braun Design

I got to visit the Braun company a few times after they were acquired indirectly by our enterprise and observe one of their design competitions.  Now here ten principles of modern design:  ... from Dieter Rams (who was chief…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Kroger and the Advantage Checkout

Kroger and the Advantage Checkout

Tom Demeropolis Checks out the Advantage Tunnel Checkout system at Kroger.   Also here is a video of the Fujitsu  / Kroger Advantage system in action.   More technical details. " ...Kroger Co. is testing a checkout system …


From The Eponymous Pickle

IBM Services Innovation Lab

IBM Services Innovation Lab

Services vs Hardware are increasingly important to IBM: IBM announced the creation of the Services Innovation Lab (SIL), a new global lab that will initially comprise about 200 technology experts hand-picked from around the…