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October 2011


From U.S. Public Policy Committee of the ACM

Hill Tech Happenings, Week of October 3

Hill Tech Happenings, Week of October 3

October 4 The House Select Intelligence Committee will hold a hearing on cyber threats. 10 a.m., HVC-210, Capitol Visitor Center October 6 Hearing: The Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection and Security Technologies Subcommittee…


From Computational Complexity

What is Random?

One can get into great philosophical debates on what is randomness. Information that we can't compress. Information that's unpredictable. Information that we are willing to bet on. 

When I define a probabilistic Turing machine…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

U.S., China Collaborations in Computing and Sustainability

U.S., China Collaborations in Computing and Sustainability

This is a special contribution to this blog by


From Schneier on Security

HTC Android Vulnerability

HTC Android Vulnerability

Custom HTC firmware breaks standard permissions and allows rogue apps to access location, address book, and account info without authorization.


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Interesting Links 3 October 2011

Interesting Links 3 October 2011

What a week. Not as much blogging from me because this were a little crazy. I try not to post just for the sake of posting so without the time to do it right I went a couple of days without posting at all. I have some things…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Bagging Self Checkouts

Bagging Self Checkouts

This is a surprising article.  My own examination of this area seems to show that self-checkout installations of several kinds is increasing.   Examining further.   From Forbes:  Supermarkets start bagging self-serve checkouts…


From Michael Nielsen

Georgia Tech, Duke University, and University of North Carolina

Georgia Tech, Duke University, and University of North Carolina

I


From The Eponymous Pickle

Kickstarter

Kickstarter

A means of getting funding for independent creators:  " ... The economics of Kickstarter, if you


From The Eponymous Pickle

Personal Annunciation Device

Personal Annunciation Device

A Personal annuniciation device.  " ...  The PAD may very well be the world


From The Eponymous Pickle

Qreo Scanning the Cookie

Qreo Scanning the Cookie

Can you scan an array of cookies laid out in the form of a QR Code?   Yes, here is proof of it.  Shows the robustness of the code form.   I tried it with my phone and it scanned fine.  More in Engadget here. Other marketing ideas…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Solar Decathlon Winner Relies Upon Computing Advances

Solar Decathlon Winner Relies Upon Computing Advances

For the past two weeks, the National Mall in Washington, DC, has been transformed into a neighborhood of futuristic homes, with 20 teams from five countries spanning four continents competing


From My Biased Coin

New York Times

New York Times

Our work on daily deals is mentioned and linked to in Sunday's New York Times business section.  (John Byers even got a quote in!)  It was also mentioned in this week's print edition of Time magazine.  (Behind a paywall, so here's…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Ad Technology Rivals Plan to Merge

Ad Technology Rivals Plan to Merge

I recently took a look at how companies were using technology to manage portfolios of advertisements and discovered the pending merger of two of the biggest  players, DDS and MediaBank.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Securing Executive Support for Analytics

Securing Executive Support for Analytics

On the face of it this question seemed inconceivable.   I worked for an organization that supported analytics fundamentally.  They even made the topic one of their critical competencies.    Now that I have left the big enterprise…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Will Amazon Eat the World?

Will Amazon Eat the World?

Just read The Omnivore in the latest Bloomberg BusinessWeek.  About Jeff Bezos of Amazon and his new tablet device.  They position it: " ...  Jeff Bezos' new tablet is cheap, pretty and pits Amazon in perfect position to take…


From The Noisy Channel

Keeping It Professional: Relevance, Recommendations, and Reputation at LinkedIn

Keeping It Professional: Relevance, Recommendations, and Reputation at LinkedIn

Last week, I delivered the following presentation at the CMU Intelligence Seminar:   I had a great audience, including the department head! Of course that meant fielding tough questions, but that’s what makes it fun to present…

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