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February 2018


From The Eponymous Pickle

Microsoft Teams vs Slack

Microsoft Teams vs Slack

Almost everyone I now talk to now is setting up a Slack channel.  Microsoft Teams is now happening, but still don't see it mentioned by clients.   Has to be a viable, free and easy to use option to compete.   Better links to

Microsoft…


From The Eponymous Pickle

On Complex Network Analysis

On Complex Network Analysis

Nicely done overview.  And its not only about Python applications, includes an intro look at accessible and free systems like Gephi.   Many network analysis concepts are described, gives you a view of the ultimate power of the…


From The Eponymous Pickle

On Marketing Mix

On Marketing Mix

In Data Science Central.  Good detailed view of marketing mix, by Vincent Granville.  All the basics.  Surprisingly non analytical, mostly a look at all the concepts, context and variables involved.  A topic that all CPG companies…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Description of Amazon's Alexa Lab

Description of Amazon's Alexa Lab

Inside the Lab Where Amazon's Alex Takes over the World
By David Pierce in Wired.

WHEN IT FIRST launched in 2014, Amazon's Alexa voice assistant was little more than an experiment. It appeared first inside the Echo, itself a wacky…


From Schneier on Security

Jackpotting Attacks Against US ATMs

Jackpotting Attacks Against US ATMs

Brian Krebs is reporting sophisticated jackpotting attacks against US ATMs. The attacker gains physical access to the ATM, plants malware using specialized electronics, and then later returns and forces the machine to dispense…

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