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June 2017


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

Science and Technology links (June 2nd, 2017)

Science and Technology links (June 2nd, 2017)

Methylene blue rejuvenates old skin. You can buy methylene blue on Amazon and spray it on your face. It is reportedly safe, even in high concentration. Of course, you are likely to turn blue. A school in the UK is offering aContinue…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Smart Speakers as a Shopping Tool?

Smart Speakers as a Shopping Tool?

Interesting stats in article below.    Though I suggest that once you get someone using the device, say for streaming music (60%), moving them to engaging with commerce is more likely.   Also, suggest that the 60% represents

Are…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Google Adds Natural Language to Sheets

Google Adds Natural Language to Sheets

This seems to be a one-way interaction, not a conversation.   And how often the system will understand the typed query is unclear.  But it could make simple interactions easier than constructing equations.  Can easily be a skill…


From insideHPC

Seagate Self-Encrypting Drives now available through Carahsoft

Seagate Self-Encrypting Drives now available through Carahsoft

Today Seagate Government Solutions announced that Carahsoft has become an approved distributer of the company's Secure Self-Encrypting Drives (SEDs). Designed to help Protect Data At Rest (DAR), Seagate SEDs are used to mitigate…


From insideHPC

Armughan Ahmad on how Dell EMC is Driving High Performance Computing

Armughan Ahmad on how Dell EMC is Driving High Performance Computing

In this video from the Dell EMC HPC Community meeting, Armughan Ahmad describes how the company is delivering world-class HPC solutions together with its partners and customers. "I lead a global team at Dell EMC that is focused…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Little Ideas for Innovation

Little Ideas for Innovation

powerlittleideasLike to see thoughts coming out of someone who is thinking about decisions and operations, rather than just magical neural-inspired mappings.

How ‘Little Ideas’ Can Lead to Powerful Innovations
When most people hear the word innovation…


From insideHPC

Call for Presentations: MVAPICH User Group Meeting (MUG)

Call for Presentations: MVAPICH User Group Meeting (MUG)

The MVAPICH User Group Meeting (MUG) has issued its Call for Presentations. As the annual gathering of MVAPICH2 users, researchers, developers, and system administrators, the MUG event includes Keynote Talks, Invited Tutorials…


From insideHPC

Vendor Panel: The Changing Landscape of HPC

Vendor Panel: The Changing Landscape of HPC

In this video from the PBS Works User Group 2017, Rich Brueckner from insideHPC moderates a vendor panel on The Changing Landscape of HPC. "When it comes down to it, the HPC community depends on a healthy ecosystem. In this panel…


From insideHPC

Intel Omni-Path Architecture: A Focus on Application Performance

Intel Omni-Path Architecture: A Focus on Application Performance

Intel Omni-Path ArchitectureThe Intel Omni-Path Architecture is the next-generation fabric for high-performance computing. In this feature, we will explore what makes a great HPC fabric and the workings behind Intel Omni-Path Architecture. "What makes a…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Commercial Uses of Geofencing

Commercial Uses of Geofencing

Have not looked at this recently, but was brought up when looking at autonomous Drone applications.  Good example list in the article.

Geofencing: 7 commercial and industrial use cases  by Matias Wolff   In Prey. 

Geofencing technology…


From The Eponymous Pickle

AI Advances in China

AI Advances in China

Have followed Baidu and Alibaba for some time.  They have benefited from Google's TensorFlow showing the way, and vast amounts of data.  In Wired: 

AI—Not Just American

" ... Chinese companies like Baidu, Tencent, and Alibaba are…


From Schneier on Security

WannaCry and Vulnerabilities

WannaCry and Vulnerabilities

There is plenty of blame to go around for the WannaCry ransomware that spread throughout the Internet earlier this month, disrupting work at hospitals, factories, businesses, and universities. First, there are the writers of…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Bob Herbold: IBM Spending

Bob Herbold: IBM Spending

My former colleague Bob Herbold, on IBM spending and results.  In his always gutsy blog:

IBM: Spent $97 Billion; Result: 20 Consecutive Quarterly Declines!
The primary job of a leader is to constantly assess the situation, develop…


From The Eponymous Pickle

A Roadmap for the Programmable World.

A Roadmap for the Programmable World.

Considerable article from IEEE Software, via InfoQ .....

A Roadmap to the Programmable World
     Posted by Antero Taivalsaari,  Tommi Mikkonen .... 

