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November 2013


From Putting People First

Book: The App Generation

Book: The App Generation

The App Generation How Today’s Youth Navigate Identity, Intimacy, and Imagination in a Digital World Howard Gardner and Katie Davis Yale University Press October 2013, 256 pages [Yale University Press link - Amazon link] Abstract…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Transferring online Book Notes to Twitter

Transferring online Book Notes to Twitter

Here experimenting with taking a highlighted portion of a book in kindle and transferring the highlights and  notes to a twitter stream, sharing my comments and a link to the book,  in the link below.@franzd: Data Mining Standards…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Strategy Arts

Strategy Arts

A couple of other pieces from Mckinsey on Strategy:  On mastering its building blocks, an the art of strategy.  In the enterprise strategic planning always seemed to be distrusted.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Google Launching a Data MOOC

Google Launching a Data MOOC

Google on Launching an Analytics MOOC and Taking Data-Driven Actions " ... Analytics. It could be the deepest, darkest mystery in your organization, served up by a few select tech wizards, or it might be the solitary master by…


From The Eponymous Pickle

On Data Science Workflow

On Data Science Workflow

Phillip Guo on Data Science Workflow: Well worth examining: " ... Engineering the Success of Software Development    I now realize that data scientists are one main target audience for the tools that I created throughout my Ph…


From Geeking with Greg

Quick links

Quick links

What caught my attention lately:

  • Jeff Bezos on what innovators need: "A willingness to fail. A willingness to be misunderstood. And maintaining a childlike wonder in the world." ([1])
  • "Agreement feels good -- hey, we get along…


    From Schneier on Security

    Friday Squid Blogging: 8-Foot Giant Squid Pillow

    Friday Squid Blogging: 8-Foot Giant Squid Pillow

    Make your own 8-foot giant squid pillow.

    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

    A Template for Reporting Government Surveillance News Stories

    A Template for Reporting Government Surveillance News Stories

    This is from 2006 -- I blogged it here -- but it's even more true today.

    Under a top secret program initiated by the Bush Administration after the Sept. 11 attacks, the [name of agency (FBI, CIA, NSA, etc.)] have been gathering…


    From Schneier on Security

    Reading Group at Harvard Law School

    Reading Group at Harvard Law School

    In Spring Semester, I'm running a reading group -- which seems to be a formal variant of a study group -- at Harvard Law School on "Security, Power, and the Internet. I would like a good mix of people, so non law students and…


    From U.S. Public Policy Committee of the ACM

    Internet Policy Task Force Seeks Public Comments on “Copyright Policy, Creativity, and Innovation in the Digital Economy” Report

    Internet Policy Task Force Seeks Public Comments on “Copyright Policy, Creativity, and Innovation in the Digital Economy” Report

    The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Internet Policy Task Force invites public comments on its report, “Copyright Policy, Creativity, and Innovation in the Digital Economy.” The 122-page report provides an analysis of copyright…


    From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

    Debugging Student Code

    Debugging Student Code

    I confess that I love to debug code. I think I’d rather fix broken code and remove bugs than write original code from scratch. All that set up and stuff is tedious but solving the puzzle of why code doesn’t work gets me all fired…


    From U.S. Public Policy Committee of the ACM

    USPTO Software Partnership Meeting on Prior Art Searching Techniques and Tools on December 5, 2013

    USPTO Software Partnership Meeting on Prior Art Searching Techniques and Tools on December 5, 2013

    The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will hold the next Software Partnership meting on December 5, 2013, from 1-4:30 pm ET at its headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia. The focus of the meeting will be on “ways to improve…


    From Daniel Lemire's Blog

    Infinite storage: we are almost there…

    Infinite storage: we are almost there…

    Two years ago, I wrote a blog post called What is infinite storage? The blog post was a response to a Physics professor and colleague of mine who objected to my claim that we are soon reaching “infinite storage”. To be precise…


    From Computational Complexity

    Andrzej Mostowski (1913-1975)

    Andrzej Mostowski was born 100 years ago today. While Mostowski worked in many areas of logic, including early fundamental work on model theory, for our readers he's best known for co-discovering the arithmetic hierarchy, sometimes…


    From Schneier on Security

    Close-In Surveillance Using Your Phone's Wi-Fi

    Close-In Surveillance Using Your Phone's Wi-Fi

    This article talks about applications in retail, but the possibilities are endless.

    Every smartphone these days comes equipped with a WiFi card. When the card is on and looking for networks to join, it's detectable by localpick…

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