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March 2013


From Schneier on Security

Getting Security Incentives Right

Getting Security Incentives Right

One of the problems with motivating proper security behavior within an organization is that the incentives are all wrong. It doesn't matter how much management tells employees that security is important, employees know when …


From Putting People First

John Maeda on our life in 2020

John Maeda on our life in 2020

In 2020 we might just regain some of the humanity that was lost in 2010, argues John Maeda, president of the Rhode Island School of Design. “The software industry is poised to embrace its craft heritage. By 2020 software will…


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Interesting Links 4 March 2013

Interesting Links 4 March 2013

Last week was school vacation week. Like a lot of teachers I spent the week catching up on things around the house. For me that meant spending a coup[le of days installing sheetrock on the ceiling of my family room. I spent far…


From The Eponymous Pickle

ZoomData

ZoomData

Real time data visualization on the iPad:  Press release.   " ... Zoomdata makes it easy for data administrators to quickly connect its stream-processing engine to a wide variety of real-time data feeds and historical data sources…


From The Eponymous Pickle

SlateUp: A New Knowledge Community

SlateUp:  A New Knowledge Community

Just brought to my attention: SlateUp.   More to follow.  Membership now by invitation to .edu accounts.    Check out the site for more information.  Sponsored by Fortune 500 companies.  More to follow here.    Join us: " ... …


From The Eponymous Pickle

Towards an Augmediated Life

Towards an Augmediated Life

The new ideas that have been pushed forward for Google Glass look very similar to ideas that have presented for Augmented Reality (AR), while the AR approaches are delivered using the smartphone camera as an 'eye' portal.  In…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Teach Robots Lateral Thinking

Teach Robots Lateral Thinking

From MIT News:   An area we examined.  How do you teach a help mate robot ways to get around their physical limitations?  A floor sweeping robot can trade time for a task addressing those limitations.   But other examples ofwith…


From Wild WebMink

Not Risk But Trust

Not Risk But Trust

Amanda Palmer has stumbled on trust as the answer to the music industry's problems.


From The Eponymous Pickle

A Cloud Intrusion

A Cloud Intrusion

An example of a cloud security issue with the popular package Evernote, which I have used for some time.  Good example which led me to refresh my understanding of hashing and salting,  as applied to Password security.  And asecurity…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Putting a Value on Data

Putting a Value on Data

This question came to mind during a meeting this week.  Here a good overview.  To me it is first how the data can be used today to improve decision process.... and secondly how the data can be predicted to improve the process…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Watson in College

Watson in College

In GigaOM:  more steps towards a revolution in AI?   How do you learn and collaborate like humans?  Our own journey into AI used similar methods, but the large enterprise does not have the research patience or funds of an IBM…


From Gödel's Lost Letter and P=NP

Cryptography Is Dead?

Comments from a keynote panel Whitfield “Whit” Diffie, Ron Rivest, Adi Shamir, and Dan Boneh are all famous cryptographers. They just gave a keynote panel at this year’s RSA Conference. Of course Rivest and Shamir are the ‘R’…


From The Eponymous Pickle

How Search Works

How Search Works

From Google, a mostly visual description of how search works.  From algorithms to answers. No algorithm details,  and all of this would be known by anyone who has followed the technology of search, but useful for instructional…


From Wild WebMink

Artificial Scarcity

Artificial Scarcity

When there’s no legitimate way to make money, dinosaur publishers resort to digital vandalism to create scarcity artificially. Technical measures that prevent reading digital books or listening to digital music are as ridiculous…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Stats on Interest in Statistics

Stats on Interest in Statistics

The Numbers Guy in the WSJ comments on the increasing interest in statistics as a field of study.  Since statistics is the underlying foundation of analytics, it is a good idea that more people are learning about it.   Like all…


From U.S. Public Policy Committee of the ACM

House Creates Congressional App Challenge

House Creates Congressional App Challenge

The U.S. House of Representatives created a national academic competition this week for students to showcase their talents in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Consistent with the importance of computer science…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Advertising and the Internet of things

Advertising and the Internet of things

In the HBR: An internet of things that links to deliverable advertising.  Kevin Ashton, mentioned in the article, worked with us in the innovation center.


From Schneier on Security

Friday Squid Blogging: Another Squid Cartoon.

Friday Squid Blogging: Another Squid Cartoon.

Another.

As usual, you can also use this squid post to talk about the security stories in the news that I haven't covered.


From Schneier on Security

Me on "Virtually Speaking"

Me on "Virtually Speaking"

Last week I was on "Virtually Speaking."


From Wild WebMink

Certification And Innovation

Certification And Innovation

While there is probably a place for ”granular” certifications, especially if their origin is the external accreditation of real-world recognition inside a community-of-practice, abstract profession-wide certifications such as…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

NSF Smart and Connected Health (SCH) Program

NSF Smart and Connected Health (SCH) Program

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has recently announced the Smart and Connected Health (SCH) program solicitation. “The goal of the Smart and Connected Health (SCH) Program is to accelerate the development and use of innovative…


From Apophenia

Is Facebook Destroying the American College Experience?

Is Facebook Destroying the American College Experience?

Sitting with a group of graduating high school seniors last summer, the conversation turned to college roommates. Although headed off to different schools, they had a similar experience of learning their roommate assignment and…


From Putting People First

The user research behind HTC One’s Sense 5 interface

The user research behind HTC One’s Sense 5 interface

Drew Bamford, Director of User Experience at HTC, explains Sense 5.0 and why the company’s Android UX needed redefining. “HTC radically overhauled the look and feel of Sense UI aboard the HTC One. It removed the standard homescreen…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Strengthening Brand America

Strengthening Brand America

Ed Burghard curates and posts on economic development and place branding.   Always some interesting ideas than can be applied to the local brand.


From The Eponymous Pickle

IBM Boosts Analytics Revenue Goals

IBM Boosts Analytics Revenue Goals

Not unexpected based on my reading.  The intersection of Big Data and analytics requires a consulting base, which IBM clearly has.    Recent acquisitions also point in this direction.  " ...IBM CEO Ginni Rometty said the company…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Publication as Process

Publication as Process

On academic publication as process in CACM.   Big changes are continuing in the space of how information is found, produced and delivered.


From Schneier on Security

Phishing Has Gotten <i>Very</i> Good

Phishing Has Gotten <i>Very</i> Good

This isn't phishing; it's not even spear phishing. It's laser-guided precision phishing:

One of the leaked diplomatic cables referred to one attack via email on US officials who were on a trip in Copenhagen to debate issues…


From Putting People First

The Google Glass feature no one is talking about

The Google Glass feature no one is talking about

The Google Glass feature that (almost) no one is talking about is the experience – not of the user, but of everyone other than the user, writes Mark Hurst in a thought provoking post. “Anywhere you go in public – any store, any…


From Putting People First

In a world of connected devices, focus on what they do

In a world of connected devices, focus on what they do

Stacey Higginbotham reports on a the GigaOM Internet of things meetup in San Francisco a few days ago: “All of the participants agreed that the connected device wasn’t the product; the service was. Ideally, the Internet of things…

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