Key Takeaways

- The emergence of IoT means our everyday things—light bulbs, door…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Commercial Supersonic Jet Engines

Commercial Supersonic Jet Engines

In The Bike Shop:

" ... Going supersonic
Brad Mottier, vice president and general manager of GE Aviation Business and General Aviation and Integrated Systems, kicked off EBACE on Sunday by announcing a partnership with Aerion Corporation…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Understanding Classification Performance

Understanding Classification Performance

And as long as you are doing any kind of machine learning, here classification, you need to measure and understand its performance.  Since I am doing that now, I noted Jason Brownlee's piece noted below:

How to Report Classifier…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Random Forests Explained

Random Forests Explained

A look at the method of Random Forests:  Random Forests Explained Intuitively.  Posted by Manish Kumar Barnwal.    If not quite intuitive, relatively non-technical.   With some related code to follow.    A kind of ensemble classification…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Great Innovative Idea- Progressing Intention Progression: A Call for a Goal-Plan Tree Contest

Great Innovative Idea- Progressing Intention Progression: A Call for a Goal-Plan Tree Contest

The following Great Innovative Idea is from Brian Logan (University of Nottingham), John Thangarajah (RMIT University), and Neil Yorke-Smith (American University of Beirut). Their paper called Progressing Intention Progression…


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Need Funds to Attend the CSTA Conference?

Need Funds to Attend the CSTA Conference?

OK this is an opportunity too good to pass up if you are a K12 computer science teacher. Seriously.


If you are a K12 teacher, then Rolls Royce wants to help get you to the conference in STYLE!

CSTA and our partner Rolls Royce…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Analytics and Workflow

Analytics and Workflow

Workflow, or sometimes called process .... whether B2B or B2C  makes sense to understand it before looking for tools.

Analytics and Workflow  By Denis Pombriant
" ... At this point in a client discussion, I usually ask people to…


From Schneier on Security

Passwords at the Border

Passwords at the Border

The password-manager 1Password has just implemented a travel mode that tries to protect users while crossing borders. It doesn't make much sense. To enable it, you have to create a list of passwords you feel safe traveling with…


From insideHPC

Cycle Computing’s Tim Carroll on how Dell EMC Powers Cloud HPC

Cycle Computing’s Tim Carroll on how Dell EMC Powers Cloud HPC

In this video from the Dell EMC HPC Community meeting, Tim Carroll from Cycle Computing describes how the company makes it easier to move big HPC workloads to the Cloud with the help of Dell EMC. "Dell EMC has embraced the notion…


From insideHPC

Plugfest Demonstrates Fibre Channel Capabilities for NVMe Storage

Plugfest Demonstrates Fibre Channel Capabilities for NVMe Storage

"The successful conclusion of this event provides assurance to the FC SAN community that the draft version of the FC-NVMe standard specification combined with the NVMe fabric specifications meets the demanding performance and…


From insideHPC

AMAX Showcases Virtualization Solutions for GPUs at GTC 2017

AMAX Showcases Virtualization Solutions for GPUs at GTC 2017

In this video from GTC 2017, Dr. Rene Meyer from AMAX describes the company's innovative virtualization solutions for GPU computing. "What we are showcasing here is a very interesting solution—a hardware/software solution. We…


From insideHPC

Jump Start your Immersive Video Experiences

Jump Start your Immersive Video Experiences

Sponsored Post Imagine viewing video on your cell phone, tablet, laptop or TV of an event, either in the past or live where you feel like you are “there”.  While immersive VR requires significant amount of hardware, everyone …


From insideHPC

Thomas Zacharia named director of Oak Ridge National Lab

Thomas Zacharia named director of Oak Ridge National Lab

Today UT-Battelle announced that Thomas Zacharia, who helped build Oak Ridge National Laboratory into a global supercomputing power, has been selected as the laboratory’s next director. "Thomas has a compelling vision for the…


From Computational Complexity

Who Sets Policy?

In April the New York Times Magazine ran an article Is it O.K. to Tinker with the Environment to Fight Climate Change?  The article asks about the ethics of even running tests on such methods and has this quote froms David Battisti…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Virtual Agents as Selvesware

Virtual Agents as Selvesware

Correspondent Michael Schrage on the nature of help by virtual agents.  It used to be these took over a kind of 'executive assistant' role.  Got to see these in action, and at their best they were better than the execs themselves…


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

How To Make Computers Work For People Like You

How To Make Computers Work For People Like You

Years ago I was giving a career talk in Roxbury (a heavily minority neighborhood in Boston) to a group of students. At the end a young African American woman asked me why I, a middle aged white male was interested in seeing more…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Linking Ads in Search to Offline Purchase

Linking Ads in Search to Offline Purchase

Quite a revolutionary thing happening this week, Google indicates that it can link an advertisement in their systems directly to off-line purchases.   Enabled by transaction analysis.   Leading to better measurement of success…

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